Wednesday, 31 January 2018

All About Blogger of the Week - Pinned Post - Scroll down for the interviews

As a long-time subscriber of the now defunct Cross Stitch Collection magazine, one of my favourite articles was their Blogger of the Month.  When the magazine ceased publication I decided it would be fun to continue the tradition but make it a weekly feature (more bloggers for your money!).

I started by inviting some of the followers of my blog to see if there was any interest in doing interviews and articles and this blog is the result!

If you would like to be interviewed and considered for a post on the blog, please email me at joanneperry179@gmail.com with a link to your blog.

I do hope you enjoy reading the posts and leave comments for the interviewee.  Hopefully it will inspire you to visit their blog and add a new blog to your Reader.

Just for fun, here's the full version of the design I "cut-up" for the header:


Designed by Elissa Hudson, stitched as a birth sampler for some friends.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Kim from Wisdom with Needle & Thread

I met this week's Blogger of the Week via Kaye who was talking about the beautiful work her friend did.  I went over and was bowled away by the things she was showing.  She has a wonderful generous spirit and while most people celebrate milestone Birthdays with a long gift list, she did 60 RAKs that year and sent the most beautiful and exquisite gifts out to people in the blogosphere.  Not just stitched items but hand painted china pieces too.  The timing of her feature is quite serendipitous as she recently hurt her hand and can't craft.  Hopefully this will cheer her up!  Please welcome Kim from




1. Please introduce yourself – name, where you are from, family, pets etc.

Greetings! Kim McCool here. I want to thank Jo for thinking of me and inviting me to participate in the “Blogger of the Week”. I live in the middle of the USA in the state of Iowa. My husband and I live on a small farm. He’s the groundskeeper, I’m the house help <G>. We have an upper garden, a lower garden, orchard, greenhouse, 25+ acres of tillable land, the other 25 are woods. DH and I have lived here for 20 years and have worked to create an environment for wildlife. On any given day we see deer, fox, coyotes, turkey, hummingbirds, and a multitude of other birds throughout the seasons. We’ve even had a pair of mountain goats (YEP, mountain goats) show up in our front yard. Our farm overlooks the Mississippi River Valley and in the winter we see the majestic bald eagles flying overhead or perching in our trees.
I have a daughter (34) and a grandson (3) living in Atlanta. DD is a professor at Georgia State University. My step son, wife and three children live in Michigan (over 10 hour drive) and a step daughter lives across the river from us. All are great kids and we love seeing them all whenever their busy schedules allow.
Of course, I can’t go without mentioning our two schnauzers - Emma (my lap dog) is a 5 pound teacup Schnauzer and our 85 pound GIANT Schnauzer, Bella (DH’s “REAL dog <g>). Don’t know what we’d do without them.


2. How long have you been stitching and how did you start?

I started stitching when I was in fourth grade when I was 9 years old….so I’ve been stitching for over 52 years (COUGH!). My parents and I lived out in the country , my closest playmate was 5 miles away, so Mom needed to keep my busy. A good friend owned a knitting shop (I learned to knit from her, too). In the shop was a canvas of a ladybug - the hole count was probably 3 holes to the inch - it was HUGE. That was my very first project and I immediately fell in love with the process.


3. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start? Is there a story behind your blog title?

I started my blog in 2013 with the encouragement of LynnB of Happiness is Crosstitching.


4. How would you describe your stitching style? Are you a serial starter, a rotator, a OAAT (one at a time), highly organised, random and eclectic, etc.?

An interesting factoid - I’M A OAAT eater….so I guess that’s spilled over into my stitching style. Yep - definitely a OAAT stitcher.


5. Do you have a favourite designer or style of design you are drawn to?

I love classic things - Little House Needleworks and pretty much anything to do with horses, dogs, Tudor-related themes, romance - I’m a romantic at heart.



6. Which piece are you most proud of in your collection?

This is a difficult question to answer. I can look at each piece and it brings back memories of when I stitched it - both happy and bittersweet. The best way I can answer this question is each piece is a reflection of me. Currently I’m attempting to go through our home, documenting each piece in a notebook for my DD so she will know the story behind them. When I’m no longer here, she will be able to look at the stories and, maybe, feel me there sharing each tale.



