For a while now I have been looking for a new craft to get my teeth stuck in to. I am still enjoying a bit of occasional paper quilling but it’s nice to have variety.
I don’t know what made me choose cross stitch but as soon as I tried it I knew I was hooked. It’s simple, you don’t need lots of experience or materials, and you don’t have to follow complicated patterns (if you don’t want to).
The first thing I cross stitched was some simple wording…a quote from one of my favourite tv shows, Firefly (“We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty”). I just wanted something easy to copy out and to be able to get the feel for the best way to work. I was fairly happy with how it turned out and I learnt a lot whilst working on it.
I soon found myself doing the usual thing of browsing Pinterest and that is when I discovered you can buy cross stitch covers for your phone! Excellent. I ordered one straight away.
So whilst I was waiting for that to arrive I wanted to get started on another project. That is when I decided to use cross stitch to satisfy my inner geek and create something X-Files themed. I found a photo to work from and drew out the pattern onto graph paper.
I worked on 14 count aida (perfect for beginners, I think) and used DMC colours 310, 839, 928, 720, 469, 945, and the dark grey was Anchor 236.
I can’t say how many hours it took to complete, but I took it on holiday with me for a week and did a little each day, and I managed to get it finished on my train journey home (normally I have nothing but bad things to say about how bright they keep train carriages at night but on this occasion I was grateful). I am incredibly happy with the finished product and so glad I did it. I love the aspect of taking a traditional craft and using it to create something modern and a little bit nerdy.
That is why I was excited when my phone case finally arrived and I got to stitch whatever I wanted onto it! I chose a Super Mario 1up design using a slight in-joke about my love/hate relationship with my phone. I have a small chuckle to myself every time I see it.
In summary, I have a new craft addiction. And everyone I know should start preparing themselves to receive random cross stitch Christmas presents this year. I have plenty in mind!