Friday, 6 October 2017

Brenda from Time 2 Xstitch

I first met this week's Blogger of the Week through The Scarlet Letter Years blog for reproduction samplers and joined her in the 2014 Just Nan SAL.  Just Nan fans stick together!  In fact we are planning a Nan-a-long next year with a beautiful chart we both have.  As well as samplers our Blogger stitches some lovely smalls and always has nice finishes to show us.  So please welcome Brenda from



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

My name is Brenda Wilson, and I currently living in Beavercreek, OH. I am a military wife and have been married to my husband Ted for 25yrs. We have 2 children.... Grace who is 22 and Daniel who is 17. We don’t have any pets at this time.


2. How long have you been stitching and how did you start?

I started cross stitching when I was 17 and I am self taught. My first job was in a fabric store that carried cross stitching charts, DMC floss, hoops, aida fabric and other necessities for cross stitching.



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 since Feb 14, 2011. I because intrigued with having a blog while stationed in Germany with my family but I could not read enough German to figure out how to set up a blog on my computer. So I waited until we were restationed back in the USA.


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.?

My stitching style I guess would be described as a serial starter and rotater. I do have my stitching supplies organized as it just drives me nuts in my sewing room to NOT have things organized for the most part. For the designers that I have the most charts for, they are in plastic sleeves and filed in binders. Other designers that I may not have a lot of charts for, I have them filed in decorator gift bags.


5. Do you have a favourite designer or style of design you are drawn to?

My favorite designers would be Just Nan and Shepherd’s Bush. I love designs with specialty stitches in them.

Just Nan Last Stitches

Shepherd's Bush Sail Away



6. Which piece are you most proud of in your collection?

The piece I am probably the most proud of is Examplars From the Heart Resurrection. It is the LONGEST sized piece I have stitched.


Examplars From the Heart Resurrection



7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

I don’t have anything that I have ever had that became a disaster. Perhaps the only disaster I can say would be that I had quite a few UFOs that I knew I would never finish, so I just boxed them up with any special overdyed threads and the chart and donated them to a needlework guild to be gifted out or sold to raise money. So the only disaster on that would be the money I spent in the chart, fabric and speciality fiber.


8. Which new technique would you like to try, either stitching, finishing or another craft?

I would LOVE to learn how to knit socks. I can knit very basic items, but I would love to learn how to knit socks to make fun socks for myself and my daughter.


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?

Yes I do have a box of finished items. I hope to make a better effort of getting these finished but not fully finished items completely finished. That would make a great New Years goal. My smalls I like to make into ornaments, needlerolls, or pincushions.

Shepherd's Bush Tudor Needleroll


10. Which of your projects most represents "you"?
I would say that my Christmas ornaments that I have on my yearly Christmas tree represent me very well. I stitch ornaments for myself, family and friends every year.

Prairie Schooler Winter


26 comments:

  1. Brenda I loved learning more about you. And I really love Examplars From the Heart Resurrection!

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    1. Thank you Vickie!!! Yes the Resurrection piece was a wonderful and special piece to stitch for my husband. I loved it so much it stayed at home and not in his office. :)

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  2. Hello Brenda, love the SB piece.

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    1. Hi Julie,
      SB is one of my favorite designers to stitch and I have been blessed to attend several of their retreats!!!

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  3. Love your projects and hearing more about you!

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    1. Thank you hon!! I was blessed by being asked by Jo to be a Blogger of the Month!

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  4. Hi~ I really love how you finished off the PS ornament; it looks great! And the SB has a fantastic framing job.

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    1. Hi Rosey,

      I love stitching the PS ornaments and this was was such a fun piece to stitch and finish. I loved the unique way PS had finished hers so of course I had to as well. The framing was by Jill Rensel and thank you !

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  5. Hi Brenda,I already posted.I keep being signed out of blogger..most frustrating.
    Love your stitching.Your PS ornament is a favourite along with Just Nan Last Stitches.
    I took up sock knitting this year,I have just completed my seventh pair.Winwick Mum has a great tutorial on her blog and youtube.

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    1. Hi Lesley,

      Thank you for the sock tutorial reference. I will have to look it up!!! Thank you for admiring my stitching. It really is my sanity most days! LOL

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  6. So nice to read your interview, Brenda - and to have a look on some of your stitched pieces. Your PS ornament is just adorable.

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    1. Thank you Brigitte!!! I had fun stitching the PS ornament and finishing it in a unique way!

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  7. Nice to meet you Brenda, you've stitched some lovely pieces

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    1. Thank you Christine!!! It is nice to be appreciated by other stitchers!

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  8. Nice meeting you Brenda. I love your Sail Away piece!AriadnefromGreece!

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    1. Hi Ariadne! Thank you for your kind comments. I loved stitching Sail Away!

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  9. It's very nice to meet you Brenda. I was an Air Force wife for 30 years and miss our time in the military. In fact it was an AF friend that taught me to stitch. I loved your choice of stitches. I too am a big fan of Shepherd Bush. Your Sail Away is gorgeous. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

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    1. Hi RJ,

      Nice to meet a fellow AF wife!!! We will always share a common bond!!! I was teasing my husband as I am not ready for "civilian life" as he will most likely retire at 30years. I think if everyone REALLY saw my stash, it was resemble a small xstitch shop!!! Most of which has been collected over the years.....for for fear of moving to another place that won't have a xstitch shop!!! LOL

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  10. Lovely to read about you Brenda! I enjoy reading your blog. The Shepherds Bush and Prairie Schooler designs are my favourites. It's good to see some of your older finishes.

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    1. Hi Justine,

      Thank you for always commenting and reading my blog anyway and now commenting on Jo's blog about my article. Cross stitch is truly a passion of mine....as you probably can tell. Thank you for your lovely comments!

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  11. Hi Brenda, nice to meet you! Lovely projects you got there.

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    1. Hi Leonore,

      Thank you so much for your comment. Cross stitch is truly a passion of mine!!!

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  12. Lovely to meet you! You have some gorgeous stitching in your collection of finishes :o)

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    1. Thank you so much hon! I appreciate hearing that!!!

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  13. Glad to meet you Brenda. Your pieces are gorgeous and I admire anyone who stitches specialty stitches (I avoid them at all cost!) in their pieces. Beautiful finishing on the ornament too!

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    1. Thank you Faith. I actually find myself "craving" specialty stitches when I find myself just doing xstitch all the time. Thank you for the lovely compliments!!

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