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BarBaraPrz
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9:45 am Apr 17, 2011

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Originally posted by cinzia8
...Sometimes I wish I had a cross stitch buddy ...


I had such a friend. (Well, we're still friends, just 3000 miles apart now.) We used to get together, make a big pot of tea, and go to it. We called it our "Stitch & Bitch" club. It was so enjoyable.
cinzia8
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1:09 pm Apr 17, 2011

Now, this is a compilation of various suggestion that I found reading forums at Scarlet Quince and internet. blogs.

I came to conclusion that GRID, GRID, GRID, is THE most important to a difficult pattern (this is a 4:00 am finding). I do not have patience of stitching 10 x 10 squares on my material, so I went to my local Wal-Mart and bought a package of 12 colored Pencils. Using a light color (yellow, blue, or pink) I outline the grid. Now, I am not one to park my thread stitcher, but with a grid and counting my stitches, I can safely jump to any stitch I want. However, I found out that working with 40 x 40 grid area is more enjoyable. I mark out my area with a color tape that I bought at my cross stitch store. Next, for my floss, I bought 3-1/2 x 8" envelopes cut them in half, wrote the symbol associated with the floss on the half of the envelope. Now mind you, that the same color of the floss, can be used with combination with other color of the floss, separating them into different envelopes cuts down on waste and my confusion. Pencils and scissors are attached to my stand. Purchased a day-light lamp with magnifier and since my kids flew the nest, I have several rooms to dedicate to various projects!

LOVE THE RETIREMENT LIFE
Mariam[/quote]

Thank you for sharing!! Not sure I got all that, but soon I'll sit down, try to keep my kids out of the room while reading and will try to REALLY understand your suggestion. Various rooms?!? I do not even have a little cabinet for my poor stuff!
cinzia8
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1:18 pm Apr 17, 2011

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Thank you for sharing that link! It is a good thing I don't live near that store. I would spend a LOT of time in there (and money, no doubt). That sounds like a dream of mine, also. I wish I had someone close to me to stitch with, but so far, it has been a solitary hobby. Oh, well. I really enjoy it! I wish my 15 year old daughter would get interested but not so far, although I have tried:)
Pam Stitching[/quote]

I know! If I wasn't on the other side of the world I would probably be part of the furniture by now! They even have an annual stitchers' retreat, I kinda deluded myself into thinking I could actually effort doing it!
PS: I'm a navy wife!
cinzia8
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1:24 pm Apr 17, 2011

quote:
Originally posted by BarBaraPrz
quote:
Originally posted by cinzia8
...Sometimes I wish I had a cross stitch buddy ...


I had such a friend. (Well, we're still friendls, just 3000 miles apart now.) We used to get together, make a big pot of tea, and go to it. We called it our "Stitch & Bitch" club. It was so enjoyable.


Boy do I wish I had something like that handy right now!!
rifestitch
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10:00 am Apr 18, 2011

It took me over 10 years to find local stitchers - and then to get a local shop where I have made even more friends. It has been such a blessing to find them - even if most of them do think I am a tiny bit nuts for working on all of these BIG giant pieces Smile But since a lot of them can knit and I can't - it all works out....

I actually found my local group purely by chance - one of my Yahoo groups, TheSamplerLife (all one word, if you look it up on Yahoo groups) has about 1500 stitching members worldwide, and since I sign my posts Karen R in GA, one of the members e-mailed me one day and asked me where in Georgia I was. Turns out, she worked at the library 2 miles from my house!!!! And SHE told me about the local group that gets together at a local restaurant once a month, of which I have been a part ever since. Our April get together is this coming Saturday - I've been looking forward to it for 4 weeks Smile It's really the best 4 hours of the month!
cinzia8
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2:50 am Apr 19, 2011

