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Welcome to my blog. The main focus of this blog is to share my explorations into handmade goods, mostly of the needlework kind. My interests are varied and include reading fantasy and urban paranormal romance, cross stitching and keeping hamsters. I must inform you that all of the pics and text on this blog are copyright protected unless otherwise stated and are not to be used in any other written or pictorial form without written permission from me. I give credit to the creator of the chart or the publication that published them in the caption. If you feel I have infringed on a copyright, please contact me ASAP. Whew..OK, now on to the fun...Thank you and Welcome.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Stitch from Stash 2014

Hello my fellow stitchers, I have joined the Stitch from Stash 2014 Challenge graciously hosted by Mel from Epic Stitching blog. The challenge is to spend no more than $25 a month on stitching related items and to work from one's stash of goodies. She will also be awarding prizes to some of  those that meet the challenge criteria. Click on the link above to see the other wonderful stitchers that are participating (and their blogs, too.) Below are pics of my first stitch from stash project started during the first week of January. I had this kitted up and ready to go so it was easy to start. This chart can be found in the Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine September 2009  issue . The chart is by Nora Corbet.

This the pic from the magazine. Mine will look very different as I am substituting everying.

Here's what mine looks like so far. I am substituting with HDF silks. The original pattern called for Valdani threads. These come in a three-ply ball and you stitch with one ply.

Close up of HDF Fibers. I purchased these when I used to be wealthy. Vickie Clayton offers a program where you are sent a few fibers on a monthly basis. I got about 75% of the variegated regular silk floss. This was a great investment. As you can see, over the year or so, she was trying out different ways of packeging the threads.  My favorite way was just the simple tag with one hole cut out to put the floss thru, noted on the upper left corner. The spools tend to roll away and can't be put on ring.
Another shot of progress with floss. I had to frog the entire stem on the right. Oh, well.

Anyway, that's my Stash from Stitch 2014 Challenge project so far. I won't even start thinking about the next one until I am done with this one.

Hope all the other participants are enjoying their projects.

Happy Stitching from Christina.