Cross-stitch handcrafts are a popular item among Chinese customers, especially young Chinese girls. Yixiuniandai offers exclusive cross-stitch handcrafts with various interesting patterns. Their production is created by the shop owner and her team.
Situated in a quiet street near the middle of the North 3rd Ring Road, Yixiuniandai displays its beautiful cross-stitch patterns in a very attractive way. I had to visit the narrow shop at once.
I stepped into the shop, and an assistant offered help and information. I could ask her for details, prices, type of threads, etc. Yixiuniandai offers both the cross-stitch handcrafts created by its team, and the materials used to create such patterns if you prefer to cross-stitch yourself.
Prices for the materials range from RMB 30 to RMB 150, depending on the sizes. Patterns include animals, people, still lives, etc. Their prices depend on the quality of the thread used, the size, and the degree of complexity of the pattern.
Among the various brands of threads used in cross-stitching, DMC is the most popular in China. DMC thread has vivid colors highly appreciated by cross-stitchers. According to the shop assistant, the size of a pattern is figured out in terms of form (¸ñÊýgrid number/CT number*2.54+Áô±ß¾àÀëcm*2=size number). A picture with a simple pattern (a maid, for instance) with a size of 35.4 cm x 28.14 cm can cost RMB 180. Another pattern of the same size but with a more complex topic (a Bible story for instance) could cost RMB 290.
Yixiuniandai also helps customers who want their own photos cross-stitched. It takes about 2-3 months to complete a complex pattern such as a photo. The fee charged by the shop is not excessive, but obviously more expensive than for regular patterns. You can haggle over the proposed charge, of course.
What I appreciated:
A cross-stitched picture of a girl, displayed in the window
What customers appreciate:
Excellent workmanship, photo patterns, choice of threads
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