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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

As you may have noticed, I haven't posted in a while. The problem is that blogdrive keeps "eating" my posts. It was bad enough when it was eating comments from non-Internet Explorer browsers, but now that it's eating posts made via Internet Explorer, it's time to move someplace else. So, our new home will be at . I'm sorry I couldn't get the shorter url we had here; someone's already using it. Make note that there are indeed 3 "s"s in a row. :)  Maybe I should have gone for XStitchNews...hmm. Anyway, I think I've moved everything that I'm going to move. Posts here will stay here, and this site will stay up as an archive as long as possible. If I've missed anything at the new site, let me know. Please come join me at Cross Stitch News's new home, . Thanks!

Posted at 01:05 pm by Allura
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Internet Memorial Quilt

KSBI-TV has an item about a new exhibit at the Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum called Sharing Hope: One Stitch at a Time. One of the quilts on display is the Internet Memorial Quilt, which has over 208 cross stitch designs on it. Unfortunately, I don't think the photo included in the article is that quilt, but I'm not sure. I'm guessing this quilt was a project from rec.crafts.textiles.needlework or r.c.t.quilting? I'd love to hear more about it if anyone who reads this worked on it. The exhibit will be on display until April 6, 2008.

Posted at 02:36 pm by Allura
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Make My Day Award

Wow. Cross Stitch News received the "You Make My Day" award from Charlene at Needle In Hand. Thank you very much, Charlene.

The award rules are: "Give the award to up to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel so happy about blogland! Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so that they can pass it on."

I'm going to be passing this award on only to cross stitch and needlework-related blogs, as I think that is appropriate, since CSNews was given the award, not my personal blog. It helps narrow things down to (I read a LOT of blogs, on all sorts of topics, not just needlework).

  1. SharonB always has something new to learn in needlework. Last year she hosted the "Take A Stitch Thursday" challenge, and this year she's hosting a challenge called "Take it Further". It's a great site for expanding your stitching horizons.
  2. Connie Thomas, the host of's Cross Stitch guide, is a terrific source of freebie patterns and instruction, especially for new stitchers.
  3. Independent Needlework News collects all sorts of industry news, including new shops, sales, and new designers/threads/fabrics.
  4. Jen from Funk & Weber designs created the Needle and ThREAD: Stitching for Literacy program, which brings stitchers together to create bookmarks to encourage reading in children and adults.
  5. Melinda at The Stitching Thread is the designer behind Medeiros Designs. Her blog is a great look into what goes into creating a design.
  6. Artistic License is another designer's blog, this one belonging to Teresa Wentzler of TW Designworks. Her style is quite different from Melinda's, and it's interesting to see the differences and simliarities in the design process.
  7. Incoherent Scribblings is not only a prolific stitcher, but the host of the SBQ, the Stitcher's Blog Question. This is a weekly question to inspire stitching bloggers to talk about their work in detail.
  8. The Freebie Gallery is exactly what it sounds like: a gallery of finished works based on freebie designs offered by designers around the world. It's great to see the results of these complimentary designs that designers create for stitchers.
  9. The World's Largest Collection of Smalls is another gallery site, this one specifically for small cross stitched projects. If you're usually a big project person, this will really inspire you. Also, it's a great place to get finishing ideas for those small designs that you're not sure quite what to do with them.
  10. Sharon's Cross Stitch Obsession is my final choice for this award. Another prolific stitcher, she always is working on something interesting, and I simply like what she posts. :)

Update: It appears you can't comment or email the hostess of The World's Largest Collection of Smalls. I just hope they see this in a trackback. Also, Teresa Wentzler's blog is having issues, so I'm not sure when I'll be able to let her know about the award.

Posted at 11:52 am by Allura
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Friday, January 11, 2008
Beccles Cross Stitch Club

The Lowestoft Journal (UK) has a section titled "What's On Diary," which includes this item:

"Quaker Hall, Beccles Cross Stitch Club, 7.30pm, new members welcome, phone 01502 575334."

Posted at 09:57 am by Allura

Thursday, January 10, 2008
Philly Needlework

The Philadelphia Inquirer (PA, USA) has three items of note in their Senior Centers and Groups section:

"Oxford Area Senior Center 12 E. Locust St., Oxford; 610-932-5244. Crafting classes & workshops, computer classes, dancing & more. Needlework session. Thu. 10 am-noon. Cards/Scrabble. Mon.-Fri. 10 am-noon."

"Upper Main Line Senior Center 47 Church Rd., Malvern; 610-647-1311. Book groups, art class, Tai Chi, card games & needlecrafts. Volunteers Needed - Needlework Assistance (Please call Evelyn Hewitt at 610-647-1896 for more information). Volunteers Needed - Bingo Games (Please call Sally Murphy at 610-644-3983 for information)."

"Wayne Senior Center 108 Station Rd., Wayne; 610-688-6246. Bridge, current events discussion, poker, fitness center, pinochle, Harmony singers, readers club. Needleworks - Wed. 10 am. Call senior center for membership information. Mon.-Fri. 9 am-4 pm."

Posted at 04:04 pm by Allura

Handwork Guild

The Milan News-Leader (MI, US) posted a relevant item in their Community Calendar section:

Handwork Guild meets from 7 to 9:30 p.m. the first and third Monday of every month at Two Twelve Arts Center, 212 W Michigan Ave., in Saline. Participants should bring their own knitting, crocheting, embroidery or any other handwork project. For more information, call 944-2787.

Posted at 09:54 am by Allura

Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Morning Stitching

The North Norfolk News (England) has a listing of events, including this one for Monday, January 14:

"BACTON. Village Hall: Coffee morning to sew and talk about knitting, cross stitch etc, 10am-12."

Posted at 01:14 pm by Allura

Monday, January 07, 2008
How to Cross Stitch in 5 minutes

AppScout found a site called 5min that hosts short how-to videos. Among others, there's one from the Yarn Tree on how to cross stitch.

Posted at 06:27 pm by Allura

Sunday, January 06, 2008
Hawwa Women Craft Exhibit

The Daily Times reports that the Hawwa Women Craft Co-op of Islamabad, Pakistan is extending an exhibit of hand embroidered dresses and household items another week.

Posted at 10:04 pm by Allura

Calm Through Stitching

Cross Stitch Ninja at Radical Cross Stitch has a possibly finished piece that makes clear how stitching has a calming effect on them.

Posted at 09:31 pm by Allura
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