Monday, October 29, 2012

Favorite Designers?

Do you often find yourself drawn to certain designers?  Do you find yourself buying patterns just because they're from a certain designer?  Do you have to have everything from said designer even if it means spending lots of money on ebay to get that one pattern that's out of print and you absolutely have to have it to complete your collection?  Well, I have done that in the past and it's sad to say I'm still doing it.  In the past I've loved Just Nan and had to have all her new patterns that came out.  Then all of a sudden, I lost interest in her work.  Maybe it was because the charts just became too expensive for me to purchase any more.  Or maybe it was the exclusivity she tried to push.  For whatever reason, I lost interest in her patterns.  I think the last one I bought was Hummingbead Heaven.
Then there was Prairie Schooler, another one that I had to have all the patterns they put out.  I still like some of their older patterns but I have plenty, I don't need any more new ones.

I still like Michael Powell and his quirky little houses but let's face it.  I really can't afford them so I'll just be happy with the ones I have and leave it at that.

Then there's Lizzie Kate, La Broderie, Shepherd's Bush,  Drawn Thread, you get the idea.  I've kept my favorite designs and kits but most will have to be weeded through and rehomed.

My current favorite has to be Margaret Sherry.  My normal rule for buying a magazine is that there has to be at least 3 charts in it that I would stitch.  But if the magazine has a Margaret Sherry design in it, well then that issue is mine, regardless if I never plan on stitching anything else in it.  Just a couple of weeks ago, I saw in this month's issue of World of Cross Stitching that a new calendar was coming out in the next issue with 6 new Margaret Sherry designs.  Yep, you guessed it.  I haunted Barnes & Noble until it showed up there.  The designs are so cute.  They make me smile just looking at them.  I think it will be quite a while before I get tired of her.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Blog Hop #10 - My least Favorite Threads

Stitching the Night Away Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop

Gosh, is it that time already?  Time for another blog hop?  I guess it is but I want to know where the rest of my year went.  Anyway, back to the business at hand.  I can't wait to read everyone else's response.

What’s your absolute least-favorite thread to work with?

I had to think about this because there are not too many threads I dislike.  I'm a fiber junkie and I can usually find something to like about any thread I use.  But I do have one thread that I loath and that's not too strong a word.  I hate the old DMC metallics, you know the ones that came on a big spool.  To me it was like stitching with electrical wire.  I once almost threw out a project because it was all stitched in them.  It sat in a drawer until I discovered Kreinik's #4 braid.  I haven't tried the new DMC metallics but with so many other threads available, I doubt if I ever will.

I also dislike DMC black and white.  Both seem kind of thin to me.  I much prefer the Anchor varieties. (actually if truth be told, I prefer Anchor in general over DMC).  I'll use the DMC if I don't have the Anchor handy but really dislike using them.

I love Weeks Dye Works and Gentle Arts threads but sometimes they can be frustrating to work with.  They seem to have thin spots and tangle real easily.  But I love the effect they create so I'm willing to put up with a little frustration to use them.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Cleaning Up

For several months now, I've been trying to clean up my craft room.  When Sherrie had to move from the house she was in due to the mold problem, a lot of her stuff ended up here at the house.  That meant a lot of stuff moved into the craft room and I just never got around to cleaning it up.  I spent quite a bit of the day Saturday just putting things away and re-homing other things that didn't belong there.  I also found that I had at least a DOZEN tote bags that had projects in various stages of completion in them.  Some I hadn't even started yet but they are fully kitted waiting for me to get to them.  It was pathetic, the amount of projects I have started.  I really need a better system for stitching.  My plans now are to finish the baby sampler for my new grandbaby, stitch a wedding sampler for Brian and his new wife, and then stitch a stocking for said grandbaby.  Then when those 3 projects are done, I plan to take a good look at everything I've started and see if I plan on stitching them or if I should find new homes for them.  This is what the room looks like after 
several hours of hard work.

And can someone PLEASE tell me why there's a didgeridoo in my craft room?!? 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Blog Hop #9 Stitching Must Haves

It's that time again.  Time for another blog hop.  It's a good one.

What are your must-have stitching tools and aides? Other than your trusty scissors, of course. Is there a problem you have had when stitching that you created your own solution for, or have you purchased a tool that helped?

I thought about this question and to be truthful, there aren't a whole lot of tools that I absolutely must have when I stitch.  Oh, sure, a pair of scissors is nice and I do have quite a few of those.  But when it comes right down to it, I've decided there's only 3 things I absolutely must have when I stitch.  The first is my Daylight lamp that sits right next to my chair.  In fact, I can't stitch without it.  I really can't see well enough to stitch without proper lighting or magnification.  So that's a must have.

The next item is my lap stand of my floor stand.  I tend to use the lap stand much more often than any of my floor stands but I just got a new K's metal ball swivel stand and I may have a new favorite.  It makes it so much easier on my back and shoulders if I'm not holding my work in my hands and trying to stitch.  

The last item (and I'm not really sure this is a must have) is my Q-Snaps or scroll frame depending on how big the piece I'm working on is.  I have stitched in hand before but lately as I get older, my hands get stiffer and it becomes harder to hold the fabric and stitch.  I also find I get a better tension when the fabric is stretched more.  

I do have a lot of little tools and gadgets which I love, but I don't really consider them must haves.  They're fun and I do use them occasionally but do I need them to stitch?  Nope, not at all.

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