Stiching Bloggers Blog Hop #11: Interesting and Unusual Stash Acquisitions

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Welcome back to the Stitching Bloggers blog hop! Question #10 has been closed, but you can still pop by and visit the blogs that participated in that round at any time, the links will remain in the post. We had a lot of fun with everyone’s least favorite threads, fibers, and fabrics.

This round we’re going to talk about everyone’s favorite topic, stash….

The blogging prompt for hop #11 is:

What has been your most unusual or most interesting stash acquisition to date?

Maybe you picked up a mystery package during a sale and found something cool inside. Maybe you shopped an estate sale or received a stash-inheritance full of vintage fiber goodness. Maybe you found a fantastic shop on Etsy with amazing supplies (in which case, please tell us where to go shop!)

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Stitching Bloggers #10: Least-Favorite Fibers

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Welcome back to the Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop. Question #9 has been closed, but there were so many great ideas and fun stitching tools included in that round. If you haven’t had a chance yet, I highly recommend going back and looking at those posts. We have some seriously smart stitchers in our little group!

This week we’re going to have a little fun talking about floss and fibers, but instead of favorites I want to hear about least-favorites!

The blogging prompt for blog hop #10 is:

What’s your absolute least-favorite thread to work with?

Maybe it’s a particular type of fiber that always gives you a hassle. Or maybe it’s a least-favorite color of thread to use. That one thing that when you come across it in a design you just know the frogs are coming, or something that gives you twists and tangles. I know for me it’s Christmas Red DMC #666, I always joke that it has that color code for a reason and it’s the devil!

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Stitching Bloggers #9: Stitching Tools and Aides

Welcome back and happy October! Blog Hop #8 has been closed, but you can still visit the page to see all of the participants and read about their favorite projects. It was a lot of fun for me to visit those and have a peek into everyone’s faves ๐Ÿ™‚

For this round of the blog hop, I want to talk about stitching tools and aides. Things like magnifiers, thread cutters, counting pins, laying tools, and we can even revisit lap stands and floor frames as part of this category if you want.
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Stitching Bloggers #8: Your Favorite Project

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Welcome back to the bimonthly blog hop! Gosh I missed these, I’m so sorry we had to skip the round on the 1st of this month. There was an issue with the link widget being spammed and I wanted to make sure I would be able to monitor that better and hopefully prevent it in the future.

Now that the maintenance aspect of things is taken care of, let’s jump right into the fun!

The blogging prompt for blog hop #8 is:

What has been your favorite project to stitch? (either finished or in progress)

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No Blog Hop This Week

If you’re a fan of the bi-monthly cross stitch blog hop that we’ve been doing you probably noticed that we didn’t have one for the 1st of the month like we usually do. I was traveling with my family over the Labor Day weekend and wasn’t able to get it scheduled and up in time for our usual 1st of the month blog hop. I also needed to work out a few tweaks on the back end to try to prevent abuse of the blog hop link widgets, I think we have that all sorted out now and we’ll be back on our regular blog hopping schedule as of the 15th of this month.
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Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop #7: Leftover Floss

The first blog hop of August was actually inspired by a reader submitted question. Laurie writes in:

I have been doing embroidery and cross stitching for around 40 years. So I have done quite a few kits and projects and sometimes end up with extra threads, now if I buy the threads that is not a problem, because you can always add to your stash, but if it is a kit what on earth do you do with the bits of thread that are left?

Most kits do not have a thread number. And since most kits give you extra threads so you don’t run short, you end up with lengths of different colors. Have you ever done a project that would use up threads like this. I have thought of trying a sampler and just using the thread in color schemes, you know first pattern row be shades of blue, second shades of red, third shade of yellow etc. But I am afraid it would be a muddled mess.

The theme for Blog Hop #7 is leftover floss and threads.

What do you do with the floss, thread, beads, and other elements you have left over from full project kits?

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Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop #6: Stitching Rituals

July is flying by way too fast for me. So many things to do this summer and not enough hours in a day. I haven’t had much time to stitch lately, so this week I am determined to schedule my stitching time into my day! Somewhere between washing dishes and writing for my websites there will be needles moving through fabric and I’d like to do a little stash reorganizing as well.

For now, let’s get to the blog hop topic….

The theme for Blog Hop #6 is stitching rituals.

Some of us have a favorite chair that we sit in to stitch, others prefer to enjoy a steaming mug of tea while they stitch. Maybe you need to get comfortable and put on your pajamas before you pick up your needle or you simply must rearrange all the sofa pillows before you sit down. Sometimes the ritual is in the clean up when we’re done and everything must go in a certain place. What sort of stitching rituals do you have when you sit down to work on your projects?

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Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop #5: Holiday Stitching

Stitching Bloggers Blog HopSummer is here, the year is half over, and there are all sorts of fun summer holidays to celebrate. However, I’ve noticed a lot of us turn to our winter holiday projects during this time of the year. We’re gearing up for gift making and stitching ornaments to display on this year’s holiday tree, some of us are working on finishing up Halloween stitching getting ready for Fall.

The theme for Blog Hop #5 is holiday and seasonal stitching.

Do you find yourself stitching seasonally or do you just stitch what moves you at the moment? What’s your favorite holiday or season to stitch for?

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Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop #4: Society Assumes

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Wow, we’re on the 4th blog hop already! I want to pause for a moment and thank everyone who has participated in this little experiment – I absolutely enjoy reading every single post. I hope that you’ve found some new blogs, made some new friends, and been inspired in new ways as a result of the stitching blog hop. Okay, enough with the mushiness from me… let’s get to it!

I find that people often assume just because I’m crafty and creative that I’m also “housewifey” – and let me just say here and now that it really burns my biscuits. I smile and do my best to be polite with people, but seriously it’s 2012 and most women are not your typical “housewife.” Right? Men can cross stitch – and they do so wonderfully! Guess what else men can do? They can cook and clean and do laundry. *gasp! the horror!*

So my blog prompt question for you is a few parts and it goes something like this:

Do you experience this same assumption from society in general that just because you’re being crafty you’re also driven by some unseen force to be in constant 1950s housewife mode? and then…. Who actually does the cooking and the cleaning in the household? I’d also really like to hear some words from the men in the crowd who stitch on this topic. What sort of societal reactions do you get and what ridiculously wrong assumptions do people make towards you when they see you working on needlework?

All right, let’s have some fun. I’m looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say about this topic. As a side note: I hope I worded my prompt well – I confess, I had dental surgery this week and I’m a little fuzzy in the brain right now from the medication they gave me.

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Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop #3: Setting Goals

I can’t believe it’s June already, but here we are. Almost half way through the year already! That sort of makes me think about goals and what I want to get done this year – for work, for myself, for my family, and for my stitching! That’s the topic of this hop; stitching goals.

Hereโ€™s the blogging prompt for this hop:

Do you set stitching goals for yourself and how do you plan them out? (Weekly, monthly, annually?) What are your current stitching goals (if you don’t mind sharing)?

In addition to setting goals for yourself, do you have a special reward that you reserve for when you reach a stitching goal?

Of course, finishing any stitching project is a reward within itself, but I’m thinking chocolate makes a nice reward upon finishing ๐Ÿ˜‰

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