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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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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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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