What do you do with your threads?  Throw them out?!  I like to keep them to show just how much stitching I actually do. I started keeping them when I started cross stitch back in September the amount of little left overs I have is sort of mind boggling considering that I've only been stitching a few months.

ORT - Old Ratty Threads
TUSAL - Totally Useless Stitch ALong.

So to start the year right I got a huge mason jar, 24 ounces. 

I first saw the idea on hugsarefun.com

And it is originally from here.  Join us! 

This is what happened in January.  

Happy stitching!


Free Valentine's Embroidery Pattern

As a thanks to everyone that drops by my little place on the internet, I want you to know I really super heart you.

Here, have a free embroidery pattern.  :)  I hope you like it!  Please go Craftsy to download the pdf.  It is about 5.5 by 5.5 inches, and made to fit nicely in a 6 inch hoop.

Please, let me know what your plan is for the pattern in the comments section.  Cause I'm nosy :)
I'm not sure where mine will go yet.  It will liking move around the house.  Many of my things tend to do that.  I like to reorganize.  I'm a fan of change.

While you are at it.  Poke around the other Craftsy patterns.  There is a lot of good stuff in there, and a lot of people don't even know its there.

I stitched it up in two nights using a simple backstitch and one strand of floss.  I rather like it.  :)

I decided to crochet border to add a bit to the finished product.

If you would like to do the same, I used this tutorial as a reference. And decided to record myself doing it because it can be a bit awkward at first.


The Perfect Color Wheel Colors.

I've had the idea of a series of color wheels rolling (har har) around in my head for weeks.

I felt like I needed to get a larger collection of thread to really be able to pull out the best color wheels colors.

I'm not the proud owner of about 75% of all the DMC threads.  I got 12 different oranges today and TADA!

I finally have my template!

The red/oranges were difficult, but I'm happy with this combination. Now I can get started on a few things.  :)


French knots and Wooden Pendants

Recently hugsarefun.com, aka my friend Rebecca, participated in the January Artisan Collective.
Wherein she sold her wooden pendants along with many other very cool stitchery.  I particularly wanted to try the wood and plastic pendants.  They are laser cut and gorgeous.  The woodis bamboo and it even SMELLS like bamboo.  I really enjoyed to whole experience of stitching on them. Ambiance, if you will.

They are cut and also sold by Beaudeux.  And Included in these adorable kits from Hugs are Fun. They include everything you would need and are great for a new stitcher.

I'm always trying to find new things to stitch on and have wanted to try these everything I would hear about them from Rebecca.  They are great for cross stitch. But I wanted to try French knots in some capacity for a while.  I'm planning a color wheel for the bigger one and absolutely love how this turned out.  I like the open holes and the wood grain with a classic-ish embroidery idea of flowers.

I found this pattern on pinterest, but messed it up so I it's half pattern, half winging it  :)  

Anyone interested in these or similar flowers as a pattern?  


Stitch from Scratch Ep. 2.2 Materials: Floss and Needles

Let's get to it!

Floss and/or Thread

These words are used somewhat interchangeably. I grew up saying floss and that's what DMC calls it. When I think of thread I think of sewing. I normally use DMC but I also have a bunch of Krieink that I absolutely love.  Of course, there are many other brands.  Look around and just pick the colors you love.

The important thing to know about DMC floss is that you don't use the whole thing. It's actually 6 strands in one skein.

For a typical project you will use 14 ct cloth and 1 strand of floss that you will halve so that it becomes two.  I will show you this in the video at the end of this page.

The number of strands you want to you is really up to you.  Sometimes I want a more pronounced stitch, in which case I will use 3.  As a DMC Mentor, I will tell you that in general and typically you will use 2.

You will buy the skein and wrap it around a bobbin and likely put it in a plastic case like I have above.

I like to organize my thread based on color.  DMC has over 400 colors and types.  The numbers and the colors don't really go in an observable order but they do have this.....

Above: The number of the floss and the corresponding column.
Below:  The column sorted by color family.

 I use this tool to keep track of the colors I have and the ones I still need to pick up.

So pretty!!!  I've got a whole case of these.  :D

Kreinik a braided strand.  You don't separate them to use them.  In the second photo you can see there are actually many different braid sizes.  There are still more than I have here.  The size depends on your project. 


As I said in the last post all you need is a needle to get started.  This is true but there are specific needles for specific size cloth, if you want to get technical.

This site says it better than I ever could - http://www.crossstitchneedleshop.co.uk/needlesizeguide.html

For comparison...

There is a lot of information just on the packages.  They will say the size and generally what the size is used for.  I had no idea there was so much variation in needles sizes until very recently.

I used an old sewing needle until 5 weeks ago.
I know. Oops. Now I use my smallest needle always.  I realized I was stretching the hole in the fabric. Once I realized it, it's one of those things that I couldn't unsee. So now I kinda play it safe.

And now my very very first video on how to pull strands apart and thread a needle.

Don't bother with your volume, there no audio.  :)

Tell me, which thread do you like?

You can see previous episodes here -

1.1 Credentials and History
2.1 Materials : Cloth


Finish with &Stitches - Family Periodic Table Cross Stitch

I'm inspired by &stitches and I'm gunna join in.  

They have a genius idea.  The finish-a-long.  The idea is simple.  Finish the projects that you just didn't finish.  There is no shame.  Just grab them and do them.  

I tend to finish my projects just because they are usually small and I usually become somewhat obsessed with them.  This project is my first cross stitch project.  I started it in August and I wrote this blog post then also.  

