Cross-Stitch Link-Up


Needlework Days

I’m linking up with Feisty Tapas for Needlework Days, along with a few other stitching friends and enthusiasts. When you spend as much time as I do watching life from the corner of the sofa you need something other than computer games to occupy your brain, so about six years ago I learned to cross-stitch.

I favour large pieces, such as dancing couples, and detailed stitching of flowers. I also have a fondness for the whimsical (such as the adorable All Our Yesterdays collection) and animals. The more intricate it looks, the more I want to sew it. My current piece – a ballerina – is my first attempt at a large evenweave piece and is going surprisingly well.

I must have hundreds of patterns in my sewing cupboard upstairs: unopened kits I’ve purchased, half-finished pieces that I abandoned temporarily and then forgot about, and also patterns sent by friends and glommed from Cross-Stitcher Magazine. I once sewed David Tennant for a friend who adores him, and she shows it to everybody she possibly can! I’m hoping that Matt Smith will eventually appear in the celebrity section of Cross-Stitcher – complete with fez!

If you like to cross-stitch, why not join me in what seems like a fun project and a great way to meet new friends?

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About The Hairy Housewife

Media volunteer for Epilepsy Action (UK) and advocate for both epilepsy and autism awareness. Seamstress, cross-stitcher, sci-fi lover, ukulele player and Chelmsford's own Pickling Pagan who wants to inherit a TARDIS when she grows up. In the process of writing an as yet unnamed book, with anecdotes and information about being epileptic and autistic - and seeing the funny side! Also an entertainment journalist for What Culture, where I write about Doctor Who.
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11 Responses to Cross-Stitch Link-Up

  1. Thanks so much for joining in! I look forward to seeing photos of your works of art, whether completed, in progress or waiting to start. Oh and I would love to see your sewing cupboard, one day I would love to have one, a well-organised one hopefully! Lovely to have found you in the interwebs!

    • Missus Tribble says:

      Lovely to have found you too! Us cross-stitchers need to stick together, and the more the merrier :)

      • Definitely! Well said. I’m so glad I started the link-up, lately whenever I mentioned my love of cross-stitch people made me feel like an old bat! I started cross-stitching when I was about ten and yes that was about 30 years ago but, being Spanish, I have never felt that it is an old-person’s hobby at all. Just a very relaxing hobby I really enjoy :)

      • Missus Tribble says:

        I’m 38, did some embroidery in school and became addicted to cross-stitch when I was 32! I love seeing random squares in the centre of the aida/evenweave forming into something solid that resembles something. I don’t even mind backstitch and am better at that than the boyfriend who taught me!

        I’m actually about to post my current project and show the one I just need to get the materials for; that one is what I call a “weekend project” as I can probably do it in a day :)

  2. I keep meaning to stitch the David Tennant picture for myself ;-)

  3. willowdot21 says:

    With a wedding ensuing how have you time to cross stitch??

    • Missus Tribble says:

      Most of the wedding is organised now, and I can always find an hour or three for cross-stitch :)

      • Missus Tribble says:

        If it’s the time I have on my hands that you envy, please don’t. I’d rather be active and healthy than sitting around all the time, almost afraid to move in case of seizure.

        That’s life though, and that’s the hand I’ve been dealt. I just learned to deal with my failing physical abilities in a positive way – because I refuse to be that bitter, grumpy old lady sat in the corner in the nursing home :)

  4. willowdot21 says:

    No it is not the time I envy, I have too much time since my accident three years back . I would rather be much more active, it is pain that rules me but that said I do physio at the gym twice a week and I also do a Deep Core class and a Pilates class, walk every and try to keep mobile. I was angry and jealous at first and wept because I could not go back to my job.But hey I have grown up now and cope!! No it is the talent I envy!!!! ;) xxxxx

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