Creating my own patterns…

I recently downloaded KG Chart LE for Cross Stitch as I needed to work out how to do the Bookmarks I am doing for the Bookcrossing Convention in Oslo – I found that it was very easy to use. I have been thinking about creating my own patterns to sell. Is that a good idea or not? I know I am not going to be as fab as the lovely ladies at The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery; but it would be something I would like to do.

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What do you all think? Should I do some patterns? Let me know what you all think…

You can download KG Chart LE for Cross Stitch from here!

 

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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Until the next row…

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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:

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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…

Until the next row…

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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
May:
Charlotte’s Web
June:
Peter Pan
July: The Lady of Shallot
August:
Phantom of the Opera
September:
Black Beauty
October:
Anne of Green Gables
November:
Little Women
December:
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.

 

Until the next row…

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Sprite Stitch : June/July Challenge Entry

Oh yes! I know that I have not been very active at Sprite Stitch for a while, but I had the sudden urge to stitch again! This “month’s” challenge was on the theme of ‘Royalty’; as I started *very* late into this challenge, I decided to do a quick stitch.

Here is what I did:

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Princess Peach from Mario; isn’t she cute?! I used a bracelet pattern from Bracelet Book and the creative KotinKandy created it.

This piece only took me about five hours to do; I did them over two days. I think that I would have stitched it quicker if I had used White 14 Count Aida and not Navy Blue 14 Count Aida.

I actually enjoyed creating this little beauty; I am thinking about either framing her or putting her in a hoop and giving to my niece; Willow, who has recently had a Princess themed bedroom created for her.

Until the next row…

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Stitching The Night Away…

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Here at Dreaming In Aida I will be keeping you all up to date with my current projects and pattern creations. I will let you know who has created the patterns and where you can find them; just in case you want to have a try!

I am a fan of all styles of stitching and I like to stitch items from a variety of genres, from Geek to Cute – because of this I am a member of the Sprite Stitch community for a couple of years now and I have taken part in some of the monthly challenges and I am also a MASSIVE fan of The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and I am currently working my way through their designs.

If there is a designer or a pattern you think I should try my hand at; please let me know! I would love to hear from you!

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