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.

Stitching & Stash Acquisition for February

Not so much stitching in February. Everyone was sick, there were fevers and flu bugs and just … ugh, so glad it’s March.

Stitching progress was made on:

Mill Hill Azul Calavera

Neglected Threads SAL January Biscornu (finished stitching!)

Stash acquired:

I picked up the February Thread of the Month pack from Ship’s Manor plus one of Erik’s Little Orphaned Fabrics

Happy stitching out there 🙂
Loretta

Neglected Floss SAL Biscornus

January Pattern

I figured since we’re using neglected threads, I might as well use some neglected fabric too. I pulled this opalescent Silkweaver fabric from my stash to stitch this month’s pattern. The threads are leftovers that were missing their labels.

Now I need to find a button that matches these colors and I should probably learn how the heck to assemble a biscornu.

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Stitching Mill Hill Azul Calavera


finished all the green and blue beads on Mill Hill Azul Calavera, only purple and white beads left to add before it’s a finish <3 .
realized I made a tiny mistake, but I made it on both sides of the design, so I totally just flubbed it and stitched around it to make it work 😉

Added some more beads for my Mill Hill Mondays stitching…

orange beads added! getting that first color of beads all in place is always makes me feel like I’m almost done
orange beads added on Mill Hill 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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Stitching & Stash Acquisition for January

January started off so well, I was stitching every day and I was enjoying it, things were running along smoothly. I had started a new medication over the holiday break and I was seeing some improvement. Then my health insurance said they wouldn’t cover it. We appealed the decision and got rejected yet again. So frustrating. I have to get some lab work done and start an immunosuppressant medication this week. So not fun. We were trying to avoid going that route, but ended up here anyway after a year of trying other things.

If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed I stopped posting a daily stitch around the middle of January. That’s when I started to have flare ups again, and my hands were just not cooperating for stitching. They’re still not cooperating. Okay, enough of that, you don’t want to hear my medical woes. Let’s talk stitching!

Stitching progress was made on:

Stash acquired:

I picked up the January Thread of the Month pack from Ship’s Manor

I bought 16 count Ice Blue aida for the Weavers Band Mystery SAL, plus a few skeins of DMC because I wasn’t sure what color I wanted to use.

Designing and pattern releases:

It was a busy few weeks here at Stitching the Night Away…

Thomas Edison Quote – 10,000 Ways That Won’t Work
free cross stitch pattern "I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Edison

Dreamer of Improbable Dreams Doctor Who Quote
"I am and always will be the optimist, the hoper of far-flung hopes, the dreamer of improbable dreams." - The Doctor

Blackwork Bookmarks Trio the Second
blackwork bookmarks trio second pattern cover preview

That’s all of January in my stitching world. Thanks for having a peek. I hope your month was full of stitchy goodness as well. Happy stitching, friends 🙂
Loretta

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Blackwork Bookmark Trio the Second

Available on Craftsy

blackwork bookmarks trio second pattern cover preview

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10 Things I Want to Accomplish in 2018

Here we are again, that weird part in the middle of January. As always, this part of the year gets me thinking about what I want to do with my stitching projects and with this website throughout the year…

I was reviewing my list of things I wanted to accomplish in 2017 and, well, it was honestly just a really crap year for me and due to health issues. I didn’t accomplish much of anything in any area of my life and there was very little stitching. These are all still very much things that I want to do. So, I’m just taking this lovely list of things from last year, scratching off 2017 and filling in 2018.

10 stitching things that I want to do in 2018

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 Dreamer of Improbable Dreams

One of the 11th Doctor’s most quoted moments,…

"I am and always will be the optimist, the hoper of far-flung hopes, the dreamer of improbable dreams." - The Doctor




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Pattern Available at Craftsy


Connie Gee Designs Backstitch SAL

If you’d like to join this free two year stitch-a-long project, you’ll find all of the information and pattern downloads at http://www.conniegeedesigns.com/2018-2019-sal.html


Stitching mine on on 28 count hand-dyed Orange Spice evenweave from Stitchnmomma


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10,000 Ways That Won’t Work Quote

free cross stitch pattern "I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Edison

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Cross Stitch SALs Happening in 2018

ships manor through the window sal for 2018Ship’s Manor Through the Window SAL is 12 parts plus a border. A unique view “through the window” with a monthly pattern section released. The stitch count for this one is 148 × 191. The pattern for this stitch-a-long is $14 and available at http://www.shipsmanor.com/through-the-window-sal/, where you can also purchase the beautiful hand dyed fabric in a variety of styles if you’d like to use the color Erik created for the SAL.

connie gee designs backstitch sal Connie Gee Designs TWO YEAR Backstitch Design SAL Yes, you read that correctly, this SAL spans 2018 and 2019 with 25 design sections plus a border. The stitch count for this project is 135 x 135.
This is a FREE stitch-a-long to participate in. You’ll find all the details and pattern downloads at http://www.conniegeedesigns.com/2018-2019-sal.html

linen and threads mystery sampler sal 2018Mystery Sampler from Linen and Threads The 2017 mystery sampler was such a huge success that they’re doing a new one this year. This is a large project with the stitch count at 209 wide x 478 high. They announced in the SAL’s Facebook group that the overall theme for the 2018 design is Medieval menagerie. The SAL is FREE to participate in and all of your pattern and download information can be found at http://linenandthreads.com/mystery-sampler-stitch-a-long

guardians of notre dame cross stitch salGuardians of Notre Dame Mystery SAL from Ingleside Imaginarium Last year they did a beautiful birthstone dragon SAL. This year’s design is sure to be stunning when complete, I am really looking forward to seeing it come together and reveal the sections. The pattern is 165 x 163 stitch count and will be released one section per month. The pattern is $18 and can be ordered via the Ingleside Imaginarium Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/576654449/guardians-of-notre-dame-mystery-stitch

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