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Cyovovich
May 15, 2022
In Tips & Tricks
I’m curious to hear and see about how you store your projects and all the supplies that go with them. I‘ll start. Over the past few months I’ve acquired bags within bags for all my stitching stuff. Everything goes inside a large drawstring bag. My hoops and my seam ripper go right inside. Then I put my actual stitching project in a smaller drawstring bag which then gets put in the larger bag. My floss also has its own small bag (with chickens!). My scissors, needle threader, Thread Magic, and bits of floss ends all go in a small magnetic box which then gets put in the larger bag. I can then take the larger bag anywhere in the house, or even tuck it into my purse to go elsewhere. I suspect I’ve gone overboard with the bags inside bags but it works for me and gives me pleasure.
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Cyovovich
Apr 24, 2022
In Stitch & Share
This is my weekend‘s work on Baltic Scroll. I think it is a good project to follow up Rozain. I’m moving to multiple colors to keep track of but each row has one single color only so it is fairly easy to stay oriented. I am looking forward to getting to the motif in the center of the stripe. Almost there!
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Cyovovich
Apr 23, 2022
In Stitch & Share
The power has been out at my house, thanks to a bad wind storm, for the past sixteen hours. I’ve put our sunroom to good use and used the daylight hours to finish Rozain. This is my first ever finished cross stitch and I’m pleased as can be with how it turned out. Tomorrow I’m going to tackle hemming it. Once I do, I’ll put pics of it in it’s final state on this thread. For today, I’m off to start my next project!
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Cyovovich
Apr 16, 2022
In Stitch & Share
After a hiatus from working on it, I've returned to the Tree of Life embroidery this weekend. I like having a cross stitch and a surface embroidery project going at the same time. That way I can switch from one to the other depending on my mood. (I do the same with my writing and often have poetry and essays going at the same time.) Today I decided it was time to tackle something I've been nervous about -- stem stitch. I've never done this stitch before and it doesn't appear in any of Krista's how-to videos. I considered begging for a how-to video here! But instead I decided to really study the stitch guide and give it a try on my own. And, to my delight, I was able to figure it out. Not only that, but it covers a lot of ground quickly. I think I'll have the whole outer circle done by the end of the day. Krista's kits really do have everything you need for the projects, including good instructions. I'll add a picture or two in the comments.
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Cyovovich
Apr 14, 2022
In Ask
I asked this in the loop method thread, but thought maybe it merited its own thread on the board. I was intrigued to read that many of you use the pin stitch to anchor your thread at the beginning and/or end of your stitching. I'd never heard of the pin stitch so I went to YouTube and found a couple tutorials. I'm intrigued and may give it a try. Do people find the pin stitch works on the 26 count traditional groundcloth? And does it hold firm even if/when the finished piece is washed? Those are the two questions that are giving me pause.
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Cyovovich
Apr 10, 2022
In Stitch & Share
Starting a new project definitely did the trick. I stitched a bunch today and enjoyed every minute. It was interesting stitching on ground cloth for the first time. I liked the feel of the fabric very much and it is so easy to see the grids. It was also my first time doing backstitch on a cross stitch design. I felt a little intimidated by the flowers so I jumped right in. By the end of the day doing them was my favorite part.
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Cyovovich
Apr 09, 2022
In Stitch & Share
I've been having trouble cross stitching lately, getting myself to do it. I was thinking about why, and I think I might be ready to start a new stitching project. My current project Olivine is beautiful, but it is an all-over design, which means a LOT of stitching. I've put so many hours into Olivine. For a good month plus I was stitching 2 hours a day minimum. I learned how to cross stitch doing Olivine. But I made a major mistake early on which is becoming more and more visually apparent as I stitch more and more, and that is taking away a lot of the satisfaction of completion. Even once I finish it, there will be this really obvious mistake marring the lovely geometric design. It runs through the whole design on one side, not subtle at all. So I've been avoiding my new hobby. It occurred to me today that I could just... stop working on Olivine. I've been acquiring other kits. I've got 4 different Avlea cross-stitch kits I could do instead. And two of them are fairly small projects, so I could have the satisfaction of finishing something pretty quickly. Or I could even let myself buy something entirely new. I am contemplating. But I'm pretty sure today I will start a new cross stitch project instead of working more on Olivine. It feels freeing! And I can always put Olivine away and maybe come back to it someday.
