Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Reconnected and a Giveaway

Apologies blog friends for an enforced absence the last couple of days. Since Saturday we had problems with our server and only today got to the source of issue.

I'm so relieved to be back on line and able to get in touch with you all again - made me realize how much the internet means to me - I felt very bereft and anxious to get back on!!
I'm trying to catch up with most recent posts. So please forgive my lack of commenting on your blogs.

I've only been able to do a little bit of stitching on my bunny sampler but he's definitely looking more like a bunny~

I'm curious to know from other cross stitchers what way you go about stitching out the pattern.

Do you start from the middle or start from a corner or an edge like I do - sometimes I stitch from left to right if it's a sampler or text.

Being self taught and a relative new comer I just wonder if there's a better way to go about things - I'm too random and 'all over the place' as my dear dad told me once when watching me do housework as a teenager!!! I can laugh about it now!!lol!

I'm also working on another little piece which I hope you'll come back to see soon - it's quite pretty and this is just a teaser~

And now to the giveaway mentioned in the title. Kim, formerly of Valley Primitives Gift Shoppe has decided to relaunch her blog and has had to start again from scratch. Kim is one of the loveliest bloggers to get to know and her stitching is just awesome. So her new blog is called Valley Primitive Stitches and Kim is holding a Spring giveaway to launch it.
Her are the wonderful hand stitched items Kim is including as well as the candle~

The drawing is on March 20 and I know you'll want in on this as well as helping Kim too!
So just click here to sign up!

Thanks once again for your lovely comments - you all help more than you know!
Best wishes


  1. I start from the middle but I don't guess it really matters as long as you have a large enough piece of fabric. I do love what progress you've made. Bunnies make me smile :)

  2. I don't start at all I am afraid.. smile..
    Love your bunny... So sweet..
    Glad you are back, dear friend..

  3. Hi Christine,
    Glad your back. Isn't it the pits when you can't be online with your friends???
    I start in the middle, but that's what the directions say. I say, whatever works for you and it comes out right, who says what is right or wrong way!!?? They are looking cute!!!!! Can't wait to see them finished.
    Have a great week,


  4. There are several recommended "starts" but I do what I'm comfortable with. I start in the upper right corner and work across to the left when it's a sampler (I had to abandon that plan when the border wasn't lining up). Back in the 80's and 90's we used to fold the linen in fours to find the middle and stitched from the middle of the chart. Do what feels right to you and you can't go wrong!
    So nice to hear from you.
    Susan p.s. I thank you for reminding me about Valley Primitive Stitches

  5. You've been missed. Beautiful stitches.
    Hugs Trace


  6. I usually start in the middle, but on occasion I have started in the corner or elsewhere, always allowing for the 6in. all the way around, but do whatever feels comfortable.

    Your bunny is coming along nicely and so is the sneak peek. Can't wait to see them finished!

    Glad you got your computer issues worked out!

    Big hugs,

  7. Glad you were able to get back on and going soon. You cracked me up with your comment on my blog post... forget the pizza, I'll take some of that delicious homemade vegetable broth, yum! But I would love to fly over there and meet you and see your beautiful country! =]

    Your bunny from Angi's pattern is adorable! So are your other pull toys. I don't have any at all, I can never find them when I'm out shopping. One of these days I'll surely come across a cute one like one of yours I hope!

    Your bunny sampler is coming along nicely Christine! And I'm really loving that spring sneak peek, very cute so far! I always start mine in the middle. That's what the instruction books said way back when I was teaching myself and I've just always stuck to it. But like the other girls say, whatever feels right for you... just do it.

    Nice to see you back and thanks for Kim's new blog, I forgot that I was gonna try and find it. Have a wonderful week, my friend~

  8. Can't wait to see that spring sampler finished! It looks like it will be lovely!

  9. Your stitching is coming along nicely! I often wonder how others start their stitches too... If I purchase a kit with pre-cut backing, I start from the center and work up and then go from center down. If I am cutting my own linen I try to figure the size linen needed and start from the top left and work the border then from top left work the elements...

  10. Love your latest project. When I used to cross stitch, I just started in a section I wanted to see come alive and moved along from there! I would jump all over the place also. I would be lost without my internet as well! Enjoy!

  11. Your bunny stitchery is going be so pretty. That's too bad your server was down. It only takes a couple of days to get so behind. -Steph-

  12. Glad your back online Christine. The bunny is coming along nicely and your new piece is so pretty too.


  13. Have to admit the reason why I have been missing over the last few days in blogland is because I have been lasy :-) I'm honest :-) In truth I think we all need a break from it sometimes.
    Bunny is definatly a bunny Christine. I am a line by line worker, but what ever makes you happy, do it :-) X X X

  14. Just wanted to stop in and say hi. I always love looking at whatever it is you are working on.

  15. Hi Christine, ahh cross stitch, love it! I was also self-taught and always started in the middle, and can't that be a disaster sometimes :@

    Any way I was at a craft fair, and sat in on a class, they suggested that you always start in the top left hand corner and continue down and out, working from left to right. I suppose if you are left handed you start on the right side.

    But I think whatever works for you, as long as you keep count. Your stitching is beautiful by the way. Also you I'm sure you know that with variegated thread, you work two strands and complete each x as you go, took me a while to work out that one.

    I am new to Primitive, have always admired the 'theme' so one day I will probably have to ask you for advice :@

    LiBBiE in Oz

  16. I used to start in the middle, but then I had difficulty with accuracy stitching toward the top. Now I start in the upper lefthand corner but only after a lot of measuring, counting, and praying that I'm right.


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