So, two links today to introduce Stephanie from
1. Please introduce yourself – name, where you are from, family, pets etc.
My name is Stephanie and I’ve lived my whole life in the Washington, DC, metro area. 12 years ago I married the light of my life and we have a 3 year old little boy. I am currently a thirtysomething stay at home mom, previously I worked in higher education / finance. My son used to sit on my sit on my lap, as I worked on his birth sampler, when he was just 2 months old.
2. How long have you been stitching and how did you start?
I learned how to stitch when I was a small child, around 4 years old. My mom and I did many crafts together and I faintly remember starting with tent stitch on plastic canvas. I loved counted cross stitch from the first time I tried. I stitched throughout my childhood and teen years. This astrological design is the oldest I still have, from the mid 90's. With the advent of the blogosphere in the early 2000’s, I learned about the wider world of stitching, like fabrics other than aida. Then I started stitching in earnest after we bought our house in 2012 and suddenly had a lot of wall space begging for decoration.
3. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start? Is there a story behind your blog title?
I was inspired to start blogging when my husband gave me an iMac computer for Christmas 2007. My blog title comes from the username I devised for Ravelry and other online forums. Ohsewcrafty is a cute pun, IMO. I am generally very crafty… I’ve at least tried most forms of arts & crafts over the years (Everything from sewing to stained glass, among others). The other sense of crafty also applies- I like finding clever solutions for problems. "Sew" because stitching and sewing are my oldest passions. I tend to be highly strung and crafting is essential to stay sane- I find it calming, soothing, and engaging.
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.?
5. Do you have a favourite designer or style of design you are drawn to?
My favorite designers are Mirabilia and Joan Elliott. I prefer fantasy style designs- dragons, fairies, unicorns, mermaids, etc. But I enjoy many other styles as well- I like Lizzie Kate, Stoney Creek, and Imaginating, too. There is always a Christmas project in my rotation... here is Joan Elliott's Christmas Angel. Though I do full coverage sometimes, my favorites projects are the sort which involve fractional stitches, backstitching, beads, metallics, etc. on hand dyed fabric (belfast linen is my fave).
6. Which piece are you most proud of in your collection?
7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?
My worst stitching disaster probably involves my current WIP, Winnie the Pooh II (kit) by MCG Textiles. The floss didn't work out... the fabric didn't either. My third start (with DMC and new fabric) finally stuck. Honestly, I probably would have ditched it entirely if I wasn’t meant for my son. Winnie the Pooh was his first cartoon, enduring favorite, and I just couldn’t give up. I am finally making progress!
8. Which new technique would you like to try, either stitching, finishing or another craft?
I would like to try weaving. I think woven fabric is attractive and it would be another way to use up my huge yarn stash… I was a very prolific knitter for a number of years. I still knit a little, but most of my crafting time goes for stitching these days.
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?
I have a shelf, where resides a bag of finished but not fully finished pieces, rolled up to save space and avoid wrinkles. My favorite way to fully finish is framing, which I do myself, and they decorate my walls, mostly. Sometimes projects languish because I like to save up several pieces to frame all together, seems more efficient that way. Unicorn Mystique was my first project with the circular mat cutter.
10. Which of your projects most represents "you"?
11. Tell us a secret about yourself. Or a joke. About anything!
12. Anything you would like to add?
Don't be afraid to try new things and pick projects that may seem a little above your skill level... that's how we learn!