Sunday, 25 November 2012
Craftways Signs of Spring Kit Review
This kit is by Craftways and is called Signs of Spring. The kit comes with everything you need to complete it including the 4" coasters.
Each flower design is worked in counted cross-stitch onto a piece of 14 count aida measuring 4" x 4". It's a nice easy kit to work, and stitches up quickly with one square on the chart being equal to one square on the fabric.
The instructions are clear and the chart is printed slightly larger than the finished stitching. This makes it easy to see the difference between the symbols leading to greater accuracy in stitching. The different shades of blues, greens and purples within the kit are also easy to tell apart.
The coasters themselves are made of a durable plastic and are large enough to fit the base of most standard sized mugs.
I loved working on these coasters. They are quick, simple and the finished results are both functional and pleasing.
My only slight negative is that, although finding the centre of the aida is straightforward, the chart doesn't show which is the middle square on each design. This means that finding the starting square on the chart to match the centre of the fabric takes a bit of working out.
Having said that though, it's a lovely set and ideal to complete as a gift for someone, or even just to add a personal touch to your own home.
Bye for now