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Benefits of a hobby

As a keen cross stitcher I often take my projects with me wherever I go and this has created numerous conversations with others about what am I doing.I always get so excited at these times and happy to tell people about cross stitching but more often than not, there are 2 kind of responses I get from people and basically this has prompted me to write this post.

Benefits of a hobby-cross stitch

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A little tutorial for our Mystery SAL

We weren't sure if everyone was comfortable to start stitching at the corner of the design or not, so we put together a little tutorial on how to start your Mystery SAL. You will notice that each page has its number and also a little square at the bottom, indicating which part of the design that page contains. That's a good indicator for you to see where are you at that moment.

You can also see the grid lines with the numbers printed at the left and on top of the page, telling you exactly in which square you need to stitch.

We recommend you start with page 1. You see on the photo below we circled our very first stitch, which is 38 stitches down and 34 stitches to the right from the top left corner of the design. Now we need to find the same spot on our aida.

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Woohoo! Our Mystery SAL is coming!

A few notes on our Mystery SAL

Ok, let's start at the beginning. What is a SAL and what is so mysterious about it?

SAL is short for stitch-along, which basically means a lot of people stitching the same design at the same time. You can then share and compare your progress, which is great fun and you might even end up with a few new friends along the way. The mystery SAL is a type of stitch-along where a designer ( us in this case) will post only parts of the design at a time and stitchers will complete it without knowing what exactly they're stitching until the design starts to reveal itself. I told you it's gonna be fun, didn't I? 🙂

Specifics about our own Mystery SAL

It is completely free to sign up to our stitch-along, but we do require you to sign up with your email*,because that's the way we're going to send the link to the downloadable pdf charts for you. Also after the SAL finished, we will release the pattern for sale, so anyone taking part will receive the full cross stitch chart for free!

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A dip in the pool of downloadable charts

Not long ago we dipped our little toe (then a whole foot) in to the pool of downloadable charts, but don’t be scared we’re not changing our profile, stitchable kits will always remain our first love…simply because they’re just so cool…so definitely more and more designs and different kits are coming on that front. But we also had some other great ideas we thought probably best stitched as a picture, hence our downloadable charts were born You also might noticed that we didn’t share any free cross stitch charts for a while and that’s because we had a sneaky little idea coming to our mind. Why not celebrate our new “range” ( ok – ok, few pieces) of downloadable patterns with a stitch-along? If it’s a stitch-along then it has to be a Mystery Sal of course, so much more fun! So brace yourself everyone! The idea has been born, the pattern is coming along nicely, so we’ll be able to share the floss list and basic info with you very shortly!