A Stitcher’s Dictionary: Table of Contents

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Each week on Little Thread Crafts I do a Term of the Week article, where I pick a common word or phrase among cross-stitchers and explain its meaning.

Below you will find an alphabetized list of every term I’ve done so far. Think of it like a cross-stitcher’s dictionary, and this is the table of contents.

Click the word to read the article. Happy Stitching!

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My Wrist Diagnosis

Well friends, today has been… a day.

For those who do not know, in March of 2012 I began experiencing a dull ache and occasional shooting pain in my left wrist. I am right-handed, so I believed I had just overworked it, and let it rest. The problem did not go away. Doctors have tested for carpal tunnel, tendinitis, joint problems, and all manners of other things. I’ve had several vials of blood drawn, two x-rays and an MRI. I’ve seen both the family doctors, an orthopedist twice, and a hand surgeon specialist. Five doctors over the course of the last two – now going on three – years. No explanation has ever been given for my pain.

The hand surgeon diagnosed me with a ganglion cyst initially. I had two rounds of cortisone injections in the hopes of “popping” the cyst and then healing it. If that didn’t work, the next step was a minor “exploratory surgery” called a scope, where they would stick a camera under the skin and see what they could see in the wrist. If it turned out to be a ganglion cyst, then they could perform surgery to remove it and that should make the pain stop.

Around early October of this year, the pain in my wrist – which has changed a little, but in general remained the same for the last two years – began to change and get worse. The pain is now constant and I’m losing the ability to hold items in that hand because it hurts or it feels too heavy. I went back to the hand surgeon today with the expectation of receiving the consultation and instructions for the scope surgery. I left in tears.

The hand surgeon basically told me that his diagnosis was wrong and that there’s nothing he can do. He won’t operate or do the scope without a diagnosis, because anything he does to the wrist will cause scar tissue and the potential to make the pain 10x worse. So unless he knows what’s wrong and where the pain is coming from, he will not operate. Then he told me there was nothing medically he could do for me, and advised me to return to my family doctor to seek out a different field of medicine. He suggested either a Rheumatologist or Physical Medicine specialist, as they might have more tests they could run or at least give me a way to manage the pain, as he didn’t have anything for me.

I was told that the worst case scenario was to wait it out for another six months to a year and then re-evaluate where I was in pain levels and then go through the various tests and doctors again to see if anything has changed, as so far all bloodwork, x-rays, and MRI have come back normal.

I don’t know what I’m going to do. The pain has gotten worse over the last few months and is the main reason behind why it took me so long to start stitching again. I’ve been off work under the hopes that I would have surgery, remove the pain, and be able to go back to work without so many issues. It used to get so bad at work I’d be close to tears at the end of the day. I can’t handle that sort of pain day in and day out, and my only other option would be to find some way to work from home. I’ve already written articles about that, and my current pain management.

This sort of news saps all energy to stitch. I cried all the way home and now feel utterly exhausted, even though it’s not that late. I guess I’ll have to keep on keeping on and see where I end up. For now, I’m going to go lay down as it’s Thanksgiving tomorrow and we’ve got an early start. I should be back with less depressing things tomorrow.

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No article today!

No article posted today because I had an extremely busy day, no time to stitch, and no articles prepared to go up.

Tomorrow I have my wrist appointment for a consultation on an out-patient scope surgery for my wrist. At least I think it’s out-patient. Anyway, it’s making a small cut in my wrist and sticking a camera inside to determine exactly what is causing the problems and where it is. The pain has been getting worse the last few months so I’m happy we’re now moving onto the scope instead of blindly throwing out suggestions, doing tests, and coming back with nothing. X-rays and MRIs have all been inconclusive, so they say the next best step is this scope.

Two years and five doctors later I’m with a specialist and facing possible surgery. Wish me luck! I’ll be back with something tomorrow if they don’t put my wrist on bed rest.

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Progress Report: Little Princess, Part 4

Read The Previous Articles:

Little Princess: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

At this point I don’t believe it’s possible to make even quarter stitches on Aida fabric. Is it possible? I’m so careful but the fact that the weave goes in two different directions makes it nigh-on impossible for me. They’re never the same height and it looks funny to me. Maybe the backstitch will help once it’s on.

