Early this year, I discovered the joy of cross stitch cards. Fabulous Ebayers supplied me with the fabric (see my previous article) and the aperture cards. I will write about the super Ebayers that sold the cards later.
So far, I have managed to finish 9 cross stitch cards. Thanks to many free patterns from www.cross-stitching.com / The Chart Shop and Michaels Stores, I started my humble collection. Then I gained some confidence to buy the expensive, but worth-buying, Cross Stitch Card Shop magazine. That was before I found pre-loved/used magazines online. I shall also write about these wonderful stores later.
My first project was the Comedy Dog by Claire Crompton which I affectionately call Scruffy Dog. I love this one the most because it’s clearly so cute, but it took quite some time for me to finish. Look at the scruffy fur! I gave it to my dear old school chum, Voo. His current hairstyle is just as inspiring. If you would like to have a look at the pattern, just visit the Chart Shop. It requires only 4 types of floss and a stitch count of around 42 x 22. Quite small.
My second project is the Romantic Girl by Sue Cook. I made 2 of them using different floss colours and different fabric. Let me say here – doing the second one was sooooo easy. I did it in 1/3 of the time it took me to do the first. Being familliar with the pattern really helped. I also got the pattern from the Chart Shop. This goes to my dear friends as Raya cards. I hope they’ll not throw it away….
Third is the Best Wishes Bunny by Debra Page, which I also made 2. For adjustment purposes, as I didn’t position it nicely, I added the heart to one of them and lose the ‘Best Wishes’ in the other. Just click here to see the pattern.
Then I stitched ‘All My Love’ by Cathy Bussi. It was supposed to be a Mother’s Day card, but I couldn’t finish it on time. It’ll go to someone, someday. Here’s the pattern.
All the above projects have 1 thing in common – they are relatively easy to do. So, I didn’t have to fear creating a future ‘abandoned project’.
– Precious Crafts