You may remember from my previous posts that this is the year I had set aside to learn embroidery. I've managed to do a few small projects (you can see how they turned out here), but was looking to do something a little more substantial when my delightful niece took it upon herself to send me a cross stitch kit or two. She runs her own cross stitch business you see and I'm thankful that she chose some designs for me as I'm quite sure I wouldn't have been able to narrow down my selection from the range that she stocks. You can have a look for yourself at X Squared. Hayley must have seen my crochet Lego scarf because amongst the kits, the project that immediately jumped out at me was the Mini Block fractal she was kind enough to send.
Now I'm not the neatest person in the world and I was worried from the outset that I would really struggle to put together row after row of perfectly formed stitches. Thankfully there is quite a bit to do prior to actually forming the first stitch, so I put my fears aside and carefully measured the centre of my fabric and sorted all of my threads. As a beginner, I'm not sure of the tried and true methods of thread sorting, however I thought the easiest way for me would be to use a sheet of clear projector film (the sort they used to use for overhead projectors before the digital age took over - yes you'd be surprised what I have stored in my cupboards!) with holes punched and codes and colours marked with a Sharpie.
Let the stitching begin....
There's something so very Downton Abbey/Pride and Prejudice about sitting down with an embroidery hoop and thread and whiling away the hours. Naturally I would hope for a maid or two to bring the odd cup of tea in exquisite floral teacups, but alas the relaxation of forming the stitches is usually interrupted not by a maid, but the pressing need to cook or pick up a child from wherever they may be at any given time. I'm pleased to say that despite the interruptions and my less than perfect stitches, this is a project I'm really enjoying. The shading looks amazing so the bricks really do look like they are in 3D - at one point my daughter asked if I was sewing stitches on top of each other to get the effect.
This project might take a while to complete, so I do encourage you to follow us on Facebook for updates and hopefully one day in the not so distant future there'll be an update with this framed and hanging on the wall.