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Cross Stitch Tag

Here, have another Flosstube Tag. 🙂

1. How did you start or who introduced you to cross stitch?

My mom cross stitched, so I was introduced to it by the pieces she had hanging up at home. My first kit was given to my for Christmas by one of my uncles, and it all went to x-es from there.

2. Do you have a favorite theme or designer?

Not really. I’m an equal-opportunity stitcher. I don’t care for samplers, or stitching people or buildings. I prefer landscapes and animals or stillife type pictures.

3. What floss brand do you use?

DMC. 

4. What is your fabric of choice?

25 or 28 count evenweave. I prefer Lugana or Jazlyn over Jobelan.

5. Do you use a needle threader or are you a “floss licker”?

Licker! 😛

6. What kind of stitching frame do you use?

My primary frame is the Lap Stitch Doodler Plus from Images Stitchery Design on Etsy. I also have used hoops (didn’t like how they warped the fabric) and currently have two q-snaps that i use for my more portable projects.

7. How many projects have you finished?

7ish. It may be more than that, but I can remember 7 of them.

8. How many completed works do you have currently displayed in your home?

None. I haven’t actually FFO’d any of them yet. That needs to be rectified.

9. Do you do more stitching for gifts or keep them for yourself?

Most of them I stitch for myself, but I have given a few away.

10. What is your favorite project or finish you are most proud of?

Footprints, a Bucilla kit. My first time stitching on evenweave.

11. What has been your least favorite or worst experience while stitching?

The weird linen-wannabe that i used for Geisha. Nasty stuff.

12. What do you love and what do you hate about cross stitch?

I love the ‘zen’ of it. I hate that it takes so long to stitch a larger piece. I currently have a massive piece in progress that I started two years ago, and will likely be in progress for about 4 more.

13. Have you introduced anyone else to cross stitch?

Yes! Ishly. I am responsible for pulling some of my older friends and coworkers back into it. They’d been stitchers in the past and for whatever reason stopped.

14. What was your first project and did you finish it, if not what was your first finish?

My first project was a cat in a windowsill, that kit that was given to me for Christmas. I never finished it due to a massive counting error and running out of floss. I gave up on it. My first finish was a Hummingbird with morning glories that I no longer have, and have no idea where it went.

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All Stitched!

Time for some finished objects!
Hummingbird and Hollyhocks


This was stitched for my Grandma. She provided the pattern, floss, and cloth and I the eyesight and needlework. It took about 5 years, and was rather ambitious for me at the time with the confetti-heavy background and the fact that it is full coverage. Before this I had half-heartedly stitched on a few kits that were given to me, and finished only one of them. The rest will be forever lost to the UFO pile due to some glaring miscounting errors.

Footprints


My second finish, ever. This is a Bucilla kit, stitched on evenweave. If I remember right, it came with this fabric. It was an interesting experience, being as inexperienced as I was, and attempting to stitch over two. I consider it a success, as there was very little frogging involved, and I can recall only one major error. Once I got going on this, it took me about 9 months.

Geisha


A Janlynn pattern that I picked up at some point between the Hummingbird and Footprints. This was my first attempt to stitch on linen. I thought that since I’d stitched on evenweave it would be a walk in the park. Wrong! I’m blaming it entirely on the fabric, though, as it is truly awful stuff – something synthetic and slippery and not actual linen. It was cheap. The next time I use linen, it will be a proper linen, thank you. 

Whisper of God


This was a kit, and a very quick stitch. After Geisha, I was sick of french knots, so I attempted some beading. It……worked. Sort of. I learned a lot about beading, and have been considering going back and redoing the beads, but I don’t like touching a finished project, so we’ll see. Most of the beads are in the blackwork on the edges.

Beaded Strawberry


A Riolis beading kit. This was the first serious beading I did, and once I got into the rhythm of it, I loved it. I’ve also done a dandelion beaded piece that I forgot to take a picture of before I gave it to the friend it was intended for.

It Calls Me


This is a pattern from Cross Stitch Quest, done on a remnant of that awful linen from Geisha. This is going to a friend that loves Moana once I get it finished entirely. I’m not sure if I want to frame it, mount it like a canvas, or turn it into a flatfold. Decisions, decisions…..
So, 7 finishes over about 8 years. Considering that I have a great fondness for large projects and full-coverage pieces, not bad.

Plans for the future – stitching up all the kits I have on hand (all 6 of them) and then starting on my Heaven and Earth Design stash. I have several patterns I’ve made myself that I’ll fit in as well.