The reason I seem to avoid a lot of the free cross stitch kits is usually because the pattern doesn't interest me and I'm not too keen on spending that much time on something I don't love!
Last year I cross stitched some Christmas cards I had the kit for, but I just used whatever patterns I felt like instead of the suggested ones, and it worked so much better! I got the cards done in no time because I was super excited about making them, and it meant the supplies actually got used instead of sitting there forever.
I had two similar greetings cards kits from Cross Stitcher which I pretty much decided I was just never going to do with the provided patterns. I decided to look through X Stitch by Sarah Fordham for some awesome patterns instead and finally get those cards made.
X Stitch is one of my favourite cross stitch books as not only does it have amazing, quirky little patterns, it also features a lot of really small patterns, which are obviously super fast to stitch. And, there is very rarely any backstitch!
I managed to use a lot of the free thread I got with both the card kits, and also used a little of my own stash, and one stitching sessions later I had 7 lovely cards!
Excuse the fact the cards aren't folded in the pictures, but I couldn't get a good photo as they kept popping open!
They are super cute, worked up really fast, and I managed to get rid of two free kits in one session, which made me super happy!
I still have a couple of cross stitch cards kits left, two of which I actually like the provided patterns, and I'm not sure about the other ones yet! I may end up dipping into X Stitch again to get those bad boys finished!
This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List. You can check out my progress here.
- Clear as many free and purchased craft kits as possible.
- Make things from my huge collection of craft books.