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January 2014

finish #2

Needlebook1I love this pattern.  I love the colors, and I love the little needlebook itself.  I am just very disappointed about the finish!  It was very difficult for me to attach the piece to the book.  I only attached the sides, because the banding was finished on the top and bottom.  I couldn't seem to keep it one place, and took it part twice to fix it.  I put it aside, and thought that it might not bug me when I looked at it again.  It is especially annoying in this picture.  I think I may work on it again......  Any suggestions on what to do? I couldn't even manage to have it be straight for the picture, but then my finishing maybe looks less crooked!  It is a Christiane Dahlbeck design stitched using German Flower Thread.  The finished needlebook is also from Christiane Dahlbeck. 

Kindly, ~Jaime

finish #1

Xmas_bagI have been neglecting to post my fnished projects!  Here is the first finish.  It is a burlap bag I purchased as a kit from Scandinavian Stitches where they were exhibiting at a Swedish Yuletide Fair.  It was a wonderful fair, and I will definitely try to go again next year.  This bag is best stitched backwards.  I used Danish Flower Thread which is fast becoming my favourite thread to use.  Thank goodness the Christmas tree was still up for this picture :).  Anybody else still with their Christmas tree up? Thank you for stopping by.

Kindly, ~Jaime

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hi Everyone!  My name is Jaime.  I recently strated blogging on this web page this past August.  I am interested in embroidery and cross-stitch, which is going to be the main focus of my topics.  I learn so much from the blogs of others, and enjoy reading them so much that I decided to start my own quite some time ago.  I am still trying to gain my footing by figuring out how often to post, what to discuss, etc.  I am also trying to think of interesting topics, as well as creative ways to take pictures of my finished projects. 

To know a little more about me, I came up with a list of ten things about me: 

1. My favorite color is purple. 

2. I am a huge animal lover, and also a vegetarian. 

3. I work as a speech-language pathologist, librarian, and adult basic education teacher.

4. I am going to be married in Quebec City this April. 

5. I LOVE to travel. 

6. I am constantly trying to keep my stash of supplies from getting away with me. 

7. I am a bit shy. 

8. I would love to write a book someday. 

9. Snow is one of my favorite things, along with how quiet it is while it is snowing. 

10.  I drink lots of tea.

Thank you so much for reading, and I look forward to checking out everyone's blog.  Additionally, a big thank you to everyone who is volunteering for this event. 

Always, ~Jaime 

head first......

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Delilah_in_boxI often jump into things face first.  I am at times very impatient and impulsive, and want what I want NOW!  Like for instance, with stitching, I want to be able to work certain styles of stitches, or certain types of stitches immediately.  I can be impatient with wanting a project to be finished, or with the finishing process itself. Stitching has definitely shown me that immediate gratification is not the way things work, that I may have to pull out a fether stitch three times before it looks like an exquisite little leaf, that using one strand to complete a satin stitch takes a long time, and that the more colors in a cross-stitch pattern there are the more patience I need to have.  The patience and perseverence being a sticher has taught me is invaluable, and something for which I am extremely grateful.  I am learning that it sometimes is a good thing to not always get it right the first time, that the slower I go the better things turn out, and most importantly that good things come to those who wait. 

This past weekend was the International Hermit and Stitch Weekend.  I used my time to make progress on several projects, and also to organize my stitching goals for the upcoming year. On Saturday, I went to a shop that I have never been to and bought lots of supplies I need.  I am happy to report that 3 out of 6 projects are finished from the previous IHSW.  One is almost finished.  I will report on them throughout the week, and also about my 2014 stitching plans.  I am looking forward to finding out what other stitchers are going to be up to in 2014. 

Always, ~Jaime