Monday, June 29, 2009

Yippee! A New Cross Stitch Blog!

Hi everyone. After thinking about starting a cool cross stitch blog for a while, I'm finally doing it. I've visited a lot of lovely cross stitch related blogs, and I've decided to join the fun. After all, you can't have too much of a good thing, right?

I've been doing some kind of stitching since I was about 8 years old. My mom used to stamp patterns on pillow cases, which I would happily embroider or cross stitch. Mom was smart -- she found something to keep me occupied during those summer breaks! One day a friend of my mom's asked us to go to the 5 & 10 (known to us kids simply as "the dime store") and pick up some DMC floss in a color I'd never in my life heard of -- ecru. Maybe this was the first time I noticed the beautiful rainbow of DMC colors carefully arranged in order in the basement of the dime store. Wow, this was cool.

I still love that color palette, and I still mostly use DMC. There are so many other wonderful flosses out there and I will be trying those in the future and sharing my results and opinions here. When it comes to fabrics, I have branched out! Other than aida, I've used linen and evenweaves. My favorites are 28 count Lugana and Jobelan. I really like those fabrics. So soft and a pleasure to stitch on. I am not a fast stitcher and I probably would stitch more if I could leave my stitching stuff out all of the time. This is due to my cats. You cat owners out there know why this is. If you don't, I will tell you that it involves lengths of floss, floss bobbins, needles and the strange desire to park their furry bodies on any kind of fabric they've never experienced before.

Okay, so you've noticed the unusual title of my blog. When you visit here, you'll be treated to book reviews, chats about jewelry making and beading, an occasional recipe, rants and raves, the cats, moving, framing and anything else I think is fun that day. And I will include photos of my cross stitch works in progress and finishes.

Please check back regularly. I hope that you'll find this a fun place to visit.