As you all know, well maybe some of you don't know, I have had a couple of blogs on here before but haven't written on either for ages. So as I am now stitching again and reading as well I thought I would have a new blog so I can write about both.
I stopped stitching about four years ago and decided to teach myself quilting via Craftsy, which was called something completely different when I started on there and there was only one class if memory serves me right. But it is truly a great way to learn a new skill or even brush up on some old ones.
But boy has the stitching world changed in that time. So many stores have closed down here in England and HobbyCraft which is quite local has practically nothing Cross Stitch related and what they do have is really expensive. DMC for £0.90 a skein!!
What a ripoff. Never mind these things are sent to try us. So I'm ordering online again but not from America because the postage costs are too high and you Brits charge VAT on anything coming in, which I have no problem with at all. But it's the £8.00 so called Handling Charge for charging me the VAT that I have the problem with.
Well about a year ago, or maybe just over that my right arm decided it didn't belong to me anymore. Well it feels like it isn't mine if you know what I mean - I have absolutely no power in it and can't even open the boot (trunk) of my car anymore so guess my independence has gone and left me. Oh no it hasn't - I just ask people now to do what I can't - strangers even. I think I'm very brave or else very stupid but it works for me.
So for a year I become a couch potato and did absolutely nothing but watch TV. Talk about boring!!! Finally I have joined a new book club and started stitching again both of which I am absolutely loving to pieces. So if I'm not reading a book I'm listening to one whilst I sew. Larry (aka DH) always said I should only have a radio because you can't watch TV and sew at the same time.
Here is the main online store I am ordering from here in the UK:
Patchwork Rabbit and Karla who owns it is as American as me. YAY!!! If she doesn't have what you want she will order it for you. She has just ordered me Scarlet Letter Samplers and they are totally gorgeous malorgeous!!!
Sew and So - They are good for just about everything
West End Embroidery - This is good for AVAS threads
Needle Needs - for my stitching frames. They are the best but like anything that's really good you have to wait. I have ordered a new Workstation from them and all I was told was that I would get it before XMas
Mary Hurst 1661
And All Was For An Appil
As well as those two I have also started And They Sinned which was stitched by a couple of my friends. One was stitched by Marjan and the other by Nicola. This one belongs to Nicola who has a blog and to the righthand side you will see an icon for Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year so if you would to join us on this SAL please join by clicking on that link.
Well that's all from me for now but I will be back lickety split with some photos of what I am stitching.
Hugs all round
American by Birth and Mouth
but British in every other way
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