Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Mollie Makes Pretty Rose Cross Stitch -- except it isn't!!

Almost since I started blogging the most popular post on my blog has been this one - here - called Mollie Makes Pretty Rose Cross Stitch.

It was about using a kit that came with a magazine to make up a cross stitch picture.  I actually made it into a pin cushion rather than a picture.  I have no idea why it is so popular, but month after month, year after year, there it is, up there at the top of my most viewed posts list.

When I received another one of these kits, I assume again on Mollie Makes, I still didn't want to make a picture with it and I didn't want to make another pin cushion either.  So it hung around in my boxes of fabric and yarn for a long time.


While sorting through the yarn and fabric early in August I found it again and decided to do something with it.  Putting it together with a plastic embroidery hoop that I had from another - unmade! - kit I turned it into this.


A pretty picture with my initial - because my name really is Amy! - and a little border around the edge.  Ta Dah!

I simply drew the letter on to the canvas with one of those disappearing fabric ink pens and then stitched over it in two colours of the floss that came with the kit.  Then I added little crosses all around the edge to make the border, a little like a ring of flowers.

The back looks horrid, but I have covered it with a piece of felt to at least try and neaten it up a bit.

I have a couple of other kits that I have made up to produce some little pictures which I will also be sharing and then I will hang them all up somewhere in my office or prop them up on shelves around the house.


Do you think this post will make it to the top of my charts.  I wonder!

Amy

This is one of the posts that I wrote in August to be published in September but publishing it got delayed by my need to take a blog break.

51 comments:

  1. I love how you have changed it, I like little stitching's framed like this I have a few in my cabin mainly samples when I have been working on techniques I bought a bunch of cheap wooden embroidery hoops and use them as frames

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    1. Thanks Dawn, I am sure that your sticheries are pretty too! I would love to see them sometime on your craft blog! xx

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  2. Great idea. Glad to hear you really are called Amy!!! x

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    1. I am glad you are glad! I know that your first name isn't really Crimson, but it would be a good name wouldn't it! xx

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  3. Very pretty, Amy! Love the colors and the pretty border :) xx Karen

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  4. Love it, what a clever idea to change a kit to something that you've designed. Love the border as well, really pretty. CJ xx

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    1. Well you know me, I always like to fiddle around with these things! xx

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  5. It's lovely Amy, well done! So glad to hear you are actually Amy!
    Hugs, Barbara xx
    PS I have a pile of kits that came free from cross stitch magazines, and no patterns to go with them .... at the moment I'm trying to stitch a bunch of tulips in a vase from the accompanying photo .... I should have done what you are doing, and use them for a different design .... maybe ..... one day!!

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    1. You should have a go at designing something yourself Barbara, it is great fun and you end up with something that is totally original and personal to you. Have fun with your tulips! xx

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  6. I like how you've changed it to make it more personal to you, a job well done.

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  7. i prefer it to the original Amy, well done

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    1. Thank you, I didn't dislike the first one, but having made it once that was enough for me! xx

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  8. Always nicer to change a design to personalise something. A beautiful piece.

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    1. You are so right, you are a great personaliser too! xx

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  9. Cross stitch is so pretty with red thread!

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  10. What a clever thing to do. I must say I love cross stitch but I have not attempted it since primary school almost 45 years ago .I am really enjoying your instagram feed .

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  11. Very pretty! I love those free kits that come with the magazine. I have a bunch of them. I really should do some of them! I've cross stitched for years though I haven't designed anything. I thought about it then life got in the way. Maybe now that I'm home I should rethink.

    Thanks for sharing Amy!

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    1. You should get them out and have a go! One thing I like about these kits is that if it doesn't work you don't need to feel badly as it was just a free kit. Have fun whatever you decide! xx

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  12. So sweet! It would even look great on your Christmas tree! But that's just me because I'm getting into the mood for Christmas makes!

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    1. It is a little large for that, but I can totally see what you mean, a smaller one would make a great ornament! xx

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  13. It is good to use up stuff like that, it can't just hang around can it? Love to you. Jo x

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    1. Exactly Jo! It was a case of use it or lose it and I used it and moved the yarn kits into my scrappy squares blanket basket! xx

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  14. What a good idea! I love the style you chose to stitch your A in. Pretty colours too.
    Lisa x

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  15. So beautiful and creative!
    The border looks like it's made of tiny pretty flowers. :)
    Take care! xx

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    1. Thank you Sara, that was my intention with the border, so I am glad it came out that way! xx

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  16. Cheers for using materials at hand to create your pretty "A" Amy! You inspire me to work on my WIP Ruby shawl. It will be interesting to see if this post matches the popularity of the other post :) xx

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    1. I will see how the post gets on and report back if I remember! Have fun with your shawl, I look forward to seeing it sometime on your blog! xx

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  17. HI Amy! That's wonderful you made this little piece into something you wanted. I think it's very cute and the little border is sweet!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Thank you as always for your kindness Shelia! xx

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  18. Sweet and simple. I have so many of those kits I've never done anything with. Just bought some 14 count aida as I do want to start cross-stitching again at some point.

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    1. I like your description of sweet and simple, that is really apt! Thank you! Enjoy your own stitching, I look forward to seeing it at some point in the future. xx

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  19. Well done Amy, that was a perfect thing to do with that kit.
    Meredith

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  20. lovely cross stitch and maybe it will be a top post! you just never know with the internet. Love the red!!

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    1. Indeed, you never do know do you! I will try and remember to keep you all posted! xx

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  21. So cute! I have so many of those little kits. Love the magazines...Mollie Makes and Simply Crochet. I think I've made two. I need to get busy!

    Cindy Bee

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    1. Have fun making some up Cindy, it would be lovely to see what you make!! xx

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  22. This is sweet, Amy. Top of the pops for sure.
    Amalia
    xo

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  23. Hi Thank you for linking up, I always admire those that can do this counted cross stitch a blank canvas that turns out beautiful! I love what you did with this piece-and it is always nice to get another item finished and be able to use it-

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  24. It is very pretty Amy and a great use for the kit. I'm sure it will be a very popular post.

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