When it comes to stash, I've never yet done anything by half-measures. So be warned, there are a lot of pictures in this post!
I have showed you guys my first kit, the one I started. It is called 'Sunset Birds' in the website title, which I forgot to mention before. I bought it on AliExpress.com and it took about 3 1/2 weeks to arrive.
It is a partial-stitch kit, with the printed background. It's called a 3D kit and it is four feet long.
This is the next one I bought. It is 'full embroidery', as they put it. That means every bit is stitched. It is called 'Gold Fortune' in the website title and I got it on Aliexpress, too.
It is 3 feet and 9 inches long. Sorry about the glare! I didn't take it out of the package for a pic - it is one of the ones with completely different colored symbols to the floss you use and looks like an acid trip, lol!!!
This one is also called a 3D kit, but all that is not stitched is the small areas of plain white background. It is called 'Lucky Fish' and I bought it on eBay. It took two weeks to get here.
It is also four feet long. The pattern is 14 pages, the same size as a HAED page, and most of them fully stitched :D :D :D Three of them are a little over half.
And this one is also from eBay; it is called 'Magnolia' and is pretty small. It is a 3D kit with the printed background and I just wanted to see what size the cheap, cheap kits were. I paid $3 for it.
It's going to be pretty pixelated but I'll prolly stitch it, anyway :D That's a full-size magazine laying next to it, to give a size idea.
From ebay - this one is for my mother. 'Sunflowers' and it is in three pieces. Called a 3D, again, but only the white blank space is not stitched. It comes with all three pictures and each one is about 18" square.
And here's what I mean by 'acid trip'.
From Aliexpress, 'Love Forever'. Also for my Mum. Another 3D kit - the green and the words are printed on. This one is going to be gorgeous! That's a picture of a stitched piece on the front, not a CG picture.
Here it is with the same full-size magazine next to it for size reference.
(Here's an issue I have created for myself - I showed these to my Mum and told her to pick which one would be her Christmas present, and she informed me that she saw no reason why both of them shouldn't be her Christmas present. O__O I hope these really are as fast as they say!)
And then one more - this one is my pride and joy and my moment of complete insanity.
It is called 'Ancient Beauty'.
Can you see the stitch count? It's not a typo. 960x400. On 11 count, that's 7.5 by 3. As in, 7.5 feet by 3 feet. It's huge. It's like doing a HAED on 11 count, except there is backstitching in this.
Here's the pattern bit that shows the pages.
52 pages. Only eight of them are less than half stitched. I can't start this one for a while, it's too big to handle. My father is going to build me a floor stand out of PVC pipe that I can use my q-snap grips on. I don't even want to think what this would cost if I wanted to frame it. It will probably never be framed. I might edge it and use it for a show-off piece across the bottom of a king-size bed. MAYBE. I don't know.
Lest you think I spent a fortune on these - the Ancient Beauty was the most expensive at $30. You can't even buy a piece of 11 count that size for $30!!! All the others were much cheaper than that, and most had free shipping.
So that's my China kit stash and I'm trying not to buy any more, but there are some beautiful things out there! I'm eyeing a huge one of tigers right now and telling myself no no no no no!