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. Seeker of knowledge and reader of novels. Dreamer of big colorful creative dreams.

Saying Goodbye to Hancock Fabrics

When they announced stores were closing on April 1st I hoped that it was an awful April Fool’s Day joke, but it wasn’t. They started liquidating everything.


They were the nicest fabric store in my area (and within walking distance of my home) so I was really bummed out. Even more so because my son works there. Today is the last day for our store, I’m not sure if it’s the same everywhere. I stopped in yesterday and there was almost nothing left; mostly the print sewing patterns, spools of thread, and a few bolts of fabric. Even a lot of the display stands were already marked as sold. [Read more…]

Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly All Issues Available on CD

While Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly has ceased new publication, the entire collection is available on CDs so you can enjoy it for a long time to come. There are some really great patterns available in this huge collection. I’m sad to see another stitching publication being discontinued, but I am glad to see that the patterns they shared will live on in this way.

There are three discs to create the full collection:

Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop: Thrift Store Treasures

For this month’s blog hop we’re discussing thrift store finds, treasures, and oddities. No matter what you walk into a thrift store looking for, chances are you’ll find something crafty, creative, and repurposable. You might find supplies from a crafter’s stash, long forgotten in a dusty attic and donated by their children or grandchildren who didn’t know what to do with them. Maybe you’ll find a finished piece, something lovely crafted that no longer has a home.

stitching bloggers blog hop for june 2016 thrift store finds and stories

The theme / prompt for this blog hop:

So our theme is thrift store treasures and stories. Write your blog post telling us about favorite thrift store find, the best deal you got, or the best day you had thrifting. Share your story. (It doesn’t even have to be cross stitch related if you have another story to tell. Maybe you scored an amazing purse or the perfect pair of jeans for $1, maybe you furnished a whole guest room for less than $50,….)

Enter the link to your blog post here:

Stitching Bloggers June Blog Hop – Thrift Store Treasures & Stories

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Butterfly Stitched by Lisa H.

I love what Lisa did with the words here, great finish!

stitched by Lisa H.

stitched by Lisa H.

Go find your wings and stitch something fun today 🙂

If you’ve stitched one of my patterns, I’d love to see your finish and include it in the gallery here as well. Drop me a note. [Read more…]

Almost There on My Token of Love

This has been my morning break stitching piece for the past two weeks and I realized I hadn’t shared an update on it in quite awhile.

progress on My Token of Love (Rosewood Manor design)

thread is DMC variegated thread (#115 garnet)

Making slow but good progress on it and the motifs are filling out nicely now. It will definitely be a finish at some point really soon. [Read more…]

Framed and Gifted Lace Heart Wedding Sampler

So I’m a horrible friend in general. I forget things, a lot, frequently, and all the time. If you look closely you’ll see the date on the piece is April of 2010. My husband became very ill that month and we missed the wedding. With so many things going on, I set the piece aside and figured I’d finish the beading and give it to them later.

And then, well, life happened I guess. A year later I finished the beading, but I wasn’t sure how soon I’d be able to have it framed. My intention was to give it to them as an anniversary gift, so I put it in my finished project box for safe keeping until I was ready to have it framed. I even blogged the finish here.

Finished Lace Heart Wedding Sampler Cross Stitch
(The design is Lace Heart from a Jeanette Crews Leaflet of wedding sampler designs, all the details about fabric and supplies are in my other blog post)

I’m not sure what happened, but I must have been distracted by life between my husband being ill, buying the house, stuff with the kids, and then me being ill, the past few years of life are really just a blur of doctor’s rooms, trips to the hardware store, and a lot of confusion. [Read more…]

Stitches and Steps – Staying Active with a Sitting Hobby

While I often talk about the therapeutic benefits of our hobby, doing any kind of stitching or needlework or sewing means we spend a lot of time sitting. And if you’re like me and have a job that also has you doing a lot of sitting, you might be feeling a little sedentary and struggling to get fitness worked into your day.

You likely can’t give up your job, bills need paid and you have to eat after all, and you certainly don’t want to give up your stitching. I know I personally find myself wondering how I can get more activity into my days without giving up sleep or slacking on the other things that need to get done.

Honestly, I struggle with this a lot. I do a lot of sitting. For work I’m a transcriptionist and I also manage a handful of websites. That equals sitting. I set reminders on my computer to get up and take a break, step away, move around and stop looking at a screen for 10 or 15 minutes. (Note: eye health, equally important here, if not more important.)

When it comes to hobbies and relaxing, trying to wash away the stress, the top three things I enjoy all involve more sitting; stitching, reading, movies. Okay, I confess sometimes reading involves laying on a pile of pillows in bed, but that’s not exactly better than sitting. Exercise in most traditional is not fun or interesting for me. I have a stack of auto immune disorders so I opt for low impact activities when it comes to exercise, like yoga and walking.

My current secret weapon in the battle against sitting is my Fitbit. At first I thought I was being reasonably active, all things considered. But seeing the actual number of steps taken in a day made me realize I was doing way more sitting than I ever realized. Despite my efforts to take breaks and get up from my desk throughout the day, I wasn’t moving much at all on a lot of days and that had to change.

Here’s my current 28 day Fitbit report:

fitbit chart
Here’s my profile if you’re a Fitbit user and want to be friends over there.
I also set up a Stitches & Steps community group over there so we can work on these goals together.

Not the best example of high activity, but definitely improving a little at a time. The green bars are the days that I met my goal, which is currently set to 7,000 steps per day. I’m working my way up to hopefully have 10,000+ steps per day during the summer.

This post is part of the May blog hop. Join us [here] and share your tips on staying active with a sitting hobby.

Visit all the blogs in this round of the Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop:

Card Suit Sampler Blackwork and Cross Stitch Pattern Set

Available on Craftsy and Etsy

card suit sampler blackwork pattern and cross stitch pattern [Read more…]

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