I have, for as long as I can remember, loved crafts. Everything from crayons and markers to paint, glitter, beads, clay, and string (to make those super-cool knotted friendship bracelets) has been a part of my crafty repertoire. Some time in early high school I came across cross stitch, and I started with a very small critter pattern; I think it was a cheerleading duck. It was only a few inches by a few inches but it was the start of what would become my very favorite craft. I have at this point completed many larger patterns, mostly from kits and pattern books, all of which have been displayed on our walls at some point. Right now we only have a few hanging; we decided when we moved that we weren't going to hang anything on walls that needed to be refinished. Why hang something just to take it down again in a short amount of time?
The only problem with this wonderful hobby that is (most often) calming and that produces beautiful art is that it takes a long time to complete one. Depending on the type of cloth you are using, it can take months or years to finish a design. Especially if, like me, you have to pull out all the stitches that you realized were out of place once you realized you made a mistake because then the design wouldn't look right, even though you'd probably be the only one who would know. I have pulled out literally an hour's worth of stitches when I realized they were placed wrong. Shortly after that, I usually put that particular pattern away for a "break". i.e. I'm mad at it. Here are a few examples of what's hanging up right now:
|Gardening chest- This actually took about 10 years to complete, as it is tiny stitches, in which I made several mistakes and got mad at it about halfway in and then put it away.|
So then I decided to take inventory of all of the cross stitch supplies I have stashed around. Take into account that I have not purchased anything related to this hobby in a couple of years, as I have no time to actually work on anything anymore.
|A basket of kits in the closet|
|A box of various backing cloths- mostly linen- given to me by a friend of a friend who couldn't use them|
|Two boxes of embroidery floss, bagged and labeled in numerical order (yes, I'm a little bit type A)|
|Needles, hoops (both of which I always forget when going on vacation, which is why there are so many), special floss, and a highlighter to mark what I've already done|
|Then SURPRISE! In the nightstand- more kits and more hoops (my get-to-these-first stash)|