Keep That Stash In Check

I know that many of you are like me: you’ve got a good sized stash that will most likely provide you with lots to do for the rest of your life… and probably well beyond. But, have you thought about what will happen to your oversized stash once you pass away?

One lady from Kansas in the United States needed a storage unit to store her fabric stash. Sadly, she has passed away and left her family over 15,000 yards of fabric to deal with. They’ve opened up a storefront in order to sell it all.

You can read the whole story on the KCTV5 website right here.

I know that I am totally guilty of having a big stash (but not this big!), and after seeing this story I’m going to be a lot more mindful about what I add to it. There is no point buying something if it is just going to sit in storage.

What do you think? Do you have a big stash or a small one? Does it bother you that you might leave behind far more projects and supplies than you couple ever possible use?

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EAC Seminar Shopping Trip

The annual EAC Seminar is taking place in Toronto this week. Seminar is gathering of stitchers, teachers, and designers where lots of great classes are offered. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take any classes this year (bad timing), but I was able to head over to the Merchant Night.

Seminar 2016 Stash

Seminar 2016 Stash

I was so happy to be able to look at the designs and other offerings from so many talented people. I tried to be restrained since, as I’m sure you know, my stash is already far too large. So, I picked up a stumpwork book from Alison Cole, the Sweet Treats kit from Kathryn Drummond (3-d cupcakes embellished with Casalguidi-style embroidery), and First Snow kit from Carolyn Mitchell. All of these are things that I have wanted to buy for months. I also picked up some needles and some red thread for an upcoming project

DMC Coloris Floss

DMC Coloris Floss

My one impulse purchase was a small set of the newish DMC Coloris thread. They are so pretty, and I couldn’t really help myself.

Quaker Accessories Scissor Case (back)

Quaker Accessories Scissor Case (back)

I also took a quick peek at the Members Show and was delighted to discover that my scissor case was on display with other (fabulous!) pieces from the guild I belong too. I had no idea it would be there, and I think it is lovely that the lady I sent it to decide it was nice enough to be in the show.

I also got to meet up with a few stitchers I rarely get to see, like Dima of D1D2. (She is absolutely lovely and super friendly!)

Seminar takes place in Newfoundland next year, also just before Victoria Day weekend. Hopefully, though, I’ll be able to go and take some of the wonderful courses that are sure to be offered. It is so nice to be somewhere where everyone loves needlework as much as you do and wants to talk seriously about it.

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Gingerbread Needle Case

You might remember that last March (was it that long ago?), I finished up Just Nan’s Gingerbread Needle Case and I was debating about how to finish it. A few of you suggested finishing it as an ornament, which I thought was a great idea. My plan was to get it done and on my tree for Christmas.

That didn’t happen… Nor did I finish it as an ornament.

Gingerbread Needle Case 3

Gingerbread Needle Case, designed by Just Nan (back)

Since it had been sitting around so long waiting to be finished, I decided that I had better just finish it as given in the instructions. Otherwise, it would sit in the cupboard for ages while I tried to figure out what to do with it.

Gingerbread Needle Case, designed by Just Nan (front)

Gingerbread Needle Case, designed by Just Nan (front)

I suppose that it doesn’t have to be an “ornament” for me to put it on my tree. It is so pretty, so I’m sure it will look very nice if I find just the right space to put it. And, with just under six months until I decorate for Christmas, I will get to try soon enough. πŸ˜‰

Gingerbread Needle Case, designed by Just Nan (back)

Gingerbread Needle Case, designed by Just Nan (back)

And, since I did finish it as a needlecase, I suppose I could use it as one if I wanted to. The whole piece is stiffened with cardboard (I use comic book backing board because it is acid-free and very inexpensive), with a bit of quilt batting attached to it. This cardboard/batting piece is placed between the stitched piece and some felt, and it is sewn together with whip stitches along the stitched boarder. Ribbon ties were added at the same time in each corner to provide a way to close the case.

Gingerbread Needle Case, designed by Just Nan (interior)

Gingerbread Needle Case, designed by Just Nan (interior)

There is some stitching along the interior borders which outlines the cardboard piece and delineates the side flaps. My stitching isn’t the neatest here, but at least it is getting better. πŸ˜‰

Sock Madness Update – I’ve dropped out. πŸ™ I didn’t make it through to the next round because my elbow injury started acting up again. And, as much as I wanted to go further this year, I’ve learned that if I don’t quit knitting/stitching when my elbow starts to hurt, then I am just setting myself up for weeks of pain and discomfort. And, of course, there is always next year!

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Matryoshka Keepsake Case Finish

I used to have a rule about the Creativ Festival: I needed to finish all the previous year’s classes before I could sign up for the next year’s classes. A few years back, that rule was forgotten as the number of classes I took got greater and greater. But, seeing my huge backlog of projects, I decided that I would work hard to finish my class projects from the 2015 fall festival.

Icy Ornament, designed by Carol Storie

Icy Ornament, designed by Carol Storie

Last year I actually managed to finish several of the projects from the 2015 festival, like the ornament above. But, I still have a few more to go. So, while still feeling brave after finishing the Just Nan Needle Flutter – Lady, I decided to try finishing the most difficult project I had left, Matryoshka Keepsake Case designed by Michelle Cheong.

