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Archive for October 2006

ONS rant!


I am so, so frustrated with Stitching Bits and Bobs right now. I placed an order for several charts THREE weeks ago and I have yet to receive my items. Worse still, when I email the owner, it takes her DAYS to respond and sometimes she doesn’t even bother to reply at all!!!!

I’ve read quite a few complaints about this ONS but now that I’ve had first-hand experience of their terrible service, I can safely say that I will NEVER EVER order from them again. I don’t know when I will ever see those charts I paid for.

Written by Jean

October 21, 2006 at 7:21 am

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Rita’s biscornu.

I made a biscornu for Rita over the weekend. She received it today, so I can post pictures of it now. This is the first biscornu I’ve done with variegated floss, and also the first two-sided one.

Rita's biscornu green.
The green side.

Rita's biscornu variegated red.
Variegated red side.

I used 14 count Aida and free patterns I found online (can’t find the URL now). Enlarged the red pattern to match the green one. I like how it turned out!

Written by Jean

October 19, 2006 at 10:52 pm

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Yummy colours.

Carrie's Threads

My order of eight skeins of hand-dyed DMC cotton floss from Carrie’s Creation Threads arrived this morning. The colours are so yummy, I could eat the floss. Can’t wait to start stitching with them. Some of the colours I ordered are for a special project that I’m planning to do, and the rest are eye candy. Thanks to Carrie, the package also contained a travel-size bottle of Retayne, which is a product that quilters use to set dyes in cotton. Not sure if it’s sold in Singapore. I’m going to use it to make the fibres as colour-fast as possible before use. If everything works out well, I might stitch Ink Circles’ Sea Stars with her conversion.

Written by Jean

October 16, 2006 at 12:36 pm

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Stash reduction.

I’ve uploaded pictures of the stash I want to offload here. All prices are in US dollars, and I will ship anywhere in the world SingPost ships. All my charts are originals.

I’m open to trade as well. I’m looking for historical samplers, hand-dyed and regular fabric (evenweave only) and hand-dyed fibres. Please see my wishlist for an idea of what I’m hankering after, charts-wise.

If you’re interested in buying anything or trading, please let me know!

Written by Jean

October 9, 2006 at 8:19 pm

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Hot off the Q-snaps: Biscornu #3.

Biscornu #3

This is for Emily. It’s a blackwork design done on 32ct Lugana with my own choice of colours. I think it’s 36×36 stitches. The finishing is a bit off-centre, but hey, as June says, a little bit of imperfection is good in something that’s handmade. K says I should make these little things to sell, but there are copyright issues since I’m mostly using free designs and besides, who’d buy them?

Having said that, I’ll gladly make one for you as a gift if you want. Just let me know!

Written by Jean

October 5, 2006 at 10:02 am

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Getting organised.

I pulled out my cross-stitch stash just now and got things sorted out. Put aside a few patterns and books that I want to sell off because I know I’ll never stitch them, and kitted out three patterns that I want to do in the very near future. All this was inspired by the Spotlight sale tomorrow, which I plan to hit to stock up on cotton floss and fabric for the new projects – gifts for people and thus sekrit!

I’m sort of giving up on Palace Princess for now because the thought of going back to thousands of stitches of boring old brown after stitching prettily-hued patterns is just so…well, boring. Maybe when I’m tired of psychadelic hues, I’ll pull it out again to work on. Guess you could call it my second-ever UFO (unfinished object); the first one being the Precious Moments growth chart that I started stitching when Alison was still in utero and never finished. It’s with my sister now, and I don’t think she’s getting much work done on it either.

I’m stitching another biscornu now and should have a picture of it to show tomorrow once I finish!

Written by Jean

October 4, 2006 at 1:13 am

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Stash lemmings.

I have just discovered the wonders of Ink Circles by a lady named Tracy who designs mandalas and also has some beautiful cross-stitch patterns for sale. I need new stash like I need a hole in the head, but this is so gorgeous, as is this. I’m more likely to stitch the first pattern than the second, but the latter would make a beautiful tapestry-like hanging. Decisions, decisions.

I’ve also recently acquired 8″x8″ Q-snaps from Cross Stitch Joy after I realised my Silkweaver stash-pak fabby pieces are all too small to fit on the 11″x11″ frames. I love them! They’re great for little projects like biscornus and ornaments or when you just want to grapple with a smaller frame. So now I have Q-snaps in all possible combinations and am a very happy camper, save for the fact that the haze is making my eyes sting and stitching is going verrrrry slooooooowly as a result.

8x8 Q-snaps.
Freshly mounted for a new small project.

Written by Jean

October 3, 2006 at 11:09 am

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