I’d like to try using beads with cross stitch for the first time, and am looking for an easy kit to try. Something seasonal, perhaps? Kelly Baker, Basildon Beads add a special finishing touch to stitchy projects, and they’re surprisingly easy to attach to aida and evenweave. I’ve found this charming Winter Oak kit for you, which is from Mill Hill, famous maker of beads in all shapes and sizes. The birdhouse, bobble hats and scarves are decorated with beads in this design, which measures 13.5x13.5cm (5¼x5¼in) and is stitched on 14-count natural brown aida. It’s on sale for £11.11 at www.sewandso.co.uk, or call
0800 013 0150.