Different Techniques for your Thread

As part of what I like to call my ongoing “thread studies”, I came across this fabulous book a while back.

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It is a thread and time consuming practice called “needle painting”. The finished work is so beautiful, and I have tried my hand at a few of my own. Although mine are a bit more bold than Trish Burr, I one day strive for her delicacy and tremendous finish product. Here is one of my finishes:

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Organizing the Craft Closet On a Budget

craft suppliesAlthough it doesn’t feel like it in some parts, Spring has begun. I’ve been preparing for this time of year for a couple weeks by going room to room to decipher what to toss, what to keep and what to donate. In doing so, one thing became abundantly clear; almost every room in the house needs more closet storage, from the kitchen down to the laundry room. But the area with the greatest need for a makeover is the craft closet.
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Assissi Work

Assissi stitching….

I have been doing some research on European stitching techniques over the years and I was wondering if any of you have done any work related directly or indirectly to the Assissi method…
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Resources and Tools to Market Your Craft Business Online

market-craft-biz280I know many of our readers here at Stitching the Night Away also run small craft businesses and sell their wares online – I’ve bought cool stash goodies and finished products from many of you, I love how creative our community is :) – so today I wanted to share this very cool package from Crissy over at IndieBizChicks that is specifically designed to help crafty folks with their business marketing.

When you’re crafty and creative you want to put your focus on being just that, crafty and creative, and spend less time on the marketing and the day-to-day stuff. This huge package of resources was created to help you do exactly that.

The first thing you get is the Market Your Craft Biz Online, Without Going Broke workbook, which is 20+ pages of awesomeness. This piece alone is worth the price of the package, but you get so much more…
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Fabric Stash – Do You Have One?

When I first started stitching I was the type of stitcher that only worked on one project at a time, and did nothing but pre-assembled kits you can purchase at any major craft store that included 14 count white or cream aida.  Then I joined a guild and learned all about UFOs (unfinished objects), having a stash, etc.  I’m no longer a member of that guild, but treasure most of the experiences I had with it.  Including one of the instructors, Karen Duggan from Massachusetts.  She changed my stitching life!  She was the first person that said to me, “Don’t be afraid to make it your own. Change the floss colors, use a different fabric, whatever.  It’s your piece and make it something you like and want to stitch.”

It was after that conversation that my stash started growing…more kits, patterns, fabric, you name it.  My fabric choices back then were limited to the small selection of 14 count Aida that Jo-Ann’s carried.  Honestly I was afraid to try anything other than that.  I kept with the standard white or cream and sometimes used a pastel pink or blue.
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