I'm involved in several exchanges, so I thought I'd post a little about my likes and dislikes here.
I've been stitching since I was a small child, thanks to my crafty mum - so that's more than thirty years, although it's only in the last ten or fifteen that it's become almost obsessive! I live in the middle of England with my Canadian partner (referred to in my blog as The Hermit) and two guinea pigs. I'm studying for a degree in Literature and Creative Media - principally because my other obsession is books! I also work part time for a circus theatre company as a Community Project Manager. My other hobbies include yoga, books, knitting and eating chocolate.
I have Multiple Sclerosis, which does mean I have to pace myself. I'm not very good at doing nothing though, so stitching is a real sanity saver!
I'm pretty easy to please on exchanges - this list below isn't intended to be prescriptive!
Favourite designers: Bent Creek, Lizzie*Kate, Prairie Schooler, Shepherd's Bush, Little House Needleworks, Brenda Keyes, Heart in Hand, The Drawn Thread, Brightneedle, Homespun Elegance.
Favourite style: folky, slightly quirky, traditional
Favourite subjects: alphabets, bees, sheep, bunnies, seasons, stitching
Favourite colours: autumnal shades (rusts, golds, oranges), yellow, purple, green, jewel colours (rich rubies and the like)
Favourite threads: DMC, Gentle Arts Sampler Threads, House of Embroidery, most overdyes.
Favourite fabrics: evenweaves and linens in neutral/natural colours, 28 and 32 count.
Favourite finishes: anything - I have several baskets for "smalls".
Favourite techniques: cross stitch, blackwork, hardanger, freehand embroidery. For someone who likes blackwork, I actually try to avoid as much backstitch as I can on cross stitched pieces!
Designers I'm not keen on: Marilyn Leavitt Imblum, Ellen Maurer Stroh, Vermilion Stitchery, Stoney Creek
Styles I'm not keen on: Sentimental, flowery, cartoon (Disney etc), conversions of artwork (HAED etc)
Subjects I'm not keen on: angels, fairies, cats, teddy bears, religious
Colours I'm not keen on: blue, pastel pinks
Threads I'm not keen on: Weeks Dye Works, rayons, metallics
Fabrics I'm not keen on: blues, bright primary colours
Finishes I'm not keen on: none
Techniques I'm not keen on: none