Stash Buying Obsessions, Addictions, and More

I think no matter what your hobby is you end up with some kind of “stash” of supplies. Maybe crafters are just secretly hoarders in disguise. I’m sure you can relate here!

In every other aspect of my life I am ready and willing to *throw it out* and not have all sorts of extra stuff and clutter, I don’t like knick-knack type things, and will not find a ticking clock anywhere in my house. But when it comes to my cross stitch supplies, more is never enough.

Of course when compared to many other stitchers my stash is actually quite modest. I have a file box of charts and a small cabinet full of fabric and stitching goodies. I don’t keep a full set of DMC floss, I don’t have hundreds of magazines stashed away, but despite my slow stitching and lack of time lately I do quite a bit of stash shopping frequently. (Shh, don’t tell my husband I admitted that. I don’t complain his weekly comic book purchase if he doesn’t complain about my cross stitch chart buying, that’s the deal!) [Read more…]

E-Z Stitch Lap Stand Available Cheaper on Amazon

EZstitchlapframe-cross-stitch-embroideryPreviously we had talked about using a cross stitch stand and while the one I have is no longer available, the E-Z Stitch Lap Stand is very similar and possibly even a little bit better than the Sit and Stitch that I already own.

I was looking around at stands this week and the E-Z Stitch kept coming in my searches, so I decided to look at it again. I’m considering buying one to replace my current stand since the E-Z stitch offers a clamp that will hold a Q-Snap frame and my Sit and Stitch will only hold a hoop or a scroll rod. I really prefer using the Q-Snaps instead of hoops so that’s a big selling point for me.
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Cross Stitch Apps for Your Droid Phone

I had such a great time guest posting here on Stitching the Night Away last month, that I wanted to follow up with another post on Cross Stitch apps for your Droid phone. Many thanks to Loretta for having me back.

I am finding my smartphone to be one of the best tools to have in my project bag. Developers are adding new cross stitch apps to the Android Market all the time. There are a number of really helpful ones and here they are… [Read more…]

Best Smartphone Apps for Cross Stitch, Knitting and Crocheting

My work can have a very technical side and when it comes time for me to unwind I like to let my creative side come out. For me that is very often picking up some knitting or some kind of stitch work. If I can merge the technical with the creative in my crafting then so much the better. My smartphone is often at my side and I have found it to be an invaluable tool for craftwork. I would love to share some of the best smartphone apps for cross stitch and knitting that I have found.

Any reader here at Stitching the Night Away should have the Cross Stitch Calculator app for their iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. There is also a version for Android phones too. You enter in some information about your pattern and it tells you how big your fabric should be. No more starting a project and realizing half way in that your fabric is too short. This a free app with a no-ad version for 99 cents. [Read more…]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Stitching

This blog post has been sitting in my mind for awhile now. I’m sure you noticed my recent lack of posts… that has been because my carpal tunnel is flared up quite a lot lately. I even had to write this blog post in shifts, so I haven’t been stitching. And the truth is that makes me really sad and very frustrated, literally. Stitching is very therapeutic for me, it’s my stress relief and relaxation. I tend to get a little cranky when I’m not stitching. [Read more…]

Craft Gossip Added a Cross Stitch Section!

When I read this today I nearly jumped out of my chair I was so excited, and then I got really double excited when I realized that it’s being managed by Connie G. Barwick, who you might recognize already from our Facebook community as the About.com Cross Stitch Guide, and the wonderfully generous new site she just started at Connie Gee’s Designs. Yeah, shes kind of famous here in the needlework world!

Take a minute now to hop over to the new Cross Stitch section at Craft Gossip, say hello to Connie and subscribe to the feed so you don’t miss any awesome stitching goodies :) [Read more…]

Taking Your Stitching When You Travel

I go away for a few days on a business trip next week, I’m attending a marketing conference in Atlanta the 18th – 22nd. Usually I take a stitching project with me when I travel, and the few times I’ve flown I haven’t had a problem with my tiny travel scissors being in one of my checked bags.

However, this trip it’s just me and I don’t plan on paying $50 to check my one suitcase since it’s carry-on sized. I’ll have my suitcase and my totebag/purse with me and that’s about it, I travel pretty light. So obviously a carry on bag with a pair of scissors isn’t going to fly – literally. I know some folks have mentioned using nail clippers or cuticle scissors in the past. I’m actually thinking about picking up or ordering a Clover Thread Cutter this weekend just so I don’t have to think about.

I know they are really being picky about what passes security these days – I don’t even want to think about the TSA pat down on the way through security in Atlanta *shudder* So all of this has me wondering today, what do you take with you when you travel? I’d love to hear everyone’s travel stitching stories and tips, please leave a comment below. [Read more…]

Printable Floss Bobbins from Wild Olive

We had a little discussion last week when I mentioned Annette’s floss tags and some folks wanted to make bobbins instead. I appreciate that and I wanted to share one of my favorite sources for printing out bobbins on your own card stock at home.

Wild Olive Printable Floss Bobbins

Image Credit: Wild Olive http://wildolive.blogspot.com/

Aren’t these bobbins from Wild Olive adorable!?! If you’re not familiar with Wild Olive yet and you enjoy embroidery I strongly recommend you hop over there and check it out, it really is a great blog.

To get these cute bobbins to help you organize your stash just go to http://wildolive.blogspot.com/2009/11/printable-thread-bobbins.html and you can save and print out your own set. Don’t forget to leave a thank you note over there to Mollie for creating and sharing such a nice resource!

Happy Stitching!
Loretta

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