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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Stitching Groups – are you in any?

I have recently joined some Stitching groups on Facebook:

Stitch Maynia

The Ultimate Cross Stitching Group (UCSG)

Lakeside Needlecraft SAL Stitch A-Long Group

KLT Charting Russian Dolls SAL Group

The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Stitch A-Long Group

Lizzie Kate Mystery Sampler Club

Just a couple right? The last four are groups that are link to the WIPs I have or will have in the next few weeks!

Stitch Maynia and UCSG have ‘events’ throughout the year. I have am currently taking part in the “County” and “State” Fairs at UCSG.

Rules of the County Fair:

For the next four weeks we will be working towards exhibiting at the Fair !!! But one week at a time.

This first week we will be stitching toward qualifying for an exhibit in the County Fair. 

In order to exhibit ONE finished cross stitch into the County Fair, you will need to stitch 500 stitches on your current WIP as your entry form.

Post a starting point first, then stitch 500 stitches and post a pic with your stitch count. This will allow you ONE exhibit for the county fair. We will let you know when the week rolls around to add your exhibits. You will only be allowed one exhibit for the COUNTY Fair

I decided to do some of the “Spooky Halloween” SAL from Lakeside Needlecraft as my entry.

Starting Point:

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595 stitches later…

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As I completed the requirements; here is my “badge” from the “County Fair” – I’ve removed the top section of the image as it had my full name on it…

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Rules of the State Fair:

This second week we will be stitching toward qualifying for an exhibit in the State Fair. This is a different entry than that for the County Fair. 

In order to exhibit ONE finished cross stitch into the State Fair, you will need to stitch 750 stitches as your entry form.

Post a starting point first, then stitch 750 stitches and post a pic with your stitch count. This will allow you ONE exhibit for the State fair. We will let you know when the week rolls around to add your exhibits. You will only be allowed ONE exhibit for the STATE Fair

For this entry, I decided on the 2nd Doll of the Russian Dolls SAL from KLT Charting. I have decided to add the background to the body; as I did with the 1st doll.

Here is the starting point:

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I have until the 13th August to complete the background; only 847 stitches! I can do it!

Until the next row…

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FlossTube & Stitching Life Update!

Currently there are six episodes on my FlossTube Channel – however, I have been unable to do any filming last weekend – I was working (!) and under the weather – so, expect a MASSIVELY LONG video on Sunday!

I was looking for some items to take to camp; which is at the end of August – however; I did not find what I was looking for. I have that I had THREE works in progress (WIPs). One I have been working on over the last few days; I have been trying to cheer myself up.

I have been working on the following:

“Christmas Cupcakes” from Janlynn

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

“Spooky Halloween” Stitch A-Long (SAL) from Lakeside Needlecraft

“Russian Dolls” Stitch A-Long (SAL) from KLT Charting

“Partridge in a Pear Tree” Ornament from Leisure Arts: Mini Cross Stitch Ornaments

“Cubified” (a geometric pattern) from Hallodribums (one of the WIPs found)

Pictures will be coming soon; or just head over to my Instagram or FlossTube channel for more info!

Until the next row…

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Heaven and Earth Designs – what have I started?

 

If you follow me on Instagram; you would have seen this image pop up in your feed today! Yep, I have purchased, downloaded and printed off my first ever Heaven and Earth Designs pattern. This pattern is called Brigid’s Shamrock and I fell in love with it when I saw it in the Summer Stitch Day video by JustKeepStitchin’ – it was being done by an attendee at the event!

In one of my videos, I remember saying that I do not think that I could ever do a HAED pattern; as they are too large! *face palm* – I will keep you all informed with my progress.

Next the next row…

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FlossTube is LIVE and some more!

Oh yes! I have done it! I am now a proud member of the FlossTube community – may channel Dreaming in Aida currently has three videos and 57 subscribers (*at time of writing).

Here are the videos:

FlossTube #1 – Intro, WIPs, Finishes & Plans

FlossTube #2 – What have I let myself into?

FlossTube #3 – a little later than planned!

