Friday Finishes #7: Friends Indeed

The finished piece!

Friends Indeed

This week’s Friday Finishes is the second gift I ever stitched for someone! (The first being the Dolphin piece I made for my sister.)

Name of Piece: Art. 1879, Friends

Designed by: This kit follows the trend of not listing designers.

Distributed as a kit by NeedleMagic, Inc. under their Stitch A Card series.

Kit Contains: 18 ct. aida, embroidery floss, needle, embossed card, envelope, backing card, and complete instructions.

Finished Size: 4 in. by 6 in.

The Story: So, this kit is the first of many that I picked up on my first trip to Hobby Lobby. My best friend’s birthday was coming up, and as it was my first time in Hobby Lobby I was determined to walk out with plenty of cross-stitch kits, charts, and supplies, since I didn’t know when I’d ever make it back to Hobby Lobby. While I was perusing their kits I came across several kits for making cross-stitch cards! And I thought it’d make a good card/present combination. I didn’t have long until her birthday, though, so I had to work pretty quickly once I got the kit and took it home.

Time To Complete: 3 days, several hours a day.

Review: My biggest disappointment in this wasn’t the cross-stitch, but the card itself. It had a pretty edged border around the oval for the piece, but the entire card was a flat, plain white. It was really hard to see the border even with it raised off the card. So I tried to add a little bit of color to it, a blue and orange to match the blue and orange in the piece, but me coloring and drawing around the emboss wasn’t very good. I think they made the cards a solid white so it wouldn’t take away from the cross-stitch, but I personally didn’t like it.

The piece itself wasn’t difficult at all, and I quite enjoyed doing it. I only had three days to get this present done, so I stitched very quickly and made a few mistakes, but they aren’t major or noticeable. I vaguely remember running out of the dark blue for back-stitch… or maybe I had made a mistake and I had to frog it and lost the thread. Either way I think I was short and that’s why the back-stitch is skimped on in a few places.

The finished piece!

The finished piece!

Final Verdict: My friend was very happy with her card! I did enjoy doing this kit, even though I think, if I had to do it again, that I’d make my own card to use instead of the one it comes with. I really didn’t like the plain white on this card.

Have you done this kit before? How did it go for you? How did you like it, or not like it, as the case may be?  Leave a comment below or head on over to our Facebook page and tell us how it went!


Friday Finishes is a segment where I catalog and review all the cross-stitch pieces I have ever completed. Some of the pieces I no longer have information on, or I don’t have pictures because I gave away the piece as a gift and forgot to take a picture, but I’ll do my best to be as informative as possible! Check back on Fridays for more.