Easter Cross Stitch Freebie!

Because we cross-stitchers LOVE free charts!!

 Cross Stitch Easter Freebie

Hello fellow cross stitch lover!! The above chart is one I created myself and you can see the lovely Bible cover I made from this chart. I made this several years ago and it is still a prized possession of mine. I do hope you will save the pdf with the link above and enjoy stitching this design for yourself. I am posting it now so that you may have a lovely Easter stitch to do. ENJOY and follow me for other cross stitch related posts. Check out the posts below:

https://fiddleheadsnfloss.com/2019/02/19/flosstube-video-1-two-handed-cross-stitching-and-parking-method/

https://fiddleheadsnfloss.com/2014/02/26/stitching-george-washington-crossing-the-delaware/

HAPPY STITCHING!!

Exciting News! Guinness Project Makes Front Page of the Newspaper!!

In a time of terrible divisiveness in our country, it is nice to see a diverse group of people coming together for this project. It is important for people to find the things we have in common, and focus on what unites us.

Christina Ward

Calling all “George” cheerleaders…celebrate with me a small recognition. Our giant undertaking is making waves in my small community.

I made the FRONT PAGE of the local newspaper !! Check out the coverage “George” is receiving in my small town:                         

The George Washington Project is making News

Some of you have been following along with the George Washington Project. If you are unfamiliar with this, I welcome you aboard as a cheerleader and invite you to check out these posts to catch up: https://fiddleheadsnfloss.com/2014/02/26/stitching-george-washington-crossing-the-delaware/

https://fiddleheadsnfloss.com/2019/02/22/the-george-washington-project-one-year-anniversary/

https://fiddleheadsnfloss.com/2019/02/19/flosstube-video-1-two-handed-cross-stitching-and-parking-method/

We all have talents. I think it is fundamentally important, that no matter what our talents and passions are…to do something BIG with them.

Christina Ward

Making it happen…

We recently had a one year anniversary of this project and after writing an extensive blog article on it, I sent the information to my local town, who then directed me to contact 2 local newspapers, and gave me contact email addresses. I did. One of the newspapers contacted me and collected the information to write the article.

and there’s more…

What is even more exciting for me: they love my blog articles and asked me for sample articles. They are interested in hiring me as a writer/contibuter for the newspaper. Pretty cool huh?

The George Washington Project – One Year Anniversary

To live a fulfilled life, we need to keep creating
the “what is next”, of our lives. Without dreams and goals
there is no living, only merely existing,
and that is not why we are here.
– Mark Twain

We all want to be a part of something BIG, to do something special and unique with our lives. It is just human nature to want to leave a legacy. Cross stitchers are no different, stitching and crafting carefully, patiently, and producing finished pieces for themselves or loved ones. These works of art take hours, weeks, months, YEARS of time to complete. Let me introduce you to one of those projects that takes years… a venture that is a collaboration of 112 stitchers from all over the United States.

THE George Washington project.

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Washington Crossing the Delaware, 1851, oil on canvas, 378.5 x 647.7 cm, by Emanuel Leutze, now featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The George Washington Project is a coming-together of 112 US stitchers, The United Stitchers of America, who will join their talents together to stitch the famous Washington Crossing the Delaware painting. This grand undertaking is the brain-child of Heather Russell of McAlester, Oklahoma. Heather has spent countless hours organizing, planning, creating the charts and kitting up the supplies for each stitcher. Her vision for this project is immeasurable. We thank you deeply Heather for your commitment to making this project happen!

Facebook pages were created for the project and several admin were added: Heather Russell, Lisa Kirk, DeNitaAnn DeValcourt, and Margie Herreres. They worked very hard to organize our group, to answer questions for us as we work along, to provide guidance or files that we need, etc. and for their assistance we issue them a hearty THANK YOU!

OUR MISSION

Our WHY, if you will, is varied amongst our stitchers but the primary reasons I understand after interviewing some of them and by following along with our Facebook groups is that we want to beat the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest cross stitch. We want to be involved with a PATRIOTIC  project that, when completed, could be featured here in the US (we hope to be in a museum, when completed.) And, it’s just COOL. Most of our stitchers just have the general feeling that we are doing some thing AWESOME.

