Firstly we are sorry that we have been MIA (missing in action) for the past few months, we were very fortunate to be super busy throughout November, December and January so far. We have been at quite a few craft fairs over the last 10 weeks and have been amazed at how popular the cross stitch kits and patterns have been (obviously we think they are amazing but it is nice to know you guys do to). It is extremely pleasing to see so many children keen to have a minion, alien or Barnaby cross stitch that they can complete themselves.
One of the main things we have learnt while at the craft fairs is that there is most certainly a new, young, keen generation of cross stitchers amongst us. From my youngest niece who sat for a whole afternoon learning to cross stitch with her Auntie to the dozens of young children we met who are being taught at school, we have yet to met a kid who isn't interested in trying our beloved craft.
We are working on a top tips for getting kids into cross stitching, keep an eye out for that one!
We always love to see our patterns and kits once they are finished and framed by you, and are lucky enough to have been sent a few of your pictures, please do keep 'em coming - it is great to see how you have done and inspires us to carry on designing, not that we need much inspiration, if I could sit all day designing and cross stitching she'd be very happy. But with a new job in the new year (that I am loving) - our designing and stitching time can occasionally be limited.
We have added a few new patterns to our website and will be trying something fun with these in 2014 - so keep your eyes peeled for more. Let us know if there are any characters you would like to see and we will incorporate those into our plans.
Through our time at the craft fairs we have seen that cross stitching is still very much alive and thriving. Many children we met were being taught it at school, or by their crafting family members.
As well as meeting lots of lovely, gifted people at the craft fairs we have been read about a few inspiring and exceptionally talented cross-stitchers.
Firstly, a lady in China who completed a huge cross stitch embroidery picture of 18 ancient Chinese women wearing traditional clothes playing music, chess, reading and painting.
Yang Shaohui spent around 1,000 days stitching the piece, spending two to three hours a day working on it, she completed this in approximately 2,500 hours (or in just under three years if you would rather look at it like that). That is amazing and while I don't think everyone can do that, just think of the pride she must feel.
Secondly another lady in China who completed a 250 centimetre cross stitch. Huo Yuexia spent ten months working on the cross-stitch.
And finally, a gentleman in Hampshire, England who will be (or has been, depending when you're reading this) for 36 hours. Scott Shepherd will be staying awake to stitch the artwork called Snow Angel, by Raoul Vitale, to raise money for a 10-year-old girl.
This has certainly motivated me to crack on with the logo pattern, this pattern took me 10 hours to design, and I am 2 pages down, 13 to go on completing it.... Following my progress on Facebook and Twitter, and please do let us know what you think. This piece is a labour of love for me, and I am keen to make sure it is perfect!
Happy stitching crafters, feel free to share your projects with us, we love to see them. x