Stitching from My Stash

Hello, Stitchy Friends!

I think I mentioned earlier that I am taking part in the latest incarnation of Stitch From Stash. It is now organized through a Facebook group and headed by Stephanie Kyne. Each month’s check-in is a Facebook event page, and it is so much fun to scroll through the pictures of all the finished projects!

So far I’m doing pretty good. I’ve set my monthly budget at $25, and I’m keeping track of finishes to earn a little extra credit. I’ve calculated that I’ve spent $12.88 so far on stitching supplies this year (but please don’t ask about fabric or yarn or machine embroidery patterns…), and I’ve got $51.12 “banked”.

Along with my Smalls SAL finish for this month, I also stitched up a couple of other little designs. First is Butterfly, the little kit that Bucilla sent me. It is super cute and will make a great gift.

Butterfly, designed by Bucilla

It comes with fabric, floss, and the black plastic frame. I found both the fabric and floss to be of good quality, and the chart was clear and easy to stitch from. The finished design is lovely, but not quite the right shape for the frame, as you can see. The frame itself is okay, but it shows some marks on the front that aren’t very attractive.

My second finish is a cover kit from an old issue of The World of Cross Stitching magazine. I think it dates back to 2013, although I haven’t been working on it quite that long. πŸ˜‰

Country Diary Poppy, from The World of Cross Stitching magazine

The design doesn’t really seem to have a name, but it is associated with The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. The kit included all the supplies–fabric, floss, card with aperture, and envelope. Sorting the floss was a little confusing, but it looks so lovely with all those red shades.

I’m hoping to spend more time working on larger projects in March, but one never knows what the future will bring!

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Stitch From Stash – November 2015

I’m sure most of you are aware that Mel of Epic Stitching decided to shut down Stitch from Stash for personal reasons. As much as I will miss the accountability that Stitch from Stash provided, I can understand and relate to Mel’s reasons.

Stitch from Stash 2015 BI’ve been busy lately and not checking blogs, so I don’t know if anyone else has picked up the baton. I have no intention of doing so, but I have decided that I am going to do my best to keep up the spirit of Stitch From Stash. I love the idea, spending limits and all, and I intended to continue with it through next year. Although, I am going to give myself a free month like in the original SFS. πŸ˜‰ I’m also going to give myself a pass if I pick up something (One thing! Not fabric, just a fibre or bead.) that is required to finish a project already on the go, or if the project is purchased to make a gift that will be given within the year (I have at least one wedding and a baby to stitch for next year…). All of that is pretty fair, and inline with at least the rules for the 2014 SFS.

So, with that in mind, here is my report for November.

Amount spent: $18.50

I bought the newest Just Nan Christmas angel mouse. I haven’t received it yet, so no picture. :/ But I will share one when I finish it.

Let me know if you plan to continue with Stitch from Stash, or if you know of someone who has taken it over. And a big thank you to Mel for starting Stitch from Stash and helping me become more aware of my craft-related spending.

Stitch From Stash – October 2015

Oh, stitchy friends, it was not a good month. I went way over budget…

Stitch from Stash 2015 BMonth: October 2015
Spent: $80
Earned: $15

Let’s see. I bought Lizzie*Kate’s Halloweenie, the fibre package for X’s and Oh’s Spooky House, a scissor fob kit from Gingerbread Girl, a very expensive pattern from Gingerbread Girl, in addition to a few other things I can’t remember. That puts my total for the month at just under $80.

Santa's Journey Stocking, designed by Dimensions

Santa’s Journey Stocking, designed by Dimensions

I am so far off the monthly budget, andΒ  I’m more than a little disappointed in myself. Even with my carry-over from past months, I’m over budget. So, for this one month, I’m going to claim some earned credit from finishing up Santa’s Journey Stocking.Β  It is about 230h x 180w, but it isn’t fully covered and there are some half stitches. So, based on Mel’s chart, I believe it earns me about $15 in credit. Which is enough to keep me going! Yay!

I do feel a little bad finally claiming credit when I haven’t done it all year. But, in the past Stitch from Stash, October was my free month because of the Creativ Festival, etc. I always overspend this month, and I would have saved this as my free month if that had been an option again. So, claiming credit is a way of sort of doing that. Thank goodness!

Now, hopefully November and December will pass with nothing new to tempt me. I have so many great projects to work on. What’s that? Just Nan just released another Gingerbread Mouse? Oh no…

Stitch from Stash – September 2015

It is Stitch from Stash time! How did I do this month? Well…

Stitch from Stash 2015 BMonth: September 2015
Spent: $17.95
Earned: $0 (not tracking)

I’m hanging in there. This month’s purchase was Just Nan’s Witchy’s Sister Mouse kit. I ordered it in August, but it didn’t ship until the beginning of September, which is when I paid for it.

Witchy's Sister kit, designed by Just Nan

Witchy’s Sister kit, designed by Just Nan

Sadly, I know that I will be going over budget in October. I’ve placed an order for two items that haven’t shipped (so I haven’t paid for them), and because the Canadian dollar as dropped so much, they cost far more here than in the US. And, even still, I would still be a little over budge. Add to that the Creativ Festival in a couple of weeks, and I know that my budget is shot. Nonetheless, I feel that I’ve done pretty good this year… except for all the machine embroidery supplies! Yikes!

Stitch from Stash – August 2015

Oh dear… It is time for the Stitch from Stash check-in… Stitch from Stash 2015 B

Actually, I did okay with regards to cross stitch stash.

Month: August 2015
Spent: $11.35
Earned: $0 (not tracking)

I bought four skeins of floss that I needed to stitch up some Just Nan designs that I have had hanging around for ages, and then I bought the 2013 New Colours pack for myself. (I’ve given away three or four, but I’ve never kept one for myself! I figured it was about time.)

August stash purchases

August stash purchases

Now, as for the rest of my craft spending… Well, it was a rough month. I picked up some supplies for machine embroidery (thread, patterns, and stabilizer), hand embroidery (linen, a hoop, and a heat transfer pen), sewing (thread), knitting (buttons for a vest), and jewellery making (beads and charms so my mom can make me a couple of things). I haven’t totalled it all up, but I know that it is bad. πŸ™ There is always next month, right?