A Stitcher’s Dictionary: Table of Contents

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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Little Thread Crafts News Round-Up

Because, you know, it’s been a long time.

I have basically not had a summer, and just had bad luck after bad luck. My promising new job turned out to be awful, we lost the apartment we were looking at, I had a procedure done on my wrist that prevented me from stitching, which couldn’t heal because of the job… it really has been a mess. :( And I neglected the blog as a result. The good news is that August is around the corner and everything should improve dramatically. I have to finish out July, is all.

The Update Video

So first on the news agenda is the update video I put out at the beginning of July to explain where I ended up. This is a companion video and a continuation to the article I wrote about my absence, which you can read here:

I Want To Stitch :(

In essence, the job got worse from the point I described in the video. The factory account where I work is still in shambles, and corporate is only now starting to repair some of the damage. My manager starts today. TODAY. And the old boss quit a month ago. Yeah. I’ve broken down in tears several times over this job, and so have the people I work with. I finally put my foot down and said enough was enough. I know I don’t handle stress well, and the job was so stressful I was reaching my breaking point.

When I went to put in my two weeks, guess what? They wouldn’t accept it! Instead I got a big speech about how if I only stuck with it, it would get better, and can’t I stay until I was originally supposed to leave at the end of August? Um, no! Okay, well, can’t I give them more than two weeks that way they can replace me? Are you seriously so strapped for people it takes you more than a month to hire a new manager and suddenly it’s my problem that you won’t be able to find someone to replace me with an ample two week notice?

Long story short, my last day is July 25th, and I couldn’t be more happy to be done with it. It had the promise to be a fantastic job with good pay and full benefits, but it was bad timing all around. If they had gone in and fixed the account and everything was ready to go, that would have been wonderful. Instead it was a “tossed to the wolves, survival of the fittest” style of business and the company is about to have a mass exodus on their hands if they don’t shape up. I’m the third person to leave and I know the remaining four will follow if things don’t improve.

So anyway. Done ranting. Between working non-stop for over 60 hours a week and the fact that the job was so stressful, I didn’t have time to stitch or write. Which really sucked because both are my stress relievers. :(

Wrist Diagnosis, Procedure, and the Worst Case Scenario

So, if you have watched my Five-Minute Stitch videos you may have seen the lovely braces I used to wear from time to time. (Actually by the time of my last doctor’s appointment it was all the time.) I also wrote about it in my Stitching With Care: Pain Management Tips for Stitchers with Health Issues article.

The story: I’ve had a mysterious pain in my left wrist since March of 2012. Yeah, that long. Four different doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with it over the course of two years. It was reaching the point of debilitating, like I couldn’t use my left hand or even my left arm at times at all. I’m right-handed but you realize how much you use your left hand when you can’t actually use your left hand.

I went to a wrist specialist about a month ago and he was able to tell me what was wrong. I was diagnosed with a ganglion cyst in my wrist that causes pain and inflammation. It was smaller than 5 millimeters in size (or so the doctor said) because the MRI didn’t pick it up. This is a chronic condition – there is always a chance it will come back if you get rid of it – but it is treatable. He gave me a steroid injection of Cortisone and took a needle and tried to poke holes in the cyst in an attempt to collapse it. And they gave me a new brace!

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New brace!

However, I don’t know how much the procedure helped… I only had three days to rest it before I had to go back to work. And since I work non-stop it didn’t really have a chance to rest. It seemed to help at first, but now… if the cyst collapsed, I’m fairly sure it refilled and came back. :( Although that’s a good thing! It means their diagnosis was correct and they can proceed with treatment.

The good news is, the doctor wants to do one more procedure when I go in for my next appointment, and since I won’t be working as much, it should be easier to rest. And if it works, great! The bad news is, if it doesn’t help, the only other option is surgery to remove the cyst. Which has a six week recovery time. Which is not good. Because I won’t be able to type or stitch or do anything with my left hand like… at all. So I really want to avoid that if at all possible!

