Author Archives: Amy

JCS Christmas Ornament Issue 2012

Cover of Just Cross Stitch 2012 ornament issueThinking about buying the 2012 Just Cross Stitch annual ornament issue? Before ordering, you might want to preview the ornaments. Anita, of Anita’s Little Stitches, recently posted pictures of the stitched ornaments. What do you think? Which ones are calling you to stitch?

I am a bit disappointed with the issue because it does not contain a Britty Kitty ornament, but it is filled with some really cute designs.

A couple of my favorite ornaments: Christmas Eve by Pickle Barrel Designs and Roaming Reindeer by Blue Ribbon Designs.

Halloween patterns galore

JCS Halloween Collection cover

Just CrossStitch magazine is putting out a special Halloween collection with 50+ designs. Do you see that Britty Kitty under the Halloween tree on the cover? You know what that means … I have to have it so my other Britty Kitty ornaments have more whimsical friends to keep them company.

You can pre-order the JCS Halloween Collection now to be the first on your block to receive it in September 2011.

 

Blackbird Designs Newest Book

I’ve been eyeing the new book from Blackbird Designs, A Stitcher’s Journey. The book contains a collection of class projects the designers taught during 2010. I’d seen photos of several class projects on the Blackbird Designs blog that I really liked, so I was excited about the possibility of being able to purchase the charts without attending a class or retreat.

The cover of A Stitcher's Journey by Blackbird Designs

The designs on the cover are lovely, but aren’t the ones I wanted to stitch. I haven’t been able to find out much about what other designs are included in the book. I was wavering on purchasing the book for that reason, until I found the Needlecraft Corner website. Needlecraft Corner has put together linen and floss packages for nine of the designs in A Stitcher’s Journey and listed them along with a photo of each project on their website.

It’s great that Needlecraft Corner is offering these packages, because it is so hard to find all the different colors of R&R Reproductions hand-dyed linens. The site doesn’t say what size each piece of linen is, but I suspect they are the exact sizes needed for the different projects.

The designs that Needlecraft Corner listed are:

  • Experience Leland’s Needlebook
  • Tulip House
  • Tulip House Stitching Companion
  • Tulip Pincushion
  • Thistle House Sewing Box
  • Birds and Berries Needlebook
  • Birds and Berries Pinbox
  • Prairie House Sewing Case
  • Heart in Bloom Sewing Tray
The mint panel from the garden ball

Well I Thought I Was Done

Last night at my local stitching group I proudly showed off my accomplishments at the end of the evening. I was only six beads away from finishing another panel in the garden ball project.

As soon as I got home I settled on the sofa, pulled out the panel and quickly added the last few beads. Then I took a photo of it and texted it to my friend Val to let her know that I finished the panel.

After sending the photo I started looking over all the panels and suddenly noticed that something was different about the one I just finished.

Upon closer inspection, I realized what was wrong. Big mistake, some serious frogging in my future. Funny, nobody noticed the mistake when I held it up at the meeting. LOL.

Garden Ball Mint Panel.

Did you spot the big mistake?

I guess I was just too anxious to get finished. It’s so close, only details on 4 more panels and then I can start that assembly.

What I Learned About Eggs From the Recall

With the big nationwide egg recall this week, I learned that unless you’re looking for some special qualities in your eggs, you might as well buy the cheapest ones you can find, because most of the eggs come from the same few distributors and just get packed into boxes with different brand names stamped on them.

My current carton of eggs came from Costco and cost me less than $2 for a carton of 24 eggs. Better yet, my particular box wasn’t on the recall list (although the brand turned up in the second wave of the recall). I could have paid more for Lucerne eggs from Safeway and ended up with eggs from the same farm in the midwest.

Have you checked your eggs yet? Read my article about the egg recall to find out if your eggs have been recalled.

This carton of eggs was not recalled

Good Eggs

Will She Finish in Time?

Progress on the garden ball project

Progress on the panels for the garden ball project

Question: Will Amy finish all of the panels for the Garden Ball project before the finishing class on Thursday night at the EGA Meeting?

Answer: It’s doubtful. But I do have one panel completely stitched and beaded, so I will be able to start working on the finishing.

This weekend I worked on the letters I want to substitute for the word “GARDEN” that is on the pattern. In the pattern the designer said that she encourages stitchers to be creative and make changes to the fabric and threads called for. Then she went on to say that the only rule is that the letters must spell GARDEN. Well, that just brought out the rebel in me and made me want to change them. I’m going to stitch my name in place of the first three letters, and then fill out the other three spots with the year and a couple of extra flowers.

Check out Liz’s blog to see what the garden ball will look like when it is finished. Her post includes great tips for finishing the project too.

Message of the Day from My Car

The good news is that my car didn’t stall while I was driving back to the car repair place. Much easier to drive without that annoying stall at every stop light. But the car just had to make a social statement and displayed the message in the picture.

Car Troubles … So Sad

This photo was taken 10 minutes after I picked up my car from the car repair shop, and drove from Steven’s Creek to Homestead. How far could I have driven? One mile, maybe two?

At least it’s not like they said they fixed anything. They had the car all week (it was towed in last Saturday and today is Friday) and the repair guys were unable to duplicate the problem and there was no engine code for the problem. They drove it every day this week and it didn’t stall for them once. So they told me to come take it off their hands and bring it back if it starts happening again.

I couldn’t believe how fast it started acting up for me. I picked the car up at closing time, so I couldn’t bring it back right away. I did call and leave a message and told them that the car stalled out within 10 minutes and that I’d be back on Monday.

It’s Going to be a Zigouigoui

Tomorrow at the BASG meeting I’m going to turn this pretty square into a little cushion called a zigouigoui.

I’m experimenting with posting from my phone. I took the picture of the stitched square with the phone on my camera and I’m anxious to see how it will look on my blog.

Pagoda Pincushion

Pagoda pincushion

The March project for my EGA group was a pagoda pincushion. Each stitcher personalized the pattern that appeared in The Gift of Stitching (on page 40 of the July 2009 issue) with different color fabrics and flosses. I stitched mine on 28-count antique white monaco with pink and blue DMC. The center of the pagoda base was blank in the pattern, so many stitchers, myself included, filled it with motifs such as monograms and flowers.

The pagoda is the most complex piece I’ve ever made (in terms of turning a stitched piece into a 3D object). It was good practice for another project the EGA group is doing, A Patchwork Garden Ball by Twisted Oak Designs. We got the garden ball kits in February, with the idea we should stitch three motifs each month to be ready to learn how to finish it in August. So far I’ve got one motif done. I’m a little behind on that one.