Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hummingbirds Are Back!

I love fall but it comes at a cost. My favorite part of summer is watching hummingbirds darting around, swooping and screeching, hovering and sipping, glittering jewels on wings. I'm always sad to see them leave as summer fades into fall but I love the way my heart jumps at the first sighting of their return in the spring.

I have long wanted to design a hummingbird alphabet, something easy and quick to stitch, not a lot of color changes and backstitching, etc. I finally took some time to get it done, I hope other hummingbird lovers will find uses for it, too. I think it is very versatile, and can look very different with color changes, additional backstitching, beads, metallics, etc. Today's chart is just the upper case letters. I have also charted the lower case and numbers, but will post them another day.



The .pdf file is in Landscape format so you will want to set your printer accordingly.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Seahorse Scissor Fob/Back of Mermaid Fob

I used this design for the back of the Mermaid fob but it could easily be used for a quick-stitch scissors fob on its own. The alphabet I used to personalize it can be found at Carousel Charts - scroll to the bottom of the page and there is a list of free charts on the right. I just love the "Jewel Alphabets" and have used them several times lately for adding initials to fobs I've stitched.



Thursday, May 8, 2014

Mermaid Scissor Fob

My friend Beth is an amazing stitcher. I cannot begin to count all the gorgeous Mirabilia designs she has stitched since I've known her. I don't know how she finds the time and perseverance to stitch those beautiful, detailed and huge designs! (Anything 80 x 80 falls in the large category, 100 x 100 or more is in the huge range as far as I'm concerned!) As soon as I saw her Mirabilia mermaids framed and hung, I decided I would like to make a mermaid fob for her. It's funny, she doesn't hesitate to tackle those large projects but is hesitant to stitch something small like a scissor fob - that's okay, though, because that's where I come in! I finished the chart back in November but didn't get to stitch it until the end of March. I managed to work in all the things I like the least about cross stitch - a few partial stitches (only 4), one over one stitches (the seahorses), beads and back stitching. Sigh......you would think I would learn to leave those things out!




                                        Mermaid Scissor Fob pdf


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

GONE!?! ...Moved....

Sadly, I lost my .com domain name because I forgot to update my card expiration date for my automatic renewal. Sigh... I would really like to have it back but since this is just a hobby, I refuse to pay a ridiculous price to get it back. So...I have a new web address:  www.xstitchhappy.net. I also have www.xstichhappy.com in case there are other people out there who mistype like I do. (I always miss typing the second "t" in stitch!) The second one forwards to the .net address, as does my blogspot.com address so hopefully I haven't completely disappeared! The worst part is that I can't even leave a message at the old address redirecting to the new one so it just looks like I have closed it down. If you are reading this, you have somehow managed to track me down and I thank you for your efforts and apologize for the inconvenience!