Round-Up

So that’s what I’ve been up to. Barely any stitching and a lot of politics and drama. And health issues. I have 18 drafts in my posts that I need to work on. So I promise when life settles down I’ll be back in full! I have so many things I wanna stitch and so much I wanna do with the blog! I only need a few spare minutes to relax and fix things personally.

Again, if you want to keep up on stitching related things, I’ve been posting things regularly to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. So if you have any of those things and want to stay in touch, follow me there!

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I will see you guys in August! Happy Stitching!

Progress Report: God Sent Special Things – Part 3

Read the Previous Articles Here:

Progress Report: God Sent Special Things, Part One

Progress Report: God Sent Special Things, Part Two

THIS is an example of why I Don’t Like Large Projects!

So this is where I left off on my “God Sent Special Things” cross-stitch piece that was a part of my failed Cat Rotation:

How the kittens look now.

Where I left off!

Well, some time ago I worked on the piece some more – and apparently forgot to write a Progress Report on it – and got more done on the kitten on the left!

The kitten finally has both ears.

The kitten finally has both ears.

And back to my original point: this piece is an example on why I don’t like large projects all that much, and much prefer to stitch things that are small and quick to do. This piece is small; it’s only a 5 x 7, and I’ve done bigger ones before. But I sat down one night and managed around thirty or forty more stitches on the piece. This is as far as I got:

I didn't actually count but I'm guessing that's around 50 stitches.

I didn’t actually count but I’m guessing that’s around 30-40 stitches.

I’m a pretty slow stitcher, so that took me about an hour or so of work. And look how much I got done. The rim of the basket they’re sitting in, and part of the handle. That’s it! Forty stitches and around an hour and the piece only moved an inch forward. If I had done the same amount of stitches on one of my mini kits I’d be anywhere from a quarter to half finished with the piece!

That’s wayyyyy too slow for me! Especially right now when I’ve got precious little time to stitch. After I realized how much time had passed I got frustrated and broke out one of my mini kits. At least I know I could get a lot more done in a solid hour! Even with a piece as small as a 5 x 7, I need to wait until I’ve got more time and just steadily work away at it until it’s done.

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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 a Cat-Themed Rotation of three cat-themed projects, my Wolf Dream Catcher, Seashell Pillow Cases, and a few other pieces.

By the way – to keep up on Little Thread Crafts stitching news and get pictures, updates, and more that don’t appear on the blog until much later, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! I would greatly appreciate it!

I Want to Stitch :(

I thought I should give a brief update on why there hasn’t been been any Five Minute Stitch videos or very many articles at all the last few weeks.

My boyfriend and I are trying to get our own apartment next to his college campus, so in order to do that, I got a second job. I’m currently working a 60 hour workweek – 40 hours at the new job during the week and then 16 hours at Joann’s on the weekends, with an occasional extra 4 hours if either job needs me for something. It’s absolutely exhausting, but we need the money, and since I plan to go back to school and focus on the blog/my stitching once we get the apartment, I gotta make as much as I can!

I really want to stitch… I always carry a small kit in my purse along with my needles and scissors so if I get a down moment I can get some stitches done. Except I’ve been so tired I don’t want to pull it out and get it ready. :( It sucks! All I want to do is sit down and spend a couple hours stitching, but… right now, I get up, go to work, come home, and go to bed. I don’t have any days off so I have no down time to get anything done…

Anyway, I’m done moaning about that. I’ve only been at the new job for three weeks and it’s crazy hectic because of some outside factors. Once that gets settled I hope I’ll be able to get more sleep and then have time to stitch and write articles and do videos! But I wanted to keep everyone filled in on why the blog might go quiet for the first time in a long time.

I’m still posting things to the blog’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, so you can go to any of those places if you wanna keep up on stitchy happenings! There are lots of pictures and discussion on new stash so check those out if you want.

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I will see you guys when I see you! Happy Stitching!

