Need Some Graph Paper to Rechart or Chart a Cross Stitch Pattern?

graphpapergridSometimes you just need to rechart the date on something, or maybe you want to use a different color or add small detail like your name to a piece, or maybe you want to chart a small motif for a custom piece – you need a sheet of graph paper or some type of grid to start planning things out before you get stitchy.

Here are five easy to use free resources for printing graph paper from your computer all with different sizes, line weights, etc…;

Or if you’re out of printer ink or don’t have paper in the machine, you can just raid your teenager’s math binder when he’s not looking like I do ;-)

The Cirque des Cercles Finish You Simply Must See!

(photos and finished piece belong to Sheila C., she was kind enough to let me share them here)

I’ve probably said it a million times, every time I see a Cirque des Cercles finish it looks stunning and unique from every other time I’ve seen it finished. The design from Ink Circles has this amazing talent for coming to vibrant life in a different way for every stitcher. It honestly makes me say “wow” every time I see it stitched up by someone.

This weekend I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed when Sheila’s photos jumped off the page at me announcing her completion of Cirque des Cercles – entirely in beads! It literally took my breath away, and I spent the better part of an hour just staring at her amazingly gorgeous finish….

Cirque de Cercles stitched in BEADS by Sheila C.

Ink Circles popular Cirque de Cercles design stitched in BEADS by Sheila C.

Sheila stitched this on 32 count Belfast linen using size 11 delcia beads. Most of the beads are stitched using a half cross, but if you look closely there you can see the textural difference in the little circles where she added them with a full cross.
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Nevermore Biscornu by Cloudsfactory is Chart of the Week

Nevermore biscornu by cloudsfactory on EtsyI was browsing around on Etsy over the weekend (as I often do) and this design caught my eye ~ Nevermore biscornu by cloudsfactory

Now, I have to say that I’ve never made a biscornu before… but I think it’s time I get in the groove and give it a try because I need to stitch this and finish it up all pretty to sit next to my ort jar.

You can find Cloudsfactory charts on Etsy and on their website at Cloudsfactory.net

Happy Stitching!

Newsletter Returning April 1st

Hello stitchy friends :) I want to thank everyone for the kind notes and your infinite patience. The year got off to a rocky start here (flu, snow, lots of work to do, unexpected expenses, more flu, injured toes, extra orthodontist visits, bacterial infections, and all sorts of crazy things going on) so the blog hasn’t been updated and the weekly newsletter hasn’t been going out.

Well, I declare that’s enough of that. Life can return to normal now and the newsletter and blog posts will all be returning to normal schedules on April 1st. Hopefully saying that out loud and declaring it here in writing will make it so! If you’re not getting the weekly newsletter yet, you can sign up in the big blue box below this post.

I also have some fun pattern designs that I’ve been working on, so those will start popping up again soon. Lots of good things to come this year. Thank you again for being the amazing group of stitchers you are. I appreciate you very much.

Happy Stitching!
Loretta

Cross Stitch Tails … and we’re not talking stories here …

Cross-Stitch-Tails

Recently a customer called me and needed more thread for a kit she had purchased.  She had run out of one color and was only half way done with the area.  WHAT?  How could that be?  I looked at my notes and I had another customer with the same problem, same color, same kit.  What did I do … or not do?  I always keep track of how many lengths and strands I use.

Two weeks pass and she calls me again and she has run out of two more colors!  Sigh …..

I asked her, just so I would know for future, how long were her tails?  Was she using each length to the very end or leaving 3-4″ ??  She told me she uses it to the last little bit just to be able to tuck it into her stitches.

Well … I guess I blew it.  I’ll need to add more extra lengths to each kit from now on.  I’m stitching a new design and I’m purposely throwing more away to make sure I don’t go short on my kits.

I found this How-To over on Ebay .. yes, Ebay … I didn’t know they had How-To’s ….  How NOT to Knot  This was her picture -

tails via ebay

I think mine are about that length when I’m ready to tuck it in.

I was also thinking about how stitchers “stitch” … do they make a line one way and come back or are they making crosses?  Am I making sense?  :)  I think you’ll know what I’m saying … Is the way they’re stitching causing them to use more thread?

Luckily I’ve only had the two phone calls about thread being short … so I’m doing okay!

So … how long are your tails?

 

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