Today I wanted to share with you a review of the lovely Etsy shop ProcrastaStitch, run by friends Emma Tiernan and Lyndsey Waite, which sells cute cross stitched items like keyrings, door hangings, bookmarks and badges.
Emma is the Chairman of the Craft and Sewing Society at my university, and asked me if I would be interested in reviewing the products in her shop when she realised I had a blog. Don't worry though, be assured that all opinions stated here are my own.
What sets ProcrastaStitch apart from other Etsy sites selling handmade cross stitched goods is that instead of the cutesy teddy bears and flowers we normally see on little accessories like these, the products from ProcrastaStitch have a brilliant nerdy fandom theme. Dedicated Whovian? Pokémon trainer? Waiting for your letter to Hogwarts? Then this is definitely the shop for you.
I can certainly vouch for the high quality of these products; I have a cute little keyring from the site decorated with a cross stitched Minion (Despicable Me anyone?). The detail is beautiful, even down to a few little strands of hair. For the work that goes into each one, including the cost of sourcing the materials, I would say the retail price of £4 is incredibly reasonable. I enjoy the occasional cross stitching project and can say from experience that even a little picture like this one takes hours to complete - I have no idea how both Emma and Lyndsey find the patience to turn out keyring after keyring at such a high standard, which can only be a testament to how much they love the craft.
The originality of this business venture is something which really impresses me - with so many craft shops out there it's hard to think of a product to sell that no one else has touched on already, but I truly think that is what ProcrastaStitch has done. By focusing their creations around fandoms like Pokémon and Doctor Who, they've become a one stop shop for completely one of a kind accessories that fans of the shows will treasure.
So, if you're looking for a unique birthday present, a gift for Christmas with the holidays coming up, or maybe even just a little something to treat yourself to, head over to ProcrastaStitch or like their Facebook page and show your support for an independent crafting business - they'll even make personalised designs for you.
Disclaimer: I received a keyring from ProcrastaStitch free of charge, but as the prize for a competition in Craft Club, not as payment for this review. I agreed to review ProcrastaStitch's products because I genuinely think they are good quality and thought my readers would be interested too. I was not paid for the review. All opinions stated here are my own.