Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Site Closed

I will be leaving this up as an archive for as long as blogger lets me, but I will no longer be updating Cross Stitch News. Thank you for your support!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Shutting It Down

I'm thinking of shutting down Cross Stitch News. It was a good idea, I think, but the end result isn't as interesting as I would like. More importantly, though, I just don't have the time to deal with it now. Ok, perhaps it's more accurate to say that I don't want to put the time into it. It's just not holding my interest as much as stitching itself does, for instance. I think it might be time to let this one go. If anyone's interested in taking it over, let me know, but I will probably shut it down within a few days.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Cross Stitch Calculator

Widgetbox has a gadget that will put a cross stitch calculator on your website, blog, etc. It calculates the stitched size of the project. Add a margin, and you'll know how much fabric you'll need.

Lady Day Cross Stitch

Marni at Conjure Crafts stitched a little bunny for the Spring Equinox and has a photo up of her finish.

Cross Stitch Offer

From the Birmingham News (AL, US) comes this Good Neighbor item:

"Cross-stitch patterns:

P. Blalock, Pelham, 238-8614, offered to give a large amount of cross-stitch patterns and books to someone who can use them."

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Heart Cross Stitch

Christine at Beside Still Waters has a photo up of a finished cross stitch for the wedding of her father & stepmother. 

Visit Historic Adobes, stitch a bookmark

The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, CA (USA) reports that several historic adobes will be open to the public on Jue 7. There will be a lot of activities that day that showcase historic activities of California in the 1800s, including cross stitching a bookmark.  (Hey, it's a one topic blog, whattya want? :) )

Designer Blog: Cross Eyed Kat

Here's another designer's blog for folks to follow. Kat from Cross Eyed Kat blogs at Kat Gets Cross Eyed. If you've never seen her designs before, you should check them out. She has a lot of dragons, but she also has some historical and impressionistic designs, as well as science themed ones. It's quite a broad range.  

Mother's Day Cross Stitch

plaidbunny at Sweater Surgery has a bunch of finished cross stitch photos to share, including their Mother's Day gift. 

Hopkinton Needlework

The Concord Monitor (NH, USA) has a section for the Hopkinton community news. This included this item:

"SLUSSER SENIOR CENTER: The Hopkinton Recreation Department's Slusser Senior Center offers...needlework, Thursdays at 10 a.m. For more information, call 746-3800."

Friday, May 30, 2008

Cross Stitch Trees

KonnyKards finished up some cross stitch with beads. Click on the photo for a closeup; they're really nice!

Bank Holiday Musts

The Rutland & Stamford Mercury (UK) has a list of Bank Holiday Musts -activities for the upcoming Monday - including this item: 

"THE craft, Food and Gift Fair ld at Burghley House will give you the chance meet some of the country's finest artists and craftspeople in a demonstration area. Watch glass-blowing, woodcarving, cross stitch and fabric painting. There will be puppet shows and amusements for children, a food hall, falconry, ferret-racing and a make and take marquee. Opening hours are 10am to 6pm and admission is £5, seniors £4.50, children £2. Admission to the house and gardens is extra."

Exchange Update

Sandrajay of Sandra's Cross Stitch Haven posted an update on the exchanges she's been in lately.

Cross Stitch Exhibit Report

Malta Media reports on a cross stitch exhibit hosted by the Stitch in Time club at the Catholic Institute in Floriana. The article also includes contact info for the club itself.

Christopher Bell joins HAED

Christopher Bell at Otherworld Illustrations announced that some of his designs have been turned into cross stitch patterns and are available through Heaven and Earth Designs. 

Women Watching Baseball

The Philadelphia Inquirer has an article about women who love to watch baseball. Among other items that the Phillies are using to promote interest among women, there is a mention of their Stitch n' Pitch, which will be held Aug 5 this year.

"Since then they've added a line of women's shirts and hats and Stitch n'Pitch Night, an evening when needle arts enthusiasts are invited to knit, crochet, embroider or cross-stitch their way through a game with a discounted admission price. This year's Stitch n'Pitch is slated for Aug. 5."

Debbie Draper Designs Joins Yarn Tree

The Yarn Tree announces the addition of another designer to their shop, Debbie Draper Designs

Monday, May 26, 2008

Reversible Cross Stitch

Needlework Tips and Techniques has a tutorial up on how to do reversible cross stitch. I've never seen instructions for that before!

Nine Geeky Cross Stitch Examples

Geek Crafts has nine geek-themed cross stitches. More geek stitchers, please! :)

Itty Bitty Stitching!

msjenmc at Clam Casino's Journal posted a finish of an itty bitty design she stitched.

Central Illinois Summer Activities

Pantagraph.com has a huge list of summer activities in Central Illinois (US) this year, including this item:

"(June) 6-15: National Counted Cross Stitch Show, more than 400 pieces on display, Rockome Gardens near Arcola."

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Some Finished Cross Stitch

April at Cake Makes the World a Better Place finished some cross stitch projects and is showing them off. I love them all!

Designer Blog: Joan Elliott

Here's another designer blog, Joan Elliott of Joan Elliott Design blogs at http://joanelliott.wordpress.com/ . Her latest post, Spring Update, talks a bit about two upcoming books and several new designs in various magazines. I was just looking at her "Sea Goddess" design at the bookstore, but I may have to go back for the geisha design in Cross Stitcher. The cats in World of Cross Stitch are pretty cute, too. 

Stitch N' Pitch - St Louis Cardinals

From the Tri-County Journal:

"The St. Louis Cardinals second annual Stitch N' Pitch will take place at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at Busch Stadium. Fans can go to baseball game to knit, crochet, needlepoint, cross-stitch and embroider, watch the game and sit with friends, family and colleagues, Tickets are $27 and include a goodie bag. $1 for every ticket sold will go to the Needle Arts Mentoring Program (NAMP), an initiative that mentors children in the needle arts. Tickets available through http:.//www.stlcardinals.com."