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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Here Comes the Sun is Cross Stitch Chart of the Week

I found this while I was hanging out on Pinterest and hoping for a little spring weather to peek out from behind the clouds, but the pattern is actually available at Etsy if you want to jump straight to the Etsy listing; http://www.etsy.com/listing/73737795/here-comes-the-sun-cross-stitch-pattern

Source: etsy.com via Molly on Pinterest

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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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Getting to Know the Stitching Community: Karyn (aka Ma Teakettle)

I’m pleased to welcome Karyn as a contributor here at Stitching the Night Away and to get to know her a little bit better here in this stitcher profile interview. You might recognize Karyn from her blog The Teakettle Corner.

You’ll also find Karyn on Twitter and Facebook as bzctmom.

All right, let’s get to the stitching Q&A goodness…

What’s your favorite type of cross stitch project to work on?

Samplers

Do you have a favorite designer?

I have so many favorites, too many to chose “one for all time,” but if I have one designer that is always in my WIP basket, it has to be The Prairie Schooler. I love the old fashioned simplicity of Pam’s designs combined with her spot on color schemes.

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Cross Stitching Mid Life Crisis

Right before Christmas, I celebrated my 28th birthday.  And I’m coming up on my 4 year wedding anniversary in February.  Taking a little time for reflection, I realize that all the changes in my life and changes in taste are seeping into my cross stitching.  I find it a bit odd.

This whole revelation started about a year ago when I was updating my “Future Projects Album” that I have on my blog.  I took pictures of the pieces that I wanted to do and compiled it into one large album for easy reference (it hasn’t been updated in awhile so some of the new pieces I have aren’t on there, fyi, as my laptop battery is toast and I haven’t had much computing time lately).  I realized that some of the pieces on there I wouldn’t have touched with a ten foot pole even a year prior.  I’ve seen some other signs outside the stitching world like being excited that my mother-in-law got me a year’s subscription to Family Circle.

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