About Loretta

I’ve been a cross stitcher since I was 8 years old. It was something I learned as a Girl Scout when we did a project for a badge related to crafts and the group choose to cross stitch a holiday design on a red sweatshirt using waste canvas. (Talk about hard first project, that was such a pain!) I was one of the first ones finished and I’ve had a needle in my hand almost every day since then.

Independence Eagle Stitched by Denise

Denise shared this finish with us on the Facebook page awhile ago and I forgot to add it to the gallery. I love the idea of using the bandana as an accent or mat fabric too. Great work, Denise!

Independence Eagle stitched by Denise S

stitched by Denise S.


(this free pattern is available right here on Stitching the Night Away)

5 Crochet Books that are Free on Kindle

It’s no secret that I love my Kindle. It is often an extension of my arm, I’m always reading something somewhere. One of the cool things about the Kindle marketplace is the variety of reading material that you can pick up for no cost. Even if you don’t have a Kindle, there are still some great freebies to be had and you can use the FREE Kindle Reading App to view and read the books on your favorite device or even on your desktop computer.

I spent some time poking around the craft and hobby section this morning and I found these five promising crochet books that are all currently free. I don’t know how long they’ll stay free, so grab ‘em while you can ;-)

Crochet Patterns For Beginners by Amy Wright


This is a beginner “learn how to” type book with directions for basic crochet stitches such as slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet and treble crochet.

Includes 10 beginner level patterns for dishcloths, granny squares, coasters, scrubbies, beanies and hats, and even a scarf.

Click Here to Get This Free Kindle Book

Update: It appears the free promotion for this book listed has expired, but the full price is pretty affordable at $2.99.
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Stitchqueries: How Many Strands?

This question from Amy made me so happy, because I love it when stitchers try new things!

This is my first time stitching a project that isn’t from a kit, it’s also my first time using an evenweave fabric (28 count). The sampler pattern I’m using doesn’t specify how many strands of floss to use and I’m a little nervous about starting. How many strands do you recommend?

First of all, I just want to say YAYYYYYYY ~ seriously happy for you stepping out of the aida and kit comfort zone to try a new format, that’s awesome, I think you’re going to enjoy it.

So the number of strands generally depends on how much coverage you want from each stitch.

  • 1 strand gives thin coverage and can sometimes be used for minor fill details, like the sky or a background.
  • 2 strands seems to be the go-to number of strands for basic average coverage on most fabric counts.
  • 3 strands is for very full coverage and sometimes used to make things stand off the fabric more.
  • 4 strands is sometimes used in stamped cross stitch and on larger count fabrics where the X is a lot bigger and has more fabric to cover.

All that being said, you can use as many strands as you’d like. There is no right or wrong.
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Stitchnmomma Mystery SAL for the Holidays

I just signed up for the Stitchnmomma 2014 Mystery SAL. Sign ups are open until August 30th and it’s only $3 to join and receive the patterns. You can register by picking up the SAL listing in Kelly’s Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/199313314/2014-mystery-christmas-sal-original

stitchnmomma-christmas-mystery-sal

Mystery patterns are always fun and I definitely need something to pull me out of this stitching slump I’ve been in lately. I’ve hardly done any stitching this year and it’s nearly September, I feel like such a slacker. I look forward to stitching along with everyone on this project :)

Star-Spangled Happiness Free Cross Stitch Pattern

freepatternstarspangledstackedJust a quick little freebie to stitch up over the Independence Day holiday this weekend.

Unfortunately, the weather forecast here in my part of the U.S. looks hot, humid, and rainy :( – good weather for staying in to stitch, but not so great for taking the kids out to see fireworks, cooking on the grill, and other fun stuff.

Hopefully your weather is a little nicer. East coast folks, please stay safe, it looks like we’ll have our first storm of the summer this week.

download the pattern PDF fileClick here to download and save the pattern PDF file

Pattern Size: 70w X 117h ~ I did include a legend for the colors in the chart, but as always you can pull threads from your stash and get creative ~ I look forward to see everyone’s finished stitches. You can send me an email, post a reply here, or share your pictures on the Facebook page.
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Maya Angelou Quote “Be a Rainbow” Free Cross Stitch Pattern

rainbow-in-cloud-representationMy kids and I love this quote from Maya Angelou. It’s such a beautiful way to remind ourselves to be kind to each other because you never know what storm someone else is weathering in their life. Giving a smile to someone may be the small thing they need to help lift them up again.

Since the first time I read Letter to My Daughter this quote has been stuck with me and I’ve used the phrase with my kids on many occassions in teaching them to be be kind to other people.

With the recent passing of Maya Angelou, my youngest son has recently taken this quote to heart even more than before and he has been using it quite frequently. He asked me to chart it out so I could stitch it, frame it, and hang it near our front door. Once I had it charted out, of course I wanted to share the pattern with everyone as a free gift here.

The truth of the matter is, you are all rainbows for me. Having such a wonderful community of stitchers and crafters means so much to me, you are the reason this website even exists. This pattern is being made free to everyone to celebrate that spirit of community and the passions that bring us all together.
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Just Cross Stitch Collection 2001 – 2010

Just Cross Stitch Magazine on CD plus ornament issuesI was poking around the web looking for an issue of the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue that I was missing and I ran into this, I had no idea such awesomeness existed – all of the JCS issues for 2001 – 2010 on CD, including 10 years of the famous annual ornament issue.

==> Check it out on Amazon

This is fantastic if you’re looking to fill gaps for ornament issues or the monthly afghan patterns. It’s definitely less expensive than buying the individual magazines and it takes up way less space than a stack of magazines, you could just print off working copies of what you need when you need it.

Cross Stitch Kit in a Jar; Brilliant Idea!

cross stitch kit in a jar by Terrie at Eclectic Darlings

Photo by Terrie at EclecticDarlings.com

I came across this adorable idea while browsing some cross stitcher blogs this week. So adorable and fun, such a great gift idea. The example uses the cute Wendy’s Owl freebie from Ship’s Manor, but you could use any little pattern.

Hop over to Terrie’s blog and check it out ==> http://eclecticdarlings.com/mothers-day-gift-tutorial-cross-stitch-kit-in-a-jar/

She created it as a Mother’s Day gift in this example, but the possibilities with this idea are only limited by your imagination. It would make a great secret stitcher swap gift or something to give a friend who wants to try cross stitching for the first time.

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