Posted on Tuesday, November 14 2006 at 4pm
A went away for a few days last week to stay with some friends in Exeter, where I went to university. We were sitting down one afternoon, enjoying the delights of afternoon TV, which I usually miss as I'm at work. I decided it would be the perfect chance to do some of my stitching. So I was stitching quietly when one of my friends decided to pay an interest in what I was doing. After taking the chart off my lap, he started asking questions, such as 'how do you know where to start', 'what do you have to do?', 'how do you know where the middle of the fabric is?' etc. until he learnt a little more about stitching.
He was paying so much attention that I offered to teach him how to stitch himself, but he refused to try, thinking he would go wrong! Instead, he decided he wanted me to stitch something as a present for him. His next question was, 'what can you stitch for me?' Well, how do you answer that? Believe me, there really is no short answer!
I replied that you could pretty much stitch anything you wanted (which I now see was probably asking for trouble!), so his request was an X-Men character. These tricky film and cartoon characters would be a challenge for any charting expert to create, and believe me, I'm definitely not one of those, so luckily copyright law saved me, and I insisted that I couldn't possibly create that as it would be breaking copyright! It would, of course, be far better to choose an exisiting design and I would stitch that for him. So we settled on an idea, and he happily went back to Deal or No Deal!
Have you ever found that someone you didn't think would be interested in cross stitch surprised you and started asking questions? Have you ever had an impossible request. Let me know all about your stories!
Until next time
Sally, production editor