Needlework News

Interesting things have been happening out there. Timey-wimey dice, smuggling drugs, and so much in between.

    • 12 Doctor D12 – Robin Hobbs has created a super cool 12-side die that features the faces of The Doctor. Sadly, the War Doctor isn’t included amongst the faces. But, you can pick up the pattern for the portraits for yourself on her etsy shop. Edit: Here is the link to the pattern for the d12. Thanks Robin!
    • Stitching is my drug – Being addicted to cross stitch clearly means something different to a man in Alberta. A courier package heading for his home was seized by the police because it held five cross stitch patterns… all containing Oxycodone pills.

Not your typical cross stitch patterns. (Image from Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams)

Not your typical cross stitch patterns. (Image from Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams)

    • Pointy sticks – Knitting can be dangerous. An Australian man is suing his school board for a knitting accident that occurred in 2001, when he was 13. He apparently accidentally stabbed himself in the eye with a metal knitting needle. I can only imagine how terrible that felt.
    • Knitting Biblical scenes – A lovely display of knitted Bible stories was on display last month at Trinity Church in Barrow, U.K. Click through to see some really cute pictures.

And, lastly, check out this cute little movie. A knitted scarf is used like old film, and the results are just amazing.

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Flashback 2001

Ah, the start of the new millennium. It feels like it was just yesterday, doesn’t it? (I’m one of those people who swears that the 90s ended only a couple of years ago.) This was the year I finished university, moved out of my parents’ home and started living in the real world.

Castle, designed by Teresa Wentzler

Castle, designed by Teresa Wentzler

The beginning of the year was spent studying for final exams, having job interviews, and getting ready to become an adult. I didn’t get much stitching done until the summer, when I finally finished up The Castle designed by Teresa Wentzler. This was the first piece that I stitched on linen, Confederate Grey Belfast that was sent to me by a lovely lady from RCTN. (I wish I could remember who it was, but it has been so long. Did any of you send some fabric to a girl in Canada sometime before 2001?) I added the blending filament as per the instructions that were floating around at the time. (And here they are!)

Happy Halloween, designed by Dimensions

Happy Halloween, designed by Dimensions

I also stitched up this cute Halloween banner, which I still hang up every year. This is when my boyfriend (now husband) began to realize how much I love Halloween. He still struggles with my obsession every year, although I tone it way down to keep the peace.

Sitchers' Verse

Stitchers’ Verse

I also finished up Stitcher’s Verse in 2001. I’ll be totally honest and tell you this was stitched from a photocopy of the pattern. There is a bit of a story behind it, but essentially it was given to me years earlier by a friend with the all supplies when I was really down and was visiting her to get away from things. Her heart was in the right place and so was mine. Unfortunately, I don’t know who designed this, so I haven’t been able to buy a copy to make things karmically right. I’ve also never framed it. :( I should take care of both of those things very soon.

Millennium (WIP), designed by TW Designworks

Millennium (WIP), designed by TW Designworks

And one last picture: Millennium designed by Teresa Wentzler. I didn’t get too far with this, and I’ve never picked it back up again. One day.

So, what were you up to in 2001? Did you start off the new millennium right?


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Power of Moms

This is what our dining room looks like (and it is the tidiest room!):

Boxes and junk

Boxes and junk

It may look like I’m getting a lot done, but I sure don’t feel that way. The move, the idea of owning a house, and the little man starting grade 1 next year have all made me realize that I need a better method for getting things done. Thankfully, I’ve found Power of Moms. Seriously, stick with me here. This will help you have more time to stitch.


Power of Moms is a organization program that helps you get more done every day. It teaches you how to set up to do lists that actually work, how to get your mail inbox to zero, and how to make time for yourself and your hobbies (see, more stitching!). I’ve just signed up for the M.O.M. Premium Program (which contains all the content of the Mind Organization for Moms program plus a whole lot more) and I can’t wait to put it all into practice.

Getting started with M.O.M.

Getting started with M.O.M.

I discovered Power of Moms through their free Master the Whirlwind program, and it sold me on their concept. They also have a great free webinar called Making HUGE Projects Feel Easy. I know some of you don’t have children or have grown children, but I think the ideas behind this program are still worth looking into. Honestly, I believe that a lot of us need help getting organized and getting things done–and finding more time to stitch. And even though I’ve only been using the program for a couple of days, it has already made a big difference.  The best thing I’ve found so far is the Mind Organization Flow Chart, which is helping me process things quickly, get them out of my head, and move on to what needs to be done next.

I’ll be sharing more of my Power of Moms journey in the future. I’ve only just started with it, so there is still a lot more for me to discover. If you’d like to find out more about Power of Moms, check out their mission right here and sign up for a free account. You will get access to a lot of great free resources.

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, but I am only sharing this program because I do believe that it is a great resource for ladies looking to get more done. I am also receiving free access to the program in exchange for my ongoing review.

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Smalls SAL – July Check-In

It is Smalls SAL check-in time again!

SmallsSAL2014I don’t know about you, but for me July has just sped by. We are less than two weeks from our closing date on the new house, and there is so much left to be done! (We are moving a week after closing, so there is still time to do things. At least, that is what I am telling myself.) And with everything that is going on, including having the little man off school for the summer, I still managed to finish something.

