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Saturday, February 18, 2012

My Cross Stitch Kit Review ~ Yiota's Cross Stitch

     Hi folks.  I know you're all probably sleeping atm, but I'm up and wide awake, so I thought I'd review my cross stitch kit, which came in the mail today.  It's lovely.  I got it out of the hallway where they mail goes this evening, and had to leave it for the moment.  (I was on my way out the door, and didn't have time to open it.)  When I got home, I put away the groceries, and did the tech support thing.  (I paid out ninety four dollars and change to find out that when the computer doesn't recognize the modem, you unplug the modem from everything for a few minutes, and then plug it back in.  When I say a few minutes, I waited five.  It worked.  I was ticked that I spent so much money for so little advice, but hey, who knows...)  Then, as he had me on hold (repeatedly), I opened it up and gave it a look see.
     You can see the kit I chose here.  And this is the link to her main cross stitch kits site.  Her site is easy to navigate, and I love the pattern I chose.  (I would love to convert the background to purple, but it just doesn't seem right.  So, alas, it will be brown and orangey colors.  I do like the orangy shades though.  Pretty.)  The colors seem very true to life.  They're Maderia, which I've never used before, but they feel very soft.  (Yes, I was stroking them.  I can't help myself.)  I compared several of them to the piccy, and they look perfect.  They're all wound up on cardboard bobbins already, and labeled with the number to make sorting easier.  Yes!!!  And the fabby is a lovely, soft fabby.  It's a twenty eight count evenweave, as I requested, and it's wonderful.   It smells though.  (Not in a bad way, for most of you.  Whoever washed the fabby washed it in Gain.  Ick!!  I'm sure most of you would love it.  It's just one of my least fave detergents.  And yes, as a matter of fact, I AM persnickety.)  It feels great though, so I'll overlook the smell thing.  (The floss doesn't smell.  I checked, lol.)
     Now on to the chart.  It consisted of several pages.  Two of them are about the size of two eight and a half by eleven sheets, laid out side by side.  They're folded in the middle.  (I've heard this size of paper referred to as A4, but am not sure what that means.)  They have not been folded and refolded so that the center is hard to read.  The symbols are okay.  There are a couple of them that are similar, and are in the same area, which I don't like, but there is only one that I think would be confusing.  Arrows pointing to different corners of the square.  So that's a definite plus.  I can sort of see the shape of the wolf in the chart, which is normal for me.  I can't see all the details, but I can see the outline.  The other pages include a page of instructions for cross stitch and a page of piccy and details about the kit.  Name, size, etc.
     This is a totally new brand for me, and as such, I was excited to look over the materials.  It looks like a winner to me.  I love the pic of this chart (I love wolves, but only have one pattern of them, so I quickly took this opportunity to get another), and I can't wait to see how it stitches up.  (Of course, I will have to wait a while for this one, but still, I have it and can start it whenever.  Yay!!!)  Good job Yiota, of putting together a quality kit.  Hope you're all dreaming sweet dreams tonight!

14 comments:

cucki said...

very sweet review..
have a lovely day today..hugs xx

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Great choice! I'm glad Yiota is doing an evenweave option now.
FYI 8.25 x 11.5 is A4 and twice that is called A3. This is the standard way of measuring paper in the UK and some other countries but not the states.
A3 is great for cross stitch charts as you don't have so many pages breaks (which confuse me!)

SoCal Debbie said...

Great review! I also have one of Yiota's kits. I love the large size paper. I wish they all came that way!

Kaisievic said...

Cool design - it will look lovely sttiched up.

hugs, Kaye xoxox

Shelleen said...

Thanks for the review and never heard of this company. My DH would love this wolf stitched up.

Janine said...

Great review Julie. We also use A4 size paper in Austalia. I have book marked the company. Are you stitching this? I wouls be interested to find out what you think of the finished product.

Anne said...

Great review Julie! I've noticed quite a few people reviewing her kits. How did she come about picking people? It will be great to see yours stitched up! Happy hermiting!!

mdgtjulie said...

Thanks Cucki, and hugs coming your way too!! Okay, thanks Jo. I had heard it called one or the other (I think by Mouse), but I didn't know what it meant. Now I'm informed. I don't much like page breaks either, lol. Ah, well, sometimes they just can't help themselves!! Thanks Debbie. I tried to mention everything, but I'm sure I forgot something, lol. I'm a new fan. Which kit do you have? Thanks Kaye. I love wolves, so it was an obvious choice for me. Oooooh, a convert, lol. That's what she's shooting for is for people to hear about her company! Thanks Janine, and not yet. I have too many things in my rotation atm to start something else new, and am starting one SAL and two for others projects in April. Thanks Anne. Basically, she's looking for avid stitchers and bloggers. I saw Mouse's review and left a comment. She saw it and went to my blog. When she saw that I was also an avid (read: rabid) stitcher, she contacted me through blogger and asked if I would be willing to do a review. I was very surprised, but pleased to receive her email, and contacted her when I got it about the details. I think she's hit upon a great way to get her name out there. (Of course, the wolf is now crying for me to start him, right now, lol. So far, I'm resisting, and chanting, "Rotation, rotation, rotation," in my head as loudly as I can.)

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Fun review! I have a kit coming from her to review as well. It should be here this week and I can't wait to get started! : ) I did a quick browse through your blog and all of the pieces in your rotation are coming along great!! Good for you!!

mdgtjulie said...

Thanks Grace. I'm loving having a rotation, although I have sooooo many projects in it, lol. I'd love to have a few more completions so I could add some more projects!!

Yiotas Cross Stitch said...

thanks again for the review :-)

mdgtjulie said...

You're welcome Yiota. I hope it helps!!

Vickie said...

What a great review!!!

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