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Friday, February 29, 2008

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Millions of products - superstore - what you want? Of course we have it!
Monday, February 25, 2008

Linen Thread from DMC

I'm curious if anyone has used linen thread rather thand the usual thread that is used in cross stitch. I found linen thread here:

I'd like to hear from anyone who has used it and let me know how you like using it.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Monday, February 18, 2008


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Cape Cod

Summers at Cape Cod

Summers on the Cape are lots of fun


I like working on projects of Bermuda

Old Sturbridge Village

This was fun to stitch but I have to admit had to put it down acouple times and go back to it.

Handmaiden Cross Stitch

Handmaiden Cross Stitch
Beautiful and unique cross stitch patterns available for instant download.
Sunday, February 17, 2008

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Friday, February 15, 2008

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Family History Cross Stitch

If you are into working on your family history and would like to do something a little different and add a family heirloom to your collection follow the link below. There are some interesting ideas on this page.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Looking for patterns?

Looking for some great patterns. Follow the link below. These are some great patterns and are on sale right now which is even better.

Cross Stitch

Monday, February 11, 2008

Craft Surfing

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Adding interest with cross stitch

Contrary to popular belief, cross stitching can be interesting. Cross stitching can also add interest to a room in several ways. One way is to repeat elements that are found in a detailed cross stitch pattern and place these elements throughout the room. Another way is to set up part of a room to look exactly like a pattern. Finally, a third way is to have a picture converted to a cross stitch pattern and then display both the picture and the finished cross stitched piece.

One way you can add interest to a room is by building upon a pattern that you like. Once you find a cross stitch pattern you like, take several smaller images found within the pattern and cross stitch each image as a separate piece. You have two options of how to treat these separate pieces. One option is to frame each piece and hang the frames around the original cross stitched pattern. For example, in a pattern that has several different flowers, each flower could be cross stitched and framed individually. The second option is use the separate pieces as accent pieces, such as pillow cushions, drawstring bags, or miniature wall hangings. For example, if the pattern has several phrases or sentences in it, each phrase or sentence could be cross stitched on its own pillow cushion and placed on chairs in the same room as the original design. Both options will make the room more interesting because people will want to look around to find where the smaller images have been placed. Make it a game and see who can correctly guess how many smaller images there are in the room!

A second way to add interest is to take your favourite design and repeat it in real life. For example, if the design has a white blanket draped over a wooden rocking chair, then choose a room and place a white blanket over a wooden rocking chair. Next, cross stitch this design, frame it and place it in the same room as the rocking chair and blanket. The design doesn't have to be complicated; it can be something as simple as a flower. When the design is simple, or small, just remember to place the finished cross stitch design beside the real life object. To add even more interest, repeat this idea for several small designs in the same room, or throughout the house. Have fun decorating!

A third way to add interest is to have a picture converted to a cross stitch pattern. There are several businesses that offer this service or you can buy software and create your own pattern. When you are finished cross stitching, frame the finished piece and hang it beside the actual picture. A good quality pattern will make the cross stitching look exactly like your picture. Plus, it's a simple way to get people talking!

I hope you have found these ideas interesting and helpful. Not only will they help to make a room more interesting, but they are also conversation starters.

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Cross Stitch, Working with a needle


Working with a needle requires both skill and patience. If you know how to make cross stitch with needle and thread you will surely know that the when completed the picture look very beautiful. You must be wondering what cross stitch is about? Well let me walk you through some of the facts and figures of cross stitch.

Cross stitch is a traditional type of embroidery that can be adapted to either simple or complex designs. With the help of a needle and skeins of thread small cross stitches are made on the cross stitch fabric. Initially cross stitch were used to decorate the house linen, as pictures on the walls and to put on clothes for decoration. Even today cross stitch is used for decoration purposes but now the patterns have changed from the traditional to the innovative and stylish.

