Blast from the past cross stitch

Blast from the past

I was at my parents’ house this past weekend and was in their dining room. While I was there, I decided to take a picture of the very first, large linen piece that I cross stitched. It had a lot of details and I loved it. I entered it into a craft fair contest out in Illinois, but unfortunately lost, but, I still love this cross stitch and look at it every time I walk by it as it hangs on the wall in my parents’ living room.

I stitched this piece when I lived out in Illinois in my early twenties. Illinois, at that time, was awesome for things like cross stitching. The craft stores were incredible. One thing I missed moving back to New York were those little mom and pop shops. They really catered to your needs and just knew what they were talking about. I actually started stitching for them at one point.

On one of my visits to the shop, I asked one of the women who worked on this specific Native American cross stitch that hung in the shop. It was a large, awesome piece. She told me that a man in prison stitched it. I was stunned and impressed and thought, “Wow! What a neat idea.” So, with this, I proceeded to ask her questions about stitching for their displays and that’s how I started. I loved it. Wish I could find something like that today.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the piece I’m sharing with you, as much as I do. It’s one of my treasures.

Blast from the past cross stitch

Victorian Cross Stitch

Close up view

Old Victorian cross stitch close up

May is Melanoma Awareness Month

As a Stage IV, almost three year survivor of Melanoma, I have decided to hold a promotion through my Etsy shop and website for the months of May and June for Melanoma Awareness. Any purchases made during the months of May and June, when using the code word “melanoma” upon inquiry or order, 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Melanoma Research Foundation.  They have done and are doing great things for people battling melanoma.

Since I was diagnosed with Stage IV in 2014, so many new treatment therapies, such as immunotherapy, specifically Opdvio, have arisen. I remember my oncologist saying to me upon the start of my treatment with Yervoy in April of 2014, “…the longer we can hold off the disease, the more advances in treatment there will be”….and he was right.

Since my treatment, the combination of these two drugs has also become the bull of treatment for melanoma. As a patient of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC, enjoy this link to an interesting read regarding such treatment. These treatments have given hope and saved the lives of many people with advanced stages of this cancer. People also have to know that melanoma is not just skin cancer. It goes well beyond your skin.  For instance, mine broke my pelvis and hit my hip bone. Cancer is a beast and no one and no piece of your body is invincible to it.

Please visit my website and/or Etsy shop and remember, just because you don’t see something of interest there, I welcome custom orders. Please inquire.


May is Melanoma Awareness Month

Protect the skin you’re in!

Wanting to try my hand at embroidery.

I’ve been cross stitching forever, since I was 10.  I’m now in my mid-40’s. I have been researching things online and through my instagram account continue to see so many works of art completed in hand embroidery. I love the look and the pop of color included in so many of these projects. I have the itch to try it. As I was researching beginner embroidery, I came across the blog below. It seems to be a very helpful blog, filled with information for both the beginner and well-seasoned embroiderer. There are patterns and even tutorials in the shop. I downloaded two of the tutorials. When I am done with my current cross stitching projects I think I am going to take the plunge into the embroidery world. I’ll post when I do, but in the meantime, if you’re looking for some good embroidery info, check out the blog below. I figured my shop is called aRAIofStitches4u, ie. “array”, so why not incorporate as many different stitch type products that I can.

Hello everyone It has been some time since I posted, but that is because I have been very busy working on something on your behalf! Do you dislike tracing your own outlines? That slightly wobbly line that you get no matter which method of tracing you use or how hard you try to keep a […]

via Tracing your own outlines — Trish Burr Embroidery

Birth Sampler for a girl or a boy, pink or blue

Birth Sampler for a Friend – The Cross Stitch Mounting Process

Today I mounted a completed birth sampler for a friend. It was my first time using a very thin mounting board. To fit in regular, non custom frames, these mounting boards work best in my opinion. I do, however, like the thicker mounting boards better. I feel you get a better stretch on the thicker mounting boards. When you pull the material on the thinner mounting boards, they bend, whereas with the thicker boards, you can stretch the material more removing more of the wrinkles that don’t come out with an iron.

In either case, I do love this birth record and can’t wait for my friend to receive it and to finally see it framed. This piece will make a great addition for a baby boy’s or girl’s nursery. The Dimensions kit comes equipped with dmc floss geared toward either gender.

If you have a newborn or know someone who does, contact me and order a custom birth sampler. They make great gifts and are great keepsakes. My daughter is five and I still have hers hanging in her playroom.


Charliestrong – Wowed Last Night

After putting my daughter to bed last night, I got up out of bed to continue stitching on Charliestrong. After three hours of stitching and getting ready to take a photo of my work in progress, I saw it. I saw Charlie’s hand and wedding band coming through my stitching. I didn’t think I’d start to see much of anything as of yet so I was surprised and pleased with how it is coming out. The likeness of the cross stitch and the actual photo just astonishes me. This is what I love about cross stitching photographs.

Check it out.

HEART cross stitching supplies

A little bit of stitching today…now and later

Got some cross stitching done this afternoon. It was nice to relax for a bit while watching Shrek with the little one. It’s a cool, rainy day and it was just nice and cozy. The best kind of stitching weather.

I worked on the HEART cross stitch I started and got about 2.5 hours in. It’s coming along.

Tonight I’m hoping to work on my 2nd project, the sentimental piece I’m calling “Charliestrong”. Updates to come, unless I fall asleep when I put my daughter down to bed. I was up late last night stitching.

I think I am enjoying working on two cross stitches at once. One project is very monotone in color and a more intricate piece in the way that it is taking longer to see exactly what it is and because of the blending of colors. When I switch over to the HEART cross stitch, the colors are so vibrant and there is no blending of two colors. It’s a much quicker stitch. Also, the heart is being completed on a larger sized Aida cloth than “Charliestrong” so seeing what you are doing is also easier. However, the HEART can get difficult because some of the stitches are so far away from the other stitches. The counting is more in mid-air, or in this case, mid-Aida. But in the end, no mater which, it’s all worth it.

What are you stitching? Do you enjoy working on one or two projects at one time? Or more?


My first fundraiser – Spring Flowers

On April 29th, I will be participating in my first fundraiser. I was honored to be asked to make a donation. Yesterday I spent some time preparing my presentation for the fundraiser. I stitched a small pretty cross stitch, Spring Flowers, as part of the showcase and for the winner to keep along with my offer of a free custom order of their choice, minus portrait stitchings and framing. I love how the basket and the piece came out and hope I can make a bit of a difference for the cause.


Presentation for a Fundraiser

The event itself should be fun. We attended last years and had a blast. It’s a fundraiser for our daughter’s preschool. We are part of a co-op school, where the parents, along with the teachers and assistants, help make the school tick. There are fundraiser events throughout the year, but this is the biggest and more geared toward the adults instead of the children. It’s a great school, we’re like a family. I will miss it next year when our daughter goes off to Kindergarten.