Monday, November 24, 2014

Stick with me Pattern Holders... what is available today



My flowers were and still are liquid sunshine in my sewing studio..
We have been busy making up kits and STICK with ME pattern holders...

Here are some that are available now....
For all those who have asked for variety...
this is just a start...


$5.50 plus shipping


#1  2 of these

#2 1 of these
 
#3 1 of these


#4 3 of these

#5 6 of these


#6 2 of these

#7 6 of these


#8 4 of these

#9 4 of these

#10 4 of these

#11 4 of these

#12 6 of these

#13 4 of these

#14 4 of these

#15 4 of these

#16 4 of these

#17 2 of these

#18 3 of these.

I have lot's of gingham in many colours
if you want a colour of gingham, let me know...

Just let me know here before we put these in our store...

ps. as well as holding your patterns, you can lay your needles on top of them too..
They are magnetized on the top too....

off to POST OFFICE...
many packages going out today..



Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cross STITCH 101, 102, .......essential NOTIONS- Tammy 4 all seasons.



Cross Stitchers unite.....Many have been writing in the past year for some blog hop
ideas surrounding the topic of  cross stitching. So here we are....We announced Tammy 4 all Seasons,  that Mary will be cheering us on with....whereby you will be working with 1 of 4 patterns that Brooke Nolan designed along the Vintage theme....

Link here to see the post for Tammy 4 all seasons

On Monday, I will be showing you  the last of 4 seasons -Vintage Winter Cross Stitch, she is just finishing this up...

So by late tomorrow, I will send out all your FREE choice and you will be on your way...Reminder those who want all 4 patterns, will only pay $10.00 US. Once the blog hop is launched in January, all patterns will be 10.00 each, This is the same with Cori's Pinnies...( same deal)

As I have cross stitched for decades...WE did not have teaching videos in fact I would have been hard pressed to come up with any how to anything...I  learned by doing....

But you won't have to do that....I am going to share with  you a few things that have worked for me...

ARE YOU READY?

YOU will need a pattern...duh....lol
needles -I like Clover....
sharp little scissors
little white beads and beading needle ( this is the very fine needle to put your beads on) summer pattern needs beads for bathing cap, but you can also just cross stitch using white threads.

DMC 1764-10/12 Beading Hand Needles, 6-Pack, Size 10/12

DMC threads
fabric be it aida cloth or monaco by DMC or any other fabric you are comfortable with...
lighting
readers if needed.
Stick with Me pattern holder.... * optional but my oh my it speeds your stitching up by 50%


1.  Choose your pattern, I am beginning Brookes Vintage Fall today.... ( completed Spring and Summer) I printed off my pattern, because I like to see it up close and personal. I pulled out all my DMC threads that I will need....



2. I take all of my DMC skeins and rewind them on these plastic bobbins...
I add the colour slipper onto my bobbins - this works for me...
I purchased large rings and each project I add a piece of  card stock with
the name of the project and cut a hole and place on the ring...

So I don't get confused which project I am working on and great
for later when I am looking for colours....I cut out the piece of the pattern
with all the coloured symbols and keep that with each circle of floss.
( picture below on my frame) 

( I used to work from the skeins and got frustrated when I would lose
the wee slippers  (what I call them) with the numbered floss on them...
Well this solution works, you could always make them out of card stock too. 





3. Now choose your frame.....as the Stitching piece is around 5 x6 inches, 
an 11 x 11 inch frame by YARN TREE, Q-SNAPS is  perfect for 
this size pattern.... It is actually my preferred frame size for a lot of my stitchings..
it will be your fav too. By the way I cut my fabric pieces 14 x14. I like having just a tad
extra so your fabric is plenty large enough to centre for the panel cut for the Tammy bag. 

I know some have circle frames, and they are ok, but I don't like that they leave marks
on your fabrics and no matter how much you press them they are harder to rid of
next to just using a Q-Snap frame...

 4. Always stitch from the centre, fold your fabric piece in 4, pinch the centre...that is your first
stitch...or count to the left where your first stitch should go....

5. YOU all have your own method of seeing your pattern to follow...
I used to place in on a frame and sit it on the arm of my chair, 
problem with this, is I would count wrong and end up pulling out stitches
because I would lose my place... and I would get dizzy back and forth, back and forth..
You get it right? lol

6.SOLUTION. I found some amazing magnets ( strong enough to hold 8 folds and fabric)
and with a self covered buttons provided a perfect solution to read my pattern..
I fold it to just the area I am working...it makes it sooooo much easier to follow
and I do not have to mark off my stitches as I go, because I can clearly see them

I have these available ...they are $5.50 a piece and shipping...
Let me just say, once you have one, you will wonder why you did not think
of this yourself.....STICK WITH ME, is what I call them...
A new bunch of magnets will be here any day so let me know
your colour preference... They are industrial strength and I had
to purchase quite a few for a minimum order. 

They also hold your needle on top..that is a BONUS! 
I have made  quite a few in any colour you like...


7. Kate ( video lady below)  and I agree with this one thing...threading the needle...I only do this for the first stitch... fold one strand in half and use your loop to anchor your first stitch....For all the other x-stitches I use 2 strands of threads...DMC has 6 strands, I cut 18 inches no longer than that, separate 2 threads, then separate those 2 threads and bring them together and then thread your needle...This helps to keep your threads nice and flat..if they are twisted you won't have a nice x stitch.. ( will show you a photo of that tomorrow)

I love CLOVERS gold eye embroidery needles 3-9....I  have tried hundreds, these are the best for me...and likely for you too....

Once you have done a few stitches and you are ready for stitching with 2 separate strands of floss, turn your frame underneath and slip stitch your thread around a couple other stitches to anchor it....flip back to the front, and begin counting and stitches...

