Sunday, September 14, 2014

God Speed WIP photo

After finishing a page on La Belle Dame Sans Merci, the Random Master app (iOS) chose God Speed as my next project.

I just finished page 6 which is the leftmost page on the 2nd row - on the large print version anyway.  Why I have this one in large print is beyond me.  All my other HAED charts are regular print.  Because this one is large print, there are 5 full and 1 partial row of pages top to bottom.  That means I still have quite a bit to do!

Here's my latest progress photo.  The top edge of stitches are actually rolled up on the scroll frame so that's why the top isn't all there.

Since I've finished a page on this, that means it was time to switch back to my focus piece:  La Belle Dame.

Happy Stitching!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Mystery Band Sampler?

I'm thinking of having a mystery band sampler SAL.  It's my own design and I would offer it in your choice of at least 4 colorways.

Right now, I'm thinking $10US to participate.  I would set up a closed Facebook group where I would release each band (probably two) once a week.  By doing it in a FB group, I would be easier able to answer any questions that might arise or just give pointers.

I'd like to know what you think.  Please leave a comment if you would be interested.  Also, if you have a stitching blog, feel free to share this post.

Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Apps for Stitching

I thought I'd share what apps I use that are related to stitching.  All of these particular apps are for Apple (iPad).

For keeping track of my floss, I use XStitcher .  I've already done a review of this app along with ThreadTracker117.  You can read that review here.

Update to the review:  On XStitcher, specialty threads now include Anchor, Gentle Art Sampler Threads (GAST) and Week's Dye Works (WDW).

To keep track of my charts, I use Itemizer.

Itemizer lets you create your own template for what information you want to include.  At the moment, I mainly have just the patterns that I want to do in magazines listed.  For each pattern, I have this information available:
  • Name of the pattern
  • Category:  Christmas, floral, seasonal, etc.
  • Type:  Book, kit, magazine, etc.
  • Magazine:  name of the magazine or book - I leave it blank if it's a kit or purchased chart
  • Issue:  month and year - blank if it's not in a magazine
  • Width:  stitch count
  • Height:  stitch count
Once that information has been added, I can use the iPad camera to take a photo of the project for additional reference.

The app has a number of different ways that the patterns can be sorted.  Any of the 7 fields above can be selected for sorting.  If I have a narrow set of scroll frames available, I could choose to sort by Width to find a pattern that would fit them.

You can also view with just thumbnails and the details or with a split screen:  larger images at the top and the list below.

To choose what's next in my rotation, I use Random Master.

I do have a little bit of structure in my rotation.  I choose one project to be my "focus" piece.  That project gets worked on every other time.  Currently, it is La Belle Dame Sans Merci.  For the projects in between, I let Random Master do the choosing.  All I had to do was create a WIP list and then have it choose a Random Item.  Because it's my focus, La Belle... is not in the WIP list.

Random Master does have other options as well:  Random number generator, random dice, or random letter.  For stitching, I don't use these.

I also have Print Paper which lets you print lined, graph and music papers.  This one cost me 99¢.  I don't think I'll be using it much.  I does have 2 different graph papers but there are no options for modifying any of the papers.  I'd love to be able to say 14 squares to the inch for example, but it doesn't let me.