Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog

Hi, Thanks for looking at my blog, I hope you like it so much that you will become a follower. I also love reading your comments.


First I guess you should know is I don't write/post about me or my life. It's all about the cross stitch sorry. 

I will tell you my name is Amanda, I'm from Melbourne Australia. I have a brother and sister both older and lots of nieces and nephews, two of which have had a child so I'm also a great aunt to a little boy and a little girl. I love cross stitch, reading, my iPad, friends and dogs, birds.


I started my blog for a way to show people what i stitch, but over time it's become so much more. It's now a place I can go to talk to like minded people. To ask for help and get nice feedback on my stitching. Lets not forget I also get to see what everyone else is stitching too. None of my family or friends stitch so it's great to have my blog because of this.


I'm a one full cross at a time stitcher, I've always done it this way unless a kit tell me half stitch. I use 2 treads over 2 again unless a kit tells me different. I don't change charts with different colors or anything like that unless I have to. i only use Aida fabric and for the life of me I can not do a french knot so I use seed beads. I stitch any fantasy but will stitch other charts that I just like, or like right now that are a gift. I love Joan Elliott and Heaven And Earth Designs and have many charts from both.   


It is hands down Mystic Stitch "Black Masquerade" This baby is so hard even harder then a big Heaven and Earth chart. She has been re stitched once after stitching 4 pages as I did not like the count of the Aida I was stitching her on at the time. She is now sitting at 2 1/2 pages. She has been though a lot of bad, sad things in my life and has been on the go for over 10 years I think it would be. One day I would love to get her stitched.  

Here is the photo

To see how far she is stitched please go to Angel's Stitching Progress page up the top. 


I'm stitching 3 gifts this year 

The Rose Of Sharon
Sleep Time
Storykeep Seasons Spring

I have made a deal with myself that I was not to stitch anything else but the top 3 until they are all done and boy has it not been easy. I normally stitch want I want, when I want, so to be set in, is a little hard when i want to stitch a chart that's not part of the 3. 

So that's me, hope you have a look around and like want you see.
Happy Stitching!!!


  1. I love masquerade she is just gorgeous!

  2. You stitch some lovely things I love masquerade too..

  3. Just had a look at your progress page. There are some lovely things on it! I love Masquerade too. I started my blog to share with other stitchers and have made some great friends.

  4. On behalf of Vicki at Two Bags Full and myself, welcome to the Grow Your Blog blog hop! Wow, I am in awe of your cross stitching talent! Hope you get a lot of traffic today. I am sure cross stitchers will be adding you to their blog lists!

  5. Greetings, I visited your blog from GYB Party. You do fabulous stitching! I live needlework, as well. I'm now a follower and hope you will pop over to my blog Best wishes for lots of stitching in 2015!

  6. I just stopped by through Grow Your Blog, nice to meet you Amanda. I am now a new follower. You can visit me at . Happy Stitching!

  7. Dear Amanda,
    Welcome to Grow Your Blog party. Happy to find another cross-stitching site. Hope you'll made some new friends and have new followers in the weeks to come. Big Hugs from Singapore

  8. Your stitchery is gorgeous! I'm here for the party, have started following you and invite you to pop over for a visit

  9. Hi Amanda! Greetings from a fellow cross stitcher from the USA. It's wonderful to find someone else who loves larger projects (I jokingly say I have a bit of an illness, since I'm attracted to them). I've added you to my bloglovin' feed and look forward to seeing your stitching progress this year!

  10. Thank you for following my blog, I have returned the favour :) I Love your Mystic Stitch Masquerade! Ten years! A Treasure, beautiful.

  11. Hello Amanda! Lovely to meet you. I also do love cross stitch. The 'Masquerade' is breath taking. Looking forward to read you from now on.

  12. New follower - love finding so many new blogs that are stitching related.

  13. You are one dedicated stitcher to start that design again after so much work. I always tell myself that I won't start another new chart until I have finished the ones I am working on, I usually give in when I see something gorgeous I just have to stitch so the pile of wipe gets bigger. x

  14. Black Masquerade is a stunning piece, you will be so thrilled when you do finish her. Hi, I am Kaye and I have popped over from The Party. I am also from Melbourne, so please come visit me on my blog if you get the chance. Hugs Kaye

  15. I love to cross stitch but I can't imagine how many stitches are in your Black Masquerade and the fact that you did it twice - wow!! Thank you for inviting us to visit you and to see your beautiful work!

  16. Your cross-stitch projects are all fabulous! I look forward to following your progress this year. (Sticking to 3 projects would be tough for me, too...)

    Renee from Living My Dream (