It may or may not come as a surprise to you but I am a relatively new sewist, having bought my first sewing machine only 4 years ago. But I have been cross-stitching since I was 10 - it's really where my love of sewing first started from. Over the last 30 odd years I have finished dozens of cross-stitch projects, and also several big needlepoint projects too (using tapestry wool on canvas). I may share those old projects with you some day - the earliest ones are pretty funny to look at now as my teenage self clearly had a thing for garish colours!
I added some new cross-stitch books to my library recently, which rekindled my love for cross-stitch. There are some cute mini-motif books by Susan Bates & Jane Prutton, published by my own publisher Tuva, and three books by French artists Helene Le Berre and Veronique Enginger. I always have a cross-stitch project on the go these days alongside my regular bloggy sewing work - that, and crochet are what I like to do on my 'me-time' and on the couch in the evenings (well not right now as I'm resting my wrists after a flare up of my carpal tunnel, as you may have seen on my Instagram feed. I'm slowly getting better.)
If you are a cross-stitcher and haven't yet discovered Helene Le Berre and Veronique Enginger, go check them out on Google or Pinterest. Such elegant designs! Their older books are a bit hard to find but I managed to find these three on ebay and Amazon, and have a few more on their way to me.
Hope you enjoyed a little bit of cross-stitch inspiration today and thank you so much for visiting!