Another finish!

Oh yes! Yesterday; 27th March 2018 – I completed “Pumpkins A Plenty” by Homespun Elegance Ltd

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I stitched it on 14 count Aida from Fabric Flair – it is either Cafe Au Lait or Cloud Stone (the piece did not have the name on it); which I bought via Lakeside Needlecraft. I really enjoyed stitching this piece; as I have been using it for to “Stitch A-Longs” with The Ultimate Cross Stitch Group on Facebook. As a group (I may have already told you all this…); with have two monthly SALs – one counted and another not counted. An extra ‘event’ has been happening this month; “Mega Million Stitches to Oz” – we are trying; as the group, to stitch TWO MILLION stitches! We are getting there! At the time of writing this post; I was nearly at 3,000 stitches. I will be working on more today; as I am on “annual leave” from my Supply work until 23rd April. I feel a stitch binge happening – along with a binge watching session on FlossTube. I have recently subscribed to another ten FlossTubers – I have over 100 people to watch; luckily some of them only have a couple of videos.

FlossTube #17: From the Stitchy Spot…again! is now available on YouTube

Until the next row…

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March is going slowly…

Is anyone else feeling that March is going slow? Even though I have been a naughty stitcher; as I’ve not done much stitching since the begin of March. However; tomorrow I will be spending the day stitching as I need to catch up on my Stitch A-Long with The Ultimate Cross Stitch Group and I also need to prep for the St. Paddy’s Day SAL with Stitch Maynia.

I have been busy with work; I’ve been doing a lot of job hunting and applying for some more online teaching jobs.

I have now started adding Subtitles/Closed Captions to my FlossTube videos; I am thinking about doing a video in Sign Langauge – what do you all think? I thinking about doing it during Deaf Awareness week here in the UK; which will be in May – keep your eyes peeled!!

I better get my butt in gear; see you all soon!

Until the next row…

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2018 – what a start to the year!

cropped-21248426_352985481818798_512589887364767204_o.pngI cannot believe that I have not told you all about my stitching since November 2017! I am so so sorry about that! I have so much to tell you!

I now have a Facebook page – which is where I have been sharing all my projects; it is very active. My Instagram account is also very active, as I have been posting many on my projects there recently.

My Twitch Channel is now up and running! I am still trying to get a Streaming Schedule all organised, but it all depends on my work schedule – both for Online and Offline work.

The Etsy shop is now back open for business; I will be uploading my Cross Stitch charts soon!

I have been binge watching FlossTube; there are many channels I am getting my way through. The channels that I am now up to date with are:

However; I do have to catch up on Lindy Stitches, Bendy Stitchey Michelle and…well, there are a few! Today; while writing this post – I am currently at 146 subscribers and I need to post a FlossTube video later today – so keep your eyes peeled for that! I would love to have many more subscribers!

I made a “goal” for 2018 (I am not going to say ‘Resolutions’) to stitch more –  a lot more stitching! So; I had the bright idea to do as many ‘stitchy events’ as possible! Are you ready to see what I have signed up for?

Stitch Maynia has ‘one day SALs’ which I have signed up for most of the; the Winter Olympics Challenge (which ends today) and Tour de Designers. There are so many!

As for The Ultimate Cross Stitch Group; there are two monthly SALs – one counting stitches and the other is just a “show and tell” type of event. I sign up for them every month. There are also extra events that occur; for example another Winter Olympics challenge; I try to take part in them too!

I am in the process of creating photos albums on my Facebook page to keep a record of everything; from my finishes to my TUCSG ‘badges’

I will stop there; so until the next row…

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Recent projects, New Starts and more!

As you remember, two posts ago – I was not well and I watching a lot of Twitch and FlossTube. I realised that I did show what I finished during that time. Other than the Spooky Halloween SAL from Lakeside Needlecraft I completed some other pieces. If you have watched FlossTube #13 – you will have already seen these; I apologise for this.

I completed the “Rainbow Birth Sampler” designed by Faye at Little Dove Designs.

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I gave it to little Fife on the 18th November.

I had a new start; the Class Schedule SAL designed by Kirsty at Armada Designs. I started for the “Colour A Day” SAL from Stitch Maynia.

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I received my October Cross Stitch ATC:

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I also completed my November Cross Stitch ATC:

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I had another small finish…

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I think I may have started down a long and crazy road! I have joined the ‘Fabric of the Month Club’ via KLT Charting. This is October’s Fabric. It is called “Hocus Pocus”!

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Until the next row…
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Ultimate Froggie Bingo

Yes you did read that right! For the last twenty days I have been taking part in a “Stitch A-Long” with the wonderful member of The Ultimate Cross Stitch Group on Facebook. The “event” was called ‘Ultimate Froggie Bingo’.

