Back, Back, Back Again!

Hello, Stitchy Friends!

It has been just slightly over two years since the last time I posted. And, boy, has it been an interesting two years. I was busy with vacations, my son’s school, and lots of good things and was finally planning to dive back into blogging in early 2020. But, as you know, things happened. Thankfully my immediate family has been safe and healthy, but mentally things took their toll.

Be Well by The Drawn Thread

By Well, designed by The Drawn Thread

That isn’t to say I haven’t been busy with all sorts of good things. I’ve stitched and stitched and stitched. I’ve knitted and crocheted. I’ve crafted with my beloved Cricut, and I’ve even gotten more into card making. Creating things has been something I’ve done since I was old enough to hold a pair of scissors, so even world-closing pandemics can’t change that.

Back to School Apple

1st Day of Grade 7 (online) apple, designed by SVG Cuts with some alterations by me to make it appropriate for the last school year

Over the next little while I’ll share some of what I’ve worked on. Be warned though, some of the pictures aren’t great. My focus has been on creating, not taking pictures. I’ll also share some of the creators who have inspired me during the lockdowns and kept me creating.

Saintly Plague Doctor by Night Spirit Studio

Saintly Plague Doctor, designed by Night Spirit Studio

Lastly, I’d like to say thank you so much to those of you who emailed me and checked in once in a while. It was very much appreciated.

I hope all of you are healthy, safe, and vaccinated and ready to get back into life again.

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LoveCrafts? I’ve got a discount code for you!

A while back I did a profile on LoveKnitting and LoveCrochet. Well, a lot has changed with them lately, so I figured it was time to take another look at one of my favourite online craft shops. (Keep reading for a special discount code!)

LoveKnitting and LoveCrochet have combined together, added a dash of needlework (yes, cross stitch!!), and are now LoveCrafts. You can still find all the great yarns and patterns that used to be part of LoveKnitting and LoveCrochet, and they also now carry DMC floss, cross stitch kits, and lots of other goodies. And, as I understand it, more needlework is on the way.

Lost Souls Shawl

The yarn selection of LoveCrafts is excellent. I’m crocheting up a positively spooky Lost Souls Shawl using a ball of Scheepjes Whirl in Liqourice Yumyum that I bought from LoveCrafts. How awesome will this shawl look with tessellating skulls ranging from black at the bottom to white along the top? (You can get my favourite crochet hooks from LoveCrafts too–Clover Soft Touch.)

I’m probably most excited about the new needlework section. Cross stitch is my first love, and I’m always so happy to find new places to buy awesome cross stitch kits. LoveCrafts carries tons of DMC kits, which can be hard to find in North America. I’ve already added a couple of kits to my cart in anticipation of my next order.

And, speaking of orders, LoveCrafts has given me a discount code to share with all of you. From now until August 31st, 2019, use the code LOTUS15 to receive 15% off on all orders of $10+. Make sure to add the code when you check out to get your discount. And, be sure to come back here and let me know what you bought. Yarn, notions, a cross stitch kit?

While you are visiting LoveCrafts, be sure to take a look at the Inspiration tabs in each section. They are full of tutorials, round-up articles, and lots more. LoveCrafts is much more than an online craft shop. It is a crafty community full of ideas.

(LoveCrafts graciously supplied a discount code, but they did not pay me for this post in any way. I do not receive any commission from your purchases. All opinions in this post are my own.)

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Halloween Stitching!

During the hottest days of summer all I can think about is the cool fall weather that is just around the corner. And with fall comes my favourite holiday–Halloween! (Of course, if you ask me in December, I’ll say my favourite holiday is Christmas, so…) I’ve been working on a ton of projects over the past few months, but these ones are my favourites.

Mill Hill Halloween Stitching!

First up is the two Mill Hill lanterns. They are from this year’s fall line. They are meant to be finished into magnets, but I haven’t decided yet if I will do that or use them as ornaments for my Halloween tree.