Term of the Week: Aida

Aida

By Wikipedia.it et Wikipedia.en (Wikipédia italien)  via Wikimedia Commons

By Wikipedia.it et Wikipedia.en (Wikipédia italien) via Wikimedia Commons

In this week’s Term of the Week we dive into the different types of fabric available to stitchers!

Aida (also called aida cloth and java canvas) is a type of even-weave fabric designed specifically for needlework such as cross-stitch and embroidery. It is a stiff material that softens as you work, which is ideal for stitching in hand, but a hoop or a frame can be used also.

All aida cloth is even-weave fabric, but not all even-weave fabric is aida cloth. It’s the most popular fabric for cross-stitch and comes in a variety of colors. It’s the fabric packaged in most kits.

Aida is often called a beginner’s fabric due to the perfect squares formed by the even-weave as well as the fabric’s natural stiffness. It is not good for fractional stitches due to its stiffness. In order to make fractional stitches (such as quarter and three quarter stitches) the stitcher has to “punch through” the fabric’s middle square.

More advanced stitchers prefer to use pure even-weave and/or even-weave linen rather than aida, especially for larger projects and projects with lots of fractional stitches. Some stitchers, however, prefer to use aida for all their stitching. Just like many other things in cross-stitch, it’s all a matter of preference!

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“Term of the Week” is a weekly blog post highlighting a new word or phrase commonly used among cross-stitchers but not found in an ordinary dictionary. These posts are to help explain the words’ meanings in context and provide a resource for anyone wondering what a term like “frogging” means. Check back every Thursday!

Check Out These Cross-Stitching Street Artists!

Source: news.distractify.com

Check out this article I found sharing through all my Facebook groups!

You can read the article HERE:

These Artists Have Discovered A New Type Of Street Art—Cross-Stitching On Fences

French street art duo Vanessa and Stéphane, better known as Urban X Stitch, decorate ordinary chain-link fences across public city streets with bright and colorful cross stitched characters.

So cool! Check out the news article and feel free to share to all your friends!

 

The Five-Minute Stitch! EP27

Welcome to Episode Twenty-Seven of The Five-Minute Stitch!

For Day Three of Week Eleven, I start yet another new project – yes, I have so many lol – and talk about how this new project has metallic thread and french knots. And fractionals! Yay.

Things Discussed in this Episode:

Friday Finishes #7: Too Many Books Bookmark

What is The Five-Minute Stitch?

I do not do enough stitching in my daily life. I have plenty of free time but a lot of other hobbies, so I don’t get as much stitching done as I would like. So, I am holding myself accountable: maintain a video diary where I stitch for at least five minutes three days a week. Hopefully I can increase that to five minutes every day a week, but I’m starting small to begin with!

Why only 5 minutes?

Five minutes are all I’m comfortable recording at a time. The hardest part of any project is sitting down to start working. I’m holding myself accountable to five-minute segments, so that once the camera stops rolling I will have the motivation to stitch more on other projects. I’m not only stitching for five minutes and that’s it! :) Besides, no one wants to watch me stitch for hours at a time!

Thanks for watching! :)

The Five-Minute Stitch! EP26

Welcome to Episode Twenty-Six of The Five-Minute Stitch!

It’s Day Two of Week Eleven! I talk more about aida and then about fractionals. Ugh. Fractionals.

Things Discussed in this Episode:

No articles, just some fun talk. :)

What is The Five-Minute Stitch?

I do not do enough stitching in my daily life. I have plenty of free time but a lot of other hobbies, so I don’t get as much stitching done as I would like. So, I am holding myself accountable: maintain a video diary where I stitch for at least five minutes three days a week. Hopefully I can increase that to five minutes every day a week, but I’m starting small to begin with!

Why only 5 minutes?

Five minutes are all I’m comfortable recording at a time. The hardest part of any project is sitting down to start working. I’m holding myself accountable to five-minute segments, so that once the camera stops rolling I will have the motivation to stitch more on other projects. I’m not only stitching for five minutes and that’s it! :) Besides, no one wants to watch me stitch for hours at a time!

Thanks for watching! :)