My Favourite Stitches from 2016

I love designing cross stitch charts for my customers and I love it even more when I receive a photo of their completed creation. So, here are just four of my favourite photos I received during 2016…

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Most are from my personalized Name Sampler & Wedding Sampler range with the ‘Nerdy’ Chemical Element stitch available to buy & download straight from my Etsy Shop along with lots of other quirky stitches.

I’m looking forward to designing even more cross stitch charts in 2017 and even have a new name sampler design in the pipeline – the first for a couple of years as other events have taken my attention!

Wishing you a wonderful New Year and see you on the other side…

H x

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It’s not just Cross Stitch I’m obsessed with…

I thought I’d lost the crafting bug completely there for a while peeps… But don’t worry, after a few years of not really doing many projects I am finally back in the swing of things!! Hooray!!

It’s got to be the one downside of running a crafty business – some of the fun seems to get lost along the way when it’s always for someone else and it’s part of your livelihood. But realising that not all of my craft pursuits had to be for financial gain and promising myself to finish each project before starting another has seemed to work and I am now all ready to begin a wonderful CAL (crochet-a-long) on 6th January.

My promise to complete all previous projects is actually working and any UFOs I really couldn’t face from years ago (I actually had one cross stitch project that was almost 30 years old!) have been binned. Yes, I have actually thrown them away… Radical I know but I’m feeling so much better for it.

Ripple Blankets

My ‘family’ of ripple blankets

My three most recent projects have been ripple blankets for myself and my two sons. Well, I couldn’t have one without doing one for each of them and once I found the Attic 24 Ripple Blanket I was hooked. You can see all three here – my original one (the coast ripple) on top, with Boy Child 2’s ‘Sunshine’ blanket second and Boy Child 1’s rainbow blanket on the bottom and my most recent finish. We all snuggle up under them to watch telly and I love the fact that they are all so different, even though the pattern is the same.

My next project is this AMAZING Moorland Blanket and as my yarn pack arrived today from Wool Warehouse I am itching to start. I love the fact that all the hard work of choosing and sourcing colours is done for you and it all arrives really neatly packed in a massive organza bag too. Oh, and I only ordered it yesterday, missed the last Christmas post on the Wool Warehouse website and it still arrived today – this site is brill people…

But I’ll have to wait just a little bit longer to start creating as the first set of instructions aren’t online yet!

Moorland Blanket CAL Image courtesy of Attic24

Moorland Blanket CAL Colours Image courtesy of Attic24

ARGHHHH!!! Is it just me who finds it hard to sit with a new pack of wool or cross stitch threads and not start???? Oh, and I have nowhere to put it but just HAVE to make it – that’s normal too right???

So, in the meantime, I have a special QR Code with a secret message that I am stitching for a friend. These sell really well in my Etsy store but I’ve not stitched one for ages. I can’t tell you what it is yet, but these are perfect for any geek or kids in the family… And I promise to share once I have handed it over!

In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas everyone & look forward to connecting with you in 2017.

H x