A hazard of cross stitching is that sometimes I do the magic trick of walking on a bed of nails, or in my case, needles -- unsuccessfully. Those nail-bed walkers you see on TV skip along without drawing blood or searching frantically for a Band-Aid. I was reminded of this peril the other night when I asked my husband to move my lazy-girl chair to look for the cats' laser pointer. I didn't find the toy, but I found a cluster of tapestry needles sticking up in the carpet. So that's why I keep running to the store for my trusty Size 24's!
It was like Christmas morning when I received two needlework kits from Vervaco, a company in Belgium. My mother always gave me kits like these for Christmas when I was growing up. The first is from the I Stitch! Kids 4 Kids collection. The kit includes printed cotton canvas, yarn and a tapestry needle. This would be a good needlework introduction for a young child. The other kit from Vervaco is a floral table runner. The design is printed on flax-color cotton fabric with a hemmed, woven border. The markings wash out after the table runner is completed. The table runner fabric and floss are high quality. In addition to cross stitches, the floral design includes French knots, loop stitches, stem stitches and long stitches. This project is also for beginners, and it is something a teenager or adult would enjoy. To purchase, email