Posted on Wednesday, October 12 2011 at 12am
Meet Flopsy, Topsy & Mop! I cross stitched this trio of feline friends when they made their grand debut in Cross Stitcher magazine. This cute set of cats by Diane Machin are one of my favourite cross stitch projects from the magazine that I've stitched over the years. I love them for their vintage feel and the fact they were really quick to stitch up - I like to mix up the pace of my stitching projects so that some are decade-long marathons while others, like this one, can be completed in an evening.
I recall stitching them fondly for two main reasons. Firstly they were my first every project where I stitched on to linen. At first I was a bit daunted but I've since gained confindence and got to grips with stitching on linen and evenweave - now I much prefer it to aida as the fabic is softer and stitches have a lovely vintage feel.
Secondly they're memorable to me as I cross stitched them while commuting into London on the Met line tube last summer (there's nothing like a spot of train-stitching to get people staring!). I used to have a long journey to work so would help the time pass by bringing my latest cross stitch project with me. These cat charts were an odd one to stitch as you stitch each cat on a flat piece of linen so it's hard to picture them once made up! But so worth it when you're done and have sewn them up into 3D toys. Now they sit on my desk here in The Making Spot offices and make me smile whenever I look at them.
If you fancy creating your own versions of Topsy, Flopsy & Mop, I'm happy to reveal you can now download the cross stitch chart to stitch up your own set (along with instructions for making them up your kittens) over on The Making Spot.