Pejam celik, pejam celik, sudah mo ujung Mei (Sabahan Malay dialect)! It’s almost the end of May and wow! A holiday this Friday (Wesak) and 2 more holidays next Thursday and Friday (Sabah Harvest Festival). But for the kids, they will start their 2 weeks’ school holidays this Friday. Yippee!
Last Friday to Sunday was IHSW. I make it a point to follow IHSW every month since February 2013 because I know that if I don’t, I would surely miss doing cross stitching a whole month one day. I hope I will continue to remember to commit to IHSW every month.
Initially, I planned to continue with Panda but as I rummaged through all my unused free gifts (which came with Cross Stitch Crazy, Cross Stitcher and The World of Cross Stitching magazines of 2011-2012), I found a Needle Book Stitch Kit courtesy of Cross Stitcher magazine, issue 250 (Mar 2012).
Inside the nice envelope is a red, white and blue felt, a soluble canvas, a needle and a few unsorted thread. The chart is on page 2-3 of the said Cross Stitcher.
I have never before cross stitched on a soluble canvas nor on felt. So, this is a good opportunity to try out something slightly different from my usual cross stitching gig. Maybe due to the overwhelming hot and humid weather last week, I wasn’t in the mood for romantic floral designs. Therefore, I flipped through the same magazine and chose to do funky mugs instead. I forgot to take a photo of the design, and it’s not on The Making Spot either. I will post the photo next time ya.
Anyway, it was a lucky choice for me, as it turns out that many of those who did the flower chart ended up with insufficient thread. Just look at the comments on The Making Spot below:
I started by tacking the top, bottom, left and right of the soluble canvas to the felt using pink thread. When I think about it now, maybe I should have also tacked the middle part as well. Forgot to take a photo of that as well, too engrossed with stitching and thinking… hmmmm
Somehow, a stubborn streak in me prevailed or maybe I just love to deviate once in a while (I am the most uncreative person I know) that although the chart clearly states ‘use 2 strands’ of thread, I tried it with 6 strands at first. After seeing the ‘crowded’ result, I decided to undo the stitch and used 3 strands for the flowers to make the design pop out and 2 strands for the whole cup. I really love seeing the ‘raised effect’ on the stitched pattern.
I don’t know how the whole design will look when finished (if I do finish it), but boy, was it hard to pull the thread through the felt! I managed to break 1 needle in the process and almost reached the end of the border (maybe I miscalculated or because the thread was too thick) that now I have a few spare spaces on the right side of the felt but barely enough space on the left side. It is really, really, really a slow process.
Oh well, que sera, sera…. whatever will be, will be….
Anyway, I said that I did some ‘rummaging’, right? After going through all my free kits, I realised that I have one too many kits that I am sure I will never get to use. Plus, I can’t stop myself from buying at least 1 cross stitch magazine every 2 months (price has went up a bit, so I have to restrain myself from buying every month). Hence, I hereby take this opportunity to inform my dear readers that I’m offering those kits and a few other stuffs in my collection up for grabs on my Ebay store. Got to loosen up my ‘hoarding’ attitude…
The sale will start in a few days and I will post about it soon. The prices will range from RM3 – RM12. Among the items that will be put up for sale are:
Hope you’ll give it more than a peek.
Have a nice weekday – I am definitely looking forward to the coming holidays!
– Precious Crafts