Thursday, June 01, 2017

Goodbye May....

~ Greetings and Warm Days of Spring Welcome ~
to all my friends and fellow stitchers!

How are you?!
We are buzzing right along...I cannot believe today is the first of June....
I need to wrap a few things up for May, so thought I'd swing in to do just that very thing today.

Goodbye May...
but before we say goodbye to May, let's view:

"Hello May" 
by Hands on Design
from the "Hello There" series

 I am a member of the Fat Quarter Shop's  "HELLO THERE" Club which is available in
AIDA (click HERE) or
LINEN (click HERE)
This club is totally wonderful and I am enjoying it so much. Everything just right at my finger tips when it arrives in my mailbox each month (AND you get a seasonal needleminder each month too! BONUS!!! )
 Here is a shot of May's Package as I received it:


Here is my HELLO MAY all finished up on my finishing board that I hang on my Finishing Cave wall, as we are telling May "Goodbye" 
Hello May

I just love it! Quick to stitch, quick to finish and cute as the little JABCO (Just Another Button Company) buttons are stitched in a line along the bottom. Sweet seasonal designs delivered right to my door with everything I need to stitch up in just a couple of hours stitching and about a 1/2 hour of finishing. Bingo, Bango! 

Diagonal PIN STITCH follow-up....
Many of you commented on my DIAGONAL PIN STITCH tip that I put up the other day with favorable comments however, I don't think many of you got the FULL ramifications on how truly stitching life altering this is. I tried to fully verbalize just how altering but I don't know if I got my point across so let's re-evaluate this again..

looks like the following diagrams I have made: 

Step One 

Pin Stitch 1

Step Two

Pin Stitch 2

Step Three

Pin Stitch 3

The stitch done in this manner is anchored, it won't pull it out and the stitcher can put a single stitch (and end it)  anywhere on the fabric and it completely hides the stitches, so no carrying just "floats" there perfectly. HOWEVER, the one thing that I noticed as I used this stitch for years is that on single stitches you can see the center starting stitch (in red above) if looking closely. In a row of stitches (if you are using this stitch to start your thread it isn't as noticeable) however on isolated single stitches you (in my opinion) can see the center starting pin head stitches. So with that thought in mind...I started experimenting over the last 8 months or so of how to anchor my thread so that I might be able to get rid of the center pin head stitch. Maybe streamline it. . . 

That's when I started trying to just do the bottom leg of the X with the pinhead stitch and it it worked better when I started in the center of the X and went down and back up (I tried all sorts of different ways) but I found the way I illustrated the DIAGONAL PIN STITCH yesterday is (in my opinion) the best way to do it and as I got better and better at it, my tails got shorter and shorter and the need to flip my work to clip tails got less and less. 
DISCLAIMER: I am not saying I "invented" the Diagonal Pin Stitch...I thought I had (ha! ha! silly me) but after I did a little research on my own...I found that others had already come up with the idea. However starting a row of stitches and starting with over-dyes and odd number threads using the Pin Stitch...I think THAT is not as common....and THAT is why I use the Pin Stitch predominantly in my stitching now and have for about the last 9 - 12 months exclusively. 

Now HERE is where I think there needs to be some clarification or elaboration on the beauty of the Pin Stitch (no matter if you do it the traditional way I've illustrated above) or if you do it the Diagonal Pin Stitch way ( that I illustrated yesterday, at the link above) 

As I stated yesterday: you can use the Pin Stitch (regular or diagonal) TO START THREADS of odd number or of over-dye variety - when you cannot use the Loop Start Method (click here to view). Think about can use the Pin Stitch to start threads! What does this mean? Well to me it means: no tails that I have to clip or worry about showing from the front side (both of which I have been pointed out to me on older works I've entered in judging)  that minute little peeks of tails have shown at the end of threads (where I've started them)  Using a Pin Stitch virtually eliminates this. The other advantage of using the Pin Stitch to start threads is: I waste VERY LITTLE precious thread on leaving tails to stitch over to anchor. I'm using tiny, tiny bits as my "tails" and my stitches are anchored on the very first stitch, I don't have to keep flipping my work to make sure my subsequent stitches are being stitched over the tail to anchor. I just wanted to clarify what the Tradition Pin Stitch Vs. The Diagonal Pin Stitch was and why to me it was revolutionary in my stitching. 

I think I've talked the Pin Stitch to death...
and that's OK because like I said, sharing is caring and sharing makes us ALL better stitchers...don't you agree?

