Thursday, 31 May 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, 18 May 2018

Stasi from Bee-mused and Bee-stitching

As you all know, I am always on the look-out for new bloggers to feature here.  Some are new to the world of blogging such as RJ and Mary.  Others have been blogging for much longer and I have just never discovered them before.  The aforementioned RJ and Mary recently celebrated their First Blogaversary with a wonderful party.  I loved the stitching, the stories and the chance to meet some new-to-me bloggers!  I hope to feature a few over the next few weeks.  Our first is the lovely Stasi.  Her blog is such a treat to find, full of stitching (obviously!) and stories of family and retired life.  Clearly something to look forward to!  Please welcome Stasi from



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

Greetings, my name is Stasi Buhrman and I was named after my grandmother, Anastasia....hence the unusual spelling.  I have been married to my soul mate for almost 44 years and have two beautiful, kind hearted daughters.  I made sure they knew how to stitch, and they are both very creative, but have chosen different paths to highlight their talents.    I recently became eligible for Medicare so you can guess how old I am. :)  

I grew up in Baltimore , MD living on the same street for 26 years, then lived in Bethlehem, PA, Cincinnati, OH and Hedgesville, WV.   I currently live in Midlothian, VA, where we moved to be closer to our four grandchildren, two of which arrived in early December from Sierra Leone, Africa after a long four year wait.

When I was in Cincinnati I was fortunate to stumble across a job at a needlework shop, Twisted Threads, where I worked as the manager for 9+ years.  This was a dream come true where I worked for Ruth Sparrow, owner and designer of Twisted Threads and a part of the Trilogy.  The shop closed in 2004 but I miss it and my fellow Twisted Sisters every day!!!


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

I've been stitching for 55 years.  My first recollection was of a card table cloth my grandmother gave me around the age of 10.  My mother had started it as a child and finished two corners.  I undertook the task of finishing the other two corners and was hooked.  I sewed mainly in my teens making a lot of my own clothes and took up crewel embroidery and needlepoint after I was married.  I tried counted cross stitch when my oldest daughter was born and that is what I've stayed with over the years.

Dutch Girl card table cloth


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 January 2012 as a way to connect with other stitchers.  When my husband and I moved to WV we started our own business and I worked out of the home and was alone all day.  We had no local needlework shop and I never found another stitcher  closer than 50 minutes away.  This was a great opportunity to reach out and share with other needlewomen.  The name of my blog came about because I like bee related things and I thought I'd be musing about my first grandchild.


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 an eclectic, random, organized serial starter.  Basically I work on what suits me at the time unless I have a gift or class pre-work looming.  I love taking classes and always feel I learn something new, albeit a new stitch, joining technique, finishing idea etc.  I like a lot of different styles and designers....whatever "calls" to me.  I LOVE putting that first stitch in on a virgin piece of linen!!!


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

Smalls are my favorite thing to stitch so my favorite designers are Betsy Morgan, Merry Cox, Sherri Jones and Jackie du Plessis.  I am fortunate that I have a venue, Salty Yarns in Ocean City, MD, within a 5 hour drive that hosts a number of these teachers yearly.


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

I am most proud of The Regal Bee.  This is a piece designed by Theresa Baird of Heartsease Examplar Workes.  I entered it in the Woodlawn Needlework show in 2013 and won a first place blue ribbon in the Blackwork category.  The challenge to this piece was the chart came with no finishing instructions, so I had to pull on what I had learned in my classes with various teachers.

The Regal Bee by Heartsease Examplar Workes

The second one would be And They Sinned by Examplar Dames.  I started this in October 2002, put it aside and finished it in March 2015.


And They Sinned by Examplar Dames


7.     What has been your worst stitching disaster?

I stitched a wedding sampler for my husband and I when we were first married.  I bought the fibers from an on-line store and when I washed the piece, the red ran all over the place.  Lesson learned--I have never washed another needlework piece in the 44 years since.  I was able to salvage it after many tries of rinsing out the red dye--I tea stained the whole piece and that pretty much took care of it! :)



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

I have always wanted to try quilting but know I'd be sucked down the "rabbit hole"!!!  I love fabric and have a "collection" of fat quarters I use for finishing but really don't want another craft to distract me from the HUGE stash I have now for cross stitch.  I will just enjoy others work in this area.


