If you are just beginning to cross stitch, you might think that all you need is just a needle and thread and you are good to go, right?
I know that is what I thought and continued to think for many years, but then I joined a Facebook group for stitchers and boy, did I find out how much more there is to make my cross stitching so much more fun!
I am now admin of a great Facebook group called Cross Stitch Club…please come join us if you are not yet a member! It’s a great and caring community of stitchers from around the world and we have a lot of fun!
If you are just starting the wonderful hobby of cross stitching, chances are you have no clue what a Q Snap frame is. I know I didn’t! But now I do and I LOVE them! Most likely you know what a hoop is, but maybe not so I will talk a bit about them first. Here is a cross stitch hoop. These are what I started stitching on.
This story is a feature story on a fantastic gentleman that became a member of my Facebook group Cross Stitch Club Originals sometime early last year. This story tells about a man who had a vision to reach out using the art of cross stitch to provide peace and comfort to those suffering from a great tragedy. Read on to see how you can help him achieve this great vision and help him bring peace with his cross stitch charity project.
His name is Timothy Johnson and he is from the Sunshine state we all know as Florida. He is one of the most upbeat and happy go lucky people I have had the pleasure of meeting. I asked him to write me a little bio about himself and you will find that below the picture.
Cross stitching is an amazing, relaxing and rewarding hobby. But for some, it is more than just a hobby. It is a way to give back to a community, raise awareness, and to show support or to make gifts for friends and family. I know personally, I get great satisfaction and joy stitching things for others more than I do for myself.
Below you will find cross stitch retreats being held all over the world. If you are hosting or know of any other retreats that are not on this list, please email me all the details to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly add it.
My #2 passion …wait, you already forgot what my first passion is??? If so, go back to my About Me page again to refresh your memory ..LOL…..so as I was saying..my #2 passion is my love of cross stitching. My mom first taught me when I was 14. I did a bit here and there but didn’t get really passionate about it until about 7 years ago when I found a Facebook group for cross stitching. Wow…did a whole new world of stitching open up to me then!
I just want to share a quick little something about the picture you see above. I designed this and converted it into a cross stitch pattern. Then it was sent around the world to be stitched by about 30 or so members of my Facebook group Cross Stitch Club. Pretty amazing, huh? It was amazing that this made it around to all the different places and didn’t get lost! It was done to be raffled off to raise funds for the Hershey Ronald McDonald House at the first retreat I hosted in 2015.
As much as I wanted to have this in my house, I did not purchase any tickets for this. But when it came time to do the drawing and I drew the winning ticket, my name was on it! But how was that possible if I did not purchase any tickets? Well there was a little plan put in action by the stitchers that they all wanted me to have it so they conspired that everyone that bought a ticket for it put my name on the back. SNEAKY! LOL
The emotions I felt at that moment almost had me in tears! I felt very loved and I will forever cherish this and the fond memories of this and all other retreats.
More about me and why I am so passionate about my cross stitching
Back in either late 2013 or early 2014, I stumbled upon a Facebook Group called Cross Stitch Club. Not long after I joined, I started seeing notifications to approve people to the group (and I was still fairly new to FB groups so I really didn’t understand how they operated). So I asked an admin if I was an admin of the group because I was getting these notifications to approve people. She was like no, but do you want to be? I said “sure!” Well that was all she wrote…I went crazy with it! LOL Up until that point, the group was not really a “group”. There was not much interaction.
I started doing activities and events and we have become what I think is one of the best groups on Facebook (am I a little biased or tooting my own horn? hmmm…maybe, but I don’t think so and I think my group members will agree with me! lol) If you want to be part of a stitching community that is like family, please come join us at Cross Stitch Club Originals. It will ask you to answer a question and in that answer, if you could please let me know that you have joined because you saw it on this website “luv4crosstitch.com”, I would greatly appreciate it!
Not long after becoming admin of Cross Stitch Club Originals, I started hosting retreats for this group. I have hosted 3 so far and our 4th one is coming up in September 2018. You can get more information by clicking here to be taken to the retreats page that contains more details. Also be sure to join my newsletter as I will be using that as a way to communicate new details regarding these retreats as well as new products I may come out with (and you may also get the occasional newsletter to just check in on you and offer some motivation or inspiration to brighten your day!)
I also plan to do random drawings probably about once a month for free items for those that are on my subscription list. Who doesn’t like free, right? So if you haven’t subscribed yet, go do it now so you don’t miss your chance for a freebie!
Through my love of cross stitch, I have started a worldwide project with the Ronald McDonald House organization. I am not going to go into a lot of detail here, but please check out the story under ” Worldwide Ronald McDonald House Project” for more information and if you would like to help with this project, please join the Facebook group that you will find mentioned here. I need LOTS more help to complete this project that has already brought so much warmth and cheer to so many people around the world!
I love to help people any way I can and part of that is sharing my love of cross stitch and providing a service of personalization with my products.
I created this blog to share my passion of the wonderful art of cross stitching (and yes, it IS an art! lol). I want to be an inspiration, whether it be to get you motivated in your stitching or just to make your day a little brighter! It is my hopes that you will enjoy my site and that you will join me in my Cross Stitch Club Originals Facebook group and hopefully attend one of my wonderful retreats and make the friendships that I have with all these caring cross stitchers. I have heard that cross stitching is a dying art. Well I say “NO WAY!” 🙂
In the upcoming weeks, I will be doing feature stories on various cross stitch charity projects that have come about to help people cope with tragedy and let them know that people do care! Hopefully you will be inspired to help them in their causes!
