Feeling a bit burnt out, I decided to undertake a creative project that was away from my computer… and sewing machine. I decided to try my hand out at embroidery; it always interested me but it had always looked so daunting.
After a bit of research, I picked a stamped cross-stitch pattern; specifically Dimensions Needlecrafts Springtime View. If you don’t know the difference between a stamped cross-stitch pattern and a “standard” cross-stitch pattern, then know that a stamped pattern has outlines and little X guides where to stitch. A standard cross-stitch pattern is often called counted; where there is no stamping and you are required to count out the square’s weaved directly onto the canvas. (You can see the X marks in the picture below).
Of course I don’t do anything the easy way…
I had previously bought a needle punch kit that I hadn’t had a chance to use; so I figured that this kit would be the perfect opportunity.
One of the things that I love about this embroidery kit is the bright colors. I started the embroidery in the middle of autumn when everything in Kuwait was dry and brown; there aren’t too many plants in the desert, and what is there is rather brown when the season turns.
The product is absolutely lovely. Since I spent so long making the embroidery, we thought it was only fitting to get it a nice frame. We were quite pleasantly surprised that the frame store was going to only charge US$20 for a custom sized frame with a glass cover.
It is really rewarding to see my artwork; much more rewarding than looking at a picture that I bought from a store. Sorry that the picture below is a little blurry; I couldn’t take a clear shot through the glass cover.