Accessories: Stitchingly Along

Each weekend we spotlight something that helps us as a stitcher. This weekend I’ve chosen Cherise Smith’s Stitchingly Along needle minders, fobs and froggers.

Stitchingly Along Business Card

It appears to me that these days stitchers fall into one of two categories:

  1. Those that are addicted to fobs, froggers and needle minders and have specific sets for each of their designs or
  2. Those who don’t know what these things are?

Fobs

Fobs are pretty dangly things that hang from the bottom of your scissors, usually with a larger, weighted bob at the end.  I use fobs because they help me find my scissors when I lost them down the side of the lounge; the scissors slip down but the bob at the bottom of the fob doesn’t.

Stitchingly Along - Fob

Also it helps me remember which scissors are mine when at a stitchers’ get together.  We do tend to show off the different fobs we use.

Frogger

Froggers help to pull out any incorrect stitches.  I find it easier to use a frogger than my needle as I have a tendency to lose hold of my needle and then have to find it in the folds of my clothing or the floor.  With the extra length of the dangly bits I find the frogger needles easier to hold and less likely to lose.

Fogger

Needle minder

A needle minder is a pretty item that goes in the corner of your fabric and magnetically holds your needles.

Most needle  minders are made with light rare earth magnets such as these.

Rare Earth Magnets

The little magnet on the right goes under your fabric. The large magnet on the left is turned over and set on top of it, on the top of your fabric; so the pretty side is seen and the fabric is sandwiched between the two magnets.

Needle Minder

As I stitch in whatever chair I tend to be in, holding a Qsnap,  I tend to thread the needle through the fabric or through my clothing which changing floss.  The sheer number of lost needles that I find on laundry day, convinced me to try out a minder.

These sit nicely in the inside corner of a qsnap, or near the edge of a hoop or a stitching frame; wherever there is spare fabric that you will not being stitching or getting your floss tangled in.

Review

Cherise’s Fobs are well made. The top clasp is big enough to use on any of my embroidery scissors without being so large that it gets in the way.

Fob clasp

She has many designs with glass cabochons on top of images, such as the ones above, but she also does cute metallic and sparkly bobs such as this dog and paw set I bought for a friend.

Dog and Paw bobs for Fob and frogger.

Cherise’s Fobbers are a good length to hold in your hand. I tend to stitch on 32ct with a size 28 petite needle.  While the needle attached to the frogger is larger and stronger than my usual stitching needle, it is still a good size to unpick my stitches.  I have unfortunately seen froggers with size 20 needles that are simply too large and cumbersome for petite stitches.

While Cherise’s Needle minders tend to have a curved surface (the glass cabochon) the magnets still hold the needles nicely.  I prefer a flatter surface as I tend to prick my finger when picking needles up from a curved surface.  However thankfully not everyone is as much of a klutz as me and the curved cabochons look great as part of a set.

The sets arrive very well packaged.  Each item is in an individual ziplock bag and then each set is placed in a pretty pink tulle bag.

Tulle Bag

This bag is then wrapped in pink tissue paper:

Tissue Paper

and then finally bubble wrapped.  Every item arrived in Australia completely unharmed!

Bubble wrap

All in all I would recommend looking through the Stitchingly Along Etsy shop and the Facebook Page and selecting a set or two for yourself or a friend.

 Giveaway

In my last order, Cherise included this lovely Purple Grape set to give away.  To win, comment below why you like this set?

This is a 3-piece set for stitchers & others that includes a Fob, Needle Minder and a Frogger. It’s made with glass & crystal beads, a vintage graphic and glass cabochon in a silver setting.

Purple Grapes Giveaway

Contest is open to anywhere in the world. Whilst we love comments and sharing via social media, only comments on this post will be eligible for entry.

Mel will use her trusty digital magic eight ball to decide the lucky Cross Stitch Review reader.

Contest closes FOUR weeks from Publish; midday, 7 February 2014, Melbourne, Australia time (UTC+11 hours).

Discussion

Why do YOU use fobs, froggers or needle minders?

