A few weeks ago on Instagram Sheona of Sewisfaction shared a few independent designers she liked and one of them was Charlie of Stitchsperation. She describes her brand as "a range of modern cross stitch kits for people ready to bring some colour and creativity into their lives. Designed for people who love modern design, bright colours, typography and inspirational quotes". I immediately fell in love with her bright rainbow aesthetic and followed her! Not long after she put a post out asking if anyone would like to review a kit and, of course, I jumped at the chance!
I took a look through her website and while it was very difficult to decide which quote to go for I finally chose the 'Carpe Diem' pattern which I thought would go well in my bedroom and would be a nice thought to start each day.
I chose the rainbow colour way (but the sunset colour way is also droolsome!) and the 14 count aida fabric option, rather than evenweave, because that's what I'm used to.
The kit came beautifully packaged in a smart black envelope. You get everything; instructions, a large piece of aida, thread and two needles. The pattern comes in two different sizes with basic instructions on how to start. The only thing not included is a 'how to cross stitch' but this is covered in a in depth video on her website.
I can't tell you how cool the hand painted fabric was, so vivid and if you know me at all you know I can't resist bright colours! I love that each piece is individual! The aida was finished with an overlocker so it looked super smart.
I started the usual way by running a stitch of cotton thread horizontally and vertically through the middle of the aida. Then I started stitching beginning with the letters closest to the centre point and working out. All in all I think it took me about a week sewing in the evenings (and maybe at a couple of points where I should have been homeschooling my kids!).
This was such a breath of fresh air - only having to stitch with one colour is the actual dream!!! This would be a great kit for a beginner for this very reason and because the letters are relatively simple to create with cross stitch. But the result is so effective, I defy anyone to not feel chuffed with themselves after completing one of these kits! I'm going to frame it when I can get out to a shop. I believe Charlie recommends an Ikea frame so the kids will be happy about the opportunity for meatballs!
Obviously it needs a good press before I frame it but I love it!
Image courtesy Stitchsperation
I have also bought the 'Makers Gonna Make' and 'Choose Happy' PDF patterns (just the words not the painted aida) and I want to think about how I can embellish around the words. I can see the first being a gift for a crafty friend and the latter being made up for the kids bedrooms.
This kit was finished during lockdown during the 2020 pandemic, during which Charlie created a free 'Wash your Hands' pattern. This is obviously going to be made and put up in the bathroom!
The kit was gifted but all comments are my own. Thank you Charlie for the opportunity to review your wonderful kits!