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I’m stichin’ it

If you’ve been to a McDonald’s recently, you’ve seen that those awesome Halloween buckets from the days of old (aka my childhood) are back in Happy Meals! They are just so retro and cute! So you knew I had to make patterns for them! I designed each pattern to fit perfectly in a four-inch hoop.…

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Stitch or Treat: Pattern Edition

Want to stitch your own pumpkin? You can watch the basics here or read about it here. Here are some ideas for patterns for your pumpkin! You’ll still need to make your own pattern out of graph paper. (You can watch a vid about how to do that here.) Click to download the pdfs or…

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Bundle of Joy

I always love celebrating with my friends when something amazing happens to them and this is no exception: my awesome friend Mollie Johanson has written a cross-stitch book! YAY!! The book is called Cross Stitch Celebrations: Bundle of Joy! and let me tell you, it’s a bundle of joy to look at. I mean come…

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(Xbox) Live, Laugh, Love

It started with this: It ended with this: The wordplay off of “Xbox Live” was just too tempting for someone like me to pass up, so off I went to create a pattern. It’s fairly straightforward and quick; I had given myself the weekend to finish the project. Even if you are new to cross-stitching,…

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Geek the Halls

Years ago, back in 2015, I made a trio of geeky ornaments. Years ago, I didn’t know how to save my patterns as pdfs. (Tragic.) But that has all changed, my friends. I present to you three geeky ornaments for your crafting pleasure: a Triforce Tree, Santa Traveler, and Santa Chief. I only attached the…

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Cheat O’ Plenty

Way back in February, I had an exchange with the Strong Bad Twitter account. It took eight months of procrastinating, but I finally got around to stitching this up! Those of you will eagle eyes will notice that I had to change the pattern slightly from my original design. That’s because when I had made…

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Three times the candy, er, emblems

Destiny 2 is having their annual Festival of the Lost event right now which means it’s time for emblems! The three emblems available are Bump in the Night, Beheaded Home by @mckennakelpie, and Hollow Sleep. And now you can stitch them up while you’re waiting to load into the Haunted Sectors to see what Glint…

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Creepy Cross-Stitch by Lindsay Swearingen

Halloween is just around the corner and Lindsay Swearingen has a new book, Creepy Cross-Stitch, that will help your place to be the most Boo-tiful house on the block. Lindsay has some super awesome (and creepy!) patterns in this book. (Including cats! Ghost cats!) One of the unique things about this book is that though…

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Stitch or Treat: 2021

I decided it was well past due to do an update on this tutorial. I even made one of those trendy reels which you can find here. So, you want to stitch a pumpkin? I don’t blame you, it’s a excellent way to keep your pumpkin year after year and celebrate the fiber arts. 1.…

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Feeling a little tension

Over the years, I have many questions from fellow stitchers wondering how I get my stitches to look so puffy. Do I railroad my stitches? (No.) Do I use a laying tool? (Nope.) Do I use magic? (Alas, no.) The only trick I have is paying attention to the tension I use when I’m stitching.…

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Crafting Up Your Neighborhood: Home Edition

If you have followed me on my social media channels, then you know that one of my favorite things to do is to craft up the neighborhood. Over the past year and a half, most of us have been under lockdown orders at one point or another which has made this concept a little difficult.…

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What’s In a Game?

In this house, there are no such things as console wars. Between Mike and me, we’ve owned everything from a Commodore 64 to a Gamecube to a PS2 to an Xbox Series S. The simple fact is that I just love video games. Today’s post includes three charts. I decided to go with the older…

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July: Weeks 5-8

Hello my crafty stitchers! Talli here again. Week 5 marks a switch to monthly newsletters with four patterns instead of one pattern/newsletter per week. This way you can choose your own pace to stitch the emblems! Without further ado, let’s get to the patterns. Week 5: Blessing of the Unmade Colors: 444, 3820, 3852, 720,…

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These Emblems are SPICY

So, yesterday was Bungie Day and Tuesday was the start of the Solstice event in Destiny 2 which meant that a lot of excellent emblems made their debut. I normally don’t make emblem designs this fast, but I guess I was inspired, LOL. The three emblems are Bungie Day 2021, The Brightest Stars, and Spicy…

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Crafting Up Your Neighborhood: The Library

One of the most frequent comments I get is something along the lines of “I would love to try to cross-stitch in public, but I’m scared that I’ll ruin my project.” This is totally understandable! I know that not everyone is willing to stand on the overlook of a waterfall just to get a pic…

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Week 4: Sign of Opposing Will

Wow, how are we already on week 4? Time flies when you’re having fun, I guess! Talli here and my apologies for the late post, but hey, last time was late AND unfinished but this time we’re not unfinished, so progress is being made! My nephew’s baseball team won their tournament last night so baseball…

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Week 3: Vigilamus Noctu

Happy Monday! You know, I had thought I had plenty of time to finish to emblem, but then I had a crown fall out (curse you, gummy bear!) and got to see my nephew (which made today very awesome!). The crown won’t be able to be fixed until next week, but I did buckle down tonight and…

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Crafting Up Your Neighborhood

If you follow me on social media, you know that one of my favorite things to do is to craft up your neighborhood. Over the years, I’ve gone to a lot of places and plan to keep the tradition going for years to come. Now it’s finally time to chronicle all of the places —…

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Sorry, But Our Princess is in Another Castle

Years ago, I made a Princess Peach cross-stitch pattern. Then, someone requested that I make a Princess Daisy one too. Unfortunately, when I had made them, I didn’t know how to save them in pdf format which means they were in terrible jpg format. Not anymore. I went through and remade the charts so that…