I actually found my local group purely by chance - one of my Yahoo groups, TheSamplerLife (all one word, if you look it up on Yahoo groups) has about 1500 stitching members worldwide, and since I sign my posts Karen R in GA, one of the members e-mailed me one day and asked me where in Georgia I was. Turns out, she worked at the library 2 miles from my house!!!! And SHE told me about the local group that gets together at a local restaurant once a month, of which I have been a part ever since. Our April get together is this coming Saturday - I've been looking forward to it for 4 weeks Smile It's really the best 4 hours of the month![/quote]

Here where I live (south of Italy) life is so much different, different even from the one in the north of Italy: sometimes it seems so different that the two half of us seem to belong to different countries! They do have something like that up north, not here; here it is hard to even find a decent cross stitch store, in fact I mainly shop on the internet, the best deals come from the States, but I lose all the saving up in import taxes! Evil or Very Mad
I will check out the yahoo group thing anyways, who knows, maybe there is some lone stitcher out there in need of a stitching buddy close by!!
Stitching
armywife
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8:32 pm Apr 19, 2011

Here where I live (south of Italy) life is so much different, different even from the one in the north of Italy: sometimes it seems so different that the two half of us seem to belong to different countries! They do have something like that up north, not here; here it is hard to even find a decent cross stitch store, in fact I mainly shop on the internet, the best deals come from the States, but I lose all the saving up in import taxes! Evil or Very Mad
I will check out the yahoo group thing anyways, who knows, maybe there is some lone stitcher out there in need of a stitching buddy close by!!
Stitching[/quote]

If I every get to Italy, I may have to look you up! That is a dream of my husband's and mine--to get to Italy. I doubt they would let me bring my scissors on the plane, though Mad
Glad to know you are a Navy wife...

Rife, I probably just need to look harder and I may find some stitchers in my area...that would be nice
Laughing
Pam Stitching
cinzia8
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1:42 am Apr 20, 2011

If I every get to Italy, I may have to look you up! That is a dream of my husband's and mine--to get to Italy. I doubt they would let me bring my scissors on the plane, though Mad
Glad to know you are a Navy wife...

Rife, I probably just need to look harder and I may find some stitchers in my area...that would be nice
Laughing
Pam

If you ever get to Italy I would surely not suggest Naples and the rest of the south, the lower you should go is Rome, and Rome itself would require a few days to see just SOME of the best parts. There are some good things down here too, great sightseens and monuments, sure, but the nicest part of Italy is the center, the best part being the Tuscany area. I go vacationing close to Pisa, from there we always tour around Florence and Siena, and I love it so much!! It is really worth the trip! There are many americans but even more british people that come here just for a tour but do not leave anymore. LIfe in Italy is different, we are not so career oriented (obviously) as we are family and relations oriented, life has a slower pace... and these are the good things that attract so many foreigners whose life is a constant run. What they (americans mostly) do not get used to, ever, is the fact that there is nobody doing anything for you like in the states, you have to do everything and sweat for it, and even my husband, a navy guy that, still don't know why, fell in love with Naples and has been here for 25 years, still can't get around the fact that, for everything we need to do, I have to work so hard, and his favourite words are: In America this would be much simpler"!!! But still, he stays here! May be because I am the one sweating it all... Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad
rifestitch
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8:06 am Apr 20, 2011

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LIfe in Italy is different, we are not so career oriented (obviously) as we are family and relations oriented, life has a slower pace... and these are the good things that attract so many foreigners whose life is a constant run.


Sounds like heaven to me Smile I wish I had gotten to Italy during the 2 years I was stationed in the UK - but it just never happened Sad Some day - I want to feel the Tuscan sun on my face Smile
cinzia8
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2:35 am Apr 21, 2011

Sounds like heaven to me Smile I wish I had gotten to Italy during the 2 years I was stationed in the UK - but it just never happened Sad Some day - I want to feel the Tuscan sun on my face Smile[/quote]


Get ready to not want to come back home then! Tuscany does this effect on people! If you ever decide to come let me know, I'll look for some deals there. Very Happy
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