With your help, we can keep our art growing! If you like my page, please share it with anyone else that you think might like it. This site is a work in progress, but I have high aspirations that it will be great and that I will make many new friends and maybe bring some new stitchers to the community!
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out. Please also leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of my page and please also join my subscriber mailing list to keep up to date on all my happenings with special projects and future retreats.
Another item that I wished I had known about when I first started stitching was Q snap frames! These are awesome for avoiding the marks that hoops can leave and are easier to keep your fabric tight while stitching. This is what they look like and you can get them here. I can make any size q snap covers (aka q snap grime guards) with the fabric of your choice. Click here to see my gallery of fabrics you can choose from. If you do not see one you like or have something specific in mind, please let me know and I can get it (or at least make every attempt possible).
Get the best scissor fobs and needleminders made only for YOU! You can customize them with your favorite colors, charm of your choice and even put your name (or any name) on it. Have a favorite photo of a pet, child, or grandchild that you would love to be able to look at when you are stitching? Take that photo and get your own personalized needleminder!
Don’t know what a scissor fob is? Don’t feel bad, neither did I until just a few years ago and I have been stitching for 20+ years! This is what they look like:
These scissor fobs are attached to the end of your scissors to make them easier to grab (plus they add a little beauty to the scissors). You can have ones like these made personalized with any name or word you want with the color beads you want by visiting Fae’s Crafty Creations.
If you cross stitch, you can never have enough bags! (Am I wrong? I don’t think so! LOL) Below you will see all the different cross stitch bags I can customize just the way you want them! If you have not done so already, please visit my Gallery of Fabrics to see all the fabrics I have available (I have a lot). But if you don’t see anything you like, please send me an email to email@example.com and let me know what you are looking for and I will get it for you. I hope to have my store up and running here soon, but in the meantime if you want to order something, you can either email me or visit my Facebook group Fae’s Crafty Creations.
I make cross stitch bags of all sorts to hold your stitching and accessories. I make zippered project bags like this:
How many WIPs (WIP = Work In Progress) do you have going that have been just sitting somewhere waiting it’s turn to be picked back up again? Are they protected from dust and dirt? These bags are a great way to keep those WIPs and all the materials together and dirt free until you pick it back up again to work on it. This customer loves Wonder Woman so she asked to me to make a cover to match. The standard size I make them is about 13×13 (33.02 x 33.02 in cm), but I can customize that size to be bigger or smaller. These bags are $18.
Tote Bags and Accessory Bags
I also can make tote bags and smaller accessory bags. Tote bags are great for putting your sittching in to take with you on the go. If I know I am going somewhere that I will be sitting for a while with nothing to do, my stitching is with me! Here is a set I did for a customer.
I can also take a favorite photo and put it on a tote bag that you can take with you everywhere and show off something you are proud of such as a pet, grandchild, child…etc. I can take any photo and put it on a bag. Here is the one I made that has my sons on it that I can take with me everywhere I go and show my pride and support of my sons and our military!
I recently started offering a new service that I call “Brag Bags”. Who doesn’t have something they love to “brag” or talk about? Whether it be their children, grandchildren, pets or maybe even about their hobby? I personally love to brag..err..I mean talk about my children. Especially my two oldest who are in the military. So I decided to make a bag that I can use to take with me out and about for whatever I need it for. I took it out the other week and got a few comments on it. And so I got to “brag” and be the proud mom for a few minutes!
My Marine on one side of the tote…
And my Sailor on the other side….
I think the next bag I make for me will be a collage of my favorite pictures of all my boys. Hmmm…wonder how many pictures I can fit on each side? 🙂 I will be sure to post that one when I get around to doing it!
Here is a brag bag that I made for a Yankees fan.
The standard size of the tote bags are about 19×15 inches (48.26 cm x 38.1 cm) but again, I can make them any size you want. The standard size are $30 or $35 if you want an inside zipper pocket for storing your scissors and other small items. The standard size of the accessory bags are about 8×7 inches (20.32 cm x 17.78 cm) and are $15.
Scroll Rod Frame Bags
I can also do bags for scroll rod frames. The cost of these will depend on size needed, starting at $30. If you want a photo(s) put on a tote bag (or even a project or accessory bag) the cost would be $40 for picture on just one side, $45 if you want pictures on both sides.
This is a bag I did for a scroll frame. Depend on the size needed, the prices will vary so will need to contact me for a quote.
You are probably thinking, “what the heck is an Ort box?” Once again, something I never knew about until I was given one as a gift at one of the retreats I hosted. What do you do with all the excess threads you cut as you are stitching? I used to put them in a little pile on my stitching table to be thrown away later, but between the time I put them there and the time I got to throwing them away, some of them wound up on the floor and then tracked to other places. Now I have one of these boxes that solves this problem. They are collapsable and can be tucked in your stitching bag and used on the go! These are $5.
To place an order you can either go to my Facebook Group Fae’s Crafty Creations and request to join or email me your request at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also feel free to message me on Facebook at Fae Kuhn. My recommended way would be to join my group so you can see more of what I have made in the past and you can also look in my photo albums to see the fabrics I have available.
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