PROJECT DETAILS

The George Washington Project, being done by the group called United Stitchers of America, is a 5 year project. This project will be an estimated finished size of 333 inches by 213 inches, that is an estimated 28 by 18 feet. Our work is being stitched on 18 ct  Aida fabric which was donated by our sponsor Wichelt.  Sullivans is sponsoring us by providing the floss for all our stitchers. There are 233 colors used and 9446 PAGES of cross stitch pattern, divided into grid squares (see pic. Below) between the 112 stitchers. The grid squares are counted horizontally, left to right, and each stitcher has a grid square. Most grid squares involve a 100 page cross stitch pattern, although there are some smaller panels, as you can see in the picture. For example, if you count over to panel 77, which is my panel, there are 100 pages of pattern and 37 colors for this panel. When it is completed, it will be sent back to Heather who will collect all panels and stitch them together into one grand final piece

*OUR SPONSORS –  I have to thank our sponsors who helped to make this project possible.  Wichelt who provided the fabric for all of our stitchers to use. And Sullivans who provided all of the embroidery floss. Thank you for your gracious donations and support for this project—you will forever have my business!!!

** The current Guinness Book of World Records for the Largest Cross Stitch is held by  The Battle of Grunwald, by a group of Polish stitchers, and measuring 32.38 x 13.97 feet.

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The pattern of grid squares represents the different panels assigned to the stitchers.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

We have a blog and a Facebook group and would LOVE to have your support for our efforts. What YOU can do to show your support…

    • SHARE this article on all of your social media platforms (links at the bottom of the page)
    • Our United Stitchers of America blog is currently under maintenance..but I will add this information as soon as it is back up and running

Rebecca Hill

Rebecca Hill
Fredericksburg,VA
Project Manager, Army Veteran
Panel #110

“I stumbled on the project for Stitching George a little by accident. I was looking through a group and saw it and went… YES! As a Army veteran, and American history instructor, this project just called to me! I was excited to be accepted into the project, and feel history being stitched under my fingers. It has been fun to give little tidbits of information to my kids as I work on the project and watch their interest in history grow as well.”

Rebecca is a hard-working woman who wears many “hats,” such as blogging book reviews, project manager, college history adjunct, social media manager, blogger, and mom extraordinaire 🙂 You may find her at:

A Tale of Two Pages Blog
Twitter
Instagram

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Timothy Johnson
Coconut Creek, Florida
Flight Attendent
Panel #40

“I heard about this from one of the angels working with Rainbows. Thought wow I can be the only boy. Woot woot. Means the world to me to be a part of history and making a legacy with the other angels working on this. Being part of a team of super talented stitchers is a blessing with stitching historical art.”

Timothy is a flight attendant who travels the world. “George,” along with his other cross stitch projects have traveled the world with him. He has entertained all of us so much with his humor, wit, and hysterical pictures. He runs an inspiring charitable Facebook group that you can find here:

Rainbows For Peace and Comfort

Christina

Christina Ward Jarrell
Claremont, North Carolina
Freelance writer, Poet, Blogger
Panel #77

“It is a great honor to be a part of this project. I am excited to be a part of history and to honor my love for my country through my craft. It is wonderful to see so many different people coming together and working together to make this project happen. So far I have made some wonderful friends through this experience. I look forward to seeing this project to completion.”

Christina lives in rural North Carolina with her family. She is a writer and poetry blogger who has a great love for nature. She is the author of this Fiddleheads & FLoss blog. You may find her other pages here:

Fiddleheads & Floss on Twitter
Instagram

 

Lisa Kirk

Lisa Kirk
Cottondale, Florida
Tupperware Manager, Avon rep.
Panel #6

“When I was a young girl I spent parts of my summer with my grandmother. One summer day 35 years ago I remember her teaching me to cross stitch. My first project was a small motif. However, the memory was something much more and will remain so. I got involved in this project through a friend and then came on board as admin for the Facebook group and our blog. I have a few reasons but the main reason is because Heather’s mom had the vision of this project. Heather started it and then her mom passed away. It’s a great tribute to not only History but her mom.”

Lisa is a manager with Tupperware and an Avon representative. You can find her here:

Tupperware
Avon

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Gail Bindewald
Bettendorf, Iowa
retired
panel # 13

“I love this project because it is a grand adventure and it depicts a great moment in our history. Being a retired federal government employee just heightens my patriotism.”

Gail is happily retired. She enjoys keeping her family and friends updated on her progress via her personal Facebook page.

