I posted this photo on my instagram feed yesterday
I thought I might explain a little bit about how I came across this new to me craft.
I actually ordered this kit back at the beginning of December from Amazon, I had actually been searching for a book on 3D embroidery stitches when a item describing itself as 5D embroidery popped up, well at £2.50 and free postage I couldn’t resist seeing what it was and added it to my order and didn’t think any more about it.
Well it arrived a couple of days ago and to be honest it couldn’t have been better timed, I’ve been struggling to knit or crochet without a sofa, I find it quite hard without good back support for any length of time so my fingers were starting to be really itchy but my brain was a bit to foggy to do anything complicated but felt I just needed to do something so I opened the parcel.
You get a printed canvas, it looks a bit like a cross stitch pattern which is covered in small squares and different symbols.
It is covered in adhesive and in this case a clear plastic coating you can peel off (some have a paper covering) also on the side it has a colour chart showing you which symbol matches which colour.
Also enclosed are the stick tool, a tray, a small chunk of wax and all the different coloured faceted resin pieces.
These aren’t quite how they came, when they arrive they are a strip of sealed packages, I have transferred them into little resealable bags. In this case I have fourteen colours. From what I understand you can get different types of these kits and this is quite a good one to start with as the resins are round so you have a little lea way in placing them where as if I had got the square resins you have to be a lot more accurate, you can also choose between kits where you have to cover the whole canvas with resins (I think if I order another one this is the type I would choose) or there are kits like mine where you only have part of the canvas to cover.
The tool is very nifty, you just take a small amount of wax into the metal end and this is enough for the resins to stick enough for you to pick them up.
And the tray is clever, it has little ridges in the bottom so if you gently tap it they all turn the right way up.
After watching a few you tube videos, some people seem to finish one colour before starting another but that means exposing all the glue so I have gone for working from one corner. The glue is very sticky so it’s definitely a hair back situation.
And it’s as simple as picking up the resin and finding its matching symbol and pressing it down into the canvas.
It’s a bit like a mix between a cross stitch but with the speed of a jigsaw, I must confess it’s like one of the reviewers on Amazon said, it’s probably not something I would hang on my wall (just not my personal taste) but it’s all about the doing, I found it a really good way to zone out and even vent a little anger, saying that I don’t recommend stabbing at the resins in the tray too hard as I found out as a number of other resin jumped out. It’s also one of the few crafts that Lb wanted to actually try and in fact spent twenty minutes doing one of the flowers and unfortunately in a house full of craft materials he has little interest in most crafts so it was nice to find something he wanted to try, he is far more involved in making music.
In this photo I have placed a penny just to show the scale.
My progress may slow down as my sofas actually arrived today, so tomorrow my knitting and crochet are coming out and I am treating myself to a day on the sofa.