Last Night’s Stitching Progress, a bit of a rant, some lovely floss and a flash chart adoption……

Even tho I did doze off for a bit while watching some floss tube videos, I did manage to get all the alphabet letters done, border lines finished along bottom and started up the right side.

October Sampler

October Sampler by Threadwork Primitives

The colors for the letters were mostly grouped with pairs of letters stitched in the same color but a few that weren’t stitched in pairs.  I didn’t necessarily follow the chart as to color placement and put in a few more single letters where I switched colors each letter just sort of choosing colors as I went along.  I had gotten an email from someone asking a question about the chart and they recommended  changing the color of the D or the M so the same color wasn’t right on top of each other.  Well we are all entitled to or own opinion and I don’t expect others to love everything I do (tho if you dislike what I do don’t feel compelled to tell me so) 🙂  Actually, if I were just stitching the alphabet and spacing out the colors with no other plan in place – then I likely wouldn’t have put those two letters right over each other with such a strong color.  However, as I politely explained to that person – that color was an extra color I added to the stitchery because I wanted the letters in the alphabet that are the initials of my name, to be in a separate color from the rest.  Hence the color placement of that dark burgundy color.  Oh and someone else asked if  there were specialty stitches in this – no, it’s all cross stitch so definitely Aida friendly.

So let me say this and then move on.  If you are a lovely reader who has never been inclined to send me a grumpy private email about things you dislike that I do on my blog – then you should just skip the next two paragraphs because my comments are not directed at you, and you can continue down to the photos of some lovely flosses I just received and some other goodies.  I appreciate you and your kind comments on my blog!  If you have recently sent me emails about the topics below, that does not necessarily mean these responses are directed at you.  I get lots of emails on the topics below and am happy to answer any questions — unless you were one who sent me a rude, unkind email and then they most definitely are.

There seem to be a lot of grumpy people  emailing me privately lately about things they don’t like about my blog.  And if it were just one or two or three random grumps – I would simply ignore it as I have in the past.    It seems to go in cycles every so often where there’s a glut of grumps.  But seriously there are been 9 emails in the last week on various topics but the most popular places where I am apparently failing (in their eyes) are the  topics below.  They were not emailing polite requests or polite comments – they  were just plain rude.  For instance, (and I’m wording it nicely here as if they were polite requests not how the actual email read)  requesting that I put the fabric, floss changes I do, chart name, etc. in each blog post where I  show a project I’m working on or create a separate page for all that info that they could refer to like all other cross stitchers do;  that the Sunday Chart Adoption posts should be posted the same time everyday so they would know when to look for them;  when am I going to show some quilting – they found my blog thru quilting and don’t cross stitch and aren’t interested in it and get tired of checking my blog only to find x-stitch stuff;   they didn’t like the flash chart  adoption challenges because not knowing when they end or start did not give them time to participate and wasn’t fair (yes several people actually said it wasn’t fair).

So now I’m going to respond in a somewhat grumpy fashion too –  but I need to straighten out the grumpy people now.  Grumps,  (1) if you don’t like the way I do things on my blog – tough!  Seriously, don’t read my blog then.  I’m not saying I’m not open to suggestions but you can bet it will never happen if it isn’t a polite request but rather a rude statement of how I seem to be lacking in your opinion. (2) I generally try to remember to list fabric I’m using when I pull a chart and do an initial blog post when I’m starting the project and try to remember when I show it finished but putting it in every blog post that shows the project – simply not going to happen.  As to floss I use or a list of changes to floss or a separate page with all the info for a project – sorry – that all takes away from my stitching time and since I’m never going to need to refer to that information again, it would be a waste of my  time.  Perhaps “all” those other cross stitchers they were referring to do not work a full time job and have lots of time to stitch AND make lists for other people to use, perhaps they enjoy tracking all that information for their own use — that is NOT me.   If you have a question regarding a specific floss I’m using, ask away and I’ll be happy to help if I can.   (3) Sunday Chart Adoptions have been discontinued so that should ease the mind about them not being posted at the same time every Sunday. (4) I will be posting quilting stuff when I get back to quilting – if finding cross stitch stuff on my blog doesn’t interest you maybe you need to find a blog that is truly all about quilting – there are tons of them.   I likely won’t get back to quilting until late fall or winter most likely. (5) as for the Flash Chart Adoption challenges – that is how all chart adoptions will be handled from now on.  It’s a challenge, it’s a game – it is fair for everyone since no one knows when I will post one or when it will end.  I find it particularly galling that multiple people would complain when I’m passing along charts that I have paid for, that they do not need to pay for to receive, and that they do not need to pay postage to receive.  Undoubtedly there were likely others who were disappointed if they didn’t see the flash challenge in time but there will be other flash challenges and maybe next time they will win. And of course in most respects there is always the option of going to a shop and purchasing whatever chart you missed out on if you really want it.  So please, let’s put an end to all this grumpiness  and you need to just move on if you don’t like how I handle things.

NOW, as for the lovely Victorian Motto flosses I recently received.  Part of what I received is in the October Sampler –  and here are the rest I got.

victorian motto floss

These are a little blown out in color  in those photo because it’s sunny here today but they are sold in packs on the Victorian Motto Etsy site.   It’s wierd because the green of the project bag back is true in color but the flosses are more dark/rich looking in real life than in the photo.

And a chart that arrived not long ago that I just love called Faith of the Heart – the saying on it and the birds and that house – just lovely.  I also got a notice that the final chart I was waiting for from the Needlework Expo presales is in so that should be coming soon.  This one may be a start in the not too distant future but I have several smalls going at the moment that I want to get finished first.

faith of the heart

Now I need to go decide if I have a late lunch or just a snack – I’m leaning towards snack because in my grocery order I had a big pack of ribs so when they arrived I immediately put them on to par boil so I may just stick them in the oven shortly to slow cook and have an early dinner today when they are ready.  My mouth is watering already.

And last but not least – yes it’s a Flash Chart Adoption challenge for the chart below.   If you have not already – please read the Flash Chart Adoption rules at the button in the header of the blog that were updated this week to make sure you are following all of them so you don’t render yourself ineligible.


.and oh I almost forgot after  mentioning  the back of the green project bag previously – to post the front of the bags I had been waiting for.   They are by Patchwork Pawprint where I originally saw that cute mouse fabric (that I managed to find yardage of elsewhere later to use in an future quilt project).  These are meticulously made vinyl front project bags..  The one with the banners will house my summer themed smalls and the other one the fall themed of course. I just adore these mice.