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armywife
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Joined: 07 Nov 2009
Posts: 107
Location: Madison, MS
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6:04 pm Nov 07, 2009

Hey, guys. I'm another newby to the forum, and I'm so impressed (and quite intimidated) with all of the stitching you get done! I feel very inadequate, but inspired to do more.

I absolutely LOVE to cross stitch, and I find it very relaxing. My grandmother (who I miss dearly) taught me when I was about 11 or 12, I guess. I am 39, and I took my cross stitch projects to high school in home economics class and stitched (I think I may have missed a few recesses also.)

I don't have nearly enough time to stitch, it seems, and wonder if you guys ever sleep??? Between your stitching and blogging, I'm in total awe. I have a husband of a little over 2 years (wonderful Army guy, in case you hadn't guessed), and 2 kids--one 20 and in college and the other 13. I started on Christmas stockings for my kids a while back and am trying to finish those up before I get back to my SQ pattern "Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte," which I have done very little on. The blended stitches and "confetti" are challenging, but I am so impressed with the work. I, too, am tired of cutesy patterns and have always looked for bigger, more challenging pieces. I was thrilled to find SQ, and even more excited to find others I can "chat" with who enjoy cross stitching as much as I do!

Thanks for all the tips, and I look forward to hearing back.
(I'm also very technologically challenged, so if you don't hear back for a while, it could be me trying to figure out how this forum thing works--be patient with me.)

--Pam
kmcecelia
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Joined: 04 Nov 2009
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Location: St. Paul, MN
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8:35 pm Nov 07, 2009

Hi, Pam! My younger sister is in MS, also married to the military Smile Not in your town, though . . . Good to hear from you!
These forums (if you can't tell by my ever-increasing number of posts) are a Godsend; it's so nice to be able to talk to others the world over who understand why I like to cross stitch and appreciate the amount of work involved!
Still waiting for the pattern I want to start to arrive; hopefully next week with the fabric. The floss will take a bit of time to gather; I've never done anything this large, and usually do kits.
So far my plan of action is to work on this one for myself evenings during the week, and on all the other gifts I've promised people on the weekends. That way I'll (hopefully Confused ) stay sane, still do well in school, and get everyone's stuff done. AND, I'll end up with a project I can keep! Smile
So good to hear from you--and everyone else who's responded to all of my posts in the last 3 or 4 days. I'm so glad to meet you all. Instant friends Smile
Kathleen
armywife
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Location: Madison, MS
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11:46 pm Nov 07, 2009

Kathleen,
Thanks for your reply. My first ever forum reply! Apparently you could read it, which is a big step for me (with the aforementioned technology impairment).

My husband's unit (890th EN BN) is in Gulfport, and he is at drill this weekend, which is one reason I have been doing some stitching this weekend. The stocking is coming along great today:)

I forgot to mention that I also have a fulltime job, so I understand your time constraints with school. Good luck with that balancing act.

Great to hear back from you. Good luck with all the projects. I'm so glad to know where to go to for cross stitching advice, questions, support, etc., now. It is such a great hobby and I don't have local friends who stitch at all. I'm teaching my daughter (13), and she is doing great, but not nearly as into it as her mother. I'm trying not to push, as that could turn her off from stitching altogether, which we do not want.

Pam
kmcecelia
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2:48 pm Nov 08, 2009

Apparently you could read it, which is a big step for me (with the aforementioned technology impairment).

Of course I could read it! I don't have local friends who cross stitch, either . . . just discovered e-bay last night and the wonderful variety of fabric available. If I'm not careful, I'm going to end up exhausting my school loans on cross stitch supplies! Smile
Have a good weekend!
Kathleen
armywife
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9:05 pm Nov 08, 2009

Hope you have a good week coming up, and that you got lots of stitching done over weekend.

Pam
Alanna
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7:00 pm Nov 16, 2009

Welcome Kathleen! And welcome Pam!

