Friday, 12 May 2017

Vickie from A Stitcher's Story

A special Blogger of the Week for all Poodle fans!  I am sure that her followers will be able to guess who it is from the colour of this font too.  We have been followers of each other's blogs for many years and she is a keen participant in my various blog hops too.  This week I'd like you to welcome Vickie (also Mabel, Henry and Murphy) from

1. Please introduce yourself – name, where you are from, family, pets etc.

Hi, I am Vickie, a stitcher from Wisconsin, USA. I will be married 25 years this year and we have three adult children. We have two toy poodles, Mabel and Henry, and a miniature poodle named Murphy.

2. How long have you been stitching and how did you start?
 I began stitching at the age of 12. My mom gave me an aida kit with a cat that has it's head stuck in a fish bowl, stating "Some things in life are harder to get into than out of." My mom still has this framed piece.

3. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start? Is there a story behind your blog title?
I have been blogging for 5 years now. I was inspired to start mainly by Carol of Stitching Dreams.

4. How would you describe your stitching style? Are you a serial starter, a rotator, a OAAT (one at a time), highly organised, random and eclectic, etc.?

I am pretty much a OOAAT who is mostly organized. ?

5. Do you have a favourite designer or style of design you are drawn to?
I really like Hands On Design and I adore A Mon Ami Pierre.

6. Which piece are you most proud of in your collection?
I am most proud of Theotokos. I stitched this in 2014 with wools. This is the first project I beaded.

7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?
Since I cannot think of one, I must not have one?

8. Which new technique would you like to try, either stitching, finishing or another craft?
I plan to do punch needle. I even have two books and all the supplies. I have just not made the time to do it.

9. Do you have a box of finished-but-not-fully-finished pieces? Or is everything FFO'd? What's your favourite way to fully finish a project and what do you do with them?

Sigh. Yes. I now have a small pile of about 5 finished-but-not-fully-finished pieces. I used to be very good about always finishing after stitching each time. Used to.....  If I am stitching a tiny piece, which I usually am, I love to just finish the piece into a flat pinkeep type finish and pop it into my cubby shelf.

You can see Vickie's cubby for May on this blog post - May Cubby

10. Which of your projects most represents "you"?
I have quite a few pieces stitched up with poodles on them. I think anything with a poodle on it represents me quite well. And if it is pink AND had poodles, well Hip Hip Hooray!

11. Tell us a secret about yourself. Or a joke. About anything!
I am not so sure it is a secret, but I have not shared this with anyone on the blog. I have been trying to learn conversational Russian. I stress the word trying!!! I took four years of German in high school and that was much easier. And that wasn't easy! First of all, I was younger and secondly I think Russian is just plain hard to pick up. I am not even attempting to write it or read it. Brian and I belong to a Russian Orthodox church for several years now. We English speaking only Americans are definitely in the minority in our church. Almost all of our friends speak English, yes. I still think it is very nice to know how to say Good Morning, thank you, please, Good bye, Hi, and such in Russian. Especially to my Babushka friends. 

Thank you Vickie, I followed your example and will finish this post with a vintage image from this website - Free Vintage Art


  1. Lovely to learn a bit more about you Vickie

  2. Thank you so much Jo! You are such an inspiration to us all with your organizational skills. Yet one more stitching blog you now have, and a super neat one at that! Thank you for taking so much time so that all of us stitchers can enjoy reading and learning more about stitchers and stitching.

    PS I love that you finished with a poodle pic. Thanks for that link. I never knew, and I see there is one for me to use! ;)

  3. Awesome interview! It's always nice to learn more about our stitchy friends. Vickie's work is always stitched perfectly. I always smile when I see a poodle now, because it always makes me think of Vickie. Looking forward to reading more interviews and going back to read past ones. Wishing you a most lovely day. :)

  4. What fun to read about you, Vickie--and how sweet of you to say you were inspired to start blogging because of me!

  5. Love your poodle piece. Very regal looking, it must be so much fun to have the three of them running around. The Theotokos piece is wonderful and detailed, definitely will add it to my wishlist. Look forward to reading future blog posts.

  6. Congratulations on being Stitcher of the week. It was good reading about you and learning more. I love to hear how stitchers got started stitching and seeing their works. Love the poodle pieces.

  7. So nice to read/learn more about you my friend.

  8. Nice to learn more about you and see some more of your work. :)

  9. Lovely to learn more about you Vickie

  10. What a great idea this is Jo! Vickie, I loved your interview. Your start to cross stitching was so cute and I can see a Mom saving that first piece and always loving it. I'm a new blogger and look so forward to getting to know you and Jo better and all the other lovely ladies that love to stitch as much as I do. Happy stitching! RJ

  11. What a great idea this is Jo! Vickie, I loved your interview. Your start to cross stitching was so cute and I can see a Mom saving that first piece and always loving it. I'm a new blogger and look so forward to getting to know you and Jo better and all the other lovely ladies that love to stitch as much as I do. Happy stitching! RJ

  12. Lovely to read about your stitching Vickie, and to see Theotokos again. What an awesome stitch!

  13. Nice meeting you!So impressed with Theotokos!I know my mum would have loved this !AriadnefromGreece!

  14. Such a lovely pic of you with the pooches Vickie x

  15. How lovely to read more about you, dear Vickie, but I am so intrigued - you and your husband belong to a Russia Orthodox Church? I bet that there is a story behind that. Good luck with the Russian lessons.

  16. Hi Vickie! Loved your post... and wow! You're trying to learn Russian! I am impressed and also intrigued that you go to a Russian Orthodox church :o) Good luck with the lessons!
    Hugs x

  17. Lovely to see Theotokas in your post Vickie,I enjoyed watching for your updates.Good luck with your Russian,I love listening to it being spoken.

  18. Love your blog. It is always a great read. Learning Russian. WOW. That is amazing

  19. Hi Vickie, nice to meet you! Learning Russian is pretty impressive, but it's on my 'todo' list for some day as well!

  20. Nice to 'meet' you Vickie. Poodles are great and so active. My mum has an apricot miniature poodle. I know from a friend that Russian is difficult to learn. Good luck with your progress in learning it.

  21. Oh Vickie, I really do wish we lived near each other, I have all the things for punch needle too and need to learn! Good for you for trying to learn Russian.

  22. Nice to learn more about you!

  23. Interesting answers, Vickie. And I am sure #10 was the easiest question to answer, lol.
    Good luck with your punch needle adventure.