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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Stitch Always

Stitch Always is here!

My newest cross stitch design is now available in my etsy shop.

I just love her!  From her tomato hat to her tiny high heels.

Such a delight to hang in your stitchy corner.

In other news......

I'm going to be teaching at a retreat in Ohio next week! 

It's almost here!

This is the project (my side), students will be learning how to put together a scissor pouch.  I designed one side and my co-teacher designed the other. 

I will take lots of pictures and post all about it when I return!

Friday, April 21, 2017

New Notforgotten Farm Class!!

Hey!  I will be teaching a finishing class at Notforgotten Farm on June 10th!

This project was so much fun to design and finish up. I love chickens, I found this antique chicken and lightening struck my brain!
This was what I was looking for all my life. Ok, not all of it. BUT, I started hyperventilating in the store and I knew it was meant to be.

All the chickens used for the class are antiques from the Indian Glass Company.

I love the "nesting" material

Hen and Chicks

An Egg Scissor Fob, Putford Scissors are included!

I love this project! 

The linen used is 32ct. Ancient by Picture This Plus. I also have Aida available dyed by them as well. It's gorgeous!

You will pre-stitch the items and meet me at the farm to finish it all up!! WHEEE!!!!

I will also have a trunk show there and some gifts for my students.

Email Lori at to sign up!

Class size is limited so hurry to get a spot!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Vowel House

Vowel House is ready!

This seemed to take forever. Not the stitching part, that was actually quite fast! The framing part! 
Oh, I had a move in between finishing this and releasing it.
That explains it!

Stitched on 36ct. Ancient by Picture This Plus linen.

Gentle Art Threads were used to stitch this cute sampler.

You can buy it from this link or from the huge etsy link at the top of this blog.


Friday, March 3, 2017


We are finally moving after ten long months of being semi homeless. 
Our property got hit by a tornado and we had to move out and ended up staying in our friends spare bedroom. All our stuff is in storage but we were safe and No Kitty and Bubbles got all situated with our friends dog and are now inseparable. Ok, Bubbles and Chris are inseparable, they can do without the cat.

I have been conducting my business out of a few totes and a dining room table for most of the past year.  It has been a challenge for all of us!  My friend is a saint, I swear.

One thing we found out is we love living together and we are going to sign on our new place this coming Saturday! YAY!

I am looking forward to unpacking all my stuff and settling in again to my own place. I will have a new sewing room! YIPPEE! And it has a fireplace!  I will post before and after photos of the new digs.

Here are some photos of my old sewing room, my old old dining room and some things that inspire me.

Oh! And a peek at a new design coming out soon!

My old sewing room, you can read the post about it here

My old, old dining room circa 2009.  I loved this room.

My new/old obsession, White Milk Glass.  I have acquired quite a lot of it recently and cannot wait to use is in my new place!

Pyrex. Need I say more? LOVE.

A peek of my new design coming out soon! Stitch Always. I'm going to make a stitching bag out of it. Stay tuned!

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Hi guys!

I have decided to change the name of my company.

I have been thinking about this for a year and decided to do it.

The New Name is 

Lucy Beam ~ Love In Stitches.

Lucy Beam was my grandmother who instilled in me a love of all things crafty.

My grandparents when they visited us in Bermuda.

Don't worry folks. My designs will still reflect my unique sense of humor and style.

Me with some monkeys.

Stay tuned for the first project from my Stitchy Love Club.

I have been getting some flack for this change but I'm young enough in my career I feel like this is the right move at the right time.

Thanks for hanging with me!!


Monday, January 23, 2017



I am so excited! This is a full year members only club. Click on the link to order!

What will you get?

Four complete kits every quarter starting in March.

The first one is a huswife!

The other kits are things to go in the huswife.

 By the time you finish all the projects you will have a complete set of stitching necessities to keep in your huswife to use and enjoy!

I am also offering finishing services for those of you who desire.

Thanks so much!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

OOAK Handmades

Hey guys!  

I know I have been away for awhile but I have been very busy making fun things for you!

You can find my newest pattern and some one of a kind handmade items in my etsy store!

My newest pattern is Snowy Man

He is such a cute little fella!

Here are some of my newest handmade creations!

A strawberry pincushion that comes with a counting pin and some mother of pearl heart shaped buttons!

