Ideas For Designs…

I was walking around where I live the other day and decided to take in a circuit of the park. The children’s play area was deserted so I went to have a look at toys.

The slide and the tractor climbing frame drew my attention straight away and I took some photos on my phone of the shapes.

On the walk back I was buzzing full of ideas of how I could use different types of lettering to work with these shapes.

I came home, took out a drawing pad and started to pencil out the designs I was playing over in my head to make them into something a little more rounded so that I didn’t forget them.

It was quite exciting taking something so simple and using it to spark the imagination.

I want to try to master the art of getting the design in 3D as I’m not great at drawing. In the past stitching the design then working it out from there and drawing it up after has helped so I could try that.

I’m thinking that some of the ideas I had would work well as a birthday card and one was more for a name sampler as it would be too big for a card I felt.

I brought a pack of blank cards and envelopes in one of the pound shops so I have everything I need to start working out the designs.

My aim when I have a couple finished is to photograph them and send them into the magazine I entered the competition with as they had asked to see more of my work.

Who knows, they might like what I create and decide to feature it in the magazine again. That would be nice!


Zoe by Anchor


I chose this kit even though it is really for children because of the name. My sister is called Zoe and her boyfriend is a Sheffield Wednesday fan. As Wednesday’s mascot is an owl they have a lot of owl related decorations in their flat so I thought this would be a cute addition as a birthday card.

My brother and sister don’t share in the love of cross stitch and have made no bones about what their reaction would be to any crafted gifts I might make for them.

As such I am in the process of making a Sheffield Wednesday coloured version of this design so that I can get the pair framed and give it to them as a Christmas present for the flat.

They’ll hate it but I will get some amusement out of winding them up so I think its worth some of my time.

I might decide not to be so mean and just make them into their birthday cards for next year. I have until next May to finish his then!

It is a cute little design and I think young people interested in starting out with cross stitch would find this fun to make…