FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS CROSS STITCHING DIFFICULT?
If I can do it, you can do it too! Once you learn the 3 basic stitches used in cross stitch, you are good to go. Cross stitching is the easiest form of embroidery as the fabric itself guides the shape of your stitches. If you can count and you can hold a needle, you can cross stitch.
Each kit and pattern has a difficulty level label (1, 2 or 3 scissors) depending on number and types of stitches and colours. Refer to this legend to understand the difficulty level of the design you are looking at:
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Cross stitching, like other forms of embroidery and needle crafts, is a time-consuming hobby. Duration will vary depending on the size of the design you choose. Although these are not projects you can finish on your lunch break, you can expect to complete smaller designs in a few hours.
IS THE PATTERN PRINTED ON THE FABRIC?
No, it is not. All of the Pigeon Coop's kits are using a method called counted cross stitch. Using a gridded pattern, you will count the number of stitches of each colour to stitch.
SHOULD I GET THE KIT OR THE PATTERN?
It depends on the supplies you already have or your willingness to go and purchase them yourself. You can find everything you need for cross stitching in most good arts and craft stores. However, if you are just starting out, a kit is the best option as it includes everything you need.
Also, some of the Pigeon Coop's designs use coloured fabric that is sometimes harder to find. If you're still unsure, don't hesitate to send me a message.
DO YOU OFFER GIFT WRAPPING?
At the Pigeon Coop, sustainability is a top priority. In order to reduce waste, gift wrapping is unfortunately not available. However, you can include a note for the recipient upon checkout if your order is a gift. It will be hand written on a 100% recycled greeting card.
DO YOU DO CUSTOM DESIGNS?
Unfortunately, the Pigeon Coop doesn't offer custom designs at the moment.
DO YOU OFFER WHOLESALE?
A selection of Pigeon Coop kits are available for wholesale.
If you are a retailer who would be interested in carrying Pigeon Coop kits in your store, please visit the Pigeon Coop Wholesale Portal.
CAN I TAG YOU IN MY PHOTOS?
Yes, please! I love to see your progress and what you end up doing with your finished cross stitch pieces. You can tag the Pigeon Coop on Instagram using @pigeoncoopdesigns or #pigeoncoopdesigns. Can't wait to see what you're stitching!
AM I ALLOWED TO SELL THE PIECE ONCE I AM DONE STITCHING?
Each one of the Pigeon Coop's patterns and kits is designed for personal use only. You may not reproduce, distribute, share or sell the pattern or the finished product made from it. If you see a completed piece for sale somewhere, please let me know.
AM I ALLOWED TO GIFT THE PIECE ONCE I AM DONE STITCHING?
Yes, of course! Handmade cross stitch pieces make for very special presents for friends, family, colleagues, teachers and anyone else.
I LIVE OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA, CAN I STILL ORDER FROM YOU?
If you are ordering physical items, yes. Because of new legislation concerning VATs, customers outside Canada and the United States are asked to purchase digital patterns via the Pigeon Coop's Etsy page at this time.
Send me a message and I'll do my best to answer you promptly.