Tuesday, May 26, 2020

I think I've angered the thread fairies!

Hello dear stitching friends, I hope you are all safe and well at home and are able to keep stitching. 

As you know from previous posts, I have been joining in with the Peppermint Purple blackwork SAL. I chose a variegated thread that I had in my stash and I guess the thread fairies weren't too happy with me as I have run out of thread.....again! This is the second project that I have been unable to finish during this pandemic because of the lack of threads. This was last week's block....

....and the thread that is in the needle is all that I have left! There is no way that that little bit will be enough to finish off tomorrow's block. Here's the whole thing so far (looking as if it's stitched on cream aida rather than the lovely pale blue aida that I chose!)

Arghhhh! This is so frustrating.  So, I'm trying to be an optimist since, in the grand scheme of things, this is really nothing at all, so I'm looking at it as an opportunity to have a new start guilt free. Every cloud has a silver lining and all that 😂😂😂

The Winter's Lace deign was taken out of the sewing basket again and some more stitches were added. Slowly (and I do mean slowly!) this piece is coming to life....

I'm always amazed at how quickly some stitchers can complete a project as I seem to take ages, but I keep telling myself that it's not a race and it's all about enjoyment....and I'm enjoying seeing these wolves slowly emerge on the fabric....

So now I have the fun task of deciding what will be the next project in the qsnaps.......ahhh, the joy of a new start!

Until next time, stay safe, stay well, and happy stitching!


Monday, May 18, 2020

I have a finish!

I've gone from this...

....to this...

Finishing is a bit harder these days with the 'Stay at home' order that we are all living under. Normally my first thought when planning to finish a piece would be to head off to the craft store to get some new fabric, but since all the craft stores are shut, and wal-mart has absolutely no fabric whatsoever as everyone was panic buying to make masks, I have to use what I have in my stash....thank heavens I have a stash!

So after pulling out every single piece of fabric that I have, and every ribbon and trim that I own, I finally decided on a small pillow type finish.

Here's a quick little "How to" if you want to make a little pillow type ornament. I haven't included any measurements so you can make the design fit what fabric etc you have in your stash. You can find the free cross stitch chart here.

First, I decided the approximate size I wanted and placed pins in the fabric as a guide, then placed the fabric and trim  to see if it 'worked'...

I decided that I didn't want the stitches to show on the finished pillow, so place the plain fabric on the right side of the cross stitched piece  and then stitched across the length of the fabric so that when I turned it over I could fold over the pink fabric so no stitches would be seen...


...a quick once over with the iron left a crisp edge...

...the ric-rac was stitched onto the pink fabric and then the dotty fabric attached the same way as the plain fabric so, again, no stitches would be seen...

A quick iron to neaten the edges and that's the front of the pillow done! 

I would have liked to use the dotty fabric for the back of the pillow, but didn't have a large enough piece so used some of the plain pink fabric instead.  Placing the fabric on the right side of the stitching, I zipped round three sides of the pillow with the sewing machine, leaving the bottom open so that I could add the stuffing. The fiddliest (is that even a word?!!) part of the whole process was turning the pillow right side out. So then it was just a case of stuffing it  then using a whip stitch to close the bottom.... and presto....the little pillow was done!

You can of course ad a ribbon for hanging or add some cording round the edges. Cording is what I would have liked to do but since my stash of trims was lacking cord, that will have to wait till a later date. It looks fine like this though, don't you think? And I'm feeling quite happy about using up some of my stash.

Until next time....happy finishing!


Monday, May 11, 2020

Free chart!

Hello dear stitchy friends! Sorry I'm a bit late posting today, I had hoped to have this post up bright and early so everyone could grab their free chart no matter where in the world you are, but best laid plans and all that! Anyway, it's here now 😊

All you need to do is click here to download your copy of the chart. I hope stitching this little mouse helps keep your mind off all that's going on with this virus.

I'm sorry that I had to splash the copyright symbol and my name smack bang in the middle of the chart but some kind stitcher informed me that someone had copied the first mouse chart that I gave away and was passing it off as her own design! The cheek of some people.

I spent the weekend stitching up this cute little mouse. Don't you just love the feeling of a new start...