Matryoshka Keepsake Case

Matryoshka Keepsake Case, designed by Michelle Cheong

My little guy has a certain… charm. For some reason his face opening ended up much larger than it should be, and it is a little off centre. I also didn’t do a great job with the needle turn applique. When I make another one I will most likely make the face out of felt and applique it on top of the body fabric, rather than underneath like this one is.

Matryoshka Keepsake Case - opened, outside

Matryoshka Keepsake Case – opened, outside

Otherwise, I’m very happy with how it turned out. I love the shape of the case, and the lovely heavy zipper that fits just right. It is such a cute idea.

Matryoshka Keepsake Case - opened, inside

Matryoshka Keepsake Case – opened, inside

The little pear-shaped pieces that this little case is built around are apparently only available in Japan. I’ve tried to find an online source for them, but I haven’t had any luck. If you’d like to learn more about how these case are made, you can check out Summer 2014 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread magazine.


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Gift Tags

Hello again, stitchy friends! I’m back with another finish. (I had a few website issues that prevented me from uploading images, hence the delay in posting.) This time it is the cover kit from a UK cross stitch magazine. (I’ll be darned if I can remember which one, or even find the issue right now.) Edit: They are from World of Cross Stitching, issue 239. Thanks Jo!


Cross Stitch Gift Tag

Normally, I read this particular magazine through Zinio, which means I don’t get the cover kits. (One of the biggest drawbacks with digital versions of magazines in my opinion.) But, I was really taken by these lovely tags, so I went out and hunted down a copy of the magazine. Given the that nearest bookstore now only carries Just Cross Stitch, and the nearest drug store no longer carries any craft magazines, it was a bit difficult to find. I had to resort to Wal-Mart.

Cupcake Gift Tag

Cupcake Gift Tag

The kit had five designs but six tags, and I was able to eke out just enough thread to stitch the bird design twice. I think they all turned out lovely, and I’m very thankful the finishing was super simple this time. All I needed to do was cut out the designs, pop out the tags, and glue the designs to the tags. The bakers twine was also included in the kit.

Bird Gift Tag

Bird Gift Tag

I’m not sure what I will end up using them for, but for now I’m just very happy with how they turned out.

If you happen to know which magazine and which issue this kit came from, please let me know. I’ll update this post once I figure it out, or once someone tells me. πŸ˜‰

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Flutterby Butterfly

Several months ago I finished up the stitching for Just Nan’s Needle Flutter – Lady. But, because I am both lazy and also nervous about finishing things, it sat in my “To Finish” pile for ages. While tidying up my craft closet (and I use the word tidy in the loosest possible sense), I came across it again and decided to be brave and finish it up.

Needle Flutter - Lady, designed by Just Nan

Needle Flutter – Lady, designed by Just Nan

So, what do you think? My blanket stitches aren’t as neat as the model, but I still think she turned out pretty nicely. She is finished as per the instructions included with the pattern, using hand-dyed wool felt for the interior (below) and some sort of memory thread (not Kreinik) for the antenna.

Needle Flutter - Lady, designed by Just Nan

Needle Flutter – Lady, designed by Just Nan

The instructions were very easy to follow, and proceeded in a logical manner. Although, I did decide to sew on the snaps before finishing the blanket stitches around the edge so that I could better hide the thread the snaps are attached with.

Needle Flutter - Lady, designed by Just Nan

Needle Flutter – Lady, designed by Just Nan

After this little success I decided to try my hand at finishing a few more projects. I’ll share another one tomorrow. πŸ˜‰

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Smalls SAL – April 2016 Check-In

Hello, Smalls Stitchers! Welcome to the April 2016 check-in. I apologize for not getting this up until mid-morning my time (which seems very late to all you international stitchers I’m sure.) Unfortunately, there was a problem with the post scheduling, and it didn’t get posted when it should have. :/


Thank you again, very much, for being part of my little stitch along. I absolutely love looking at everyone’s smalls every month. You all provide me with so much inspiration and motivation.

Byzantium Ornament 5, designed by Teresa Wentzler

Byzantium Ornament 5, designed by Teresa Wentzler

This month I stitched yet another ornament from Teresa Wentzler’s Byzantium Ornaments (also known as Christmas Ornaments or Stain Glass Ornaments). This one is chart number 5. Unfortunately, I picked the wrong blend for the second round of satin stitches out from the middle (they should be much lighter in colour), but I decided to leave it since I think it looks nice the way it is. I’m not happy, though, with the gold cord around the eyelets. I’m debating ripping it out of all the ornaments and replacing it with Petite Treasure Braid.

What did you stitch this month? I honestly can’t wait to see. Please head down near the bottom of this post and add your link to the list. Please be sure to use the permalink for your Smalls SAL check-in post, not the link for the front page of your blog. Also, please use a picture of your small as your graphic. Thank you. πŸ˜‰

The list will stay open for new entries until about midnight Eastern time on May 5th. You have got lots of time to still get your entry in! Remember: for each month that you share a finished small you get one entry into the end of the year draw.

Next Month – Next month everything will go smoothly and the check-in post will go up very early in the morning my time on May 26th.

Thank you, again, very much for taking part in the Smalls SAL. And, if you aren’t already a Smalls SAL stitcher but would like to learn more about it and perhaps join in, head over here for all the details.

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