There are too many people trying to hold each other back in this world. I want to use my own website to help spread the love and share with you my most awesomely talented friends!
Rachel Goodall has been a long and dear friend of mine for years, she's incredibly independent, brave and down right creative, especially in the world of cross stitching!
How long have you been cross stitching?
There is plastic aida you can buy, and use wool instead and large blunt needles, I did this when very young, maybe 6 or 7, simple ladybird designs. I remember doing bigger projects when I was young, maybe 9 or 10. Bookmarks and very small designs.
What got you into it?
I seriously got into it when a friend had a baby, and I decided to do a cross stitch to commemorate the birth. The baby was 6 weeks early so I had to finish it rather hurriedly! This was in 2007.
What has been your proudest cross stitch that youve completed?
The proudest one I've ever done was for my sister's wedding. I bought a kit online then reassigned all the colours to match with the tartan in the kilt that they used on the day. Those tiny stitches were a nightmare, but I love the fact that as I don't have oodles of money to spend on presents, I can really put the effort in to create a unique and truly special gift.
Is it a pure hobby or would you ever like to make a living off it one day?
Pure hobby, I think. I put so much time and energy into making these that I only give them away, I lost money on them all. If you get one from me, you're very special indeed!
Would you ever take commissions for cross stitch work?
It would depend what it was. I'd probably encourage people to pick up a kit and do it themselves, so therapeutic and the reward at the end is fantastic. It's following simple patterns, so is incredibly easy to pick up.
Do you have any exciting cross stitch projects in the making at the moment?
I am doing a cross stitch of the first 151 Pokemon, which is the biggest (and most expensive!) project I've ever undertaken. I've grown up with Pokemon, so the first generation are very special to me.
WOWZA! That is very ambitious! its looking great already though, how long has it taken you so far? How long do you think you have left?
It took me a few weeks to put the base outline of just the black thread in. It was all I could afford at the time, with over 100 colours at around 80p per skein, some requiring multiple skeins, it's certainly not cheap. I started doing the colour in around March, so as at today I'm on Kadabra, and have completed 64 monsters. Not bad for around 4 months work! At this rate, I should be done by around February, social life permitting.
Your work seems to get more and more ambitious, with successful results, do you know what your next project will be after pokemon?
I have seen another large project, the map of Hyrule from a Link to the Past... or maybe I could start on the second generation of Pokemon and furnish Level Up with the complete set...!
What has been the biggest error youve made cross stitching, how long did it take you to fix, thats if, you were able to fix it?
I haven't made any particularly big errors for a long time. The biggest mistake was probably the cross stitch I did for my friend's baby, as I didn't realise all the stitches should be crossed in the same direction! What a mess!
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