Secrets within Cross Stitch?

To be honest, I have never really thought about the “secrets” that live within my cross stitched pieces unless I read a post written by Kristen at The XStitching Runner. Her post was called How Many Secrets Does Your Cross Stitch Hold?

I made me think about my stitching and the amount of “Frogging” I have done when I have made mistakes. Sometimes, I just fudge the stitching like I did in “A Very Merry Christmas Town” by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery; but when it comes to any of the Ink Circles designs – I always check, check twice and check for a third time. As if it doesn’t match – well, it is end!

When I gift any of my stitching; I don’t tell the receiver that there are mistakes. As, most of the time – they would not noticed or understand the mistakes.

Do you have secrets within your stitching?

Until the next row…

There is a Cross Stitch Diploma Course?!

Yes! There is a course for all of us to do – it is not like some of us actually need to do it. However, I am a student of the Centre of Excellence and to celebrate their 8th birthday; a discount code was released for the month of February. I took full advantage of this discount code and bought some more courses – the Cross Stitch Diploma being one of them.

I was looking at the course before the code; but as it was priced at £127 – I was a little scared about paying that amount (There is an option to pay monthly). This is the reason why I used the 8th Birthday code!

I have only just started reading the course; as I have almost completed my Nail Technician course. I need to finish this as I have been requested by my direct sales company for proof that I am qualified…

I am actually enjoying the course; I am pleasant surprised about what I am learning. I know that I don’t know everything about Cross Stitching; but I feel that this course is helping me learn more about it.

It has not taken me that long to get through the first four modules. I am trying to do a module a week. I personally feel that we all should do this course. Here are my results so far:

  • Module 1 – Cross Stitching in Detail: 86% (Distinction)
  • Module 2 – Cross Stitch Equipment: 94% (Distinction)
  • Module 3 – Fabric Basics: 100% (Distinction)
  • Module 4 – Getting Started with Basic Stitches: 96% (Distinction)

So far, so good! I hope that I can keep the Distinction level up. What do you think? Can I do it? the next Module is Module 5 – Intermediate & Advanced Stitches. I am excited about this module.

Until the next row…

Wild Olive is doing another one!

I have even started “Jam of the Month Club” from 2019 created by Mollie of Wild Olive; but I have just seen on my Instagram feed (silly allgrythm!) that Mollie has created another SAL for 2020. Oh my word! It is so cute! There are currently four parts that have been released; Mollie is yet to released the May part. So far; Mollie has released:

I have also been listening to the podcast that Mollie is involved with Very Serious Crafts. I am only on the first series (they are currently on series 3!), but I am enjoying it all the same! It is nice to hear about other crafts that are available to me and my fellow crafters…

Are there any other craft Podcasts I should be listening to? Let me know…

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Looking for SALs to join?

Are you looking for SALs (Stitch-A-Longs) to keep you occupied during this time?

I have recently found this wonderful website – Magical’s Quilts and More – ‘Magical’ has been creating different type of SALs for many years. She has created Fob SALs, Band SALs and Mini Mystery SALs. I am slowing working my way through the Mini Mystery SALs. I am going to create a large sampler of them.

If you have not yet signed up for the “Year of SALs” via Stitchonomy; I highly recommend that you do! Alyssa is going a grand job keeping me busy with the SALs she has created. I have completed the ‘Homely Houseplants’ and I am currently working on the ‘Colourful Critters’. There two more SALs to come this year! Alyssa has a Facebook group dedicated for this amazing event!

You may have noticed that I have been working on the Blackwork SAL by Clare of Peppermint Purple! I have been doing the “First 52 DMC Colours” of the Stranded Threads – however, I have found out that there are no “first 52 colours”. I mean I want to stitch colours 001 to 052 – sadly there is no 036 to 047, 049 or 050 (048 upwards are Variegated threads!) It is only Week 19 of the SAL, so I have a few weeks to make a proper decision. I have been using the DMC Thread Inventory from Lord Libidan

Are there anymore SALs that we should be partaking in during this time? Just comment below!

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Whoops! I did it again!

Yes! I did it again! I am so sorry everyone!

It has been two months and I have re-filmed my “Year in Review” FlossTube TWICE – hopefully with the current situation of the world, I will be able to upload more videos. So, you will have all noticed (if you are subscribed to my YouTube channel) that a new video went up today. It is a mixture of my “Year in Review” and a “Finishes Parade”, with a little hint of what I have been doing during this time. I know that some of the finishes everyone may have seen; but I had some items that I had fully finished over the last few weeks!

Here is the link to said FlossTube – FlossTube #31

If you have seen on my Instagram; I have been working on a few things recently.

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First Retreat of 2020…

I am writing this on my way home after my first Cross Stitch Retreat of 2020. It was organised by Donna of Purple Stitcher Retreats and it happened in Crewe, Cheshire.

It was lovely to see everyone that I met last year during the Retreats I attended. I took many projects with me – some I was going to start, however I did not. I focused on my “Homely Houseplants SAL” by Alyssa of Stitchonomy. If you didn’t already know, the SAL is part of the “Year of SALs” also organised by Alyssa.

End point of the weekend…

I also worked on the 52 Weeks Blackwork SAL – called “A Year of Blackwork” by Clare at Peppermint Purple. I am a member of Clare’s Facebook group, where she has been sharing the weekly releases. I have decided to do the first 52 colours from DMC Threads. I am very excited about this SAL…

Just starting “Week 2” in DMC 002

The last project I worked on was my ‘gift’ piece for my workplace. I charted it myself using Pic-Stitch. The original painting was done by He Qi.

I took some stash to unload, sadly I didn’t sell anything but a few of the things I put on the “Freebie Table” went. I will be putting the rest of the items onto my Destashing Instagram account – @dreaminginaidadest – this evening when I arrive home.

Don’t worry! I will be filming my “Year in Review” – I promise! As I did not upload my first attempt last month. This will give me time to organise the extra information needed for my finishes. I have been using the “Homely Houseplants SAL” and “Road to Emmaus” pieces for this month’s challenges at The Ultimate Cross Stitch Group.

Until the next row…

A simple first finish of 2020…

Woot woot! My first finish for 2020 has just been completed!

It is the Luggage Tag from Cross Stitch Crazy – Issue 258 (July 2019). I picked this little kit up at a Retreat from the “Freebie Table” last year.

Designer: Emma Congdon

Stitch Count: 16 (h) x 33 (w)

Fabric: 14 Count White Aida (came in the kit)

Started: January 4th 2019

Finished: January 4th 2019

I used this piece as a part of the 24 Hours of Cross Stitch challenges for January:

  • January Acrostic – I used it for the “!” section (one of eleven sections)
  • January Holidays – I used it for the “Make Your Dreams Come True Day” (one of twelve sections)

Until the next row…