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.

Pattern Pick of the Day: Twisted Rainbow Sampler

Twisted Rainbow Sampler cross stitch pattern by Northern Expressions NeedleworkYou may have some stitchalongs happening around Facebook groups for this popular pattern by Northern Expressions Needlework, it really is quite stunning to see.

Model stitched on 32 Ct. Onyx by Weeks Dye Works. The floss used in the model are Thread Pickerz silks and the Rainbow Floss packs are available there. Dinky Dyes alternatives are listed at 123stitch along with the pattern purchase info.

Enjoy & Happy Stitching!

Pattern Pick of the Day: Rainbow Whiskerkins

rainbow whiskerkins cross stitch pattern from CM DesignsRainbow is actually the April Whiskerkins, but he’s so darn cute with his rainbow striped tail and buttons.

This pattern by CM Designs is available from 123stitch.com and directly from the CM Designs website.

Stitch count is 50W x 75H

Enjoy and Happy Stitching!

How to Find Pins From Your Blog on Pinterest

As crafters we tend to have lots of images and pretty things in our blog posts, and those things often get pinned on Pinterest. But how do you know what was pinned and by who? Your social media widgets might tell you how many pins but maybe you want to see who is pinning you so you can follow them and check out their pins as well. Let’s take a look at how to do that….

First we’re going to go to Pinterest.com. You don’t even have to be logged in to do this.

In the address bar of your window you’re going to add /source/yourwebsite.com to the URL
pinterest source checking url
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Pattern Pick of the Day: Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope mandala cross stitch from Ink CirclesThis colorful Kaleidoscope mandala design is by Ink Circles and is available from 123stitch.com.

this pattern uses 34 vibrant colors of DMC floss. The pictured model was stitched on 32 Ct. Antique White Belfast linen. Stitch Count: 145W x 145H.

Enjoy and Happy Stitching!

Pattern Pick of the Day: Mewnicorn

mewnicorn cross stitchThis fluffy rainbow ball of fur is from Heaven and Earth Designs, of course. You’ll find the Mewnicorn chart details and ordering information here on the HAED site.

This is a mini design at 300 W by 240 H, but still has all the colors and challenge you would expect in a design from HAED.

Enjoy and Happy Stitching!

Love is Love Free Pattern Celebration!

Today the Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality and our nation celebrated. Sometimes we get things right. I am so ridiculously happy for my friends and loved ones right now. Seeing so many happy photos and celebrations across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter today was fantastic.

marriage-equality-for-all-LOVE-is-loveLove is love.

download the pattern PDF file

You can download this free pattern here or add it to your Craftsy account.

Pattern Available at Craftsy

Pattern file includes both a black & white and a color version of the chart.
Size is 60 x 60 stitches.

..and here is a second version with the stripes going horizontally… stitch one, stitch both, make changes, have fun with it! <3

love is love marriage equality celebration cross stitch patterndownload the pattern PDF file

You can download this free pattern here or add it to your Craftsy account.

Pattern Available at Craftsy

Enjoy & Happy Stitching!
Happy Marriages! Happy Everything!
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Leo Zodiac Blocks

This is the second release in a series of Zodiac cross stitch patterns, making my way through these all summer in no particular order.

Leo (♌) is the fifth astrological sign of the zodiac, originating from the constellation of Leo. It spans the 120-150th degree of the Tropical zodiac, between 125.25 and 152.75 degree of celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this area on average between July 23 and August 22 each year.

Gemini Zodiac Cross Stitch and Blackwork Pattern Preview

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.

You can customize and stitch however you’d like, each Zodiac symbol’s PDF file will include 5 individual chart; the four you see in the preview pane above plus one with just the backstitching outline. I intentionally removed the floss key from the patterns so that everyone’s piece will be unique. You can stitch it in one, two, or three colors, use variegated threads or metallics, etc. For those that are curious what colors I used in charting; DMC Very Dark Navy (939) and Burnt Orange Red (606).

Click here to purchase this pattern on Craftsy.

Ruled by the fiery Sun, Leo the Lion cannot be ignored. There’s a sense of royalty surrounding this magnificent glamourpuss, whose warmth, charm and love of drama always puts them at the center of attention.

I’ll be releasing these Zodiac cross stitch patterns throughout the summer via Craftsy, and by the time my kids start school in the fall they’ll all be out there in the world for stitching. If you want to be notified when new patterns are added, please subscribe to the weekly Stitching the Night Away newsletter here :)

Thank you for your amazing support.
Enjoy the first pattern and happy stitching!
Loretta

Gemini Zodiac Blocks

This is the first release in a series of Zodiac cross stitch patterns. Since I started charting the series during Gemini’s time I thought it was only fair that they go first.

Gemini (♊) is the third astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Gemini. Under the tropical zodiac, the sun transits this sign between May 21 and June 20.

Gemini Zodiac Cross Stitch and Blackwork Pattern Preview

Pattern Available at Craftsy

(click here to go to Craftsy in a new window or tab)

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.

You can customize and stitch however you’d like, each Zodiac symbol’s PDF file will include 5 individual chart; the four you see in the preview pane above plus one with just the backstitching outline. I intentionally removed the floss key from the patterns so that everyone’s piece will be unique. You can stitch it in one, two, or three colors, use variegated threads or metallics, etc. For those that are curious what colors I used in charting; Black (310), Lemon (307), and Dark Lemon (444).

Click here to purchase this pattern on Craftsy.

Energetic Gemini is bright and multicolored, but the sign’s signature shade is yellow. Optimistic and young at heart, Geminis have a cheery and warm disposition that is complemented by their color. What’s more, yellow promotes communication, and you love to talk.

I’ll be releasing these Zodiac cross stitch patterns throughout the summer via Craftsy, and by the time my kids start school in the fall they’ll all be out there in the world for stitching. If you want to be notified when new patterns are added, please subscribe to the weekly Stitching the Night Away newsletter here :)

Thank you for your amazing support.
Enjoy the first pattern and happy stitching!
Loretta

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