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.

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Suicide Prevention Week ; This Story Isn’t Over Yet Free Cross Stitch Pattern

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semicolon this story isn't over yet free cross stitch pattern

Free cross stitch pattern available for download HERE and on Craftsy

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. I’ve been meaning to chart something to stitch for Project Semicolon and today seemed like a good day to get that finished and shared out in the world. [Read more…]

Death Before Decaf Pattern

You probably already know that I love coffee. So this happened.

Available on Craftsy and Etsy — and soon on Amazon

death before decaf

All pattern sales here at Stitching the Night Away support my addictions to Death Wish Coffee and pretty hand dyed threads.

Happy Stitching!

Quilted Heart Dozen

Available on Craftsy, Etsy, and Amazon

quilted heart cross stitch pattern set

Stitch them individually. Stitch them all together. With a border. Without a border. Whatever you decide on, I want you to have fun and enjoy your stitching 🙂 [Read more…]

Cat Silhouette Cross Stitch Pattern Trio

Available on Craftsy & Etsy

Cat Silhouette Cross Stitch Pattern Trio Previews

Choose your own fabric and threads for a custom stitching experience.

Pattern 1: meow pose ~ 74 x 100 stitches
Pattern 2: cat pair ~ 70 x 80 stitches
Pattern 3: sitting with heart ~ 50 x 100 stitches

Enjoy & Happy Stitching!

Halfway Point Stitching Azul Calavera

I’ve reached the exciting tipping point of a Mill Hill kit where all the solid cross stitching is done and it’s time to add the beads.

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Just a Panda Face

More panda, as requested by Ethan. This time we made a more realistic panda face.

Available on Craftsy, Etsy, and Amazon

panda face cross stitch pattern

Pattern size is 70 x 68. There’s no color legend since it’s single color stitching. While black DMC 310 is of course the obvious choice, there are no rules that say your panda can’t be grey, purple, orange, pink, or any color you want to stitch with.

Enjoy & Happy Stitching!

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

It’s hard to choose a favorite book. I love to read and I love stories. But if I were forced to choose just one book to have and to hold forever and ever, I would choose this one.

In case you didn’t know; This is NOT a Horror Novel

When most people see Stephen King as the author of a book on the shelf they expect a good scare, a bit of blood and gore at the very least. This is not that book. Nor is this a book On Writing, which Mr. King is also very well known for. This a fairy tale with a twist that only Stephen King could provide.

It has everything that a good fairy tale should have. A vast kingdom, tales of dragons and beasts, peasants frustrated with their way of life who are ready to stand up for what they believe is right and true, princes who will take over their father’s throne some day, and of course a magician. It’s a story of growth, bravery, magic, and forgotten lore.

I’ve read almost everything Stephen King has published over the years, including those published under the pen name of Richard Bachman. This is my favorite of all of them – and truly one of my favorite books ever. I have a first edition hard cover copy (the green cover pictured here) and the pages are very well worn from reading it over and over again. [Read more…]

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