DMC conversion

Londonderry Linen and DMC Embroidery Floss

8:31 AM

Linen thread by Londonderry is 100% linen and while it can be used for many applications, I use it for fine embroidery. It comes in several weights, though I've only used their mid-weight which is 30/3.

The first number is the weight of the thread and the second is the number of plies that are used to make the thread.  Even though it has plies, like DMC stranded cotton, it isn't meant to be separated. 

Londonderry Linen Thread

I recently stocked up on some new colors, which I purchased at Hedgehog Handworks.   The only downside to purchasing online, and really this goes for anything you buy online, is that you don't always know what the true colors are. Everyone's monitor protrays colors differently. Having previously purchased a few colors, I know this thread doesn't have the sheen that DMC cotton floss has, and that the colors are more muted. Now that I was in the market for new colors I wanted to be able to get at least an approximation before buying.

Hedgehog doesn't actually show each of the colors, though there is a small sampling of spools on the order page.  I searched online and came across photos of all the colors on Purl Soho.  They're so brilliant and lovely on this page! I wanted them all!  But I noticed that the colors were very vibrant and I know that the colors I already have are just not quite that bright.  I jumped in and purchased some new colors and decided to match them up with my DMC floss colors as closely as I could.  I thought it might be helpful as DMC floss is readily available and universal really to anyone who embroiders.

Without further ado.. here they are!

Terra Cotta & Jonquil

Londonderry Terra Cotta matches with DMC 352 (Coral, Light) and Londonderry Jonquil matches closest to DMC 742 (Tangerine, Light).

Cabernet & Maple Sugar

Londonderry Cabernet matches with DMC 221 (Shell Pink, Very Dark) and Maple Sugar most closely resembles DMC 680 (Old Gold, Dark).

Peacock Green & Evergreen
 Londonderry Peacock Green matches up to DMC 561 (Jade, Very Dark) and Londonderry Evergreen is closest to DMC 935 (Avocado Green, Dark).

Violet & Lilac
 Londonderry Violet's closest match is DMC 554 (Violet, Light) and the Londonderry Lilac matches up with DMC 210 (Lavendar, Medium).

Cornflower, Bluebird, & Bluebonnet
 Londonderry Cornflower is a close match for DMC 322 (Baby Blue), while Londonderry Bluebird is closest to DMC 798 (Delft Blue, Dark).  Londonderry Bluebonnet is the deepest of the three and matches closest to DMC 796 (Royal Blue, Dark).
Cotton Candy & Azalea Pink
 Finally we have Londonderry Cotton Candy which is almost a perfect match to DMC 603 (Cranberry) and Londonderry Azalea Pink which matches up to DMC 602 (Cranberry, Medium).

Please keep in mind that I'm only using my eyeballs to match these colors and not some super sophisticated color matching system.  So any errors are mine! Also, remember that the linen thread does not have the same kind of sheen that cotton floss does.

 I hope you find it helpful to know what the colors are and that you won't shy away from experimenting with new threads!

Here's a handy little chart you can use if you want to just have the numbers.


Come into our garden

8:19 AM

And now, a brief post about gardening. Well, not really. I don't do much gardening though I do have very specific ideas of what I like and don't like and am not quiet at all about sharing that information with the person in my house who actually does do the gardening. I'm a lucky girl that he is so easy going.

An adventure was had by all yesterday as we visited Stanley's Greenhouse. To say it was packed with both plants and people would be an enormous understatement.  The checkout lines were immense and I'm only glad I didn't have to wait in one, though there were many things I would have loved to bring home.

Like this Hydrangea.  How gorgeous is this?  I've never seen this color. Normally it's pale pink or blue or purple.  

One of the cutest things was the miniature terrarium section -filled with tiny garden furniture; like for fairies or gnomes. It was SO dang cute!!!  I certainly don't need another hobby, but it is soooooo tempting!

Here's a simple one they had on display.
Wee garden!

There were many plants and flowers that I had never seen before and many that I thought would be  lovely in our own garden. We've decided to wait an entire year before we do any major changes to our yard since this is our first year here.

This ColorBlaze Sedona coleus is in contention for complimenting our boxwood in the front of our house. How gorgeous is this!?

ColorBlaze Sedona Coleus

They had beautiful succulents, like this Hens & Chicks.
Cobweb Hens & Chicks

These were so cool but really kinda creepy - like a family of spiders is lying in wait.  I passed on these but did buy a plain Hens & Chicks for my kitchen window sill.

Beautiful blossom!
I have no idea what this flower is, I didn't take a photo of the tag.  If you know what it is -feel free to leave a comment.

Here's one last photo - of my husband in a pith helmet, because everyone should have a pith helmet.


The Next Step - What does the State Require?

9:40 AM

Now that we've decided to homeschool the next few months will be filled with research. There are so many things to consider.

