Along with baking and cooking, cross stitch is another great hobby. I love to sit down on an evening and stitch, especially on a cold winter’s evening with the fire on and something decent to watch on the TV. I can’t just sit down with empty hands, I have to be busy doing something. Cross stitch helped me relax in my down time doing exams, during school holidays as a teacher and also throughout my two pregnancies.
Christmas is always a special time for showing off your cross stitch projects and over the years I’ve made a few decorations. Each year I try to do something new but as work gets busier it ends up that the project doesn’t get finished til after Christmas. Last year I stitched a nativity scene which was so detailed it took me til well into January. I still haven’t stitched the gold star sequins on it either. This year was no exception, except I managed to finish my Christmas project on New Years’ Day! Well at least I’m organised for this Christmas!
Back in November I was looking on Amazon and came across a gorgeous wall hanging kit. It was from a range by Nia Cross Stitch, a Welsh designer who produces beautiful, high quality kits in both Welsh and English. I have stitched a few of Nia’s designs before: two wedding samplers, a Pearl anniversary sampler, an 18th birthday sampler and finally a teacher themed one last summer. I love Nia’s quirky lettering, the vibrant colours she uses in her thread palette and also the cheerful motifs on her samplers. This “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” sampler was no exception and I just had to order it. Though it took me a couple of weeks to get round to starting it as I was in the middle of another project at the time.
Fast forward to 8th December and I finally got to start on the project.
Not much stitching gor done in the next few days.
Finally after lots of time spent glued to the sofa over the Christmas holidays I finally got my sampler finished on New Year’s Day in the afternoon. The air was blue trying to thread my beading needle to add the red and white seed beads to the sampler. I just couldn’t thread it so I gave up and did very messy French knots instead. Now a couple of days later as I type I’m thinking of what I could do with the sampler. I think I’ll make it into a wall hanging once I find the perfect backing fabric.
Love Sam xx