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Last Updated: 23 January 2015  (edited as I misidentified the cabochons as plastic. They are in fact glass.)

Late November Sales

Thanksgiving is a US tradition, but Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday sales are becoming worldwide shopping traditions.  As such, here are some late November sales you may be interested in.

You may want to bookmark or subscribe to this post as I will be updating it during the week as more sales are announced.

123 Stitch

When: 1 December 2014 (Mountain Time, US time)
What: one day Cyber Monday sale on selected items.

123 Stitch

When: Now – 6 Dec 2014 (Mountain time, US time)
What: discount on the following designers and themes:

ABC Stitch Therapy

When: Now – 2 December 2014 (midnight CST, US time)
What: 20% off everything, excludes gift certificates.

Brooke’s Books

When: Now – sold out
What: Bulk lots of Brooke’s Books charts.

Brookes books - wizard of oz

Country Designs

When: Now – 31 December 2014
What: Order any three kits from our website and get the cheapest one FREE.
How: Use the discount code 9999-2014

Crazy Annie’s Stitchin – Cyber Monday

When: 1 December 2014 (midnight to midnight, CST, US time)
What:

  • CHARTS: 20% off regular retails prices. Most are already 10% off so you will get an addt’l 10% off prices listed.
  • KITS: 25% off regular retails prices . Most items are already 10% off…so you will get an addt’l 15% off prices listed.
  • SCISSORS20% off regular retail prices. Most are listed at 10% off already…so you will get an addt’l 10% off prices listed.
  • NEEDLE MAGNETS – NEEDLEMINDERS: 20% off reg retail prices. Most are 10% off already…so you will get an addt’l 10% off the prices listed.
  • Q-SNAPS & Q-SNAP COVERS: On Monday, 12-1-14 all Q-SNAPS and Q-SNAP Covers will be 20% off regular retail prices. Most are listed at 10% off already….so you will get an addt’l 10% off prices listed.

Eclectic Bloke Designs

When: 1 – 2 December 2014
What:  All charts 25% off

European Cross Stitch

When: 27 Nov – 1 December 2014
What: 10% of everything (excludes pdfs)
How:  If you’ve placed an order already or are planning to place one now, please be patient with us!  We have ~400 kit orders to process…that means getting supplies (and more supplies) in, sorting, bagging, assembling bead packs, assembling the kits, processing charges and PP invoices, then shipping…so it takes time!  We’ll try to get your kit to you as soon as possible. If you “need” your order for a Christmas gift, note that in your instructions.  I still can’t guarantee we’ll have it to you in time, but it let’s us know the situation.

Fil’anthrope Broderies

When: now – sold out
What: selected cross stitch charts and kits at 40% off.

Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

When: now – 3 December 2014 (noon PST US time)
What: We’d like to invite you to take 20% off your *entire* purchase
How: Use promo code THANKS during checkout

Heaven and Earth Designs

When: 29 Nov – 1 December 2014 (midnight to midnight EST, US time)
What:

  • 50% off all charts (excludes special services)
  • 15% off all accessories
  • 15% off all materials packs

Note: Download issues are common during sale periods due to sever loads. If you have an issue, don’t panic, we are happy to help to make sure you receive your order. Just send us an email through the “Contact Us” link on the website, and we will assist you as soon as we can. If, for some reason, the contact form won’t work, feel free to email me direct at nikki@heavenandearthdesigns.com.

JJs Cross Stitch

When: Now
What: 20% off entire cross stitch order!
How: Enter JJS20 at checkout

Kooler Design Studio

When: this week
What: 50% off all scriptures and hymns designs.

Love Thy Thread

When: Now – 30 November 2014
What: 40% off all charts (excludes ezine).

Needleworker’s Delight / Silkweaver Fabrics

When: 28 Nov – 9 December 2014
What: 25% off entire order
How: Use coupon code FRIDAY14

OzStitch

When: Now – 11 December 2014
What: 50% off  Couchman Downloadable Designs.
How: Use voucher code: PET

Rainbow Stitchery (formerly Laurel’s Stitchery)

When: 28 November – 2 December 2014 (midnight to midnight)
What: 25% off all in-stock flosses (except DMC 6-strand floss)!
40% off all patterns & kits!
75% off all remaining punchneedle & quilting patterns!