8. I only do half stitches to the right , maybe 10 and then I go backwards and cross them to the left...
repeat....as you go along...this works for me..


8. As Brooke's VINTAGE patterns have wee samples of stitching projects, take your time and do one at a time...sit back and admire...YOU ARE A CROSS STITCHER. ( in the making)

9. For those who are just beginning, Aida cloth is a perfect choice number 14 HOLES PER INCH....Kate will explain that on her video...I love MONACO linen like -that DMC has...it has 9 holes in a square where you will be crossing your stitches...it is pretty easy to follow once you have made your first CROSS STITCH.  They call this 28 count...but it is really 14, as the cross stitch is exactly the same size..Ivory's and tea stains are good ones to start with....

10. For those who are having a hard time seeing the holes...READERS.COM have 600 pairs of glasses for just this type of project... these are called CLOVER.



They are affordable and by golly, I can stitch 50% faster with them then without them..
This is my newest pair....



11. and for those looking for great lighting...I cannot tell you enough how my BEAM N READ makes for ease of stitching..... I will try to get a better photo up later....BUT THIS one notion
makes my life so much easier, especially when cross stitching...

HERE is a link to some valuable CROSS STITCHING tuts from DMC....


stitch guide to how to cross stitch


Now sit back and enjoy our sweet KATE.....she has a wealth of knowledge to share...



Proud to introduce....Kate from Bothy Threads.....


If you are not sure of something....drop us a line..we will help you....

Now get stitching.....that is what I am doing for the rest of the afternoon... I will be as busy as a


Saturday, November 22, 2014

We SUPPORT YOU blog hop sign up begins NOW....


  WE SUPPORT them more than they know....WE all know someone battling CANCER, especially our dear friends who have breast cancer... WELL this hop will be for THEM...

I have the pattern completed and we have PAT from Scrapatches who will lead us into cheer...
Pat has been a wonderful cheerleader through the years for many of us....And she is the PERFECT choice for this hop....


Recently I got some  sad news about some very special ladies in our quilting family who are battling BREAST CANCER....As Cancer seems to touch many of our lives, I kept thinking of the inspiration we could provide by creating a GIANT BRA, quilted, stitched, embroidered, appliqu├ęd...whatever you would like to do...

I was thinking for the NEW YEAR, I would provide you with the pattern as I have already created a 3 feet by 2.5 feet pattern.....BRA...( it would be offered  FREE to all those who participate)

YOU could make it into a  quilt, pillow,  BAG for carting all their notions to their treatments, wall hanging....that will be up to you...I suggest a blog theme  " WE will support you" or " I will support you" ....I will also  provide you with these one liners if you want them embroidered... I also will include the hanger with whatever LETTER you want to stitch.
 ( the pattern actually has all of them) -if your friend's name begins with J...then you would get this letter J to add to top of hanger...or you can use your first initial, if you plan to give it  to someone someday... The file will have everything you need....


Of course my mind is already thinking gingham, ruffles..no surprise there....

Will you SUPPORT OUR LADIES? Would you love to participate in this BLOG HOP!

Think about the LIFT we could give to all of our dear friends....

This is a friendship quilt I had designed and with the help of many sweet ladies, we created this last year for Linda, who had lost her home to a fire...we wanted to remind her we would always be there supporting her...She loves orange so we all created orange bras...it was a stellar collaboration....

So the BRA would look like this except it would be 10 times larger...

What do you think ladies....feeling creative...feeling supportive, feeling the JOY we could share with others....? I certainly am....

I know of 4 ladies who have BREAST CANCER that will certainly be touched by this...
I am sure there are many others, if you let me know ...we will dedicate this hop to them..


The pattern for WE SUPPORT YOU is like this one above..JUST LARGER.
you can make it any size you like..



 Pat will require the following from you... 

scrapatches@gmail.com


SUBJECT LINE....
I can support YOU....

YOUR NAME
YOUR BLOG
YOUR LINK to your BLOG





Guidelines
Anyone and everyone can participate in our HOPS.
If ever you wanted to have cheerleaders in your life
to cheer on your creativity….
well you do not need to look any further…


1. With the pattern that will be provided
create whatever you like ....large or small , we will support you ALL! 

2. BE a cheerleader for all those who participate, there is nothing 
as heartfelt as your lovely comments.

3. Please turn off your word verification the day of your
post…you really do not want to miss any comments..
YOU have no idea how that one comment can be a life changer….

4. Be sure to add your post at midnight EST. WE have visitors
all around the world who like to get up like we do in North America
to your lovely creations

5. Please ADD everyone including YOUR blog on your post 
that day, so we can find everyone as easily as we found you..

6. MOST IMPORTANT, commit, if you don't, you have
taken the spot of someone else who I will be hearing about,
trust me there…

7. Add the button to your blog so everyone will note you are SUPPORTING
someone with CANCER  is coming and also
a reminder for YOU to get your project DONE.....
A great gentle reminder....

( code is on the side bar) 



This entire blog hop will be dedicated to all those dear to us. I am filled with such hope and I do believe this will be ONE BLOG HOP that will bring creativity, hope and above alllllllllll....
all of us together so no one ever feels alone ....

Thank you...YOU all have such HEART...






                             You all get 1 free pattern to cross stitch or embroider by Brooke Nolan



Brooke is designing and stitching as quickly as she can...

( winter will be available on MONDAY)
if you have not received your PINNY 
let Mary know  and we will send that to you today...

and everyone gets 1 FREE pinny by Cori Blunt
to choose for the back of their Tammy Bags..



I have yet to design a Cheerleader for PAT
of our newest member to our team...

She likes Yellow, so look for that soon...