I was contacted by Yiota who produces cross stitch kits and she very kindly offered to send me a free cross stitch kit of my choice, if I was to do an honest review for her. I was very flattered and said I would love to do this.
I picked out 'Nymph in Woods', and true to her word, Yiota sent me out the linen version of the kit.
The kit turned up in an envelope with a cardboard back so the kit did not get bent whilst being handled by the Post Office. This was a nice touch as many places send charts out in ordinary envelopes which can end up being delivered in a bad state.
Here is a picture of the kit as taken from the envelope. Nicely packaged in a cellophane bag.
Picture of the back.
The chart came in two pieces of A3 quality paper with easy to read symbols. Full instructions are given which are easy to read and very descriptive including for a novice stitcher. All stitches are whole stitches and no fractional.
The linen is a nice quality one and very generous. The design area is 8.3 inches by 11.8 inches and the linen measured 19 by 17 inches, so more than plenty for framing. A needle is also included.
The threads are already wound on quality stiff card bobbins and numbered so that's more time for stitching as no thread sorting! The thread supplied is Madeira but the chart also shows DMC numbers in brackets for anyone wishing to substitute their own DMC threads. Also all designs are available as chart only.
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So would I recommend these cross stitch kits?
100% yes! I think it is very refreshing to receive a kit where everything is presented with the cross stitcher in mind. When I purchase a kit, I just want to stitch on it, not have to spend ages sorting threads etc so to have a kit where you can just sit down, open it and start stitching is fabulous!
Yiotas Cross Stitch is based in the UK and is a small family business and they ship internationally. The site also includes a Freebie Page with some really nice designs on it.