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Watch Out for Lasers

I don’t really know what to call this category of patterns. They were linked on Twitter, but never made into a blog post making them, well, basically unfindable for the masses. The Forgotten Ones? Regardless of what they are called, now they can find their home here among their fellow patterns. Today we have Prismatic…

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Week 2: Judgment’s Right Hand

June 16, 2021 Happy Tuesday all! Talli here with week 2 of your Destiny 1 emblem crossstitch-along! Let’s all pretend it’s Monday, shall we? I will admit to life getting the best of me lately– I bought my first house and moved in two months ago, started a new job two weeks ago, and school…

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Week 1: Clades Orygis

June 08, 2021 Happy Monday! I hope this newsletter finds you all well. A couple of things before we jump into this week’s newsletter. Every Monday, the newsletter will be released, but due to my schedule being unpredictable, I am going to send it out every Monday evening/night. Since I’m in California, that means for…

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Week 0: So, I hear you like emblems…

June 02, 2021 I’ll be honest, I’m going to probably be using most of the same contents that were in last year’s intro newsletter. So, let’s get this rolling, shall we? You’ve made the wise decision to take part of the Destiny 1 Emblem Craft-a-long, you clever person, you! Just in case you’re wondering what…

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An IlLUMUnating Post

On Sunday, new Halo footage was released. (Anyone who knows me that, alongside Legend of Zelda, Halo owns my gaming heart.) Anyway, one of the awesome people over at 343 shared a screenshot of a new character named Lumu. Adorable, right? So you know I had to stitch her. The problem I knew I had…

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Don’t talk to me or my son ever again

The Destiny art community is really the best. Last week, Bungie released a trailer for the new Season, and within hours, my Twitter timeline was filled with so many Baby Fallen (Smallen?). I tried to not give into the trend, but you know how it is, resistance is futile and all that. So, I made…

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It’s #30for30creating time

It’s getting close to #30for30creating time! Don’t know what that means?  Pick a project (new or old) to work on for 30 minutes every day for the month of June. Then, starting on June 1, post a picture on your social media platform of choice and tag it with #30for30creating. Repeat the process for each…

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Let the Guardian Games Begin

I know people of the internet have opinions about Guardian Games, but I had fun last year and I’m planning to do my part to make sure the Warlocks win this year. But, I wanted to give everyone a chance to celebrate their favorite class, so ta da! While you’re waiting for the games to…

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Triple Threat

When I finished the emblem project last January, I really didn’t think I was going to stitch any more D2 emblems. Stitching one would have seemed silly and there was absolutely no way I was going to try to come up with another 48. But, then I saw the Vendor Seasonal emblems for the Season…

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THIS POUCH IS AMAZING

So, I found these little embroidery pouches at Target and, in my usual manner, decided to drop all other projects and start this immediately. I decided I was going to do a Destiny themed one. At first, I didn’t think I would be able to fit an emblem in the design, but I found Rain…

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DMC Coloris Embroidery Threads

DMC Coloris & DMC Color Variations Blog

I am super pleased to finally announce and publish today this hopefully interesting article about the DMC Coloris range. Here, we’re going to not only be looking at the primary project I’ve completed using one of the DMC Coloris threads, but also what the range looks like in actual stitches and a comparison with the other current multicoloured thread available – DMC Colour Variations!

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Emblematic

A few years back, I started with this crazy idea to start a weekly stitch-a-long project using emblems from Destiny 2. 3+ years later, I finally have compiled a list of all the emblems that were part of that project plus any occasional emblem charts that I made afterward. If you’d like to see what…

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Never Felt Better

After finishing my batch of Christmas cards and ornaments this year, I thought that there had to be a better way to finish off the ornaments than felt, a glue stick, and a heavy book. Imagine my delight when I saw Craftnik’s video on Instagram showing off adhesive felt. I quickly went on Amazon and…

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Even Better Than Mama

As some of you know, I’ve been working on revamping the blog — taking down old patterns, making the pages look nice and crisp, and updating the charts. (This is a long process, I’ll never be finished with it.) That “fun” endeavor led me to go through a lot of old files on my computer…

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This post is sus

Oh look, another gaming cross-stitch pattern. This time it’s from Among Us which is, you know, everywhere right now. I haven’t had the time to stitch this up yet, but I did want to post the chart in case anyone wants to tackle this. Click here for the chart No color key because, honestly, you…

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We’re Fall in This Together

Let’s just be honest and say that this point isn’t a surprise to anyone despite my half-hearted protests. I was going to make my life super complicated by trying to do a bunch of skins, but I was like, girl, you do not have time for all that. So what I did come up with…

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The Man (or Woman) in the Iron(ed) Mask

So, you want to do good by your fellow humans and wear a mask. Excellent! However, you always want to have a little more personal touch to your mask. I can help you out with that, my friend. Add a little flair with a handmade cross-stitch patch. Seriously, it’s that easy. Here’s what you’ll need:–…

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Be Well and Stitch

Over on Instagram, there is a delightful hashtag #bewellandstitch where a lot of designers are posting free patterns so that everyone has something to do during this time when we find ourselves social distancing/being under a shelter in place order.     I decided to make a quick little chalkboard-style pattern. The pattern hasn’t been…

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I Saw What You Did There

For those who play Destiny 2, you know that Trials came back this weekend. For those who know how I play Destiny 2, you know that I wouldn’t play Trials ever. I’d hate to go flawless so many times that Bungie would think I’m cheating and ban me forever. Yeah, that’s it.   Still, that…

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Stitching up life one square at a time. Wishing I was cross-stitching on a beach.

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