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Member Name: norton501
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Advantages: Fun little past-time
Disadvantages: Can go wrong!
**This is a review of Cross Stitching in General**
I recall learning how to do various types of stitching when I was 8 or 9 at school and having a framed square with my name sewn in the middle on my wall with all different types of stitches around it. Now whenever I need to repair anything (ie holes in socks), I tend to just make it up as I go along to patch up the hole and would never in a million years class myself as anything of a decent seamstress. I saw a lovely little 3x3 inch cross stitch kit in the Works before Christmas for £1 and thought that would be lovely to make whilst sat watching the tv over Christmas.
When I opened the pack, it came complete with a needle, coloured 6-strand threads and a pattern. I found cross stitching really easy to get back into- the only trouble was I found the 6-strand cotton a nightmare to thread through the needle and too thick for the material I was sewing. I recall something about splitting the threads in half so you only use three of the six strands but wasn't sure if I 'd just made that up or not. In this instance, my cross stitch bear went wrong as I was following the pattern to the letter and counting all the little 'x's on the pattern as one full X stitch- then half way through the bear's forehead, I was running out of cotton and wondered what was going wrong and I checked the photo on the front and saw there were about 1/3 of the number of stitches in the bear on the photo on the front of the pack than there were on the pattern!
I put this down to the pack only being £1 and my own errors in just assuming I was making it correctly! So, although I would buy and make another cross stitch kit, I will research 1: if you need to split the 6 strand cotton down before you use it and 2: how I am supposed to read the pattern layout of x's. In the pack I attempted, it had no written instructions- just a diagram of x's that I assumed was easy to follow. So, I cannot blame the cross stitch for my failed attempt here! I had to down tools and abandon the cross stitch bear kit as I didn't have enough thread to complete it.
So, cross stitching is a nice repetative past-time where I think as long as you make little Xs the picture will come out ok. But you need a magnifying glass or good eyesight and a lot of patience - I found you do soon get into a rhythm with stitching and the effects can then be frames, made into greetings cards- maybe even sold if you really like cross stitching. It is time consuming though so do expect the designs to take you longer than you may expect.
Summary: Nice little hobby