Yiota emailed me awhile back, asking if I'd like to review one of her cross stitch kits. "Sure," I said, "it'd be fun!"
Of course, that meant I had to spend some time (ok, who am I kidding, LOTS of time) looking through every single category and studying all the pictures. Sometimes, we just have to suffer a little for the sake of art, right? ;) LOL!!!! There is such a variety of designs on her site, but I finally decided on Koi Fish in Stained Glass.
The package arrived safe and sound a couple of days ago, nicely packed in a white Par avian envelope with "Please do not bend" stamped in nice big letters. There's even a cardboard taped to the inside back of the envelope to further stress this point.
The cover page is printed beautifully. In looking at the floss as compared to the picture, I'm happy to report that they match to near perfection. In this case, what you see is certainly what you'll get. :D The stitch count, finished size (based on 14ct aida), and contact information are all readily available on the cover page.
The kit comes with all the threads numbered and bobbinated (perfect!!), a needle (size 24, I think), and 14ct aida; all neatly encased in a cellophane envelope sleeve. When I stitch this, I'll probably use an evenweave, but it's important to note that the aida nice and soft.
The chart is printed on a nice medium to heavy stock paper. The symbols are crisp and easy to read, the legend nicely laid out, and the accompanying directions are clear and to the point.
I'm not sure when I will stitch this, as 2012 is looking really jammed up (blog post to come on that topic), but I know I'll have fun with this design. :D
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