I love to craft. I always have. When I was 7/8 one of my older sisters gave me a rug-hooking to do. I still remember it – a 12″ square with an owl in the middle. It turned out that my teacher that year loved owls. I stayed up late each night to finish it before school ended so I could give it to her as a present. She loved it – or at least she said she did! I also finished my twin’s kit as she just wasn’t interested in finishing it.
I was given kits at first and would finish them right away – satin stitch pictures, rug-hooking, bead/sequin & pin kits (pushing those pins in hurt your fingers) and then my Godmother gave me a cookie (biscuit) tin. It was a beautiful tin with a rose and trellis design and I’m sure I still have it somewhere. In the tin was thread, a hoop, a needle and a pillowcase with a printed pattern of roses on the end. No instructions because she was going to show me how to stitch it. Once she showed me how to make those little x’s I was hooked. I cross-stitched all the time.
I did meander into knitting and crochet, flower-drying and sewing at school amongst other crafts in sewing and textile classes, but at home I mostly cross-stitched. In my 20’s I worked in a Craft store and learned decoupage, beading, and painting plaster Christmas ornaments. I really got into those ornaments and bought tons of paint and painted hundreds to give away as presents or to a charity to sell. Once my Mum bought the ornaments I made for that charity sale and gave them to me for Christmas….. but I still cross-stitched.
Most of the Cross-stitches I have made I gave as gifts. I think I’m going to have to bite the bullet and list them on Etsy. I know I won’t get back for the time involved in them, but hope that the buyer will appreciate the effort and time that went into making the piece……….. which is your favourite?