Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cross Stitch n Bitch

So I took up cross stitching. No, I have not fully graduated to full-time spinster status. I love my wine and my cat and my slippers on a Saturday night, but do not come anywhere near me with pleated pants and cardigans, ok?!

Anyways, my bestie mentioned that she always wanted some cool cross stitching stuff because she would always get kitten cross stitching pictures and frankly, they just weren't cool. I mean, can you say spinster? I mean I get it. Kittens are cool. Cross stitch kittens? Mmmm not so much. It was Christmas, I was bored, and she wanted a new house decoration. I asked said Bestie what she wanted on her cross stitch, and she replied with her current favorite John Waters quote (which will be revealed at the end of this article!).

So, I googled some retail stores in the area and settled on venture out to Needlecraft Cottage in Pacific Beach. I figured if I was going to learn, better go to the real deal and have a chat with the pros.

I wandered in, asked for some help, and away we went! Turns out cross stitching is pretty easy according to the sales lady. She set me up with a book and supplies and sent me on my way...

Embroidery Thread @ $0.79/pc...check

Tapestry Needles @ $1.99...check

Aida cross stitch cloth @ $4.50 per quarter...check

Embroidery Hoops @ $4.50...check

Handy Dandy DIY book @ $6.59...check

Apparently you're supposed to have graph paper (yeah, like the kind you used in Algebra, yick) to draft out your image, but I decided to forgo said paper, and wing it. Total cost : roughly $20. Really reasonable me thinks.

So I got home and started. Here's how it went:

Make an "X"...make another "X"...oh hey make yet another "X"...repeat 75 times.
30 minutes later and this is how far I got:

"I"- the letter "I"...30 minutes to make this...and guess what?
Because I didn't draft my project on graph paper like I was supposed to, I realized my letter was too big and the quote wasn't going to fit on my cloth. wah-wah-wawawaaaaahhhhh.

OK, let's try again....3 days later and approximately 10 (possibly more) hours spent cuddled on a couch cross stitching with 2 cats and a bottle of wine and....drumroll please.....

Needless, or is it 'needles', to say (I know, laaaame), the bestie loved her new house decoration. One step away from spinsterdom, one step closer to cool cat lady... Awww yeah...

1 comment:

  1. I love this so much. Now I want to see it as a shirt. ;)