Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly All Issues Available on CD

While Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly has ceased new publication, the entire collection is available on CDs so you can enjoy it for a long time to come. There are some really great patterns available in this huge collection. I’m sad to see another stitching publication being discontinued, but I am glad to see that the patterns they shared will live on in this way.

There are three discs to create the full collection:

March and April Stitchybox Goodies!

stitchybox unboxing of march april box halloween cross stitch supplies
The color inspiration for the March/April box was The Scream painting, and this is the Halloween box. Upon opening the package there were three packets filled with beautiful surprises waiting to be discovered inside. [Read more…]

Cross Stitch to Calm: 40 Simple Patterns

You’ve probably heard me talk about how stitching is a great stress relief for me and how having a hobby can be an amazing therapeutic path for just about anyone for any reason. This book focuses on that idea in the hopes of attracting new and existing stitchers to take up their needles, destress, and enjoy their day.

40 unique, yet simple cross-stitch patterns are featured, along the themes of Creatures, Nature, Symbols, and Words. [Read more…]

September StitchyBox Goodies!

September Stitchybox Unboxing

I’m never disappointed when I open one of the StitchyBox packages! September’s package is stunning and I can’t wait to use these amazing goodies.
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Stitchqueries: Do You Still Recommend Silkweaver Fabrics?

This post was hard for me to write because I supported the original Silkweaver Fabrics so strongly, but here it is.

I noticed when you post photos of projects you mention that some of your fabric was “original Silkweavers” and I’ve seen so many ladies in Facebook groups complaining about not receiving orders and having issues with things. I was wondering do you still recommend Silkweaver as a fabric resource?

Original Silkweavers I never had a single problem with an order, they were fast, the fabric was amazing, and I even joined two fabric of the month clubs for long periods of time. They were once upon a time hands down my favorite fabric supplier, my stash was (and still is) made up of much of their beautifully created fabric, and I frequently recommended them here at Stitching the Night Away, on our old forums, and in the weekly newsletters.

Unfortunately it feels like since Zweigart bought them and took over, everything has gone down the drain and the customer service hasn’t been exactly nice. I think that maybe Zweigart was so used to selling prepackaged standard fabrics that they weren’t as prepared for the individual care and attention a hand-dyed product would need in the long term, so the Silkweaver brand has suffered.

I stopped ordering from them a few years ago after some poorly handled customer service and ordering issues that myself and some other stitching friends experienced with little to no response to service inquiries. While it’s my understanding that these issues are slowly improving, they’re certainly still not up to the amazing service level that the original brand had and I frequently see people wondering out loud in stitching groups if their orders will ever arrive or if they’ll get a response to their inquiry.

So, at the end of the day, while Zweigart still manufacturers excellent quality base fabric in mass production, I don’t necessarily recommend Silkweaver, especially if you’re looking to start a project right away. These days I have much better customer experiences buying my hand-dyed fabrics from small independent dyers, Etsy sellers, and small brands like Picture This Plus or Stephanie’s, and 123stitch.com has some hand-dyed selections in their inventory as well. And for our UK friends, many of the stitchers I talk with highly recommend Polstitches.

I’m always on the lookout for new independent sellers as well, so if you happen to get your hands on some great fabric, let me know about it! Leave a comment below, email me, or share the info on Facebook.

Happy Stitching
Loretta

May StitchyBox Goodies!

My Stitchybox came on the 30th, filled with pretty things…

Join StitchyBox and Use Coupon Code SBLO1 and Save 10%

May StitchyBox Goodness!
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Sharpening Stone

448Stork Scissors. My cutting accessory of choice. I searched for the right pair, silver finish as opposed to gold or brass, fit, function. All these qualities were important to me. I am very careful to just use them on fabric and thread, absolutely no paper, and after I am finished, I sheath them.

But what happens after you play with your toys month after month? Wear and tear. So I put out the call last year for a Christmas present that involved a sharpening implement.

This is what they came up with… [Read more…]

A Romance Novel with a Cross Stitching Heroine and a Magical Twist? Yes Please.

**update** this book appears to have been removed from the Kindle marketplace for not meeting their updated length requirements.**

I was poking around looking for something else entirely in the Kindle store when a title suddenly caught my eye…. Cross-stitch and Brimstone by Stephanie Beck.

Say what now?!? A romance novel, complete with steamy looking cover, with a cross stitching heroine playing the lead female – my interest is peaked. My hand hovered momentarily over the buy now button and then I caved in after about 10 seconds and had it sent to my Kindle immediately for reading. That whole one-click purchase thing for Kindle books is a little bit dangerous, I confess to having bought way too many books this year, but I’ve also read each and every one of them so it’s also a very good thing.

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