The monthly blog hop post is returned with number 17. Here’s the prompt:
What’s your favorite footwear for stitching? Or perhaps I should say your favorite lack of footwear when stitching…
For me, it’s definitely a lack of footwear when stitching! I love curling up on the couch in my bare feet while I stitch. Even in winter I am covered up in a blanket when it’s chilly, so barefoot is still my preference. I hate socks and other things that cover up my feet in general and only wear them when I absolutely have to. If I could go barefoot all the time I totally would. If I am stitching on the balcony, which I sometimes do in the summer, at best I will be wearing a pair of flip flops. I own slippers and will wear them from time to time, but even that is very rare. Bare feet all the way!
It’s been awhile but the Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop has returned with hop # 15. The prompt is:
Eventually there comes a time when you’re not feeling well, whether it’s the flu or a cold or something else entirely. The question is, do you manage any stitching when you’re under the weather or does it just have to wait for better days?
I find that when I am feeling under the weather whether I stitch or not really depends on how ill I actually am. Generally, if it is just a cold or something similar and I am at home I will curl up with my stitching and one of my movies I save for my sick days and stitch just like any other day or evening. If it was something more flu-like or with more severe symptoms, I would usually just be plain too exhausted to think about stitching and I likely wouldn’t bother.
I had a weekend recently where I was feeling under the weather and I just stitched the better part of the weekend away (well, Friday and Saturday, anyway). It made me feel better that even though I was sick there was still something I could actually do that wouldn’t tire me out too much or make me feel worse.
I think though I have yet to have a time where I have been too sick to stitch. Haven’t had any in recent memory anyway. I hope that it doesn’t happen anytime soon!
What was your biggest stitching accomplishment in 2012? What was your favorite stash acquisition in 2012 and will you be using it in 2013?
I didn’t do as much stitching in 2012 as I would have liked, but I have to admit there were definitely some accomplishments. One of these was learning how to stitch with DMC Light Effects. I learned that Light Effects is a total pain to work with, but the end result is pretty amazing! That though, was not my biggest stitching accomplishment of the year.
My biggest stitching accomplishment of the year was having the back of my stitching look almost as good as the front for at least one of my completions this year. It happened back in May, and I was so excited that I posted about it. You can read it here. This was a much bigger deal for me than I thought it would ever be, because I had struggled with it with previous projects and had read on many a forum how difficult it was to actually accomplish. It made for a very happy girl here.
My favourite stash acquisition of 2012 would have to be the multitudes of new floss that I received courtesy of my mom and Jay through the month of December. As I have many a project on the list to start and to work on, I have no doubt I will be using it in 2013!
The holidays are right around the corner and gift exchanges are happening everywhere you look. If an amazingly magical Stitchmas Santa were to fly overhead and bring you one stitching wish, what would it be?
Oh, a stitcher’s Stitchmas List! Well, I can’t say that I want for any floss as my mom recently surprised me with a multitude of fresh new J&P Coats threads (which she got an amazing deal on, I might add!). There are a few things on my list… I can’t narrow it down to just one stitching wish.
I have to say I think a lap stand is highest on my list this year. I know it’s not really something I can expect to get this year as things are kinda tight still, but I can definitely dream! I am determined to have one eventually! It may be just as well though, as we REALLY don’t have the room to keep one in our place. Again with the small apartment syndrome…
I always seem to have one crazy expensive and not immediately attainable item on my wish lists and then a more realistic item that could be a means of tiding me over until the other can happen or arrive. So, I have also been eyeing some Q-Snaps as well as a set of pretty blue stitching hoops in about 4 different sizes. In essence, my stitchmas wish is the result of lacking the means of keeping multiple works in progress ready to go. Currently, I have a single hoop and have put each project in the hoop and then take them out again to work on something else. It does get to be a bit of a pain sometimes.
Now, with that being said, I also wouldn’t mind tons of beautiful fabrics to stitch on! Really can’t go wrong with anything for my stash, really!
