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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How to create a UFO in 13 Easy Steps

If you’ve been stitching for awhile, you probably have at least one UFO stashed away somewhere.  And no, I’m not talking about little green men or your Star Trek figurine collection.  In stitching terms, a UFO is an “unfinished object” or basically, something that you’ve stopped stitching on for some reason.

I don’t have a lot of UFOs.  I think it’s because I try to keep my projects small.  I’ve also tried in the past two years to finish up the UFOs I have.  I was cleaning my crafty area and I discovered a UFO.  Most UFOs start out with the best of intentions and somehow end up degenerating into something worthy of abandonment.

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Cross Stitching Mid Life Crisis

Right before Christmas, I celebrated my 28th birthday.  And I’m coming up on my 4 year wedding anniversary in February.  Taking a little time for reflection, I realize that all the changes in my life and changes in taste are seeping into my cross stitching.  I find it a bit odd.

This whole revelation started about a year ago when I was updating my “Future Projects Album” that I have on my blog.  I took pictures of the pieces that I wanted to do and compiled it into one large album for easy reference (it hasn’t been updated in awhile so some of the new pieces I have aren’t on there, fyi, as my laptop battery is toast and I haven’t had much computing time lately).  I realized that some of the pieces on there I wouldn’t have touched with a ten foot pole even a year prior.  I’ve seen some other signs outside the stitching world like being excited that my mother-in-law got me a year’s subscription to Family Circle.

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Back to Basics Wednesday – Where to Buy Stash

Where to Buy Stash

Howdy stitchy people! Today’s Back to Basics Wednesday topic is one near and dear to my heart – how to find all the wonderful charts, fabrics, flosses and embellishments needed to create your works of art. Honestly, buying the supplies is half the fun of creating a cross stitch project. Even if you do not plan on stitching what you’ve bought right away, adding to your stash is one of the joys of needlework :)

Local Needlework Shop (LNS)

If you can buy local, you should do it! LNS serve as meeting spots for stitchers and offer classes to learn new techniques. As such it is a logical place to buy your cross stitch supplies, especially for newbies – it is much easier to see the difference between Aida, linen and evenweaves in person, for example. In addition, LNS are able to offer patterns and flosses directly from distributors and offer freebies (with purchase, of course) from designers that individual consumers are not able to acquire. [Read more…]

Finishing Your Cross Stitching on a Budget Part III: Avoid the Frame!

So you think framing is scary.  Or you’ve run out of wall space for frames so you’re looking for alternatives.  In any case, I like small stuff that I don’t have to frame.  I’ll drool over large pretty pieces but I never seem to start any of them because I like things that I can stitch quickly and finish without framing in just a few hours.

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Finishing Your Cross Stitch on a Budget Part II: Mounting Woes

So you went shopping and found the perfect frame for your “frame it yourself” piece.  But everything is still sitting in plastic bags because you realized that you have to mount your work yourself and it’s terrifying you.  Do you lace it?  Do you pin it? How will you ever get it straight?  What if you ruin your work?

I’ll admit that I’m not perfect at mounting my work.  However, I find that practice makes perfect so let me share a few things that I’ve discovered as I’ve mounted some stuff of my own

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