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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My Favorite Holiday Ornaments

I’ll get our blog hop kicked off with the first post. First, I’ll confess that I don’t do a lot of holiday decorating. My favorite part of decorating is putting up the tree, and the kids do 99% of the work on that. My job on decorating day is to make hot chocolate and make sure nothing gets broken.

Here are some of my favorite holiday ornaments hanging on our tree this year….

Joy to the World (Dragon Dreams design)
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I just love this little guy 🙂 he’s my favorite stitched ornament.
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WANTED – Cross Stitcher for custom work

Wanted – Cross stitcher for custom work

I’ve received a few inquires for custom work and just wanted to throw it out there to the cross stitching community and ask if any of you do custom work?

What would you charge to stitch a 5×7 design?

Would it be based on stitches … Kind of a dumb question … Should just answer that myself. I would charge based on stitches.

If anyone does this type of work, please let me know so I can refer people your way!

I did a quick search and found a site that does custom work and charges based on “the actual stitch, not to be confused with the stitch count”. Makes sense.

Anyway .. Let me know if you’re interested!

Thanks and have a stitching day! 🙂

 

I Cannot Count My Day Complete… How Often Do You Stitch?

I cannot count my day complete 'til thread, needle, and fabric meet.
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A Creative Mess….

A creative mess is better than tidy idleness.

I agree entirely. Not only is it better, it’s practically required that you create some sort of mess to reach the end result of creativity. Sometimes that mess is physical, sometimes that mess is just part of the process in your mind.

What’s the biggest mess you’ve made in your creative work?

Any Day Spent Stitching is a Good Day

Any Day Spent Stitching is a Good Day

Finally the last week of school here! The boys will be done with school by the end of the week and then it’s summer vacation, late nights watching silly movies and sleeping in, video games and days filled with blowing bubbles and digging in the dirt. 🙂

Have you done any Charity Stitching?

Thanks to our friend Loretta, I found WOCS. World Of Charity Stitching. They have a Yahoo group, and they want to make all kinds of nifty things for people in long term care…

This is the blog  link:   http://worldofcharitystitching.blogspot.ca/

I signed up for the Brushstroke Butterfly Quilt they had on, which happens to be a pattern designed by Loretta, and I have included my version of it below. They are a kind group of people who take your cross stitched squares and sew them into quilts, walker bags, or just finish them into bookmarks. I signed up and had to be finished in about a month, but I did it and mailed it about 10 days late. They accepted it graciously and I hope to do more for them in the future. Rachel in AZ (and the other lovely ladies) is always supportive and puts a tremendous amount of work in. I’m going to add this to the StitchbyRachel Pinterest Boards too…

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What’s on the Newstand?

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I just love going to Barnes and Noble Book Store and looking at the wall of magazines.  The BIG wall of magazines!    They have about every magazine you could be looking for!   And, they have Cross Stitching Magazines!  You don’t see those around much anymore … unless you live in the UK!  “Cross Stitch Gold”, “Cross Stitch Card Shop”, ”The World of Cross Stitching” and “Cross Stitch Crazy” are all from the UK.  “Just Cross Stitch” magazine’s editorial offices are in here in the US in Alabama.
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