So much stitchy goodness in our house that it took two full videos…plus a third stitch shop visit…to show it all! (the truth? there’s still more!) Here are the highlights of our HAUL-lelujah Part 2 video and where YOU can get some of our favorite stitchy things!
I was watching one of my favorite YouTube “Flosstube” videos by Stitching with the Sisterlies and entered a comment to win this cross stitch pattern, Marine Skeleton, by Livia Rovaris…and I won! Thank you sweet Sisterlies! I think when I’ve finished this stitch I’ll trim it in pom poms. If you want a great CHEAP place to buy pom pom trim, go to www.Alibaba.com and search for pom pom trim. It comes in a rainbow of colors!
I’m addicted to Halloween! Even when I begin searching for other pattern themes, I go right back to it, especially when I see a pattern like this! I bought The Prairie Schooler’s “Trick or Treat” pattern on ETSY from CutiePieStitchNSew. I was going to wait until May to begin it during Stitch Maynia…but I don’t think I can wait!
A quick search on ETSY brought me to Whistle Stop Wool (what a wonderful name!) where I found this pretty natural colored primitive linen so I can make my first attempt at rug hooking. Next stop was to the website Traditional Stitches. Wanting to try some miniature stitches, I couldn’t find any linen fine enough until I found them! Can’t wait to try my stitches on 56 ct Kingston white linen by Zweigart and 50 count wimple white by Legacy Linens!
Topknot Stitcher Shop has been our go to for needle minders…and now patterns, too on her new website! I found some orange burlap from Walmart that may make a fun way to frame it with some wooden box frames I bought from them, too. Too cute!
I can NOT get enough from The Witchy Stitcher on ETSY. I’m going to have to buy each one and just cover a whole wall in my house with these awesome patterns! Some of my favorites: Happy Halloween, Killin’ It, and Vintage Pumpkin Witch. Totally addicted here!
I bought some pretty colors of linen from a company called Caydo on Amazon. DON’T DO IT! It is not evenly spaced even though they say it is! Your cross stitches will look more like rectangles than in a square shape! In the same purchase I DID buy black 14 count black AIDA from the same company…and it’s great! DO buy it! However, when you go to mount your finished stitch? Don’t back it with white foam core or sticky board or the white will show through. Back with black foam core so the backing will disappear! And for lighter fabrics the foam core comes in white, too! (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. These links help us take care of our herd of ten stitching buddies, like Pixie Pop!).
I love antique postcards. The art on these vintage pieces is exquisite! I have an extensive collection and am always perusing antique shops, thrift stores, EBAY and ETSY shops for more…the older the better! Many before 1923 (sans any commercial logos) are in the public domain. I think they would make gorgeous cross stitch and punch needle patterns…don’t you? Please let me know if you’d be interested in buying these as patterns!
I’ve always used a hoop to hold my fabric for stitching. This year, I thought I’d try a plastic snap frame. We will see how well it works! Let’s be honest….it’s also a great excuse to buy some grime guards that will cover the fabric on the frame and keep it safe from my little fingers (usually smudged with potting soil or paint!). I bought three of the cutest grime guards! The black and white “Toil and Trouble” guard is by PudgieCorgieCrochet, the pretty batty aqua and grey “Tula De La Luna” guard is sewn by SilverMoonSewing, and the black cats grime guard handmade by TankardCrafts (CATS! How could I not?).
I’m thrilled to say that one of my not so local LNS (Local Needlework Store) is Notforgotten farm, owned by the lovely Lori Brechlin. It’s one of my favorite places to sit and stitch and be surrounded by the most gorgeous designs and fibers! On my last visit, wanting to try my first rug hooking piece I bought size 10 and 14 punches by Amy Oxford and Lori’s rug pattern “BOO Kitty.” Of course, I couldn’t stop there and also bought the “Blessed Punch Needle Pocket” and Old Salem Wool Co. uncounted cross stitch patterns both designed by Lori. In her shop I saw the prettiest primitive, stuffed bunny so I brought home the Cinnamon Creek Folk Art Rabbit pattern, too, and a PILE of Osnaburg fabric in several different shades. I can’t wait to go back and see her new shipment of Osnaburg dyed fabric, soon!
Now, my only problem? Where and what do I start first?