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?

Yes, I hate to admit but I have stitched pieces that haven't been finished ( I jut recently learned about the FFO acronym).  As I said earlier, I love to make smalls... boxes, needlebooks, pincushions, scissor fobs etc.  They all reside in a display cabinet which I am rapidly outgrowing.  Some framed pieces are hung throughout my house permanently and then I have some seasonal pieces I rotate depending on the time of year.



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

I would say the piece that most represents me is Needlewoman Busy as a Bee by The Primitive Hare....pretty self explanatory! :)

Needlewoman Busy as a Bee by The Primitive Hare


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

Most people would be surprised to learn I have a tattoo! It's a small shamrock on my right shoulder.


12.  Anything you would like to add?

I want to thank you for this opportunity and appreciate the request to be a Blogger of the Week.  I have never really "plugged" my blog and feel most people find out about it by accident.  I had hoped to attract a bigger audience last year when I started the new year out by posting a different completed project every day--I called it Stasi's Stitch Stroll.  It was quite time consuming but I really enjoyed the daily 'share" and got to make some new friends along the way. I ended the year with 440 projects shared!!!  I couldn't believe I had actually stitched that much--it was a real eye opener!  But it's what I love to do and I am blessed to be able to stitch to my hearts content in my retirement.  So, if any of your readers are interested, feel free to visit my posts from last year and see my stitching legacy.  I am adding to the Stroll as I complete new projects; I just don't post every day anymore.  Please stop by and visit!

Thanks again for this opportunity and for your "twisted threads" of friendship!
Stasi







Friday, 11 May 2018

Michele from Michele's Made Ups

We have another serial starter for this week's Blogger of the Week slot!  A big fan of the smalls and some gorgeous cards too.  Her blog is definitely the place to go for inspiration there.  We also have a finished project in common, let's just say we both love cats.  Please welcome Michele from:



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

My name is Michele Stravato and I am from Aurora, CO (a suburb of Denver).  I am married with two sons in college, my oldest, Joe, studying Civil Engineering and my youngest, Matt, studying Aerospace Engineering.  I love cats, although we do not have any pets at this time.  I was laid off from my job in November and am thankful to say I just received an offer letter and started my new job April 30!


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

I have been stitching for over 35 years.  I started cross stitching in high school and have taken a few breaks in my life but always return.  I prefer 14 count as it is easiest on my eyes, but will stitch on 28 and 32 ct.  I also stitch on plastic canvas.


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

In 2013 I began making cards out of some of my smalls and at the urging of several co-workers started my blog and opened an Etsy shop ( now closed).  I posted my first entry in October 2013.  The blog is not as fancy as I’d like it to be, but I hoard my free time for stitching and don’t like to spend too much of my free time on the computer.  I don’t post on my blog very often but you can find me on Instagram. (Instagram id is @crazyredheadedcrossstitcherr).  I do post at least once a month as I belong to a monthly smalls SAL.


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’m definitely a rotator, and thanks to the Facebook Group, Debbie's Ultimate Crazy Jan/Feb Challenge 2016/2017/2018, I’m now a serial starter.   I made a start a day for all of 2016 and 2017, and have continued this in 2018.  I’m not sure how long I will make a start a day for this year, but at least through April.


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

I don’t have an absolute favorite designer, although I’ve been stitching a lot of Hooties from Pinoy Stitch lately.   I love Halloween and Christmas and most of my stitching is for those two holidays.  I also love smalls as I make cards.

