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Loop the loop
5/19/2014 10:35:23 PM
There was a plane doing aerial acrobatics over my garden at the weekend. Not that I'd booked it or anything like that, the display was for the canal festival in the next village - I just happened to get the benefit.
Saturday Share
5/17/2014 11:51:40 AM
Today it's Saturday Shares - plural. Maybe it's because the sun has finally come out but I really couldn't decide, so I'm sharing two today. Remember, all the shares come from the Facebook page Cross Stitch Showcase - there are loads more on there every week.
Stash prices
5/15/2014 3:12:38 PM
Today I thought I'd share a truly excellent post from Golden Circle Designs' blog Stitching with a Shimmy. It's all about the pricing of kits and charts.
5/12/2014 5:32:53 PM
I've just come across a knitting anthology. Yes, really.
Saturday Share
5/10/2014 9:56:37 AM
Another week where it's been really tough to select something from the Facebook page Cross Stitch Showcase... great themes, new designers joining in the fun and some magical designs.
New design on its way...
5/8/2014 6:26:49 PM
I usually update this blog on Mondays and Wednesdays with a Saturday Share of another designer's work (because there are many fabulous designers out there and, with a bit of luck someone is doing the same for me). But yesterday didn't happen because...
Pop up gallery
5/5/2014 12:16:49 PM
I'm a fan of internet shopping - it's so easy, particularly at Christmas - but it does have its downsides and one of those is that see a 'live' stitched-up model is so different from seeing it on screen.
Saturday Share
5/3/2014 7:40:20 PM
There were several contenders for this week's Saturday Share. If you want to see the others I could have chosen, don't forget you can see everything at the Cross Stitch Showcase page on Facebook.
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas...
4/30/2014 5:46:54 PM
Well, not really, not yet - but it's 30 April so I am busy designing my Christmas collection - and I am aware I'm probably on the late side. I should probably have been thinking Christmas 2014 in October 2013.
Field trips
4/28/2014 4:00:43 PM
I'm always thinking about new designs - inspiration pops up at the oddest times - usually when I don't have a pen and paper to note them down. But there are certain times of the year when I deliberately go looking.
Saturday Share
4/26/2014 3:19:13 PM
Loads of beautiful designs this week on Cross Stitch Showcase - but there was one that really stood out for me and I don't think I've shared this designer's work before.
Further proof that cross stitch is good for you
4/23/2014 6:25:04 PM
I'm not sure whether it's the mechanics of stitching that have eased this gentleman's problems or whether he just wasn't going to give in until he'd finished but hats off to Alan Bramley.
4/21/2014 11:15:20 AM
Nope, nothing to do with cloth made in the Outer Hebrides. In cross stitch tweeding is used for two reasons.
Saturday Share
4/19/2014 5:52:12 PM
I've cheated slightly this week - three of a series of designs were posted on Facebook's Cross Stitch Showcase page but they didn't include the one I've selected.
Lady Elinor: Expect Trouble - backstitch
4/17/2014 7:11:02 PM
When putting together the back stitch instructions for the new Lady Elinor design (yes, it is inspired by my wardrobe!) I realised I missed something off the the instructions on the first Lady Elinor chart.
Aida v evenweave
4/14/2014 5:08:15 PM
I've noticed some heated debates on the cross stitch groups I belong to on the merits of Aida versus evenweave. Like most people my first stitching attempts were on Aida.
Saturday Share
4/12/2014 11:37:24 AM
A very difficult choice this week - the themes of music, wine and chocolate brought out some really clever ideas from the designers on the Cross Stitch Showcase page.
How to make a cross stitcher very cross
4/9/2014 4:35:01 PM
For the most part cross stitchers are happy in their own little world, ignoring the housework and hiding their stash and all those UFOs (unfinished objects) but some things really annoy them...
Something's wrong
4/7/2014 12:48:40 PM
This week I had the privilege of setting the themes for the Facebook page Cross Stitch Showcase. And this morning I realised I had a problem...
Saturday Share
4/5/2014 11:19:33 AM
One of the themes in this week's Cross Stitch Showcase page on Facebook was monocrhome. Choosing a monochrome design is a great way for a new stitcher to personalise something - simply pick a different colour!
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