I loved cross stitch as a child/teenager and I'm looking to resurrect the hobby so I have tried looking for kits. I am really not the teddy bear type and my dd is 11 now so can't even do them for her, I wouldn't dream of doing one for ds! I fancy some sort of life affirming/positive phrase but I can't seem to find anything more modern to do. Any ideas?
Not kits as such, but weelittlestitches do some great PDF patterns on Etsy, not particularly twee...especially love the Spanish inquisition one!https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/weelittlestitches?ref=pr_shop_more
Would agree with do your own. I do needlepoint and found own designs infinitely easier as you pretty much pencil the basic design and then wing it! mistakes alteration in the design as you go along make it more personal... Agree with pp about guides for fonts etc online.
AGnu, got one from the first site you linked to- loved the rude ones tho! I will design my own next time I think. I used to design when I was younger but right now I just want to sit and sew with all the right bits, not to have to go out and buy fabric and threads etc.