Category Archives: cross stitch

Issues with thread color conversions

If you’re like most stitchers, when you’ve started a project, you’ve used a color conversion chart to change to a different brand of floss from the one called for in a project’s instructions. There are plenty of these conversion charts online, allowing stitchers to change from DMC to Anchor floss, or from Soie d’Alger to…

Dealing with deadlines

It seems that lately I’ve been working against a couple of deadlines. My stitching time (to say nothing of blogging time) has disappeared as I’ve been trying to bake, decorate, buy, wrap, and write cards in preparation for Christmas. I’m happy to say that the baking, cards, and buying are done, though I still have…

WIP: Angel of the Sea (by Lavender & Lace)

Today’s featured WIP is Angel of the Sea by Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum of Lavender & Lace. Technique/Materials:  Cross stitch on 32ct linen with cotton floss, metallic braid, and beads. Background:  This was originally intended as a gift for a friend after the birth of her first baby. I think that baby is now 7 or 8….

WIP: Japanese Octagon Box (by Chatelaine Designs)

Today’s featured WIP is the Japanese Octagon Box by Martina Weber of Chatelaine Designs. Technique/Materials:  Mostly cross stitch with a few specialty stitches, along with beads and crystals. I’m using the variegated silks specified in the pattern, though I substituted Vicki Clayton‘s silks for the more pricey Needlepoint Inc silks. The fabric is a standard…

WIP: Remember Me Photo Album (by Indigo Rose)

Today’s featured WIP is likely the one that’s got the least amount of stitching complete. It is the Remember Me Photo Album by Catherine Strickler of Indigo Rose. Isn’t it pathetic that I only made it this far before putting this aside? Technique/Materials:  This photo album cover (and yes, the kit came with the album)…

WIP: Martha Willkins (from The Scarlet Letter)

Another reproduction sampler is today’s featured WIP.  The Scarlet Letter reproduced the 1699 sampler of Martha Willkins.  Actually, I should say that most of the original sampler was charted.  If you look at the original, you’ll see that SL left off the cutwork portion.  Whatever.  I still think it’s lovely. Technique/Materials: 17th-century sampler stitches over…