Moonstruck Manor Ornament and Taboo Kitty Ornament

Moonstruck Manor Ornament and Taboo Kitty Ornament

When I first bought them I thought they were the same shape, so I had planned to place them back to back. But, unfortunately, they are a little bit different from each other. That’s okay though! They are very cute, and I hope Mill Hill releases more lanterns for next fall’s lineup.

Tangled Web, designed by Mill Hill

The large piece is Tangled Web, a Buttons & Beads kit from back in 2012. It has been in my stash for a while, and as much as I don’t like spiders, I felt I needed to stitch it up this year. I’ve framed it in one of Mill Hill’s wooden frames, which is the perfect size and perfect colour for this piece.

What are you stitching now? Are you already getting ready for Halloween? How do you feel about spiders? Am I crazy for stitching one? šŸ˜‰

Next up–another Halloween project and a small surprise from a previous sponsor.

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Yarn Review: Lion Brand Go For Faux

As some of you know, I am a non-wooly knitter–I am very allergic to all kinds of animal fibres. I’m always on the lookout for cool new non-wooly yarns. So, when Yarn Canada reached out to me and asked if I wanted to review Lion Brand’s new Go For Faux yarn I jumped at the chance. A fur-like yarn that is completely animal free? Yes, please!

Go For Faux is Weight 6 (Super Bulky) faux fur yarn from Lion Brand. It comes in array of animal-like colours and pastels, and it knits and crochets beautiful. Both projects I made turned out super squishy. I almost can’t wait for the cold winter weather so I can wear them and be toasty warm. (Today is the hottest day of the year so far, so some winter weather would be super nice right now.)

Cheltenham Hat and Luxe and Lush Cowl

The yarn is 100% polyester, and it feels like the softest baby kitten belly fur that you’ve ever had the pleasure to rub. No, I’m totally serious. It is so soft.

Close-up of the underside of Go For Faux yarn

Go For Faux is a tape yarn with furry stands along one side of the tape. This construction (as opposed to being furry all the way around) makes it so much easier to knit and crochet with. (And, yep, your project will be furry on both sides! Don’t worry!) The yarn lies neatly on knitting needles, and it is easy to feel (yes, feel, not see) the stitches when crocheting. The finished product for both methods looks very similar, as you can see from the pictures below. I didn’t experience any shedding when either knitting or crocheting, although I understand some people say it has shed for them.

Close-up of crocheted Go For Faux yarn

The hat was knit using the Cheltenham Hat pattern from Lion Brand, and the cowl was crocheted using the Luxe and Lush Cowl pattern from Lion Brand. Both are in the colourway Grey Wolf.

Close-up of knit Go For Faux yarn

Go For Faux comes in eight different colours in 100g balls with 60m of yarn per ball. One ball is enough for a short cowl or a hat. The yarn is machine washable, so perfect for winter accessories.

I’ve still got one ball left to work with. I’m thinking of making some mittens with fabulous fur cuffs. What do you think? Does that sound like a good idea?

You can buy Go For Faux from Yarn Canada or your favourite yarn outlet.

Thanks again to Yarn Canada for sponsoring this post and providing me with the yarn.

Disclaimer: Yarn Canada provided me with the yarn for this review. All of the opinions in this review are completely my own.


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I’m back! So much more to come!

Hello, stitchy friends! Yes, I am back. I know it has been a super long break. I had plans. So many plans. I was going to do a website renovation, I was going to photograph some tutorials, I was going to do so much. And, well, none of that happened. Instead, I got busy with life, went on vacation to Hong Kong (an absolutely amazing place that I can’t wait to go back to), and did a whole lot of crafting. I have tons of things to share, so look for lots of posts over the next little while.

I’m going to start things off slow with a little finish. This morning I finally attached the Mill Hill Treasures to my version of Portrait of Antique Vines, the chart from the Mirabila 25th Anniversary CelebrationĀ booklet.

