XStitch Mag – are you reading it?

Oh, my word! Have you heard the news? XStitch Magazine is now going to be digital – I cannot wait to receive the new issue! The cover looks amazing! What cute cassette tapes…

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I am REALLY excited about this issue! Are you? You can order your copy at XStitch Magazine. Currently, there are 5 issues; issue #6 is coming soon – so keep an eye open on the main website or XStitch Facebook page. The issues are:

Jamie aka Mr X Stitch and his mighty fine crew have also released MERCHANDISE! There are tote bags, shirts and a lot more! Come on payday and get here quicker! There are LOADS I want to buy!

I have been going through the copies I have got; which it from the beginning and I have labelled with ones I want to do in 2019. I have decided to “Stitch from Stash” – crazy I know but hopefully it will work. I am going to be using Epic Stitching’s rules and I have already joined a group on facebook that is going to help me! I missed the 2017-2018 ‘intake’, so I am currently watching for the rest of the year! I am very excited about 2019!

I am hoping to be doing another FlossTube episode soon. I am going to be doing a Stash Episode – ready for 2019…will you be watching?

Until the next row…

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Just Cross Stitch Subscription!

I have fallen into the rabbit hole; the Just Cross Stitch digital subscription rabbit hole!

I have also joined Annie’s Half Price & E-Bucks club – OMG! I am in love with these subscriptions!

I have seen some many people stitching from the magazines; but as it is an American publication, I thought that I would not be able to receive it! This was until I saw a post in a Facebook group saying that they had stitched a piece from it – however, this person from the UK! I was super excited and asked them how they got the pattern – digital subscription was their answer. I was over the moon; I went over to the website and ordered that very moment!

I am have decided that October I will be doing ‘Halloween/Autumn’ themed pieces – I cannot wait! I have received the first two part of the Halloween SAL from Lakeside Needlecraft; it is looking fab!

Have you seen my latest FlossTube episode? FlossTube #22?? Head over to YouTube now!

I have less than two weeks to finish and frame my Grandfather’s birthday piece; I better crack on with it!

Until the next row…

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Since June…

…a lot has happened! Personal life, camp life and illness have all got in the way of my stitching time!

I have been buying a LOT of stash! Terrible I know, but what needs must! I have not filmed many FlossTube and I have not been able to stream on Twitch – both saddens me!

I have realised that I have completed a lot of projects and I have not shared them with you all! Naughty Jemma! I have been thinking about creating a Flickr account to store all my completed images in – what do you all think? Or should I just them all here?

Jamie “Mr X Stitch” Chambers is looking for some model stitchers; I have contacted him and said that I am interested. I just need to decide on what images to send to him…

I have signed up for the “Happy Halloween SAL” at Lakeside Needlecraft; which has been exclusively designed by Ursula Michael.

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I am so excited about doing another Halloween SAL – I have never done a design by Ursula, so I hope that it going to be fun! I have fallen in love with the cat already…

Also Kate at Lakeside Needlecraft has ordered some of these…

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Which is another reason why I am so excited! Halloween is a fab time of year and it is important to me! I have already downloaded the border from Linda’s (aka Lizzie Kate) website. I was sad to hear that she was retiring – I need to start collecting her charts and stitch the all! I do already have some of her charts; some free off the website and some I have bought via various sellers.

I have been “attending” some events that have occurred via The Ultimate Cross Stitch Group; some I have “completed” and some I lost my ‘Stitchy Bug’ – however, it is now back!

I have been thinking about doing a Stash Show ‘n’ Tell on a future FlossTube; who would be interested? Let me know!

Until the next row…

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Being on mailing lists…

I do love being on mailing lists from Cross Stitching blogs and shops – it is interesting to see what the blogs are writing about and what the shops are currently or will soon be selling.

I love getting the Free patterns email from DMC; however, there have been some designs I don’t like and will never stitch. The latest email was “Floral Wreaths”; which I feel would be wonderful for weddings and birth announcements. Have you stitched anything from the free patterns from DMC?

I am also a lover of Lord Libidan; his blog posts and articles in XStitch Magazine are wonderful. I have recently received my “Green” edition of the magazine arrived only a few days ago – and this article arrived in my inbox – Why are Glow in the Dark threads Green? I have never thought about why glow in the dark threads are green and I found this article interesting.

I used some glow in the dark threads on my “Halloween SAL” from Lakeside Needlecraft; I found them a little difficult to work with.

Until the next row…

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Ever hungry when stitching?

lord-libidan-logoAfter reading “The Weird World of Cross Stitch Food” at the glorious blog of Lord Libidan; I found that I have never thought about it that I am never hungry (or I never noticed?!) when I am stitching. I normally use Cross Stitching to forget about food; I have been struggling with my weight since my late teens (I am now ‘mid-thirties’!!) and I found if I am concentrating on something that does not involve eating food – I am good! It is also good for my mindfulness too! It is strange right? I am fall into the stitchy world and my Stitchy Bug leads me deep into this world. Having FlossTube or Twitch Creative on helps me too! Have you ever found yourself hungry when stitching?

There are many charts, kits and patterns that involve food these days; just look at some of the designs that I have completed from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I have also found that The Geeky Stitching Company has some super cute Food Pun designs! I have been thinking about creating some Foodie patterns msyelf; but where to start! Do you guys have any ideas?!

Please let me know; comment below!

Until the next row…

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My LNS is closing down!!!

My Local Needlework Store (or LNS); Threads and Patches are closing down.  I am sad 😿 – however, Sally is having a sale! I am going to grab as much Aida and DMC threads as I can! Sally announced this at the start of April; however I have been away and unable to get myself down to the store and buy all the things; so I can stitch all the things!

It is a shame really; as I only found Threads and Patches a few months ago. I was hoping to be attending the Cross Stitch Group that meets on Mondays again soon – I wonder if there are going to move venues? I need to ask them! Due to my work commitments; I was unable to attend every week. I missed sitting with fellow Stitchers; that could be why I have been watching FlossTube and Twitch a lot when I have been stitching. I have some exciting news; but I am waiting to see if I am still on the Waiting List as I have paid a deposit for a Retreat here in the UK…

If anyone know if there are any local groups in the Northamptoshire area; please let me know!

Until the next row…

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