It’s been a long while since I’ve completed a cross stitch, and I’m yearning to do one as a bit of down time during the evening. I’ve previously posted about designing cross stitch patterns with Excel, but I quite honestly have not had the time do that lately.
It takes time to design in Excel, so I’ve been putting off completing any cross stitches until I had the time to create my own. However I’ve come to realise that I probably won’t have time to design for a long while, so instead of shelving a hobby that I love, I’m going to purchase some patterns instead – hence the Etsy cross stitch patterns.
As a craft lover, I love Etsy. I purchased items from Etsy for my wedding to support independent sellers, and I absolutely adored these items, so I have faith in Etsy and the people who sell on there. It is a goal of mine to open my own, ‘Crosstitchery,’ store shortly, once I have photographed my items.
Generally cross stitch patterns on Etsy are for digital downloads, which means once you’ve made payment, the seller will either e-mail you PDF patterns, or they will be available for instant download. In order to get access to these PDF patterns, you simple need Adobe Reader (download here), and either a tablet if you want to keep the pattern in digital format, or a printer to print the pattern to hard format.
Just by searching,’ cross stitch patterns,’ on Etsy you’ll be able to discover a whole range of patterns to create. I generally look for patterns that I love, check the seller’s feedback, and have a quick squiz at a preview of the pattern to make sure it’s suitable – I once purchased a pattern and it was 30 pages (!), even though it really could’ve been put on 10. Needless to say, I’ve never cross stitched that pattern, so from that experience, I always make sure the pattern is a manageable size for what I want to create.
I purchased 2 patterns to stitch and I can’t wait to get started! I am planning on turning both of these into cushions, because let’s face it, I love to sew!