2018 is on its way out and we’re about to ring in 2019. Can you believe the year is over? It’s been a long and bumpy road but a crafty one, too! In this episode we review 2018 by our Instagram posts and share the big moments of each month.
We hope you enjoy this fun reflection podcast and if you can, check out our Instagram feed to follow along with the memories posted there. Have a great new year and see you all in 2019!!
Time to catch up with us here at Hobbies Up To Here! The annual Katie-Needs-A-Month-Off event has come and gone. We’re now buckling up for a crafty summer together and a regular recording schedule (we hope)!
The Beatles quilt, Blackbird, has officially been accepted into the OC Fair 2018! We hope you get the chance to see it in person if you are in town!
Have you ever excitedly grabbed a new cross stitch chart, then quickly pulled out your (or so you thought!) extensive stash of fabric, floss and needles only to find that you were missing key elements that you needed to start your project right at that moment?
Argh! Join the club!
Because I’ve had this happen one too many times, I’ve committed to kitting up my projects ahead of time. What’s “kitting” you ask? Wellll lemme tell you! It works! It’s saved me many a tear and tantrum lol!
Here’s how I go about kitting a project: As soon as I get a new chart, I go to the aforementioned stash, and start shopping. Hopefully, I have stitching fabric that will work well, and one that I enjoy stitching on, that also is a color compliment to the chart design. What’s the point of buying fabric if I don’t use it, right? Next, I grab my DMC floss, and begin to search for the chart’s list of colors, checking them off one by one. Then (and here’s my favorite part!) I go to my hand and over dyed floss, and see of I can substitute them for any DMC I’m missing, or switch out the DMC I’ve pulled for more custom dyed colors. I’ve also taken the time to print out conversion charts from Stitches ‘n Things for Weeks Dye Works, Classic Colorworks Threads and Gentle Art Sampler Threads to make things easier for me.
New haul! Now to start organizing and kitting them up!
Shopping for floss in my stash! Some of these skeins are over thirty years old lol!
Ahhhhhhh all the gorgeousmus stitching fabric options in my “collection”!
I made some project envelopes after following instructions from Vonna Pfeifer’s YouYube tutorial. Everything is present and accounted for, and in a safe place! I can start stitching on any one of these projects any time I want. 🙂
When I’m done with that part of the process, I make a list of anything I’m missing. Whether I shop online, or run to Joanne for DMC or my local needlework shop We, Of The Needle for speciality items, it’s my goal to have EVERYTHING in place and in a project envelope for when I can sit down and stitch. No more frustration!
I hope this helps!
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We’re still in celebration mode! It’s our 3rd anniversary and we’re partyin’ like we don’t have to get up the next day! And this episode is a list of some of our current favorite podcasts, YouTube channels, and books.
Here is a list of our favorite things right now. Check them out and share with us YOUR favorites!
Or should I say Heaven and Earth? That’s the name of the design company from which I bought my most recent cross stitch chart and spoke so passionately about in episode #71. Talk about instantaneous gratification too! I paid for the chart with my PayPal account, then downloaded the PDF file to my GoodReader app on my iPad. Because this chart is an all-over design, it’s presented in “pages”. As I stitch each ten-stitch by ten-stitch grid on the page, I have the ability to highlight each stitch completed in a chosen color, and with another color, I can highlight where I’ve “parked” my thread in the next ten-stitch by ten-stitch grid. My favorite part is the ability to pinch my iPad screen and enlarge as much of the chart as I want. SCORE!
Here’s an example of both the grids and how the threads are parked:
The photo below shows my first completed grid! I chose to use a mechanical pencil to lightly mark my grid, instead of stitching it with fine fishing line. Most of the marks will be covered up by stitching. The remaining lines will be carefully erased, and the rest will surely disappear with a gentle washing after the stitching is completed.
This type of cross stitching blew me away. The designs are stunning, intense and so gratifying to stitch up. But….I had to let go of some of my died-in-the-wool cross stitching rules. I’ve always stitched as though the back was just as important as the front. I wanted it to look neat. Stitching by grid and parking my threads, meant that a neat back was impossible. In the linked video below, Carolyn Mazzeo gives an excellent tutorial on how she parks her threads. When she mentions that she doesn’t carry her threads more that twenty-five stitches on the back of her work, my eyes bugged outta my head lol! I was uncomfortable carrying my thread more than THREE stitches! I’ve actually been freed….whether I complete each stitch individually or stitch multiple stitches in a row of a particular color (cross country stitching), it all works!