773C2DB1-48AA-4BED-A533-524A6183D33CSharon Kay Drake
Riverdale, California
Disabled
panel #23

I love history and cross stitching, it was a great way to combine the two. I also visited Pennsylvania and went to Valley Forge. Got to go inside Washington’s headquarters and walked all around the place. It was a wonderful experience for me.

Sharon is disabled with terminal cancer, Multiple Myeloma, the 2nd leading blood cancer after leukemia. Thanks to stem cell treatment, she is thankfully in remission. Her positive attitude and can-do spirit are inspirational to us all. (I have tears in my eyes while writing this.) Sharon we are so happy to have you with us on our journey and our prayers and well-wishes are with you to REMAIN in remission!

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So today, on George Washington’s Birthday,
we celebrate the one year anniversary
of this endeavor. We are all at varying levels of completion on our panels. Here are a couple of pictures of my current progress to give you a visual.

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The hanging threads are embroidery floss that is “parked” into the next square in which they will be used. This technique is called the “parking method.”

progress

Thank you so much for reading about this exciting cross stitching adventure. we hope you will follow along with our progress!!

 Never be afraid to chase after
big dreams or big opportunities.
No matter WHAT your talent is…
use it for something great.

Christina Ward

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Flosstube Video 1 – Two-Handed Cross Stitching and Parking Method

Hi fellow stitchers and the curious stoppers-by, it’s a dreary North Carolina day and perfect for stitching. Some of you are aware that I am participating in the United Stitchers of America : Stitching George Washington project and I have been meaning to post a few updates. It is nearing the end of year one of this project and my panel#77 is coming along. I am currently stitching pages 9 and 10.

A fellow stitcher and I were discussing stitching methods. She stitches the “classic” cross stitch way (one hand holding the hoop or q-snap, and one hand stitching) which is how I learned but had to abandon due to some health complications. I created a video for her and my group, but wanted to share it here for my cross stitching followers.

You can find it on my NEW Flosstube channel:

 

 

Trust me, it’s pretty raw and my cat is howling hysterically in the middle of it, but still a good demo of two-handed cross stitching and parking method. Please remember  to like and comment to let me know your thoughts. Thanks you! Happy Stitching!

Christina

Easter Freebie!

Well, a lot has happened since I’ve last updated. I made a week and a half trip to my home state NC and visited with family and friends. A blessed trip to say the least, but I’m happy to be home again, comfy in my surroundings, and getting the wheels of creativity turning.

Current BAP: The Eagle project I am working on is dusted off and I’m plodding along with ferver. I want to get started on a new BAP and I can’t do that easily with this one parked in my large Q-snap now can I? Here’s the latest pic:

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Vine Color block update: I’ve begun stitching on my FIRST cross stitch design. It is a unique and pleasant feeling to stitch your own design. This design is currently for sale at my Etsy page and I need a picture for the ad. Here is my progress so far,Sorry for the poor quality picture from my tablet. While a tablet is a fantastic addition to my stitchy time, taking pictures is certainly NOT her best feature. I’ll get a better final pic, outside, in the lovely light of the sun! I wish you could see how well the colors mesh and that the fabric is a lovely rich, dark peach color.

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The FINAL of my birth announcement project is finished as well. The name turned out great and was a CHALLENGE. I incorporated my mother’s handwriting sample into the design to use for the writing:

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Ok those are the quick updates…which brings me to EASTER. I’ve designed something to stitch for a bookmark and Bible cover for my small Bible. I measured out the fabric for the Bible cover, figured about how many stitches I’d have room for in a panel on the front, and came up with my own design. It’s not really the light, floral thing I had in mind but I think it’s a cute for Easter. So, in the spirit of giving, as Christ has taught, I am giving it to YOU. Happy Easter everyone. Here’s the link for the freebie design. Don’t forget to save the pdf file to your computer!

Easter Cross pic

Easter Cross

Now, I’ve while I’ve decided to leave the design in it’s SPRING colors, I wanted a darker, more olive look for my Bible cover to match the fabric I’ve chosen, so here are the colors I’m using:

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So, what have YOU been up to in your stitchy life? How do you balance your stitching with the need for sunshine, exercise? What’s been on your mind? Comments are welcome and I hope you’ll share a thought or two. Thank you for reading and again, happy Easter!

 

When Good Intentions Wind Up in the Ort Jar

Happy Monday to you all!!

