1. Please introduce yourself – name, where you are from, family, pets etc.
I live in Tucson and have been here for 2 years. Originally from Chicago where I had lived my whole life. I live with my 2 adult children, my awesome grandson, 4 dogs (all rescues from shelters), a red foot tortoise and the newest addition to the bunch is a cockatiel.
2. How long have you been stitching and how did you start?
I had dabbled a little with embroidery while I was growing up but it didn’t really stick at that time. In 1995, I was going through some personal stuff and needed something to occupy my mind and time so I went into a local craft store and walked up and down the aisles. The second to the last aisle was counted cross stitch. I sat on the bottom shelf and started browsing thru a leaflet they had there and found a simple design to stitch. I gathered up all the supplies needed, went home, stitched it and an obsession was born!
3. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start? Is there a story behind your blog title?
I had to go look (LOL) I made my first post in January of 2010 but didn’t really start updating regularly until 2011. My blog title is a play on my name. I started blogging mainly to see my own stitching progress. I had been reading other blogs and liked comparing the ongoing progress on the pieces they displayed.
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.?
Oh goodness… before I really got into stitching groups on Yahoo and later Facebook, I like many others was a one piece at a time stitcher. Now I think I am a serial starter (don’t you just love starting a new piece, it is exciting!) who wishes I was disciplined enough to follow every rotation I put in place for myself. Instead I just stitch what I want to when I feel like it.
5. Do you have a favourite designer or style of design you are drawn to?
I LOVE geometric and mandala designs, it is just something about the way they are laid out that attracts me. I love Northern Expressions Needlework and Ink Circles for those designs. I also love stitching bunnies (I collect them) and simple holiday designs. However… I am not opposed to stitching most designs put in front of me!
6. Which piece are you most proud of in your collection?
That is a hard choice because I love so many of them but I think it is between the Spirit of the Eagle and Walk Softly. I stitched these for my Father and they were my first pieces with beads.
Spirit of the Eagle
Designer - Linda K Powell
7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?
That would have to be Bunny Collector. It was my first and LAST attempt at stitching “over 2”. I just can’t get the hang of it for some reason. I finally gave up on this piece, cut off the extra fabric around it and threw the stitching away! I may attempt to do it over 1 someday in the future.
Designer – Alma Lynne
8. Which new technique would you like to try, either stitching, finishing or another craft?
I used to crochet but my hands no longer like that craft. I also like to sew but the machine still scares me a bit. I would love to learn to quilt and it is on my list of things to do so the machine and I better come to an agreement soon. Most of all though I would LOVE to learn how to finish my pieces off into “something” so they can be displayed.
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?
LOL, I have what many call “The Box of Shame” where most of my finished pieces go to rest while I contemplate what to do with them. The easiest way of course is to frame them but I have even been slacking on that lately.
10. Which of your projects most represents "you"?
I also like quotes that serve as reminders for everyday living and encouragement so I think that may be Rules of Life which I stitched in my favorite color…purple!
Designer - Kincavel Krosses
11. Tell us a secret about yourself. Or a joke. About anything!
I can’t think of any secrets off the top of my head. I am very good at procrastinating and tend to let things pile up which is why I have lots of WIPs and stash! I also love assembling jigsaw puzzles and that obsession has taken over when I can’t sleep at night.
12. Anything you would like to add?
Just want to say a big THANK YOU to Jo for creating this blog so we can get to know new stitchers and learn about others that we have been following for a while. Thanks to all who took the time to read about me!