Friday Finds–04/14/17

Friday Finds is my weekly round-up of needlework, textile, books and art links from my wanderings around the web.


Here are this week’s links:


Video of the Week

This Simon’s Cat short was posted just in time for Easter. I love these videos.

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WIP Weds: Two Turtle Doves

Time for a WIP Wednesday update on my current needlework projects.

This past week I made some progress on the “12 Days of Christmas” cross-stitch pattern by Satsuma Street. Instead of stitching them as separate ornaments, I am stitching all twelve as one sampler.

WIP Wednesday logo

I did not post an update last week because I had made so little progress, but I made some time to stitch the past few days and now I am nearly finished with the two turtle doves.

After stitching the heads of the birds, I stitched their bodies because they were nice big blocks of a single color.


Next, I started stitching the wings of the doves:


I’ve got to say that the colors in this pattern are pretty far outside my comfort zone. I would never have thought to combine some of these colors together. It works, I think, but Satsuma Street uses a color palette that can take some getting used to.

But, then I finished the wings and continued by stitching the tails of the doves since they used the same colors. Finally, I started stitching the green stems of the plant stems in the scene.


I am close to a mini-finish! Once I complete the two turtle doves, I plan to dive right into the three French hens in the next box.

Thanks for reading! Happy Stitching!

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What I’m Reading–April 2017

Every month I share what books I finished last month and what I’m reading now. I also love to hear what others are reading. Share your own book recommendations in the comments or friend me on Goodreads!

What I'm Reading--Apr 2017

I seem to be reading in cycles. I finished a lot of books in February, but I only managed to complete one book in March.

Finished in March 2017

  • Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen. I love the web comic “Sarah’s Scribbles,” so I snatched up this book when I saw it on the New Books shelf at the library. The book did not disappoint.

What I’m Reading Now

I have several books in progress right now. It’s a little ridiculous. I’ve become a “serial starter” this past month. Now I just have to finish them.

So, that’s what I’m reading. How about you? Let me know in the comments! I love new recommendations!

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Friday Finds–03/31/17

Friday Finds is my weekly round-up of needlework, textile, books and art links from my wanderings around the web.


March is over already! Where does the time go?

Here are this week’s links:


Video of the Week

Still really stressed. Still listening to music from my teen years. This video brought back a lot of memories. It’s “Born of Frustration” by James (1992).

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Free Vintage Needlework Patterns Online

Thanks to university libraries and dedicated individuals in the United States and around the world, it is possible to find hundreds of free, out-of-copyright needlework and embroidery books and patterns online. If you are interested in embroidery history or vintage patterns, here are some resources to get you started. Warning: You may get lost for hours on some of these sites!

Find free vintage embroidery, cross-stitch and needlework books online

Antique Pattern Library

The Antique Pattern Library is dedicated to scanning and making available public domain publications for a wide variety of crafts. Find a wide variety of vintage pamphlets and patterns books for cross-stitch, embroidery, hardanger, and much more. Most of the publications are available to download in PDF format.

On-Line Digital Archive of Documents on Weaving and Related Topics

This archive of public domain craft publications is maintained by the computer science department at the University of Arizona. Although the site is dedicated primarily to weaving, you can also find dozens of books and articles on embroidery and other needlearts, all available to download for free in PDF format. The site hasn’t been updated since last October, so I fear this project may be abandoned, so get these patterns and books while you can.

Free Historic Old Pattern Books

The passionate individuals behind this blog not only share high resolution scans of out-of-copyright embroidery and cross-stitch patterns, but they also convert those patterns for use in popular charting software programs such as PCStitch and Pattern Maker. Then you can use motifs from these vintage patterns to inspire and create your own original designs.

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive has over 11 million scanned books from libraries in the United States and Canada that you can read and download. And, yes, that includes hundreds of public domain titles about embroidery, needlework, and other needlearts topics. Browse close to 300 results for embroidery or more than 250 books for needlework.

The Online Books Page

The Online Books Page is a project of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries with a curated catalog of over 2 million links to books available free online. The site might not be pretty to look at, but it is very well organized by subject, title, and author. Browse the list of books for needlework, embroidery, or counted thread embroidery, which includes cross-stitch.

Happy Stitching!


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Fri…er, Saturday Finds–03/25/17

Friday Finds is my weekly round-up of needlework, textile, books and art links from my wanderings around the web. And, yes, I’m still calling it Friday Finds, even though it’s Saturday evening as I finally post this!


