Saturday, 25 January 2014

Welcome to Stitching in Crosses and More ... 2014

Dear all,

Hello and welcome to the Stitching in Crosses and More ...

I have started this blog a few years back when my passion for cross stitch was reborn ... and I have been blogging and stitching ever since. 

This is me at my latest graduation (as I have previously graduated with Masters of Mathematics from Durham University)...



In the latest course I have studied the fascinating world of business, accounting and finance. I have graduated with a Distinction and an award from the ICAEW Northern society for being the best student on the Personal and Professional Skills module. My dream is to work by any means in the intriguing world of tax. But for now I remain a part-time librarian/ amateur artist (over 15 exhibitions)/ crafter/ designer. 

I manage ILiNi designs, a North East based handmade bags, accessories, and home d├ęcor business. You can find us on




The items we make range from luxury and unique leather handbags to small linen makeup bags (some including cross stitch designs!)

I take part in way too many SALs and I am an addict. I cross stitch anything from HAED to traditional embroidery. To get a better idea of what I stitch check out my finishes tab.

Some of the finishes I had ...










But there are many more already done and more to come ...


I will be hosting a giveaway, drawing on the 15th of February 2014. Anyone can enter provided I can contact you, so leave an email or a blog url. I will update this post later on this week with the prize pictures. But for now check out all the other wonderful blogs that are here for the party at 2 Bags Full. Thanks to Vicki for organising this again.

The giveaway:


5 threaders

5 charms

1 chart and a chart booklet

2 small kits

a bookmark and speciality stitch charts

Hand dyed fabric with logwood and aluminium mordant by my mum
Once the winner is picked he or she can pick what part of the giveaway they want: all or some (and whatever is unwanted will roll over to the next drawing).



 


35 comments:

  1. Just had a quick look at your website and there are some lovely things! I will have a proper browse later. xx

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  2. Great post and nice to know you a little better :)

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  3. What a lovely post about you. So nice to learn more about you.
    Your stitching is lovely.
    Have a great week!

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  4. You have a gorgeous collection of stitchery. I'm a new follower :)

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  5. It was so great to read this post! I'd love to enter your giveaway, Lija :D

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  6. HELLO, just a lovely stitchy post!
    Thanks for sharing! Love to enter your giveaway!

    cobaltt16@yahoo.com

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  7. What beautiful stitching - looking forward to seeing much more.

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  8. Your finishes are really cute. I would love to win your giveaway.

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  9. I started embroidery when I was 8, now nearly 50 years later I keep telling myself I want to start again! My eyeballs are fighting this choice, but your blog is inspirational! I am Grow Your Blog blogger
    www.fabricandmemories.blogspot.com

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  10. Beautiful cross stitch pieces! I love House Mouse stamps on cards, maybe I just love the stamps, but we won't go there! Love your cross stitch. Recently I've been quilting but the work here on your blog reminds me I have a nice box full of cross stitch things to play with too. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. You are dedicated to your stitching, that's for sure!

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  12. Hi Lija--thanks so much for visiting & following me :) I am now following you as well. Your embroidery is so beautiful! Congrats on getting your advanced degree and winning the award--smart and crafty--I love it! Please enter m e in your drawing. adirondackgirlatheart@gmail.com Blessings, Diana

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  13. I think your blog looks very interesting. I used to do cross stitch a lot and then started quilting. but i have recently gotten back my interest in cross stitch so i am looking forward to reading your posts.

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  14. Hello Lija...just poppin' in along the blog party route. And here in the northeast United States where the snow just keeps on coming, well it is the perfect activity while in front of a roaring fire. Your stitching is wonderful and congratulations on graduation! Love the little bookmark...and yes, the gorgeous bags over at ILiNi...Have a terrific day! Aloha

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  15. I have embroidered in the past and would like to do it again. Thanks for the inspiration. Love your projects.

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  16. It's nice to know more about you, Lija! I love your Michael Powell design and the bookmark, especially! Thanks for the chance in your generous giveaway!

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  17. Nice to know more about you, Lija! :)You are managing quite a lot of things. Lovely stitching pieces you have made!
    Thanks for hosting the giveaway! I am interested in charms and the chart booklet.

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  18. Lija, please enter my name. I`m fond of stitching, so Your giveaway is very interesting fo me =)
    My blog: http://sapnis-ffrrr.blogspot.com/

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  19. Hello Lija from Australia. I am blog hopping with the GYB party, and having a ball. You have made some lovely items. I particularly like the balls? pin cushions? One is the second photo down and the other is above the bookmark. So pretty!

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  20. Hi Lija,
    Nice to meet you via this GYB hop. Hope you are over your cold by now. Pretty blog- please enter me in your giveaway and why don´t you enter mine?

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  21. Hello Lija, just popping in from the GYB party. I enjoy seeing your lovely work and visited your website as well. Love the tusal jar. I save mine to lay under freemotion quilting, especially for angel wings or I put them out for the birds in spring. Congratulations on your new math degree. Happy blogging

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  22. Hello Lija
    How lovely to meet you at Vicki's GYB party and thank you for visiting my blog and entering my giveaway too!
    WOW what a talent you are - I love cross stitch too!
    Congratulations on your successes with your studies, you are doing so well and deserve to be very proud.

    I would love to win your giveaway so I will keep my fingers crossed for good luck!

    I'm now following you so we can keep in touch.
    Hugs
    Shane

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  23. Please count me in, Lija, I am already a follower and congrats on obtaining your Masters.

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  25. what a fun giveaway. I use to cross stitch many year ago and always enjoyed it - yours are lovely. Congratulations on getting you masters and in math no less! Thanks for visiting my blog in singapore! cheers.

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  26. Your post is very nice - It is a pleasure to meet you here. Thank you for sharing.

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  27. Hi Lija what a choice you are giving us. Your work is beautiful. Congratulations on your graduation - a lot of hard work. I can't wait to more of your creations.

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  28. Hi Lija - return visit from the GRBP 2014. Lovely blog and a fabulous give away - you are a very generous lady!! I have enjoyed looking around your blog and am now a follower!

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  29. Just stopping by to say a GYB party hello. Your stitching is quite lovely - and quite the collection!

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  30. Just stopping by with a belated thank you for visiting my blog. I am so impressed by all you have accomplished in your career and congratulations on your award! Your cross stitch work is the sweetest! Cindy from TheCranesNest.com

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  31. Lija, it's nice to meet you! You do beautiful stitchery! Thanks for visiting my blog! Also congrats on your latest graduation!

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  33. Hello Lija, thank you for visiting my blog. What an interesting blog you write and your cross stich embroidery is really lovely.
    Jackie

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