Hi hi all! It has been a long time since I last posted anything, but life happened. I also took a step back from social media for a while, I have come to realize there can be tons of crap that is negative and I have no idea why it has to be like that. Work comes first and I had been working a lot, was 45-50 hour work weeks, now I’m back down to 40-43 hour work weeks so now I have a smudge more time to write and stuffs.
So, what has been going on with you? I hope this finds everyone in good spirits. I have been well, but as I write this I’m sick, some stupid virus where I can’t go back to work for a few days. I feel fine til I do to much then get exhausted. So today I been doing a little cleaning here and there, filmed a YouTube video and just relaxing while watching Tales From the Crypt. I’m a huge fan of the series and even the movies. Just a fun fact about me.
So, what have I been doing besides working? Not a whole lot. I lost my stitch you bug for a while, but I still bought stuff. I found the cutest pattern for my mom and fabric to match, so I need to kit that up and start it. I did have a completion, let’s hope I got a picture.
This is part of the pattern Chinese Zodiac by SodaStitch. The fabric is dyed by Garibaldi’s Needleworks, floss is DMC and the lettering floss is Jodyri Designs Christmas edition Santa’s Sleigh. My mom loves it lol. This turned out so well as a stand alone, I think the rest of the series I’m going to do seperately so I can display each year as that year comes along.
While on vacation from work a few weeks back, mom and I went to Lancaster, PA for a day trip and I went to a shop named Stitches Unlimited. It was an awesome experience! I fount two patterns and fabric for both, one is for my mom, she will love the design.
I love the two, can’t wait to start the pattern, have to get the floss for it. Mom will love it. Unfortunately, I am an April baby but everything for April was bought out so I found this wicked cute Autumn pattern for myself, I love Autumn one of my favorite seasons.
From all the stuff I bought this year I think I’m going to stitch from stash next year. I have almost eight projects completely kitted up. Yeah stitch from stash is logical considering I’m trying to go to this board game convention next year, trust me I will have loads of pictures! So on to what else I have been buying.
I found some eBay deals, love deals! Well first pattern I found was just a Mirabilia pattern I fell in love with, Cinderella.
I also found a seller, wish I had added them to my favorites list, who was having an awesome sale on Mira’s/Nora Corbett and I was able to get both Emi and Luna with their bead packs for less the forty dollars including shipping.
Jeez I have been buying more then I thought, when verbally talking it does not seem like much but I think I been going crazy these last few months. But all of this has been since my last blog post so maybe not a whole lot then. Everyone should know my love of Halloween by now, so Halloween stuff is a must. First on the list Just Cross Stitch I was able to find in Barnes and Noble.
I know a lot of people have seen the Stoney Creek monthly Halloween pattern. I broke down and got the four parts plus an extra Halloween pattern.
Stoney Creek has free patterns monthly you just have to pay for shipping.
I, as probably most of us, am always looking for a “perfect” floss storage method. This holy quest of all stitcher quest has led me to try DMC Stitchbow. I did research and most things I read and heard on videos were that it was awful and a waste of money. I still tried them. Here are my findings:
1.) If you plan on trying to convert your entire collection to Stitchbows, bad idea. It will be crazy expensive and if you have hand dyed may not even be able to use.
2.)Someone brand new to stitching, it maybe something you want to consider. Easy to load, like 30seconds, easy to store in binders, I suggest zippered binders so dust won’t get on them. Can then place binders in a book case. Also good for the rare ppl who only work one project at a time and buy floss for a project when they ready to start. What ever colors you need you can buy and reuse the empty Stitchbows from your last project.
3.) Some people found that it’s hard to store the lengths of unused floss that are cut. Everyone has to find what method works for them. I found my method for dealing with it, but also goes back to a stitcher’s stitch style.
4.) Stitchbows can be stored in these plastic sleeves which can be stored in binders, or the Stitchbow project case. I have a mini Stitchbow project case that my Zodiac is in.
So how has this impacted my floss storage? I find that I like using the Stitchbows for new projects that do not have tons of floss. It makes traveling with the project a breeze.
This is the mini Stitchbow case. The project floss in there is the Clouds Factory Zodiac. It only takes up four five pocket sleeves, I can carry my scissors hoop and project all zippered up safe with carrying handles. When I finish the Zodiac not sure which project I will do next. I want to kit up all future projects with Stitchbows but my problem is I’m OCD about things being the same. So if some flosses are bobbinated and some on Stitchbows it will drive me crazy. It will to be either all or none for me unless it is a hand dyed floss, that I would allow to be on a bobbin.
So, over all like the Stitchbows for how I use them, they have a few faults but the pros outweigh cons for me.
Final thing I attempted on my break was fabric dyeing, but I think I will leave that for another topic another day because I’m still playing around with that.
Well I lost my stitching bug and it’s just starting to creep around again so let me show you where I am on a few projects. Once I get well I plan on starting these again. First if some of your remember my Halloween fairy. Dude I screwed her up and had to frog a section like three times to figure what I had did wrong but this is her now.
I changed few of the flosses, namely all the Weeks Dye Works I converted to DMC except one that has no DMC conversion. I also did not use the S3820 because it was a pain to use, so I used 3820 the regular gold for it. Bethlehem is the only WDW that has no DMC conversion for the Zodiac. I’m actually happy it looks beautiful. Has given me faith to try WDW on another project. I still have not picked story time sampler up and no plans to. I also changed the fabric type, I’m using Aida think a 16ct.
Well, I think I have reported enough for now. Think sleep time for me. Have fun and happy stitching!