Here are a few things we need to research:

  • The state regulations for homeschooling
  • Homeschool education styles
  • Our daughter's learning style
  • Local homeschool resources (support groups)
  • Online homeschool resources
  • Family budget for curriclum and supplies
  • Selecting curricula

So far it's been relatively easy finding information regarding Tennessee state laws in regards to homeschool. As with many other states our options are to either register with the school district as an independent homeschool, enroll in an umbrella school, or choose an accredited online school. 

Enrolling through the school district leaves us subject to the public school regulations regarding standardized testing. As far as I can tell, it is the same for the accredited online schools.  Since this is one of the reasons we want our girl out of the public school system we'll be enrolling her in an umbrella school.

Here in TN the majority of the umbrella schools are church related schools (CSRs) and many of those require a statement of faith.  I don't have a problem with the requirement per se, it's just not for us.  So, my search has taken me in the direction of a more secular based umbrella school that will still provide the same options for opting out of testing.  Two schools have surfaced in my research. The HomeLife Academy and The Farm School.

Both places basically provide record keeping and transcripts should we require them in the future. Neither umbrella places restrictions on what curriculum we teach so we will have a lot of flexibility in what choices we make.

So, now we decide which one is better and I'm leaning towards HomeLife Academy as I've found quite a few positive reviews on the Secular Homeschool Forum   I also like that their reporting is in one location, whereas The Farm School uses another resource for that.

One decision down and many more to go. It's worth all the time and effort..this girl deserves the best.


Homeschool a-go-go

5:16 PM

The decision has been made.  This is the last year of public school our daughter will attend. Beginning in July (yes, July!) we will all be on a new journey to teach our girl about life, help her discover who she is and who she wants to be. And we can totally do that if we teach her ourselves.  We made her and it's our job to teach her.  Having her home will mean learning can and will happen all the time, not just what we can fit into the few short hours between homework and bedtime when we're all tired and frustrated.  It will be a new way of life for us, but it's going to be good.

I realize this is primarily a crafting blog and that I don't normally drag my personal life into it, but as my lifestyle changes, so will my blog.

Coming soon, you'll be able to find posts about our homeschooling adventures listed under a new page called, amazingly, homeschool.   I hope you'll stick around - there will always be plenty of handmade to be seen - but it may not always be my hands making it.   And that's a good thing too.

doctor who

Weave FFFOF Swap

9:24 AM

Here are a few pics of my recent swap piece done for the Fifth Friday Festival of Fabulousness Swaps over on Weave.

The swap theme was Bestiary - which gave everyone quite a lot of leeway for creativity and subject matter.    My swap partner posted a pic to the forums a while back of David Tennant as the 10th Doctor, so being the total Doctor Who geek that I am, I made my piece to fit in with both themes. ;)


I printed Brannigan's pic on a piece of cotton - which I think was a remnant from the back of a set of cotton curtains that used to hang in my daughter's room.  After printing him, I embellished him with stitching, using DMC 100% cotton floss.

Brannigan's Nose

I've noticed that kitty noses tend to look like little dots in close-up photography so I decided french knots were going to be perfect for his nose.

Tiny Chain Stitches

I used tiny chain stitches to outline his bomber hat - though they are hard to see with the naked eye.

The total finished size of this piece is 4".  I think I worked on it roughly 3 hours. It's hard for me to stop when I'm embellishing - when is it too much? Is it not enough? I think I'm happy with the way he turned out and my swap partner really liked him, so that is a win-win!


blog feature

Too Cute Tuesday!

8:53 AM

Heyo!  Look who's featured on Too Cute Tuesday over at Mr. X Stitch!  Olisa was kind enough to feature my little bunny trio of patterns on her weekly blog post and I am dead chuffed!

Take a peek over at the Mr. X Stitch site; Jamie has  it chock full of stitchy goodness. And, if you're looking to chat up like-minded stitchers  join the Weave community.   

You should also check out Olisa's blog, she is a very talented artist.

I'm currently involved in a swap at Weave.  I can't show you what I'm working on until my swap partner receives it, but I promise to post pics when it's done.

Until then, here's an up to the moment photo of Pretty Little London by Satsuma Street - work in progress.

Total work time: 28 hours 4 minutes. Worked space: 6" x 4 3/4"

Hope you're having a stitch-filled week!


New Pattern - Bee Mine

12:46 PM

New pattern out today in my Etsy shop

Bee Mine Pattern

I am admittedly caught up in the hexagon craze so I wanted to do a little something with them, but at the same time keep it simple.

Even stitching

I noticed when I began stitching the edges of these little gems it was super easy to keep the stitching even, using only 3 stitches per side. 

Where sides meet

Instead of doubling up on the sides that abut each other I decided to do a quick whip stitch along those edges and then return to the normal back stitching.

The bee was originally colored with lemon (DMC 444) and black (DMC 310) but wowza, it was shocking against the other colors. Yucko.  Instead I opted for topaz and beaver grey. I think these softer colors work better with the varying shades of pink.

Next up in the hoop? Who knows!

Happy stitching!

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