Hey, work has been crazy recently. We have three open positions in the library–plus two more unfilled positions–which means more work for those of us left, and my days have been spent looking at resumes and doing interviews with candidates. So, I am completely wiped out, but I still have a fun set of links for this week!

Here are this week’s links:

Video of the Week

When I’m really stressed, I turn to what I call my “comfort music.” This is usually music I listened to in high school and college. So, I pulled out the Jesus Jones this week and jammed like it was 1991.

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WIP Weds: Two Project Updates!

I made a little progress on not just one, but two cross-stitch wips this week!

After being neglected for the past month and a half or so, I pulled out my “12 Days of Christmas” project and worked on it a bit. I finished the border–for the first three squares, at least! I dread stitching all of those red boxes, so I am only doing a few at a time as I go. Then I started on Day 2, and you can see the heads of the two turtle doves appearing.

12 days of Christmas cross-stitch wip progress

I took several photos, but I had to include this one with Chi’s fuzzy little paws photobombing the shot. One of the cross-stitch Facebook groups I’m in had a thread about cats getting into our stitching. Chi definitely loves to try and grab my threads as I stitch. I haven’t posted a lot of photos of Chi here, but I sometimes post pics of her on my Instagram.

Then I made some progress on “All Shall be Well.” We have two complete words now!

all shall be well cross-stitch progress

The smaller letters will have backstitching around them, but I haven’t done that yet. So, they look rather impressionistic right now, but I think they’ll look really sharp when they’re done.

You can also see some of the color variation in the smaller letters because I swapped out the DMC thread I recommended in the pattern, and I am using #1170 Dark Chocolate by The Gentle Art instead. Although I love the way it is turning out, I fear I did not buy nearly enough of the #1170, so I’m a little concerned about dyelots and color matching if I need to purchase more. Fingers crossed!

You can get the “12 Days of Christmas” pattern from Satsuma Street on Etsy.

And, you can find the “All Shall Be Well” pattern in my shop on Etsy at Rabbit Girl Crafts.

Happy stitching!


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Spring Embroidery Color Palette

Today is the official first day of spring, and I am sharing a new color palette you can use to inspire your embroidery, needlework, or cross-stitch projects.

spring embroidery color palette inspiration

spring embroidery color palette inspiration

This collection of colors almost looks like it could work for autumn, too, but they were inspired by a field of spring tulips.

field of tulips

The DMC colors used in this palette are:


Happy stitching!

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Friday Finds–03/17/17

Friday Finds is my weekly round-up of needlework, textile, books and art links from my wanderings around the web.


Here are this week’s links:


Video of the Week

One of the quirky things that my husband and I share is our mutual love for Barry Manilow. Yes, he wrote a lot of cheesy pop songs, but his beautiful tenor voice is a joy to listen to. He’s going to be appearing in concert in Chicago in May, and we are very tempted…


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A Finish and an Update

I have some stitchy things to share this week, including a finish that I completed late last year, an update on “All Shall Be Well,” and a very special gift that came in the mail a few days ago.

First up, is the finish. I love the Belle & Boo characters, and I adore the cross-stitch designs that have been made from the original illustrations. I snatch up all of the British cross-stitch magazines when they have new Belle & Boo designs. I stitched one design for myself a couple of years ago, but I wanted to stitch another.

When I found out my sister-in-law was expecting a little girl last year, I knew I had to stitch a Belle & Boo design for my new niece. This “Dandelion” cross-stitch pattern was in the July 2015 issue of CrossStitcher, but you can also find it as a PDF download on the Belle & Boo website.

I shared a couple sneak peeks of this while I was working on it last year, but here is the whole thing finally completed and framed.

Belle & Boo dandelion cross-stitch birth sampler

I am finally able to share it because I delivered it to the recipients this past weekend. Hooray!

Second, I have been working slowly on the “All Shall Be Well’ pattern model. I am happy to report that I completed the initial letter “A” and am now moving on to the other lettering. So, here is the current progress:

All Shall be Well cross-stitch project progress

The pattern calls for all DMC threads to keep things affordable, but I swapped out the brown thread for an overdyed thread from The Gentle Arts for the lettering because I wanted to see the slight color variation in the letters. My hope is that the variation in color will give the letters an antique look like ink on old parchment. All of the letters have backstitching, too, but I have not yet added the backstitching to the two “l”s above.

You can see what the complete “All Shall Be Well” project will look like in this post, and the pattern is available on Etsy.

Thanks for reading!


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