Bears and Bears

A small update (and more unnecessary reasons for why I’ve been busy)

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I made a small New York stop in October with the boyfriend in Queens and Manhattan for more food and sightseeing adventures. Food highlights include helluva lot of Chinese food at New World Mall, Korean fried chicken, Rosa’s pizza, the Halal guys, oysters at Chelsea Market, and omggg shaved ice/bingsu!

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mmm…green tea bingsu. This pic of the shaved ice might not look the most appetizing but I swear it was sooooo good!!

Our friend came back from Japan with paper crafts that I was distracted by as well…

My bf got a pretty sick looking Charizard/Lizardon? XD paper theater that I did too and didn’t get to get a picture of, so here’s a pic from Google and a YouTube link to some random person putting it together XD because you guys know I can’t take credit for the pic!

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And as always, while binging on tv shows and YouTube videos, here’s the cross-stitch update :). I’ll be getting back to the Flowers and Lace pattern very soon!

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I’ll be posting the Q&A from a blogging award soon as well (thanks again Ivy! ^^)

Oh also, the pictures on my blog will most likely have a different quality/dimension/format or whatever starting in my next updates. Come Black Friday, I’ll probably (finally!) be getting a phone upgrade so hopefully, say bye to these potato quality photos!

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Bears!

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They’re soo cute! I just love the color gradients and shades used in this pattern :).

I think this is the proudest I’ve been of the back of the pattern of any kit I’ve worked on yet. I’ve clipped a lot of the end tails super close to the back of the pattern. I probably will post a pic of how the back looks after the whole pattern is completed.

Since I’ve completed most of these three teddy bears, I’ll be rotating back to my “Flowers and Lace” kit for a little bit!

Faster Cross-stitching?

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The bear looks kinda creepy without the eyes stitched in, welp..

Been making lots of progress with the Past, Present, Forever and the Flowers and Lace patterns. I’ll leave it up to you guys, my readers, to take that as sarcasm or not :D. I spent the last few days stitching those two patterns more than I normally would, and I suppose in the process, I got sick of them and started a new one. The new pattern’s called Teddy Bear Gathering, and it’s another from the Dimensions Gold Collection :).

I’m in love with the railroading technique. For those whom this is the first time seeing this term, it’s a stitching technique that helps make two strands in a stitch lie parallel to each other. I don’t think I’ve ever had my stitches lie so flatly and neatly before, and I feel like it’s reduced the times the threads have gotten tangled (knock on wood!). Thank you so much, Nat, for introducing me to the term! Please check out her beautiful stitching here and here. She also writes heartful, and at times, raw posts about her personal dealings with social anxiety.

I’ve been lately hoping to stitch faster, and stumbled upon the term “the sewing method“. I’ve seen the method used before in other videos, but didn’t have a chance to place a name with it until now. I do hope to use the method soon although I probably won’t be able to with the constant color changes I have in the patterns currently. I’ll have to wait until I finish most of those sections, and get to the background since backgrounds have generally large sections of one color.

Another thing I’ve seen a lot of stitchers do in videos that I wish I mastered is poking the needle in the right place from the back of the cloth/pattern to the front without having to flip to look at the back of the cloth. For those of you who stitch like that comfortably, HOW THE HELL DO YOU DO THAT? I always have trouble pushing the needle through the right place and end up poking EVERYWHERE but the right one. It looks like stitching would go sooo much faster if I could do that properly!

Do you ladies have tips and tricks to stitch faster or any other general tricks you like to use? I’d love to hear from you! I have a few cross-stitch tips and tricks videos in my YouTube watchlist and wouldn’t mind adding more :).

Completed Projects and WIPs

burrito . ducks . elegant geisha . flowers and lace . good fortune . past, present, forever . surprise/mystery gift – batman! . teddy bear gathering

*linked webpage = completed project. no link = WIP