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Monday, 9 March 2015

Stitching Out Stigma

Easter Treasure Hop

First of all, it's nearly time for the Easter Blog Hoppity Hop!  Taking place over the Easter weekend each participant will be allocated a letter of the alphabet which they must post along with a nice Easter or Spring themed stitched photo.  In recognition of the varied talents of my followers I think you can also show any sewn, quilted or otherwise crafted Easter or Spring themed items.

Everyone will then hoppity hop around like a little fluffy bunny and collect the letters which will spell out something seasonal.  If you would like to be a picture poster then please drop me an email.



I read about this project in Cross Stitch Collection magazine.  (They are back in my good books because I won another voucher this month and they sorted out my subscription problems too.)

Anyway, Stitching Out Stigma is the brainchild of Natalie who has suffered mental health problems herself and wants to raise awareness by making a display of stitched squares on the theme. There are more details on the page.  The initial deadline is the end of March but she wants to extend it to make a permanent display so there is still time to get involved.

I like these kinds of projects, given a loose brief you can let your mind roam free.  The theme I decided on was the Parents' Point of View.  As those of you who have any experience of illness or disability will be aware you not only have to cope with your child's issues but also the professionals who will surround you and bombard you with acronyms and jargon.  The most essential tool is The File (or The Filing Cabinet in the case of one friend who has three children with three different diagnoses!) and the front page of The File should contain the phones numbers and the acronym list for easy reference!

So I asked the parents in the NAS Group for their acronym suggestions and got over 50 different ones.  I charted as many as possible on graph paper around a central figure of a boy leaping out of the letters ASD.   Because at the centre of the jargon there is always a child.  Here is my progress so far:


I'm stitching on evenweave as although the website says aida it is just the English obsession with the damn fabric and Natalie confirmed that evenweave is fine.  I stuck to 28 count so the proportions will be the same as everyone else.

Here is my sketch for the letters:


Now it's time for the fun part, choosing the colours!

I have completed another one of my DUCJC starts.  This one was a PIF from Sarah-Beth and here it is:

Lizzie*Kate Friends are Angels

Why is yellow fabric so hard to photograph accurately?

I stitched this on 25 count yellow evenweave which means it is rather large for an ornie so will be scrapbooked instead.  The original intention was to stitch it over 1 until I realised that parts of it were already over 1 so that wouldn't work!
Threads used were:
Jodyri Salsa for the words, 
DMC 115 for the heart, 
DMC 90 for the stars and 
Anchor 979 for the blue border.  
Random beads around the stars.

Finally, I am planning to do a giveaway as part of Gifted Gorgeousness in April and this chart will be part of it along with anything else I actually manage to finish!



28 comments:

  1. Your square for the Stitching out Stigma is great!

    What a fun colourful version of that LK!!!

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  2. Just sent not one, but 2 emails for the Bunny Hop!

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  3. Love the Angel friends stitch.

    Catherine

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  4. Great idea and stitching - we'll be away at Easter with limited internet so I won't join Bunny Hop this year - have fun

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  5. Love your idea for the stitching out stigmas project (I don't get the Aida obsession either!) and love your LK piece, Salsa is a gorgeous thread choice!

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  6. Love your work on the LK design. The colours are perfect!

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  7. Lovely stitching! Sounds like a great cause. x

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  8. Stitching Out Stigma sounds like a wonderful cause and I really like your design. I'm glad you got the child in there - too often the experts seem to forget they are not treating a syndrome, they're treating a human being. Love the colours in your LK.

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  9. I just add the LK chart to my wish list. Your version is much nicer that the original, well done dear Jo!
    Evalina, This and that...

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  10. Very nice cause. I can't wait to see what you're will look like.

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  11. A lovely version of the L*K, I have that on display in my conservatory, mine was a gift from a stitchy friend.
    A great idea, looking forward to seeing your square stitched up.

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  12. Great update! Very worthy cause!

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  13. That's a nifty cause, and I love that there's a child at the center of it all. I imagine picking the colors will be fun. :D

    And beautiful colors in the L*K. Particularly love the stars~

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  14. Cute LK finish, Jo!!:) I am always amazed at how many projects, posts and SALs you are doing. I just get stuck with when to write a post. I somehow manage to put down some stitches and call it a day.

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  15. Cute finish Jo. I'm looking forward to seeing your design.

    Linda

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  16. Could I use my bunnies again for that easter blog hop? I don't really thing I have anything else suitable for Easter :D

    I love your stitching stigma project, your idea is just awesome, as is the whole project - and your little finish is really cute too :)

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  17. I love the Lizzie*Kate chart, I have it in my stash. Your version looks lovely! It's a wonderful thing you are doing with the Stitching Without Stigma. Well done :)

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  18. Oh I love the chart you created. How perfect to have the boy jumping away from the diagnosis. Congrats on your other finish too.

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  19. Great design idea for the stigma piece, and what a great project altogether. Nice finish on the LK too

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  20. Great idea Jo for your stigma design!! I think it'll come out great and raise awareness too. I hope you got me down for the spring hop...don't forget about me!! Hugs!

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  21. I'm happy to have my wednesday free to get times to read and translate your post. Ideas, charts, colors I'm fan of everything, I like the sketch pic too. My day will be busy already, wish to have a special 30 h a day to visit "stitching out stigma". First I have to mail for bunny hop! Hugs

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  22. You designed and stitched a very impressive square for Stitch Out Stigma. And I love your colourful version of the LK piece.

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  23. Beautiful finish! And I loved that square you've designed, can't wait to see it come to life :D

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  24. Your little finish looks great. The colors are so cheerful. I like your design for Stitch Out Stigma. It looks thoroughly confusing.

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  25. I love your Stitching out Stigma design. Such an important cause. And your LK is so pretty!

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  26. Stitching out Stigma is a fab project. I love your square. xox

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