Silver Needle

When: Now – next newsletter
What: Join their newsletter and receive 25% off all scissors
How: Add a note when paying to to say you received notice of this sale through their newsletter.

Stitch and Frog

When:  Now – 1 December 2014 (midnight EST, US time)
What: 20% off  Alessandra Adelaide,Amy Bruecken, Barbara Ana Designs, and Imaginating

Stitch NZ

When: Now
What: All our Stitchbow storage items are now on sale for the next few weeks with at less 10% off everything in the range!

Stitcher’s Workshop

When: Now – sold out
WhatAll in stock merchandise is on sale at 30% off.
How: In order to receive the discounts orders must total $10 or more before discount is applied! The shopping cart WILL NOT show the discount but it will be applied before shipping and you will receive an email telling you what we have and what your discount is. If you pay by PayPal, your invoice will show the discount and the items to be shipped so no extra notification will be made. Please note that PayPal invoices are sent after the order is pulled and shipping charges are determined.

Stitches ‘n Things

When: 27 Nov – 1 December (US time)
What:

  1. GIFT CERTIFICATE BONUS SPECIAL:  Receive a 20% Bonus Gift Certificate with Purchase of any Gift Certificate in $25.00 increments. WHAT??? THAT MEANS …When you Purchase a $25.00 Gift Certificate .. you will receive a FREE $5.00 Gift Certificate!! Purchase a $50.00 Gift Certificate & receive a FREE $10.00 Gift Certificate!!
    Purchase a $75.00 Gift Certificate & receive a FREE $15.00 Gift Certificate!!
    Purchase a $100.00 Gift Certificate & receive a FREE $20.00 Gift Certificate!!
    Purchase GC’s in ANY $25.00 increment and receive a FREE GC valued at 20% of that purchased GC .. the “Free” Gift Certificate is for use effective January 2, 2015!!!
    All Gift Certificates are good for one year from date of purchase on anything found at Stitches N Things! And yes, these can be redeemed on-line! We can even SEND YOUR GC VIA E-MAIL to your recipient for you!

  2. 20% OFF STORE WIDE Catalog (excluding anything that is specified as ADVANCE, DMC floss AND Gift Certificates)  —  Your Catalog Order Will NOT reflect the discount but we WILL apply it for you!
  3. IF YOU have us KIT IT UP** for you .. with fabric, fibers, embellishments, etc ..it will be 25% OFF INSTEAD !!
  4. 20% OFF anything listed in the SNT / HOFFMAN MALL Catalog (reminder .. this catalog is NOT the same as our shop catalog .. you will need to enter a password to shop in this catalog .. and then your order placed there will arrive directly in our shop  — Your Catalog Order Will NOT reflect the discount but we WILL apply it for you! )
  5. IF YOU have us KIT IT UP** for you .. with fabric, fibers, embellishments, etc ..it will be 25% OFF INSTEAD !!
  6. Take An Additional 20% OFF anything listed on our Sale pages AND our SNT Classics Sale pages  —  Your Catalog Order Will NOT reflect the discount but we WILL apply it for you!
  7. IF YOU have us KIT IT UP** for you .. with fabric, fibers, embellishments, etc ..it will be 25% OFF INSTEAD !!

Stitching Obsession

When: Now – 18 December 2014
What: Closing down sale, all stock 50% off

Tilton Crafts

When: Now – 31 December 2014
What:

  • Spend $30 or more and receive 35% off (promo code: XMAS-1)
  • Spend $75 or more and receive 50% off (promo code: XMAS-2)

Under the Sea Fabrics

When:  28 November – 1 December 2014 (EST US time)
What: use coupon code BF2014SALE17 to save 17% off your total purchase from the website. I rolled a 20 sided die to come up with the discount.

