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  • Tags, Bags & Paper: Wrap It Up!

    It's time to wrap your presents. Get ideas and gather your supplies! It's time to ramp it up and make those presents a little more special!

    Here's how you can make a nice presentation to the gifts you have specially purchased for the people around you. Don't skimp on the thoughtfulness of the gift by throwing an unwrapped box in a plain gift bag. You can jazz up your gift tags and wrapping paper a bit from using your coloring instruments to adding a little more flair with needle and thread, or adding other store-bought embellishments. Experiment and have fun!

    Wrapping Supplies: Large Glitter Bags (whose glitter effect does NOT come off - fabulous!), Kraft Paper Tags and Burlap Tags. Wrapping Supplies: Large Glitter Bags (whose glitter effect does NOT come off - fabulous!), Kraft Paper Tags and Burlap Tags.

    The best new paper glitter bags I've used in years - the glitter does NOT come off on your hands, or table, or carpet... Look at these Large Glitter Bags in four fabulous colors!

    I will have both wrapped boxed presents, as well as, bagged presents. Now I'll focus on making decorated gift tags to use on all my presents. I used both the Burlap Tags (item #47564) and the Kraft Paper Tags (item #47563) and was very pleased in the versatility that both of these basic designs offered!

    Embellished burlap and paper gift tags; use as ornaments, too! Embellished burlap and paper gift tags; use as ornaments, too! 

    I had so much fun making these tags. I let my creativity grow from simply coloring an ornament design from the Art of Coloring Festive (item #6945), to making tags that were embellished and dimensional that could be hung as ornaments, too!

    Layer your tags, whether burlap or paper, to have both to/from names and a design.

    Close-Up of layered effect using both Burlap and Kraft Paper Tags for a present. Close-Up of layered effect using both Burlap and Kraft Paper Tags for a present.

    Pairing my completed tags with the Large Glitter Bags.

    Pairing a Large Glitter Bag with one of the embellished gift tags. Pairing Large Glitter Bags with just the right embellished gift tag.

    Here's the most elaborate gift tag that I made. I used two Kraft Paper Tags to complete this ornament. I cut-out an oval shape in my first tag that would act as a window; my second tag was kept whole. The first tag would get a piece of hard plastic (cut from another package's blister pack) to cover its window. The second, whole tag would serve as the background; I glued craft super-mini glass marbles to it. I added my colored ornament on top of the marbles. I aligned the first tag with its window to the second and glued them both together.

    Make a cut-out in one paper tag and layer over another with choice of embellishment. Make a cut-out in one paper tag and layer over another with choice of embellishment.

    The snowflake cross stitch gift tag was completed using a Burlap Tag; it was backed with another burlap tag.

    A simple cross-stitch design on a Burlap Tag does well as the foundation for other dimensional tag effects. A simple cross-stitch design on a Burlap Tag does well as the foundation for other dimensional tag effects.

    Now it's time to wrap some boxed presents. HMM...how could I make the box itself a little more interesting. I went to Pinterest to get some ideas on how to decorate gifts using yarn -- other than using pom-poms. This image caught my eye immediately with its yarn woven decorated present.  Did you know Leisure Arts carries Lion Brand® Yarn?

    To decorate packages with yarn, I followed the directions as outlined in the above-mentioned pin and gathered two yarns from my stash.

    Share your love of crafts by adding yarn as part of your gift wrapping. Share your love of crafts by adding yarn as part of your gift wrapping.

    Here I am beginning to weave the second yarn - in a different weight and color as suggested.

    Starting to weave the second color in a different weight yarn. But wait; I think I'll make a change to two strands of medium weight yarn per row -- see the finished package! Starting to weave the second color in a different weight yarn. But wait; I think I'll make a change to two strands of medium weight yarn per row -- see the finished package!

    I liked the variation that I made to the initial set of instructions. I just embellished the embellishment!

    Simple brown paper is a complementary back-drop to the warmth of the yarn and use of a paper gift tag. Simple brown paper is a complementary back-drop to the warmth of the yarn and use of a paper gift tag.

    So I had half of my package of Kraft Paper Tags (30 tags / pack) unused. I wanted to find something additional to do with my remaining tags; I happened to fan mine out when it dawned on me.  With simple additions of several pipe cleaners, I had a wreath. What a great idea to do for younger kids to decorate. What would you do with your extras? Make a deck of cards with two packages of paper tags? What about any extra Burlap Tags (12 tags / pack)?