This article is based on a project I had begun for my sister: to stitch a lovely picture of her lovely children…now you may not be a stitcher, but there is a life lesson here you may not want to miss…

Before we begin, take a look at the “lovely picture to the right there…yes. That one. The one that appropriately says YUK underneath it. Not so lovely right?

When a project goes DISASTROUSLY wrong…

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YUK!!!

Now, does that even look CLOSE to skin color? It’s a weird mesh of terra cottas, pinks, and greenish browns….NONE of which look like my beautiful nephew Charlie. I made the pattern with Pic2Pat and wasn’t feeling terribly confident in the colors. I just had this feeling the colors were going to be all wrong. Well, they were WAY wrong. Thank goodness I started stitching one of the faces first and was able to make the decision to trash it NOW and not after stitching a page or two of the pattern. So, I frogged it. About 600 stitches I nipped, pulled, tugged, ripped, and brushed out into little balls of ort garbage and tossed into the ort jar. Disastrous.


Frogging: a term used by stitcher for the action of removing mistaken stitches. We call it being visited by the “frog” and we have “to rip it rip it” taking stitches out…aka “ribbit ribbit” Get it?


Handling Frustration with a Measure of Dignity

I’m bummed. I’m frustrated. I worked with sharp little scissors and my frogging needle and very nearly decided to throw the fabric across the room. How often is it that life has different plans than we do and despite our best intentions, we end up filling our ort jar with those ugly little fuzzy balls instead of snippets of pretty colors from a successful project?


What is an ORT JAR you ask? This is also a stitchers term for the jar we toss the end snippits of floss (the embroidery thread we stitch with) that we cut off. The spare, ending pieces (called orts) are often collected into an Ort jar and later used for a craft project, such as stuffing them into those clear glass Christmas ornaments.


Life often laughs in the face of our intentions. So, we can take our sharp little scissors and out of a blast of frustration cut the whole piece of fabric in half and set it ablaze in the fireplace, or we can nit pick at it until we’ve removed the wrongness, the sour parts, the problem details and hopefully, hopefully at the very least save the fabric. After all, you can brush away the dust and start afresh right? Tonight, I chose to save the fabric. With that. I am pleased.

Not happy about calling off this project, but confident it was the right decision. Handling a decision with grace is always an admirable thing. For now, I am tucking the slightly manipulated fabric into the Aida drawer. It’s back to the drawing board.

Redirect with Purpose

The point, after all, is to make something nice for my sister. Her favorite song is You Are My Sunshine. Perhaps I could design something for her. Maybe I will run across the perfect pattern. The right thing will be in the right place at the right time. I have followed my Lord long enough to know that if I am patient, this will be. His perfect solution rolls itself out right in front of me. If I am open. If I am trusting. And if I am willing to let go of my best intentions, my best laid plans, and brush away the messes I make and allow Him to show me something better. I know it will be something very special to honor my sister and her beautiful family.

Putting my stitching hands to rest tonight.

Although this is an older post of mine, and does read a bit “diary-ish,” I thought the lesson here to be valuable. When things do not go as planned, there is nothing wrong with “quitting.” I have been told a lesson about “not quitting” all of my life, and while that sentiment has it’s value, there is also a wisdom to knowing when to throw in the towel, and pick up a new one. Redirect your efforts and take with you a new lesson. Somethings you will learn the lesson in because of failure. That is ok, just learn those lessons quick before life throws them at you on repeat. All for now folks…have yourselves a fantastic Monday!


For more fun articles on Christina’s stitching adventures read up here:

George Washington Project Makes Front Page!

The George Washington Project – One Year Anniversary

Flosstube Video 1 – Two-Handed Cross Stitching and Parking Method

Christina ~

Elsie and Charlie In Stitches – Getting Started, and a quick update

I’ll start with the quick update. The WIPocalypse is slowly becoming manageable.

Firstly, Anna’s birth announcement (pics later, after gift is given) is DONE! I had this wild idea to incorporate my mother’s handwriting into the design and have her write out the birth announcement portion, which I would then chart and stitch. Lets’ just say bringing that dream to full stitch was a challenge. Facebook and cell phone pictures and tracing paper and Paint and Sharpies and more cell phone pics and about 2 hours of editing on my KG Stitch program and VOILA! I stitched it quicker than I charted it, but overall I am so pleased with the script. I hope it makes the gift more special. Although, I can’t imagine anything making more special the birth of a first child, a daughter of God who brings blessing beyond measure. To honor that in any way is worth the tense moments of the tiny details I had to shove into place. Finally, submission of the details and completion of the final stitch! She is ready for framing and I hope to get out later today to get a perfect frame to go in Baby Anna’s room.

