Monday, August 31, 2009

Works in Progress

I found lots of time to stitch yesterday since my kids were up all night at slumber parties and needed to sleep in. I finished a "Noel" picture and worked on a turkey. I'm hoping to find the time to turn them into some kind of lovely creations.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Where did the day go?

Wow! Yesterday just flew by. I was busy from sun up until sun down. I know everyone else is busy too but as a SAHM I usually have a little breathing time while the kids are in school and I get my chores all done. Guess it was the fact that the kids only had a 1/2 day of school on Friday.

Did manage to do a little stitching last night while shuttling my son to the movies and back. I'm working on a turkey pattern that I'm planning to turn into a fabric cube with the picture on the front and some pretty embelishments. Hope it turns out well. I'll put a picture on here when I get a chance or I get it done. Whichever comes first.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Floss tip edit

On yesterdays blog about doubling your floss, I just realized that I forgot to tell you to run your needle through the loop on the back side of the fabric. This cinches down your first stitch and eliminates the need to cover the loose ends of your threads when starting with a new piece of floss. This is an easy way to make the back of your work neater.

Didn't have much time to stitch yesterday but I did finish a small Christmas piece I was working on. Now I've got to choose what I want to do next. I'm thinking a turkey for the fall season that's coming up.

Have a great day and be creative!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A tip for stitching

I've been stitching for years and even I learned something new recently. When starting a new piece of floss, I cut it to about 30 inches, seperate one strand from the six strands and then thread my needle with the single piece of floss folded in half. Doing this keeps you from having to stitch over the flapping thread on the back of your piece to secure the floss and gives you less mess on the back of your piece.

Cross stitching

Cross stitching seems to be a hobby or craft that has gone by the wayside. Other crafts such as making jewelry, soaps, body lotions and potions have pushed what once was a creative past time into oblivion.

I get a huge amount of satisfaction from taking a paper pattern, a blank piece of material and turning out a highly detailed work of art. Patterns can be very intricate with lots of detail or much simpler and old fashioned looking. No matter what the pattern, when you are finished, you have a beautiful piece of art.

The hardest part, to me, about cross stitching is deciding upon the one pattern in my library of patterns to stitch. I can spend hours flipping through my patterns until one just begs to be stitched.

If you haven't tried cross stitching, maybe it's time to give it a chance.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Cross Stitching

It's been a great summer but I 've not had any time to cross stitch. Between the kids, garden, yard, pool, and all the other general things to do, I haven't had time to do any cross stitching. School starts in a couple of weeks so I am going to work stitch time into my daily schedule.

Cross stitching has been a great way for me to relax and stay busy for years. Just recently I decided to try and make some money from my favorite past time. Unfortunately, I have been viewing this as a hobby instead of a job and haven't been too successful. Now I'm looking at it as my job.

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