...and when it begins to take shape....

 ...and the difference the back stitching makes...

I didn't add the greeting to my stitching as I think i might make this one into a little ornament. If you want to include the greeting and make it into a card, you can find instructions on how to make a card here  and here (and also links to the previous two little mice designs.)

Please feel free to share pictures of your finished stitching on social media, and let everyone know they can access the chart here on this blog....let's spread the love!

Until next time....stay safe, stay healthy, and happy stitching!


Monday, May 4, 2020

Not a finish in sight!

What a strange week it's been! I think this quarantine/isolation thing is beginning to get to me.....I had plenty of crafty things (and deadlines!) to keep me occupied and busy, but for this first time since this virus hit, I couldn't concentrate on anything. So many things I wanted to do but just could not find the motivation to do anything. So instead of stressing about it, I just accepted that my week wasn't going to have much to show at the end of it....and in the grand scheme of things, it really doesn't matter.

My needle did see some action and I managed to do a bit more of the peppermint Purple SAL....

....I'm so mixed up with the days, that I always think that I'm caught up with this only to realize that a new block has been released :)  Hopefully I'll do this last block before Wednesday's new release! Here's what it all looks like so far....

My copy of World of Cross Stitching magazine arrived and I thought the little free kit would be a good quick stitch to get done as it was my son-in-law's birthday and we all know how hard it is to find a design to stitch for a male. Even changing the banner stitches from full cross stitch to half cross stitch, I still didn't get it done in time......I really was having a bad week! Luckily I keep a stash of cards for emergencies such as this and Joe didn't go without a birthday card......he did have to go without a birthday hug, but we do have to all keep safe.

When I do finish this design, it will go into my stash of cards. Anyone else keep a stash of cards on hand for emergencies?

If you're needing a free chart so you can add to your card stash, click here and here for my cute little mouse freebies. I'm aiming to have another one stitched up for next week....so do come back to see the next little mouse in this series.

Hope you are all managing to stay safe and well, and thanks for popping in to my little corner of blog land.

Until next time.....happy stitching.


Monday, April 27, 2020

Another little mouse free chart!

I thought today that I'd share a little 'pick me up' pattern in case you were feeling the blues of being stuck inside. This is another little mouse pattern that's perfect for when you want a quick finish. (You can find the first one here) I've made mine into a card again as I think this is a wonderful time to send cards to friends and family that we are missing. I'm certainly missing my family just now and although they phone or skype, I really miss having them here with me and being able to give them a hug. So today I'm sending hugs in the mail.

So how do you transform your stitching into a card? It's easy, just follow these simple instructions.

Once you have stitched the design (link for the chart is at the end of this post), all you need to do is trim the stitching to the desired size...

....I left nine squares/blocks of the aida all round...

...then carefully pull away one block of each side to fray the edges...

 ...back with some coloured card stock...

....glue some patterned papers/card to a card blank and attach your stitching...


You can get the free chart by clicking here. Please feel free to share your finished stitching of this design on any social media platform and do let other stitchers know that they can access the free chart here....let's spread the love!

And just a quick note about thread colours - don't worry if you don't have the colours that are called for on the chart....I didn't have the pinks that the chart called for....I used 3713 and 760 instead, and it worked out fine. I also didn't use the very dark grey for the back stitching, not that I didn't have that thread though, I was just too lazy to get up and root around for the thread when the black skein of thread was already in my stitching basket :)

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, April 20, 2020

Back to the wolves!

As the signs of Spring seem to be finally appearing here in NY, birds chirping, daffodils beginning to bloom and the weather brightening up, so what do I start working on again? Those winter wolves! You would think that I loved winter! (btw, I don't, I'm definitely a summer loving gal!)

So here's my progress on these beautiful wolves....

I've been plodding along getting the trees in the background stitched. It's slow going as the background is all blended threads which seem to slow down the progress. Just getting the different colours of threads cut and sorted seems to take so much more time than normal. The end result is well worth it though, it really is beautiful.

This month's edition of the World Of Cross Stitching magazine featured my little key pouch designs...

