12 of My Favorite Stitching Groups

I’m sure there are probably hundreds of stitching and needlework groups on Facebook, and I’m definitely a member of more than just this dozen, but these are just a few of my favorites that I visit every week 🙂

12 favorite stitching groups
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Cool Grime Guard Solution for Big Projects

I came across this while browsing #flosstube videos on YouTube over the weekend. Pam was working on Bid Red Ship and afraid the hand-dyed floss would bleed if washed, so in order to take extra care to keep the fabric extra super clean she sewed up a solution using pillow shams!

[big project grime guard made from pillow shams at 37:56]
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12 SALs Happening in 2017

stitchrovia sal Stitchrovia’s Charity SAL for UK based charity Mind. All profits from the pattern will go to directly to the charity to help those who suffer with mental health issues, as well as their families. You’ll find the first of nine installments at https://www.etsy.com/listing/505309597/charity-sal-for-mind-release-1-of-9

rainbowsalConnie Gee Designs 2017 Rainbow SAL. Year long sampler with a free monthly chart release. You’ll find all of the information and downloads at http://www.conniegeedesigns.com/2017-sal.html. Make sure to join Connie’s Facebook group to follow along with others and to share your own stitching progress. It’s been fun to see everyone’s floss and fabric choices so far!

linen and threads mystery band sampler salMystery Band Sampler from Linen and Threads. A year long band sampler mystery with free monthly chart release. This is a big one at 205w x 467h final stich count. You’ll find all the downloads and information for this one at http://linenandthreads.com/mystery-sampler-stitch-a-long [Read more…]

Stitching a Fine Thread Between Hobby and Insanity

Any crafter can tell you that it is a very fine thread between the boundaries of hobby, obsession, and complete craft insanity.

stitching a fine thread between hobby and insanity tee shirt preview

This fun shirt design is available via teespring until July 28th.
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The only shades of GRAY I care about…

It’s funny, because it’s true. No, seriously.

That whole Shades of Grey book trilogy and movie thing that other people are going bonkers for in social media every.single.day, I’m not interested a single tiny bit.

However, if you have some gray DMC, I’m all in. I always seem to be running of #415 and I need to pick up about 10 skeins of the variegated #53 for a sampler I want to stitch – maybe I’ll just pick up a whole cone of the stuff.

This fun shirt design is available via teespring until May 20th.
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Keep Calm and Cross Stitch Shirts

Shirts are available at http://teespring.com/keep-calm-and-cross-stitch
keep calm and cross stitch shirts available as t-shirt, tank, or hoodie
($15 for a tee, $24.95 for a hoodie)

FAQ:

What colors are available?

  • The t-shirt is currently available in blue, purple, red, navy, and gray.
  • Hoodies are available in navy, green, purple, and cardinal red.
  • The tank is available in dark gray.

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Cross Stitch Kit in a Jar; Brilliant Idea!

cross stitch kit in a jar by Terrie at Eclectic Darlings

Photo by Terrie at EclecticDarlings.com

I came across this adorable idea while browsing some cross stitcher blogs this week. So adorable and fun, such a great gift idea. The example uses the cute Wendy’s Owl freebie from Ship’s Manor, but you could use any little pattern.

Hop over to Terrie’s blog and check it out ==> http://eclecticdarlings.com/mothers-day-gift-tutorial-cross-stitch-kit-in-a-jar/

She created it as a Mother’s Day gift in this example, but the possibilities with this idea are only limited by your imagination. It would make a great secret stitcher swap gift or something to give a friend who wants to try cross stitching for the first time.

The Cirque des Cercles Finish You Simply Must See!

(photos and finished piece belong to Sheila C., she was kind enough to let me share them here)

I’ve probably said it a million times, every time I see a Cirque des Cercles finish it looks stunning and unique from every other time I’ve seen it finished. The design from Ink Circles has this amazing talent for coming to vibrant life in a different way for every stitcher. It honestly makes me say “wow” every time I see it stitched up by someone.

This weekend I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed when Sheila’s photos jumped off the page at me announcing her completion of Cirque des Cercles – entirely in beads! It literally took my breath away, and I spent the better part of an hour just staring at her amazingly gorgeous finish….

Cirque de Cercles stitched in BEADS by Sheila C.

Ink Circles popular Cirque de Cercles design stitched in BEADS by Sheila C.

Sheila stitched this on 32 count Belfast linen using size 11 delcia beads. Most of the beads are stitched using a half cross, but if you look closely there you can see the textural difference in the little circles where she added them with a full cross.
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