7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

The worst one was knitting a miniature (1:12) scale sweater. I was ¾ of the way done, knitting along, oblivious to the world around me. Suddenly Bella, our Giant Schnauzer, EXPLODED - barking at aliens who were invading the house. (NOTE: There were no aliens to be found). I was so startled, most of the stitches came off the needles….I haven’t had the inclination to start one again.


8. Which new technique would you like to try, either stitching, finishing or another craft?

I’ve been learning to sculpt, sculpting fairies, mermaids and wee little ones with polymer clay. I’d like to try my hand at sculpting horses next.


9. Do you have a box of finished-but-not-fully-finished pieces?

Oh yes…..about a dozen of them - stitched and begging to be finished into something.


10. What's your favourite way to fully finish a project and what do you do with them?

It depends on the project. Sometimes they’re made to hang on door or drawer handles, some are pillows, some standalone, some framed.


11. Which of your projects most represents "you"?

My “me” project is the needlepoint footstool with panels from the Cluny Tapestry.




12. Tell us a secret about yourself. Or a joke. About anything!

I love Sci-Fy. I’m a huge fan of Dr. Who, Star Trek, Fringe, Eureka, Grimm, Once Upon a Time, etc. BUT……..I’ve never seen, nor read, any of the Harry Potter stories.



You can see all the 60 RAKs on this page here - Wisdom with Needle and Thread - 60-RAKs





Friday, 12 January 2018

Carin from Stitches by Carin

This week's Blogger of the Week is a multi-crafter and a great enabler!  She always takes beautiful photos and has tempted me to stitch designs I would not otherwise have noticed.  She lives in the Netherlands and blogs in both Dutch and English which is a relief as Dutch is yet another language I do not speak!  She is an avid reader too, so if you want a book recommendation do pop over and read her latest reviews.  Please welcome Carin from



1. Please introduce yourself – name, where you are from, family, pets etc.

I’m Carin, 55 years and I’m from the Netherlands.  I’m married and I have a son (33) and daughter (31).  We also have a Jack Russell terrier who sometimes listen to the name Bowy.


Little House Needleworks - Home of a Needleworker (Too!)


2. How long have you been stitching and how did you start?

I learned it myself when I was about 19 years young, so I’m stitching for more than 35 years now.  I saw a cross stitch kit in a local shop and bought it.  I read the description that was in the kit and just started.


3. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start? Is there a story behind your blog title?

I started in 2009 with my blog.  The reason was that I wanted a place where I could post pictures of my work.  I named it Stitches by Carin, because there are many kind of stitches I do, such as cross stitches, quilt stitches, knitted stitches and crochet stitches.

Little House Needleworks - Gingerbread Trio


4. How would you describe your stitching style? Are you a serial starter, a rotator, a OAAT (one at a time), highly organised, random and eclectic, etc.?

I work on many things at the same time. Most are small pieces, such as ornaments or pincushions and they are finished real fast.

Little House Needleworks - Seasons Greetings


5. Do you have a favourite designer or style of design you are drawn to?

My favorite designer is Little House Needleworks.  I think 90% of my work are made with patterns from this designer.



6. Which piece are you most proud of in your collection?

I’m most proud of all my Christmas ornaments.  I made the 2010, 2011 and 2012 ornament series by LHN and every year they are hanging in our Christmas tree and we all enjoy them.  Each year I’m on the look out to see if LHN has new ornament patterns, because there is still room in the tree.


7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

That still has to come ;-)


8. Do you have a box of finished-but-not-fully-finished pieces? Or is everything FFO'd? What's your favourite way to fully finish a project and what do you do with them?

I still have a few pieces that I need to fully finish, but most things are done.  My favorite way to finish things is making ornaments or pincushions.  I display them in my cubby organizer, in baskets, on trays etc.



9. Which of your projects most represents "you"?

I think that would be the advent animals which I just finished.  They are colorful and positively  funny.  I love colors, love animals and I always try to see the positive things in people.
Brooke's Books - Advent Animals freebies


10. Anything you would like to add?

The thing I want to say is, keep positive and think of the things you CAN do, instead of looking at thing you CAN’T do.  This motto helped me a lot one year ago, when I had my TIA and my right arm went out completely.
For a brief moment there was that thought: What if ...? But right after that thought, I was looking for solutions, just in case ;-)  That same evening I was knitting in the hospital, as good or bad as I could, but I did get some stitches done and knitting helped me a lot during the months after my TIA and it helped with my motor skills.
I couldn't do any cross stitching and quilting for almost three-quarters of a year, but I never have thought on giving up.  I kept on practicing and since a few weeks ago I can do cross stitching and quilting again.