WIPocalypse 9 – Christina 1

Make that WIPocalypse 10 – Christina 1. Secondly, Yes, I started a new project. Don’t shake your head at me, I HAD to. I’m selling Vine Color Block, MY design!! on my new Etsy store: Fiddleheads and Floss, (shameless plug ~~> https://www.etsy.com/shop/FiddleheadsandFloss ) and I think it needs stitching. I need a good picture of it for the ad. Also…might this make an amazing Mother’s Day gift? My first design? I think giving this to my Mom would be rightful placing for something that means so much to me. Who more do I have on this earth to thank for my creativity? For nurturing my crafty bug all those years until I was old enough, colorful enough on my own, to take it up and run with it? My MOM, who taught me craft after craft….owls from toilet paper rolls, painting and glittering ornaments, plastic canvas EVERYTHING…she’s the one who taught me everything. Thanks Mom. My first design will be for you. There, that’s settled.

Slow progress this week on Stained Glass window. Very. slow. Almost done with the Joan Elliott dragon I’m working on for a Facebook SAL…Wesley, my oldest son, has claimed this dragon. He only needs a little more backstitching and some metallic french knots…I’m not scared. Bring it.(Just not too quickly….I have alot going on!)

All other projects rest peacefully in their baggies, waiting for their turn in rotation. Which, hopefully will come. Don’t we ALL get our day in the sun? Eventually?

Which brings me to ELSIE AND CHARLIEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m stitching my niece and nephew. I am sure they will be in college by the time that I finish, but I’m going to tackle this anyway. I’m looking forward to this one! Um, yeah. Its 4 1/2 pages of 75 black and white symbols all blurring together without my glasses. I can do this! Thank you Pic2Pat…please don’t let me down. I think I am more nervous about this project than I have been in the past about starting anything but it’s good practice for starting George Washington!! That one I’ll lose sleep over. Since I finally got started, after so much planning, I thought I’d blog my progress a little closer on this one (as I will George.)

14 Ct Ivory Aida is NOT exciting. I discussed different fabrics and fabric counts with the kind lady (I think her name is Mary) at my favorite cross stitch store ever – BrickCity Cross Stitch in Silver Springs Florida. (You can find the awesomeness of Brick City HERE ~~> http://brickcitycrossstitch.com/search.cfm ) Don’t let the current demise of brick and mortar craft stores fool you, this place is hoppin. Always something going on there and I just love it. SO Mary helps me with fabric. All areas of the fabric will be covered with stitching so why go expensive on the fabric? After comparing finished design sizes and what would frame up nicely for a wall, we went with…get ready…14 ct Ivory Aida. BORING. But, it’s perfect for what I need. It’s stiff as all get out (colloquialism in the South meaning it’s REALLY stiff) on my Q-snap but not too overly unmanageable. 18 x 18 is the size of the fabric.

2 weeks later I bought all the flosses I needed. THANK YOU to the Cross Stitch Thread Companion app on my tablet. You rock. Last night it took me hours but I managed to get all 75 colors together for the project, wound, and lined up in a basket that is slightly too small for it’s purpose. Check this out:

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My Chart printed up nicely at the library, 6 pages altogether. I’ve had it sitting next to me in my stitchy area for the last week. Yesterday a FB challenge told me to “Start something new” so there it sat, demanding to be next in line, a little bouncy school kid, arm shoved up in the air. PICK ME! So hours later after arranging the flosses into the basket that is really too small..I wonder if I have another one that will work better?… I had to cut and tape the chart together to get my right brain to understand and keep up with what the left brain was doing in “finding the center”. I did manage to find and mark the center despite it being about 2 am on a Wednesday morning.

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That’s alot of black and white symbols!!!

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So, being 2 am does NOT matter when you have a stitching bug biting you in the rear. I made my first stitches and am mentally preparing for the probability of confetti-stitching in a chart that boasts 75 colors…

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As far as I can tell, that’s the side of the top of Charlie’s sweet little baby head. Will the eyes be recognizable? Will Elsie’s hair be perfectly curly and pretty once stitched? I don’t think I can finish this one fast enough to answer all the concerns I have about using a free pattern-maker on something that matters to me this much. I think I’ll know as soon as the first recognition hits, when I see that little eye staring back up at me. No wonder I could not sleep at all last night.