Know it better

You can take cross stitch up as a hobby. Even children can do cross stitch to show their creativity and utilize their time resourcefully. You can begin with the starters’ kit and gradually go up to a more professional looking picture or portrait. Learning cross stitch is not difficult and just about anyone can do it.

Care and maintenance

When working with cross stitch patters and samplers or as a matter of facts any kind of cross stitch one must keep in mind some important instruction regarding the material and the way to start working.

Firstly, choosing a pattern can be a tough job. There are so many in the market that you will easily get confused. Select one that suits your requirement matching with the place or décor you intend to use it. While removing the thread from the skein pull lightly to avoid getting the thread all tangled. Start with darker color and do the light one at last, this will ensure the pattern does not look dirty when completed.

Use a sharp scissors to cut the ends of the thread. This way the stitch will be neat and strong even on the reverse side and always keep a separate succors in the cross stitch box.

Before you get the cross stitch farmed make sure you’ve got it washed or dry cleaned so that the picture is clean and clearly viable when framed.

You can easily show your own creativity with cross stitch by using the cross stitch pattern design software’s available in the market.

Alan MacLachlan is an professional author written various articles this time he is writting article at

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

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The picture didn't come through but check on the the words Cross Stitch below. It will take you to a great website.

This Cross Stitch site is owned by Jean Breidenbach.

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Free cross stitch patterns

If you are a big fan of birds check out this website:
I like some of the patterns more than others but they are free and can print out right away. A nice way to work on a small project and get started right away if looking for something in a hurry.

Happy stitching!

Embroidery software

Speaking about cross stitch software: I came across this article while searching through I hadn't given much thought to the business aspect of using this kind of software but it makes alot of sense.

Embroidery Magic 2 software program was created with multiple function lettering, editing and digitizing features for embroidery designs and was designed for those who have home embroidery machines and software. We have also have had customers purchase this embroidery software who have well established commercial embroidery businesses but have found that it creates better lettering than any other program they have purchased, regardless of price! However, in regard to the EM 2 price, it should be understood that you will not get the full features of a high end digitizing program with a lot of “bells and whistles”. Let’s focus on what is included in this great, very affordable program!

Features of Embroidery Magic 2

This embroidery software generates text stitch files from keyboard font styles. This allows the user to resize and use up to three different styles of underlay and also determine other settings for various uses of the embroidery lettering created.

It also allows the user to manually digitize machine embroidery designs from the tools provided.

The Real View feature will allow you to see an embroidery design in a more realistic way than the digitizing view allows. [Please remember that this is not an exact replication of the actual stitched design.]

EM 2 has 114 different fabric backgrounds with the capability of adding fabric choices by scanning a fabric and saving as a bmp file format in the “Fabric” folder of EM 2.

There is a Tutorial available that shows new users, in a step by step fashion, how to use this great software bargain.

Sandy Carter is the author of embroidery articles at embroidery designs by Thread Artist. She has an article about embroidery software for digitizing and lettering fonts at embroidery software. There is free embroidery digitizing Tutorial at this web address - embroidery by Thread Artists.

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Those projects left undone

How many of us have ever started a project that has ultimately been left unfinished? I most certainly am guilty as charged. I have to admit though there are times that I have worked on something for days on end only to put it away for days on end and ultimately do one of two things. I either find it in the closet that I put it in and start working on it again until it's done or leave it there for another day. I'm also getting to a point that I'm running out of space on my walls to hang things. Hence have started on things such as placemats, napkins and hand towels. Though I love to work on a project as I'm sitting watching tv. Keeps my hands busy. Have you ever thought about taking a picture that you have and turn it into a cross stitch design? I find it to be rather intriguing that we as stitchers are given the opportunity to do that. Has anyone actually tried to do that yet? If you have I'd love to hear from you and what kind of success you've had with it. I haven't gotten that creative yet.
Thursday, February 7, 2008

Stitching Accessories

I must admit there's always a time that I'm looking for new accesories (even if not always needed). There are some great things out there. Follow the link below and check out the things that are available on this website.

