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.

Sometimes Just Looking at My Stitching Makes Me Feel Better

I just haven’t been stitching as much as I would like. Literally just a few stitches at a time, if any at all.

I’m dealing with major all over inflammation for the millionth time and it just makes everything feel so much harder and more exhausting than it actually is. My scissors might as well weigh a hundred pounds. Add to that the need to do things like work and going buy groceries, and it isn’t leaving much energy left for stitching at the end of it all.

So I’m stitching a row here, a row there, and leaving my stitching set up in my stand next to me even if I’m not working on it.

But in all of this dealing with inflammation and autoimmune disorders stacked on top of one another, I’ve found that sometimes I feel better just getting my supplies out and setting up as if I were going to be stitching all day and all night can make me feel better, even if I don’t place a single solitary stitch on the fabric. And at this point, anything that makes me feel even a tiny bit better is a win.

Share your un-stitching experiences in the comment section below. What do you do when life throws you a curve ball and you can’t stitch even though you really want to?

September StitchyBox Goodies!

September Stitchybox Unboxing

I’m never disappointed when I open one of the StitchyBox packages! September’s package is stunning and I can’t wait to use these amazing goodies.
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Quilt Inspired Cross Stitch Ornament Pattern Set

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Quilt Inspired Cross Stitch Ornament Pattern Set (4 patterns)

This pattern set includes 4 quilt-inspired patterns that are suitable for stitchers of all levels. Each ornament is approximately 3.5 to 4 inches in size.

There are quilt and heart elements in each of the patterns, so they can be used as a set or individually. You can of course change the colors to match your own holiday decor. Please remember that the floss legends are only color suggestions. I strongly encourage you to choose your own colors for each ornament.

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Cancer Zodiac Pattern Blocks

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Cancer (♋) are often just like their crustacean symbol, the Crab. Ruled by the emotional Moon, Cancer is a great big softie on the inside, but has a tough exterior shell for self-protection.

preview of Cancer cross stitch and blackwork patterns

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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Taurus Zodiac Pattern Blocks

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Taurus (♉) with their love of beauty, food, and art make the world a more pleasurable place for everyone.

Taurus Pattern Previews

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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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

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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

Pattern Available at Craftsy

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!

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