Stitching & Stash Acquisition for February

Not so much stitching in February. Everyone was sick, there were fevers and flu bugs and just … ugh, so glad it’s March.

Stitching progress was made on:

Mill Hill Azul Calavera

Neglected Threads SAL January Biscornu (finished stitching!)

Stash acquired:

I picked up the February Thread of the Month pack from Ship’s Manor plus one of Erik’s Little Orphaned Fabrics

Happy stitching out there 🙂

Neglected Floss SAL Biscornus

January Pattern

I figured since we’re using neglected threads, I might as well use some neglected fabric too. I pulled this opalescent Silkweaver fabric from my stash to stitch this month’s pattern. The threads are leftovers that were missing their labels.

Now I need to find a button that matches these colors and I should probably learn how the heck to assemble a biscornu.

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Stitching Mill Hill Azul Calavera

finished all the green and blue beads on Mill Hill Azul Calavera, only purple and white beads left to add before it’s a finish <3 .
realized I made a tiny mistake, but I made it on both sides of the design, so I totally just flubbed it and stitched around it to make it work 😉

Added some more beads for my Mill Hill Mondays stitching…

orange beads added! getting that first color of beads all in place is always makes me feel like I’m almost done
orange beads added on Mill Hill Azul Calavera

I’ve reached the exciting tipping point of a Mill Hill kit where all the solid cross stitching is done and it’s time to add the beads.

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Stitching & Stash Acquisition for January

January started off so well, I was stitching every day and I was enjoying it, things were running along smoothly. I had started a new medication over the holiday break and I was seeing some improvement. Then my health insurance said they wouldn’t cover it. We appealed the decision and got rejected yet again. So frustrating. I have to get some lab work done and start an immunosuppressant medication this week. So not fun. We were trying to avoid going that route, but ended up here anyway after a year of trying other things.

If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed I stopped posting a daily stitch around the middle of January. That’s when I started to have flare ups again, and my hands were just not cooperating for stitching. They’re still not cooperating. Okay, enough of that, you don’t want to hear my medical woes. Let’s talk stitching!

Stitching progress was made on:

Stash acquired:

I picked up the January Thread of the Month pack from Ship’s Manor

I bought 16 count Ice Blue aida for the Weavers Band Mystery SAL, plus a few skeins of DMC because I wasn’t sure what color I wanted to use.

Designing and pattern releases:

It was a busy few weeks here at Stitching the Night Away…

Thomas Edison Quote – 10,000 Ways That Won’t Work
free cross stitch pattern "I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Edison

Dreamer of Improbable Dreams Doctor Who Quote
"I am and always will be the optimist, the hoper of far-flung hopes, the dreamer of improbable dreams." - The Doctor

Blackwork Bookmarks Trio the Second
blackwork bookmarks trio second pattern cover preview

That’s all of January in my stitching world. Thanks for having a peek. I hope your month was full of stitchy goodness as well. Happy stitching, friends 🙂

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Connie Gee Designs Backstitch SAL

If you’d like to join this free two year stitch-a-long project, you’ll find all of the information and pattern downloads at

Stitching mine on on 28 count hand-dyed Orange Spice evenweave from Stitchnmomma

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April Stitching and Stash Acquisition

A quick look at everything I worked on in April…. I actually didn’t Instagram or do progress pics on anything all month, so I just grabbed what was out and took photos just now while I was writing this. I was in such a rhythm at the beginning of the year – stitch, photo, blog – it’s so weird how hard it is to get back into a routine once it gets wonked up for a bit.

Stitching progress was made on:

(each linked to their corresponding posts here)

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March Stitching and Stash Acquisition

So after some really nice progress in January and February, March was kind of a dud. I did very little stitching and I didn’t even get the newsletter out here during the month. The only thing I stitched on was the Rainbow SAL and I didn’t even finish the March medallion, just the outline parts. So disappointed with myself 🙁

where my March stitching left off....
[blog post with progress on Rainbow SAL]
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February Stitching and Stash Acquisition

A quick look at everything I stitched on in February…

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Stitching the 2017 Rainbow SAL from Connie Gee Designs

This is a free design being released in parts as a stitch-a-long at Connie Gee Designs. You’ll find all of the information and downloads at


finished stitching the february portion of the Connie Gee Designs Rainbow SAL
February is stitched in DMC 947. I stitched most of this month’s section in the quiet part of the night after everyone else went to bed and I couldn’t sleep. It made for good company 😉
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Stitching the 2017 Mystery Band Sampler SAL from Linen and Threads

This is a free design being released one band at a time on the Linen and Threads website. You’ll find all of the information and downloads at

[2/16/2017] a little birdie has made an appearance…. or maybe he’s a dragon, a tiny garden dragon? Hopefully his friends will be joining him soon.

and we have a corner:

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