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Stitchers’ Meme – Samplers, Goals and eBay, Oh My!

  • Posted on May 31, 2006 at 8:53 pm

Have you ever…

1. stitched a wedding sampler?

2. stitched a birth sampler?

3. written down monthly goals?

4. met your monthly goals?

5. bought or sold stash on Ebay?

1. Yes, for one of my best friends from high school, who has since gotten a divorce and hopefully at least one for me and Terry, if not more. 🙂
2. Yes, several.
3. Yes
4. Yes, I think, but very rarely do I meet all of them
5. Yes, both!

SBQ – May 31, 2006

  • Posted on May 31, 2006 at 8:53 pm

Today’s SBQ was suggested by Carol and is:

Do you collect charts by one particular designer, yet have never stitched anything by that designer? If so, which designer and why do you collect the charts but have not yet stitched any of them?

Um yeah, I guess so! 😆 I have yet to stitch a Mirabilia (except for the few stitches I’ve put into Fairy Moon) or a Teresa Wentzler. I have all four of the seasonal carousel horses as well as the original full carousel chart by TW. Nowadays, I’m not sure if I will actually ever stitch them. Most of what I buy, though, is charts by designers that I like because I’ve stitched their designs before and really enjoyed it. I never really buy a chart without some intention of stitching it at some point. I just have so much stash that things tend to go out of style or my tastes change before I get around to stitching them. Hmmm… must stitch faster. 🙂

Melanie’s Exchange Parcel from Bine

  • Posted on May 30, 2006 at 10:44 pm

Lookie, lookie at what I came home to this evening! A lovely package from Bine in Germany for the SBEBB Melanie’s Exchange. You’ll even see the nice wrapping paper in which she placed everything. I artfully tried to cover up the end where I ripped open the paper like a kid at Christmas. 😉 I was well-rewarded for my ripping efforts, too. Inside were all sorts of goodies! Bine stitched a beautiful scissors fob for me with the overdyed floss and beads that she was sent. And whoever sent those materials chose very well, too! I love the color of the floss and the beads are one of my favorite colors from Mill Hill. Bine turned these yummy materials into an even yummier finished product – a Sweetheart Tree scissors fob! Yay! One of my favorite designers! She did a perfect job of the finishing, as well. I’ll be able to use this as an example of what I need to do when I stitch and put some of these together myself some day. Brava Bine!

Of course, she also included some great goodies, as well. She included “a piece of the fabric that she used for the fob” which translates into a huge chunk of linen, the leftover floss and beads, some extra beautiful beads, a pretty German chart and a nice pad to capture my copious notes to myself. She put together a perfect package for me! Make sure you stop by Bine’s blog and let her know what a wonderful job she did with this exchange. 😀

Exchange Goodies

Scissors Fob Front

Scissors Fob Back

Stitchers’ Meme – More Backsies

  • Posted on May 30, 2006 at 1:27 pm

Here are a few questions to answer:

1. Do you enjoy backstitching?

2. Do you do it as you go or at the very end?

3. Does the amount of backstitching in a project influence your decision to stitch a pattern?

1. Ummm… no. Not particularly. 🙂
2. Usually I do it at the end, but it depends on the piece. If it were something with a lot of backstitching, I might be tempted to backstitch as I go.
3. Not really; at least, not consciously. I never really thought of it too much, but I realize now that the Mirabilia and Passione Ricamo designs to which I tend to be drawn don’t really have a whole lot of backstitching to them. I also like to do band samplers and other designs which contain a lot of specialty stitches, so the backstitching in those designs also tends to be fairly minimal.

Stitchers’ Meme – Show Us Your Backside!

  • Posted on May 29, 2006 at 3:29 pm

Are the backs of your stitching nice and neat or a rat’s nest? Is the neatness or lack thereof something you even spend time thinking about?

Post a picture or 2 of your projects’ backsides.

Having been a model stitcher for a few years now, backs are important to me. My backs haven’t always been as neat as possible, but I’ve learned a lot about being very careful, not carrying threads too far, stitching in the right color order, etc. As a result, a lot of my backs look nearly as good as the fronts. Not as good as Mayte’s backs, but then I’m not sure I’ve ever seen another stitcher in the world whose backs look as flawless as hers! I don’t have a lot of photos of my backs, but I have done scans of the backs of some of the models that I’ve stitched.