Here is Carolyn Mazzeo’s video on her parking technique from her YouTube channel. Thanks to her excellent tutorials and inspiring works of art, here’s the design I bought and am stitching now. She’s a mini chart-225 stitches by 337 stitches, called Mini Andromeda.
I’d loooove to hear what you think. Would you like to give an all-over crossed stitch design a try? I’ll keep you apprised of my progress. Wish me luck!
It’s been awhile hobbyists and we’re happy to be back together and chatting about all our crafty endeavors and failures!
We talk about life, the newest addition to the family, and what’s been happening in both our lives. Also, we go over the few crafty things we’ve attempted lately and share our “failure is fertilizer” projects.
Dori has been busy attempting a new quilt that hasn’t gone quite as she had planned. She’s sticking with it though and doing her best to work with what she has so far!
Jake and I got crafty in the kitchen and we tried to make some Tasty cake batter cookies. While they look cool, they were not edible.
Dori recently met up with a fellow So Cal crafter LoColleen! She bought a stitching frame along with a whole bunch of goodies for her cross stitching hobby.
The summer is upon us and we’re hoping to set up a So Cal Quilter’s Run meet up at one of the participating quilt shops during the run. If you are or someone you know is a fellow So Cal quilter participating in the run, follow us here and on Facebook (link below) to find out more details as we make plans for July!
Both had some interesting tips and a few we hadn’t heard of yet. There were a few we were excited and willing to try out! Definitely pop over to our Instagram page some of our fellow creative minds shared their maker hacks!
Hey hobbyists and crafters! It’s Katie and Dori with an other episode of Hobbies Up To Here!!
Today we delve into stitching! Stitching can encompass so many things from making clothing, hand sewing quilts, and darning socks. But we focus on counted cross stitch, embroidery, and even touch a little on thread punching.
Dori shared an original piece of her’s done years ago when they had Home EC classes. Oh how jealous I am! I wish we still had the choice to take sewing classes in school!
This fine fellow was once a pillow but has since started to fall apart and is now free of it’s original purpose and ready to be mended.
We both had a history with counted cross stitch. It takes us WAY back into the late 80’s and 90’s when the internet was new and Round Robins were in.
This tool, so lovingly known as the needle minder (or as I call it The HotDog) was lurking in my closet to be rediscovered by my mom for her stitching needs.
Lavender and Lace Angel of Light
My mom is still working on her Angel of Light, similar to the one pictured above. It’s gorgeous and intricate and even in its state of undone, it’s just stunning.
All of my cross stitching projects are in various states of unfinished (are we surprised?) and range from barely started to 90% done.
This one is so close and it’s calling me to whip out my needle and thread to get those last back stitches and details done!
Definitely check out our Facebook live video where we share a whole slew of new fun things for me to dip my needle into. Everything from iron on transfers and a gorgeous free form mandala!
Thread punching is new to both of us and this book was based along to us from my Nonnie. This is a WHOLE world of stitching I’ve never seen before but we’re both fascinated by it and may add it to our list of things to learn.
For more info check out this YouTube playlist of Punching Embroidery Designs. Finding current videos on this process is a little tough but it’s worth a look!
Dori was gifted with a pattern to make a little handy bag for all her on-the-go beauty items or crafting needs. She whipped it together in NO time and it’s just adorable!
And now time for a few shout out!
Dori has a HUGE thank you to all our readers and followers for the support offered and the kind words on her finished quilt. I’m telling ya, the pictures don’t do it justice!
Thank you Leah for letting us know how to properly pronounce your name!
Hello to the ladies who visited recently. You can find G and Sherri on Instagram and also thanks Michelle for the lovely visit with Dori. And a hardy howdy to Stephanie, too!
Alida from Tweety Loves Quilting left a wonderful comment on our last podcast comments. We really appreciate the time and effort you took to share your thought with us. Thank you!