Steam Engine from Cross Stitch Crazy


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

I have six pieces that I am most proud of.   My husband and I received needlepoint stockings for our wedding and my name was misspelled so we never used them.  Several years ago, I decided to make cross stitch stockings for my boys and I.  This took a while as I started the stocking for my oldest and then took a year or two break from stitching due to busy life with kids.  I made myself dig Joe‘s stocking out in 2013 and finished not only his, but the one for Matt and I.  Of course, when I hung them up that first Christmas, my husband wanted to know why his was different.  You guessed it, I made one for him the next year.


  I also have an Artecy waterfall and Dimensions tiger that are among my favorites.




7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

I don’t remember the name of the pattern but it was by Riolis and it was a cat with a purple flower with lots of partial stitches.  I got about 1/3 of the way through and realized I’d miscounted.   I was already frustrated with the piece and so I threw it away.  I saved the pattern, and every time I see it, I just pack it away...



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

I’d like to learn to tat.  I’ve got an instruction book and the shuttle and thread, just need to take the time away from cross stitching to do it.


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 couple of drawers of finished-but-not-fully-finished pieces.  It seems that if it isn’t small enough to fit on a card, I don’t turn the stitching into something useful.   And making cards is my favorite finish for a stitched piece.  I love experimenting with colored paper to add detail to a card.  I recently purchased a die-cutting and embossing machine and am experimenting with ways to further enhance cards without taking away from the beauty of the stitching.


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

This is a tough one, because I really love cats and Halloween.   I have a piece called "Max in the Moonlight“ that is beautiful.  The first cat I owned as an adult was named Max and looked similar to this one.   I also stitched and framed an Artecy Halloween piece that is very brightly colored.




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

I am a closet paranormal freak and have been since the 7th grade!   I love reading books about the paranormal and watching “Ghost Adventures“ and other similar shows.  I know the shows are hokey and probably fake, but I still enjoy them.


12. Anything you would like to add?

I am a blood donor and recently received my five gallon pin. I even got my boys to donate, although only Joe donates regularly.









Friday, 4 May 2018

Pamela from Hokkaido Kudasai

This week's Blogger of the Week has a fascinating blog full of information about her adopted country - Japan.  There is always something to learn and some beautiful photos to admire.  Both of her craft and the local crafts too.   Please welcome Pamela from:



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

My name is Pamela.  I’m from the US, but now I live in Japan.



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

I’ve been stitching since I was about five.  My grandmother taught me to embroider stamped pillowcases - stem stitch, lazy daisy, cross stitch, French knots, back stitch. I started doing counted cross stitch in high school with a dress I designed for an art class.  I still have the dress, but now it is smaller than me!





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

I began my blog in December 2011, about a week after I moved to Hokkaido, Japan, which is where the name comes from. I’ve posted every day since then, sometimes about stitching, sometimes about my life in Japan.



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 think I am a random and eclectic serial starter.  When I lived in the US, I attended classes and seminars, but now that I live in Japan, I don’t have those opportunities. I stitch whatever I think of.



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

No, I don’t think so. I do many different types of stitching.



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

There are three birdhouses I made. The first one in beads, the second one crazy quilt, and the third to look like a tent made from girl scout uniform parts.






7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

I don’t think I have any real disasters.  Somehow I manage to change and fix things. Sometimes the finish isn’t what it was started to be.



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

I’d like to try tattting.  I bought a shuttle.



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 few “waiting to be framed” pieces.



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

The dark part is behind me - click for more photos






Japan has four seasons finish - click here for more photos






Mystery solved - click here for more photos





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

Secrets? If I told you it wouldn’t be a secret!



12. Anything you would like to add?

Thank you for giving me this interview opportunity on your blog.





