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  1. Loomking for a pattern of a bear with his arms up where you stitch his face sweater and toes then cut out the bear sew him together and stuff him. Help!

  2. I’ve stitched for more than 40 years and always just hoops. Because of the hoop marks I always removed them at night when I finished. Just a few years back, I discovered the joys of Q-Snaps and now mix and match the sizes to my projects as best I can. I love the larger projects but because of the weight, I rarely use a larger than 14 x 14. However, everywhere I’ve read, stitchers suggest removing the fabric from the Q-Snaps when you finish for the day, but no one can tell me why. Do they stretch the fabric or crush the stitches; they leave no marks so what is the reason why everyone suggests this action?

    Thanks for your input and clarification.

    Sue Pollock

    • Leaving a hoop on will eventually distort fabric and crush stitches, etc. Leaving a q-snap on is a bit less worrisome, but if you’re going to leave it long term you might loosen the tension when you’re not stitching on it, sort of like someone would do with scroll rods. Just give the clamps a little twist inward so that the fabric is not taut. Other than that I wouldn’t be overly concerned about it unless you’re using a really delicate fabric or something like that.

  3. Sharon 1220 says:

    What happened to the “prevailed” on the .pdf file? I like the new pattern, Remember, but the pattern ends with “will.” I’m sure I can figure out where to put the “prevail,” but I was hoping you could supply it.

  4. Loretta,

    Recently purchased several prefinished pillow shams. These shams have aida cloth in the appropriate places for cross stitching. How do I use my Q snap. I am confused and I do not want to go through both layers of fabric. Please HELP!

    • I’m having a hard time visualizing the piece. Do you have a small q-snap or hoop that you could work into the inside of the sham?

  5. Help! I bought a kit from England – it came with Aida and I decided to switch to a linen… but the piece of fabric I had was a tiny bit smaller than the kit’s. Bote that I am an experienced stitcher of over 25 years and have stitched many difficult patterns…

    Still – just to be sure, I decided to start stitching in the middle of the project instead of the top left (which is my preferred method).. only problem was that the “middle” identified in the kit was not, in fact, the middle. It was a pattern error that I didn’t identify until I noticed that I had much too much fabric at the bottom and almost none left at the top…

    I kept thinking that I was just mis-reading the chart and that it would all work out, but now that I am approaching the top of the pattern, I realize that I will have less than an inch left – I intend to mat the stitching up to the design but there doesn’t appear to be enough fabric to turn for framing. Can I stitch a piece of fabric to the top (since it won’t be seen),.. I am devastated since this is a gift – and I really don’t have time to start all over again… your thoughts? Oh, and the framer to whom I have entrusted all my framing has left town – with no forwarding so I am really stuck! THanks for any thoughts you might offer…


    • Yes, you can absolutely attach fabric to the outer edges of a piece for framing and finishing. Muslin works well if you’re looking to frame. Some framers will actually do this for you if you ask.

  6. Sharon 1220 says:

    I have a question about using the Q-snap or a hoop. Do you stitch on the top side of the fabric or the bottom as it lays in the frame? [fabric to hoop U shaped or inverted U shaped] I started stitching on the bottom (U), because it was easier to anchor the threads on the back side, when that side was “on top.” My mother, however, thinks I’m doing it backwards. Just curious. (I know that there is a right and a wrong side to some fabric, but what I’m talking about is the way it lays in the hoop. Is the right side of the fabric on top or down inside the hoop?)

  7. I have a qestion about even weave linen. The pattern I am looking to stitch calls for stitching over 1 thread. That does not make sense to me. Are they referring to stitching over “1″ thread but it would actually be over 2? thanks, K

    • It depends on the pattern. Some patterns will use over 1 on linen/evenweave to show detail.
      Who’s the designer and which chart? I’ll look it up and see if I can figure it out.

  8. Sharon 1220 says:

    Just a comment to Mary with the old floss. Companies some times change their color formulas, or the color changes as it sits in the floss for several years. More than once, I have started stitching with a color, and the new skein has been a slightly different shade. (Then I hear a chorus of frogs: rip-it, rip-it.) Or, and this has happened several times, I go to put a little floss left at the end of a project back on a bobbin card, and the current floss is a different shade from the older floss that was on the card. My word of warning is to make sure you have enough floss to finish the project before starting.

  9. Do you know if there is a machine embroidery patter for the brushstroke butterfly?
    thank you
    Rita E in AZ

  10. Hi Loretta,

    I just wanted you to know that my Yahoo group, World of Charity Stitching, is currently group-stitching one of your free designs, the beautiful Knotted Hearts. We hope to have a variety of colors and color combinations of approximately 36 squares stitched by our members. We will make a quilt to be donated to a senior citizen in a nursing home when it is finished. I hope to be able to post a photo of the finished quilt on your site or I can mail you the photo, if that would be okay. We are just now starting to stitch the squares, so it will be a few months before the quilt is complete.
    Peggy (co-owner of World of Charity Stitching)

  11. Loretta, I’d like to try my hand at contributing a “one-time” article about cross stitching and quilting for charity. Would this be appropriate? If not, please let me know.

  12. Deann Farley says:

    I just signed up for the 2013 ornament club and purchased the 2012 ornament club packet. I lost it before I could save it. Do you have any idea how I can find it to get it back. I do have the paypal proof. Thanks you and so so sorry.

  13. Belinda Pope says:

    I have just done a hook workmn dog, ,would like it made into a cushion in Shropshire,so any body knows where I can have it made into a cushion please let me know
    Thank you

  14. penny springs says:

    I wanted to download some of your free patterns but for some reason all of a sudden I am unable to download any PDF patterns at all. I have no idea what I’m doing wrong if anything. I just can’t download them. I click on the download and it does nothing. Can you think of anything I should be doing?


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