Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Vintage Books!!

I have been busy over the past few days. Getting ready for my favorite holiday!
I actually started stitching again. I needed my little break.
But I was going through some of my things and I found some books that my mother bought for my over the years. She supports my craftiness and buys me stuff like this all the time. I thought that I should share.
These are fours books in a series from Better Homes and Gardens

They are titled:
Sewing Casual Clothes
Tailoring Suits and Coats
Pattern Adjustments
Professional Sewing tips
They are from 1966! They are in very good condition too.

This one is called:
Complete Guide to Needlework
It's from Readers Digest and is from 1979
The colors that they used in it are nasty 70's colors of yellows, browns and blues. But it's a very good resource book.

Yay for books older then me!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

This sucks

I'm actually burnt out on stitching at the moment. It's soooo frustrating! I have loads of time to spend working on something but I rather read that then stitch. And the terrible part is that I DON'T have anything to read!!!! So I'm taking a couple of days off of stitching and see what that does. I don't want to force myself to do something and end up hating it later.

Just so this post isn't completely boring, I'll add a fun photo!

This shows that I don't stitch all the time. Can you tell that I love coffee, I don't know, geez, maybe...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

More of Teresa Wentzler freebies

I've done more Teresa Wentzler's freebie designs. I've posted about "Stretch" before, so here is the other that I have completed.

'Tempest in a Teacup" is my favorite by far. I just love the expression on his face. Talk about one unamused little dragon. :)

He's stitched on 14 ct. aida. Wow, I guess my fabric of choice is aida, very simple.

This morning I downloaded another little dragon of hers, called "Futurecast"
It's cute, I can't wait to start it. Unfortunately I have a verrrry long list of charts that I want to do before it.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

"Stretch" Bookmark

I have seen so many people stitch this design. It is a beautiful design that TWDesignsworks had up for a freebie a long time ago, sadly it's no longer up. :(
She has a lot of beautiful pieces that I want. I love how she mixes two different colored strands to get rich detail.

I made mine into a bookmark, a rather large and bulky bookmark. But I love it anyway. I used powdered blue 14 count aida (hence the bulkiness of it) and used dark purple felt for backing. I remember starting this and then putting it down for 4 years and then picking it back up again. Again, I'm really bad at that. This was early on in my X stitching venture so I got annoyed with it because it was a more difficult piece that I have done.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Surveying the stash!

I was "cleaning" out my containers of craft stuff, and by cleaning I mean making a big ol' mess. But I had fun doing it! I keep all my crafting stuff seperate from my cross stitch things. I guess I'm a snob about keeping it all nice and neat in one spot, as to where the rest are kinda throw into draws and what not.
So I will start off this post with an introduction of my work space. It is in the spare room along with all of the boys music/art/computer stuff. We call it our studio.
The table was made by my father, it folds up and portable. I love it. The black storage container is the home of all of my cross stitch stuff, well what I could fit that is. The white one is the home of all of my other crafty projects that i do. In the closet I have all of my misc. craft books and finished craft projects that I have up for sale on my shop. I try very hard to keep it clean.

And now on to the stash!!

This is all of my embroidery thread. I will NEVER wind thread on itty bitty bobbins AGAIN!! It took for-freaking-ever!

A lot (I'm afraid to count it) of my cross stitch floss, I use only DMC. The plastic bags system works just fine for me. A little while ago I printed out a DMC Shopper's list, that has all of their thread (numbers), it helps out big time, I know what I have without going through all my bags.

A crap load of my books and charts

That's a lot of hoops! And loads of fabric!!
A lot of this stuff was given to me by a friend that I use to work with. She just gave to me, I was more then happy to accept it!

I also have a lot of magazines, but i found that the British ones have more cute and whimsical charts in them, so I have a lot of those, but they are a little pricy. Ya know, being from over seas and all :)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Good Thusday Morning!!!

I saw that someone had posted this link in one of the cross stitch communities on Live Journal.
I think it is a very good idea!

Operation Support Our Troops