Kittens and Wool

Sometimes, when I’m wandering around craft-shops and haberdasheries, I pick things up and think Oh, this would be perfect for…! or I wonder…Would this work…? I think it might. And then I buy whatever with that plan in mind, but never get around to testing my theory.

I have no doubt whatsoever that I’m not the first crafter to think these things, and nor will I be the last.

On one of my recent trips to Hobbycraft, I picked up a drawstring, plain cream cotton, bag having studied the weave and decided that, you know, I think it might work for cross-stitching on.

And then I put it to one side, because I had the far more promising linen found in IKEA. I’ve got other IKEA fabrics, which second thoughts are making me doubt whether they will work for cross-stitch.

But, with my family’s birthday season (and Christmas) almost upon (kick-off this week with mine), I finally got around to testing this draw-string bag, which I reckon would make a nice, if small, bag for wool. I found a cute design in the September CrossStitcher of a kitten playing with a ball of wool. And I spent an hour and a half or so stitching, after discovering that I only needed one strand of my floss.


As you can see, it worked, but the count on this is quite high, so the stitches are small. It was also more time consuming than it might have been if I’d been using “proper” cross-stitch fabric. I doubt if it would be worth trying to stitch anything larger on it though, but Hobbycraft also do pencil-case-style items in the same, plain, cream cotton, which would be quite simple to turn into make-up cases or similar. Wonderful time-saver, to have it already made up into a bag or make-up case.

10 thoughts on “Kittens and Wool

  1. Such a cute kitten! I’ve always wanted to decorate a bag with cross-stitch, but have yet to find one suitable. I also do that impulsive buying thing, but it’s usually with cardmaking embellishments for me. “Oh, look at those lovely easter things? I’ll buy them just in case I make easter cards next year!”

    • The other way to decorate a bag with cross-stitch would be to use waste or soluble canvas. Probably much easier than teeny-tiny stitches on cotton. Collecting supplies is important: you never know when you might need them, and if you don’t buy them, there won’t be any when you do need them. So you do have to buy them, just in case…

      • Totally, even if you run out room because of the huge accumulation of supplies! 🙂 And yes, I’ve considered soluable canvas… but I’ve just not been inspired yet with what to do. There’s already plenty of projects for me to complete, anyway!

  2. Beautiful. I can feel an embellished blanket for the Bengal Bundle of Fluff coming along as a little stocking filler!

    I’ll also keep my eyes peeled in Hobbycraft for some similar style material.

    • I don’t know about your local Hobbycraft, but mine has baby Afghans going for about £17, in the clearance section. I’m trying hard to resist…
      As for this bag, as far as I can tell, it was normal cotton. I’m debating whether I buy one of their canvas bags to embroider. Might work a bit better.

    • Thanks! It’s really easy – if you can thread a needle and knot your thread, you’re pretty much good to go. 🙂

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