    Get creative with your tags! I made this wreath by adding pipe cleaners to the fanned paper tags. Get creative with your tags! I made this wreath by adding pipe cleaners to the fanned paper tags.

    I'd love to see your ideas come to life! Post some images of your packages and projects. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season -- keep it creative with less stress and more merry!

    Martha

  • New Year, New Project Goals!

    Happy New Year!

    I don't have many resolutions for 2016, but there is one that I've been thinking about a lot lately: I need to have a better handmade gift stash this year.

    I like to make things, and I do make a lot of things throughout the year, but it doesn't take much to make you realize that you're woefully understocked when you have more gift events than you do time and you want to give a gift that's handmade and lovely.  Like....say, when three women in your close friends and family decide to have babies in the same month.  Or when your bank balance reveals that you won't be buying Starbucks gift cards for people at your kid's school and you'd best haul yourself to the yarn stash.  Can I knit three cowls and four mittens in the span of a month?  Why yes, it turns out I can! But should I?

    Uh, the muscle at the top of my forearm is telling me I should not.

    I know I'll get caught shorthanded at some point this year, but I'd like for it to happen less often.  My goals for the 2016 Gift Stash include:

    -some baby stuff.  Any ol' baby stuff.  It's all cute, it's all small, and as long as it's machine washable it's all going to be appreciated.

    -some cowls.  Cowls are great, and even noncrafters appreciate them.  I'm working on buying my yarn in a few more neutral colors so I can have some handknits on hand that aren't....generic, but just more readily welcomed by a larger audience.  I might love some handpainted variegated yarn, but not everyone will.  And I want something that just about everyone will love.  Just two cowls all knitted or crocheted up and rearing to go could shave actual metric tons of stress off of my life.

    -a prayer shawl.  I've never made one, and I hope I don't need to give one away.  But I'd like have one ready so that I can quickly wrap it up and give it to someone rather than look for yarns and a pattern while feeling concerned about a grieving loved one.

    -hats!  You can make them big, small, slouchy, cabled, plain, tight, long, short--it doesn't matter.  I feel like there's no wrong way to go with hats.  I've been in an earflap mood, and I've discovered to my unending delight that people who wear hats to keep warm really don't seem to mind if their hats look goofy.  You can't go wrong with hats!  (Unless you give them to someone who's either unappreciative or just not a hat person.  But that's a different set of problems entirely.)

    So!  Here's what I've got to get me started.  This is a baby blanket that I finished earlier this week:

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    It's Square #49 from 99 Granny Squares to Crochet.  I've made three blankets with this pattern and I don't know when I'll get tired of the way front post crochet stitches add some texture to these simple squares.  I love this.  I made thirty squares and stitched them together in five rows of six squares.  I crocheted a couple of rows around the edge and now I have a pretty big baby blanket in my arsenal and I don't even know anyone who's pregnant!

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    I feel so good right now!

    Next up is the Martha Cowl from Crochet Scarves and Cowls:

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    Forget what I said about more neutral colors.  This is a pattern I've wanted to try for several months that looks really great with a mix of colors and I really liked this yarn.  It's the Folklore colorway from Loops & Threads Impeccable Ombre, and it's really lovely in addition to being trusty ol' acrylic yarn that's ready for some hard living and careless washing habits.

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    The pattern is pretty easy to keep up with once you get the hang of it.  It did take me a while to get the hang of it, though, which is fine.  This looks like it was fine, right?  It was fine!

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    Since I wasn't crocheting on a deadline, I wasn't too perturbed at having problems following a pattern while being interrupted every 15 seconds by my daughter asking questions or saying "Hey, look!" because 1) like I said, I was in no rush and 2) it is impossible to do much of anything when you're being interrupted every 15 seconds by someone saying "hey look!" and then you actually have to look and come up with fresh and inventive compliments for that someone's Lego-building skills.  That's the biggest reason I want to be more intentional with the TV and crafting time I enjoy so much after my little girl goes to bed (although that sore forearm thing is a close second): I have Lego creations to compliment and games of Candy Land to lose.  I've decided that 2016 is going to be the year I enjoy myself and I'm just not the kind of person who enjoys that rush of adrenaline you get from weaving in your ends ten minutes before you give your project to someone.  What I do enjoy is going about my regular mom life while I think about my fabulous gift stash like I'm a dragon with a cave full of treasure.

     

    I'd better get back to that cowl!

