I have quite a list of blogs that read regularly. Not all of them involve cross stitch, but many of them are and most of the rest are craft-oriented. One that I like is Rachel's blog,What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day. Recently, she offered a list of questions specifically for the cross stitcher. I had written a blog post similar to this during the past year and it was fun. I like the fact that this set of questions is different, and so I will answer them because I know that you want to know.
Question 1: How did you start? Who introduced you to cross stitching? I would have to say that my mom was an early influence. She taught me how to embroider and do stamped cross stitch at a very early age and let me embellish pillowcases with rather vivid color combinations.
Question 2: Favorite theme or designer? I like a lot of different designers -- Little House Needleworks, Blue Ribbon Designs, Blackbird Designs, Allessandra Adelaide, Ink Circles only name a few. Just judging from my collection of charts, too many.
Question 3: What brand of floss do you use? DMC and overdyed floss of all kinds.
Question 4: What is your fabric of choice? 28-count Lugana or Jobelan tops the list. I like linen for smaller projects and the max I'll stitch on any fabric is 32-count. My current, most active, project is being stitched over one on 18 count linen.
Question 5: Do you use a needle threader or are you a floss licker? Once a floss licker, always a floss licker. Nothing wrong with that if you're the only one using that particular piece of floss.
Question 6: What brand of stitching frame (or hoop or otherwise holder) do you use? Hoops for me. In hand for small projects. I tried the q-snaps, but they were too heavy for my delicate wrists. You didn't know that I'm a delicate flower? So I traded my little collection of q-snaps with my friend Trish for her little collection of hoops.
Question 7: How many projects have you finished? I don't know the answer to that. I've been stitching for a long time and haven't been organized enough to keep track. Wouldn't it be nice to have a little photo album of all of the projects you've stitched? Yeah. I've given a lot of stitched pieces away, so I honestly have no idea.
Question 8: How many completed works are hanging in your house? Easier question. Nineteen.
Question 9: Do you stitch for gifts or keep for yourself? Both. It's probably about half and half.
Question 10: Favorite finished stitched piece? An All-American Santa that I stitched for my sister, "Peppermint Twist" by Blue Ribbon Designs, and my Pledge of Allegiance Flag (sorry, I can't remember the designer at the moment).
Question 11: Worst experience while stitching? When my husband and I were first married, I was stitching a gift for my mom, a sampler that I designed myself. Mark accidentally spilled tea on it when I was about halfway through stitching. Luckily the dry cleaner got the stain out, but didn't know what to write on the ticket describing the item, so he wrote "flag". I also stitched a piece with floss that I hated and came to dislike the piece. It's folded up and stuck in a box somewhere.
Question 12: What do you love and hate about cross stitch? Cross stitch is relaxing; I love seeing the design developing right before my eyes; I like the varied colors of floss and seeing how they go together; What a great feeling it is to complete a project! I can't really say that I hate anything about cross stitch, but I am a very slow stitcher and it takes me a while to finish projects.
Question 13: Have you introduced anyone else to cross stitch My mom! Yes, she WAS the one who introduced me to needlework, but I showed her how to do counted cross stitch on Aida. She became an avid stitcher!
Question 14: The first project, did you finish it? Probably. I don't remember even what it was.
Question 15: How do you store your floss? DMC in bobbins in those little boxes and overdyed floss in Floss Away bags on rings. OK, and some of it is stuffed in a box.
And there you have it. Everything you wanted to know. Ha ha. If you're a stitcher, maybe you'd like to answer these questions too. Go right ahead! I may have done it in a lighthearted way, but it does make me remember quite a few stitching memories. No photos today. It seems that transferring old photos to a new computer can be a process filled with glitches. Not to worry. I'll have them up and running soon!