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In the old days there was nothing and often solo Cross Stitchers wandered for months wondering if they were the only ones of deviantART that stitched. Then one day the founders met each other and from there it seemed Stitchers were popping up all over the place and they thought, wouldn't it be wonderful if there was a community? So, from that thought, Stitching Pirates was born and we look forward to providing you with the best community possible. Don't be afraid to ask questions, provide feedback! Without the people a community just wouldn't be what it is.

Why Stitching Pirates?

The name Stitching Pirates grew from the key pirate concepts that X always marks the spot and maps lead to something wonderful. The same applies to Cross Stitch and plus pirates are just awesome. Yargh!

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:ahoy: Ahoy me hearties!

I've received word from out fellow stitcher-in-arms, NevaSirenda, that a new book has been published! I've personally just seen an ad for her book in Just Cross-Stitch magazine this past week. Now, most, if not all of ye, are well-versed in the art of cross-stitching, but we do have many members who do not stitch and simply admire! This is a lovely opportunity to get started with a selection of easy cross-stitch patterns and instructions.

Here is the quote from NevaSirenda:
"It's called "I Can Cross Stitch" and is available through Annie's Publishing. It's a basic instructional book for tweens and teens with some fun projects on a variety of fabrics and products. (It SAYS "17 designs" but in fact it is 17 projects with a total of 27 designs. Or at least I did 27 designs; not saying if they all made the cut.) They range from little things like push pin covers and Altoid tins to purses and pillows. I don't know if it is in stores yet but you can get it online here: www.anniescatalog.com/detail.h… and probably Amazon and other places as well. It's also available as an electronic download.

I had a lot of fun designing this book and I think any beginning stitcher will enjoy learning with it. I tried to make all the projects very fun and funky but not overwhelming. There are a lot of little things that are quick to make and easy to learn on. I personally recommend starting with the perforated paper designs (a sheet of perf paper is included with the book) as stitching on perf paper can be much easier than fabric (you can see the holes really well) and it teaches you important skills like keeping your tension from getting too tight (you'll crumple the paper if you don't!) All of the designs are basic whole stitches and most take very few colors. As you learn and progress, you can work up to larger designs with more color changes. It's a book that grows with your experience.

If you've ever wanted to learn to cross stitch but found most patterns either too complicated or too childish and dull, give these a shot. And let me know what you think!"

I'll be putting her link in the advertisement journal, but think of this as a wonderful opportunity to both learn, introduce others, or downright give direct feedback to an artist hard at work! Yarr!

:ahoy: Don't forget yer contest is running till the last day of September (the 30th)! Ye still have time to stitch!! fav.me/d7oqako

May the wind be at yer back mates,
Captain Pinky
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EnigmaticWriterGirl Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What's the best thing/adhesive to use when sealing stitches on a non-framed type of Embroidery/Cross-stitch? 

Like if you were to sew a bookmark or totebag, something functional, and you wanted to make sure the stitches never-ever slipped?

My next project is going to be a tote bag, but I've never done anything functional before!
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Mattsma Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
There is fabric glue which bends its pretty cool stuff, but I usually use iron on interfacing then cover the back with a wide enough ribbon and do something pretty to the sides :D
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EnigmaticWriterGirl Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you, Mattsma!
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:love: My pleasure!
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think Magical525 has the more experience with this, but Mattsma might know too. :) Personally, I have read that amzn.com/B0001DSIHI is a secure one to use for bookmarks at least, it's probably okay for totes and stuff too :)
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