(18 Posts)
mustnottouchmyface2020 Wed 25-Mar-20 22:45:21

I’ve ordered a starters embroidery kit on a whim as I need some way of reducing my anxiety which is fuelled by too much news.

Anyone care to share any good websites, you tubers or any other information? I love the look of floral wreath hand embroidery but that might too much for a novice!

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JoeySpecial Sat 04-Apr-20 12:34:48

Bumping because I want to know too!

Would love a kit with the hoop in , to send to friends too.

iklboo Sat 04-Apr-20 12:36:58

Stamped cross stitch kits are a good beginner starting place. Loads to choose from online too.

planningaheadtoday Sat 04-Apr-20 12:37:03

Pinterest has lots of links and beautiful ideas.

I find it really relaxing and I can do it sat on the sofa next to my children watching movies.

SoupDragon Sat 04-Apr-20 12:43:39

Last year I had a subscription to an embroidery box. I currently have 4 sitting in a drawer waiting to be done 😂 This might be their time.

It was 1 per season and came with the embroidery thread, fabric, hoop, a teabag, a gift and another craft. Possibly it was Craftpod.

JoeySpecial Sat 04-Apr-20 12:43:48

Has anyone got any websites that they have bought kits from please?

iklboo Sat 04-Apr-20 12:50:43

Amazon has loads.

tinselvestsparklepants Sat 04-Apr-20 13:46:56

If you want something less boring try makers like 8bitnorthxstitch on Etsy or Twitter - they design cross stitch patterns like "every iteration of David Bowie" and "the league of gentlemen". Worth a look.

mustnottouchmyface2020 Tue 07-Apr-20 22:29:29

I ordered my kit from amazon, plenty on there, it came with hoops and 100 colours of thread. Have discovered Diana Vingert on YouTube so am slowly following one of her tutorials when I have the headspace.

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BookSkark Tue 07-Apr-20 23:15:31

I really like the Bothy Threads kits, especially the ones which are just black threads on coloured canvas - doesn't need as much concentration so works better for me right now! Something like this one: www.amazon.co.uk/Bothy-Threads-Fairy-Counted-Stitch/dp/B06W568W35/ref=mp_s_a_1_32?dchild=1&keywords=bothy+threads+cross+stitch&tag=mumsnetforu03-21&qid=1586297648&sr=8-32

Breathmiller Sun 12-Apr-20 13:13:25

Just found this 'thread' grin

I did a couple of embroideres when i was younger, one Holly Hobby one at school that I was always gutted that i lost along the years.

I'm looking at starting again or really starting from scratch.

I quite fancy going very traditional Irish linen with flowers type pattern.
Do you any of you know of any good ones?
I found a couple on Etsy but not sure if they would be suitable for a beginner stage.

Outtheforest Fri 17-Apr-20 14:18:28

Etsy is great for patterns and kits, also Instagram good for inspiration. I avoid buying of Amazon as many of them are copies of small designers kits available on etsy. Few suggestions I love ponystitches for cross stitch, faimyxstitch (actually embroidery) and jessicalongembroidery. All can be found on Instagram with links to etsy and sell patterns or kits suitable for beginners

purplerabbit19 Fri 17-Apr-20 14:29:31

I have recently got into embroidery. This company in France do amazing kits. They are not cheap but they're really beautiful when finished.


It's definitely a great lockdown activity.

Breathmiller Fri 17-Apr-20 17:53:14


Some of these are really lovely. Thank you for the link.

My emroidery arrived today and I'm keen to to get started but it doesn't have a hoop.

I think I have a hoop somewhere for years ago but think it may be smaller than the design.

Can I move it about as I do different parts of the embroidery?

Breathmiller Fri 17-Apr-20 17:54:50

And thank you outoftheforest
I did look at ones on Amazon but thought id rather support someone small so i bought of etsy.

Lovely wee handwritten note that came with it.

cortex10 Fri 17-Apr-20 18:00:54

I love these https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JiggeryPokeryUK?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=780745606

iklboo Fri 17-Apr-20 18:43:06

I've just ordered a kit, hoop and funky bag. Looking forward to stabbing myself under the nails again grin

bogoblin Fri 17-Apr-20 18:50:43

Yes to etsy! I just ordered a lovely rainbow sampler kit to get started with although I am also cross stitching a lot as well!
Pinterest has lots of good ideas and charts as well for practising cross stitch.

DMC also have lots of lovely free patterns and you can choose to buy the thread that goes with it as well and make it up into a little kit - or just download the pattern and choose your own colours.

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