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.

Almost There on My Token of Love

[update 1/20/2017] Picked this one back up and made it my focus piece for the past few days. I think I’ll keep her out a few more days and keep plugging away at the last few motifs. I still need to decide what customization to add to the wreath area….

Pattern is My Token of Love by Rosewood Manor. Fabric is a 28 count evenweave Silkweaver Expressions piece from ages ago, the color is no longer available from what I can tell.

Thread is DMC variegated thread (#115 garnet)

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Stitching the 2017 Rainbow SAL from Connie Gee Designs

This is a free design being released in parts as a stitch-a-long at Connie Gee Designs. You’ll find all of the information and downloads at http://www.conniegeedesigns.com/2017-sal.html.

A little more stitching time and I managed to finish the January portion of the SAL 🙂 Yay!!!


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12 SALs Happening in 2017

stitchrovia sal Stitchrovia’s Charity SAL for UK based charity Mind. All profits from the pattern will go to directly to the charity to help those who suffer with mental health issues, as well as their families. You’ll find the first of nine installments at https://www.etsy.com/listing/505309597/charity-sal-for-mind-release-1-of-9

rainbowsalConnie Gee Designs 2017 Rainbow SAL. Year long sampler with a free monthly chart release. You’ll find all of the information and downloads at http://www.conniegeedesigns.com/2017-sal.html. Make sure to join Connie’s Facebook group to follow along with others and to share your own stitching progress. It’s been fun to see everyone’s floss and fabric choices so far!

linen and threads mystery band sampler salMystery Band Sampler from Linen and Threads. A year long band sampler mystery with free monthly chart release. This is a big one at 205w x 467h final stich count. You’ll find all the downloads and information for this one at http://linenandthreads.com/mystery-sampler-stitch-a-long [Read more…]

Always Some Madness in Love

My favorite Nietzsche quote. Quite possibly my favorite quote of anyone ever.

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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

click here to download the pattern PDF filePattern size: 209 w X 126 h ~ I charted this with four colors, but of course you can change that up however you’d like, add embellishments, have fun and get creative. [Read more…]

10 Things I Want to Do in 2017

So here we are almost two full weeks into the new year already. Gosh, that happened fast. I’m trying to get my stitching stash reorganized so I can spend more time stitching and less time moving things from place to place. I miss having a “spot” that is just for me and stitching, I think I need to go buy a chair or something instead of moving myself and my projects around the house so much.

Anyway, it really got me thinking about what I want to do with my stitching projects and with this website throughout the year. So of course I made a list. (My kids laugh at my pen and paper list making all the time, but I know you folks get me.)

10 stitchy things I want to do in 2017

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 Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

the girl on the train by paula hawkins available on Amazon (kindle, paperback, and hardcover)

by Paula Hawkins
available on Amazon
Kindle paperback, and hardcover

Why is everyone drunk or drinking all the time? I can’t tell if this part was intentional to draw out the recovering alcoholic character perspective, that she the character is noticing it so it is being made extremely obvious to you as the reader, over explained in some parts of the story even. I kept wondering to myself am I supposed to notice all this use of alcohol or is it just page filler…

Anyway. It took some getting used to the back and forth between the timelines and I had a hard time getting into the book because of it at first, but after the first few chapters and perspective switches I got into the flow of the story and it was easier to follow. My husband said the same when he was reading it. When you’re about one-third of the way through the book the threads start to tie together a little more and then you reach those “can’t put it down right now” parts. [Read more…]

Almost Done Stitching a Bookmark….


I’ve been working on this chevron design off and on, it’s part of a series of monogram patterns that I’m working on charting to be released this year (there are bookmarks, ornaments, and in-the-hoop designs) This one is almost ready and I really like how the chevrons come out doing one X at a time using a hand dyed thread (The thread I’m using here is Sharrin’s Peach from Ship’s Manor)  

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Peppermint Twist Chevron Ornament

Life got away from me a little bit while I was designing and test stitching the ornament bundle for this year. I won’t drag you into the details and events, but the bad news is I didn’t finish designing the set in time for the holidays this year. The good news is I have a head start on some designs and I pulled one to share as a freebie holiday gift for you this year.

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…]

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