Treasures & Trash

Treasure

My husband really pissed me off last night. I don’t know if I will ever forgive him. I still love him but right now forgiveness is not even an option.

Because of what happened, I am selling anything and everything that is mine that I no longer want or use such as books, needle work leaflets and supplies, clothing, and household decorations. I am doing it all through a Facebook group that I am setting up right now called Treasures & Trash.

Of course, nothing I’ll sell will actually be trash but you know ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.’

Anyway, I hope you all stop by and check it out.

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Finish: Winter Into Spring designed by Cross N’ Patch

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Winter Into Spring designed by Cross N’ Patch

I started this Tuesday, April 7th, and  finished Friday, April 10th. It took me exactly four days to stitch this cute little hardanger heart. That is just down right depressing.  Apparently, I need to stitch bigger hardanger projects.

However, this little heart just had a rhythm to it that I didn’t want to put it down. I haven’t had a project be this smooth in a really long time. It really was easy to do, once, you get over the “Oh my God, I have to cut my fabric moment.”

There are several mistakes in this one too. The biggest one is that I cut one fabric thread too many on one kloster block. I only cut one end so I was able to hide it when I wrapped the bars. Problem solved and it is hidden.

If you’ve been too intimidated to try hardanger, don’t be.  Once you get the hang of it, the projects are a piece of cake.  It’s just like any other stitching you have done, start small, double check your pattern, double check your stitching, have lots of patience, and most important have fun.

Speaking of fun, me and a friend are going to start up a stitch group in Preston, Idaho. If you don’t know how, we are willing to teach. We can teach cross stitch, embroidery, and hardanger.  If anyone is interested, just leave me a comment below. Happy Stitching!

WIP Wednesday: Winter Into Spring by Cross ‘N Patch

Winter Into Spring designed by Cross 'N Patch

Winter Into Spring designed by Cross ‘N Patch

If you are a stitcher, you know that WIP stands for Work In Progress and is usually done on Wednesdays. This is one of my current WIP’s that I actually started yesterday.  It is also appropriate considering that Embroidery Central (EC) is hosting a trunk show highlighting this designer and their patterns are on sale this month.

Now, for some details.  This pattern, Winter Into Spring, is one of four from a leaflet titled ‘Heart of My Heart’ and it is a hardanger pattern. It has two hand dyes threads from Caron that are the same color, Parfait, but are from different collections – Watercolors and Wildflowers. One is a hand dyed silk and one is a heavier hand dyed cotton thread.  There is also ribbon embroidery on this heart which I just can’t wait to do. This is probably the reason why I started this project instead of working on a project I need to finish.

Happy Stitching!

EC Trunk Show: Cross N Patch

Embroidery Central is doing trunk shows to highlight different designers. For April, they have decided to highlight Cross N Patch who mainly designs Hardanger patterns.  Embroidery Central will be displaying various pieces designed by Cross N Patch and stitched by local stitchers for this month only. Plus, any design by Cross N Patch is on sale for this month only.

Hardanger uses Kloster blocks to form a base then some of the fabric threads are cut out. Specialty stitches can be added to the remaining fabric threads. This creates a delicate lacy look on the finished piece. Below, is a Hardanger stitched by yours truly:

One design from Christmas Tree Lane by Cross N Patch.

One design from Christmas Tree Lane by Cross N Patch.

Hardanger looks difficult because of the cutting and the specialty stitches. In fact, I avoided even trying this needle art for a very long time. However, it is actually quite easy depending on the size of the project. The above project took me about three days.

And, guess what? Embroidery Central offers classes. That’s right on Thursdays 4 – 6pm you can learn how to make an amazing heirloom piece that will be treasured for generations to come.

Happy Stitching!