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cross stitch angel patterns

If you are choosing a cross-stitched gift for someone special in your life, I think that inspirational cross stitch angel patterns may be a design to consider. And I’ll qualify this by answering a couple of questions, namely: [continue reading…]

diy thread organizer

As a DIY project, making your own cross stitch thread organizer can be completed quickly and cheaply by literally anybody. A thread (floss) organizer plays an important part in cross stitching success. It comprises a card with threads looped through holes, labelled with associated symbols and color names of the threads to be used for your project.

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christmas cross stitch projects

It might well be the middle of summer when you read this, but you know there is just so much to do in the lead up to the festive season that it’s never too early in the year to start stitching our Christmas cross stitch projects.

OK! So it’s month’s away but in no time you’ll be thinking, “Christmas is almost here Christmas is almost here!”. For many stitchers, there will be the thrill of giving cross stitched cards and gifts to those who are special in our lives.

For others, there will be the feeling of disappointment and resignation – not having completed that project in time for Christmas, with several seasonal cross stitch projects  left unfinished.. [continue reading…]

magnolia cross stitch image

“Never again,” I said to myself over and over. I must have been out of my mind when I chose Majestic Magnolia cross stitch, a gorgeous design I simply couldn’t resist. It didn’t matter to me that I was still a beginner and I had never stitched on linen. I thought I could tackle any project.

Today, it’s my crowning achievement, one that would take five long years and several trips around the globe to complete.

magnolia cross stitch image

Beautiful, complicated, and determined never to be left behind!

The chart is barely legible anymore; faded, with coffee stains and who-knows-what-else. I saved it anyway.

The magnolia with its creamy white blooms and dark lustrous leaves is a statement of cross stitch beauty, even prettier that I originally imagined it.

But, what a love-hate relationship we’ve had.

“Never again,” I repeated, too many times to count. This project wreaked havoc with my emotions, from tears of frustration and disappointment, to an incredible sense of pride and joy in the finished piece.

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How to Cheat At Cross Stitch

cross stitch cheats

In the days of old ‘to cheat’ was to steal something of value from another person. Today, a subtle variation of cheating can be termed ‘acceptable shortcuts’. So, let’s consider a few hints, tricks, and shortcuts for how to cheat at cross stitch.

Now! In the kitchen, we’re all accustomed to using shortcuts — quick sauces, microwaveable mashed potatoes, finely chopped onions, and pre-made meals, which are all common sights on grocery store shelves. [continue reading…]

cross stitch tools

Whether you’re a new stitcher or highly experienced it’s so much easier when you have the right cross stitch tools. While it’s true you can start cross stitching with as little as: a needle, some thread, and a bit of fabric, adding any or all of our classy 10 tools and gadgets below will be sure to make life much easier for you.

I’ll also tell you where you can get them too. Most of them can be bought from Amazon.com so it’s always worth checking there. [continue reading…]

mental health issues

Why Mental Health Problems Are a Growing Concern For All of Society

Okay, so besides the normal day to day hustle and immense stress of daily living in this modern digital age, we now have a pandemic to contend with. And the uncertainty surrounding us just makes it so much harder to deal with. So it’s little wonder that so many people have mental health issues; although often unaware of this.

Unfortunately, dealing with these mental health concerns has become somewhat of a normal part of life for too many individuals. Although this problem is not necessarily a new phenomenon, it is a growing one. It’s also clear there are certain aspects of modern living that have served to exacerbate the issue.

Due to our digitally-dominated world being so connected through the internet, social- , and other forms of -media, people today are not only exposed to the mental health issues in their immediate environment… [continue reading…]

cross stitching tips

In my last article, I wrote about the seven bad habits of cross stitching – those dark secrets that lurk in everyone’s cross stitching past – and even persist when we become more skilled. Today, I’m thinking of the opposite – cross stitching tips: the 7 essential secrets of the best stitchers.

You might think this may just be the opposite of the bad habits. But great cross stitching doesn’t just mean avoidance of bad habits. [continue reading…]

wedding cross stitch

When it comes to finding a unique gift for a bride and groom, wedding cross stitch patterns will give you ideas that make for a gift that’s a unique and wonderful choice. They serve as a beautiful reminder of this most important day in a couple’s life.

Also known as marriage patterns, these works of art provide a family heirloom for the couple to pass down to their children and future generations. The theme from the marriage pattern can also be used for anniversary presents, creating a collection of cross stitch art for the couple to add to over the years. [continue reading…]

cross stitch ideas

Are you looking to try something new for your next cross stitch project, but  undecided on exactly what. Or, perhaps you’re in a bit of a stitching rut? After all, it’s usually easier to stick with what is familiar. Every now and again though, it’s great to broaden our stitching horizons and try something new! In this article we’ll give you a few new cross stitch ideas and get you to look at things a little differently.

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