I've only completed one cross stitch in my life but I've been bitten by the bug. So much so that when I recently visited Hobbycraft, I came home with a few cross stitch related things.
I was looking for a cross stitch magazine. I rarely buy magazines these days but on the cusp of a new hobby, I thought I'd treat myself. I decided on a Christmas edition of Ultimate Cross Stitch. It was a bit more expensive at £7.99 than the others on sale but I thought it was worth it for the 105 charts it contains. There's some large ones and plenty of small ones so I'm sure there'll be plenty I'll be able to manage even though I'm a novice.
I had a quick flick through the magazine whilst I was in the shop and saw these Scandinavian love hearts designs which can be made in to cards. I thought they were lovely so I decided to buy some aida and some red stranded cotton to give one a go.
I've only even used aida but I'm quite keen to have a go with evenweave fabric, it doesn't seem quite so stiff, so I bought some of that too. I'm not sure how I'll get on with it as it seems harder with this to see where the needle should go than with aida but I'll give it a try. My eyesight is rapidly deteriorating. I was given glasses three years ago but I know they're no longer strong enough so I'll have to book myself an appointment at the opticians. A voucher for a free eye test was pushed through my mum and dad's letterbox yesterday so that will do very nicely.
I also bought a new embroidery hoop as the one I have left marks when I used it. I'd really like a snap frame before I start my next large project so that I don't have to use a hoop at all.
It's quite exciting embarking on a new hobby, I just wish there were more hours in the day so that I had more time to do everything I want to do. One thing's for sure, I'll never be bored.