  • I'm back!

    Hello friends!

    It's been a few weeks but I'm back and will be adding a new post to my hand piecing series tomorrow. Today I thought I'd tell you where I've been and a little bit more about myself.

    I've been...

    I'm high-fiving the world. I'm high-fiving the world.

    Finally! I graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Applied Design. As a non-traditional student with a family, I feel a little more like I crawled across the finish line then danced. All in all, though, it was a tremendous experience and I'm thrilled to take on the next chapter in my life.

    Some of you may be familiar with work I completed as a student. Anyone remember this post about the Arkansas Arts Center yarn bomb? That was me! Well, me and about a hundred volunteers. I was thinking I might do a post here with some tips and tricks for doing your own yarn bomb. Anyone interested?

    Me and my pièce de résistance! Me and my pièce de résistance!

    If you're interested in seeing more of my work you can go to my website http://chelsyemae.com.

    In other news, I am recovering from the throat funk that's been going around. It left me plenty of time to plan my summer projects. Expect lots of posts about quilting and cross stitching this summer!

    Like I said, I'll be back tomorrow with the 3rd post in my paper piecing tutorials series. Be sure and check out the first 2 posts- just click on the photos!

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  • Flowering Herb Cross Stitch

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  • Basket of Kittens Cross Stitch

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  • Christmas in July Sale!

    It's time for a Christmas in July sale!  If you head over to the Leisure Arts website and check out their sale on Christmas items, you can really get into the Christmas spirit without entering a crowded store blaring "The Little Drummer Boy" over loudspeakers and straight into your brain.  The coupon code "JulyChristmas" will take 25% off of some great Christmas patterns and craft books.  I was looking through some of the books on sale and now I'm full of festive ideas.

    And naturally, I have to talk about them.

    Are you a cross stitch person?  Look at these cross stitch stockings from Donna Kooler's Ultimate Stocking Collection!  The designs remind me of something out a children's storybook.  I love how cheerful they look.

    Then there are these knitted stocking patterns from the Stocking Trio epattern. Look at that stripey one!  It's really pretty, but looks simple enough that I can delude myself into thinking I could make it!  I tend to get a bit over-ambitious with my Christmas crafting ideas.  Whatever.  There's still time.

    If you'd rather crochet a Christmas stocking, that's cool too because there's Crochet Christmas Stockings.  I love all the different types of stocking patterns that this book has.

    Because, you guys?  I could write a whole post about this carrot stocking.  Why do you need a carrot stocking?  Does this make it acceptable to keep your Christmas decorations out until Easter?  Could this double as baby bunting?  Do I need any more reasons to convince myself to crochet this?  Because I'm really feeling it.  It even has roots!

    If you're looking for even more amazing crochet designs, then there's the pattern for Crocheted Thread Snowball ornaments.  I think these are stunning.  

    There are also these crocheted angels.  My Mamaw made us a few of them, and I kind of "borrowed" one for my Christmas tree after I got married.  These are my very favorite tree toppers.  They're so beautiful and make such wonderful heirlooms.

    If a more modern look is your thing, then Jolly Stuff looks pretty good.  I don't know when owl crafts are going to be played out, but I hope it's not any time soon because I think they're really cute. I think "jolly" is a sorely underused term for happy holiday things.  

     

    Okay.  I kind of don't want to talk about this one because then my mom will know about it.  But maybe she already does.  Look Mom, here's some Christmas quilt patterns!  I have a copy of Christmas Sparkle if you want to look at it (and I'm pretty sure you do).  These designs are incredibly lovely. 

    And to my dad, or anyone else who is not ready for the most festive of seasons: sorry. 

    To everyone else: the sale ends July 31, so you may as well get crazy while you can.  It's the most wonderful time of the year!

  • Learn to Crochet: Crochet Cross Stitch

    I tried to crochet the Crisscross dishcloth from Dishcloths one time.  It's the bright green one:

    It didn't go that well.  But I think I'll try again this weekend.  It's a cute pattern, and I'd like to master the art of crocheting the cross stitch. I like dishcloths for trying out new stitches because it gives me plenty of opportunity to practice new techniques and the project is quick enough to keep me from getting tired of it.  I'll definitely be trying out the cross stitch technique on this pattern.  I like the look of it, and I want to know more about this weird, crisscrossed stitch.

