I designed my cross stitch kits for people like me. At the end of a long day of teaching, I was usually exhausted. All I wanted to do was veg out in front of the t.v. with my honey and recharge with a warm meal, a cider or hot tea, and a crafty project. My favorite part of any project was the middle, when I could stitch, stitch, stitch in the repetitive, meditative way that I found to be so soothing. Dreaming up my next project was always a fun part of the process, too, but the number of steps required between the initial inspiration and getting down to the good part felt like a tedious deterrent at times. Kits made for a great solution, because someone else had already completed the step of gathering all of the materials.
Not everyone feels this way. Some relish each step in the process, and others might decide the cost savings justify a little extra work, especially if they are create a lot of pieces. If you're one of those folks who prefer to create your own patterns or buy them digitally, this list is meant to prepare you to take on any project.
□ Cross stitch pattern
□ Embroidery hoop—make sure it’s big enough for the whole completed piece if it’s your framing choice
□ Aida fabric
□ #24 tapestry needles
□ Needle minder, pincushion, or piece of felt to store needles
□ Embroidery floss in chosen colors
□ Organizer for floss—most use floss bobbins or a floss palette, but you could hole punch a piece of cardstock
□ Sharp scissors—I use embroidery scissors specifically meant to cut thread
□ Clean bag or box for keeping all your supplies together and transporting them
If you've made it this far and are terrified, don't worry, my shop has plenty of all-inclusive kits available for purchase. If you're unruffled, you might enjoy my digital pattern downloads.
Stitchers, what's your favorite supply? Comment below to share or highlight any of your essentials that I left out.