Beginning and ending threads in cross stitch: loop method & pin stitch
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I was online this week participating in one of my cross stitch Facebook groups, and several people were asking how to anchor their thread. I mentioned that I use the loop method to start, and a pin stitch to finish. … Read More

Working around my disability
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So I’ve been told many times that I don’t look like I’m disabled or that there’s anything wrong with me. However, after a stint at the Ottawa pain clinic in their month-long program, I realized that even though others may … Read More

Trellis + cross stitch = awesome stitching frame
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Here I go again, designing yet another cross stitch scroll bar frame. I’ve done several versions of this in previous posts, I’m just constantly trying to make my stitching as pain-free as possible. I’m usually reclined on my couch or … Read More

Cross stitch – cross country stitching
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In my last post, I wrote about one popular method for keeping track of where you are in a pattern and managing lots of colours – the parking method. As I said in that post, personally I’m not a fan … Read More

The parking method: cross stitch tutorial
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The parking method can be a great way to keep yourself organized and on track while you’re stitching. Most people who come across the parking method fall into one of two categories. They’ve either never heard of it, or they … Read More

How to follow cross stitch patterns
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Now I know most people are intelligent enough to be able to figure out how to follow cross stitch patterns on their own, but depending on the pattern it can sometimes look like a logo machine threw up all over … Read More

From a painting to a cross stitch
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About a week ago I wrote a post about the ArtRage app that I’ve been playing with over the last year or so. I’ve found it to be really helpful in allowing me to draw and paint again, even if … Read More

How-to cross stitch instructional videos
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Welcome to the beginner cross stitch tutorials! These two videos will help you start with the very basics of learning to cross stitch — the materials you’ll need and how to actually do a cross stitch.   Disclosure: Please note … Read More

Gallery
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Welcome to my art gallery!   These images are spanning the last two decades or so of my work, and show some of the variety of media that I’ve explored. I’m heavily influenced by the Italian Renaissance and Ancient Greece, … Read More

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

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