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Beta Testers Needed

Hey, guys!  I need some beta testers for a tutorial project.  I'm going to be taking the Cross Stitch 101 series and re-doing it, effectively, to work as a cohesive unit.  I will also be releasing a companion book to go with it.

I'm looking for people who can review both of these elements and give me any feedback or questions they might have.  I'll also be looking through my YouTube comments to see what common questions people have.

Ideally, I'm looking for people who are relatively new to the hobby, since you won't be able to fill in any gaps I might have left anywhere.  The more questions you can ask me, the better.

I cannot afford to pay beta testers, but you will get access to all of the lessons and patterns used in this series.  If this is something you might be interested in, please sign up below (or click the IFTTT link if you're seeing this on Tumblr).


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Pattern Giveaway: September 27th - October 3rd

It's time for another pattern giveaway!  Is there a pattern you've been wanting to get, now's the time to sign up for a chance to get it for free.  There are six ways to enter.  Check them out below.

Free Cross Stitch Pattern (Sept 27-Oct 3rd)


Free Cross Stitch Pattern: Porcupuffer

Porcupuffer Cross Stitch Pattern
DMC FlossAny Fabric31 x 32 Stitches7 Colours
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Free Cross Stitch Pattern: Cheep Cheep

Cheep Cheep Cross Stitch Pattern
DMC FlossAny Fabric32 x 30 Stitches6 Colours
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Free Cross Stitch Pattern: Blurp

Blurp Cross Stitch Pattern
DMC FlossAny Fabric32 x 32 Stitches7 Colours
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Free Cross Stitch Pattern: Blargg

Blargg Cross Stitch Pattern

DMC Floss
Any Fabric
47 x 32 Stitches
7 Colours


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Perching Raven: On Amazon

The Perching Raven pattern is now on Kindle!  It's been on Amazon for a while, but now you can get it delivered directly to your tablet.  Which means if you have KindleUnlimited, you can get it for free.



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Orange Sunset: On Amazon

The Orange Sunset pattern is now on Kindle!  It's been on Amazon for a while, but now you can get it delivered directly to your tablet.  Which means if you have KindleUnlimited, you can get it for free.



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2017 Pattern Collection: On Amazon

The 2017 Pattern Collection is now on Kindle!  It's been on Amazon for a while, but now you can get it delivered directly to your tablet.  Which means if you have KindleUnlimited, you can get it for free.

Patterns included in this collection:

Perching RavenSummer SunriseNot You AgainHaunted HouseCalifornia CondorFlowery GeckoGlitterfishRainbow AuroraTrees at the BeachTropical SunsetColourful Birds (set of four)Bats at NightCoral ReefSmall Birds (set of four)Tropical Fish (set of four)Colourful Butterflies (set of four)No No No 
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Cross Stitch Pattern: European Robin

European Robin Pattern

Any Floss (charted for variegated)Any Fabric44 x 48 Stitches5 Colours
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Cross Stitch Pattern: Hippo Tang

Hippo Tang Pattern

Any Floss (charted for variegated)Any Fabric65 x 38 Stitches4 Colours
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Cross Stitch Pattern: Kingfisher

Kingfisher Cross Stitch Pattern

Any Floss (charted for variegated)
Any Fabric
48 x 57 Stitches
7 Colours

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Cross Stitch Pattern: Ginger Cat

Ginger Cat Pattern

Any Floss (charted for variegated)Any Fabric65 x 45 Stitches7 Colours
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Cross Stitch Pattern: Tabby Cat

Tabby Cat Pattern
Any Floss (charted for variegated)Any Fabric60 x 30 Stitches6 ColoursGet it here

Blog: Learning how to Cross Stitch

A journey in learning a new hobby in 16 images.  These are a bunch of small little projects I have from when I was learning how to do this stuff.  I didn't start with little projects though.  Not pictured are the few very large projects I tried to start on, just to see if this was something I wanted to learn how to do.  That's always the best way for me to see if something is for me.  I try it on the hardest setting possible — in this case, with a huge full-coverage piece of Loki.  Guess what: I barely got anywhere with it.  It was full of mistakes, the fabric was awful, and I didn't know that you're allowed to fix mistakes, basically.  That sounds weird, but when I placed a stitch in the wrong spot, and noticed it about a half hour later, I didn't know that you could just... stitch over the wrong one, or pretend that it wasn't even wrong.  I didn't know you could pull out stitches and do a section over.  I don't know why I thought this wasn't allo…

Flosstube #13: Got Creeped on at the Library

We went to the library to escape the heat, and instead wound up getting heavily creeped on by a creep.  Do not want.



Flosstube #12: Battling Wasps at the Japanese Garden

I went to the Japanese Garden to read your comments.  And got attacked by wasps!



Flosstube #11: Camera Died

My camera would die right in the middle of filming.



Cross Stitch 101: Parking Method

Parking is one of those things that's hard to search for, because it's not exactly an intuitive name, and even knowing that it exists as a technique isn't exactly genetic knowledge.  But if you want to do some gnarly big Heaven and Earth piece, or something that's pure confetti, parking is a good way to make sure you don't wind up with a bunch of tangles and knots on the back.


So, what is parking, anyway?  In short, the name refers to the thread you're using being placed on the fabric for later use.  It's been parked there temporarily, like you park your car at work.

This is a difficult one to explain in text, so I'll be brief and let the video below explain it for me.  There are a few different ways to go about parking your thread, but this version is my favourite.  I work one 10x10 block at a time, starting in the upper left corner.  On my chart, I highlight every instance of that colour in that 10x10 block, and stitch them.  Then, I look at the next…

Cross Stitch 101: Hand-Dyeing Aida

Dyeing your own fabric is fun and easy.  It's also cheaper, and lets you get exactly what you want.

Mostly I marble dye my fabric.  Marble dyeing is probably the easiest way of doing it, because mistakes are hidden much better than if you're trying to get even colour or a specific design.  It's also easy.  You only need a few things:
WaterDye (I use Rit)Salt Rubber bands or white cotton yarn  (do not use acrylic or yarn with dyes.  Animal fibres should be avoided regardless of whether or not they've been dyed)A heat source and appropriate containerMy heat source is a microwave and a variety of bowls.  You can also use a stove and a pot.  The stove can be faster and can support much more fabric, but it's also messier.  Another tool I use is a giant turkey roaster.  It's the slowest method, but can handle a huge amount of fabric.

First, prepare your fabric.  If your fabric is starched, this can actually increase the amount of marbling that appears, because the c…