Support Your Designers

October 24, 2008

Copyright issues are still a big problem for many designers. Kirsten at TGOS has just posted the following which will help us all do what we need to do to keep within copyright and support designers who work hard to produce beautiful patterns for us. It informs us what we can and can’t do. I need to make minor adjustments to my finishing pages by adding year of copyright and check the resolution of the pictures. I have always tried to add as much info about the pieces so that everyone who likes a piece knows who designed it so they can get their own chart for their stash collection

Many cross stitch designers are now working together to fight this continuing battle. If you know of copyright infringements, please write to needleworkdesigners

Trebizond Thread

May 3, 2007

I’ve been asked why Trebizond is so interesting to work with.

Well, Treb is basically a silk perle thread. However I’ve found it untwists so practically every stitch I’ve needed to let the thread go. I also have to use a huge needle or the thread splits. I asked the lovely ladies on the Stitch and Stash forum for any tips… this was the response:

Try using REALLY short lengths and don’t try to frog it, it will shred, or try the Kreinik Silk Serica, I find that slightly better behaved

Christine of Alchemy Stitchcraft

I’ve used Trebizond and on canvas it is marginally better. Shred does not begin to describe what happens when you frog it – try disintegrate or shatter. A larger needle than you would normally use does help a lot plus letting the silk drop every few stitches to allow it to regain it natural twist

When I used it, I was lucky in that I had a very old, very deaf dog who knew all the swear words and just gave me one of ‘those’ looks when I lost it.


I’ve used it, and absolutely hated it. It snags so easily. You’d think at that price (it’s pretty expensive stuff), it would be easier to work with!

Next time, I’m going to just substitute perle thread!

Diane of Stashaholics Central

Happy Dance

November 20, 2006

Well I finished my Heirloom Biscornu last night!!! I really love it

This is the bottom (nearing completion)

The Bottom Nearing Completion

And this is the finished biscornu… I am in love!

Biscornu Top Biscornu Top Detail Biscornu Bottom

What I am really pleased about is how many of my goals I have completed!!!

I’m romping through them this month, only three left to do and I have a full ten days left of November. I must have either been very nice to myself or I’ve actually managed to set myself attainable goals for a change. 🙂

All I have left is an ornament to stitch for myself and two Christmas presents. The fabric for the presents arrived today and I already have one skein of floss but the rest should be through later this week. What I do need to do, is decide what ornament I want to stitch for myself (I have asked my OH to choose one but I could be waiting til Christmas 2007 before he give me an answer… lol)

My little cuddle muffin

(who gave you permission to stop cuddling?)

Heirloom Biscornu Update

November 19, 2006

Well I finished the Biscornu top last night. I love the detail and the beads.

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I’ve started the bottom and should finish later today, as it isn’t as intricate as the top. I can’t wait to finish it.

I love the Heirloom Embroidery, Carol designs such pretty delicate stitching.

Heirloom Biscornu

November 16, 2006

I’ve started my biscornu as I still need to order some fabric for my other projects, which I should hopefully organise tomorrow, all going well.

I love Heirloom Embroidery designs, they are so pretty and delicate. Not like the other things I normally stitch.

I started stitching the Peachy Biscornu yesterday evening, I plan to stitch a little each night and should hopefully finish either Saturday or Sunday.

This is the start of the first side (I have stitched the back stitch border but it isn’t as interesting)

Biscornu - First Installment

The Bookmark is Finished!

November 9, 2006

Well the title says it all. It has only taken me nearly two months from the request from my Dad for a bookmark, to actually finishing it (It’s only a couple of weeks late for his birthday).
From the deciding what to do, to finding the right material… it has all taken time

This week I made a concerted effort to get it finished. I was really strict with myself as there were other stitching projects that were calling to me. Last night I finally finished!

To say I am happy would be an understatement, although I have enjoyed parts of this project… I’ve not really enjoyed it as a whole.

Bookmark Bookmark and book

It’s arrived

October 28, 2006

My first ebay purchase has arrived!!!! Just Cross Stitch Ornaments 2005. I have a Christmas Ornament Exchange to stitch so I’ll have to make my mind up, what I want to stitch.

I also went to the little old ladies shop to buy some provisions so now armed for most of my stitching needs til the new year. I bought a tape measures for covering, for my Dad’s wife (for Xmas), as she was coverting my covered tape measure… I have an idea for a design!

So I’m off to do some stitching: the bookmark and my biscornu as they are the most important to finish at the moment. I’ll post some photo’s later with my progress.

I’ll also have to get some more food for my fish…. as one of the cats ate the contents of the tub and scattered it all over the floor… nice!