First up is Lizzie*Kate’s 2005 Flip-It April Stamp:

LK April Stamp Front

LK April Stamp Back

And the second example is Crossed Wing Collection’s Blended Backgrounds: Chickadee No. 2:

CWC Chickadee Front

CWC Chickadee Back

New (to me) Stitchers’ Meme – Have a Case of Startitis?

  • Posted on May 28, 2006 at 7:26 pm

I stumbled across a new (to me) site with memes for stitchers entitled (appropriately), Memes for Stitchers. To be honest, I ignored it at first because the questions didn’t seem to come very often, but apparently I hit Emily during an off period because there have been several since that time!

In an effort to catch up, I am going to start with the 6 most recent questions and answer them as I need material. Then I will try to keep up with the questions as they come out.

Working from the oldest to the newest:

Have a case of startitis?

What projects are you dying to start? Which would you start today if you “allowed” yourself?

Oh my, you have no idea how badly I would like to start a new project. At this point, I’m dying to just work on something other than this model! But, that’s what I get for procrastinating for so long. Now I have to work really hard in order to just get it done.

If, though, I really could start something, I would start the Chatelaine Stitching Leporello. If I could just work on something else, I would choose Bonsai and Buddha or Fairy Moon.

However, I still have two other stitching obligations to work on after the model is finished before I can touch anything else. I need to stitch and baste my round robin fabric and then stitch a panel for the Flight 93 quilt.

The Classic Dames Test

  • Posted on May 27, 2006 at 11:46 am
Myrna Loy
You scored 26% grit, 14% wit, 33% flair, and 40% class!
You are class itself, the calm, confident “perfect woman.” Men turn and look at you admiringly as you walk down the street, and even your rivals have a grudging respect for you. You always know the right thing to say, do and, of course, wear. You can take charge of a situation when things get out of hand, and you’re a great help to your partner even if they don’t immediately see or know it. You are one classy dame. Your screen partners include William Powell and Cary Grant, you little simmerpot, you.

Find out what kind of classic leading man you’d make by taking the Classic Leading Man Test.

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Link: The Classic Dames Test written by gidgetgoes on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

The Temptress

  • Posted on May 26, 2006 at 1:07 pm

Today, it is my turn to be an evil stash temptress. 😈 I just found a wonderful new cross stitch design site! I LOVE her oriental designs, in particular. I hope that some of you will find tempting patterns there, just as I have!

Check it out ->

Phoebe Photos

  • Posted on May 25, 2006 at 11:39 am

Outi mentioned in a comment the other day that she didn’t think she had seen photos of Phoebe before. Oh ho ho! I barely need an excuse to show off pictures of my beautiful furbaby, especially since I didn’t think that last picture of her was the most flattering, so I pulled out the camera yesterday and snapped some shots of her modeling her obedience skills. Altogether, I captured stand, sit, shake and down. I can’t possibly catch her doing her beg or roll over because she’s so quick and frenetic in these displays…





If you want to see more Phoebe photos or any of my other photos, including crafts, family, friends, home and places we’ve traveled recently, check out my photo gallery. There’s always a link on the sidebar, right under my profile.

SBQ – May 24, 2006

  • Posted on May 24, 2006 at 4:11 pm

Today’s SBQ was suggested by Nancy and is:

What is your favorite specialty stitch? Which one is your least favorite? Why?

I never have just one favorite, but two of my recent favorites are the Rhodes Heart and the Diamond Eyelet. I really love eyelets, in general, but there is just something about the diamond eyelet that really catches my eye… let. 😉 As for the Rhodes heart, I use the stitch a lot and enjoy all of the Rhodes stitches. I’ve even combined the two into my own specialty stitch, which is a heart eyelet!

Now, what we really need is a good specialty stitch that looks like a star. Maybe I’ll have to think about that…

Whoops, I just realized that I forgot to answer the second part of the question. Right now, my least favorite is the buillon because it’s such a challenge for me!

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