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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Knit and Crochet Group Creating Projects for the Children of Sandy Hook Elementary

Here at Stitching the Night Away we often talk about stitching is our therapy, a way to relieve stress and melt away the frustrations of the day. The same goes for any kind of “stitching” and when faced with situations like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School we creative folks often find ourselves picking up our needles, thread, yarn, and fabric a little more often trying to remind ourselves that there is good in the world and we just have to look for it.

If you knit or crochet a group called 600 Monsters Strong for Connecticut has formed through Ravelry to produce soft cuddly monster toys to send to each child of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in the Spring. [Read more...]

Hope Celtic Quilt Block Free Cross Stitch Pattern

hope-celtic-knotwork-cross-stitch-patternHere’s another one of the blocks that we originally did for a Love Quilts project. This one is hope …. again, the colors used in the chart are just a suggestion and you can use any colors that you’d like for your own project.

download this free snowflake cross stitch pattern

Enjoy the pattern and please share with a friend :)
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