Black Friday Sales

Under the Sea

Under the Sea Fabrics

I vowed not to shop anywhere on Black Friday. I hate it, I think it’s stupid, I dislike the fact that some stores open on Thanksgiving to start their Black Friday sales early.

Honestly, all it is is a bunch of people standing in lines, pushing and shoving each other, for junk they don’t need. I can think of a million other things I would rather be doing on Black Friday then Black Friday. Of course, some of these things include a beach, a margarita, and stitching but hey that’s my fantasy.

Until, Under the Sea fabrics mentioned on Facebook that they will be having Black Friday Sales. I took a vow and I will stick to it even if it really sucks right now. But, the rest of you can participate.

Under the Sea Fabrics is owned and operated by Leslie Fetty LaFluer who is completely obsessed with mermaids. She hand dyes or hand paints the fabrics herself. She also does custom orders.

She has a variety of  fabrics to choose from including linen and Aida with an opalescent option on some fabrics. The fabric pictured above is Frozen Margarita opalescent that I bought a year or two ago via Embroidery Central.

And, considering the fact fact that her fabrics are hand dyed or hand painted, they are fairly priced. Happy stitching!

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WIP Wednesday: Curiosity by Heaven and Earth and Amy

Curiosity

I know I missed posting for WIP on my blog. However, I did post an update on Facebook so I didn’t totally skip out.  I took a me day and then I watched one of the grand babies while his mommy did some photo editing for a client. I got some stitching done Curiosity both Wednesday and Friday. I also plan on getting some done today as well.

For those of you who don’t know, Heaven and Earth (HEAD) patterns are generally huge. They are usually stitched with one thread such as DMC over 1 fabric thread. The starting point for these designs is supposed to be the top left hand corner. Most people will use a white linen or aida to stitch these designs because most of the time the fabric doesn’t show.

Unless, you are the crazy one in the group who decides to do everything differently just because you can.

I am using a hand dyed fabric from Polstitches Designs called Dusk through Embroidery Central. I can’t remember the thread count but I can find out if you are interested. I am using two DMC threads over 1 fabric thread which is why its a pain in the ass and taking me a little longer to complete. You know, this wasn’t enough of a challenge so I started in the middle which happens to around the dragons nose.

I have the legs of the fairy completed and part of the belly which equals about three pages of a HEAD designs. Three pages out of like 60 pages with so many more to go. The part I stitched this week is the blue right above the needle but only about 2o squares so two inches worth of stitching in about five hours. Yeah me!  Anyway, that’s my update, Happy Stitching!

curiosity 2

Freedom….

Curiosity

I have two free days to do some stitching. I’m thinking about working on my Heaven and Earth which has been sadly neglected for a few months. Maybe, we will see what happens.

By the way, I did add some other social media stuff that you could all follow. This way we can stay connected and inspire each other. I have an you add me, I’ll add you policy; unless, you start spamming me then I’ll block you.

Anyway, as soon as I get some stitching done, I’l show off my progress. Happy stitching!

Needlework Galleries

One design from Christmas Tree Lane by Cross N Patch.

One design from Christmas Tree Lane by Cross N Patch.

Wouldn’t be wonderful if there was a gallery just for needlework. Imagine, nothing but various different forms of needlework hanging on the wall. You wonder around the room, amazed by the different stitches, designs, color, and talent. You find inspiration to finish a project, to start a project, or to change a project.

Of course, the problem with a physical location is the insurance cost would be on the same level as the Smithsonian; if not higher.  Those of who stitch understand exactly what I’m talking about.

Well, what if someone somewhere created an online gallery. It wouldn’t have the same wow factor as a physical location but you could still find some inspiration.  Embroidery Central in Logan, Utah has created just such a gallery, Hand Embroidery & Cross Stitch Galleries,  that is growing on a daily basis.

It first started as a way for the local stitch group to show their finished projects without taping tiny pictures to their wall. It has since grown to include other finished projects as well. Eventually, they hope to include stitchers from around the world. Basically, you would be able to post your picture of your finished project.

They also hoping to cross-reference the finished projects with the product available through their store including any changes that the stitcher made. They have some big plans that are slowly being implemented.

I hope you all check it out and find some inspiration, Happy Stitching!

WIP: Winter Welcome by Country Cottage Needleworks

I know it’s Thursday not Wednesday but here is my WIP anyway. If I could stick out my tongue, I would. Sorry, I have been babysitting, doing a convention, and trying to find my lost stitch bug. If you find it, please return it to me. I have tons of projects to stitch but no ambition.

Anyway, I didn’t get to do much stitching this week. I did like ten stitches on this little cutie.

Winter Welcome

And, there is a story behind this project. I’m broke, I have no money to buy supplies; unless, I save up pennies. A few months ago, I had some extra cash left over from some lunch money. I did what all of us crafters and readers do, I went shopping.

I only had $5.00 and planned to get a book or two so I stopped by Somebody’s Attic.  I found a couple of books but decided to check out their little craft section. Low and behold, this project was in a bag with all of the threads and fabric needed to complete the stitching for $0.75.  The fabric was even in its own bag with a label from Shepherd’s Bush Ogden, Utah.

My point is this, second hand stores often have hidden treasure with in their walls. You just have to take the time to do a little searching.

Finish: Christmas Tags by Fiona Crouch

ornaments

This pattern is called Christmas Tags designed by Fiona Crouch. They can be found in The Ultimate Christmas Cross Stitch Collection 2014; I honestly don’t know if it is still available or not.  My mother bought two copies because they were on sale at either Micheal’s or Wal-mart. Not sure but she does go to both places. For her, it was an impulse buy and an early b-day present for me.

It has all sorts of stitch goodies, gifts, and pretties of all sorts, shapes, and sizes.  Now, if you’ve been following this blog for at least a year. You know I do a lot of charity stitching. But for those of you who don’t know, I am a member of the B.P.O.E., Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. We do a bunch of stuff all over the United States.

In Idaho and Washington, the Elks created the Betty Heiss organization that raises money specifically for cancer research.  The ladies that run the organization hold a silent suction in June and November at the Idaho Elks Conventions to help raise money. I always try to donate something that is handmade.

This year due to health, i really slacked off. Until, I remembered this particular magazine which had some really quick stitch patterns. This pattern is set of 8 gift tags that took about 2 days to stitch.  The stitching is finished, I just need blank gift tags, double-sided tape, and baker’s twine to finish them.

They will be put on the table Nov. 6th and sold to the highest bidder.  They probably won’t get too high of a bid because they are simple small things but when it comes to cancer research, every dollar counts. Happy Stitching!!

P.S. Are there any stitch or fabric stores that are a must visit while in Idaho Falls?