Turning a lamp into a scroll bar frame holder
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Try as I might, I just could not get comfortable stitching the past week or two. Maybe it’s returning to the ice and snow in Ottawa that’s exacerbating my pain, or maybe it’s something else. Whatever it is, I needed … Read More

Ideas for a floral cross stitch
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Floral? She said floral? Anyone who knows me knows I really dislike traditional floral pieces, I find them too dainty and girly (which I am not, Coco is far daintier than I ever could be). Even though I’m still working … Read More

Progress on my Michelangelo cross stitch
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Even though I’m nowhere near done, I’m pretty happy with how this Michelangelo cross stitch piece is going so far. I think the original drawing is being rendered quite nicely in cross stitch, and the motion and direction of my … Read More

Making custom scroll bars for my frame
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  I bought my scroll bar frame about a month ago, and I love it so far. Right now the piece I’m working on will take a few months to do, but looking into the future I’m thinking I may … Read More

Making my scroll bar frame even more user-friendly
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I’m really enjoying using my new scroll bar frame, but when I bought it I decided to not get it with the bottom lap piece. I’m going to be travelling with it so I didn’t want to end up carrying … Read More

What to do with no printed pattern…
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      I’m not working from home at the moment, so I needed to figure out a way to follow my pattern. I usually upload my pattern to my iPad and use the Cross Stitch to Go app, but … Read More

Starting the long journey on my first large cross stitch design
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My first post from my phone, I hope this ends up looking ok. So after several hours of playing with and redesigning areas of the pattern for my newest cross stitch piece, I was happy with what the drawing was … Read More

Finished my first cross stitched life drawing :)
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Well, it took me a lot longer than I thought it was going to (judging by how long it had taken me to do the two previous patterns I made), but I finally finished the first of my life drawings … Read More

Hello! Welcome to Handy Little Gadget!
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Hello and welcome to my new site, Handy Little Gadget! This site is named in honour of my parents – speaking once to my Dad about some creative project my Mum was shoulder deep in (which isn’t hard, she’s tiny), … Read More

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