Wednesday, May 10, 2017

From the Desk of the Admin team, we bring you the weekly newsletter for CSIF. (May 7 - 13)

This week in CSIF we have a few things going on:

• On the Horizon we have several events coming up: 
The last year has been crazy but I am now done with student teaching and hopefully things will be getting back to normally. I hope to be able to create these Newsletters weekly again.  

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Stitcher's Stone

While at breakfast this morning you overheard a most curious conversation between Headmistress Hopeless and Deputy Headmistress Mel.

Mel: is it true?
Hopeless: is what true?
Mel: That the Stitcher's stone is real.
Hopeless: Well yes, of course, it is real, a great many years ago I helped the sorcerer Alowishus acquire it.
Mel: Where is it now?
Hopeless: Safe I'm sure.
Prof. Screwy: (snickers) Knowing Alowishus is it at the bottom of one of his many WIP piles!
Prof. SugarNanna: (chuckles) No, Screwy I am sure he probably stuck it on one of his thousands or Ort Jars!
The group moved away from where you were sitting...  What in the world is the Stitcher's Stone?

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Sorting Quiz!

1.     You have picked out a beautiful design to stitch, what fabric do you pick?
1.     14 Count - White (1pt)
2.     18 Count  - Hand dyed (2pt)
3.     28 Count - You custom Dyed it (3pt)
4.     40 Count - Hand dyed (4pt)
2.     You have decided you want a new start what do you pick?
1.     Joan Elliot (1 pt)
2.     Chatelaine (4pt)
3.     Country Cottage or sampler (2pt)
4.     HAED or some other large design (3pt)
3.     It is Thursday Night, CSIF is having their weekly hangout do you....
1.     Join the live hangout to chat and stitch (4pt)
2.     Watch the hangout via YouTube and chat with everyone from there (3pt)
3.     Watch from YouTube but don't participate in the conversation (2pt)
4.     What is a hangout? (1pt)
4.     There is a stitching emergency!  You were all set to start a new project you have everything you need but one color of floss, what do you do?
1.     Race out to the craft store to pick it up. (2pt)
2.     Pull up 1-2-3 Stitch and order the floss and a Few other items (4pt)
3.     Pull out your stash and find an alternative (3pt)
4.     Wait until the next time you are at the store and pick up the color.  (1pt)
5.     How many WIPs do you have approximately?
1.     One WIP is my limit! (4pt)
2.      No more than 5, I swear that is my Limit.... I hope (2pt)
3.      Somewhere under 100, you can't make me count!!!! (3pt)
4.     It's over a 100 and I am proud of it! (1pt)
6.     You need to set up a rotation, you have a goal to finish at least 1 WIP a month for all of 2017 how will you set up your rotation?
1.     Rotation, who came up with that hair brained idea?  (1pt)
2.     I work on what calls me that day, I have one project I try and work on each week. (4pt)
3.     I have a rotation of sorts and try to stick to it. (3pt)
4.     I have a regimented Rotation with detailed plans for each week. (2pt)
7.     It is your day off, you have the house to yourself.  You have set up your stitching supplies and have settled down for a nice day of stitching.... some hours later you realize you are very hungry, what do you do?
1.     Grab some snacks and a beverage to munch on while you stitch. (2pt)
2.     Fix yourself a snack with that won't stain your fabric. (3pt)
3.     Grab a snack while taking a break and bring back a drink in a closed container.  (1pt)
4.     Eat or drink anywhere near my stitching? I don't think so! (4pt)
8.     Headmistress Hopeless will be checking your project what will she find?
1.      1/2 inch border one side, front legs all go the same way, that is what we need right?  (1pt)
2.       2-inch border all the way, the stitches are all uniform, she isn't checking the back right? (2pt)
3.      3-inch border all  around, the stitching is uniform, and the back is mostly good (3pt)
4.      My projects are pristine as always!  The back looks as good as the front, as it should be! (4pt)
9.     If you had your choice what would you do with a kit?
1.     I always follow the directions carefully  (1pt)
2.     I follow the pattern, but if I make a mistake I don't worry too much about it. (2pt)
3.     Follow the pattern?  I just make it up as I go.  (3pt)
4.     I will replace the fabric with what I like, and change out the floss for silk. (4pt)
10.  You were shopping at the local thrift store and found a partially finished project what do you do?
1.     Interesting but not my style so I'll leave it there. (1pt)
2.     What a lovely project but it might be missing something (2 pt)
3.   I'll pick it what a lovely project I shall take it home and give it some love! (3pt)
4.     I don't shop at thrift stores. (4pt)
11.  Headmistress Hopeless has just announced a surprise SAL!!!
1.     I don't really do SALs  (1pt)
2.     I'll take a look at it if I have time I might do it. (2pt)
3.     I can't click the Join button fast enough. (3pt)
4.     Not another Freaking SAL!!! (4pt)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Stitchwhat's Weekly Newsletter

