Hey all…March 1st is getting closer and that’s the day we are starting the cross-stitch along. I wanted to get a blog post in here so that you still have time to get the kit and you can stitch along with us. By us, I mean Judy at Patchwork Times and I. We are both hosting the stitch along together. Both Judy and I were quilters with published books but now we picked up cross-stitch again…we are also both bloggers and you can find Judy HERE. If you think I write lots of blog posts…Judy writes even more!!
Judy is a great stitcher and has even become a model stitcher stitching a design that will be coming out at Needlework Market in early March. You can read Judy’s blog post about that HERE. She’s working on another design too.
The stitch-along chart we’ll be starting is Blessed by Waxing Moon Designs. The pattern comes with three different designs and we’ll be stitching the one that says “Blessed” in the bottom left corner.
All three designs come in one pattern so if you decide you love cross stitching, you can go on and stitch the other designs too.
This one is the one we are focusing on.
Judy and I decided to host the stitch along because as bloggers, we get so many questions about designs we are stitching. People want to know how to stitch on linen. People have questions about thread and what some cross-stitch terms mean. We thought if we hosted a stitch along, we could answer all of the questions that come in as we go.
We are doing all we can to make this beginner-friendly. I broke the… chart down into four different sections. We’ll stitch each section during the designated month.
I’ll likely be starting the week before so that I can have a little bit stitched so I can take pictures and write the blog post for you with some tips or tricks so that you can have success once you start stitching.
If you’re a speedy stitcher and want to stitch ahead, you’re totally welcome to. If you want to stitch this chart along with us and stitch one of the other charts in between assignments, go for it. This is TOTALLY NOT a rule-driven stitch along.
At the end of June, Judy and I will both give you some ideas for finishing. I’m hoping to do a pillow…Judy might be too. We both have different ways of doing stuff so I’m sure you can get some ideas from each of us.
I do really want to stress that there is not one universal way to cross-stitch. Judy and I will each tell you more about what we do…but we are hoping you will in the end develop your own way that you are most comfortable with.
If you are a beginner, I want to encourage you to try one way, and if it doesn’t work for you, move on and try another way. If you all have read Judy’s blog you will know that Judy wanted to learn to use the sewing method to cross stitch and she had to work to make that work. She watched several different videos and one day, it clicked. Whatever method you try might not be something you catch onto immediately, that’s totally okay. You might have to practice or…you might have to move on to a different method. What I really want to say is: Please don’t immediately give up if you find it isn’t immediately working for you. Cross stitching on linen didn’t immediately work for me. It took me about three tries.
I come to cross-stitching by first being an embroiderer way back when I was four my mom taught me. I think because of that, I prefer stitching in a hoop. (Also my hand cramps up if I don’t use one). MANY cross-stitchers don’t use a hoop. This is just one example of how Judy and I will tell you what we do…but you have to find what works best for you.
HERE is the link to the hoop I use. Again, no hoop is needed but if you want to try hoop stitching, I recommend this one. It is a Morgan hoop.
I know many of you already have kits. The Stitchery Nook in Osage, Iowa has been putting those together for us. I think you all surprised them with how many orders have come in. Originally Judy and I hoped that 50 of you might be stitching along with us. Oh my, you blew that out of the water. You have almost tripled that amount. The gals have been scrambling to get supplies and finally, the Weeks thread came in so if you’re waiting on your kit, it should be coming this week.
Hosting a stitch along is new to all of us so…we’ll be more prepared next time. Thanks for being understanding of us.
If you don’t have a kit yet, HERE is the exact link to their page on ordering goodies for the stitch along. There is a drop-down box that will help you pick out the supplies you might need. Please refer back to the original post where there is more info and specifics. If you are having trouble ordering, call the shop, Sherry and Liz have been awesome and will happily help you. Here is the shop number. (641) 732-5329
My kit is already here…
If you are an international stitcher and want to join us…No fear. You can download the PDF chart from Waxing Moon Design’s Etsy shop. You can find that link HERE.
There is still time to order!! If you haven’t, I hope you’ll consider joining us.