Friday, 5 January 2018

Sally from Stitchyangel's Treasures

Welcome back after the Christmas and New Year break.  I am so pleased that everyone enjoyed the Christmas Special, a big Thank You to everyone who sent in photos and especially to Giovanna, whose choice prompted me to think of the way to tell the story.

Our very first Blogger of the Week of 2018 is a long time blogger from the UK.  She's been a commenter on my blog for many years too.  There's always something lovely to see on her blog, her finishes skills are wonderful and one of the projects featured today is a real treat for the eyes.  Please welcome Sally from



1. Please introduce yourself – name, where you are from, family, pets etc.

My name is Sally. I am from a small, seaside town in East Yorkshire. I am married with 2 daughters in their 20s. We have a budgie named Freddie.


2. How long have you been stitching and how did you start?

I’ve been stitching for about 25 years. My manageress where I worked did it and I took quite an interest in it. So, I went to the local shop that sold stitching supplies and bought myself a kit. I think my face would have been a picture when I opened it and saw a blank piece of fabric and the chart!


3. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start? Is there a story behind your blog title?

I used to blog on the MSN blogs (I can’t for the life of me remember the name ) and went over to blogger when I saw others on it. I’ve been on blogger for 11 years. Originally, I started just to have somewhere to keep a track of my stitching never thinking I’d become part of such a lovely community. My blog title was inspired by my friend Julie.



4. How would you describe your stitching style? Are you a serial starter, a rotator, a OAAT (one at a time), highly organised, random and eclectic, etc.?

I am a rotator I like to stitch something different every evening but that can change if I want to stitch gifts! I used to be a OAAT but I couldn’t go back to that now.


5. Do you have a favourite designer or style of design you are drawn to?

I do love Little House Needleworks and Country Cottage Needleworks but if a design calls to me I will stitch it.




6. Which piece are you most proud of in your collection?

That has to be Just a Thought Sampler Garden Casket.









7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

Attempting to make a tea bag pouch and making it too small! It barely fit a teabag in it! I used a free chart by The Little Stitcher called Tea Time.



8. Which new technique would you like to try, either stitching, finishing or another craft?

I don’t think there is anything really. I’m quite happy with the crafting etc that I do and I’ve tried quite a few different ways of finishing.


9. Do you have a box of finished-but-not-fully-finished pieces? Or is everything FFO'd? What's your favourite way to fully finish a project and what do you do with them?

I have quite a few not fully finished pieces! I promised myself I would try and finish a few a month but I broke my promise! I quite like to do pin keep type finishes and ornaments.


10. Which of your projects most represents "you"?

Anything with sheep!



11. Anything you would like to add?

Nothing to add other than I love the stitching blogging community even though I may not blog that often these days!







Friday, 22 December 2017

'Twas the Weekend Before Christmas

I decided not to feature a Blogger of the Week this week as we are all so busy with Christmas preparations.  Instead I asked our previous Bloggers if they would like to send in a Christmas photo.

We start with the well-know poem; 'Twas the Night Before Christmas from Giovanna:

Prairie Schooler Book #63 Christmas Samplers

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The house had been decorated with greenery by Sheryl and Melanie:

Top - Noel Blanc by A Mon Ami Pierre
Middle - Peace Doves by Nora Corbett
Bottom - 2011 Christmas Tree by Nora Corbett

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The tree had been decorated with ornaments from Leonore, Margaret, Mouse, Pat, Jo and Pinky:

Top Left to Right:
Snowbirds by Country Cottage Needleworks
Merry Christmas Robin by Lynne Nicoletti
Very Merry by Lizzie*Kate
Bottom Left to Right:
Needlepoint Ornaments by Laura J. Perrin
Christmas Hearts by Just Nan
Christmas Angel Ornament by Dimensions


The stockings had been hung with care by Beth and Heather:

Left: Stocking by Cross My Heart Designs
Right: Enchanted Ornaments Stocking by Dimensions

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Brigitte and Gracie were hoping that St. Nicholas would soon be here:

Left: Prairie Schooler #36 St Nicholas II
Right: Santa by Gracie

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The next morning Ariadne, Deborah, DJ and Faith all awoke to find that Santa had left a special present, a world covered in snow!

