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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Farewell To Etsy

This is a GOOD thing for me.  And as I've already told others...don't be sad if you don't have a LNS (local needlework shop), as there are several online sites that sell my designs, both in PDF and hard copy format.'s the skinny as announced in my newsletter....

Friday, October 3, 2014

Resurrection Of The Newsletter

I know I've been pretty quiet on here for the past several months.  I had been doing so well with my blogging, and then the house move came along.  The move went smoothly and I got into the groove of spending less time on the computer and more time stitching, reading & trying to have an all-around healthy lifestyle.

Recently I've received several requests for not only more blog posts updating what is going on in my stitching world, but to also bring back my newsletter that featured all new pattern releases and VIP discounts.  You know how the saying goes...ask and ye shall receive!

So, with that being said, if you're not already signed up to receive the newsletter, and would like to get it, just click this link and provide the few tidbits of information requested.   A new issue will be out soon along with an update here on my blog of all my WIPs and finishes over the past months.

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tips & Techniques - Stitching With Variegated Fibers

Even though I've been stitching for 35+ years, I'm nowhere close to what I would consider "expert" level, and I love to continue learning new things that can help me improve my needlework.

Recently I attended my first ever stitching retreat.  While I was there, a fellow stitcher and I were discussing using variegated or overdyed fibers.  I've used them before, but not often.  I've always heard that when you stitch with them, you should make each full "X" and then move onto the next stitch vs. stitching one leg (or half stitch) down a row and them coming back and stitching the other leg.  This picture shows a piece I stitched using that technique.

It looks nice enough, but has sort of that "stripey" look that you'll get.  I'm not particularly fond of that look myself.   

Here's where the tip comes in.  My stitching friend had mentioned instead of stitching in rows and getting that "stripey look", even if you are making full Xs for each stitch, to jump around and give it a more blended look.  For me, this was a SMH (smack my head) moment!  Why hadn't I ever thought of that?!  And why hadn't anyone ever told me that before?!

Soooo....I decided to take some of my stitching time today and put it to the test.  In the picture below I used two different DMC variegated threads I had in my stash (the pink is #48 and the green is #122).  I did this as a controlled test, meaning both techniques were stitched from the same length of floss from a cut strand and threaded into the needle the same way to ensure there would be an accurate comparison as to how the different techniques would look.

You can see on the left I stitched in rows, starting in the bottom left, working to the right (using all full Xs).  I zigzagged my way back & forth until I ran out of floss on the strand I cut.  On the right I used 2 more plies the same strand of 6-ply floss and randomly jumped around with my stitches, to give it a more blended look instead of stripes.

I'm curious...which look do you like best?  How do you normally stitch when you're using variegated or overdyed fibers?  Feel free to comment below.  

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

HUGE Moving Sale / Inventory Clearance Sale

I'm sure some of you may have caught on to my comments about packing, etc.  I'm moving in less than 3 weeks and have a TON of stuff I need to get rid of as I won't have room for all the inventory & stitching stash at my new place.  I've created an album on my Facebook page with 50+ items I'm selling off REALLY CHEAP.  In fact most of them I'm selling for at less than what I paid for them and/or the supplies to make them.  Sooooo...if you're looking for some bargain gifts of stitching stash, please check out all the pics here.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

WIP Updates and Cabbage Salad

It's that time of week again that I'm dutifully doing my blog post.  I find mine aren't as witty as some others that I read, but we all have to be who we are.  And as my son tells me often, I'm old & lame, LOL!

It's been another busy week around here of work, healthy meal planning & preparation, exercising, some more packing of the house, and of course...stitching!!

I've made quite a bit of progress on my latest pattern model "Two Blessings" and was thrilled to actually get a photo that shows the fabric color more realistically.  I've made even more progress since this photo, but haven't taken a new pic yet since this past Monday.

This blog has been a great place for me to put my plans & commitments out there to the world and feel like I'm being held accountable for them (even though I'm not sure anyone else cares).  More progress was made on the "Warholesque Family" last week and I'm already looking forward to spending a few hours with it tonight since it is Saturday and my dedicated day to work on it.

As you can see, I was able to finish the blue border on Zach.  His face still needs filled in, but as I haven't been to the store to get more white floss it will have to wait.  I had someone ask on my Facebook page how I could possibly be out of white floss.  It is a good question.  When this piece was started I was only using DMC "blanc" for my white.  Since then I've decided I like the B5200 Snow white better, as it's a brighter white.  There are plenty of skeins of B5200 in my stash, but no "blanc", which is what I'll need to pick up.  A trip will be made to the store this week not only to get floss for various projects, but also to pick up some fabric I'm going to need for future projects.  I figure I might as well get it now and prep it, which includes washing before use while I'm still living in a house with washer & dryer conveniently located vs. a high-rise apartment building with laundry facilities 4 floors down.

The exercise & weight loss plan is still on track.  The weight isn't coming off as quickly as I'd like, but I'm hoping with nicer weather for more walks and increased water consumption that I'll see more progress.  And yes, exercise is happening.  Here's a pic of my activity for this week.  I'm still hoping it warms up enough to get outside for a 2+ mile walk today.

Healthy meals are becoming a pure joy!!!  Granted, I don't enjoy the time it's taking to track down new recipes, I do like having new things to try and create new menu possibilities.  I'm also finding the longer I go without eating things like Little Debbie snacks, the less I crave them.  Wait.  I should be honest.  My body isn't craving them, but my mind still is.  I'm trying substitute weekend snacking of cookies, chips, etc. to healthy alternatives and doing things like grabbing a spoonful of the current salsa/slaw/salad that is in my fridge.

This week's recipe was a cabbage salad I made.  I originally found this recipe online.  I'm not a big fan of beets so those were a no for me.  I also don't have any pepitas (pumpkin seeds) in the house.  In fact I'm finding with not restocking in advance of my move the end of the month I'm running out of a lot of things! However, I did have that red cabbage in my fridge I picked up at the store and needed to do something with.  I decided to use the vinaigrette portion of the recipe and then do my own modified salad.  This is what I came up with:

I used 1/2 red cabbage, 1/2 red onion, 2 stalks celery and 1/4 bag of matchstick carrots, plus 4 oz. reduced fat feta cheese.  As I previously mentioned, I kept the vinaigrette dressing the same as noted in the recipe.  It was good and a definite will make again!  :)

I think I've probably bored everyone enough for this week.  Be sure to come back next week for pics of more stitching progress and and update on whatever healthy recipe I choose, which I'm clueless about at this time.

Until then....Happy Stitching and be good to yourself!  

P.S.  I also signed up for a stitching retreat in September that will be just about a 1 hour drive from me.  It will be my first ever retreat and I'm totally stoked to be going!