Product Type: Mouseloft Art / Craft
Newest Review: ... and are now far too easy for my nine year old; therefore I have recently introduced her to Mouseloft Stitchlets. ~~~ The Kits ~~~ As the ... more
Stitchlets stitching kits.
Mouseloft cross stitch sets
Member Name: elysia2003
Mouseloft cross stitch sets
Advantages: A step up from the 'My First' cross stitch kits.
I'm really into all types of crafting, and have been since I was a child. I've done glass painting, making Faberge style eggs from real egg shells, knitting, crochet. You name it, I've done it. My favourite pastime though is cross stitching. I find it so therapeutic and relaxing. I love seeing a design which looks like nothing on earth on paper, come to life as you add shading, detail, backstitching and/or French knots. I can't hand stitch or machine stitch to save my life, but give me a cross stitch pattern and some flosses and I'm your girl.
Seeing me sewing, both my daughters (21 and 9) often join me stitching away. Together we sit, enjoying the peace and quiet, and each other's company, and having some mother daughter time. Both my girls started stitching from the ages of around seven or eight, when I felt they could handle the strictness of following a rigid pattern; prior to that, I'd just give them some binca, and they'd just sew merrily away.
There are many kits classed as 'my first' cross stitch. These are usually completed with fewer stitches per inch. This enables the kit to grow incredibly quickly and kids can see the results with less effort. Kid's attention spans aren't as long as ours and they tend to get fed up easily. The designs on these kits are extremely babyish, and are now far too easy for my nine year old; therefore I have recently introduced her to Mouseloft Stitchlets.
~~~ The Kits ~~~
As the name suggests these are little kits. They are just a miniature of the kits I use myself. Mouseloft make a huge range of designs which makes it extremely difficult to choose. After much deliberation my daughter decided upon the one with a Unicorn design. She loves all things mythical so it was perfect for her, but there are designs and patterns to suit every taste, be it animals, flowers, seaside themes, and even ones for mounting on cards - saying congratulations new baby, happy birthday, and the like.
The kit comes in a plastic envelope for keeping your stitching clean and tidy between sewing sessions, and included is everything you need to get started straight away. All the relevant coloured threads, a needle (not all kits provide one), and a clear, easy to follow chart. The kits that are for celebrations, also come with a little card and envelope on which to mount your creation and send it to the recipient.
~~~ Detailed Design~~~
As mentioned before Binca (for kids stitching) is done with 6 stitches per inch. The Mouseloft Stitchlet kits are mini versions of the ones I complete, and are 14 count (14 stitches per inch). As such, although this is a very small design, there are more stitches per pattern, and is more of a challenge. The design is still very basic, but it perfectly suits an older child, an adult new to cross stitching, or a quick stitch for a seasoned pro, between larger projects.
We found the design very easy to follow and it contained more than enough of each thread. I do think though, that as these are generally aimed to people new to stitching, that the design sheet could have been made a little larger enabling you to more easily keep your place. As an old hand to this, I simply scanned it into my computer and enlarged it a little. My daughter could then mark off rows without ruining the original copy.
~~~ Completing The Project ~~~
My daughter made up this kit over several days, maybe even a week; she'd pick it up for a while and then put it back down again, as and when the mood arose. It would take me around two hours to finish in one sitting though. The finished result was brilliant, and just like the design on the packet (hurrah). In the range there are extremely simple designs and something a little harder. This one (the unicorn) contains only six colours; some contain three, and some considerably more than that, so it was relatively easy to accomplish, but the end result was fab.
~~~ Warning ~~~
The kit does say it is not suitable for children under the age of seven due to the sharp needle, but in my opinion a child this age wouldn't have the patience or the ability to cope with this kit anyway. They look perfectly suitable with the tiny and appealing diagram, but due to the higher thread count are that little bit more difficult to master.
~~~ Price ~~~
We paid £2.49 for this kit from Hobbycraft, and looking online there are 64 designs available to choose from. I only ever buy my cross stitch kits from Hobbycraft as there are no craft stores near me; but having done a quick check they are £2.99 ish on Amazon, including postage and packaging, at the moment. It might be worth doing that and avoiding an expensive trip to Hobbycraft, as you can never just go in for one thing, you come out with a bag full.
All in all this has been a fantastic little kit, and has given my daughter a brilliant sense of achievement. It comes most highly recommended for passing the time, and/or learning a new skill at a very affordable price.
Five stars from me (and Elysia) x
Summary: Lovely little kits for people new to cross stitching, or for something in between larger projects.
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