Thursday, August 9, 2012

Interview with Karin

Karin picked the small for July and her interview is late!!  Sorry about that!  Here is the very interesting interview with Karin who now lives in Illinois, but is from Holland.

Q:  How long have you been stitching and how did you learn how to stitch?

A:  I have been stitching since I was 15 years old. I learned to stitch by myself.  The way I discovered cross stitch is quite funny.  I worked in a convenience store on the weekends and there was an offer from a cigarette brand. When someone would buy a few packs they got a mini kit from Lanarte. One of the customers didn't want the kit and offered it to me. I looked at it and as it was quiet in the store I started it right there and then!  Hooked ever since!
Q:   Is there a difference in stitching (shops, designers, retreats) between Europe and America?
A:  There certainly is! Of course there is more availability in America and it seems more popular, although the last couple of years I noticed more is coming out of Europe. Especially the French have more designers getting international interest which is great! Unfortunately there is not a lot of cross stitch everywhere in Europe. Before moving to the US I lived in Ireland for over 5 years and there was nothing!! Even finding DMC was almost impossible. Luckily there was the internet and I ordered everything online. So you can imagine that I was like a kid in a candy store when I moved to the US and visited a cross stitch store!  There were not many possibilities for retreats in Europe. One shop in London, Hanging By A Thread, organized classes with US designers and that was always so much fun!
Q:  What is your favorite cross-stitch accessory?
A:  Definitely scissors...I am a collector!
Q:  Do you have a tip for people who would like to try to stitch on 36 or 40 count?
A:  Just give it a try! The result is so beautiful and stitching with just one thread is wonderful, no need to worry if the threads are laying nicely. With a pair of readers or a magnifier it will even be easier!
Q:  How often do you stitch?
A:  I try to stitch every night while watching TV.
Q:  Who are 3 of your favorite designers?
A:  That is a difficult question....there are so many. I would say Blackbird Designs, Shepherd's Bush and I love reproduction samplers, especially Dutch ones and Quaker Samplers.
Q:   What is your favorite fabric to stitch on?
A:  36 or 40 count Lakeside Linen.
Q:  Can you tell us a story of a time that you were truly on a stitching "high?"

 A:  I think it is every time I am together with my stitching buddies:-)


Thanks for the interview Karin!!!

Coming next is the interview with the current month's small presenter - Linda!


  1. Great interview, Karin. Europe's loss is our gain! You stitch so many beautiful pieces and are so much fun to be around!

  2. Very nice interview Karin - it was fun hearing your views on stitching and stashing in the US versus parts of Europe where you've lived. Thanks melody