Danielle's Diary

All Our Yesterdays Cross Stitch Kits

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It is well into 2019 now and I have finally got to grips with the new site, it's only taken me six months! (anyone who knows me will know that this was quite quick for me!) I am now happily adding some new products to the ever popular All Our Yesterdays range by Faye Whittaker bringing the total number of designs to 54. I think my favourite is the Snowy Carousel, beautifully wintery, lots of detail and a good old helping of nostalgia. I may have just found my next project,   Happy Stitching, Danielle

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Lest We Forget

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I’ve been doing a lot of different crafting recently, most of it along the ‘Remembrance’ theme as there is a lot of activity in my village to put together an exhibition to remember the men from the village who lost their lives and to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1, I can crochet poppies in my sleep!   Then I remembered some fantastic slate artwork, painted by my good friend Don Walls that I still haven’t got it positioned in the garden yet, so I have lent it to the exhibition. (apologies for the bad photos)...

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Glossary of Cross Stitch and Needlework Terms

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Glossary of Cross Stitch and Needlework Terms Aida – cotton fabric where groups of threads are woven evenly to form squares with easily visible holes where the threads cross. Backstitch – a form of stitch used for outlining and detail on finished cross stitch. Binca – 6 count aida fabric, ideal for children. Blanc – the French word for white, used by DMC Blending Filament – light, delicate threads for combining with other threads such as stranded cotton to add glisten and sparkle. Chart – the pattern used for placement of stitches in counted cross stitch Count – the number...

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Finishing and Framing Your Work

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Finishing and Framing your work 1. If it is absolutely necessary, it is possible to wash your work—use a mild detergent (not a biological washing powder) and warm water. Rinse well and allow to dry naturally before pressing. 2. To press your finished work, place it face down onto a clean towel and press gently with a warm iron. 3. To mount your work, place it over a suitably sized mount board, right side up, taking care to centre the design. 4. Push pins through the fabric into the edge of the board on all sides until you are happy...

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Why Use a Hoop or Frame

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Why use a hoop or frame? Hoops and frames are necessary for all types of stitching where the fabric needs to be kept taut, they give better tension and help to prevent distortion, especially in linen and evenweave fabrics which are softer than the aida fabrics. Keeping the fabric taut also helps makes the finished stitching more even in appearance and using a hoop or frame reduces the amount of times the fabric is handled and crushed in the hand which can leave marks from sweat, dirt and creases. Hoops and frames also make stitching easier as the holes show...

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