Speaking of Sharing and Better Stitchers....
Fiber Talk is a podcast (strictly talking, no video feed) that is a weekly sharing of Designers, Stitchers, Topics to make us better in our craft...along with lots of good information put on by Gary Parr and Christine Williams. I was lucky enough to be the guest on the second podcast last January 2017, but I have been mentioned on a few others podcasts and Gary just contacted me asking me back! So...I'll be back again in an upcoming podcast talking about something doing with needlework. You know how I love to talk! Especially talking about needlework! Exciting stuff! One of my favorite bloggers (and people in general) Nicole of Nicole's Needlework is also going to be an upcoming guest! Can't wait! Sampler Lovers will love to listen to Nicola Parkman's feature on the podcast explaining her Hands Across The Sea Samplers and there are a number of needlepoint designers, counted thread designers, just fill in the blank. Go on over to Fiber Talk and click around to listen to all the great podcasts they have put together since January. Each one are about an hour long and I love to listen and just stitch. FABULOUS body of work! Gary has been so good to me, so kind...even contacted me a couple of times through the years, to comment on my blog over the last 10 years of its existence and I just want to shout out the effort he and Christine are doing for us - the Needle Arts Community. Their highlighting things to get us excited about our hobby and passion for it...making us better stitchers along the way! Just a wonderful body of work. 

One last thing...
I recently made a "Stitch with Me Video"...its not the first one ever done on the face of the earth a few other FlossTubers have done it. I've done it a little differently, not much, but a little as I non-verbally acknowledge that I know you are watching me...but the video is 30 minutes and its just me sitting on my deck stitching. I find watching others stitch relaxing, inspiring and generally informational. We all have our quirks, our own set of techniques and I love to just view that. Plus for those of us that don't have stitching buddies....we can just log on and stitch together. I think the one I did was pretty relaxing and generally centering. Give it a look if you are may be found:

That's all for today!
Until next time...
do something fun!
STOP smell the roses.
Be KIND because Kindness Matters!
Hugs in stitches,
Vonna xxxx


  1. Thank you for Stitch With Me Vonna. I do not have a stitching buddy. I watched your video. 😊

  2. What a sweet May piece you stitched and finished, Vonna! I have seen a few pop up around the internet lately. Thank you again for sharing your tips on the diagonal pinhead stitch and the regular pinhead. I hope you and yours have a fabulous June.

  3. I definitely will be trying the pin stitch for my next evenweave project. I imagine you could end your stitches the same way. Thank you for sharing as I always enjoy your videos and blog. Lots of great information and a little enabling... :-)

  4. Vonna, I meant to ask you, What is the drill thing you use to wind floss to make braided floss?

  5. Well that stitch is adorable Vonna. I am going to have to look into that club because it looks like a lot of fun. I've been following alot of your you tube tutorials and they are wonderful. Thank you so much for doing that and helping us all out. How you do all you do is amazing but much appreciated. RJ @ stitching friends forever

  6. I can't quite believe it is June either, Vonna--and honestly, I swear time speeds up the older you get. Just wait until you're my age :)

    Love your little May finish and I do appreciate the explanation of the pinstitch. I've heard of it, never tried it, but I'm sure I'll refer to your excellent instructions when I do. Thank you, as always for making each of us a better stitcher :) And Happy June!

  7. I have that placemat...4 of them to be exact! Love watching your videos...going to go stitch with you now!❤

  8. Love your little May piece. So cute!

  9. Thanks for sharing the pinstitch info. You help us grow and learn.

  10. How wonderful the way you share so much information!! Thank you!!!!

  11. I agree with you on the original pinstitch start. I've always noticed that it showed at least a bit when I used it. Now I will be using your diagonal approach -- it's great!

  12. I am so intrigued by the pin stitch - just started a new design with classic color works thread last night, so I will have to try it! I must admit I have been checking YouTube every day this week hoping for a new Vonna video - I was so excited to see two! Look forward to stitching along with you! Have a great weekend!

  13. I must admit your pin stitch variation changed my stitching life. I still find myself occasionally knotting the thread, but I snip it off immediately, because your system is so easy. So thank you!

  14. So beautiful ..x

  15. Vonna, I started using your diagonal pin stitch last weekend and the angels started singing all around me! It makes more sense so me than the regular pin stitch start that I had seen before. It's a total game changer and I'm ever so grateful!

    Also, I've been a long-time podcast listener and have been LOVING the Fiber Talk podcast. Can't wait till you're on again!

  16. I have bookmarked Fiber Talk on my computer, and my podcast app on my phone. Later, I will do the same on my tablet, and then I have more to keep me company while stitching! Love the May finish... that's a cute club piece. Thank you for sharing good things with us, as always! Hugs!


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