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Home Sweet Home Embroidery MakeBox

I’ve spent the last few weeks working on the Home Sweet Home embroidery project from the June MakeBox. Cross stitch is very satisfying to complete but it sure does take a long time!

Included in the box was:

  • Aida fabric
  • Embroidery threads
  • Needle x2
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Wooden backing board
  • Velvet ribbon
  • Wooden beads
  • UHU glue
  • Masking tape
  • Double-sided sticky sheet
  • Pattern chart
  • A6 notecards and envelopes

The main project in the box was to create a cross stitch wall hanging with the words ‘Home Sweet Home’, however it was themed around the current lockdown situation and featured images that represent the time we have all spent at home in the last few months: a house, a rainbow for the NHS, a cat and a dog for our pets, a bicycle, an unused car parked under a tree, a cup of tea and of course a bottle of wine! This main part of the embroidery took me a very long time. It required a lot of concentration and I found I could only do small sections at a time otherwise I would get neck ache, so I left it out on the dining table and just kept coming back to it. Included in the instruction book was a blank grid page so if you wanted to customise the design e.g. making one of the pets look like your own, or make any additions you could plan them out before you started sewing, which I thought was a really nice touch. I didn’t do any customisation aside from adding a few bits on the main design where I thought they were missing, such as cross bars on a couple of the Es and a stitch on the butterfly otherwise it wouldn’t have been symmetrical, which definitely would have annoyed me!

Once the embroidery was finally complete it was time to mount it on the wooden backing board using the double-sided sticky sheet. I cut strips off to use on the back and used the rest of the sheet to secure the embroidery to the front of the board. After taking so long with the initial part of the project this part was reassuringly quick and easy to do. The only tricky part was threading the ribbon through the holes at the top as the ribbon was bulky and the holes were small. It took a lot of strength and a lot of wiggling with the needle! Threading the wooden beads on afterwards was no problem though.

After completing the main project there was a further mini project to complete with the offcuts of Aida fabric and the remaining embroidery thread. At this point I was a little fed up with cross stitch, but wanted to complete the full box, so I persevered. The mini project was to make some cross stitch cards using adapted designs from the main project. These were really quick to do in comparison and only took me a couple of hours to complete all three. Once they were finished you could then cut a window in the notecards and glue them inside. All the measurements were provided for cutting out the window, however when I came to do mine I found that instead of A6 notecards I had been sent three pieces of A6 card. As disappointing as this was I made the best of it and turned them into teeny tiny A7 size cards instead. The envelopes are a little big now, but it doesn’t really matter.

Overall it was a nice kit, but I’m not sure that cross stitch is for me. I do enjoy it, but I find that I get tired of it quite quickly and want to be doing other crafts, so it always takes me a long time to finish anything. The wall hanging is a bit twee for my tastes but I do like the little cards and would send them out to my friends. As this one has taken me so long I already have the next MakeBox lined up (along with several other subscription boxes!) and am expecting the August one imminently, so it looks like I’m going to be very busy crafting over the next few weeks!

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