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Cute cross stitch kits your granny would hate

I know the words ‘cross stitch’ might not conjure up the coolest of images.

You’re probably thinking of twee pony-themed embroidery sets, or the ‘Home Sweet Home’ wall hanging your Great Auntie used to have.

Well I’m not just going to tell you that there are tonnes of cool, quirky cross stitch patterns around these days but also say that, if you want to express your crafty side and experience the satisfaction of making something gorgeous by hand, then cross stitch is one of the easiest places to get started.

You don’t need to learn any complicated techniques as it simply consists of one basic stitch. Plus, most kits come complete with all the required equipment – so need to splash out on a sewing machine or any other pricey crafting gear.

I am absolutely in love with this super cute cupcake pattern by Penelope Teaput, available from her Folksy Store. The small size and simple design means it’s perfect for beginners.

You might also want to check out Penelope’s fab blog, where she details her crafting projects, baking adventures and hair dye experiments.

Subversive Cross Stitch have a huge range of x-rated versions of the ‘Home Sweet Home’ style kits I mentioned earlier.

Other charming slogans include ‘shut your whore mouth’ and ‘get the fuck out of my house’ – probably not ones to give your granny for Christmas, but pretty funny none the less.

I am completely obsessed with vintage Americana style, so I absolutely love these rockabilly-inspired designs by toknittowoo. Their etsy shop also stocks a brilliant range of vintage knitting and crochet patterns.

And just in case you’re still a little unsure of how easy cross stitch is to get started with, here’s a YouTube video tutorial by a very lovely lady. Enjoy!

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  1. HI!
    thank you so much for showing off my cross stitch kits! you’re very sweet.
    i’ve just been reading through your blog, that article about wearing the same dress for a month is pretty interesting. and that’s a great playsuit tutorial. keep up the good work! xx

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