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.

Crewel Yule – a Needlecraft Mystery

Part-time sleuth and full-time owner of the needlework shop Crewel World, Betsy Devonshire prepares for a chilling holiday season filled with mistletoe–and murder.

I love the Monica Ferris Needlecraft Mysteries line of books ~ combines two of my favorite things ever, great mystery novels and great needlework! what’s not to love?

This book – or any book in this series – makes a fantastic gift for the needle-crafter on your holiday shopping list (or of course yourself) The details the author goes to in order to capture the world of needlework are astounding, she picks up lingo, fiber specific detail, and more in each and every book.
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Finished Stitching Blackwork Deer Head

All finished stitching the blackwork version of the deer head silhouettes and really pleased with how it turned out. I’ll be turning it into a throw pillow on my next sewing and finishing day.


[Pattern is available for purchase at Craftsy and Etsy]

The fabric is a Silkweaver Solo, 32 count Opalescent Lugana. I stitched the outline in 2 strands of DMC 986 the fill work was all stitched with 1 strand of the same.
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Almost Done with My Blackwork Deer

I’ve got the outline finished, the antlers are all filled in, just little bit more to stitch.

Blackwork Deer WIP

I stitched the outline in 2 strands of DMC and I’m doing the fill work all in 1 strand.

[Pattern is available for purchase at Craftsy and Etsy]

Finished Reading; The Paper Magician

This is the first short story in a series of shorts. Despite being short, it actually took me a lot longer than usual to read. The pacing of the story was all over the place and I was having a hard time staying focused on it. It’s not that I didn’t like the story, it had great elements and interesting angles on magic, I just didn’t feel sucked into the world as much as I would have liked.

The whole hunting through a person’s heart while their heart isn’t inside their body thing went on for ages, it’s most of the book, and I just didn’t enjoy it I guess. Some parts of the book also seemed rushed, while others felt excruciatingly slow to me. Still the magical concepts and ideas were very interesting, and I liked that there were limitations on each person’s magic.

I’m not sure if I’ll read The Glass Magician (the second book in the series) or not. I might pick it up on Kindle Unlimited if I get bored one weekend, but I don’t feel the need to mark release dates for this series on my calendar right now. Actually, I’m sure curiosity will get to me eventually, because I often find the second book in a series like this can sometimes be better than the first.
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Almost the Whole Outline on Blackwork Deer

Blackwork Deer WIPI’ve been working on stitching up the blackwork version of the Deer Head Silhouettes Pattern. I also started the solidly stitched version, so I can switch back and forth depending on how much brain power I have each day -LOL-

I managed to get most of the outline done, I just need to finish the right half of the antlers and then do all the fill work.

I’m stitching the outline using two strands and the fill using one strand of DMC 986. The fabric is a Silkweaver Solo, 32 count Opalescent Lugana. I love blackwork stitched on sparkly fabric :)

Thanks for having a look and hanging out in my stitching corner of the world.

Deer Head Silhouettes Pattern for Blackwork and Cross Stitching

The chart includes both the blackwork and the solidly stitched silhouette, so you can choose to stitch one or you can stitch both.

deer head silohouettes preview

Pattern is available for purchase and download at Craftsy
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I’m currently alternating back and forth between stitching the two versions, my plan is to make a few throw pillows with them before the holidays. Charting this was a labor of love and I really enjoyed working on this project, I hope you enjoy it too. I can’t wait to see everyone’s variations and color selections :)

Enjoy & Happy Stitching!

Blackwork Version stitched and ready for finishing:


[Pattern is available for purchase at Craftsy and Etsy]

Finished Stitching Joker and Harley

This is a WeeLittleStitches pattern from the Pixel People in Love collection. I’ve actually had this pattern for awhile, but I was missing a color so I hadn’t stitched it yet. Found the color I needed, so I pulled the pattern out and got started stitching it up. I was able to finish it this weekend while watching TV with my husband.

Joker & Harley in Love - finished stitching

The fabric is an old Silkweaver Solo and the floss is all DMC. I did swap a few colors – the yellows and the green are off a shade or two from what was charted, but I was pretty close so it seemed to work out okay. I used three strands of floss instead of the usual two, I wanted slightly more solid coverage since I want to work this into a pillow.

I think I have some fun black and white quilting fabrics stashed away, so I’ll dig through my supplies and see what I can find to put this together next time I have a sewing day .

Giveaway: Donna Kooler’s 555 Christmas Cross Stitch Designs Book

donna-koolers-555-christmas-cross-stitchI’ve been destashing and adding things to the Etsy shop recently, when I realized we haven’t done a giveaway in quite a while.

So, here we go, an easy-peasy giveaway with different entry options for a copy of Donna Kooler’s 555 Christmas Cross Stitch Designs in new condition. This came out of my stash, but it’s only been opened a few times and didn’t even bend the binding. I stitched a handful of ornaments as gifts one year and it’s been in storage ever since. Now it needs a new stitchy home.

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Can’t wait and want a copy now? Donna Kooler’s 555 Christmas Cross-Stitch Designs is also available used on Amazon

The designs in the book are grouped around five major themes:
“Folk Art,”
“Santa Claus,”
“Inspirational Christmas” (angels, manger, wise men, etc.),
“General Christmas” (stockings, elves, snowmen, etc.)
“Nature Christmas” (animals, flowers, trees).
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