I'm another 'young' stitcher- I turn 30 next March and I'M NOT READY!!!!!! There's been talk of being young at heart, well would you believe that I've always been old at heart? I was the 14 year-old going on 35, 15 year-old going on 40, etc. God knows what age I'm going on now! Probably 103!
Stitching is just another example of my 'grandmotherly' habits. My friends tease me: "but if you do embroidery now, what will you do when you retire?" Probably lawn bowls and bingo are only a few years away for me now!
For time management I find it helpful to always have something sitting there ready to go, so that even if you only have 5 minutes up your sleeve, you can actually get a few stitches in without trying to find your needle, locate the correct colour and find your place on the chart again. I also think of stitching as healthy stress relief and you have no make a little time for that in your routine every single day in order to be healthy, right Wink

Let us know when you start on one of your SQ projects! Very Happy
kmcecelia
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9:37 pm Nov 16, 2009

I also think of stitching as healthy stress relief and you have no make a little time for that in your routine every single day in order to be healthy, right Wink

Let us know when you start on one of your SQ projects!
Very Happy

Hi Alanna! I'm not ready either, and I'm always teased about acting older than I am. So at least there are two of us 103-plus at heart Very Happy

The fabric I ordered for my first SQ project came today, and I am REALLY having trouble concentrating on the work I need to do for tomorrow (8:30pm and I have barely started) Sad SOO tempted to get it started now (project, not homework). Will have to wait until at least tomorrow. Heroic virtue will be involved, most definitely! Laughing

Kathleen
gillsuth7s
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Joined: 31 Oct 2009
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Location: Cork, Ireland
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8:35 am Nov 17, 2009

[quote="kmcecelia"][i]I also think of stitching as healthy stress relief and you have no make a little time for that in your routine every single day in order to be healthy, right Wink

I've stitched for goodness knows how long, including the times when heavy studying is on the agenda, as it relaxes the brain cells and peps you up for the next onslaught of work.

Gill Stitching Stitching
armywife
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Location: Madison, MS
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10:45 am Nov 17, 2009

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Originally posted by Alanna
Welcome Kathleen! And welcome Pam!

I'm another 'young' stitcher- I turn 30 next March and I'M NOT READY!!!!!! There's been talk of being young at heart, well would you believe that I've always been old at heart? I was the 14 year-old going on 35, 15 year-old going on 40, etc. God knows what age I'm going on now! Probably 103!
Stitching is just another example of my 'grandmotherly' habits. My friends tease me: "but if you do embroidery now, what will you do when you retire?" Probably lawn bowls and bingo are only a few years away for me now!
For time management I find it helpful to always have something sitting there ready to go, so that even if you only have 5 minutes up your sleeve, you can actually get a few stitches in without trying to find your needle, locate the correct colour and find your place on the chart again. I also think of stitching as healthy stress relief and you have no make a little time for that in your routine every single day in order to be healthy, right Wink

Let us know when you start on one of your SQ projects! Very Happy


Hi Alanna!
I was told back when I was a youngster (many moons ago) that I acted much older than my age. Wonder if this is common to all stitchers??? I really did enjoy spending time with my grandmother talking and sewing. That made for some great conversation. (In fact, I'm sipping coffee from a coffee mug that I gave her years ago, and then got back after she was gone. It is one of my favorite treasures, and it says: "When life throws you scraps, make a quilt." picture of sewing machine, scraps flying, and it reminds me of her and always makes me want to stitch.) I don't quilt (yet) but can so see me sitting around a quilt with several geriatric ladies having the time of my life. Maybe I should check into that with the local library... I actually want to learn to knit, but am afraid it would take away from the cross stitch time. (Though it would probably be easier to do on the go.)

Sorry for the rambling, but just so happy to have found others with the same interest, no matter our age. (And I turn 40 on March 18th, and it is really bothering me.)

And I'm glad to have a new friend in Australia (I think that is where you are).

Happy stitching! Stitching Stitching Stitching
Divecat
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Joined: 03 Apr 2008
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Location: England
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11:10 am Nov 17, 2009

[quote="armywife"And I turn 40 on March 18th, and it is really bothering me[/quote]

I worked on the basis that I couldn't stop the march of time so you just gotta embrace it Laughing Besides, the 40s are great - you don't have the self consciousness of your teens, the am I keeping up feelings of your 20s or the have I gone far enough feelings of your 30s. In short, you have life experience and you know that some things don't matter much and other things don't matter at all, apart from the daily fix of stitching that is Laughing. Enjoy!

Christine (a happy 44) Stitching
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