Finally finished this cross stitch! I intended to finish it MUCH earlier, but life happens so I was only able to work on it when I could. I wasn't on a time limit. Don't know when I'll frame. But, it is a beautiful ending. I already have another that I can't wait to start. It's a lot more complicated than this and I'm glad. I think the bigger projects just fuel my cross stitching fire ^_^.
Oriental Orchids design by Lee Carlson
A Dimensions counted cross stitch
14 count beige cotton Aida
Fabric: 16 in x 16 in.
Finished version should be 12 in x 12 in
REVIEW OF KIT
Rating goes from 1-5.
Complicatedness - 2
(This is easy for beginners I would have to say. I was glad that it wasn't overly complicated because I haven't cross stitched in over 6 years. It has cross stitches, half stitches, and back stitches. Just know it's a big piece, so I would say your finish time would vary on your skill.)
Fun Factor - 3
(The reason I put this at a 3 is because I had fun, but it was a tad bit boring because of the color choices. If you don't like light bland colors this may not be with you. I was glad for the colors in the middle of flowers and the green for some pop of colors. I like vibrance! Also, I got frustrated with the half stitches in the background (i.e. gold stitches) because they were so far in between and took very little space, but took a lot of time to do because of the spacing. That was the only really big frustrating thing about it for me.)
Overall Satisfaction- 3
(This gets a 3 from me on it all together as a kit. You have more than enough thread (I have quite enough left), a needle, and great instructions. Great for all beginners I would say. A downfall to this kit, besides the one's I listed previously, is the fact that you have no where to put your thread to keep your colors straight. Wait, what I meant was when you separate the strands to the symbols given, all string came separated nicely with their own numbers. Some of the colors can faintly look the same in this kit (there's white/peach/tan colors) and the one's you have to use two types of different thread can look alike. What I did was use cotton to thread leftover thread in and wrote on the cotton the symbol for the thread. So, that way I was able to still keep everything together without being confused and having to try and figure it all out. Haha, everyone might have their own way, but I thought this was easier. And hey if anyone else has a suggestion I would love to hear it because I plan to do more kits from Dimensions.)
So, that's my take/review of this kit. If you have any question about the kit, don't hesitate to ask.