Welcome to my blog. My name is Joy and I am an avid Lutheran, cross stitcher, loom knitter, reader and mother of two toddlers.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Show Your Stash: Threads

Well, I have survived the first two weeks of first grade.  I started teaching a bit this week and I will take on more next week.  It is definitely challenging but I am learning a lot.  I had a seminar today on Mental Health issues in the classroom which was quite interesting.

I am now in my third week of the South Beach Diet and I am down 10 pounds!  I hope to lose at least 20-40 more.

I have stitched only a little as my time is definitely eaten up with teaching all day before coming home and having to check on homeschooling and regular chores.

I saw this Show Your Stash on Meari's blog and I thought it would go along with the Stitch From Stash project that I have been participating in all year.

What Thread do you usually stitch with?


When you shop for threads do you buy on impulse or buy only what you need?

I mostly only buy what I need, especially when buying specialty threads. With the DMC, I try to have a spare skein of anything that I am running low on.  I will buy on impulse when I shop at SCRAP.

How do you sort it?

I have my DMC wound on bobbins in plastic boxes.  I have my specialty threads in Quart size zip bags sorted by type.  Each individual skein (Like WDW) is in an small snack bag.

What tips do you have for building stash?

I buy a lot of stuff on clearance.  Thrift stores and community rummages are also a good place to find stash occasionally.  I find that you don't generally have to do a lot to build stash.  It generally accumulates over time.

How much is too much?

If you don't have room for it or it is causing damage to your relationships, I would say you have too much.  This, of course, varies by person.

How do you whittle down your stash when it's gotten too large?

I unintentionally whittled down mine when I moved from Wisconsin because I had to leave stuff behind.  I have also given it away or donated it to the local craft thrift store.

Do you have a current favorite in your stash?  Let's see it.

I really liked working with the Belle Soie but I don't have a picture of it.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Blue Ribbon

I got my cross stitch back from the fair.  Blue ribbon!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Stitch from Stash - August Update

I figured I should post my Stitch from Stash update before I get caught up in everything.  I spent next to nothing this month, even with the bonus $25 (which nets me $0 for this month).  We just haven't had the extra money in the budget for string.

Strangely enough, everything that I worked on this month, I finished.  All four pieces.  So, here they are:

Pumpkin Sampler
Jeannette Douglas Designs

Mickey Mouse Wreath
Leisure Arts

The Wrapper
Full Circle Designs

Marsh Marigolds on Logan's Creek
Brigitte Kozma

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Getting Rid of a WIP *Edited*

Today I got rid of a WIP by finishing it!  I was able to finish up "Marsh Marigolds on Logan's Creek" this afternoon and now I am just looking for a frame to fit it.

*Hey, I had to push the submit button and get the kids to the supper table so I wasn't able to finish this post.  Anyway, I think this piece turned out great.  It is out of an 1989 Cross Stitch and Country Crafts and is by a designer named Brigitte Kozma.  She was a painter before she started cross stitching and you can definitely see this in her work.  Logan's Creek is actually in Wisconsin, north of where I lived so I think that's kind of cool.

I start my clinical teaching on Monday so I won't be home all day anymore.  I will also be homeschooling my stepdaughter this year too (just finished writing her English curriculum today) so I will probably not be on the blog much.  Look for me to be back at stitching and blogging in December sometime.

See y'all in December.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday Progress

Today, I was able to get some work done on Logan's Creek.  I am almost completed with it.  I just have to stitch up to the top and then do some minor backstitching

Monday, August 18, 2014

Behind the String: Amazing Grace or How I Bit Off More Than I Could Chew

I have talked about this piece before but it bears repeating with more details.

Amazing Grace was the second piece that I ever stitched (although it was the third piece I finished).  I had finished the Learn a Craft stamped cross stitch frog that summer which taught me how to stitch.  I was in the local craft store, Accents (an independent craft store that is sadly out of business now) and I saw the kit for this piece.  It was just after Thanksgiving and I thought "hey, that would make a nice Christmas present for Mom."  So, I bought it and brought it home to start it.  It is stitched over 2 on 28 count evenweave, which I had never done.  I had to read the instructions in the kit to figure out how to do much of the stitching.  By Christmas, I only had the border around the words in the middle stitched.  I was also keeping this a surprise for Mom so I had to work on it when she wasn't around.  I would stitch on it in my room all the time and have a pillow handy to throw over it if she walked in so she wouldn't see it.

Instead of having it done by Christmas, I had to done by summer and then got it professionally framed.  The backstitching of the notes and the staff and the lyrics took as much time as stitching the border.

My Mom loved it and it hangs over her bed.

And that's the story behind the string.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Mickey Completed!

I worked diligently on Mickey all day today and finally finished it.  Here's a picture.

Also, I wanted to put up a picture of the washcloth I made for Angela and our exchange.  It's the first washcloth I've ever knitted.