New craft project

Having not done any cross-stitch since I finished my last project (a geeky alphabet), I’ve now started two more within two days…

Totoro_samplerThe first was an accident. I’d gone into Hobbycraft to find a plastic sampler base, and they had 7 count or 14 count. I picked up 7 as 14 was far too small for the threads that I use. However, it was only when I got home that I realised 7 was too big…my bad! So I ordered some 10 count bases online, but in the meantime I realised that the 7 count is perfect for wool, and I happen to have grey wool spare…

If you’re not familiar with anime, it’s Totoro from My Neighbour Totoro. I’m not making this for anything – it’s just for fun!

The second project started when my plastic bases turned up today. I’m making a sampler for a friend’s wedding in November, so I’m having great fun planning out all of their favourite things. I’m not going to post photos of that as they might see, and I want it to mostly be a surprise 😀 I’ve been working on that while watching Indiana Jones, and it’s shaping up nicely.

Minion_samplerAnd in other craft news, Sam’s picked up some small, coaster-sized bases and is currently making Minions…and a glittery stegosaurus (don’t ask). I’ve drawn them for him and apparently I’m going to have to help with the Stegosaurus colours, although as no one really knows what colour dinosaurs were, I don’t think it matters if it’s glittery. Just sayin’.

Beyond that, I’m finishing a Portal-themed phone case, which has faltered slightly as I’ve reached the hard part of stitching both sides together. Beyond that…nothing else new!


Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.