Monday, December 26, 2016

Temperature Block Sampler

Whenever I see a craft I feel is really interesting, but don't know how to do that technique, I always try to think of a way to convert it to a cross stitched piece.   That's exactly what happened with my Temperature Block Sampler.

Last year on New Year's Eve I was trolling Facebook and found a post about crocheting a temperature blanket.  Because I had yet to teach myself how to crochet, I went into the cross stitch conversion mode.  I instantly left whatever NYE Countdown show I was watching and sat down at my computer with my notepad and started coming up with ideas.   There were a few I sketched and when charting them, they just didn't work for me.   After quite awhile I settled on a block sampler.  By that point in time it was too late into 2016 to release the design.

So, here we are just a few days before the start of 2017 and I'm releasing it in time for people to start a new "thread-a-day" piece.  I already have 3 local stitching friends that will be doing it with me.  I, of course, will be stitching using the suggested DMC colors.  Some of them will be changing colors to use overdyed fibers. 

The photo below is strictly a representation of the layout of the chart, and was based on actual daily high temperatures in Las Vegas, NV for 2015.  The greater fluctuation in your local weather, the more colors you'll have in your design.  As you can tell from this photo, Vegas is pretty consistent in temperature for days on end.




Interested in getting this design for yourself?  If so, head on over to my Etsy shop before January 2, 2017 and save $3.00 off the PDF download price with coupon code TEMPBLOG at checkout.

I'd love to see lots of color variations of this design, so if you DO stitch the design, please feel free to share pics of your WIP and finished piece over on my Facebook page.

Until the next time...Happy Stitching!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Little Hands, Tiny Feet - Baby Cross Stitch Pattern

Finally!  It's only taken me more than 3-1/2 years to get around to stitching the models for this design I originally released in January 2013.  The pattern contains both colorways, for the boy & girl versions.  It's a relatively quick stitch (especially if you leave of the "dotted" background) and would make a great gift for someone's new baby.



Of course the fantastic finishing was done by Rita at SnowBerry NeedleArts.  And I surprised an old co-worker of mine by sending her the boy version model for her miracle baby, Noah.

If you'd like to get this pattern, just click here for a list of places to purchase from.

Until the next time...Happy Stitching!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Stitch From Stash - June through September 2016 Recaps

OK, I'll make this short, sweet & to the point catching you up on the last 4 months of my stash diet.

Stitch From Stash - June 2016 Recap

Opening Balance = ($53.77)
Finishes = $15.00
Purchases = $10.22
Balance Forward = ($48.99)

Finishes
February Patchwork Pincushion = $5.00
Warholesque Family Piece (Zach) = $5.00 
Little Hands, Tiny Feet (boy version) = $5.00
 
Purchases
Fabric = $10.22
 
I'm actually quite impressed with myself, considering June is the month that my LNS (local needlework shop) has it's anniversary sale, and I managed to keep my spending under control. 
 

Stitch From Stash - July 2016 Recap

Opening Balance = ($48.99)
Finishes = $1.00
Purchases = $1.25
Balance Forward = ($49.24)

Finishes
Christmas Ornament = $1.00
 
Purchases
Floss = $1.25

I did purchase 2 pieces of fabric from the Picture This Plus Christmas in July sale, but that won't count towards purchases until it ships and is charged to my credit card.  I'd better get busy stitching to offset those dollars!!
 

Stitch From Stash - August 2016 Recap

Opening Balance = ($49.24)
Finishes = $15.00
Purchases = $4.27
Balance Forward = ($38.51)

Finishes
Irish Wolfhound Silhouette = $5.00
Little Hands, Tiny Feet (girl version) = $5.00
Moose Silhouette = $5.00
 
Purchases
Kreinik braid = $3.17
Floss = $1.10
 


Stitch From Stash - September 2016 Recap

Opening Balance = ($38.51)
Finishes = $1.00
Purchases = $0 !!!
Balance Forward = ($37.51)

Finishes
Leaf button magnets = $1.00

Purchases
Not. One. Single. Thing!  :)









Not the progress I'd like to see, but at least my negative balance is shrinking and not growing.

Until the next time...Happy Stitching!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Moose Silhouette Cross Stitch Pattern

Today I'll be sharing my Moose Silhouette.  This particular design was requested by Shelby, who follows my Facebook page, as something to stitch that would match her kitchen decor.   I stitched my model using DMC #315 on a 25 count Lugana fabric in "Mushroom" by Zweigert. 

If you're interested in this design, you can purchase it at any of these places.





Until the next time...Happy Stitching!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Irish Wolfhound Silhuette Cross Stitch Pattern

I've been remiss in posting here for quite awhile.  My only excuse is after spending all day on the computer at my full-time job, I have zero desire to be on the computer nights and weekends.  I pretty much turn on my laptop at home 2 or maybe 3 times a month anymore.  And since I've released a few new patterns in the past couple of months, I'm going to spread out the posts over several days so I'm not bogging down anyone's email that subscribes to notifications.



Today I'll be sharing my Irish Wolfhound Silhouette.  This particular design was requested by Anita from Stitches From the Heart in San Antonio, TX while I was at their stitching camp in March.  It was a joy to stitch.  I stitched my model using DMC #645 on a 28 count Lugana fabric in "Haven" by Picture This Plus.  I loved this fabric so much, I plan on buying more to use with future designs!

If you're interested in this design, you can purchase it at any of these places.




Until the next time...Happy Stitching!