Love, designed by Enchanting Lair

Love, designed by Enchanting Lair

This is Love from Enchanting Lair. I’ve shared work-in-progress pictures a couple of times over the past couple of months, and now I’ve finally managed to complete it. Okay, to be honest, it is about 95% done. I still need to attach the heart beads at the corners (which I will do after I wash and iron it), and each corner should also have one stitch in the Kreinik braid in each of its own corners. Unfortunately, I don’t have quite enough left to do those stitches. I do, however, have some of the proper braid packed away somewhere. So, when I add the beads I will do those stitches.

Fancy stitches and a pretty bead (Love, designed by Enchanting Lair)

Fancy stitches and a pretty bead (Love, designed by Enchanting Lair)

Love was stitched on Enchanting Lair’s hand-dyed fabric in colourway Medieval Rose (I think), using Needle Necessities (and some Threadworx), Kreinik braid, and Dinky Dyes silks.

What did you stitch this month? I can’t wait to see what everyone else stitched. Did you decide that it was Christmas in July and work on ornaments for your tree? Did you stitch flowers or maybe something summery? Please leave your link in the form below. And also try to visit some of the other participants too. We all love visitors!

Oh, and don’t forget: for each month that you finish a small and leave a link you get an entry into the end of the year draw. What is the prize? It’s a surprise! ;)

August Check-in: The next check-in date will be August 27. I can pretty much guarantee that I won’t have something done, but I’m going to try my hardest to make some progress on something!

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Flashback 2000

I’ve always taken a long time to finish projects. This Kitty Angel kit from Dimensions was started back when I was in high school, and it wasn’t finished until I was nearly done university. (And it took me years more to sew it into a pillow.) I was very intimidated by the ribbon embroidery, so I put off working on it. Thankfully, it turned out pretty well.

Angel Kitty, designed by Dimensions

Angel Kitty, designed by Dimensions

By 2000 I was finishing off my fourth year of university and beginning my fifth and final year. I had a good friend who had helped me through some tough times, so I stitched up Footprints from Jiffy for him as a thank you. (In retrospect, it could be seen as a bit sacrilegious, but I’m not a practising Christian so it never occurred to me that it might be viewed in that way. Thankfully, he liked it.)

Footprints, designed by Jiffy

Footprints, designed by Jiffy.

Footprints now hangs in our son’s bedroom. ;)

Sweet Dreams, from Just Cross Stitch magazine

Sweet Dreams, from Just Cross Stitch magazine

I stitched this pillow just because it appealed to me. It sat on our bed for years, and to be totally honest, I have no idea where it is now. I always meant to take it apart and sew it up a little better, but I never got around to it. Maybe I should re-stitch it and place it in our new guest room.



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Threadworx and Needle Necessities

A few weeks ago I ran out of some Needle Necessities thread while I was working on Enchanting Lair’s Love. Unfortunately, Needle Necessities was discontinued a few years ago, but Threadworx arose to take its place.1 The colour names are different, but there are supposed to be near prefect matches between equivalent colourways. Given that I had half a heart stitched, I figured this would be a good time to see if this is actually the case.

Love, designed by Enchanting Lair -- Threadworx and Needle Nessicities used for centre hearts

Love, designed by Enchanting Lair — Threadworx and Needle Necessities used for centre hearts

So, looking at this picture, can you tell me which heart was stitched half with Needle Necessities and half with Threadworx?

It is the one in the bottom left.

Heart comparison

Heart comparison

Ignoring the fact that my stitches aren’t perfect, the heart looks pretty good. You may notice that there is slightly more colour variation in the top part of the heart (stitched with NN), but the colours themselves match fairly well throughout. Changes in the ratio of colours is something I would expect when moving to a new skein of a hand-dyed colour within a brand, so I don’t view that as an issue.

Would I mix Needle Necessities and Threadworx again? Absolutely, assuming I ran out of thread. This is a vanishingly small sample size, but I’m still pleased by the results. If you’d like to learn more about the Needle Necessities to Threadworx conversion, check out this page.

Which Stitch do You Stitch: I’m still collecting information about how people stitch. If you haven’t voted yet, please head over here and take my poll. Thanks!

There are many rumours and a lot of speculation about what when on with regards to Needle Necessities and Threadworx. I’m guessing a lot of us have heard at least a couple of stories. I’d prefer not to spread any (possibly untrue) rumours here.

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Blue Butterflies for My Feet

A week and a half ago or so I whined about how I’ve had to cut back on knitting and other things for a little while to allow the nerve in my elbow to heal a bit. Thankfully, things seem to be progressing well, and I’ve been able to pick up my knitting needles again–but only for a couple of hours a day. I’m trying to be careful and restrained.

Kai Mei

Kai-Mei by Cookie A.

Over the past couple of days, I was able to finish up my latest pair of socks. It is yet other pair of Kai-Mei (my third), designed by Cookie A., and found in her book Sock Innovation. The yarn is one of my favourites, Panda Cotton, in colourway Faded Jeans.



This is one of those patterns that look really complicated, but it is actually very easy. The butterfly lace pattern moves across the foot thanks to some well placed decreases and increases. And, the lace pattern itself is extremely easy to knit. For this pair, I actually brought the lace pattern down further towards my toes than I had done in previous pairs because I like how it looks, and because it was fun to knit.

If I am careful, I should be able to get at least one more pair of socks done this summer. I’m trying to be very aware of when I begin to feel a pinch or twinge in my elbow or two smallest fingers. That is a sure sign it is time to stop knitting (or even typing! Whaa!).

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