If you’re still reading along with my right brain ramblings I invite you to come along with me on this one. Perhaps we’ll both learn something useful. And, since I damn near threw out my back yesterday moving a craft box….yes….I will be sitting here today stitching, and doing my best to manage the pain with some Ibuprofen. Wait, I just became my mother in one paragraph. I think that’s ok….my Mom is the most awesome lady I know.

Happy Stitching!!!

Spring Freebie!!!! —UPDATED

Spring Silliness Pic

ORIGINAL POST: My first cross stitch design, entitled Spring Silliness is being offered for a limited time as a freebie. It is in pdf form, 100 x 100 stitches. I’d love to have some feedback on the design!! Thank you!

Just click on the blue link above for it and you can save the pdf.

Happy Stitching,
Christina

UPDATED POST:

*****UPDATE: THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN MY SPRING FREEBIE. THIS POST HAD OVER ONE HUNDRED VIEWERS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN MY KICK-OFF!!! THIS PATTERN IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE AS A FREEBIE BUT YOU MAY FIND FOR SALE HERE :

https://www.etsy.com/shop/FiddleheadsandFloss

 

 

WIPocalypse?? Oh, yes.

So I ran across this superb word on another blog and had to borrow it just for a moment. While I take no credit for this word, I do fully admit to being a victim of the WIPocalypse.

For my non-stitchy friends a WIP is a work-in-progress. It is a cross stitching project (although I am sure the term applies to other forms of needlepoint or crafty projects) that I usually keep in a gallon-sized baggie in a decorative box beside my stitchy chair (this refers to the niche a stitcher sets up as the stitching area, usually completed by the combination of a favorite and comfortable chair, a damn good lamp AND outside lighting, sometimes magnifying apparatus, a pillow, a place to set a chart for working, and for the lucky ones a floor stand on which to mount stitching projects. A stitcher lives in this chair and can be found there at any hour of the day or night pouring over charts or stitching or somethings ripping – this is called frogging and don’t expect us to be happy about a visit from the little green bastard.)

Now, back to the WIPs. My WIP box. The source of the WIPocalypse (yes, I’ve repeated the term several times now, I’m just loving it, please excuse…). I feel pretty certain that 1, sometimes 2 or 3, is the norm, as most stitchers have a personal project going, maybe a seasonal, and a gift piece or two. I have NINE. Excessive? YES. Could this mean I have trouble saying no? Bite off more than I can chew? Have lost my mind? Perhaps yes, yes, and yes. I think it just means I am bursting with creative energy and good intentions. So while I am drowning in my WIPs at least I am not lacking in short, and a few long-term, goals. So, as I’d like to incorporate my stitching adventures into my blog (hence the recent blog name change) I’d like to outline briefly, well I will TRY to be brief, the current projects that I have going.

I think I will do this in order of size:

1. Stained-Glass Window. This was a free chart from http://www.tinymodernist.com I am doing this project as a RAK (that is Random Act of Kindness, as I learned from another stitchy friend this morning…should I not have already known this from Oprah?)

Earlier this year I signed up on Facebook to do a pay-It-forward project for 2014. People signed up for mine, I signed up for theirs, and sometime this year I have to do something nice for the 5 people on my list. This project I am doing in all purples, includes a snazzy metallic purple, and is for the first lovely lady on my list. I took the time to gather some info about her so I’d know what she might like…and now that I am stitching it, I LOVE THIS PROJECT!!! I love the patterns, the lines and shapes and symmetry. I love it so much I might do one in the favorite colors of the other ladies on my list. So while this is ONE project at the moment, I am already searching for colors and metallics to do one in greens and one in earth tones.

2. Anna’s Gift. I had to name this one as it is a gift for my new niece Anna Elizabeth! It is a combination of 2 free charts called “It’s Good to be Green” and one simply called “Web Thank you Card”. SO, it’s a whimsical scene with a frog and a turtle and will have a birth announcement stitched across the top. I am getting my mother to contribute her handwriting in a few samples for me so I can design the lettering after her handwriting!! My mother has the most beautiful handwriting I have ever seen and it is cherished amongst her children. I have 2 weeks to finish this one as I am going home for a week at the end of March and want to take it with me as a gift. The colors are perfect and will match Anna’s room decor. This is my FIRST birth announcement! WHAT?? Yes, I have never done one. I didn’t mean to miss the other babies born into our family, I only wasn’t in a time and place in my life to do it before. Now I am. Bring on the babies!