So here is where we left off yesterday:

The right side complete!

The right side complete!

And here’s where I finished off today:

The tip of the crown is nearly in place.

The tip of the crown is nearly in place.

Since the left and right side are complete, it was time to start on the top of the crown. I started in the middle and will work the left then the right. And then… metallic thread time. Oh boy.

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Progress Report is an update on all my stitching habits, from the kits to the stitching to the finishing process and more! Right now I am featuring one of my cat-themed projects and several of the mini kits I’m currently working on, along with other pieces I like to pull out and work on at random.

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Progress Report: Little Princess, Part 3

Read The Previous Articles:

Little Princess: Part 1, Part 2

I’ve made plenty of headway on this mini kit. There’s a chance if I don’t put it down again that it’ll be finished before the end of the year! I put things down frequently though so who’s to say.

So here is where we left off yesterday:

The left side is almost complete.

The left side is almost complete.

And this is the stitching I got done today:

The right side complete!

The right side complete!

I’ve got another four rows or so of the main color. Then time to start on the metallics. Oh boy, that’ll be fun. I swore off metallics after stitching the border of the Too Many Books Bookmark in gold metallic thread so this will be my first time using it since I made that bookmark. Wish me luck!

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Progress Report is an update on all my stitching habits, from the kits to the stitching to the finishing process and more! Right now I am featuring one of my cat-themed projects and several of the mini kits I’m currently working on, along with other pieces I like to pull out and work on at random.

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Progress Report: Little Princess, Part 2

Read The Previous Articles:

Little Princess: Part 1

Here is the stitching I’ve been working on today! Only a half hour of stitching but got almost the whole left side of the chart done! This is why I love mini kits so much, I stitch so fast and get the same amount of stitches done but finish more than if I did the same amount of stitches on a bigger chart.

So here is where we left off last time:

Last of the other colors, beyond the metallics. Time to start back on the main yellow.

Last of the other colors, beyond the metallics. Time to start back on the main yellow.

And this is the stitching I got done:

The left side is almost complete.

The left side is almost complete.

At this rate, the project should be done in another stitching session or two!

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Progress Report is an update on all my stitching habits, from the kits to the stitching to the finishing process and more! Right now I am featuring one of my cat-themed projects and several of the mini kits I’m currently working on, along with other pieces I like to pull out and work on at random.

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Friday Finishes #29: Christmas Teddy Bear

And just as quickly as it begun, it ends. That’s what I get for not stitching very many Christmas presents! Today’s Friday Finishes is the Christmas teddy bear I stitched for my nephew.

Name of Piece: Teddy Bear Plush Pet GNTBWM

Designed by: There is no designer listed.

Distributed as a kit by Charles Craft through their Plush Pet series.

Kit Contains: Plush Pet with 18 ct. Aida cloth bib, Free Designs, Color Key, and Washing Instructions

Finished Size: 2.5 in by 2 in

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Friday Finishes #28: Beary Kissmas

Ah, more than a year later we are finally caught up to the point that we’re to Christmas 2013 presents and finishes! The first of our two Christmas finishes is a mini kit of two Christmas teddy bears.

Name of Piece: 30642 Beary Kissmas

Designed by: Carole Rodgers for The New Berlin Co.

Distributed as a kit by The New Berlin Co. under their Christmas Ornament Kit series.

Kit Contains: Ornament frame, self-adhesive mounting board, DMC embroidery floss, 14 ct. evenweave fabric, 1/8″ satin ribbon, needle, and easy to follow instructions.

Finished Size: I’d say roughly 2.5 in by 3 in, as it’s an oval shape.

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Friday Finishes #26: Welcome Home

As we are all very well aware, I am a big fan of mini kits. My favorite mini kits are the ones that have a lot of detail in a few small amount of space. Today’s Friday Finishes is one of those detailed mini kits!

Name of Piece: WM45690 Home

Designed by: There is no designer listed.

Distributed as a kit by Plaid Bucilla.

