"My name is Christian and I started cross stitching back in 1992 when I was ill and had to attend outpatients weekly. There was a fabulous knitting and stitching shop in the foyer of the hospital where I bought a tiny kit to see if I would enjoy it. I did and after the first one I was completely hooked. I had learned to cross stitch at school and had designed and made a tray cloth but it didn't really interest me."
"After stitching for a while I decided to try my hand at small designs using pencil and graph paper. I started designing on April 1st, 1997, thus the name April Fool Designs. Then a Canadian friend told me about some cross stitching software which I downloaded from the Internet. This turned out to be so simple to use (it needed to be!) that I bought it and have been using various versions of the software ever since. I had sold some charts and kits to people, but last year I was wasn't working and was given the opportunity to set up my website and start a business."
"So I learned how to build a website and the rest is history as they say! I have charts for Angels, Fairies, Birdhouses, Teddy Bears, Snowmen and Santa Claus. There are Birth Samplers, Hebrew and Chinese Samplers and some of my latest designs are charts for the Chinese Zodiac. I add new designs all the time."
"I found 'teabag folding' in a magazine a few years ago, but I had to give up as I could never find nice papers to use for making cards. This craft had started in Holland, where teabags come in pretty envelopes and one woman, Tiny Van Der Plas thought it was a waste to chuck them out so she cut them into squares and folded them into rosettes based on origami. A teabag rosette is a very effective topper for a greeting card."
I had been on a short graphic design course and thought that I might be able to design my own teabag papers to use. I tried it out and now I have about 300 papers for sale and some matching backing papers. I have papers for all occasions - Birthdays, St Valentine's Day, Christmas, Halloween, Passing a driving test - you name the occasion, there is probably one to suit it!