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Waste Canvas

Ever see a t-shirt, quilt or even a baby's bid with a cute design cross stitched on it and wonder how it was done? Sometimes the design is pre-printed or stamped on the material. If not, there is a wonderful product called "waste canvas". Waste canvas is a grid of thread held together with a starch glue agent. It is used as a guide material for stitching on non evenweave type fabrics (like a t-shirt), so that you can stitch neatly and maintain the correct size of the design and then remove the waste canvas to leave only your cross stitched design on the fabric.

To use the waste canvas, first find the centre of the canvas by folding it in half and then half again. Mark the centre lightly with a pencil or a single cross stitch. Next, attach the waste canvas to your fabric with a tack or running stitch along the edges of the canvas. Now you can stitch your design through the waste canvas and through the fabric beneath using the squares of the waste canvas as a guide for the cross stitch, as you would do with an evenweave fabric like Aida cloth. Make sure that the points of the crosses are touching as any gaps will look unsightly.

Once you are finished cross stitching, you are ready to remove the waste canvas. First, remove the stitches that you put in to hold the waste canvas in place and then dab or spray the area with water. Water is used because the waste canvas is only held together with a starch based glue and the moisture will dissolve the starch. This then allows you to pull out the waste canvas threads one at a time, either by hand or with tweezers. If you find that you have stitched a bit tightly over a strand, just cut either side of the waste canvas thread, so that it is shorter and easier to work with, and remove the canvas thread as normal.

Now you are ready to cross stitch any design on any type of fabric. What a great way to personalize your next project and make it even more special!

To see more information on cross stitching, including free patterns and framing ideas, please visit

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Stamped Cross Stitch

Stamped cross stitch uses the basic “x” stitch to form a picture or large lettering, but the image of the “x” is already stamped onto the fabric. The needle is inserted at the top of one side of the “x” from the bottom of the fabric and then brought diagonally to the bottom of that side of the “x.” To finish a stitch, the needle is then brought up from underneath the fabric and reinserted across the first half of the “x” now forming the completed cross stitch.

You can do an entire row of cross stitches by going from top to bottom on one side and then going back over the row in the other direction. The important part to remember is to keep the underneath stitches all going in the same direction and the top stitches all the other way. This makes the finished image have the same knap and allow it look as if it were painted.

Counted Cross Stitch

Counted cross stitch works the same way, only the image is not printed on the fabric. Instead, symbols on a pattern tell you what color thread, called floss in cross stitching lingo, to use and for how many stitches. You then count from there how many stitches to use for the next color on your pattern.

The best way to start a counted cross stitch is to find the center of the image on your pattern and the center on your fabric and start from there. Patterns are printed on grids and cross stitch fabric looks like a grid, so it is easy to match the squares you’ll use to form the “x”es from the pattern to the fabric.

Cross Stitch Fabric & Materials

The fabric used for cross stitch has a number assigned to it that tells you how many little squares there are per inch. The higher the number, the smaller the finished image will be. For example, ADIA 14 fabric, which is the most common size, has 14 squares per inch. A fabric with 11 count will produce a larger image and is easier for beginners. Fabric with 21 count is very tiny. You pattern will tell you how big the finished image will be based on what size fabric you use. This is how you will know how big you need to cut your fabric.

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Pattern Software

This is a great article and an interesting read if you've started thinking about making your own patterns or ever wondered about going about getting started with it.

If you are an avid cross stitcher then the chances are that at some stage you will probably want a pattern that you cannot find. In this case one way you can overcome the problem is by using cross stitch pattern making software to create your own pattern based on a picture that you have seen or even by drawing the pattern yourself. Unfortunately there are also disadvantages to cross stitch pattern making software and we will consider both the advantages and disadvantages in this article.

Cross Stitch Pattern Making Software Has Made Pattern Making Much Quicker and Easier

In the past cross stitch patterns were often made using pencils and graph paper. This was very time consuming and tedious work and one that I am sure not many people today would enjoy. Fortunately cross stitch pattern making software has speeded up the process making it possible to create your own cross stitch patterns a lot quicker and more easily.