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Cyovovich
Mar 12, 2022
In Ask
I’m trying out using a q-snap for the first time today. My question is, is it safe to leave the embroidery in the frame when I’m done stitching? Or should I remove it, like when using a hoop? Which, hoop or q-snap, do you prefer?
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Cyovovich
Mar 08, 2022
In Stitch & Share
I’ve started on the Tree of Life. I think it is going to be a real stunner when it’s finished but judging from how long it has taken me to do these little border elements, that will be awhile. I’ll have a lot of fun along the way though. I really like how clear the design is on the fabric. This must be one of the ones screen printed rather than hand stamped? Very nice.
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Cyovovich
Mar 03, 2022
In Stitch & Share
Here is my progress after three weeks of stitching my first ever cross stitch. I’m so close to having the whole thing roughed out I can taste it. There are mistakes but I’m pleased with it overall. And the process of working on it has given me such pleasure.
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Cyovovich
Mar 02, 2022
In Stitch & Share
She is surprisingly good about not pouncing on the floss. I think she’s attracted to my calm energy when I stitch.
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Cyovovich
Feb 24, 2022
In Stitch & Share
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Cyovovich
Feb 24, 2022
In Stitch & Share
My son's school here in Albuquerque has a two-hour delay today thanks to snow. I've taken advantage of the extra time to work on my Arcadian Rose embroidery, which is so close to being done. One thing between me and the finish: French knots. I watched Krista's embroidery video a couple times, and made some failed attempts that I had to pick out, but I think I've sort of got them down now. Whew. I'll admit I was kind of dreading learning how to make them. I'm feeling rather proud of my little blue knots this morning. I'll put a photo in the reply.
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Cyovovich
Feb 19, 2022
In Stitch & Share
And suddenly realize you’ve made a mistake. I picked out a lot of stitches after taking this picture! Anyone else care to share about a memorable mistake to make this new stitcher feel better? :)
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Cyovovich
Feb 18, 2022
In Tips & Tricks
I was watching an old floss tube of Krista's and she mentioned that one of her sample stitchers uses Thread Magic. I was curious, and ordered some. It came, a little tiny pot of wax, yesterday afternoon. I used it for the first time last night and, oh my gosh, I am a new fan of this stuff. The thread was so much less prone to tangling, and when it did tangle, the knots released so much easier. Also, when I was stitching into a crowded hole that already held several stitches, it was so much easier to feel my way into a space with the needle. I feel like my little cross stitches look a little more crisp too. Anyone else use Thread Magic or something like it?
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Cyovovich
Feb 10, 2022
In Ask
Last year I tackled the Olivine kit as my first ever cross stitch. I was just so drawn to the pattern. I quickly became overwhelmed and put it down. Yesterday I finally got up the nerve to pick it back up and give it another try. My biggest problem is figuring out the rhythm of what to work on when. When I started last year I did that little corner with all the colors and then freaked out and quit. This time I’m trying to work more generally left to right, top to bottom, but by element rather than row to row. Oh, and I just figured out that I think I’m working on 30 count Legacy Linen, which surprises me because I thought it was 26 count ground cloth. No wonder the stitches are so tiny! If any experienced stitchers have any advice about how they figure out what part of the pattern to work on when, I’m all ears.
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Cyovovich
Feb 09, 2022
In Stitch & Share
I am very new to this whole stitching thing but I’m enjoying it so much! Here is my progress so far on my second ever embroidery piece. I did the Pennsylvania Posie design last year. Today I plan to tackle the leaves. I’m loving how I feel when I stitch. So centered and relaxed. I’m going to try a bit kit cross stitch piece next.
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