We decided that it would be a good idea to stitch a few different suppliers' kits to review them for our customers.
I started with this small Lanarte kit and found that although it's small, working one over one in half cross stitch on 28 count evenweave presents some challenges. It took some time before my eyes become accustomed to the very fine stitching especially since I began in the middle with the pink pig. There isn't much contrast between the light colours and the white fabric.
After stitching the pig, I decided that there was little point in stitching the white areas. This meant that I had to be even more careful about finishing off the thread ends so that none would show through, but this was already essential with the black floss.
As time went on I became quicker. The black contrast of the bull stitching was easier, the sheep being mostly unstitched white didn't take long and the cow with dark thread and white areas was quite easy.
There is off course plenty of left over floss. And as I planned to make this a present for my little granddaughter, it seemed a good idea to add the animal names as in lots of her little books. I chose the red of the sheep's tongue but there's enough floss of other shades as it took less than four strands of the enclosed length.
We'll add a copy of the word chart with purchase of the kit.
Now it just remains to see if she can identify the rather lopsided cartoon animals and I'll make my next project something on a bigger stitch count.
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