Scanned Pictures May Require Some Adjustments

What I have noticed when using cross stitch pattern making software is that if you are scanning a picture into your computer then you will often need to make certain adjustments to the colors to get it just right. I also prefer to use less colors as I find it gets too complicated when using as many colors as the picture would commonly come out at. Although these adjustments can be more time consuming they are still nothing compared to having to draw it all out on graph paper.

Cross Stitch Pattern Making Software Allows You to Make Your Own Free Patterns

The greatest advantage of cross stitch pattern making software is the flexibility that it provides to create any pattern that you wish to create. You can use any picture or even draw out anything that comes into your mind and turn it into a cross stitch pattern and you do not need to be limited by the patterns that are available on the market.

Cross stitch pattern making software is a great tool for any avid cross stitcher and allows you to make a wide range of cross stitch patterns yourself. You may need to make some adjustments to the pattern or take a little extra time on it but in the end this is worth it.

This article was written by Mandy Buchanan. Mandy is a full-time freelance writer through Elance, as well as running her own websites including Moms Working at Home and Crafty Content

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

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Monday, February 4, 2008

Family History Store

This is a new affiliate site for me. Along with loving to do cross stitch, I also like to work on my family history. If you do as well check out ths site.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Cross Stitch Kits

I found this article to be very interesting. I think that we've all had a tough time once in awhile deciding on what kind of kit to work on. This gives a brief description of all the different kinds that are sold in most craft stores. Let me know what you think.

If you go into a typical craft store, you will see the supplies for many types of crafts. For cross stitching, you will find thread, beads, fabric, patterns and kits. Looking at the cross stitch kits, you can see that there are several different types to choose from. Below, is a quick description of each type of kit and the main advantage and disadvantage for each one.

Counted Cross Stitch – Stitches are done on a piece of blank aida cloth. By using a pattern (also called a chart) you have to count the squares on the cloth to know where to place your stitches. For example, if you start with a symbol in the middle of the pattern you will place the corresponding stitch on the middle of the aida cloth. From there, count how many stitches there are of that symbol on the pattern and place them on the cloth relative to the first stitch.

The advantage of this method is that the look of the finished piece is uniform for the whole piece and many stitchers like this look the best. The disadvantage of this method is that it is easy to lose count of the stitches, resulting in an error in where the stitches have been placed on the cloth. To correct the error, you would then need to pull out the incorrect stitches.

Stamped Cross Stitch – The design is printed on the fabric, usually in colour, which will tell you what colours to cross stitch and where. I find that stamped cross stitch works best when the design is simple and you only need to use a small number of colours.

The advantage of this method is that you don't need to rely on a pattern or chart to know where to place your stitches, which can result in fewer mistakes than counted cross stitch. The disadvantage is that if the colours printed on the fabric are very similar, it can be hard to distinguish what colour to place where.

Embellished Cross Stitch – A design is printed on fabric and only a few parts on the finished piece need to be filled in or accented with cross stitching.

The advantage of this type is that it is faster to cross stitch an embellished fabric because you do not need to cross stitch the entire picture. The disadvantage of this method is that sometimes the pattern that is printed on the cloth is not printed straight. Also, some people think that the finished piece is not as pretty as pieces that are not embellished.

No-count Cross Stitch – Outlines are printed on the fabric and a chart shows what colour to fill in with x's.

The advantage of this method is that it is supposed to be faster than counted cross stitch, as you don't have to count to find out where each stitch should go. The disadvantage is that, similar to embellished cross stitch, sometimes the pattern that is printed on the cloth is not printed straight.

Every stitcher has a preference in the type of cross stitching that they like to do. Their preference is based on how much time they have to cross stitch, the end result and the ease of cross stitching that kit. Explore the different kits available and see which one you like the best.

For more cross stitch information and project ideas, please visit

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Saturday, February 2, 2008


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