I was awake in the wee hours one night trying to come up with a way to improve the bingo games we have had on The Stitchers' Village in chat.  I then started thinking of an idea for a mystery stitch.  There is something to be said for the thinking process in the middle of the night.  TSV will be hosting a new activity starting July 5.  The Mystery Stitch Bingo will run for 25 days.  The chart will be divided into 25 squares.  Each square will be assigned a number to imitate with a bingo card.  On the first day of the activity, the middle "Free" space will be posted.  for the next 24 days, a random square will be posted.  After the last square has been posted, the first person to post a picture of the stitched piece will win the grand prize.  Anyone who posts a picture of any stitched portion of the project in the 5 days following the posting of the last square will be put into a drawing for some additional prizes.  The charts will be 100w x 100h (generally) and the daily posting charts will only be 20x20.  This should make it easy to catch up if you miss a day here and there.  I hope we all have a great time with this. 

I will admit that, when I started working on the design, the idea of the 20 x 20 squares was stuck in my head.  I ended up with a spot sampler called "Summer Garden".  The "water feature" that is in the center is shown here.


When I redid the site at the beginning of 2018, our membership in the social area dropped and I am working to get it built back up.  The community is a great place to interact with your fellow stitchers!!

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The reconstruction of The Stitchers' Village site has been a much bigger project that anticipated.  I do have the layout so that it is consistent for the various portions of the site (resource library, designer studios, shops, and community) but am still adding content.  I realize the change is difficulf for some users.  I hope that this will be the final incarnation of TSV.  For my part, I have restored the clickable home page while utilizing the current software for web construction.  That has changed so much since the beginning of TSV that it is hard to believe.  It is also difficult to keep up with the changes.  The main issues from here on are that updates can sometimes cause disasters.  I learned that this past Thursday.  I had just completed the individual charts for the Collective Stitch.  I was preparing to upload my files (as recommended by my nephew who just graduated with an IT degree) when I got a message that the windows update needed to restart my computer.  Well, I thought, let me get that out of the way before beginning the upload.  WRONG CHOICE!  The update resulted in a blue screen error telling me to restore - unfortunately, Windows 10 does not create a restore anymore.  So, I called Windows tech support and went through the first phase of checking to be told my case needed to be upgraded and I would receive a call at 9 a.m. the following morning.  That did not happen so I called them and waited on hold for 45 minutes to be told that the 9 a.m. was actually a 2 hour window and I would receive a call by 11 a.m.  That, also, did not happen.  I discovered that I had purchased the extended service on my desktop when I purchased it at Best Buy.  I made an appointment with them for that afternoon.  They were able to retrieve my files (thank goodness) and I will know today if my hard drive was going bad and caused the issue or if the update had an issue.  With the first option, I will have to get a new hard drive and will lose all my software that was installed.  With the second option, I have a chance of them being able to get my computer back as it was.  Will I make a list of the software and all the purchase keys, etc.?  I hope I do not have to go through all the re-installs, but that will be the process if I do.  You know, when I add software I have the information but then start trying to figure out how to use the software.  I fully intend to print the key codes and put them in a file, and sometimes do.  I know for a fact that I do not have everything I need if I have to reinstall software, but will have enough to get me going!!  

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The Nashville needlwork market is this weekend.  This is always an exciting time.  Seeing everyone and the new products makes for a great time.  I will be teaching two classes on the Collective Stitch cross stitch event.  I have three designs to offer new shops to the event who attend my class.  Mani di Donna, Rosewood Manor, and Tempting Tangles have all submitted designs.  Winter is the theme for 2018.  I am also offering an advance copy of my latest design "Bramble".  I have done something that has been floating around my idea board for quite a while.  The design is accompanied by a short story which coordinates with the design.  I have a couple of custom graphics from Debbie Hughes of Hughes Illlustration to enhance the publication.  I had fun with this idea.  I hope it is well received.  


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The re-designed Village is still under construction.  Official launch is February 1, 2018.  I am busy adding the shop and designer information and restoring links.  The new social area is being tested and corrected and will be better than ever!  Back to work for me!!

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