#37 She sells seashells…

Delicious cotton colours, a variety of stitches & knots and a cross stitch pattern that’s just the right level of complicated, can you think of a better way to spend a leisurely Friday morning.

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Aren’t the colours magic?

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J x

#36 Channelling my inner Bree Van Der Kamp*

Anyone who really knows me knows that I have few passions in my life, but passions they are.

Cross stitching, of course, is one of them. Baking is another.

With that in mind it may shock you to hear I don’t actually eat deserts. I just love the precision and decorating that comes with the territory.

Lucky for me I have a willing tester for all my creations, Mr XStitch.

On today’s menu is homemade spaghetti bolognese and fresh orange flapjack slices.

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A perfect Friday morning in the kitchen as I come down from my latest cross stitch completion high.

Wisteria Lane here I come.*

J x

*reference to Desperate Housewives, the TV programme.

#35 Beads & embellishments

Stitched, sewn and embellished, my wise owl is all done.

I decided to sew little beads onto his belly, scarf and wing for a little extra ‘bling’ and even a line of beads down the side of the pocket itself to change the shape of the outline to fit better.

A top tip for anyone working on a similar project: use the stitching on the back of the canvas from the cross stitch design to hem the material. It’s secure and neat, and  will allow for hemming while avoiding any unsightly stitching showing on the front of the design.

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All he’s missing is a name.

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Does anyone have any suggestions?

J x