Top:
Winter Reverie 2 by Jannlynn
Midnight Snowman by Dimensions Gold
Bottom:
Christmas Scene from DJ
Snowman TicTacToe by Ursula Michael


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I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed to the blog this year, everyone who leaves comments on the posts and a special thank you to everyone who sent in photos for this Christmas Blogger of the Week Special!

If you would like to be interviewed next year or would like to nominate someone, please drop me an email.



Friday, 15 December 2017

Gwen from Guava Gems

I have known this week's Blogger of the Week for some time as we both take part in several of the same SALs in the blog world.  She does some lovely stitching in a variety of styles.  Please welcome Gwen from


1. Please introduce yourself – name, where you are from, family, pets etc.

I’m Gwen Lewis. I was born in the West Indies but now live in Columbus, GA., USA. I have one adult son and no pets.


2. How long have you been stitching and how did you start?

I have been stitching since elementary school.  My cousin taught me surface embroidery on stamped pillow cases.  A neighbor introduced me to knitting and I taught myself to crochet and tat.  I love found counted cross stitch and fell in love.  I’ve also tried my hand at quilting, needlepoint and many other crafts.



3. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start? Is there a story behind your blog title?

I started blogging in December 2006.  It was my way to journal my stitching. It doesn’t seem possible that my blog has been around that long.  
Guavas are one of my favorite fruits and I trust that my stitching Gems.


4. How would you describe your stitching style? Are you a serial starter, a rotator, a OAAT (one at a time), highly organised, random and eclectic, etc.?

I am a hopeless serial starter of projects of all sorts.  In addition to counted cross stitch; beading, knitting, crochet and needlepoint are some of the projects can be on my radar.  I aspire to be a rotator. I have tried several versions of rotations but I’m lucky if I stick to my plan past 2-3 weeks.




5. Do you have a favourite designer or style of design you are drawn to?

I don’t have a favorite designer or style and enjoy samplers, smalls and trying different techniques.




6. Which piece are you most proud of in your collection?

Two of the pieces I’m most proud of are the pieces of the trilogy, Gold and Frankincense, Gift of the Magi by Thea Dueck that I stitched and had framed.






7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

This is more of a disappointment than a disaster.  I have never completed the stitching on the third piece, Gift to the Magi; Myrrh.


8. Which new technique would you like to try, either stitching, finishing or another craft?

I have all the supplies to try needlepunch but haven’t tried my first project yet.  I really don’t need another obsession.



9. Do you have a box of finished-but-not-fully-finished pieces? Or is everything FFO'd? What's your favourite way to fully finish a project and what do you do with them?

Oh yes, I do.  I have several objects that need finishing as well as some projects to be framed.  I don’t have a favorite finish.  I try to match the finish type to the project.  I also like to try different finishing techniques.  Some items I keep but I have gifted a lot of the pieces I have finished.




10. Which of your projects most represents "you"?

I don’t have a project that represents me but I have used one of my projects as an avatar.




11. Tell us a secret about yourself. Or a joke. About anything!

I’m a really slow stitcher and need to limit my time online so I can get some stitching done.


12. Anything you would like to add?

I really enjoy seeing the different projects and variations that stitchers work on and complete.  Wish I was able to comment on all of them.











Friday, 8 December 2017

Mary from Mary's Stitching Spot

This week's Blogger of the Week is a newer-to-me Blogger but I am glad that I found her blog, she has stitched some gorgeous ornaments and a wonderful version of the Hands On Design's Summer Chalk on a stunning red fabric.  To see all these and more after the interview, pop over to visit Mary of:



1. Please introduce yourself – name, where you are from, family, pets etc.

My name is Mary and I am from Tampa, Florida.  I currently reside in Paducah, Kentucky with my husband Bill, 3 sons (Bradley, Blakley and Brentley) and 2 dogs named Max and Hana.


