Lying Cat Cross Stitch

December 01, 2017
At work a couple of months ago I got quite drunk, and told one of my work pals how I would love to craft him something geeky (which was true, but I maybe didn't need to shout it in his face). A few days later, sober, he took me up on my offer and asked me to make him a cross stitch of the character Lying Cat the graphic novel Saga.

We found this cool pattern on Etsy, and he purchased it for me so I could get crafting. Now...this pattern cost almost £15. The pattern says it 84 x 84 stitches when it's finshed, so it's pretty tiny. Now I appreciate the fact that the pattern is quite detailed, as it uses a painting style technique for the back stitch, and a lot of fractional stitches, but no way would I have ever paid £15 for one tiny pattern myself. Single patterns from Etsy are usually like £3-£7, and whole cross stitch kits or books at £15, so I was pretty shocked. However, my workmate was so keen to buy it himself, and there were no other pattern out there, so we went with this one.

I bought some orange Aida to try and make it look like the finished version as much as possible, and actually went to the effort of buying the correct threads so it would look just right.

Lying cat cross stitch

Lying cat cross stitch

Lying cat cross stitch

I popped it in a wee white (requested colour from workmate) Ikea frame with a mount (which is always good to hide potentially messy fabric edges), and I just love how the finished item looks.

Lying cat cross stitch

Lying cat cross stitch

I'm not sure if the back stitch details should have been done in more that one strand of black, as the pattern doesn't specify (which was slightly annoying). I think the finished picture on the pattern does look thicker in some places than mine, but not all (such as the "lying" text which is very thin, though I think I ended up going over some letters more than once to make them stand out a bit more), so I'm really not sure. The seller said you could contact her with any questions, but I would have thought for £15, all the instructions would have just been in the pattern.

That being said though, it did turn out lovely. It was the trickiest thing I've cross stitched, as a lot of the stitches are TINY, but it looked fab when it was finished, and it's currently being proudly displayed on my work mate's desk, so I can't really ask for more.

2 comments:

  1. It looks really great but I agree that the price for the pattern seems a bit steep!

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  2. I know eh? I never want to like slag off a small business, because that’s where I buy a lot of crafty stuff, but yeah had my workmate not insisted on that pattern I never would have spent that much.

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