Top 5 Christmas Gifts for Your Favorite Stitcher
This season, give your favorite stitcher the ability to relax and unwind (even if it's just for an hour or two). Cross stitching is easy to do and the repetitive nature of making those Xs is extremely relaxing. Not to mention that stabbing your fabric is a lot more law abiding that stabbing that crazy person in the store line.
1. Subscription Kit
The perfect gift that gives and gives and gives each and every month is a subscription kit. Each month, she'll receive a new cross stitch pattern with all the supplies needed so no running to those crowded stores only see that some materials are out of stock. Each complete kit is delivered directly to her mailbox. And each pattern in my Dandelion Subscription Club is designed to finish within the month so no projects stacking up unfinished.
PS: Order before December 15th to lock in my Founding Members price of $34 each month. Cancel anytime.
2. Cute Wood Easel
What better way to display her cross stitch work than in a cute small wood easel! While these small size easels are in the background, they do a marvelous job of presenting the projects in the hoops with just a touch of lift. Plus they are great for all other small items she would like to display.
3. Colorful Thread Snips
Almost all cross stitchers have those scissors or snips that they reach for during a project. These small snips are durable and perfect for crochet and paper as well although most stitchers keep a tight hold on their thread snips. Just sayin'
4. Diffuser Bracelet
Yes, your favorite stitcher would love a diffuser bracelet like this Live Simply Mini Bracelet and Charliemadison Originals is the perfect shop to get one (or more)! Your favorite stitcher just adds a few drops to the wood beads on the bracelet, glides it on her wrist and she will enjoy the calming effects of the essential oil while she is stitching. Charliemadison is owned by my sweet friend, Wendy, and she donates 5% of every sale to organizations that support military service members and their families. Definitely a win-win for you AND your favorite stitcher.
5. Essential Oils
Since you're thinking about a wood diffuser bracelet, don't forget the essential oil to use with it. Your favorite stitcher needs a relaxing and de-stressing blend for the holidays (and beyond). This oil by Debbie of AromaThyme Aromatherapy is perfect. The Beyond Lavender oil offers a calming yet uplifting blend of Orange, Geranium, Cedarwood, Spanish Marjoram, Frankincense as well as Lavender.Follow
November Subscription Kit Reveal
Christmas is my favorite time of the year! I love the anticipation of family to visit, the sparkling lights on trees and houses, as well as secretly-wrapped presents.
That is the inspiration behind my November subscription kit design. My children couldn't wait for Santa to bring goodies. But it wasn't just the gifts, they were waiting on; it was the specialness of the season. It was knowing that everyone's attention was on each other. No work schedules. No errands. Just togetherness.
On the larger design, the words, "The Joy of Santa" are surrounded by a simple red and silver Christmas tree and a gathering of presents. One the smaller design, are Santa's tools of the trade; his sleigh and reindeer.
This cross stitch kit comes with both color and black/white patterns, 14 count white fabric, white muslin fabric for backing your hoop, an 8-inch hoop AND a 6-inch hoop, 7 full sets of DMC skeins of embroidery thread, high-quality John James tapestry needle, and instructions and tips guide.
October Subscription Kit Reveal
This month's design has all the warm feels of the fall season; from the simple words in a soft shade of brown to the sweet floral vine around the outside.
Along with this Give Thanks design, you'll receive a bonus pattern of hearts, hearts and hearts.
Each month's kit includes the main cross stitch pattern, bonus pattern, embroidery hoop, John James cross stitch needle, enough plastic thread bobbins for that month, and a cross stitch instructions and tips guide.
Follow Me on a Creation Journey
I've designed a new personalized stitch people design and it came from my heart. There is nothing more important in my life than these 3 boys. They are everything to me.
While we were spending time together over the holidays, I realized I wanted to add to our family photos but getting everyone together these days is really hard.
So I decided to use stitching and one of our family photos (taken way before Covid), to create these boys in stitches.
Follow my stories on Instagram for updates and to see my stitching progress.
Word of the Year Cross Stitch Pattern
Do you have a word of the year? Deciding on a word of the year has been very trendy lately. That one word can be so inspiring and powerful. It has the ability to drive your mindset and actions throughout the year.
My word of the year from last year was simplify. I want to continue this word into the new year. Simplify means "to reduce to its basic essentials." This is the word I've chosen -again - to be my #wordoftheyear.
I find myself being pulled in so many directions that I end up feeling almost catatonic with indecision over the simplest of things. I've decided to simplify my home, my work life, my expenses, my body and definitely my mind. The new year just happened to coincide with my declaration.
I am now decluttering my guest bedroom, mudroom and garage. If it hasn't been used or displayed within the last year - it goes. I am currently eliminating any unneeded expenses. (Sorry, NetFlix - you don't make the cut.) And I'm doing more yoga and herbal tea than running and soda. (That's still a work-in-progress.)
While life can get extremely complicated, I've decided to approach everything with a "simplify" state-of-mind. Do you have a word of the year?
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How To End a Thread on Your Cross Stitch Design
My super simple method; right here! You're going to need to end or switch threads during your cross stitch project. This method (yes, there are many) is my favorite because it is so simple and it works.
With the thread ending on the back of your design and the thread still in your needle, gently run the needle through one of the stitches you already made; preferably in the same color (so your secret doesn't show on the front).
I like to repeat this at least three more times to make sure the end is secure.
Then snip off the excess very carefully.
Stay tuned for more cross stitch how-to's and tutorials.