Friday, 27 April 2018

Catherine from I Love to Stitch

We have a very special Blogger of the Week this week, someone known to most of us by her "sparkly" nickname and her lovely comments on our blogs.  She has been stitching for longer than some of the previous Bloggers of the Week have been alive and has some gorgeous work to share with us.  She also has a great secret to share with us, one I would not have guessed!  Please welcome Diamond C AKA Catherine from




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

I am Catherine Laurent, I live in Annandale, Minnesota, I have a wonderful husband named Mike, I met Mike at work on November 17th 1976, I proposed to him on January 26th, 1977, we were married on June 11th 1977, everyone including the Priest at our Church said it would not last, I have been happily married for almost 41 years. We lived in a tent building our first home with our own hands, from June 12th to November 15th 1977, a time I will never forget.
We have a cat, named Blondie and a dog Krissy, they are both rescue animals.
We were not blessed with children, we tried to adopt but were told it would be a ten year wait back
in the late 70s.



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

I started stitching back in 1979, I was given a gift of a craft magazine Needlecraft For Today, it had a design of a baby floating on a cloud that was my first attempt at cross stitching, it was a gift for my sister in law, I think she still has that little pillow.
I love stitching on 32plus count linens, I find some designs challenging, I am always up for a
challenge.

stitched on 50 count gauze


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 2009, I was sitting in a coffee shop on my lunch break and came across a Blog, I was intrigued and started on the next day.
The story behind my Blog title is one day my mother asked me what I was doing and I said I love to
stitch, she said that would be a great title for my Blog so I changed it in honor of her suggestion.

Feltwork Heart


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 one at a time stitcher, I am maybe OCD when it comes to stitching, I get nervous when I have more then one design going at a time.

Blackbird Designs Lady Liberty


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

I cannot say I have a favorite designer, I think all designers are worthy of anyone's attention to stitching their designs.

Betsy Morgan Bristol Bag


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

I think the piece I am most proud of is a design I did from a magazine it is a couple of bunnies in a
lettuce patch, I only say this because there was so much green in there I almost stopped stitching it. I did frame it myself, it hangs in my Foyer so everyone can see it when they come and leave.



7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

I have never had a bad stitching experience as of yet, that is always a possibility.


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

I would love to learn Japanese Gold thread stitching, it is beautiful but a little intimidating to me,
maybe someday.

Beadwork


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 do.   I am currently working on getting things constructed and framed or finished into pin pillows or needle books or whatever I can decide on, I will be gifting some things this Christmas.

Ellen Chester With My Needle designs, Kindred Spirits

Scattered Seeds Sampler Design


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

I would have to say a project I stitched a while ago and had framed just lately it is Brenda Gervais’s Paper Snowflakes, I love the fact that it has snowflakes and scissors, please do not ask what the significance is of those two things but I always seem to have a pair of scissors with me, I carry a pair in the car I do not know why, maybe I am a little eccentric, the snowflakes represent what a beautiful thing life is, not everyone is the same just as no two snowflakes are alike.



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

I am a animated junkie, I love all animated shows, I salivate when Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter come around then I watch all the Charlie Brown movies, I also am in love with Hotel Transylvania, it tickles me to see them, I am 67 and they make me feel young.


12. Anything you would like to add?

Thank-you Jo for an opportunity to share with other Bloggers what I am about, I find all the
Bloggers of the Week have the same mindset, we are all friendly creative and of course loveable.

Class Project from Victoria Sampler











Friday, 20 April 2018

Bonnie of Bonnie's World

This week's Blogger of the Week has been blogging longer than I have but I only really got to know her when we resurrected International Hermit & Stitch Weekend.  Which is this weekend, so it seems really appropriate to feature her today!  She has a wonderful selection of WIPs from tiny series to the BAPs of Ink Circles and Long Dog Samplers.  Please welcome Bonnie from



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

Hey everyone.  My name is Bonnie Brown.  I am from a VERY small town in Southern Ontario, in Canada.  Like blink and you miss it small.  There is still only one street light there!  I currently live in Cobourg, which is a bigger small town, still in Southern Ontario.  Cobourg is on Lake Ontario and about an hour east of Toronto.  The beach here is a very popular attraction.

I am married and have two furbabies.  My husband Blair and I met in College where we both took accounting.  We have been married for almost 12 years.  Our two “kids” are two black cats names Leonard and Sheldon… yes from Big Bang Theory.  We do not have any 2 legged kids.