Hello everyone,

So this week we are traveling to Stitchwhats, on various forms of transportation, be it the train, flying car, or tardis.  We will all be arriving at in the town of StitcheryDo.  Once we reach town, everyone will need to think about how they want to finish this leg of the journey.  You can either ride the enchanted boats across the lake to the school.... Might be a great way to meet some mermaids as they patrol the lake. Or see the hydra who also lives in the lake. You can also take the horseless carriages through the enchanted forest, you could see unicorns, dragons, werewolves, and any other number of magical creatures.  Once we arrive at the school, the sorting will begin.  I know everyone is very excited to be sorted into their houses and start their stitching journey with the school!  I know the school and all of the faculty will be pleased to have new students!  I have heard that there are a great many exciting plans in store for everyone in the coming year!

                                                                        Headmistress Hopeless

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Welcome to Stitchwhats!

Congratulations Stitcher, 

I am happy to inform you that you have been granted acceptance into Stitchwhats! A very prestigious Stitching Academy.  Here at Stitchwhats you will take classes such as; Potion Making (Dying), Defense of the Dark Arts (Frog avoidance), Charms (Beading), Transfiguration (Pattern Modification), History of Magic (Specialty Stitches), Herbology (Specialty Fibers), Astronomy (Sparkle thread and Fabric).

If you accept this invitation you will, of course, be sorted into Houses.  Here at Stitchwhats we have the following houses.

Satindor -  home to the brave and intrepid stitchers who will meet every challenge. 
Froggin - home to the sly and sneaky stitcher who will look for every shortcut and maybe try and play a dirty trick on the other houses.
Rhodesclaw - home to the intelligent stitcher who chooses their projects and battles wisely.
Pufflestitch - home to the studious stitcher who follows the directions precisely at all times.

 The School will be opening on October 1, 2016.  Reserve your bed now!  On October 31st the sorting ceremony will begin!  Stitchers will be sorted into one of the four Stitching houses.  Once Sorted into your House you will be given the password to the House commons for that house.  Each week Houses will earn points towards the house cup.  The house cup will be awarded Quarterly.  Points will be awarded for participation in the group events and challenges.  For example, is you complete a weekly challenge you will earn your team 5 points, If you complete a Monthly challenge you will earn your team 40 points.  If you join a Hangout and participate (you tube or live) you will earn your team 50 points.  SAL Participation will earn 10 points. There will also be special challenges though out the year. 

To accept this invitation to attend Stitchwhats you will need to join the facebook group Cross Stitch, It's Fun and follow the instructions given there.

                                                                               Headmaster Hopeless

Supply List

1 enchanted Needle (your preference on size)
1 pair embroidery scissors
Cauldron (fabric dying)

Text Books
Patterns of your choice
The Cross Stitcher's Bible (recommended, NOT Required)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Stitching School???

When we last visited, our friends; Samual Satindor, Freddrick Froggin, Rhonda Rhodesclaw, and Petunia Pufflestitch were thinking of opening their very own enchanted stitching school... But what to teach???  Satindor wanted to teach creativity and daring stitching, Rhodesclaw felt it was essential that stitchers learned the foundations of stitching, Pufflestitch, wanted stitchers to try new things and have fun.  Froggin felt that it was essential that stitchers learn to use only the finest of materials, and except only perfection.  Satindor, Rhodesclaw, and Pufflestitch did not agree with Froggin.  Enchanted stitching is about more than perfection and the quality of your materials.   The four friends decided to compromise, as all wise stitchers would surely do.  The school would offer classes in all of their areas.   Stitchers wishing to join the school would need to be sorted some how in to groups.... But how to sort these stitchers?  That was a new problem that the four friends must tackle now  So we will leave our friends stitching by the fire.  Each was now stitching what would become banners for the groups of stitchers that wished to follow the ways of Satindor, Froggin, Rhodesclaw, and Pufflestitch.  Can they finish these banners before the school opens?  Can they solve the puzzle of how to sort the students that would want to come to their school?  We will have to check back soon to see what they have come up with!