    Maybe I didn't watch this video enough times for my last attempt to be successful.  It helps me to watch a video tutorial 3 or 4 times before trying a new stitch, and then watching the video a few more times while I'm trying the new stitch.  I tend to go through a lot of trial and error(s) whenever I try something new, but once I understand something it tends to stick in my brain after that.

    Even if I wasn't motivated to make an ungodly number of dishcloths, I still think I'd want to learn how to do the crochet cross stitch.  This is just icing on the motivation cake.  I know that didn't make much sense.  I'm sorry, but I'm a little distracted.  And if you'll excuse me, I have a video to go watch.

    Over and over again.

  • What’s New at Leisure Arts?

    Thought I’d share a little update about what we’ve been up to at Leisure Arts…Check it out:
    The New Knook Beginner Set & More!
    So much has been happening here at Leisure Arts that it seems like the month of September has just flown by. Our newest Knook set has just hit the warehouse, and we’re thrilled! It’s perfect for kids or anyone who’d like to knit with a big crochet hook!
    Plus our Pin To Win Leisure Arts Duct Tape Creativity Giveaway is well underway! Don’t miss your chance to win our Duct Tape Prize Package featuring 35 rolls of Duck brand duct tape, all three of our duct tape pattern books, and your very own Trust E. Duck! Hurry, the Giveaway ends September 30! Read more…
    eBook Fans! Check out the most recent downloadable eBooks that we’ve added to our eBooks & ePatterns category.
    And Deals…Our Duct Tape BOGO promotion is still going on till October 31, and we’re also offering 10% off on everything Plastic Canvas on LeisureArts.com!
    For more bargains, browse all the different skill categories in our Current Promotions list. For more info about what’s happening at Leisure Arts, our Facebook page and Everyday Life at Leisure daily blog always have the latest news, so bookmark those sites and visit often.
    Editor's Corner:
    Just Released—The Knook Beginner Set For Kids!
    You’re gonna want our new Knook Beginner Set for Kids even if you don’t have any kids! It comes with 2 sizes of (plastic not wooden) Knooks, 2 cords, a clip, 2 yarn needles, and a pocket-size instruction book. If you’re a fan of bulky and super bulky yarns, you’re sure to love the Knook sizes we’ve included: L-8 mm in pink and M-9 mm in purple. Read more…


    Free Project: Knitting for a Cure Bookmark!
    Knit for someone in need with our free Knitting for a Cure Bookmark pattern. Pair this easy project with a book of devotions or a daily journal for a thoughtful gift, and if you love this project, specifically designed for providing comfort to loved ones who are fighting breast cancer, you’ll find it and more in our Knitting for a Cure pattern book by designer Kay Meadors—featuring 18 designs to knit and share! Knitting for a Cure is also available as an eBook for you download enthusiasts!
    New Cooking Guides In the Spotlight!
    The holidays are quickly approaching, and Leisure Arts has the recipes you need for delicious entertaining! Four newly published, laminated food guides: Candy, Cookies, Cupcakes, and Cooking Basics — each one folds out accordion-style into 12 pages. They’ll make perfect gifts for the experienced cook, the pretty confident cook, the beginning cook, and the wannabe-cook. And are they handy? Yes! Each guide is approximately 8-1/2 inches tall x 4-1/2 inches wide — the perfect size to take in your purse when you go grocery shopping.
    Cooking Basics
    This reference guide is full of useful kitchen tips and information that every cook will want to keep handy—offering up all those little details like information on measuring, equivalent measurements, cooking terms, substitutions, and food storage tips for the pantry and refrigerator plus basic guidelines on how to boil an egg and cook rice or pasta. There’s an eBook, too! Read more…
    Candy
    Try your hand at homemade candy with the help of this little guide! It includes candy-making tips plus recipes for Peanut Butter Fudge, Strawberry Divinity, Almond Rocha, Gumdrops, Glass Candy, Microwave Peanut Brittle, Millionaire Fudge, Old-Fashioned Mints, Marshmallows, and Chocolate-Covered Cherries. There’s an eBook, too! Read more…
    Cupcakes
    Discover how easy it is to create homemade cupcakes using prepared cake mix thanks to this reference guide! Recipes include Gingerbread Cupcakes, Double Chocolate Cupcakes, Sour Cream Cupcakes with Creamy White Chocolate Frosting, Snowball Cupcakes, Chocolate Angel Food Cupcakes, Ice-Cream Cone Cupcakes, Spicy Carrot Cupcakes, Toasted Coconut-Rum Cupcakes, and Santa Cupcakes. There’s an eBook, too! Read more…
    Cookies
    This guide features the best of both worlds—traditional family favorites and fun party treats. Recipes include Santa Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, Snickerdoodles, Pecan Crispies, Mom's Sugar Cookies, White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies, Old-Fashioned Gingersnaps, Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies, Mocha-Almond Cookies, Blarney Stones, and Chocolate Malted Cookies. There’s an eBook, too! Read more…
    See photos on our blog... (Everyday Life at Leisure might just be giving away copies of these cool little cookbooks!)
    Current Promotions
    Be sure to check on current promotions at LeisureArts.com as new promotions will be added on a regular basis. Below are a few we are currently running.

