Current Updates…

Hello everyone; sorry that it has been over two month since my last post here on Dreaming in Aida. I have been trying to get some RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness) completed.

I was supposed to be attending an event is Oslo, Norway at the end of the month. Sadly, I am now unable to attend. I was hoping to make over 100 bookmarks; however I have only done a few. I have forgotten how long Backstitch is when doing it.


As for my Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery SAL; I have had to put it down. I really need to pick it up again, as I had almost finished “March”. I am still staying positive that I will have it completed and framed for Christmas for my niece. I am keeping my fingers crossed; obviously not when I am stitching…

Story Time Sampler Update…

I know that I am over two years behind with this pattern but I have had a very positive stitching sessions. Just have a look at these:


This is how I ended yesterday before heading off to work…

A quick process pic before heading off to work… #SAL #TheFrostedPumpkinStitchery #StoryTimeSampler

A photo posted by Jemma | JemmaJ (@jemmajh) on Feb 6, 2017 at 8:23am PST


I have also decided to enter the Make of The Month competition and Craftie Challenge both via Create and Craft – I know, I’m crazy!

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Projects of 2017…

Firstly, Happy New Year to you all! I have had a busy few weeks. I have been downsizing my Etsy & craft show stock. I am currently hosting a Flash Sale on my Facebook page – head over there if you wish to see what I have. I have decided to stick with jewellery and stitched items. So, with a gift card I received for Christmas a trip to Hobbycraft at Northampton I carried out. I went round the store looking for some stitchy inspiration. This was when I saw this:


I tried to start it that afternoon, however I found the pattern too small to read and the Aida not tough. So…I decided not to follow the pattern – I created my own pattern using the thread colours provided in the kit. I thought it was a genius idea. What do you think?

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I am thinking about created more of these to sell in February. Would you buy it? Either the hoop or pattern? Let me know… I have been thinking about what to back the hoop with; I have seen people who have used felt or scrapbook paper.

On the same trip, I saw Cross Stitcher (which I thought I had subscribed to – if not, I will start in February!) and there is a new SAL in the January issue. I am rather excited about that. I will need to make another trip to Hobbycraft to buy some more Aida and any threads I don’t have. Also I noticed that February’s issue was also available – two magazines to get through!

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Also, I have been spending some time on my 2015 SAL from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I have been focusing on the title banner and the first frame. I have so many of the kits from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and I have decided to finish them before I buy anymore. I can buy them from The Homemakery here in the UK. Hee Hee, cheeky I know!

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The members at Sprite Stitch have been Stitching for Charity; where they all do a 6″ x 6″ square of stitching that is made into a quilt. I did plan to join them a few years ago, but life took over and I was unable to. However, Doctor Mario is what I am going to do for the charity. I have been getting my supplies together for a few months now and I am ready to get started. I will keep you posted on all of that…

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2 Months since my last post…

Has it really been that long?! I do apologise about that. November and December have been super busy in my personal life. I have changed my job and in retail November and December are the busiest months of the year. Luckily, we are now all in a routine and are settled in for the long haul – which I am very excited about.

In my stitching life, it has been rather quiet – I am sad about this! I have missed stitching over the Festive period, but than I have been busy with work. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to stitch and sew more.

Current Project Update: nothing much to report other than they are sitting in the same condition they were in October.

The #EndGunViolence piece was sold – super happy about that – Shannon‘s show was a success. I am glad that the event went so well.

So, on January 1st I will post my current projects – fingers crossed all will be well!

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My #EndGunViolence piece

Hey everyone; yes I have finally finished one of my Works in Progress. It is my #EndGunViolence piece for Shannon at Badass Cross Stitch for her Project Fire Craftivism gallery show. I cannot wait for Shannon to receive this and see it raise money for the very worthwhile project in Chicago. Here it is:


It looks interesting right? I used a DMC Colour Variations for the “gun” silhouette and a “green”  and “orange” for the background. Sadly I have not saved the numbers for either of the threads (NOTE TO SELF: write the thread number on the cardboard!) so I cannot let you all know what colour is what. I am sorry about that. What do you all think of the saying I have added – it is different right?

Please let me know what you all think of this piece; I want your honest opinions!

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Other Cross Stitch Blogs

I have always been interested in Cross Stitching and I am very tempted to subscribe to Cross Stitcher again as there is a Summer Sale currently happening – 3 issues for £1 – I do love a bargain!

However; this post is all about other cross stitching blogs that I have found on my stitching journey.

Jamie “Mr X Stitch” Chalmers

mr-x-stitchI first saw Mr X when I became a member of the Craftivist Collective; a group of crafters who are also activists. Head over to the CC site for more details about what we do. Jamie is known for showcasing talented needleworkers and is a regular in Cross Stitcher. I was inspired on what he said in his Ted Talk in Bedford.


Lord Libidan

lord-libidan-logoI have seen Lord Libidan’s work all over the internet; but I did not know that we are both members of Sprite Stitch until I joined the forum. I was drawn to the creative the Libidan has. Amazing pieces of not only 2D but 3D art.

Head over to Libidan’s website for more examples! So inspiring!


Badass Cross Stitch

iusa_400x400-28322188_k399This woman is amazing! I first saw Shannon on Instagram when she started the #YearOfStitch SAL and I am about to start a piece for her #EndGunViolence Craftivism project. I have not got long to complete this project!

I will let you all see the progress soon! You are going to love it!



Craftivist Collective

cc_logoSarah and the rest of the collective are an amazing bunch of people. I have been a member for a few years now and support the Collective in any shape or form and as much as I can. I am huge fan of the Mini Protest Banners – I recently place one at one of my workplaces to help the people think of the world around them. It worked; as people were asking all about it. I love a good old talking point.

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My WIPs…

Currently, I have only a small pile of WIPs – well, only one! It is the Story Sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. It was the 2015 Stitch-A-Long. I am aiming to make it for my niece; who is a lover of books. She loves to read.

This is what it should look like when I have finished it:

2015 Story Time Sampler Cross Stitch Pattern
The characters that I should have got through are:
January: Alice in Wonderland
February: The Secret Garden
March: Sherlock Holmes
April: Wizard of Oz
Charlotte’s Web
Peter Pan
July: The Lady of Shallot
Phantom of the Opera
Black Beauty
Anne of Green Gables
Little Women
A Christmas Carol

BONUS! This chart also contains a bonus character- Jay from The Great Gatsby!

Finished stitched project measures
+ 131 stitches wide x 180 stitches tall
+ 8.2” wide x 11.2” tall on 16 ct aida or 32 ct linen

The Cover sample was stitched with DMC & Weeks Dye Works floss on hand dyed Lugana. However, I am using DMC thread and light blue Aida from The Homemakery. I wanted to give this sampler for a Christmas present in 2015 – whoops, that did not happen! I am aiming for 2016 instead – sounds like a plan right?

As requested by Amanda and Ashleigh, I have not uploaded any images of the actual pattern – I don’t want to be in Pumpkin Jail – however, I will post an image of my completed sampler (when I have completed it that is!). If you are a follower of my personal Instagram account @JemmaJH you may have already seen some of this sampler in progress.


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