Stash has a specific pertinence to cross-stitchers - it's very rare to come across a stitcher who doesn't have at least a couple of kits put away to move on to. I have several types of stash - prepackaged kits, WIPs and chart-onlys, the latter of which also refers to the gods-awful number of magazines I have and desperately need to do something with before they take over the house. That's all a bit nebulous because there are so many in the magazines which I want to do that I should technically be stitching until I'm 378, but you still can't stop buying stash...
Here is a list of my prepackaged kits, at any rate. At some point I'll photograph my embarrassing number of WIPs and you can all shout at me to get them finished before I crack open any of these:
- John Clayton Owl In Flight, on aida
- Heritage Stitchcraft/John Clayton Black Mulberry Leaf, Downy Birch Leaf and Norway Maple Leaf, all on evenweave - I plan to frame this as a triptych
- Derwentwater Designs Delphiniums and Foxgloves, both on linen
- Bothy Threads Row of Fairies on aida.
I love John Clayton's artwork - I'd love to stitch some of the International designs and the rest of the Birds in Flight series as well, but I'll no doubt be 40-odd before that happens!