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My best friend has just given birth to her second daughter, when her eldest was born I hand made them a card to celebrate and I wanted to so the same for her youngest. I've just started getting into cross stitch again so I thought I would stitch a card this time. I had a look in my pattern books and there were a few designs I liked however I would need to buy the threads and the card to mount it and buying these separately could work out expensive. You can buy the kits for cards which contain everything, which I thought would be a better idea.
Looking at the different kits available this one caught my eye, I really liked the design, it was only £2.65 and as well as the card kit you got a gift tag kit included too.
When the kit arrived I opened it up and checked that everything was there. Included was 14 count Aida fabric, DMC threads, a needle, the chart, card, envelope and a gift tag. There are also instructions on how to do cross stitch if you have never tried it before.
Starting with the card I did notice that the pattern didn't show a centre like other patterns I have seen, but I managed to start it without a problem. The cross stitch uses three strands of thread rather than two which is something I've not seen before, to begin with a struggled to thread the needle but did get the hang of it.
The main part of the pattern is the pram, this uses a stitch one miss one design which makes it simple to sew and also means it doesn't take too long to complete. Apart from the pram and four flowers the rest of the design is made up of back stitch using one strand.
The design of the card is only 5cm by 9cm so it's a good size for a beginner to try their hand at cross stitch or a nice quick project for a more experienced person. The card only took a couple of hours stitching time to complete, and the gift tag was another quick project.
The only thing that disappointed me slightly about the kit was that it didn't include an alphabet for personalisation of the card, if you wanted to use the baby's name rather than the words "Baby Girl" and this was one of your first projects you may find it difficult. Fortunately all but two of the letters in the baby's name were used on the pattern anyway and with a bit of adaptation I could change letters to suit so I managed to sew the baby's name but a novice might struggle.
When finished and mounted on the card the design looks lovely and I think as well as nice thing to give them to celebrate their new arrival it will be a nice keepsake for them.
My friend and her husband were really pleased with both the card and the gift tag, in fact she has been using a photo of the card as her profile photo on Facebook for the last three weeks.
I'm happy that I chose this card set and would buy it again for any more babies that may arrive.
The card is also available with blue threads and "Boy".
Sturdy high quality tri-fold card with added gift tag, complete with 14 count Aida, needle and threads.