Upcoming Events

For those of you who are interested, I finally added the Copyrights Information pdf to my last post. I hope you all take a quick look at it and respect the copyright laws as they pertain to needlework.

Now for the fun announcement.  Embroidery Central (EC) is holding a special Valentine Sit n Stitch February 13th. $25 will buy the complete kit including pattern, floss, mounting board, a frame. I quote from the ad, “We will have a great selection of Valentine Heart patterns and plenty of colors and sizes of fabric to choose from, including 28 count linen, 14 count Aida, and 10 Count Tula.” This way you have everything you need to stitch and finish your project in one day.

That’s right folks, one day!

This special Sit n Stitch starts at 12 pm and goes until 6 pm.  Of course, stitch night starts at 6  – 8 pm so you are more than welcome to stay. However, seating is limited for the Sit n Stitch so be sure to call in and reserve your seat today at (435) 755-0486. I should also mention that this event is in Logan, Utah.

Plus, all Valentine patterns are on sale at 20% OFF until Valentines Day February 14th.

Happy Stitching!


Copyright Laws: Selling Finished Projects

This subject is going to set tongues wagging as my grandmother would say. However, this is an extremely important topic for anyone considering selling their finished projects. It is also one that I have had a struggle with. I want to thank Joan Elliott for posting a pdf document, Copyrights Information, detailing copy right laws in her Facebook group.

You now have finished project, it is stunning and gorgeous but it no longer fits your personality or your home decor. You could give it away as a gift but you need the extra money to support your addiction. After all it is yours, you created it right? Wrong, the artwork is still copyrighted by the designer. You may not sell a finished project for profit period not on ebay, Etsy, garage sale day, etc. period and end of story.

There are two exceptions to this hard rule. First exception, you have stitched a project to raise money for charity. For example, I stitched ornaments to be bought at November Fest 2012 for Embroidery Central. All the proceeds went to Sub for Santa. Second exception, you have contacted the designer and received their permission to sell the finished project. I need to contact Teresa Wentzler because a friend of mine wants to sell The Castle Sampler that I had stitched.

Honestly, I thought she could sell it without problems. I figured that since I had stitched it and it was hers, we didn’t have to worry about violating copyright laws. We probably could have sold it without getting into trouble. We probably could still sell it without anyone saying a word. However, my conscious is now involved and demands that I get permission from Teresa Wentzler before selling this particular piece.

My recommendation, if you are stitching anything and want to sell it, please contact the designer for permission. It is better to ask permission then to beg forgiveness and pay whatever penalties are associated with copyright laws. Happy stitching!

Embellishments Galore; part 1

There are several different types of embellishments you can add to any stitched piece. Beads can enhance a design and bring some of the tiny details to life. Buttons offer a quick fun way to spruce up a design. Even glitter can be added to make a piece sparkle.

This series will focus on little things you can do to embellish your pieces including how to buy, how to add, how to wash, and how to frame. First up beads.

Beads can be added to provide intricate detail such as flowers on a Victorian dress or substituted to give your finished piece that extra flare. If you really want, a cross-stitched could be totally done in beads. Although, some of the colors may not transfer well.

The current producer of beads for needlework is Mill Hill and man on man do they have a great selection. They have glass, frosted, seed, bugle, treasures, and probably a few more that I am not aware of. Each bead is distinctive for color and clarity. They can cost anywhere from $1.00 to $3.50 but are definitely worth price.

You add beads after you have finished stitching your piece, including back-stitching. There are some stitchers who back-stitch and bead as they work, I do not recommend this method if you are a beginner or an intermediate stitcher. You only need one strand of thread to add beads; unless, instructed otherwise on your pattern. Most beads like the glass, frosted, and seed can be added in two ways.

First, you can do a full cross stitch going through the hole of the bed for each leg. This method will leave the bead sitting straight up and down. Second, you can use just a half cross or one leg passing through the hole. This method will give the bead a sitting diagonally. Personally, I prefer the second method especially when the project has a lot of beads that will be sitting next to each other.

You can wash a project that has beads depending on the fabric. Just remember to use a mild unscented dish soap or laundry detergent. When ironing, use a towel over your project to help prevent beads from melting or breaking from the heat.

Happy Stitching!