The Happy Couple


A couple of happy cats


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

I have been stitching on and off for a very long time.  A teacher in elementary school taught some of us.  I’m thinking that was probably around 1989.  My stitching has been up and down over the past almost 30 years, but I would say I have stitched the most over the past 10.


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

My first blog post was March 2009.  I can’t remember the exact reason behind starting, but I think I can thank Ann of Knowledge and Needles (My LNS) for that.  I was complaining to a few people on a Yahoo Group that there was no one in my area that stitched.  One poster (a friend who is no longer with us) mentioned Ann.  I was shocked as I didn’t even know there was a stitching store in that area. I ventured to Ann’s store in June of that year.  That day I purchased a few charts (Ink Circles) and that got me stitching again.  That also was when I got the invite to her annual open house and that day is the reason for “and days that have changed my life” under the title.  No story behind the blog title… I can’t remember how or why that name came to me.  I have never been 100% happy with it, but can’t think of anything better so it has remained. 


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 definitely NOT a one at a time person!  I do however have a limit on WIPS I can have before I get a little stressed about them.  It seems that this number is around 10.
I have a stash room, which is a little organized.. but is in desperate need of a good clean and re-org.  I am currently trying out a bit of a rotation to try and get some older WIPS done.  Basically I have decided to stitch one ornament and one of the Year in Chalk a month.  Then I pick a focus piece to work on.  This worked well in February, so have my fingers crossed for March.  Who knows how long I can keep it going for.


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

The name that comes to mind first when I think about favourite designer is Ink Circles.  I love the symmetry of her designs, and the fact that they are not your average cross stitch from the 80’s.  I don’t think I have a specific style that I am drawn towards.

This Ink Circles was one of the first I did (2nd I think) called Growth Rings. I did it to match the colours of the company I work for, and it hangs in my office. 



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

That would have to be Touching the Autumn Sky.  I know it is a unicorn for many.  I have actually stitched this as well (sorry… chart is not for sale).

There is also a memory behind the chart. I was on a holiday to Quebec City (my happy place) when I talked my hubby into a side trip to go check out an LNS there.  I happened to see the chart and grabbed it and never let it go.  When I got back to the car, I couldn’t stop talking about this amazing find! 



7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

I think I am VERY lucky on this front (knock on wood).  I think the worst disaster I have had was an issue with dye lot on my Cirque de Carreux (Ink Circles).  I had not planned ahead and realized about 1/3 way through that I had 2 different dye lots.  This meant a TON of frogging!  I was lucky enough to get enough of one dye lot to finish the project.



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

I would like to get better at finishing… especially ornaments.  I tend not to go outside the box and finish the same way. 

I have recently learned how to tat, and this is one craft I would like to continue to learn.


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 don’t have a box, but I do have a drawer!  Framing is just so expensive that I can’t work all of it in my budget.


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

This was a hard question.  The only project that comes to mind is AAN’s Maple Leaf as I am a proud Canadian.



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

I wanted to be a school teacher when I was growing up.  I didn’t get into the program I wanted, so ended up in College with Accounting.  I love what I do, recently graduated from University (I only had college when I first went to school), and have almost finished my Professional Designation Course (CPA in Canada).




Friday, 13 April 2018

Cindy from Home of a Floss Junkie

This week's Blogger of the Week is a complete Full Coverage Fanatic!  She does the most amazing giant projects and has actually finished one which you can see proudly displayed in her header.  Another animal lover and contributor to a forthcoming feature - Bloggers and their Fur Babies - please welcome Cindy from



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

My name is Cindy. I am from Great Falls, MT where I live with my husband Jim, my youngest daughter Jessica and my 2 stitching buddies Elvira and Gomez. Cats are great stitching buddies.




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

I have been stitching for 40+ years. My mother taught me to embroider and do crewel but once I discovered counted cross stitch there was no going back to either of those.