2. How long have you been stitching and how did you start?

A roommate of mine showed me how to cross stitch in 1992 and I did 2 projects for my nephews.  Then I stopped until 2000 when I became pregnant with my first son.


3. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start?  Is there a story behind your blog title?

I started my blog in 2011 as a way to show my work and to see my progress.  I am afraid that it is kind of boring but I love some of the SAL's I have participated in this year because of my blog.  My title is Mary's Stitching Spot because I was trying to make it sound cozy like sitting in comfortable pj's with a warm drink and just relaxing with cross stitch.


4. How would you describe your stitching style?  Are you a serial starter, a rotator, a OAAT (one at a time), highly organised, random and eclectic, etc.?

For a long time I stitched nothing but smalls because I found it was easier with my sons when they were younger.  I am now branching out to more larger and challenging pieces.  I am on a journey of self discovery with my cross stitch.  I use to stitch only cute/seasonal projects but I want to do more.  Not ready for HAED's but you never know.  I do like to rotate between projects so I don't get bored but I try not to have more than 7 or 8 WIPS.

Words by Palko-Lap



5. Do you have a favourite designer or style of design you are drawn to?

I want to try Mirabilias one day.  I am on a Tempting Tangles, By The Bay and The Prairie Schooler kick.  I have always loved Rosewood Manor.  I love quaker designs as well.


6. Which piece are you most proud of in your collection?

There are a few but the most recent cross stitch I am proud of is the Circle de Cirque by Ink Circles Design that I made for my son, Bradley. I also did the SAL from Palko-Lap's blog (see above) and I loved picking my own colors.



7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

I have had a few over the years.  The worst for me is getting permanent pink marker on my project after it was completed and the fabric was white linen.


8. Which new technique would you like to try, either stitching, finishing or another craft?

The 2 things I have always wanted to do are Hardanger and Knitting.  Not sure if I ever will but will admire other people's beautiful work.


9. Do you have a box of finished-but-not-fully-finished pieces?  Or is everything FFO'd?  What's your favourite way to fully finish a project and what do you do with them?

I have a small box of shame.  I try to FFO projects,  especially if they are ornaments, pillows or smalls.  I have a basket where I put my smalls that I rotate seasonally.  I need to do more for summer and spring; I tend to stitch a lot of Fall and Halloween. No matter how much I stitch I still feel like it isn't enough.


10. Which of your projects most represents "you"?

Besides seasonal, I love Quaker, animals, and nature. My daisy biscornu is one of my most favorite pieces.



11. Tell us a secret about yourself.  Or a joke.  About anything!

I am very unorganized and forgetful.  I am trying hard to work on this however.


12. Anything you would like to add?

Thank you so much to Jo for finding my blog, and me, worthwhile to have as the blogger of the week. I really appreciate the time and energy that goes into it and I love to get to know other stitchers in the community.
















Friday, 1 December 2017

Lorynn from My Bored Nerdy Self

How can you resist a blog title like that?  Lorynn is a newer blogger which is always good to see.  As people move on to new things it's nice to meet new friends to join us.  She has one project in particular which I love to see growing, I'll add a link to that at the end of the interview.  I also love the story of how she started stitching, so many bloggers have credited their grandmothers, this is a nice change!  Please welcome Lorynn from




1. Please introduce yourself – name, where you are from, family, pets etc.

Hello! I am Lorynn from Orlando, Florida.  I have an amazing husband, who I have been with for a total of 11 years and we have been married for the last 3.  We have a beautiful daughter who will be 2 in January (where has the time gone!?!?) We also have 2 dogs (a yorkie and a german shepard) and 3 cats.  Needless to say we definitely have a full and active household!  As far as work goes, I am an Emergency 911 Dispatcher.  I dispatched police for 8.5 years and have been dispatching fire/medical services since January of this year.



2. How long have you been stitching and how did you start?

I started stitching in 2011, when I spent a week with my grandparents in Arizona.  I was actually taught by my grandfather.  He uses stitching as a calming technique and his pieces are absolutely beautiful.  He noticed that I was admiring all of his work and decided to take me to get a starter kit and show me how to stitch.  I decided on a very small lighthouse starter kit that he showed me how to start and then I finished it on the plane ride home.




3. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start? Is there a story behind your blog title?

I have been blogging since about February 2016.  I started looking up cross stitch stuff online and came across several blogs (Jo’s Serendipitous Stitching being one of the firsts!) that I really enjoyed following and decided I would take a stab at it myself.  I figured I would use it as a way to motivate me to keep working on projects when work and life in general didn’t keep me extremely busy (like it has been lately).  As far as my title goes, I’m a big nerd who loves all things comic books, conventions, video games, science and math and I used to always say I was bored before our daughter came around, thus My Bored Nerdy Self came to mind as a title.


4. How would you describe your stitching style? Are you a serial starter, a rotator, a OAAT (one at a time), highly organised, random and eclectic, etc.?

I would say that I really don’t have a style. I kind of follow all the different examples depending on my mood or goals at the time :-P


5. Do you have a favourite designer or style of design you are drawn to?

Honestly, I don’t really have a favorite designer or style.  If I see something that catches my eye, it’s usually because it has reminded me of someone and I end up stitching it as a gift.


6. Which piece are you most proud of in your collection?

I would say the piece I am most proud of would be the Geisha that I finished and then ended up gifting to a friend as a wedding present because she fell in love with it.  It was definitely the most intricate piece I have completed so far and took me the longest!



7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

The worst disaster was probably when I miscounted and ended up waaaay off and didn’t realize it until I had done several lines of work...I was devastated!


8. Which new technique would you like to try, either stitching, finishing or another craft?

I don’t know how to use a sewing machine but I would eventually like to learn and maybe start finishing pieces in little pillows and whatnot.


9. Do you have a box of finished-but-not-fully-finished pieces? Or is everything FFO'd? What's your favourite way to fully finish a project and what do you do with them?

I have several unfinished pieces but when I do finish something, I completely finish it.  I generally tend to frame my pieces and then gift them to others.  It’s just been recently that I’ve been stitching small pieces and actually keeping them for myself.


10. Which of your projects most represents "you"?

Probably my little video game pieces that I have done so far.  I plan to do several more whenever time permits again.





11. Tell us a secret about yourself. Or a joke. About anything!

It’s no secret that I am a nerd however the amount of nerdiness that I publicly portray is usually contained.  So secretly, I’ve always wanted to go all out and dress up as a character when I attend conventions but I’ve never been brave enough to!


12. Anything you would like to add?

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little bit!


Jo's favourite project - Olde World Mappe







Friday, 24 November 2017

Deborah from A Patchwork of Crafts

This week's Blogger of the Week is another keen participant in my Blog Hops and another keen multi-crafter.  As far as I am concerned the best thing about her is her love of Dragons!  She even has a page on her blog dedicated just to Dragon Finishes.  Please give a warm welcome to Deborah from



1. Please introduce yourself; name, family, pets etc.

Hi my name is Deborah (the biblical spelling and it means little bee so I like bees).  I live in a small town on the North East Coast of England.  This used to be mining country.   I have no pets although I did one summer have bees nesting in the garden.

Can you spot the bee?

However, my brother who lives in Wales makes up for my lack of pets by having seven cats.

Cats!


2. How long have you been stitching and how did you start?

Now there is a question with a multi layered answer, I recall green Binca at infant’s school and stitching on that but I don’t think I was officially cross stitching till my mid to late 20’s due to a Christmas gift of a kit. (Teresa Wentzler’s The Castle.)



3. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start?  Is there a story behind your blog title?

I started my first blog on 14 February 2013 about getting to work and back, at the time I had limited access to the internet and could not add photographs.   A craft blog had to wait until 9 June 2013 when I was able to add pictures because the pictures are mostly the important bit.   What inspired me, my BFF starting a blog about the Open University journey (she graduates next month).   Why a blog, I have been thinking about that, I believe it to be a combination of having a record of what I have made, having a place to share crafting tales and thoughts without boring family and friends to death and of course narcissism.  As for the title, I Googled several variations and they were taken; A Patchwork of Crafts both reflects my interest in patchwork and the mad way I dot about between the things I give a go, and was not being used by someone else.


