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Finishing a cross stitch picture

I'll admit I haven't done much this past week; the ideas are there but the energy isn't. I hope to remedy that this week, but if not I will be able to the week after when I am off work! Anyway, as the only thing that I have done is finish the Gorjuss stitch, I thought I would do a little review of it, for anyone who is thinking of buying it to do themselves.

This is the finished picture in it's entirety. Obviously it needs ironing.

The thing that I love about these kits are the finishing touches, such as these beads for the buttons on the coat.

One thing that Gorjuss kits seem to use are metallic threads. I HATE metallic threads. They snag and knot up all the time. I tried thread heaven, which works to a certain extent, but I still have to work really slowly when I'm using it. This kit had more metallic thread than I would have liked but I did stitch all of it.

As well as the beads, there are also the stars and the signature Gorjuss button.

This is the first time I have used half stitch on a project. It works very well for background shading. 

Overall I like this stitch. Bothy threads (who also do Dictionary of and cut thru) have clear instructions and plenty of threads which is good because I always seem to lose some...The one thing that I didn't do was the french knots for the spokes on the umbrella. I still haven't mastered french knots. 

Anyway, I have a number of kits in my stash but I'm not sure which one to do next. I've got christmas village, cabin and aurora borealis, van goghs starry nights, cats and flowerpots, and a sewing room. Which one should I do?



  1. This is super cute Emma,it looks like a very relaxing thing to do. I suggest the Van Gogh starry night,bet that would look wonderful when finished :)

    Donna xxx

    1. Thanks Donna, I'm taking your advice and doing Starry Night :)

  2. This is so pretty Emma, I love it, and am in awe of your ability to do this type of work. I remember being taught to cross stitch in my Junior school (now called First School), and loving it. I continued to cross stitch but as I grew older I had less time and, as a hobby, it kind of got forgotten. I did pick up again in my early/mid twenties and it took me five years to complete an Alice in Wonderland cross stitch.

    Sadly, it was after this that I developed some neurological problems in my hands (brought on by being involved in an RTA in which I injured my lower spine) and sewing beautiful, detailed things by hand was off the hobby list.

    I absolutely adore the 'picture' Emma. I hope, if you're not going to keep it and hang it yourself, then hope who ever receives this as a gift from you, treasures it and sees exactly how much work and love you've put into the making of it.

    Oh ... almost forgot ... your next project ... I would pick the Sewing Room!

    Sending love, as always, ~ Cobs. x

    1. Hi Cobs,
      thanks for the comments, as always. This is actually going to be a christmas present for a six year old girl. I'm sorry to hear you can't stitch anymore, but your craft work is amazing! I'm always flabberghasted (love that word) by what you create.

      I have decided on starry night for my next project, purely because it has no half stitch/french knots/metallic thread! Thought a counted stitch would give me a little break
      Hope you are well


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