As stated in the rules, we all had to stitch a particular number of stitches – a square of the Bingo card – we could stitch more if we wanted. Some days, I just stitched what was required and there were others where I did LOADS of stitches. If I had stitched the exact amounts of stitches, daily, I would have stitched 2,975 stitches. However, I actually stitched 3,869 stitches over the twenty days! AMAZING!

Over the twenty days I worked on the Russian Doll SAL by Kim from KLT Charting.

Here is what I did:

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And of course; the event was completed. I received my “badge” this morning:

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I ABSOLUTELY loved this event, as I loved having a target (per se) I had to reach every day. Accountability was the key for me – I thank the admins who organised the event.

To find out more about the group, head over to the group page.

Until the next row…

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Two New Starts in One Weekend?!

Oh my word! Yes, you did read that right! I started two new pieces over two days – crazy I know!

I have started “Rainbow Birth Sampler” by Faye at Little Dove Designs and the “Spirit of Christmas Mystery Sampler” by Linda of Lizzie*Kate.

The Birth Sampler should have been done ready for the birth of my former “Brewery Wife” Trudy; however I was unable to get it started until I knew the baby’s name etc. I now have all the information, so I could get started. UntitledI am stitching it with the ‘called for’ threads; which are DMC and it is being stitched on 14 Count Aida in Celadon from Zweigart – which I purchased from SewAndSo. I have found that I was stitching this rather quickly! I am enjoying it so far! Fife; that is the baby’s name, is being Baptised in November. I REALLY want to get this finished and framed before then!

I am hoping to complete the “Spirit of Christmas” for my Grandfather and his partner for Christmas. At the moment, I do not know if they will like it or not; however, Judy – my grandfather’s partner, loves things handmade. I want to get this framed by the first week in December – so I will need to crack on with it really! Untitled1I am using Weeks Dye Works threads and 14 Count Aida in Heartland – both ‘called for’ items. I have never use WDW threads before – I just need to remember to do each stitch individually as the variegation will not work properly. I order the whole sampler kit from Peakside Needleworks, here in the UK.

The photos are not doing the pieces justice – that is the problem when taking images at night and the light is terrible!

In other news; I have also been doing some Finishing! Yippie! SUNP0002I have been framing (or re-framing in one case) and creating an Artist Trading Card (ATC) for the Cross Stitch ATCs “group” on Instagram.  I posted my partner the card this afternoon, on my way to a Cross Stitch ‘Stitch In’ in a local needlecraft store. SUNP0005The smaller piece is my “Princess Peach” stitching that I created for Sprite Stitch and the re-framed piece is the “Story Time Sampler” from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I REALLY need to work on my “A Very Merry Christmas Town” too!

I have caught up to date with “Spooky Halloween” SAL designed by Durene Jones and from Lakeside Needlecraft and the “Russian Dolls” SAL by Kim at KLT Charting. I have also added to my Chart Stash; but you will need to watch the current episode on my FlossTube channel to see how they are coming along (FlossTube #11). My needleminders from The Everyday Stitcher also arrived this morning – I cannot wait to use them! I have also signed up for the “Beverages SAL” (from KLT Charting) and the “Class Schedule SAL” by Kirsty at Armada Designs. I am very excited about these pieces; they do not start until 2018! It will be here before we all know it!

This afternoon; as mentioned above, I have been at a ‘Stitch In’ event as a local needlecraft store – Threads & Patches, is the name of the store. It is not too far away from me and I thought I would try again to attend this place. I will post all about it soon!

Until the next row…

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Too Many WIPs – where to begin?!

Yes, you are reading that correctly! I have too many WIPs! I am trying to do a rotation of some type – but it is much more work than I first thought! I am a “Start to Finish” stitcher; but sometimes I can get a little bored with a project if it a large one. When I was doing the “Story Time Sampler” from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and at the end I just wanted to get it all done and dusted – because of its size. I am worried that is how I am going to feel when I start “Brigid’s Shamrock” from Heaven & Earth Designs…fingers crossed it will be all good when I start it!

I have a bag full of patterns that I have collected and also my mum, Dee, is a subscriber to “The Art of Cross Stitching” by Hachette Partworks. There are SO MANY designs I want to do – it does not help that I am also a subscriber of Cross Stitcher magazine – there are loads in there too! I have to get on with my WIPs, so I can do some of these patterns!

Here is a list of my current WIPs:

“A Very Merry Christmas Town” from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

“Spooky Halloween” SAL from Lakeside Needlecraft

“Russian Dolls” SAL from KLT Charting

“Christmas Cupcakes” from Janlynn

However, I have signed up for the “Spirit of Christmas” Mystery Sampler by Lizzie*Kate; which I want to do for my Grandparents – which I am yet to start. I have kitted it up and it is sitting in my “WIPs Bag”.