4. How would you describe your stitching style? Serial starter, a rotator etc.

My BFF would call it in the zone, something takes my fancy and I start it and whilst I’m zoned in it gets worked on.  However, other things can distract me and projects go on hold.  Sometimes for days, sometimes years.   I tend to have three of four quilts at various stages, a similar number of cross –stitches and more projects in my head (and stash) than is wise.   I also tend to make things difficult for myself overcomplicating (my friend calls it Deborizing) which can make a project take longer than perhaps it needed.  Sometimes it pays off, sometimes not.  I am also parsimonious (that’s polite for tight) and like to use stuff up and recycle or repurpose and not throw things away.


5. Do you have a favourite style or designer you are drawn to?

I think there is a difference between what I am drawn to as an image and what I am drawn to as a sewing project.   I have learned a few lessons about myself, I like what I like and there is no point putting any labels or limits on that as there will be something that comes along that surprises me.   I get equally frustrated with big areas of solid colour as I do with intense tweeding and confetti.  So I need to add into a projects completion time the chance I will get fed up with it at some stage.   I like dragons, drapery, and scenic designs at the same time I like cute and traditional, bright and monotone, modern and old fashioned, so I guess a real patchwork of things.


6. Which piece are you most proud of in your collection?

That is a bit easier to answer, and anyone visiting my blog probably already knows, for cross stitch it is La Scapigliata by Maria Diaz which is the featured post on my blog.



It is just so very effective and Deborized by stitching it one over one on 45 count linen.  

For the patchwork and quilting it is Monument Dragon (beware an epic post for an epic quilting journey).  It was a long time in the thinking before its long time in the making and the quilted dragons well that was the Deborizing on that piece.  



Embroidery, my Christmas card inspired trilogy, mainly the shepherds at the moment with high hopes for the Herald Angels getting started sometime soon.



7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

I mostly refuse to accept that disasters have occurred.  I try to view them as inspiration for a design opportunity, not perfect, unique!  On the cross stitch for my brother and his wife (Arthur and Guinevere, the cross stitch title not my brother and his wife’s names) I did not leave myself with enough fabric down one side to frame it as suggested.
The result, a mount cut to curve around the design.   Very pleased with the result and without the “disaster” not something I would have attempted.



I guess on this All Our Yesterdays design I did have a large area of green grass in the background that had to be unpicked as I has sewn it in full cross when it should have been half (or tent as some call it) and had to cut the threads and use tweezers then sticky tape to get all of the bits off before I could start again. I might have been tempted to leave it but the grass to the foreground was the full cross and it gave the image perspective and depth.



8. Which new technique would you like to try, stitching, finishing or another craft?

I am always finding something to add to the future try list it is amazing how many crafts and, styles there are out there.  Hardanger, drawn thread work not tried that yet, doing a HAED is on the list, so many blocks in the patchwork (currently trying a sampler quilt to work through some of those) it would be nice to make something that is wearable perhaps.


9. Do you have a box of finished but not fully finished pieces? What is your favourite way to finish a project and what do you do with them?

Guilty as charged, at least as far as the cross stitches go.  I mostly frame them although smaller items might become cards.   If the project was not made with a gifting deadline of some sort then it will wait till I am in the framing zone or I find the perfect frame.  They are easier to store unframed and are ready if an event comes along with insufficient warning to sew something in time.


10. Which of your projects most represents you?

That’s getting a little more difficult, so perhaps without over introspection I will say the Monument Dragon, as much for what is not in it as what is, the memories the image invokes and the memories the quilting journey (I did say it was a long one) contain and well it’s a dragon, it would have to be a dragon.


11. Tell us a secret about yourself. Or a joke or anything

I did mention I was parsimonious, well I don’t do ORT, well not since the thread ball anyway. Thread is either long enough to sew with (anything over 4” is long enough to sew with) or it isn’t and goes in the bin. Material is either big enough to put in a quilt (anything wider than 1.5” is big enough) or it isn’t and goes in the bin.   I just don’t have the space for ORT.  Then again maybe my idea of usable is someone else’s idea of ORT.


12. Anything you would like to add.


It is great having people visit the blog from all over the world (even if the flag counter is not always capturing the countries) and wonderful when people leave comments (even if blogger does not make that easy).  I equally like visiting others, sharing smiles over successes, wincing with those design opportunities and seeing the wonderful divergence of tastes in patterns and styles that is broadening my own taste.