Friday, December 16, 2016

Naughty Stitching

Happy happy joy joy!
 Happy happy joy!

My release of the Pins and Needles pattern has been an astounding success! Wow! I never could have dreamed!
I mean guys,
 I just casually pulled out my languishing cross stitch last September, in order to make a Christmas stocking for my newest granddaughter Hideko; and I found this completed cross stitch piece that was made for the market!
 I had never published it.
So I thought, what the hey!
 May as well finish the charting and put it in my Etsy shop as a PDF, right?
So I did.

 And then I shared it on Instagram, and you guys liked it! I mean really liked it!
(When I was designing cross stitch before, there was no instagram, so, no way to see instant market reaction, and not a lot of seeing what people are actually stitching, unless they were sharing it on a blog.)

And then I thought, may as well send it to my distributor (whom I haven't been in contact with in almost 3 years), and guess what happened? They placed a huge order!
And now I have reprinted 3 more times!
So exciting!

So thank you! thank you! thank you!!

So what is naughty stitching?
Well its all the wonderful designs by my favorite designers that I want to stitch!
But, I need be stitching my own designs for the marketplace!
And you know how long cross stitch takes!
So pretty much everytime you see me posting on Instagram any stitching that I have not designed, for me, it is naughty stitching!!
Like this:
My instagram handle:

And this:

And sadly, this:

So I have used the "mom" card, and recruited 2 of my children to help me stitch models in 2017.
My 2 daughters Isabel and Chelsea and Chelseas beautiful babies, Hideko and Amy

Neither of them are cross-stitchers, yet! But oh boy! Do I have news for them!
After all, I gave them life, right!?

And as Lorelia Gilmore says:"Some would liken giving birth to the most rewarding experience in life, but I would say it was more like doing the splits on a case of dynamite!"
Ha! Ha! Ha!

So, they owe me!
Big time!

Have a wonderful Holiday Season, however you celebrate it!
See ya in the new year with some great new designs!


Friday, December 2, 2016

Cross Stitch Terms and Abbreviations

Can you add anything to the list?

Frog- when you have to rip out stitches you have done in error, because the sound of it is "rippit! rippit~"
UFO- unfinished object
WIP- work in progress
BAP- big a**ed project (those huge projects that take a long time to complete even when you are totally on it!)
FO- finished object (the stitching is done)
FFO- fully finished object (meaning it is framed or finished into an ornament, pinkeep, etc.)
YOW- year of WIP's (you are focusing on your wips for a year)
Floss Tube- videos on Youtube of cross stitchers sharing their work
SFS-stitch from stash, there is also a Facebook group by this name
SAL-stitch along (people working on the same design and sharing their progress with one another)
Stitch MAYnia- starting 15 new projects the first 15 days of May-there is also a Facebook group by this name.
SABLE- stash acquired beyond life expectancy!
Bobbinate- winding floss on cardboard bobbins