WIP Update

So, I was naughty and worked on the Spring Fairy a bit more.  I know, I know, I need to get the giraffes done.  I’m working on that too, promise!  I have plenty of time.

Heh.

In other news, I have also added a page showing off my various cross stitch fabrics that I’ve recently been experimenting with dying.  Check them out here.

And of course, photos of my updates:

I have an addiction…

You see, when I have a craft I enjoy, I like to indulge in the items used for that craft.

I’m not sure if indulge is the right word.  Maybe it would be more accurate to say I become fanatically compulsive about buying anything remotely pretty that could be in any way associated with a craft of some sort.

I have an addiction.

Let me see if I can explain it a little better, so you understand the depths of my depravity.

I like to sew.  Sewing requires fabric, thread, scissors, and a sewing machine.  Those are just the basics of course.  My solution?

Why yes, that is a sewing machine and a serger, and those are actually shelves built out of shoe organizer kits lining each wall in the closet.  Thank you for asking.

But I don’t think you quite realize the levels I will sink to in order to cater to my addiction.  You see, I also enjoy crocheting.  As you know, crocheting requires hooks and yarn.

Please note, I made the roll-up case by utilizing my mad sewing skills in conjunction with items from the stash pictured previously.  I must admit, I’m not actually sure where the yarn came from.  I believe there may have been some sort of mass yarn migration due to environmental issues in their natural habitat, and some of the displaced refugees claimed my craft room as a sanctuary.  I will need to look into the situation further.

I hope you are beginning to understand how I bask unrestrained in my addiction.  But in case it hasn’t quite hit home, let me point out one last thing.

I do enjoy cross stitching.  The threads, the fabrics, the frames, the patterns…  Oh yes.  I love it all.

I bet you know what’s coming now…  Oh yes….


I trust you have begun grasp the seriousness of my condition. I have no shame.  I revel in my depravity.  I glory in every crafty bit of it.

Yes, I am an addict.  And you know what? I love it!

On pins and needles

I must confess, I have a very bad habit when I stitch. When switching needles or getting ready to re-thread them, I have a tendency to put the needle in my mouth to hold. I do the same with pins.

Yes, I know. One of these days, I’m going to end up swallowing one. Don’t worry, I have the number for 9-1-1 memorized.

Slightly less dangerously, when I don’t put the needles in my mouth, I will stick them in the arm of my sewing chair ‘just for a minute’.

Sometimes I forget them until I poke myself. At least once, I managed to actually push the needle all the way into the padding of the arm, so there’s a stealthy ninja needle in there that I’m sure will someday manage to work itself into an optimal position to viciously attack my tender flesh.

Again, I will also ‘store’ pins in the same manner.  On the plus side, they don’t get lost in the arm because of that nifty little knob on the end.  But on the down side, kitty finds that little knob on the cushions absolutely irresistible, and will pull the pins out with her teeth and carry them off, presumably for consumption in some ritualistic manner due to the shocking lack of steel in her diet.  Fortunately, I’ve always managed to rescue the poor things before they met their bitter end.

But the absolute worst thing that I manage to do with my needles is drop them.  That doesn’t sound too bad, right?  Oh no, see, I can make a mountain out of a molehill in a heartbeat.  Because a good 75% of the time, I can’t find the needles I’ve dropped!

Well, that’s not completely true.  I often do find these needles.  Days later.  With my feet.  In fact, it just happened again not long ago.  My toe is now healed, but the needle shall never stitch again.

I win, needle.  I win.

Dying to share…

So I occasionally dabble in dying cross stitch fabric.  Not anything serious, I just get the yen to put colors together sometimes and see what happens.  I’m sure I’ll end up using the resulting fabrics eventually!

Anyway, here is one of my favorites that I have done using brown, peach and green dyes:

I feel compelled to offer a word of caution, though.  If you happen to have leftover dyes in cups that you want to keep and use for another round of dying the next day, and decide to store those cups on the counter in your bathroom, you should really remember to close the door.  Otherwise, there is the slightest possibility that your cat will decide to get a little curious about the contents of the cups, and you will later discover that somehow little brown paw prints have mysteriously appeared all over your counter, toilet, bathtub and floor.

Not that I know this from personal experience or anything…

 

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Current WIPs

So let’s get this started off with a bang.  Here are my current WIPs (well, the two I will admit to, anyway!).

Spring Fairy – designed by and ©Joan Elliott, and published in Cross Stitch Collection, Issue #167.  Design is being stitched over 2 on 32-count Lugana in the Fairy Footprints colorway from Polstitches.  Deadline of June 21, as I need to start the Summer Fairy then.

Mother and Baby – designed by and ©Amanda Butler, and published in Cross Stitch Gold, Issue #58.  Design is being stitched on 20 count Light Oatmeal Aida.  I am actually not fond of aida, but I needed a 20 count for this project in order for the finished design to fit the frame I have.  This one is the Mother’s Day gift, so I need to get it done by May 8th.  No pressure, right?

Hello!

I have recently been drawn once more to my first crafting passion, that of cross stitch.  I thought it would be nice to document my progress on various projects, and share some of the things I’ve picked up over the years.  I can only hope that this blog in some way inspires others to learn or return to this wonderful craft.

So, a little about me.  I first learned to stitch many, many moons ago, when I was about 11 or 12.  The first things I ever stitched were stamped patterns.  I soon discovered that I much preferred counted cross stitch to over stamped patterns, and subsequently abandoned an in-progress set of quilt blocks with only 5 out of 24 completed.  🙂

In my teens, when I didn’t have to work for a living, I had a lot more time to stitch.  I completed many designs as gifts for friends and family.  Unfortunately, once I entered the ranks of full-time workers, I had less and less time to stitch.  Then I got distracted by crochet for a few years.  Finally, last year, I pulled out a long unfinished WIP and decided to get it completed.

Over the next month, I rediscovered how much I enjoyed cross stitch, and began to search for more patterns I could work on.  I was so pleased to discover some excellent designers of fantasy patterns (my preferred genre) such as Joan Elliott and Passione Ricamo.  So now I have about 56 patterns that I want to stitch all right now! 😀

More realistically, I settled on Joan’s seasonal fairies to complete this year, with a couple additional projects added in as gifts for Mother’s Day and an upcoming wedding.  (Shh, don’t tell!)  I’m feeling very ambitious.

So here we are.  Welcome to my blog, and I hope you enjoy my stitching as much as I do.