When it comes to the stitching part of your life, what are you most thankful for?
I started stitching about a year and a half ago now, for one reason: I was bored. I was almost immediately thankful that it gave me a hobby that I could focus on in my downtime. Since then, it has been a huge stress reliever for me in general – be it coming home after a tough day at work, or helping me to de-stress after an even tougher day of job searching. I think that has to be what I am most thankful for when it comes to the stitching part of my life. It has helped me cope with some really tough times, whereas in the past I would have had no way of dealing with the stress. It is now a hobby I could never give up, even though I may stitch less frequently some times. It has done so much more me!
Time for Blog Hop # 11! The prompt this time around is :
What has been your most unusual or most interesting stash acquisition to date?
I can’t really say that I have had any unusual stash acquisitions to date. I normally do all of my stash shopping at regular places like Michael’s where all you really find are the basics. Some of my more interesting acquisitions so far include my DMC Light Effects flosses which I am currently using to stitch holiday ornaments. I wouldn’t say they are particularly interesting or unusual, but they are about as wild as it gets in my stash currently! I did recently discover a small shop my city that specializes in cross-stitching and needlework, so I am hoping that my future holds the opportunities for many interesting and unusual acquisitions!
Blog Hop #10 time! Yes, I know I missed #9… Oops. Moving on…
The prompt is:
What’s your absolute least-favorite thread to work with?
I would have to say my least favourite thread is DMC white. I have so much of it, and no matter what skein I decide to use it ALWAYS knots and tangles and is incredibly difficult to thread on my needle. It is incredibly frustrating! I also find that the stitches look more uneven than they do using other threads in different colours even though they are still DMC threads. Alas I am finding that DMC white is the least of many evils as I have yet to find another white thread that is any better (that I can still afford). Until that happens, I continue to use DMC white… However unwillingly.
I realized I had forgotten to post last Sunday for this little series I have started about finishes around the house. My excuse is that it was the Thanksgiving holiday here in Canada and my time was better spent with my family, for whom I am very thankful indeed. An excellent reason to miss a blog post in my opinion!
Anyways, the series is making its return this week with the very first “big” finish of my stitching “career”.
This one took me easily six months to complete because I actually learned early in stitching it that I had bitten off a little more than I could chew at the time. At that point I set it down for awhile and worked on some more simple patterns just so I could get some more practice and experience. This was where the coasters and bookmarks came in! In the end, I was able to successfully finish this piece with confidence. I am happy to say I learned a lot of stitching lessons in the process. Mind you, it took me at least another six months to get it frames and put on display!
I really love how it turned out – being a heart stitched in black as well as being framed with a silver frame. Eventually I would like to see this piece up on the wall in our bathroom with its grey, black and silver colour scheme, but for now it is looking fantastic on this bookshelf in our living room beside my TUSAL dish!
The Stitching the Night Away Blog Hop has returned! And with it, prompt # 8:
What has been your favorite project to stitch? (either finished or in progress)
I have to say that my favourite project to stitch was a bookmark designed by my boyfriend and I. It was the “A Song of Ice and Fire Bookmark” that you can read about here. I finished it back in January, and have been using it on pretty much a daily basis ever since. I made it to go along with the books as I was reading them at the time. In fact, I just recently finished book 5, the last one currently in print. Amazing series, and all the more reason to love the bookmark!
For those who don’t feel like checking out the link to my previous post here is a photo:
What do you do with the floss, thread, beads, and other elements you have left over from full project kits?
Since I started stitching, I have actually only stitched one kit. Since then I have been buying my own floss and fabric and working mainly with patterns I find that catch my eye online. When I did finish that one kit though, I had a whole bunch of threads left over. I ended up just throwing them out that time, but I think if I did another kit I may keep them and try to use them for when I make a pattern of my own, as I have created a couple patterns myself in the past year. If not though, I would more than likely just throw them in my jar with my other thread ends. I’m not one to keep things if I don’t think I am likely to use them and the leftover floss from kits would most likely fall into that category for me.