    Duct Tape BOGO—Celebrate Halloween with duct tape! Buy our print or eBook Stick or Treat (filled with Halloween costumes, pumpkins, and more) and get the corresponding print or eBook Go Crazy with Duct Tape—free! Offer good Now through October 31!

    • Stock your pattern library with our 10% off all Plastic Canvas products promotion from now through October 10!


    • All of our Mary Engelbreit products on sale at 50% off the original retail price.

    • We have select products marked at 40% off the original retail price in the following categories: Crochet, Cross Stitch, Knitting, Painting, Paper Crafting, Quilting and Sewing.

    • Select how-to DVD Products on sale at up to 50% off the original retail price!

    Clearance Products: These products have been placed on clearance and greatly discounted from the original retail price.

  • Halloween, Duct Tape, & More — Sept. 12 Leisure Arts Newsletter

    The weather’s been a little cooler here in Arkansas lately—and we’re very grateful! Could it be that Autumn’s on its way? Is it time to start thinking about Halloween with a great BOGO deal on our Halloween-themed Stick or Treat duct tape pattern book or maybe just about all the fun you can have with duct tape by playing Pin to Win with us?
    Pin To Win Leisure Arts Duct Tape Creativity Giveaway
    To inspire that duct tape fun, we'd like to invite you to participate in our Pin To Win Leisure Arts Duct Tape Creativity Giveaway—running September 10-September 30! We’re thrilled to announce that we will award a Duct Tape Prize Package to one Grand-Prize Winner of our Pin to Win Duct Tape Creativity Giveaway. Read more…
    Good news for download fans! We’re still adding more downloadable eBooks to our LeisureArts.com site. Check out a few of our just released titles:
    And Deals…We’ve offering 10% off on everything Cross Stitch on LeisureArts.com!
    For more bargains, browse all the different skill categories in our Current Promotions list. For more info about what’s happening at Leisure Arts, our Facebook page and Everyday Life at Leisure daily blog always have the latest news, so bookmark those sites and visit often.
    Housekeeping Reminder!
    Have you updated your subscription to the Leisure Arts Newsletter lately? Please update your subscription preferences! Let us know what categories you’re interested in (knit, crochet, cross stitch…), so that we can better share the info that you’re interested in. Simply select your interest categories and update your preferences. We’ll give you a Free Download of Celebrating Cookies (normally $7.48) just for updating, and if you select the crochet interest area, you’ll begin receiving our special Free Pattern Friday Newsletter for crocheters! (And knitters, there might just be something new for you coming in October!)
    Editor's Corner:
    Just Released—Decorate with Burlap!
    Whether your home is cottage chic or traditional, the natural look of burlap adds casual style that's both modern and relaxed. This inspiring book from the O'Neil Sisters (Jennifer and Kitty) shows just how easy and versatile decorating with burlap can be. Decorate with Burlap is also available to download digitally! Read more…

    See photos on our blog... (Everyday Life at Leisure's got a copy of the book to give away!)
    September Free Project!
    Our very own duct tape diva, Leisure Arts designer Patti Wallenfang's offering up a free project in a special guest post on Everyday Life at Leisure to help you get in the Halloween spirit — Duct Tape Frankenfingers! She's also sharing a peek at some of her fave projects from her just released Halloween duct tape pattern book — Stick or Treat! The Stick or Treat eBook is also now available!