From watching other FlossTubers, I have been recommended many more – my list is getting longer and longer. Are there any you would reconmend? Please let me know, either here on the blog or at my channel.

As I have finished both “The Story Time Sampler” and “You’re Dino-mite” from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery; I am now working on “A Very Merry Christmas Town” as a Christmas present for my grandparents. I am still working on this piece at least one hour a day as part of the #TheStitchingHour2017 tag on Instagram. I have so many patterns I want to get started on. I feel that a pattern rotation may be in order; especially when you see what I have signed up for!

I have some exciting news! I have joined the following Stitch A-Longs (SALs):

KLT Charting – Russian Doll SAL – this started yesterday, 12th July. I am waiting for my DMC and Aida to arrive and then I will crack on with this. I cannot decide if I should do them in one long piece or in individual dolls. This is a fortnightly release; so I will need to gt my head down for this one.

Lakeside Needlecraft – Spooky Halloween SAL – this SAL does not officially start 1st August; but I am ready to start this SAL. This is a weekly release! I have my DMC and Aida – just need the boarder; which is released on 1st August.

I have ordered MANY needle minders from The Everyday Stitcher, a Heaven and Earth Design – Brigid’s Shamrock and a Rainbow Birth Sampler from Little Dove Designs. I am going to make the sampler twice; one for a close friend and the second for a former student. I hope that they like them! I can’t wait to show you all in my next video!

Until the next row…

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Addicted to FlossTube?

As I am working more evenings and nights at the moment; I have more time to stitch in the day! Yippie! This is why I have brought up the topic of FlossTube. I have been watching some more channels; than the one I mentioned in my previous post – JustKeepStitchin; a mom/daughter combo. I love these girls, they make me laugh.

Pam & Steph of JustKeepStitchin have mentioned quite a few FlossTubers that watch and of course I am intrigued to know who these people are. One of these lovely people, the girls mentioned was Buckeye Stitcher. Nicole; what a lovely lady! Crazy cat lady, like myself! I am almost up to date with her videos.

I have also subscribed to the following channels:

AZ Needlworker

Ginger Gerald Stitcher

McKenna at Every Stitch Counts

Stitcherista

The Twisted Stitcher

There have been many designs from designers that I have never heard of; I am guessing that they are American designers and as I live in the UK, we may not have had these designs over here yet. I am plodding through my local HobbyCraft stores to find some of these designs. There have been websites for me to check out too – like for example 123 Stitch, Just Another Button Company and Lizzie*Kate. I cannot believe that there are so many cute and amazing designs out in the Stitching world! I WANT them all!

Are there any other FlossTubers I should be subscribing to? Or are they are other designers I should keep my eye out for? Let me know!

I have come to the conclusion that I am not that addicted to FlossTube yet, but it only a matter of time until I am!

I will be posting an update on the “Tea & Cakes” SAL from Lakeside Needlecraft soon – keep your eyes peeled!

Until the next row…

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A lot has happened…

Since my last post, I have completed TWO more pieces!

The ‘Story Time Sampler’ and ‘You’re Dino-mite’ are now ready to be framed! I do apologise about the images; they will look so much better when I have the pieces framed. I am so excited about that!

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I completed ‘You’re Dino-mite’ in less than SIX DAYS! I started it on Monday 12th June in the afternoon; I was away for a few days with my family and I needed some “me time” and I completed it on Saturday 17th June around lunchtime. This inspired me to finish the ‘Story Time Sampler’ and I finished the last frame in about three hours yesterday afternoon.

While I have been stitching; I have also been watching some FlossTubers – I have been inspired to create my own channel; so keep your eyes peeled for that!

The FlossTubers I have been watching are JustKeepStitchin’ – a mom/daughter combo Pam and Steph. I follow them on Instagram and I have fallen in love with their channel. The patterns the have been showing – I need them in my life! There are so many designers I have never heard of and I love the designs!

Now that I have finished two pieces; I now need a current project. I have started the ‘Tea & Cakes’ Stitch-A-Long from the beautiful Kate of Lakeside Needlecraft – I am a little behind, but I am very determined with my stitching. Keep an eye out for some progress photos on my Instagram account!