Who’s on Pinterest?

Imagine a room where every wall is covered in Bulletin Boards.

You’ve given each Board has a unique title/name.

Each Board has pictures pinned on it.

You’ve found these pictures on the internet or from other Boards..

One Board is named “I Love Cross Stitch” and you’ve pinned your favorite cross stitch designs on it.

If you are already on Pinterest, you know exactly what I’m talking about…. right Loretta?  ;)

To me Pinterest is a visual candy store.  You can get lost in it, addicted to it, love it or just not get it.

I personally love it and get tons of ideas not only with new cross stitch designs, but garden, home, food .. lots of food ideas!

If you haven’t jumped in yet here’s what it’s all about -

You have to sign up to see all the “pins”.  There are probably millions!   You can sign up with your Facebook or Twitter account or with an email address. [Read more...]

Snowflakes on my nose and …

Hello everyone!  I’m very happy to be posting here on Stitching the Night Away!  I’ve been cross stitching for many, many years, but when I found this site I found the world of cross stitchers and A LOT of great blogs!  I started following the blog hop and found blog after blog about cross stitching!  Such a fun world of cross stitching friends.

For my first post, I thought I would use a scrap of Aida.  I don’t know about you, but I hate to throw things away and I now have a basket of scraps.  During the last year I’ve made a card or two by grabbing a scrap and cross stitching a heart or flower and “Happy Birthday” and gluing it to a card.  I think it’s fun to make cards if you have the time! [Read more...]

Back to Basics Wednesday – Ways to Start Your Stitching

Howdy stitchy folk! I am a newbie stitcher (I have only been at it for a couple of years), so I have decided to share some of the little wisdom I have compiled during my journeys through cross stitching blogs, tutorials, YouTube videos and Yahoo groups with all of you in a series I am calling “Back to Basics”.

I’ve realized that when it comes to the needle arts everyone has their own way of doing everything, which means there is always a newer/cheaper/easier way to make your projects beautiful. Luckily for me, I know I don’t know much at all so I am always on the lookout for better ways to make my stitching time more enjoyable. First up on Back to Basics Wednesdays, a how-to on starting your threads. [Read more...]

How to Use Counting Pins in Your Cross Stitch

So we had a discussion on Facebook and here about using counting pins, especially on larger projects. I mentioned that I was looking at ordering some and wanted to hear everyone’s experiences. In an effort to better understand the whole concept of using counting pins in counted cross stitch I turned to Tommye J Bunce (aka TJB Designs) and asked for a brief explanation of how these beautiful tools worked to make our stitching easier……

(by the way, hop over to http://facebook.com/tjbdesigns and give her fan page a “like” if you haven’t already)

—–TJB counting pins explanation for cross stitchers—–

Counting pins are a must for anyone who does counted thread embroidery. They will scare away that ugly frog!! The tips are blunt like tapestry needles, so they won’t split the threads of your fabric. Rubber earring nuts are used to hold the pins in place.

The most common way to use them is when moving from one stitched area to another spot where you want to start stitching. For instance, if your next stitching point is 12 stitches left and 15 stitches down from completed stitch “A”, using the counting pin to count 12 stitches to the left of stitched point A. Insert the counting pin into that hole, bring it back up 2 or 3 stitches away and put the nut on the pin to anchor it. Take a second counting pin and count down 15 stitches from where the first pin was inserted. Insert the second pin at that point and anchor it. Then you can thread your needle and start stitching.

TIP: if you are truly paranoid, pick a completed stitch “B” in a different area, and figure out how far your new stitching point is from point B.

Repeat the counting and marking process, as before, from point B. If you come up in the same place as you did when counting from point A, you’re ready to go. If you don’t, recount. If you still don’t, you probably made a mistake in your previous stitched area somewhere between A and B. (you probably weren’t using counting pins then. LOL)

Another popular use is when stitching long bands or rows. Insert a counting pin every 25 or 50 stitches, or whatever number you are comfortable with. That way you don’t have to count the whole row over and over again trying to figure out when you are done.

This photo isn’t a good demonstration of the counting and marking process, but it does show how to anchor them.

And, of course, all are welcome to visit my Etsy shop for more counting pins, many of which are color coordinated with (super pretty) scissor fobs. http://etsy.com/shop/tjbdesigns

And to keep up with new products, be a fan of TJBdesigns Facebook page. http://facebook.com/tjbdesigns


A special thank you to TJB Designs for this great explanation and for getting me off the fence about ordering a set of counting pins. Actually, two sets. I ordered these and these from TJB Designs Etsy shop on Sunday afternoon. I figured if I didn’t get to stitch I could at least shop for stitching goodies!

I grabbed both the large and small size because even though I usually stitch on evenweaves and would be using the small size pins, I do have a project coming up in my stash that I think those large pins will come in handy for – besides that they were pretty and they matched! You know how that goes ;)

As always, happy stitching everyone!
Loretta

How to Cross Stitch on Evenweaves and Linen Fabrics – Updated with new instructional graphics!

how to cross stitch on evenweave and linen cross stitch fabricsOur most popular download is the free report on how to cross stitch on evenweave and linen fabrics – however a few folks were still having trouble getting the hang of things.

So, in an effort to make things a little clearer this report has been updated to include larger more detailed graphs.

==> Click here to download the updated version!

I tried to make a cross stitch tutorial video to go along with the report, but even with my son’s wicked camera skills we couldn’t get my camera to stay focused on the fabric threads so you could properly see what was going on. We’ll try again soon, and hopefully we’ll have some new stitching videos for you too.

If you have any more questions about cross stitch on evenweave and linen fabrics – or any other topics you’d like me to cover – leave a comment and let me know!

Happy Stitching!
Kind Regards,
Loretta

Stitching Over Two on Evenweave or Linen

also available as a free guide here at Stitching the Night Away

Cross stitching on linen or evenweave fabrics might be intimidating to someone that has only stitched on aida cloth before.  But, I assure you that it’s not as hard as one might think.  Infact, in most cases it’s easier, especially when it comes to quarter and three-quarter stitches that give a piece detail and finished edges to a design, or to add turns inside borders.

Here are few illustrations to help you out with your first “over two” project.  Over two basically means over two threads of the fabric.  If you were stitching on aida cloth, you would be stitching “over one”. [Read more...]

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