About Loretta

Passionate stitcher. Mom of four amazing young men. Wife to a comic book geek who makes me smile every day. Transcriptionist by trade. Gluten-free by necessity. Writer at heart. Seeker of knowledge and reader of novels. Dreamer of big colorful creative dreams.

Neglected Floss SAL Biscornus

January Pattern

I figured since we’re using neglected threads, I might as well use some neglected fabric too. I pulled this opalescent Silkweaver fabric from my stash to stitch this month’s pattern. The threads are leftovers that were missing their labels.

This part is finished and will be the top of the biscornu. Now I need to stitch a square for the bottom, find a button that matches these colors, and I should probably learn how the heck to assemble a biscornu.

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Blackwork Bookmark Trio the Second

Available on Craftsy

blackwork bookmarks trio second pattern cover preview

Each bookmark is approximately 30 x 100 stitches in size. [Read more…]

10 Things I Want to Accomplish in 2018

Here we are again, that weird part in the middle of January. As always, this part of the year gets me thinking about what I want to do with my stitching projects and with this website throughout the year…

I was reviewing my list of things I wanted to accomplish in 2017 and, well, it was honestly just a really crap year for me and due to health issues. I didn’t accomplish much of anything in any area of my life and there was very little stitching. These are all still very much things that I want to do. So, I’m just taking this lovely list of things from last year, scratching off 2017 and filling in 2018.

10 stitching things that I want to do in 2018

Stitch more often. Daily as much as possible. This is a thing that I used to do always do without fail, then life happened, work and kids, health issues and everything in between. I’m looking to reclaim that little bit of consistency again because it brings me sanity and recharges my mental batteries. [Read more…]

The Dreamer of Improbable Dreams

One of the 11th Doctor’s most quoted moments,…

"I am and always will be the optimist, the hoper of far-flung hopes, the dreamer of improbable dreams." - The Doctor




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Pattern Available at Craftsy


Connie Gee Designs Backstitch SAL

If you’d like to join this free two year stitch-a-long project, you’ll find all of the information and pattern downloads at http://www.conniegeedesigns.com/2018-2019-sal.html


Stitching mine on on 28 count hand-dyed Orange Spice evenweave from Stitchnmomma


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10,000 Ways That Won’t Work Quote

free cross stitch pattern "I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Edison

download_to_computerDownload the free cross stitch pattern here as a PDF or
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Cross Stitch SALs Happening in 2018

ships manor through the window sal for 2018Ship’s Manor Through the Window SAL is 12 parts plus a border. A unique view “through the window” with a monthly pattern section released. The stitch count for this one is 148 × 191. The pattern for this stitch-a-long is $14 and available at http://www.shipsmanor.com/through-the-window-sal/, where you can also purchase the beautiful hand dyed fabric in a variety of styles if you’d like to use the color Erik created for the SAL.

connie gee designs backstitch sal Connie Gee Designs TWO YEAR Backstitch Design SAL Yes, you read that correctly, this SAL spans 2018 and 2019 with 25 design sections plus a border. The stitch count for this project is 135 x 135.
This is a FREE stitch-a-long to participate in. You’ll find all the details and pattern downloads at http://www.conniegeedesigns.com/2018-2019-sal.html

linen and threads mystery sampler sal 2018Mystery Sampler from Linen and Threads The 2017 mystery sampler was such a huge success that they’re doing a new one this year. This is a large project with the stitch count at 209 wide x 478 high. They announced in the SAL’s Facebook group that the overall theme for the 2018 design is Medieval menagerie. The SAL is FREE to participate in and all of your pattern and download information can be found at http://linenandthreads.com/mystery-sampler-stitch-a-long

guardians of notre dame cross stitch salGuardians of Notre Dame Mystery SAL from Ingleside Imaginarium Last year they did a beautiful birthstone dragon SAL. This year’s design is sure to be stunning when complete, I am really looking forward to seeing it come together and reveal the sections. The pattern is 165 x 163 stitch count and will be released one section per month. The pattern is $18 and can be ordered via the Ingleside Imaginarium Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/576654449/guardians-of-notre-dame-mystery-stitch

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Peppermint Twist Chevron Ornament

A fun and easy holiday ornament design for all stitching skill levels 🙂

Peppermint Twist Free Cross Stitch Ornament Pattern

Download the free cross stitch pattern here as a PDF
or add it to your account at Craftsy, whichever you prefer.

download nowPattern size is 63 x 63 stitches. [Read more…]

Getting to Know Featured Stitcher Kat B.

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Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow

Available on Amazon
Kindle & Paperback

Things have been stressful and painful lately. My wrist and joints have been horrible, which has meant no stitching has been happening.

I’m always reading something, but I really needed something fun and different. I was standing there looking at our bookshelf and realized I hadn’t read this one yet.

This is a quirky weird book. [Read more…]

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