We're a nerdy little family and the idea of a traditional family tree or even a traditional cross stitch on the wall just didn't work.  I saw a friend's take on an element as a sort of birth announcement for her daughters and I totally stole her idea and combined us all together. (With her blessing of course!)

Here is the basic prototype.

I had considered just having the human kids, but the animals have been our family for a very long time.  They are our boys.  

I'm first cause I'm the oldest, then Domino is the oldest kid. Me and the pup have been through some stuff together.

Here is my square completed.  Short name, Tr.  Birthday and full name.

I finished the purple one, Violet's and started Westin's right after he was born.  (he is three months old today).

I'm going to start stitching on it again tomorrow.  :)


Stitch from Scratch Ep. 2.1 Materials: Cloth


First, you need some stuff. I really think the necessary materials are the ones you already have on hand.

If you are interested in any form of craft please don't run to the craft couple (Joann and Michael) and buy everything I mention here. This is one of the more cheap and simple ways to make very cool things. Please don't think you will be going broke learning.

You will need

  • Aida cloth
    • This is the only thing I don't expect to already be in your house. 
    • A 15 x 18in piece of 14ct is about 2.99 at Michaels. 
  • Thread or "floss"  
    • .37 cents at Michaels for a skein and .40 and Hobby Lobby for DMC
  • A needle
    • use a sewing needle before you splurge and drop 2.99 on a 5 pack
  • Hoop
    • Price depends on the size.  6x6 wooden is about 1.50, plastic is about 2.99 and a q-snap is 9.99
    • Or don't even use one.  :shrug:

We will talk about each of these things in order in it's own blog before begin actually stitching.

I'll try to make it painless. 

Aida cloth

Aida is the cloth that has holes in it. It's used for embroidery and cross stitch.  A count (ct) is how many squares per inch. The MOST commonly used ct for cross stitch is 14. That means that there are 14 squares per inch.

 The smaller the number the smaller the project.  On 14ct a 42 by 42 square will be 3 inches by 3 inches.  on 11ct it will be 3.8 inches by 3.8 inches and on 22ct it will be 1.9 inches by 1.9 inches and you will be blind. 

Go to Hobby Lobby's website, get the 40% off coupon and pick up some 14 ct white. It will be like 2 bucks and you will use it.

Moral of the story: Just remember to keep in mind the smaller the count number, the more stitches in an inch.

Also, If you buy a pattern (much more on patterns later) it will tell you which cloth you will need. Often it will include the cloth.  That's the beauty of a pattern, no random guess work. 

Here is a tons of different kinds of fabric that you can use - http://www.123stitch.com/cgi-bin/fabric.pl

Go pick up some cloth and I'll get back to you on next Friday to talk about floss.  Here we go!

Please post any questions below, or feel free to email me at Teresa@daisiesforviolet.com

Happy Stitching!

Stitch from Scratch Ep. 1 Credentials and History


I have been embroidering for about 10 years, though not at all consistently. I've been cross stitching for about 3 months, very consistently. However, I have watched my mom do it my whole life. Before I picked it up I had some subliminal direction already lingering in my brain. This is the stuff I intend to pass on.   

History (Via Wikipedia)

Cross-stitch is the oldest forms of embroidery and can be found all over the world.[1] Many folk museums show examples of clothing decorated with cross-stitch, especially from continental Europe and Asia.

Two-dimensional (unshaded) cross-stitch in floral and geometric patterns, usually worked in black and red cotton floss on linen, is characteristic of folk embroidery in Eastern and Central Europe

The cross stitch sampler is called that because it was generally stitched by a young girl to learn how to stitch and to record alphabet and other patterns to be used in her household sewing. These samples of her stitching could be referred back to over the years. Often, motifs and initials were stitched on household items to identify their owner, or simply to decorate the otherwise-plain cloth. In the United States, the earliest known cross-stitch sampler is currently housed at Pilgrim Hall in Plymouth, Massachusetts.[3] The sampler was created by Loara Standish, daughter of Captain Myles Standish and pioneer of the Leviathan stitch, circa 1653.

Traditionally, cross-stitch was used to embellish items like household linens, tablecloths, dishcloths, and doilies (only a small portion of which would actually be embroidered, such as a border). Although there are many cross-stitchers who still employ it in this fashion, it is now increasingly popular to work the pattern on pieces of fabric and hang them on the wall for decoration. Cross stitch is also often used to make greeting cards, pillowtops, or as inserts for box tops, coasters and trivets. - Wikipedia

Obviously, Cross Stitch has a very long history. It's something that I got into because of the ease. As a crocheter it is not always feasible to cart around a blanket. Or to make something with words or pictures in it. In cross stitch you are only limited by your imagination. 

If you are looking for something relaxing and creative.  Disciplined yet flexible.  Traditional and modern.  This is the craft for you. 


One Single Stitch. Every Single Day.

I'm jumping on the bandwagon with Becca and Molly and joining in the 365 day project a day fun.

I'm adding a small twist.  I tend to over generalize and over analyze.

I'm going to pick 5 colors and each color will represent a different mood of the day.  I'll pick a color at the end of the day and do my single stitch.

At the end of the year I will have a 12 by 31 (or so) cross stitch that is an accurate representation of my general moods each day, week, and month.

Too bad my therapist didn't think of this when I was 15.  :)

Mood/Color/DMC number


1/1/2014.  Frustrated. I spent too long on a pattern and never got it just right.  Ugh.

Updates monthly. Instagram updated daily.  Wish me luck!