What a difference a year makes!

Pattern Review: Dimensions Crafts Oriental Butterfly Counted Cross Stitch Kit 

My sewing blog has been pretty quiet recently as I have been travelling a lot with work and my sewing mojo is at an all time low. However I am delighted that I have (finally) finished my recent cross stitch project. 

I purchased this Dimensions cross stitch pattern for just under £11 in October 2014 and have been working on it on and off for the past year. My first cross stitch project was very much a beginner project and I can tell that I am more confident and used to following patterns. I am really pleased with the finished product and for the price it is excellent! 

I have to admit I go through a love/hate relationship with cross stitch. I like having a project always on hand to take to my craft group and I like that I can do this no matter how stressed or poorly I am feeling (unlike sewing). However, at times I really struggle with how long it takes compared to sewing. We all know that cross stitch is not a speedy hobby but sometimes I can't help but feel a little despondent when I have been working on it for 3 hours and hardly finished an inch of the pattern!

That said seeing this framed (thanks dad for my handmade frame!) and hung in the hallway makes it all better and I am excited to be working on another project. The next cross stitch project is a little bit of instant gratification - if there is such a thing! 

Do you have any slow burning hobbies that you do in-between other things such as sewing? 

Happy stitching!


  1. Besides sewing, I also make fashion jewellery. I used to do that much more often and was selling lots to friends, family and colleagues. I started making jewellery because I really wanted to make some unique accessories to go with my self-made clothes. It just so happened that people saw my jewellery and wanted to buy them. I actually had a waitress in a restaurant bought a necklace that I was wearing while I was dining there! LOL!

  2. Beautiful cross stitch !! Cross stitch has been on my radar for some time, but have yet to do it... Great job. My all time favorite slow burning hobby is crocheting.. I love making sweaters.


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