Knitting and Needlework – Why You Should Get Involved!

For many knitting and sewing appear to be rapidly fading or at best rarely applicable arts in a world of increasing commercialism and technological dependency; these are skills are associated with grandmothers, maiden aunts or the occasional visit to a seamstress when circumstances demand a specially fitted costume. But, should one care to delve into the world of needlework and knitting, you will see that not only are these activities still alive and flourishing, they have many applicable uses and can fast become addictive!

The following are just a few of the reasons one should acquaint themselves with one or both of these practical skills.

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Bookmark Tutorial from Camp Cross Stitch

I get asked for great finishing tutorials all the time, so when I find one I like to share it here with you. This one is for finishing a fringed bookmark and was put together by Camp Cross Stitch using their I <3 2 Camp pattern…

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There Are Three Things You Don’t Mess With

So we had our discussion about stash obsession and acquisition and our crazy need to have more stash than we could ever possibly stitch. But, in addition to that obsessive stockpiling of cross stitch supplies I am also very protective of my stash.

There are three things you don’t mess with me on – my children, my computer, and my stitching stash.

I remember when we were moving to Virginia from Pennsylvania (gosh, nearly 8 years ago) and I had carefully put everything into a three drawer Rubbermaid tower and taped the drawers shut. The movers tried to load it onto the truck [Read more...]

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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