Wasatch Needlecraft

When: 1 December 2014 (Mountain time, US time)
What: 20% storewide. ALSO an extra 30% off the overstock page

White Willow Stitching

When: Now – sold out
What: Overstock clearance sale of Aida fabrics and white willow design charts.

X’s and Ohs’s

When: 1 – 7 December 2014
What:  Purchase ANY 2 charts and you can select a 3rd one FREE, and we will also give you FREE SHIPPING (in Canada or the US).

Youthful Hands Needlecrafts

When: 3 December 2014 (midnight – midnight
What: 15% off Winter Wonderland fabric

Youthful Hands Needlecrafts

When: Now – 15 December 2014
What:

Note: This post was last updated 2:00pm Melbourne time, 2 December 2014.  For current sales please see the SALES page.

 

Last updated: 2 December 2014

 

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Gina’s Fobs and Froggers

Each weekend we spotlight something that helps us as a stitcher. This weekend I’ve chosen Gina’s Fobs and Froggers.

Gina - Narnia

What is a fob and why do we use it?

A fob is something that dangles of the end of a pair of scissors. It can be a tiny stitched ornament at the end of a tether or it could be an ornament hanging from a string of beads; such as those Gina makes.

Gina - mermaid fob

Fobs are used by stitchers for a variety of reasons:

  • They are pretty – and if stitching a large design, you can buy a fob that complements.
  • They personalise your scissors. This is very important when a group of stitchers get together. Think of it as the stitching version of wine charms on wine glasses at a party. 
  • The added length helps you to blindly grab at your scissors on the table when you want to trim your floss end.
  • The larger fob on the end makes it less likely the petite scissors will fall between the couch cushions, and if it does, the added length and sparkle is there help you pull them back out; same rules apply for that bottomless stitching bag.
  • Some fobs have the right length and weight to counterbalance the weight of the scissors, making your scissors easier to use.

 

OK, what are froggers?

  • A frogger is a needle with a chain and bob on the end; fobs attached to needles are called a frogger.
  • The extra length helps you grab the needle more firmly to pull out wrong stitches.
  • The extra length and fob lower the likelihood of you losing the needle when pulling at a stubborn stitch.
  • The size 22 needle is sturdy and wont break or bend.

Gina - Needle minders

And Needle Minders?

Needle minders are a decorative magnetic item that you put on your stitching to hold your needle in place. Have you ever put your needle down to change floss colours and couldn’t find your needle again – this is what a Needle Minder is for.

Each needle minder has two magnets; one attached to the bottom of the minder and the other goes on the back of your fabric. The magnetic attraction holds your minder in place with affecting the fabric.  This same magnetic attraction is what holds your needle on the minder.

Frankie Needle Minder

Gina sells fobs, froggers and needle minders in a set to complement your stitching project or personal aesthetic style.

Why buy from Gina?

Gina has an artist’s soul when creating her beaded beauties – she has a sense of colour and style that I haven’t seen with other fob creators.  Her service level is wonderful and items arrive promptly in the mail; very well packaged.

Gina has a lifetime guarantee on all of her fobs, if a part breaks, send it back to her and she will fix it.  This is a little impractical for us overseas customers, but it highlights her levels of commitment and expertise.

Gina also has a Facebook group where she holds regular sales; usually Saturday afternoon (US time).  Anything unsold after a few days is put into her Etsy store.  She invoices via PayPal and expects payment within one week of sending the invoice. Facebook sales are first come first served, so you may miss out on an item you really like.  If so, message Gina because she may be able to duplicate the item for you.

Gina holds massive event-themed sales yearly in her Facebook group; the annual Christmas Sale is on this weekend.

Giveaway

I’m giving away this beautiful golden peacock fob and needle minder set.  Just comment below why you would like it.

Contest is open to anywhere in the world. The only valid entries are comments below on this post.  Comments on social media will not be included.

Contest closes in one week from posting this review (Saturday, 31 October 2014, midday (Melbourne, Australia time). Winner will be chosen randomly from the comments.

Golden Peacock set

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