3. Joan Elliott SAL on Facebook. For my non-stitchy friends, if you haven’t closed out the page in absolute boredom by now, this means Stitch Along. I signed up for this on FB after seeing the most adorable dragon and unicorn! I just HAD to jump in, with both feet, even though I am drowning in stitching projects! Joan Elliott is following the event and leaves comments from time to time. She got a good laugh at my photo update yesterday (which was photo-bombed by my dog!). It’s wonderful to participate as this is my first Joan Elliott and I enjoy that the designer is a part of the event. And who doesn’t love adorable little dragons and unicorns!? Ok, I know not everyone, but these will be perfect for Abby’s room. I just adore them.

4. I almost forgot to include this one because it is not bagged for starting yet but I include it because Abby and I both have committed to doing it and I have the charts. http://www.canadastitches.com It is for CHARITY!! My first charity stitch. Each owl square we stitch and send will be stitched into blankets for very ill children and infants in Canadian hospitals. I’d like to do something like this in the US as well. Very excited to use my hobby to bless others, and to use it as a teaching tool for Abby to learn about charitable acts. Plus, the owls we are stitching are ADORABLE.

5. Owlet Witch of Emerald Forest by Lena Lawson Needlearts. I saw this on Ebay. I nearly died. HAD to have it. I am stitching this one for myself and can’t wait to start. It’s bagged, colors ready, beautiful piece of linen waiting…for me to finish the current SAL so I can start on it!!

6. Birds of the Marsh Great Egret, from For The Love Of Cross Stitch, Jan 1999. I just fell in love with this pattern and I’m stitching it for my best friend Kitty, who has lovely coastal themes in her living room. The colors and fabric I have selected will be beautiful!! Just need to get started on this one as well…

7. Elsie and Charlie, made by Pic2Pat. This will be a BAP. Meaning, Big Ass Project 🙂 It’s time I made something for my sister. I want to make sure that I make something for al the members of my family and I have been putting off my sisters project for years. It’s one of those things you want to give your ALL to and do with the honor it deserves. My sister. My only sister whom I love dearly and of whom I could not be more proud. After months of searching for the right thing to stitch and coming up blank, I decided to stitch a beautiful portrait of her children, my niece Elsie, and my nephew Charlie. This is my first Pic2Pat undertaking and it’s about a 9 page pdf. Fabric -check, all 75 colors of floss – check, printed the chart-check and I am ready to roll on this one – after months of planning!!

8. Flight of Freedom, Dimensions Gold Collection. My FIRST Gold Collection. I’ll be doing this one for Robbie and his future man-cave. It was a gift from my mother for Christmas and I started on it right away. Learning to stitch by grid and to utilize the parking method as well. THIS HAS CHANGED my stitching forever. I’m almost half-way through with it. It’s definately a BAP at around 17,000 stitches!

9. This brings me to my biggest undertaking EVER. Please see my previous blog post for full details. I will be taking part in a Guinness World Book record-breaking event stitching George Washington Crossing the Delaware….not kidding. I’m joining a group of US stitchers and have committed to one panel of the project which we hope will break the world record and possibly take a place of honor in a museum!!!! It’s a 5 year project and my panel will come with a hefty 110 page chart. Yes. You read that correctly. Have I lost my mind? Yes, yes I have. I want to at least make history in the process!!! I will probably set a schedule and plan my work on this to stay on track and will blog further about it soon. I will be looking for support in gathering materials etc.

So … I’ll post pictures as I go along on these and come here to vent occasionally. I’m sure. But for the most part, as overwhelmed as I am feeling, I am doing what I love to do. Every day. I am chasing my creativity around like a quick little butterfly on the spring breeze and hoping to have enough flowers to catch my rest along the way. I am thinking of the people I love and how I can leave my legacy. I want to give, to share the things I love with others. I love my family. I love nature. I love my God and country. I express myself through written words and through crafting. I hope the world understands.

Now, I think I’ll get dinner started and get a little work done on one of my WIP’s. Have a blessed and creative weekend!!!