About Loretta

Stitcher from a young age. Mom of four amazing boys. Wife to the comic book geek who makes me smile every day. Transcriptionist by trade. Gluten-free by necessity. Writer at heart. Dreamer of big colorful creative dreams.

Stitchqueries: Do You Still Recommend Silkweaver Fabrics?

This post was hard for me to write because I supported the original Silkweaver Fabrics so strongly, but here it is.

I noticed when you post photos of projects you mention that some of your fabric was “original Silkweavers” and I’ve seen so many ladies in Facebook groups complaining about not receiving orders and having issues with things. I was wondering do you still recommend Silkweaver as a fabric resource?

Original Silkweavers I never had a single problem with an order, they were fast, the fabric was amazing, and I even joined two fabric of the month clubs for long periods of time. They were once upon a time hands down my favorite fabric supplier, my stash was (and still is) made up of much of their beautifully created fabric, and I frequently recommended them here at Stitching the Night Away, on our old forums, and in the weekly newsletters.

Unfortunately it feels like since Zweigart bought them and took over, everything has gone down the drain and the customer service hasn’t been exactly nice. I think that maybe Zweigart was so used to selling prepackaged standard fabrics that they weren’t as prepared for the individual care and attention a hand-dyed product would need in the long term, so the Silkweaver brand has suffered.

I stopped ordering from them a few years ago after some poorly handled customer service and ordering issues that myself and some other stitching friends experienced with little to no response to service inquiries. While it’s my understanding that these issues are slowly improving, they’re certainly still not up to the amazing service level that the original brand had and I frequently see people wondering out loud in stitching groups if their orders will ever arrive or if they’ll get a response to their inquiry.

So, at the end of the day, while Zweigart still manufacturers excellent quality base fabric in mass production, I don’t necessarily recommend Silkweaver, especially if you’re looking to start a project right away. These days I have much better customer experiences buying my hand-dyed fabrics from small independent dyers, Etsy sellers, and small brands like Picture This Plus or Stephanie’s, and 123stitch.com has some hand-dyed selections in their inventory as well. And for our UK friends, many of the stitchers I talk with highly recommend Polstitches.

I’m always on the lookout for new independent sellers as well, so if you happen to get your hands on some great fabric, let me know about it! Leave a comment below, email me, or share the info on Facebook.

Happy Stitching
Loretta

Pisces Zodiac Pattern Blocks

Pisces (♓) are a dreamy and sensitive Water sign that is spiritual and creative in nature. Compassion and empathy for others come easy to emotional Pisces Fish, who feel the pain of the whole world and respond with sympathy to any suffering they encounter. Because of this interdependent attitude, Pisces can often put others’ feelings first and neglect their own needs.

Pisces zodiac cross stitch patterns

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Each block in the series is 45 x 45 stitches so they can be used together or individually and be interchangeable. On their own they’re the perfect size for an ornament, a card, or a scented sachet. You can group several symbols together for a family sampler or stitch all 12 for an annual sampler. So many stitchy possibilities to explore and have fun with.
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Pattern Pick of the Day: Oblivion

Oblivion colorful fractal cross stitch pattern from StitchXI love these colorful fractal patterns by StitchX, always so pretty. You can see this one over on Craftsy.

This pattern uses 90 DMC thread colors and the stitch count is 400 x 400, but don’t be intimidated by the numbers, every stitch is worth it :)

Enjoy & Happy Stitching!

Flaming Floral Sunshine Pattern

Flaming Floral Sunshine Cross Stitch Pattern in Coral Red

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Aquarius Zodiac Blocks

Aquarius (♒) Friendly, outgoing and intellectual, Aquarius is always brimming with great ideas and fun conversation. Plus, they’re ever-willing to lend an ear or a helping hand. Aquarius is symbolized by the Water-Bearer, though it’s actually an Air sign.

Aquarius Zodiac Blocks for Cross Stitch and Blackwork

Pattern Available at Craftsy
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Each block in the series is 45 x 45 stitches so they can be used together or individually and be interchangeable. On their own they’re the perfect size for an ornament, a card, or a scented sachet. You can group several symbols together for a family sampler or stitch all 12 for an annual sampler. So many stitchy possibilities to explore and have fun with.
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Coloring Animal Mandalas on a Rainy Saturday

Working from home and meeting people online over the years has brought many interesting and amazing people into my life, and for that I am very grateful. When one of those people accomplishes a goal, I’m excited to be there to watch it happen and I’m ready to cheer them on.

Wendy Piersall is one of those people. Wendy is a talented artist and a fun blogger to follow. Her first coloring book came out in October, Coloring Animal Mandalas and of course I bought it right away.

The book was a beautiful success. She has two more books out now, a fourth one that you can preorder!

I enjoy coloring as a nice break from everything; it provides the same stress relief feeling that stitching provides me and it gives my brain a break because I don’t have to count or check a pattern. (Though, while we were coloring Ethan did suggest these mandalas would make cool cross stitch patterns, and I certainly agree with that… we’ll stick a pin in that idea for later.)

Coloring Animal Mandalas

A magical thing happened when I got out the colored pencils and sat down at the table on a rainy Saturday evening. Ethan shut off the television. Lucas hooked his iPod up to the soundbar speaker. Noah came out of him room. And we were all coloring together. Next thing we knew it was 2:30 in the morning ~ oops!

Coloring Animal Mandalas

They were actually still coloring when I went to bed! and making plans for what to color next, and thinking about how they could design their own coloring books, and talking about getting new markers and colored pencils on our next trip to Michael’s for sketch books and supplies. :)

Coloring Animal Mandalas

Virgo Zodiac Blocks

It’s time for the next pattern release in the Zodiac Blocks series, and Virgo is ready to go.

Virgo (♍) a loving, loyal, and true friend you can always count on. As an earth sign, Virgo’s colors are blues, tans, browns, and greens, which are very soothing to the sign’s anxious temperament.

Virgo Zodiac Cross Stitch and Blackwork Patterns

Pattern Available at Craftsy
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Each block in the series is 45 x 45 stitches so they can be used together or individually and be interchangeable. On their own they’re the perfect size for an ornament, a card, or a scented sachet. You can group several symbols together for a family sampler or stitch all 12 for an annual sampler. So many stitchy possibilities to explore and have fun with.
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Giveaway: Win a Free Zodiac Block Pattern

You have all weekend to enter to win your choice of any Zodiac block set … even if it hasn’t been released yet. Entering is easy peasy, you can leave a comment, share a tweet, or visit us on Facebook.

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Chart is a PDF file delivered via email.

I’ll choose and announce five winners Tuesday when the weekly newsletter goes out. If the Zodiac sign you want isn’t released yet, that’s okay, I’ll send it to you as soon as it’s ready and you’ll be first in line.
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