I’m thinking ahead to Christmas. It’s almost October, and my husband works in a toy shop, which means that for them “Christmas” starts in about 2 weeks (I hasten to add that they don’t start putting decorations out, just generally gearing up for the holiday season without it being too obvious to the customer).
This Christmas, I suspect I shall not have a lot of money. By starting work I’m actually poorer than when I was a student – no more qualifying for lots of maintenance grant! Mind you, I’m only working 2 days a week, so that accounts for a lot … so I’m going to be trying to make / recycle many things this Christmas. And that got me thinking about cross-stitch.
Cross stitch isn’t a particularly cheap craft – except when you have the supplies already, at which point it becomes free. We have a box of embroidery thread and a reasonably large amount of fabric passed down from my husband’s grandmother, plus I have a few things in the way of beads / sequins / ribbons, so there could be potential here …
I went to the library yesterday, and looked through some cross stitch books (our library has many) … but as you would expect, a lot of it is really, really naff. I can make some rather darling Christmas decorations; that won’t be a problem. But I’d kind of like to come up with something neat to make as a potential mini-gift-thing. And I don’t think I’m going to find it in the middle of samplers of “baby X, born [date], weighed [this much]” surrounded by duckies. So perhaps you can help me …
What design can you think of that you’d like to see in cross stitch / embroidered?
My answers so far are:
– an approximation to the Sierpinski Triangle
– an approximation to the Koch snowflake
– teapots! I do rather love teapots.
– something ironic … but I haven’t come up with a particular something yet
– spaceships / UFOs
Post your suggestions and help me out! Or leave a comment explaining why this enterprise is doomed to failure … either way, leave me a comment :).