Hi! I'm Rahenna and this is my cross-stitching blog. :) I also keep a personal blog on Livejournal, but I don't update it very much these days. LJ is a shrinking community, unfortunately, but I use it to keep in contact with close friends and fandom communities that interest me.
But enough of that!
THIS blog is my public stitching (and rarely, knitting) blog that I started back in 2010 when I decided to get serious about cross-stitching. I learned to stitch from a school friend back in 6th grade. I distinctly remember that day! It was one of the first days of middle school, where all the kids from the local elementary schools went to the one big middle school that was somewhat far away, so there were tons of new people to meet. I ended up sitting with someone completely new at lunch, and she was doing something with a piece of fabric.
I'm sure I don't remember the exact conversation, but I asked what she was doing and found out it was a mysterious craft called "cross stitch." I wanted to try, and she said it was okay as long as I was careful. So while she went to buy her lunch, I tried stitching. I managed to make ONE stitch by the time she came back a few minutes later!
I went home that day, asked my mom if I could get a kit, and we headed off to either Joann's or Michael's, where I picked out my very first cross stitch kit. :) I don't have it in my possession as it's probably lost forever at my dad's house, but it looked very much like this:
This is the exact little frame that came with my kit. The design was a simple one with bunnies on top, the phrase "somebunny loves you" in the middle, and some carrots in a row at the bottom. Or maybe the carrots were on top with the bunnies on the bottom. It was a LONG time ago!
Since then, I had several (mis)adventures in stitching, most ending without a finished product. I think I completely gave up on pretending I was a stitcher once I was in high school, even though I tried to work on projects now and then, and even added a bit to my stash over time. Back then, everything I owned fit in one tote bag, so it wasn't a big deal to haul it around to college and various apartments that I lived in as I grew up and became more independent.
Teresa Wentzler's Angel Procession was my One Big Project back then. Back in the late 90s, that pattern was hot stuff on eBay and my mom was very much into buying and reselling to make some extra money for herself. She collected Wentzler patterns but kept threatening to sell her copy of AP since it was worth so much... up to $80 back then! She said I could only have it if I actually stitched it. So... AP is my oldest, crustiest work in progress, literally old enough to vote in the US.
I'm going to finish it this year. I swear.
I didn't think much about stitching or any other sort of crafting until about four and a half years ago, after my mom died from complications of throat cancer. She had many, many boxes of stitching stash that she collected over the years, much of it while she was sick. She'd become a bit of a hoarder toward the end and there were literally boxes stacked up to the ceiling in one bedroom. Some of those got thrown away (!!!) in the confusion, but after I explained to my dad that he was almost literally throwing out money, he agreed to start shipping me the boxes.
Money was tight for me at the time, so I started sorting through the boxes and pulling all the most valuable items to sell first. I've been selling on eBay since 1998 (wow) so it was a great way to supplement my income and ensure that my mom's stuff went to people who would really appreciate it. As I sorted, I started to put some of the prettiest (to me) items to one side for myself. Before I knew it, I was becoming more interested in stitching for myself again.
I don't remember exactly which item sparked my interest, or how I discovered that Blogger was THE place for stitching blogs, but once I did, I made a blog for myself and got stitching! It was slow and painful at first, since my experience with stitching was so limited at that time, and it took me forever to complete even the simplest of designs. But I got to work on my old works in progress and finished quite a few.
The oldest project I actually finished is a Dimensions kit of ballet shoes. There are some mistakes, and hoo-boy, were there a LOT of stains on that puppy, but it cleaned up pretty well. It's now hanging on my stitching wall along with many buddies. :)
Not my style anymore, but hey, I finished! :)
Speaking of the buddies, here's the stitching wall. :) There are a few things scattered around the house that aren't part of the wall, so I'll show those later. In case it wasn't obvious by now, I am THE WORST at taking pictures...
And the other framed goodies...
There's also a growing mountain of stuff waiting to be framed... a quick count says there's 29! They're projects of various sizes, from tiny ornaments all the way up to monsters that required a fat quarter of fabric. I won't take a picture of those, but you can browse my finishes page to get an idea of what's waiting to be framed or finished!
SO YES. I love stitching! \o/ If you love stitching too, please consider following, and leave me a link to your blog so I can follow you too. I'm always nosy about the pretty things other people are making and I'd love to see! :)