Loretta’s Annual Report of Stitching for 2013

I think I did more stash shopping than I did stitching this year… oops.

I had very little in the finished category this year…

I finished my January Snowflake
January Snowflake - Stitching the Night Away Ornament Club 2013

and I finished my Paisley Pumpkin

I made some progress on My Token of Love and on Pirate Treasure, [Read more...]

Finished Stitching Paisley Pumpkin!

This was the Paisley Pumpkin beaded cross stitch kit from Mill Hill: I did all the beading this weekend, so it’s a finish! YAY!

Finished Paisley Pumpkin

I had all the stitching done when I put away last Fall, but I didn’t have the space at home to sit down and work on the beading at the time. Since we moved I have plenty more space and I thought it would be a nice finish to get me back into the swing of stitching after a lengthy break.
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Designing my own patterns the 500th post!

Thistle

I thought about designing my own patterns for years. I would go to the nearest shop and find things I liked, but very rarely that I LOVED. I joined the Stitching the Night Away ornament club in January, and I confess I fell in love with the idea of coming up with something new every month. I had these three patterns inside me for a very long time, and many others to come, but I just had to get these on paper. So to speak. Right now all three of them are just in pdf! Throughout my years of studying needlework, stitching and its origins, I came across an old belief “one should never stitch or create a pattern of an object born with a soul”. There were many samplers that only had letters, floral, homes, rivers, nature than sort of thing and I realized why there was this void about people and animals.  In keeping in that tradition, most of my first creations have been floral. Many thanks go out to Loretta for providing valuable feedback on the most user friendly tools to utilize while designing.

I have committed to stitching all three myself to find the ins and outs of my patterns. There are more brewing inside me yet  :)

I have designed a set of three you can find on the StitchbyRachel Flickr page, my blog http://internationalstitcher.blogspot.ca/, Pinterest, craftgawker, craftsy, Instagram, tumblr, etsy, twitter, olioboard, and on Stitch by Rachel Facebook.

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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Finally, Some Stitching Time!

I cannot tell you how badly I really needed to just have some nice quiet stitching time. I finally had some this week. Not a lot of progress, but managed to get a little bit done on My Token of Love. This was taken with my phone last night, so it’s not the best picture… I’ll grab a better picture next time!

Finally some stitching time... like a much needed therapy session :-P
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Third Round of Stitching on My Token of Love

I got a little further along on My Token of Love over the weekend…
third round of stitching on my token of love
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Second Week of Stitching My Token of Love

This is my current focus project; Rosewood Manor’s My Token of Love

second round of stitching on my token of love

I’m stitching on 28 count evenweave from Silkweaver Expressions (this is an “old Silkweaver” and the color is no longer available but I think the closest match would be called Precious Metals) and I’m using DMC variegated thread (#115 garnet) instead of the usual sampler silks.
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Started Stitching My Token of Love by Rosewood Manor

My-Token-of-Love-Rosewood-Manor-SamplerMy January stash acquisition to kick of the new year with was the chart and supplies to stitch My Token of Love by Rosewood Manor, along with a few extra packs of my favorite John James Needles because you can never have enough extra needles.

Over the past year I’ve been eyeing several of Rosewood Manor’s patterns and they’re quickly becoming a favorite for me. If you’ve been following my window shopping adventures here on the blog you’ve probably seen them pop up a few times.

So here’s my stitching progress so far… [Read more...]

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