Crazy Stitching Habits #23

Crazy Stitching Habits #23
Whenever I go to start a new project, I always take my thread list and go through my thread boxes to see if I have any of the colors I need before I make my list to take to the store. And without fail I’m almost always missing every single color I need! I’ve started buying extra skeins just to have them around for the next time I kit a project!

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Have a crazy stitching habit of your own? Feel free to leave a comment and your habit may be in the next segment! πŸ™‚

Term of the Week: Procrosstinate

Term of the Week: Procrosstinate

Term of the Week: Procrosstinate

This week’s Term of the Week is a fun one, and one you can find on a coffee mug! I thought it was cute and wanted to share. So without further ado, here is the definition of Procrosstinate!

Procrosstinate
verb: To Cross Stitch when you could be doing housework

It’s like procrastinating for stitchers! How many other stitchers have avoided housework, homework, actual work, and any kind of other work you can think of because stitching is so much more fun and enjoyable? I know I definitely procrosstinate… maybe a little too much sometimes… everything in moderation!

I got the definition off of this cute mug from the YarnTree website:

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Find it here! Procrosstinate Mug

The mug shows up in posts in my Facebook cross-stitch groups every couple of months, it seems. This definition feels so true I thought it would be worth a share!

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β€œTerm 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 β€œfrogging” means. Check back every Thursday!

Term of the Week: English Method

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Term of the Week: English Method

This week’s Term of the Week dives back into some more technical terminology!

When looking through cross-stitch techniques, guides, and instructions, you may come across the phrase ‘English Method’. And if you were like me, you’ll have no idea what that means. Luckily, the concept is actually pretty simple.

There are two main methods of stitching the crosses in cross-stitch: the English Method, and the Danish Method. We covered the Danish Method last week. Today, we’ll cover the English one!

When you make your stitches, if you do each ‘x’ at a time – so / and \ to make your x – before moving on to the next stitch in the row or column, they call that the English Method of stitching! It’s as simple and basic as that.

The English Method is also called the Vertical method because that is the primary use for this method of stitching. You use it to make a vertical column of crosses. Stitchers do not recommend using this method on horizontal rows. Also, this method is more sturdy and anchored on the fabric, but it also uses a lot more thread than the alternative of the Danish Method.

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Example of the English Method of stitching

I don’t know why the English Method is called that. I tried finding the origin behind the name. My assumption was it was used primarily by the English in their embroidery work and that’s how it got its name. I couldn’t find anything to confirm this though. If any readers happen to know or have a source to the origin, feel free to let me know!

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β€œTerm 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 β€œfrogging” means. Check back every Thursday!

Term of the Week: Danish Method

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Term of the Week: Danish Method

This week’s Term of the Week dives back into some more technical terminology!

When looking through cross-stitch techniques, guides, and instructions, you may come across the phrase ‘Danish Method’. And if you were like me, you’ll have no idea what that means. Luckily, the concept is actually pretty simple.

There are two main methods of stitching the crosses in cross-stitch: the Danish Method, and the English Method. Today we’ll cover the Danish Method.

When you are making your stitches, if you go all the way down the row doing half stitches like this: / / / / / /, and then go back across the row to finish your crosses like this: \ \ \ \ \ \ , that is the Danish Method of stitching! It’s as simple and as basic as that.

The Danish Method is also called the Horizontal method because that is the primary use for this method of stitching, when you are stitching on a horizontal row of crosses. Stitchers do not recommend using this method when stitching on vertical columns. Also, this method, while less sturdy on the fabric, uses less embroidery floss than doing it another way. I don’t know about anyone else, but the Danish Method is how I was taught to stitch.

A small, kind of pixelated example of the Danish Method!

A small, kind of pixelated example of the Danish Method!

I don’t know why the Danish Method is called that. I tried finding the origin behind the name. My assumption was it’s used primarily by the Danes in their embroidery work and that’s how it got its name. I couldn’t find anything to confirm this though. If any readers happen to know or have a source to the origin, feel free to let me know!

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β€œTerm 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 β€œfrogging” means. Check back every Thursday!

Progress Report: Home Is Where Your Mom Is, Part 1

Progress Report: Home Is Where Your Mom Is

Today’s Progress Report is a Christmas gift I started to stitch for my mom! I made a valiant effort to get this done before Christmas. I didn’t quite make it… but I made huge progress on it! Now it’ll be a gift for whenever I manage to get it done.

So I started this piece with the heart in the center:

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Friday Finishes #40: Rock The ‘Stache

Rock the 'Stache

Today’s Finish!

Today’s Friday Finish is a fun quick stitch I did as a gift for a guy. You don’t find many kits, mini or otherwise, that are good presents for men.

Name of Piece: HD45759 Mustache

Designed by: No designer listed!

Chart or Kit?: Mini Kit

Distributed as a kit by Plaid Bucilla.

Kit Contains: 3 in x 3 in frame, 100% cotton white Aida cloth, floss, needle, chart

Finished Size: 2 1/16 inches by 2 9/16 inches

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Progress Report: Home Sweet Home Code, Start To Finish

Progress Report: Home Sweet Home Code

Today’s Progress Report is a project based on CSS coding that I bought on Etsy! My boyfriend studied Computer Science in college. When I saw this chart I had to get it to stitch it for him. A cool variation of the usual Home Sweet Home saying written in code was right up our alley!

The chart is called Home Sweet Home in CSS by Happy Stitch Net. You can get the chart for yourself here: Home Sweet Home in CSS.

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Friday Finishes #39: Mothers Are Special (Take Two)

Mothers Are Special

Today’s Finish!

Today’s Friday Finish is my second time around with this particular mini kit. I bought the kit a second time to make as a Christmas present for my mom!

Name of Piece: #021-1389 Mothers Are Special

Designed by: Kooler Design Studio

Chart or Kit?: Mini Kit

Distributed as a kit by Janlynn under their “Designs For the Needle” series

Kit Contains: 18-count cotton Aida fabric, 6-strand cotton floss, frame, self-adhesive mounting board, needle, graph, instructions

Finished Size: 2.5 inches round

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Progress Report: Tractor By Janlynn, Start To Finish

Progress Report: Tractor By Janlynn

Today’s Progress Report is something different from my normal projects. I wanted to find a piece more masculine to be able to give my step father for Christmas. I went through my mini kits and found this piece by Janlynn of a tractor I thought he would like. And it turned out to be a fast, simple stitch. It turned out great!

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Friday Finishes #38: Owl By Janlynn

Owl By Janlynn

Today’s Finish!

Today’s Friday Finish is a mini kit I stitched for my sister for Christmas. This one has the unique honor of being the first to have the colors bleed on me in a very long time!

Name of Piece: #021-1484 Owl

Designed by: No designer listed!

Chart or Kit?: Mini Kit

Distributed as a kit by Janlynn under their “Counted Cross Stitch” series.

Kit Contains: 18-ct cotton Aida fabric, 6-strand cotton floss, frame, self-adhesive mounting board, needle, graph, instructions

Finished Size: 2.5 inches round

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