    New Quilt Releases In the Spotlight:
    Hey Quilters! The spotlight in this issue is just for you! We’re taking a peek at the three newest additions to the Leisure Arts Best of Fons & Porter quilt pattern book series. Meet the designers—Marianne Fons and Liz Porter have been working together for more than 30 years. From teaching quilting classes in the 1970s and 80s, they went on to host the No. 1 quilting show on public television and establish the popular magazine, Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting. They also operate a quilt shop in Winterset, Iowa, and a web site, www.fonsandporter.com. Now, check out their new quilt pattern books:

    Best of Fons & Porter: Tips and Techniques
    The editors of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine share 225 tips and Sew Easy lessons to make quilting easier and more accurate. Also included are 13 quilt projects that use the skills covered in the lessons. Read more…
    See photos on our blog...
    Best of Fons & Porter: Fun Quilts for Kids
    This fun collection of quilts that kids will love compiles 27 of the best quilts from Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine. Designs feature themes on space, cowboys, penguins, charming flowers, fairies, vibrant geometrics, and more. And more fun still...this book includes a great design for Halloween—Black Cats Prowling! Read more…
    See photos on our blog...

    Best of Fons & Porter: Star Quilts
    Star quilts are one of the most popular patterns with quilters, and the sky's the limit when it comes to the variety of star patterns that can be found. Quilts in this book from the editors of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine and its special editions include a spectacular Mariner's Compass, a beloved Lone Star, a unique slanted star, and a variety of other traditional Star patterns for all skill levels. Read more…
    See photos on our blog...

    Current Promotions
    Be sure to check on current promotions at LeisureArts.com as new promotions will be added on a regular basis. Below are a few we are currently running.
    Duct Tape BOGO—Celebrate Halloween with duct tape! Buy our print or eBook Stick or Treat (filled with Halloween costumes, pumpkins, and more) and get the corresponding print or eBook Go Crazy with Duct Tape—free! Offer good Now through October 31!
    • Stock your Cross Stitch library with our 10% off all Cross Stitch products promotion from now through September 26!
    • All of our Mary Engelbreit products on sale at 50% off the original retail price.
    • We have select products marked at 40% off the original retail price in the following categories: Crochet, Cross Stitch, Knitting, Painting, Paper Crafting, Quilting and Sewing.
    • Select how-to DVD Products on sale at up to 50% off the original retail price!
    Clearance Products: These products have been placed on clearance and greatly discounted from the original retail price.
  • Tips For Cross Stitch Project Cleaning

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    Congratulate me! I dug out some unfinished cross stitch projects the other day and finished them! Only to be faced with the dreaded smudges and stains...they’re the bane of a cross stitcher’s existence! There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction you feel when a cross stitch project is complete. Unfortunately, the feeling of satisfaction can quickly diminish when you discover smudges and stains all over your fabric. Obviously, the best thing you can do is prevent smudging and staining from happening to begin with by using these simple tips for cross stitch cleanliness:

    1. Wash your hands frequently while stitching to keep body oils from staining the fabric.
    2. Wash your hoop occasionally with soap and water to remove dirt and debris.
    3. Be sure to remove the hoop when you’re not stitching, so your fabric won’t become soiled with hoop marks.
    4. Reposition the hoop each time you begin working to avoid handling the fabric in the same spot over and over.
    5. Store your project in a bag or basket when you’re not working to protect it from dust and spills.

    The Woods Behind My House
    Sometimes, even with the utmost care (which I neglected), a stitched piece becomes stained or soiled. Don’t worry! Here’s a list of tips to help you clean your project:

    1. Soak the cross stitch piece for a few minutes in a solution of cold water and a small amount of mild detergent, baby shampoo, or dishwashing liquid.
    2. Gently rub the spots with the tips of your fingers. If a spot is stubborn, rub it with a corner of the fabric to help loosen the dirt.
    3. Rinse the project several times in clear water.
    4. Roll the piece between two clean towels and squeeze gently without wringing. Don’t let any part of the piece come in contact with itself.
    5. Lay the project face down and iron it until it’s completely dry. Never let a project dry while folded or in a heap because wrinkles will become virtually impossible to remove.

    A Tale of Three Fish
    There are some precautions to keep in mind. Don’t use protective spray finish on any cross stitch project because it may cause a chemical reaction with the thread dyes. You may also want to avoid having your projects dry cleaned. If a certain fabric requires dry cleaning, you should advise the dry cleaner that a reaction may occur between the thread dyes and the chemicals. 

    Most projects can be saved by following these simple cross stitch tips, but since there aren’t any guarantees, it’s always best to practice prevention.

    Do you have any good cross stitch tips to share?

    {FYI—All of the cross stitch designs that I was finishing up came from The Best of Kooler Design Studio: Cross Stitch. Pretty, pretty projects!}

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