I made this product – Cross Stitch Faux Leather Wristband – Zig Zag Kit
I couldn’t wait to try this awesome thing out! I mean look at it! It just looks cool, and feels like something I would get a lot of use out of. I also wanted to test it out to see if it would make a good gift, its a resounding yes! It took me about 4-5 hours altogether to complete. I wanted to get it perfect so did have to “rewind” a couple of times, but I think it turned out really well. I thought about drifting away from the pattern it came with, but I’m glad I didn’t. It meant I figured out exactly how much thread came with it. There’s definitely enough to make another wristband. So if you get the kit, you can pick up the solo wristband and make 2 with just one lot of thread! Bargain!
What comes in the kit:
– All the thread you need and more
– Faux Leather Wristband
– Guide with design idea and tips
The guide recommends you split the thread into sections of 3 little threads. I also recommend cutting smaller lengths at a time first, then splitting to make it easier. Working with one long huge thread just gets you tangled.
The best results with cross stitch always come from:
1. Starting from behind the work.
2. Picking a top corner, then going to the bottom corner, then coming up through the opposite corner and back over the diagonal.
3. Always make sure the top stitch is facing the same way on every cross.
4. Its tempting to do one row of one diagonal, then going back and crossing over them. In my experience this encourages tangles and can confuse things somewhat, it also makes for a messier back!
When starting off the first thread, leave a tail and stitch over it on the back to seal. When finished a length, thread through the back stitches a couple of times and cut! Most of the time this is the neatest and strongest way to finish. Knots can come undone and often make the back messy with looser ends.
If you’re keeping to the pattern, do keep looking back. At one point I thought I had to unpick a whole row! Turned out I just had the image and the wristband upside down from each other… But honestly, now I’ve finished it, I know I didn’t need to be strict. The pattern is a guide, and there’s plenty of thread if you differ off the path.
It’s so satisfying seeing it coming together!
Finished! It looks like something from a high end clothes shop. I love it so much!
Both me and the fella tried it on (hes the hairy one) and I think it looks great on both of us!
This is what the back looked like in the end – just for fun!
Oh and this is how much thread you have left in the kit! So much! At least enough to do another wrist band – you can get them by themselves from the website – or maybe 2!