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Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

New competition

Yiotas XStitch is running a new giveaway/competition to win a free cross stitch kit of toucan birds.
Join our competition here

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

New cross stitch freebies from Yiotas XStitch

Yiotas XStitch have 3 more new free cross stitch patterns for download.
Country spring lady, get the download here.
Art deco flower, get download here
Creation of Adam, get download here

Monday, 27 September 2010

New competition!

We are running a new competition to win a free cross stitch kit of Klimt.
Ends 20th October 2010.
Enter here: Competition

Unfinished cross stitch projects

How many of you love cross stitch so much that have two or more projects on the go? But also a few unfinished ones somewhere hidden in the house gathering dust. This is a guide to give you some ideas of what you can actually do with all your unfinished cross stitch projects.
There are so many beautiful designs out there that it is impossible not to buy them. But sometimes we end up having too many projects on the go that some will be left aside to be finished at a later time. Others will end up at the back of a drawer because the cross stitch pattern was lost or a page from the pattern has gone missing.
First, you need to decide how important it is to finish the project. Where you planning on giving it to someone for a special occasion? or was simply to decorate your house? Go through all your unfinished cross stitch projects and decide whether you want to keep it or no longer have a passion to finish it ever.
The ones that can not be finished due to pages of the pattern missing, maybe is a good idea to through them away. Unless you are happy to do a bit of investigation, go back to the manufacturer and try to find that particular pattern.
If you decided the excitement has gone for some unfinished projects, you could donate it to your local charity shop. Someone else might be interested in having it and continue the beautiful work you started. Or you can give it to a friend who is now learning to cross stitch.
The other option is to sell it. You will be amazed how many unfinished cross stitch projects sell on ebay! I would suggest you sell it as auction rather than a buy it now price.
If you decide to keep some projects, make sure you get a storage container and place the project and your supplies there. It will keep them nice and tidy away from dust. You could also arrange a rotation. Include your unfinished project in rotation with your other projects. When you get bored of one project, put it aside for a while and start stitching the other.
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Sunday, 9 May 2010

Free fairy cross stitch kit

Yiotas XStitch is running an online competition to win a free fairy
cross stitch kit. Only one question to answer. Competition ends June 30th 2010. For more details visit: Competition

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Fine art paintings in cross stitch

Lately fine art paintings in cross stitch are very popular. Fine art paintings from the famous Monet, Van Gogh and Klimt are complex paintings but they look great in cross stitch. Most of us have posters of the old masters in our rooms, why not stitch a painting and hang it in the living room.

Fine art cross stitch can be complicated, challenging and can also take some time to finish but you will capture the drama and different colours of an old famous painting and also create a heirloom for the family. A cross stitch painting is a wonderful keepsake and you should be proud to have made it. 

Many cross stitch shops offer designs from the Old Masters like Monet, Van Gogh, Klimt, Waterhouse, Renoir and many more. To choose your favourite design, decide which painting you would like to stitch and then look first online for all the bargains. Online cross stitch shops can afford to offer better priced and competitive cross stitch kits and patterns. There is a huge variety of fine art cross stitch patterns online. These days, you can also get your cross stitch pattern via email or download so you are saving money on postage. You will need to have a printer to print the pattern or you can email it to a friend who can print the pattern for you. You can not miss your favourite painting into cross stitch, just search the net for fine art cross stitch patterns and you will find it. However if you can not find your design, just email any of the fine art cross stitch shops and most of them will be more than happy to make it for you into a cross stitch pattern.

There is not so much variety of fine art in cross stitch kits, you may need to search for your favourite design a bit more. If you can not find it online, it is a good idea to ask your local craft shop in case they can direct you to the right place. If you still can not find your favourite design into cross stitch kit, then you will have to find it into a cross stitch pattern and buy the materials - fabric and threads - separately. 

Once you find the perfect fine art painting in cross stitch kit or pattern, be sure you stitch your initials and date at the bottom of your cross stitch design. It is nice to know who made a masterpiece!

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