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Cheaper than Therapy by My Big Toe

Copyright My Big Toe, 2007.

Cheaper than therapy by My Big Toe

Chart: This small My Big Toe chart is printed on A4/Letter sized heavy card stock. The chart is large, clear and easy to see. The chart is repeated three times, once each for the variations: Stitching is cheaper, Knitting is cheaper, Quilting is cheaper.

The chart pack contains the scissors charm and the blue & yellow beads used in the design.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, backstitch, beads and a charm.

Materials: Weeks Dye Works cottons. Stitched on Wichelt 32ct “Lambswool” Jobelan.

Designer’s Notes: Stitching is cheaper than therapy… but not if you do it right (includes bead/charm pack)

Why I was attracted to this design: Do I really need to answer this? I think this answer is self-evident for most of us :)  On a serious note, stitching really is a form of therapy for me; putting a needle through the fabric and watching the design grow calms and relaxes me. So as well as the humorous reference to stashing habits, this design does have a serious element for me :)

So why haven’t I stitched it? This is another design that is new to my stash. I bought it and the fat eighth of fabric and three skeins of floss while I was doing a small spot of shopping for the upcoming Chocolate Exchange on the Stitching Hangout group. I bought everything so I can stitch this up as soon as I get tired of the designs I’m already stitching.

Where can you buy it? This My Big Toe chart is still in print and can be easily bought through your LNS or ONS for $8.00 (US).

Discussion questions:  Given that the image with this design is a scissor and fob, would you stitch the “knitting is cheaper” or “quilting is cheaper” version for a knitter or quilter friend or would you go looking for a different pattern for them? Does this pattern scream “stitching” to you or do you think it works for knitting and quilting too?

16 July 2012: Ready to start.


Household Helpers by The Needle’s Notion

Copyright Lettie Eckberg, The Needle’s Notion, 2008.

Household Helpers by The Needle’s Notion

Chart: These two Needle’s Notion charts are printed side by side on the same A3 sheet of paper.  They are small designs easily stitched up.  Each design is almost a monochrome with the symbol dark and easily seen and followed. The design is stitched in DMC 310 (Black) with just a little DMC 317 used in the corner squares.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch, backstitch and straight stitch. Optional satin stitch.

Materials:  DMC stranded cottons. Stitched on Zweigart 32ct “Mint Green” linen.

Designer’s Notes: Who wouldn’t appreciate a little extra help around the house? These classic maid and butler designs feature Art Deco styling. Special thanks to my mom for composing the verse for Household Helpers.

Why I was attracted to this design: A maid would come in handy. A butler would be just dandy. When I first saw this chart pack I was run off my feet, feeling tired all the time and just could not keep up with the housework. I would have killed for a maid or a butler to help out :) I also love Art Deco so the styling of this design appeals too!

So why haven’t I stitched it? This is a very new acquisition into my stash. I bought this on sale only a couple of months ago.  I have some 32ct Mint in my stash so I think I can start this one when my stash arrives!

Where can you buy it? The Needle’s Notion is definitely still on business and this design can be ordered by your LNS or ONS for $8.00 (US).

Discussion questions: Which would you prefer if you were offered their services for a week: a maid or a butler?

2 July 2012: Ready to start – I think