The staff at WOXS sent me their photograph to share....much better than me taking a picture of the magazine! Since I haven't received my copy of the magazine yet I have no idea who stitched the models....but whoever it was, I'm sure you'll agree that they did a wonderful job. I'll let you know who stitched them as soon as I get my copy of the magazine.

Hope you are all managing to stay safe and well.

Until next time....happy stitching.


Monday, April 13, 2020

Pens and threads.

Another Monday rolls around....how's everybody doing? Hope you are all managing to stay safe at home and are finding joy in being able to pass the time stitching or crafting.

I have managed to get caught up on the Peppermint Purple SAL....

I thought this week's design looked like rows of screws! The repeat pattern was very easy to follow and stitched up pretty quickly.

I spent some time doing some ink drawings which I haven't done for ages......and by ages, I mean years! I'm planning to carve out more time to keep doing this ......

I also dusted off the brush pens and started lettering, although I definitely do need more practice...

....I also need more time to do everything that I want to do! Can anyone help with that?!!

Maybe you can help me with this though.....as mentioned in my last post I have run out of thread for the Wedding Sampler I was working on. Thank you to those who offered to send me some if they had it in their stash....much appreciated. The colour I'm missing is brown 801, so if anyone has it in their stash and would be willing to send it to me, I would be truly grateful.....and of course I'll see if I can send you a colour that's missing from your stash. Let me know in the comments , or pop me an email and I'll get in touch. 

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, April 6, 2020

Oh no!

Another week has gone by in this crazy time that we are living in. The days seem to be blurring together and I hardly know what day it is......I'm pretty certain it's Monday and time for a blog post!

The wedding sampler is back in the sewing basket to make sure it's done in time for the the big day.....although I'm not sure what's happening with that since we are all  told to stay at home and not gather in any groups.  

We now have 'Happily Ever After' but are missing some flourishes...

...and my problem now is that I have run out of thread to finish those beautiful flourishes...

In normal times (remember those?)  I would have just hopped in the car and gone to the craft store to pick up a skein of thread......I would probably have moaned about it, but now I would do almost anything to be back and able to do that. I really mustn't complain though, as in the grand scheme of things it's really nothing. So many people have real  things to worry about and my lack of thread is nothing compared to what they are going though.

So here's a close up of some of the flourishes with the back stitching/long stitching....

.....and a close up of some of the french knots that are sprinkled throughout this design...

So my next decision is whether to unpick all the back stitching (and there' a lot of it!) and do it with a different brown, (one that I have a full skein of!) or wait and hope that the shops will be open sometime before the wedding? I could of course order it on-line but pay an exorbitant price for shipping......unless I add some other goodies to my online basket :)

Until next time....stay safe, stay well, and happy stitching.


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Tutorial - how to make a card.

I thought this week I'd share with you how to make a card using the little design I posted last week. If you've stitched it up.....and it doesn't take long to stitch..... here's a little tutorial on how to turn it into a gorgeous card. This is a great way to escape from all the Covid19 news just now and also brighten up someone's day by sending them a gorgeous card to let them know you are thinking of them.

So, what do you need and how do you go about making a card....well, just keep reading!

You will need

Stitched mouse design (Click here for chart)
Card blank (17.5cm x 12.5cm)
Patterned paper or cardstock
Coloured paper or cardstock
Craft knife

Since we are all stuck inside (or should I say, safe inside!) just use whatever papers and ribbons you have in your stash. Normally I would rush out to buy the 'perfect' papers to make a card but it was a good exercise to make use of what I already have - which is quite a lot!!! Having said that, I realize that I tend to but papers in shades of pinks and lilacs and very few  blues. Guess that will change when we can finally go to the craft stores again :)



Cover the front of the card blank with the plain paper or cardstock. I used a very dark navy.


Cut a rectangle of the patterned paper approx 1cm smaller than the card.  Glue this to some white card and trim so there is a border of approx 2mm. 
Glue some narrow ribbon to this approx a  third of the way up. Wrap  the end of the ribbon round the card rather than cutting it to fit  - it's neater this way and you won't have frayed edges spoiling the finished card.

Glue this piece to the main card


Trim stitching to 6 squares from edge of stitching. 

