I just realised, I have a “needlework” category on my blog, but have not posted anything under it. How totally bizarre! I haven’t written anything about my cross-stitching projects nor the new craft I’m trying to get in to – knitting! Let’s put an end to this now and start with Cross-Stitching.

To say that I like to cross-stitch is an understatement. I have been cross-stitching ever since I was at Uni. It was THE RAGE back then. Everyone was in to it and frankly, so was I. My first project was that of a Ballerina, like this one, except her dress was blue. Once that was done, I continued to cross-stitch a few more projects such as:

  • a downward facing unicorn (gave to my dad, it hung on his bedroom wall),
  • a face of a leopard (gave that to an ex – he requested for it, almost made me blind because the fabric was black and I had to use a lot of black thread. I should have given him a cross-stitch of a cheetah, because that’s what he was),
  • Toe-Shoes and Roses
  • two tender worn teddy patterns (one gave away as a gift again)
  • a few Precious Moments patterns (one i gave to my sister for her wedding 5th anniversary)
  • several small pieces (mostly given as gifts), and
  • The Castle and
  • Blenheim Palace (featured image above was taken from the internet. the one I made looks exactly like that but the frame is different)

The last two are my favourite pieces because it took me almost FOREVER to finish each, and they looked absolutely adorbs when framed. The Castle (I don’t know why it’s called The Castle when the first thing you see is the massive dragon guarding it) is still with me. It’s on display on our hallway now.


When I was in Hamilton, I offered to teach a 6-week cross-stitch (2 hours per class) course in one of those adult education evening classes held at local high schools. I even prepared my little lesson plan / curriculum for the 6 weeks we were supposed to meet. We’d have a little lecture during the first 30 minutes / 45 minutes and then have a practical session for the rest of the class.  I’ve attached the lesson plan I’ve created below. Looks interesting right?

Sadly, there were only two registrations for my “class” so they had to cancel it. Well, i guess that’s the end of my dream of teaching cross-stitch to others, but if anyone else wants online lessons, I’m here to help. 🙂


Author: Viv Phillips

That's not exactly a flattering image. Eh! Anyway, when I'm not taking photos, I do acrylic painting or write about my adventures (and misadventures) in this wonderful journey called life. :)

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