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

I don't remember exactly how long I have been blogging. I started to be able to keep a visual record of my stitching. I don't post as often as I should because I would rather be stitching.
My blog title is a reflection of the fact that I have at least 2 full sets of DMC floss and I love all the color.

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 serial starter/rotator and highly organized. Each project has its own box complete with floss, q snaps, working copies etc. All I have to do to rotate is grab the box I want.

Chocolate, Chocolate and More Chocolate


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

I am totally addicted to HAED but I also like Long Dog Samplers, Rosewood Manor and Ink Circles.

The Universe in a Jar



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

I am the most proud of the one HAED I have mangaged to finish.  Train of Dreams.




7. What has been your worst stitching disaster? 

Don't know if I've ever had one.


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

My 20+ full coverage WIPs.


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

I love to watch Ancient Aliens and How the Universe Works while stitching.





Friday, 6 April 2018

Irene from Little Stitches Art

This week's Blogger of the Week is another newer-to-me blogger and another very talented multi-crafting European.  She is stitching some lovely monthly and seasonal designs including some for the old traditional festivals such as Lammas and Ostara.  And guess what?  There's another cat picture!  Stitchers do love their cats.  And dogs too.  Please welcome Luna and Irene from





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

My name is Irene and I am 43 years old. I define myself as a citizen of the world. I am originally from a pretty city in the south of Spain, Seville. After finishing my PhD in chemistry I moved to Paris and I was living there for almost 5 years. After that I got a job in London and I am living here in UK for more than 6 years now.

I am divorced and at that moment I don’t have a partner. I love my family, mum and dad, my sister and my grandma. I have then my other family, which is my hairy family. I have a very nice dog called Leti and a cat called Agu, who for different reasons are living with my mum in Spain and I have my small treasure, a lovely cat called Luna who is living with me and who became part of my life and my embroidery. I think I have forgotten how to embroider without Luna on my lap.

I like to spend my time cross stitching but I like other type of embroideries and crafts as hardanger, blackwork, patchwork, soap making, candle making,.... I love gardening, I have an allotment where I grow my own organic vegetables and I enjoy going to the gym.




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

I started stitching when I was 25 years old and, to be honest, I don’t remember why did I start. I was stitching couple of years and then when I moved to France I stopped. There I was so busy and I didn’t have time at all. My mum still has at home an unfinished piece of embroidery framed as a part of that period of my life.

I re-started in France when I became unemployed. I had a lot of free time and I needed to occupy myself. I started making jewelry but after some time I decided to come back to cross stitch. From that moment I didn’t stop anymore.





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 in 2011. It is a blog in Spanish and I still keep it. Last year I decided to start a new blog in English to reach more people and that is how Little Stitches Art was born.



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 define myself as random and eclectic. I like to stitch several projects at the same time but I don’t keep an organized rotation. I prefer to stitch what I want in every moment. That has a negative side effect, I have plenty of UFOs.




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

I like different designers. I can’t say I have a favourite one. All depends in the design itself.




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


Looking Back, a HAED from Crystal Dune. But I need to say that I still didn’t frame it…...


7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

I don’t remember any.


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

I like to learn and try different techniques. I am trying to learn traditional embroidery and patchwork. I would like to learn to make my own frames.




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 plastic box where I store my finished-but-not-fully-finished projects. Most of the time, after stitching the design they go to the box. When I really finished I like to frame them if the design is large enough or finish as a pincushion or biscornu if they are small.






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

Doubtless, the Sabbats of the Year series. They are a real reflection of my beliefs.


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

I talked before about Luna, my lovely cat-friend. Well, last Christmas I was stitching Yule Sabbat banner. I left it in the embroidery hoop on my stitching corner and next day I went to my job. After coming home, I was about to continue stitching when I couldn’t find my project. I can guess Luna took it and hide somewhere. The funny thing is that I looked around every single corner of the house, and still I couldn’t find it……..



12. Anything you would like to add?

I want to encourage people to start stitching. It is a very good therapy for many things, that keep you busy, develop your abilities and keep your brain trained.

I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity of talking about my life and my hobby.