Fray edges by gently pulling away all the threads that would make up one row or column


Cut a square of the dark navy card just slightly larger than your stitching ( I just eyeball it, but it's about 3 or 4mm larger than the stitching) . Glue this to some white card and trim so there is a 2mm white border all round.
Back the stitching with white card or iron-on interfacing (this step is kind of optional - but if you are using a dark coloured card it's worth doing. Coloured card will show through your stitching as you can see in the pictures below)

Without white card or interfacing....

With white card ...

I personally think it makes a huge difference and since it doesn't take much time to do, I think it's worth doing. If a job's worth doing, it worth doing right....right?  :)

Glue stitching to this square.


Attach stitched piece to the main card making sure the border is even top and bottom. Use picture of finished card (below) for guidance on positioning.


Make a small bow with the ribbon. Trim ends so they are the same length. Attach to ribbon on card.

And there you have it.... your finished card!

 It's probably taken me longer to write out the instructions on how to make it than it did to actually make the card!

Remember, if you're like me and have papers in other colours simply change the colour of the balloon to whatever matches your papers....that's the beauty of cross stitching!

Until next time...stay safe, stay well.


Monday, March 23, 2020

Free chart

With all the horrible news that surrounds us daily, I thought it would be nice to (hopefully!) brighten your day by giving away a free chart. For all the social distancing we are all practicing (you are doing it...aren't you??!)  wouldn't it  be nice to stitch some cards for friends and loved ones, who may be feeling a bit lonely or worried, and let them know you are thinking of them.  

This cute little mouse is lovely to send to both young and old, male or female. Anyone who's feeling a bit isolated and missing their friends and family will be cheered up by getting this card in the mail or popped through their letterbox.

You can download the chart by clicking this link and the key can be found here

Once you have stitched him...or her....just pop your stitching into an aperture card, or cut your stitching about five squares from the edge of the stitching then fray the edges by pulling out two squares of the aida, then attach it to a regular card. Of course you can go ultra fancy if you like and add patterned paper and other embellishments...it's your card, do what makes you happy!

Please remember that this chart is for personal use and not to be copied or sold....the usual copyright stuff!

Stay safe and stay healthy ...and do share your finished stitching on your blog or other social media.

Until next time....happy stitching!


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Happily ever....

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this crazy time with the Coronavirus. Fingers crossed we all have enough craft supplies to keep us going :)

Image from Facebook

So onto this week's progress report. We have a "happily ever" so far....

....just another week and then they'll live "happily ever after". This has been fun to stitch even the second time round. All those pretty colours and quick colour changes are wonderful....

How can anyone complain when there's so many wonderful threads to use.

I'm caught up on the PeppermintPurple SAL.....

...just waiting for the new block pattern that is released every Wednesday...

...and keeping my fingers crossed that I have enough of that variegated thread! (Maybe I don't have enough craft supplies hoarded after all!)

Hoping you all have plenty of projects to keep you busy. Stay safe and stay healthy.

Until next time....happy stitching.


Monday, March 9, 2020

Playing catch-up!

It's been a crazy busy week here and I haven't had much time to stitch....don't you just hate weeks like that? I never realized how much I rely on my cross stitching to bring me calm and tranquility.

So, as the title suggests, I've been playing catch up with the Peppermint Purple SAL and still have one more block to catch up with before the new block pattern is released on Wednesday......

Last week's block is one of the small blocks (half the size of this one)  so shouldn't be too hard to get done before Wednesday.....or am I jinxing myself by saying that?!!

I'm catching up also with the wedding sampler as I had planned to be a bit further along by now than I actually am....good job I started in plenty of time before the wedding :)

The little flower motifs are fun to stitch with lots of colour changes in each one...

...and the back stitching will really make it pop....

....I just have to get the cross stitching done first! Maybe if we don't eat this week, I can use that extra time where I would have been cooking to get the stitching done :) Or maybe Pizza delivered? That sounds a better plan than going hungry.

Thank you for your suggestions on what you'd like to see on my new website....if you have any more, please do leave me a comment (or comment even if you don't have a suggestion about the website....I love your comments regardless of what they are about!) I'm working on some  free charts and tutorials on what to make with them.....so stay tuned :)

Until next time....happy stitching!