Crafting Has Kept Me Sane During Lockdown
Apart from my stay in the hospital, I haven’t left the house since March 13th, which is a total of 11 weeks today.
Lockdown hasn’t been as bad for me as it has for millions of others and for that I’m thankful.
My children are old enough to understand what’s going on and for the most part, they’ve just got on and accepted the way things are now.
I haven’t had to try and keep them amused/busy like I would have had to if they’d have been younger.
I have had to keep myself busy, however, so that I didn’t go stir crazy and to do that, I’ve been doing a few different crafts to while away the time, including diamond painting, book folding and cross-stitch.
When Love Crafts got in touch and asked me if I’d like to try one of their many different craft kits I, of course, jumped at the chance!
My first thought was to get either a diamond painting kit or a cross-stitch kit but I figured I already knew how to do those and with all this free time, I should try something new.
I’m not a fan of knitting and whilst I enjoyed teaching myself how to crochet a few years ago, I never really got into it.
I saw a Santa stocking needlepoint kit and loved the design. I’ve made a few stockings in the past but they were all made from felt kits, I’d never tried needlepoint.
After checking out a few videos on YouTube, I ordered the kit and looked forward to it arriving.
I expected it to have a chart like you get with counted cross-stitch but instead, the pattern is printed on the material.
You can get cross-stitch kits with the pattern printed on but I’ve only done one and to be honest, I haven’t finished it because I found out that I much prefer the counted way!
The kit is by Dimensions and they’re always good quality so I have no complaints with the kit, I’ve just found out that I’m not a fan of needlepoint!
The kit comes with everything you need, including sorted threads. I hate when I get a kit and you have to sort the threads yourself.
One of the main problems I had was finding it difficult to see the colour difference in some of the more detailed areas and I totally gave up with trying to do the shading on the drum after unpicking it twice. I got very frustrated and just stitched using red and gold. I even used the wrong stitch on the gold as I just wanted to get the drum done as fast as I could!
The teddy gave me a bit of trouble as well but I didn’t do too badly with it.
The good thing to come from this is that I now know I’m not a fan of needlework and I’ll be sticking to my counted cross-stitch.
I will finish this kit because even though I get a bit frustrated at times, it’s too gorgeous to leave it partly done in the back of a cupboard and while the drum may look glaringly obvious right now, when it’s all finished, it will blend in nicely and I’ll display it with pride as I do with the Santa cross-stitch I made a while ago 🙂
If you’re not the kind of person who enjoys needlepoint but loves the end result, you can find some lovely tapestry wall hangings at Art & Home.
I’ve now got my eye on this cross-stitch Christmas tree skirt. It’s gorgeous and I love it!
Disclaimer: I was gifted the needlepoint kit for review purposes, however, this did not guarantee a favourable review. All opinions are honest and my own.