Reviving an old forgotten favourite…

An old favourite...

I used to have this love-hate relationship with cross stitch. I would always be in awe of how gorgeous the patterns can be just by stitching on these little Xs but I’d hate how long and meticulous these pieces can be…

My earliest (and painful) memories of cross stitch would be me starting halfway and then just chucking it aside.

Until I went to Australia and discovered Dimension Stamped/No-Count kits! Stamped or no-count basically means that the outline of the design is imprinted onto the cloth, so you just fill in the areas according to the instructions. The kit also comes with needles, and threads (pre-sorted or otherwise) I remember seeing a few unique ones, especially with metallic gold threads included. I made the mistake of not bringing them back; all four/three of my kits together with other accessories like my frames ended up either in the trash or with Salvation Army. To be sure, you’ll have to ask my ex.

So you could say that I was rather glad that I caught this bug again nearly three months into life here. Cross stitch gives me a much needed break from the constant knitting that I do, plus there is just something serene about needlework. Over here, they don’t do huge pieces of cross stitch for framing; this particular needlework is used more as a decorative stitching so getting the same Dimension kits had required some ingenuity and hunting on my part.

Nevertheless, I’m happy with the current two kits that I have – even though they are a little on the same side. It’ll do for now…

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