Grated Expectations Cross Stitch is coming along! I sold two patterns last week! I still have a big checklist of things to improve, and many more new pattern ideas to actually design/stitch/list, but I’m pleased with how it’s going so far.

Here’s what is in my shop at the moment.

What’s your favourite Aussie biccie? Australia has so many types of cookies! I decided to document them. My favourites? Kingston, mint slice, and choc ripples.

https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/500979754/aussie-biccies-cross-stitch-digital-pdf

Continuing on in the Aussie food theme… Australian ice creams. L-R: Golden Gaytime (actual slogan: “It’s hard to have a Gaytime on your own!”), Cornetto, Bubble O Bill (he has a gumball nose!), and Magnum.

https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/501130482/aussie-ice-cream-cross-stitch-digital

How fancy? For the fancy person in your life (maybe it’s you!).

https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/523213927/fancy-af-cross-stitch-digital-pdf

Hang this up on the door when you need some recharge time. Extroverts just don’t get it.

https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/509403860/introvert-recharging-cross-stitch

Something different. All your favourite Neko Atsume cats and cat toys on one very cute pair of shoes. Meow.

https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/508515464/neko-atsume-hand-drawn-shoes

My last two cross stitches were big projects. Each one took about a month!

I found the pictures online and used a website to convert them into cross stitch patterns.

MR KOALA

In progress.

Finished.

Close up.

The back. AHH!

MR OTTER

In progress.

Finished.

Close up.

The back. Not as bad?

I think I will get these framed up properly so we can hang them up as a pair. I’m VERY happy with how they turned out.

Since I am funemployed I have quite a bit of time to do crafts. (Which is amazing, by the way!)

I crossstitched a sprite on to one of Scott’s hoodies using waste canvas.

The trickiest bit is pinning the waste canvas in the right spot, with interfacing on the back, and then setting it in a frame without everything getting all out of place. But once it’s all set up you just cross stitch like normal, although you have to use a pointy needle and it’s way harder on your fingers to get it through all the layers.

Finished. They are apparently characters from Final Fantasy VI. Iunno, he picked them. :P

Then you get to do the best part, pulling the white strings out. I dunked the whole thing in water to soften the fibres, and then pulled out each strand out the side with tweezers. It takes a little while, but it’s satisfying.

All done.

What the back looks like. I also cut out another rectangle of ironable interfacing and ironed it on top, in an attempt to seal up all the loose ends. I don’t know how well that will hold up, but so far it’s working.

I used DMC threads, so we can launder it like normal, the only thing is that I told Scott to make sure the zipper is done up when he puts it in the washing machine so less chance of something like a tooth catching and pulling something out. It feels pretty secure in general though.

Pretty happy with how it turned out. Now I want to monogram everything!

I got this metal tuk tuk kit in Thailand. All the pieces came in two small flat sheets. You just punch the pieces out and follow the instructions, bending pieces and twisting tiny tabs with needlenose pliers that lock everything into place. It took me a good few hours to finish and I stabbed my fingertips many many times. I definitely made some mistakes, as the instructions weren’t super great, but I think it turned out pretty neat. It’s about 7 cm tall, by the way. I would totally like to try another kit!

I finished my koala in a funny shirt crossstitch… I will post a picture soon. Next project, a matching sea otter in a woolly sweater.