Recovery day

Hi there I’m a bit on a lighter mood today after binge watching about the 100 year celebration of WWI yesterday. I’m totally distracted after watching some footage’s of the real bombing and the aftermath of the war. I have visited Ieper and Zonnebeke a year ago and had seen thousands of white cross in a mass of grave. It doesn’t make any sense then. I was petrified knowing there is actually someone buried underneath those graves. I got to go back there some other time or die unhappy.

Anyway, what is the best way to recover from a heavy and tormenting facts reminding us of sad non- fiction stories of our our fore fathers.

I stitched the day away 🙂 

I experimented  with some made in China embroidery threads. Its not a big yay nor  a nay but I couldn’t recommend it yet. DMC or whatever it is that we always use is the best choice. A friend of mine uses anchor and she is also satisfied with it.

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I was just curious because I have never ever used any other threads but DMC before. Not even anchor which is also available in the Philippines since I can remember.  Just last year when I was there for six months, I discovered that China is now producing threads bearing the same code number, slightly different tint but almost the same. They are of course a lot cheaper with  somewhat a ratio of 1 dmc = 3 CXC, that is what they called it. I thought I should try it but then I forgot to buy any and went back here in Belgium. These threads which I bought at a local hobby shop around town is apparently  not CXC. It doesn’t have any code and packed per 8 pcs for 72 euro cents. One DMC threads cost me 1 euro 60 cents. Imagine if it is good. But no, I love this hobby too much I have to be Picky.

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It is of course an embroidery threads and not as good as the original 6 strands DMC skeins. It is a bit woolly and its not easy to thread needle no. 26 which I customary used. Nevertheless it is strong and when I dip one whole skeins in a glass of water it didn’t show any sign of discoloration whatsoever.

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It looks rather lovely when the design doesn’t require a specific color combinations. But then I have yet to compare it to what they called CXC and of course I can only see the durability after some thorough washing. I plan to make a cushion cover with this owl sweethearts when its done.  And  I got to make another pair of them with DMC to compare later on. Another mission to accomplish alongside my never full UFO basket. Don’t ever let this stitch bug bites you, when it hits you seriously. It is incurable 🙂

Lovely freebies for this week

Hi friends I’m back to stitching this week, got to catch up a lot on my pending works. I can never wait long enough to begin with a new FREEBIES finds which is so pretty it will look lovely on my cushion cover.

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I should have started a big projects last week but I was too busy to notice it is November already. I’ve been running around for days; doing shopping and packing things and when I sit for awhile my focus is on doing crafty things; or at least searching for something crafty to do. Voila! such a beautiful scenery which reminds me of my youth as I play with the kids in our neighborhood. Although sometimes the feeling was not always good at that time, me being a few inches taller than the rest of the kids with the same age. Tall, thin, talkative, that’s what I was, and that makes me the odd one out. Its another story to tell some other time. I’ll be happy to finish this before I go back to work next week. Check out DMC website for more lovely ideas, I’m pretty sure you’ll find one that will caught your eyes.  success!  🙂

Update on my welcome Dog

Welcomedogwips2Hi there, take a peek on my first CS work in progress since I moved home: Welcome dog by Dimensions with 67w x 99h Stitches. It looks too little and too easy to make, though for beginners it is a little bit tricky because of the back and straight stitches. This is my progress after approximately 6 hours of intermittent stitching for 3 days. Its crazy but its my  before bed time activity. Sit in front of my computer with a tv monitor where I can view my patterns either in pdf format or scanned copies while stitching and watching television (which is on my right side) at the same time.  Two birds in one bullet or whatever you can call it. 🙂 If there is nothing nice on tv I listen to music while I stitch. I hope my next update will be the last for this one. Something bigger is waiting for the right time. 🙂

In love with Autumn

Aside from Spring Autumn is my favorite time of the year and collecting patterns and making them is literally rejuvenating to me. Knowing there will come new leaves and new life when the spring comes brings hope to all living things. To be honest I just love the scenery and the colors. This bright and beautiful dog will keep me company this autumn and I’m getting ready to prepare him a Welcome party in my stitching table 🙂

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