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I thought I’d share with you a little something I’m working on today – this beautiful Pollyanna Pickering Prickly Pot Cross Stitch Kit, featuring a very cute and richly coloured hedgehog!
I’ve not been asked to review this product, this is a kit I treated myself to with some money I received for my birthday recently. Usually birthday money disappears into our food shopping budget, but this year, I’ve made a stand and decided to put it towards something I really wanted!
This is my first real encounter with cross stitch (I dabbled in tapestry when I visited the Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show back in July) and I have to say I’m loving it! Although I might have bitten off slightly more than I can chew here, given that I’m a cross stitch beginner.
I thought it might take me a month or two to finish the piece, but since working on it I’ve realised that cross stitch is not a quick craft! Nor should it be, since the art of sewing lots of tiny crosses to make a masterpiece is both entirely enjoyable and fantastic for mindfulness.
Considering that I’m racking up around 50 stitches per evening at the moment, I should have it finished in a year or so if I’m lucky!
This is how far I’ve got with it during the last week (pic above). It doesn’t look much like a hedgehog yet, but I’m hopeful it may begin to resemble part of one in the next few weeks. 🙂
More about the Pollyanna Pickering Prickly Pot Cross Stitch Kit
The size of the design is 25cm x 25cm, so perfect for turning into a piece of wall art afterwards. This kit is aimed at cross stitch lovers with a medium level skill set – I know, I’m a beginner – I just couldn’t resist the design though!
Mercifully, there’s a clear set of instructions included which detail how to do the stitches required (full cross stitch and back stitch). There’s a square of 14 count aida fabric, 2 x needles and the embroidery threads, which are coded and pre-sorted so you can see easily which colour is which. Just take a closer look at the fabulous colours for this project below…
The pattern itself is fantastic, it’s a full visual chart where each cross stitch square is coded according to the colour chart. It cost £35 which is more than I wanted to spend on my first cross stitch kit, but like I said, I just fell in love with the design, so I had to have it!
See full details about the kit over at the Hobbycraft website here.
Things I’ve learned about cross stitch so far
Well, ironing the fabric beforehand was a bit tricky – it took ages to get the creases out! Then I had to find the centre square to start the design. Another time consuming task – I’m sure cross stitch crafters just “know” where the centre square is, but I did get my tape measure out just to make sure. I’ve paid £35 for this kit and I’m determined not to mess it up just because of starting in the wrong place!
I decided to use an embroidery hoop as I wasn’t sure how well I’d be able to hold the large fabric backing whilst sewing. To my dismay, the fabric instantly creased up again, but I’m going to worry about this later!
When I first started cross stitching, I kept tying a knot in the end of my thread for every new piece. It seems this isn’t required! I now just leave a short 1 inch tail and hold it in such a way that my stitches close over the tail as I’m working. Much easier than knotting (and it makes the back look a bit neater too).
Changing the thread every 5 minutes for different colours is a bit of a pain, so I’m trying to do sections of the same colour where possible. The instructions advise to work in areas no further than 2.5cm away without tying off the thread though.
A cross stitch masterpiece in progress
I’ve got a long way to go to complete the Pollyanna Pickering Prickly Pot Cross Stitch project, as you can see from the pictures. But I will update you with my progress now and then either on my blog or on Facebook (please like my page so you can see my updates)!
Are you a cross stitch fan? What are you working on right now?
Before you go, you might like these other sewing related posts below:
- How to do Beaded Blanket Stitch
- How to Make a Felt Owl Mobile Phone Case
- Beadwork Tutorial: Learn Peyote Stitch
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*All images © Craftaholique (I have taken a photo of the front of the kit for the hedgehog images!)