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?


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.

Perhaps it will help if I give you some examples.  [Read more…]

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


Photo from 600 Monsters Strong for Connecticut Facebook Page

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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Getting to Know the Stitching Community: Kelly (aka stitchnmomma)

I’m very glad to be featuring Kelly’s profile here today. You’ve likely seen my talking about ordering fabric from her Etsy shop a time or two and she has been active part of our STNA Facebook community for awhile now.

featured stitcher kelly

You’ll find Kelly in lots of fun and creative places around the web…

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Getting to Know the Stitching Community: Shaunterria Owens

I’m so happy to be featuring all these new contributors and learning more about their stitching habits, their favorite projects, and their interests overall. Today we’re getting to know Shaunterria.


~ Shaunterria ~

Shaunterria is active member of our blog hops and you’ll also find her hanging out in all your favorite places online…

Her blog:


Twitter: @shaunterria

Let’s go ahead and start the stitchy interview and get to know Shaunterria… [Read more…]

Stitching: Solitary or Solitude?

After reading years of books, magazines, and web content about stitchers and their stitching, I have noticed one prominent theme. We typically stitch alone.

id_rather_be_crossstitchingAre we all loners? Not at all! I don’t think so. There are many who like to stitch with friends, as a group, maybe even belong to a guild. But most of my reading indicates that we all like a QSnap/Lapstand/Floorstand, a comfy chair, and DVDs playing in the background while we pluck away at our projects.

I was re-reading all the Blog Hops of late, and I found them very revealing. It seemed as though almost everyone who contributed was a solo stitcher. Personally, my reason is somewhat of an escape – the one part of the days or weeks of chaos that I can take just for myself. What is your reason?
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Getting to Know the Stitching Community: Karen Ezell

Time to meet another new contributing author here at Stitching the Night. You might recognize Karen from a few other posts here about her designs and tutorials that she has done over at, she even sponsored one of our freebies not too long ago.


~ Karen ~

You can find Karen and her work over at Camp Cross Stitch

and also on Facebook:

Let’s jump right into the stitchy goodness with Karen…

What’s your favorite type of cross stitch project to work on? [Read more…]

Cross Stitching – the Original Pixel Art

I love the things I find when I find random funny cross stitch references….

Cross Stitching: .... the original pixel art

Are You Missing Facebook Conversations?

facebook-conversationsWhen we took down the old Stitching the Night Away we moved over to a Facebook community because it seemed like an easy spam-free solution for the group. And it was working out fabulously until very recently when Facebook made some huge changes on how pages you’ve liked are delivered to your newsfeed. [Read more…]

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