Etsy NEAT Creative Challenge Entry

8:14 AM

It's time for the reveal of the Etsy Needle Arts Team challenge! Which means a new pattern going up for you all today. 

Last month's winner chose "Winter Sports" as the category and I came up with a little skating Clementine.

Winter Girl

I think this might be the first time I've used this color blue. I was unsure of it at first, but after it was finished I knew it was the right choice.

Snowflake Close Up

 The hair is done with my new Floche thread which makes the split stitch look very yummy indeed.

Knit Cap & Scarf

The pattern should be listed in the shop later today!  I hope you like her. ♥

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Valentine Cross Stitch

2:37 PM

Valentine's Day is almost here so I thought I would make up a wee little freebie for you!  It's a cross stitch pattern, which I hope to be doing more of this year.

A little love

 Simply click here to download the PDF.  Happy stitching!


Pattern Sneak Peek

12:05 PM

Currently working on a new pattern while simultaneously creating stitchery for the Etsy Neat team challenge.  Here's a bit of a sneak peek for you:

Little pink skates

I'm also working on a set of wee patterns with a garden theme, as well as some stitch comparisons.  Sallying forth with my resolution to be more interactive on my blog, I hope to post both of those things soon.

Those of you who follow on Facebook know I update there quite often, though not always specifically about stitching.  But who doesn't love photos of adorable baby animals?  I spend quite a lot of time on Pinterest where you can find me pinning all manner of things, some of which I also share on Twitter.  So really, there is just no shortage of me if you're looking.  Still, I hope you'll visit the blog too as you never know what you might find.

Have a super day!

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Ornament Club 2013

6:00 AM

This past month I won a subscription to the 2013 Ornament Club sponsored by Stitching the Night Away.  The club's focus is cross stitch and the patterns will include traditional and non-traditional styles.  I'm looking forward to the challenge.

The pattern for January is a snowflake and we were given free reign to pick our color schemes.  After looking at the pattern in black and white it reminded me of pine branches with pine cones at the tips so I chose to do mine in earthy colors.

I used Renaissance hand-dyed lamb's wool and 18 count Aida cloth.  Here's the result:

I like to look at each project in retrospect to determine if I've learned anything helpful.  In this project I did. Boy, did I ever!

I won't ever use lamb's wool for a cross stitch project again.  Even though I kept my thread much shorter than I normally would, the wool didn't stand up to the constant streaming through the fabric. After several stitches the wool began to thin out. You can see some white between the stitches, which makes me a sad panda!

I also learned that sometimes stitching and engaging television programs don't mix.  And by that I mean, concentrating on what's happening at Glen Bogle means missing a stitch, resulting in an entire section of the design being out of whack.  I wound up picking out those stitches and redoing that section.

I also decided at one point to turn the pattern page so I could count the spaces better.  I felt quite clever that I remembered to turn my hoop too.  I didn't, however, remember to turn the stitching.  *insert face-palm*

Ultimately I decided not to redo those stitches as the nap of the wool in those sections makes it difficult to tell they aren't uniform.  I apologize heartily to the die-hard stitchers out there cringing at my funky branches.

So having learned a couple of things this time around I expect February's pattern will go much better.  I hope to have some hand dyed Aida for future patterns too.  Time to pay a visit to  Kelly at Stitchn Momma  on Etsy.

Club membership has closed for the year, but the patterns are available each month if you'd like to pick them up and stitch along; just visit the pattern page for details.

Happy stitching!


New Year - New Supplies

2:36 PM

A new year and some new supplies for me! I got heartily tired of the $1 hoops available at Joann's so I paid a visit to Hedgehog Handworks  where I found these gorgeous Hardwicke Manor hoops.

Birch wood hoops and colorful Floche!

They're gorgeous and like nothing I've ever been able to find in the craft shops around here.  You do get what you pay for.  As you can see in the pic I also purchased some DMC Floche a Broder in 30 yard twists in my favorite shades for spring. 

I also bought a few colors of lambs wool to try mixing my fibers.

Renaissance Dyeing Wool

In looking at the wool it seems to be a lot like lace weight wool that I purchased from Knitpicks. I think I might try using both and comparing the thickness.

Hedgehog Handworks is a neat online shop. My items were shipped quickly and packaged well. I recommend them to anyone looking for quality hoops and hard-to-find needlework supplies.

Do you have a favorite supplier? I would love to hear about them!

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