Kit Contains: Frame, 14 ct. Aida cloth (100% cotton), floss, needle, instructions, and chart.

Finished Size: 2.5 in x 2.5 in. 

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Progress Report: Little Princess, Part 1

So imagine my surprise as I went to write the article on my progress on Little Princess today, that there was no article that came before it! I have no clue why it wasn’t in my Drafts folder like all my other Progress Reports have been. So instead of the article I had planned to finish out Day 18, here is all the progress on this piece from before!

So you can watch me start this project and discuss all its particular on the Five Minute Stitch:

The Five-Minute Stitch! EP27

Oh man, when you’ve been looking at 14 ct. and 16 ct. aida for awhile, looking at the 18 ct. fabric on this kit for the first time in a long time was a shock! It’s such a massive size difference for only a few more holes.

Anyway, here is a very quick round up on the progress on Little Princess! Watch the above video I linked if you want more details on it.

The start of the project!

The start of the project! Once again, more fractionals.

A bunch more progress made from before.

A bunch more progress made from before.

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Almost all but the main yellow finished here.

Last of the other colors, beyond the metallics. Time to start back on the main yellow.

Last of the other colors, beyond the metallics. Time to start back on the main yellow.

All I have left to do is the main yellow color that makes up the crown, the metallic backstitch, the regular backstitch, and then the french knots. There’s really not a lot left to go on this project!

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Progress Report is an update on all my stitching habits, from the kits to the stitching to the finishing process and more! Right now I am featuring one of my cat-themed projects and several of the mini kits I’m currently working on, along with other pieces I like to pull out and work on at random.

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NaBloPoMo November 2014

Reading Instead of Stitching

So there’s not going to be a real article today about stitching related stuff because my queue ran out two days ago and I have yet to build up another one. And instead of doing any stitching or writing I spent all of today reading, which I haven’t done in a very long time.

When I was a kid I used to be an avid reader, I read novels probably every day. And sometimes I finished those novels on the same day. (I’m a very fast reader.) I used to challenge myself to see how many chapter books I could finish in a week.

Now, even though I write constantly (usually between 1,000 and 7,000 words a day between the blog and other pursuits) the last time I read a new novel, one I haven’t read before, was April, I think? I’ve re-read several of my favorites and the last novel I re-read was early August or so. I don’t read actual novels so much anymore. I read blog posts, news articles, Facebook updates, etc., but I don’t read books.

Very late last night I was bored lying in bed, and so I started in on Sense and Sensibility. I’ve read Pride and Prejudice a year or so back and was surprised to like it. I don’t know why I was surprised. I prefer a lot of the classics – Jules Verne is one of my utmost favorite writers, Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle following closely behind. But anyway, I bought a collection of her novels on my Kindle after finishing Pride and Prejudice, which I may read again since it’s in this collection, and so last night I thought, “why not read some Jane Austen?” Sense and Sensibility was the first book in the collection.

It was decent enough, and a very fast read, as I read for about two hours last night and finished it in about four hours today. I think I like Pride and Prejudice more, but it was fun to see who ended up with who, as I knew a lot more about P&P before I read it than I did about Sense and Sensibility. And then, when I finished, I saw I had Wuthering Heights on my Kindle also, so I thought, “why not? I’m in a reading mood today.”

I will say, other than knowing the title and that it’s a classic, I knew absolutely nothing about Wuthering Heights before starting. I knew some guy named Heathcliff was in it. I’m more than halfway through the book as of this writing. It’s definitely not anything like I thought it was going to be. It’s also not incredibly compelling, like I can’t put it down. It’s one of those stories where the outcome of the plot is revealed in the first chapter, and the rest is an explanation of what led to that point, and I’ve seen both novels and movies done in spectacular fashion with this story type.

Wuthering Heights, in my opinion, is not one of those spectacularly done stories. Not that it’s boring, it’s just… I’m more reading to get to the end and see what the conclusion is because obviously I already know what happens in terms of the back story.

So there is the explanation behind no article today! I’m reading. I should be back with all my stitching related stuff tomorrow. See you then!

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NaBloPoMo November 2014