Handmade scissorfobs. Crafted with wool and recycled silk sari!

Here is a close up.

No two are alike!

I also have a Valentine pattern on sale for you to stitch up!

Happy New Year and Happy Stitching!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Friday, September 2, 2016

No Kitty Snuggle Day

Today is a No Kitty snuggle day. 

Been working very, very hard to get ready for a string of live and in color shows I have coming up. I have some listed on the side bar over there. I'm waiting on confirmation on some others before I put them up.

Wore out doesn't begin to describe it. I think No Kitty has a good plan today. Rest, drink tea and binge watch Dexter on Netflix.

I'll be back up and at it tomorrow!

Join My Friends of Death By Thread Group On Facebook

A dear friend made a request.

Start a Friends of Death By Thread Group on Facebook. She said.

What can you expect from this group?

Freebies of cross stitch and punchneedle designs on occasion.

Seeing others wip's and finishes of my designs. 

It will be a good time.


Monday, August 29, 2016

Strawberry Stitches

A tutorial on Stitches on a Strawberry Pincushion Thingy.
What you will need.
A longish sharp needle.
Thread you like.
Sharp scissors.
Oh, and a thimble. I forgot about it till the end when I realized I didn't want to puncture my finger.  Imagine that.

Thread your needle using two strands of floss. Make a big knot.

Insert your needle at the top of the strawberry to one side of the seam. I am using my right hand so it is at the left of the seam. I'm taking pictures with my right hand and holding the berry with my left. Confusing enough yet? I try.

Depending on how big you want your X's go down some and put your needle in the fabric about 1/8 to 1/4 away from the seam and out the other side the same amount.  Pull the thread through.

Bring your needle back up and put it in the fabric lining it up with where you started and coming out a smidge below where the thread is coming out of the strawberry.

Go back down to make another X and put your needle in  1/8 to 1/4 inch from seam and come out the other side like you did before.

Pull thread through. It will look like this.

Go back up and put your needle in the previous hole of the last stitch. Bring the needle out right below where the thread is coming out of the strawberry like you did before.

Go down to make another X. 

Continue along. I"m watching X-Files right now.

Using the upper last stitch as your guide to put your needle in, it keeps your stitches looking even.

It goes pretty quickly once you get your rhythm. I can't decide which season of X-Files is my favorite. I own all of them on DVD and know all the episodes by title which scares my husband for some reason.
I made my stitches big, sometimes I make them little.

Getting towards the bottom. Keep going the same way until the last stitch. It changes then. Tooms is my favorite episode in season one.

Here is where it changes. At the end go further down below the thread nearer the tip of the berry.

Now when you go back up and put your needle in the bottom of the last stitch bring it out to the side of the last stitch as shown.

Put the needle in the berry horizontal to where the other side of the stitch is. Hope that makes sense. If not the picture should.

Bring your needle out at the end of the berry. Now you are going to begin to end the thread.

Take your thimble or anything you might have laying around and shove the needle back up into the berry and come out in the middle of the seam somewhere.

Like this.  I didn't like the reboot of the X-Files.

Put your needle back into the seam and bring it back down and out of the tip of the berry.
At the time, X-Files was the longest running sci-fi show ever, nine years. 
I'm full of useless trivia, and a huge geek.

Snip your thread close to the end.



You are done! Look at you! You have great looking Strawberry Stitches. 

And you learned a bunch of crap about X-Files you didn't know before.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Brain Arguments and Two New Designs

I try to be in step with the seasons.

Really, I do. 

My brain tends to argue with me in the middle of the night.

It whispers.

Brain: "Hey, I have a really neat idea for a flag deal."

Me: "It's time to start designing for Halloween, the 4th of July is past."

Brain: "So."

Me: "Dude, you don't understand how this works. People expect certain things at appropriate times."

Brain: "When have you ever been appropriate?"

Me: "You have a point there."

Introducing My Brain Doesn't Understand Seasonal Designing

1776 Pennant & Embroidered Bell

~Gotta hand it to Brain, it's a good one~

Instructions for the Bell are included in the pattern.

Fun Stitches.

Lazy Daisy Stitches and French Knots are a beautiful combination.

The second new design is Checkerboard Sampler

I love the simplicity of this design.

You can buy both of these in my etsy store.

The 15% sale is still on till the 31st of August!

Use Summersend2016 coupon at checkout