Portrait of Antique Vines, designed by Mirabilia (Nora Corbett)

Yes, changed things up a lot! I had this beautiful piece of one-of-a-kind hand-dyed fabric from Enchanting Lair and I really wanted to feature it. (Unfortunately, I couldn’t get it to photography well. It is a lovely blue-green mottled colour.) So, I stitched only the silhouette and the frame using DMC 310 (just as it was charted), and I left out all of the other stitching. The beads are some random (sadly, unlabelled) Delicas from my stash, and then I used the same Treasures called for in the instructions.

Portrait of Antique Vines, designed by Mirabilia (Nora Corbett)

I think the result is a lovely, classic portrait. Now I just need to be on the lookout for the perfect frame. Such a noble looking lady requires something special, don’t you think?

Follow me on Instagram! @stitchinglotus

Are you on Instagram? I’ve started posting again! Please follow me at @stitchinglotus. I’m not going to promise lovely staged pictures. Instead, I’m sharing what I’m working on, just like it looks in real life. Bad lighting and all.

Are you on Instagram too? Leave a comment with your @ and I’ll give you a follow!

Check back tomorrow for a review of a super squishy, very special yarn.

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A Fancy Hat

Hello, Stitchy Friends! I found myself running way behind all of last year. So many projects just didn’t get finished on time and so they were left partially planned and totally undone. I wanted to change that this year. Holidays and special events come and go so quickly and it is so important to recognize them.

With that in mind, I got out all the bits and pieces for a big Halloween project that I really, really wanted to have done for last year. It combined lots of different materials and techniques, but mostly involved using my Cricut. I was so afraid I was going to mess it up that I never got started. Isn’t that silly? Instead of just trying it and maybe making a mistake (with materials that I had lots of too), I left everything to sit in the craft closet.

Witch’s Night Out Hat

What do you think? This is my take on a Cricut project called Witch’s Night Out Hat. (Here’s a link to a post on the Official Cricut Facebook page.)

The ribbon is just plain with heat transfer vinyl applied to it. The flowers and spider are all made from paper. I inked the edges of the pink one with a darker pink and the very edges of the purple one with gold ink. I then added feathers, cloth ribbon, and a gold glittered tulle to complete the hat.

I added a skull bead to the centre of the pink flower as a cute little surprise.

The large purple lotus-like flower is my favourite. I think I may make more of it.

If you have a Cricut, this project is listed under “Free for Cricut Explore Air 2”. It uses flowers from the Giant Flowers and Flower Shoppe cartridges.

What projects are you putting off? Or what do you have planned that has a hard deadline? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear all about them!

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Finish: Candy Cane Santa Stocking

Hello again, Stitchy Friends! Given that I wasn’t around much last year, you’d be forgiven for thinking I didn’t do much stitching. And, truth be told, I did do less than in some past years. (Believe it or not, my most productive year was the year my son was born. He is a January baby, and I pretty much spent the year with a baby asleep on my lap while I stitched to keep myself busy.) I didn’t have many finishes to show you in 2018, but there was one big project that did get done that I didn’t share.

Candy Cane Santa Stocking, designed by Dimensions

Yes! I finished up my husband’s Christmas stocking well before Christmas. The final stitches were put in some time in the middle of November or so and it was sewn up into a stocking right at the start of December.

Five Christmas stockings, all from Dimensions.

That’s nine years to stitch five stockings. I took a bit of break after stitching my son’s, but once I got going and got more and more of them done I couldn’t wait to see them all hanging on our fireplace.

And here they are after Santa paid a visit. The only drawback of these stockings is that they are a little on the slim side, so Santa needs to leave a few extra gifts outside of the stocking. (Also, that is indeed a squeaky unicorn toy. Doesn’t every family need one?)

I haven’t quite decided what I will focus on next. There are a lot of medium-sized projects I should get done, and a whole bunch of smalls too. Who knows what 2019 will bring.


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