Friday 28 May 2021


Have you heard of Flosstube? Do you know any Flosstubers? 

After my weekend away at the New Zealand Cross Stitch Christchurch Retreat, I can now say that I know some Flosstubers.  

Flosstubers are people who make YouTube videos about cross stitch! I guess it's the modern version of blogging and I'm still operating in the dark ages.  

But after watching a few Flosstube videos, I think I still prefer blogs for two reasons.  

Firstly, because I use my blog as a permanent record of what I've made.  I can send people links to certain pages or posts when they ask me how I did something.  

And secondly, because when I read blogs I can scan down the screen and use the photos to determine whether I should read the words or not.  It's very hard to fast forward through a YouTube video as current WIPs and new purchases flash across the screen.  

However, many people tell me they find it relaxing to watch and listen to Flosstube videos while they are cross stitching themselves.  If you've never watched one, here's a link to one with a review of the retreat I attended.

Me and my good friend Sue Lucas from Stitch Witches in Dunedin

75 people at the Burnside Bowling Club for the retreat

I had a great weekend at the retreat.  I saw many different styles of cross stitch - historical samplers, Mirabilia, Chatelaine, fantasy... the list goes on.  Quite a few people were using the pattern keeper app which is something I haven't tried yet.  A lot of people were using Q snap frames, and some had fancy Lowery stands too (PS My friend Sue from Stitch Witches is the only NZ agent for Lowery and can get them in in any of the 12 colours.)

I hardly got any stitching done, but I did give a little talk about how to assemble the Gingerbread Village by The Victoria Sampler.  That was on Sunday - the day after Thea announced that she is retiring and closing her business.  That was very sad news.  I've got a whole page on my blog dedicated to the Gingerbread Village - you can read all about it here.  I intend to do another blog post recapping all of the Victoria Sampler patterns that I have made over the years, but here's my biscornu that I love.

Now it's time for the Peacock Party.  Feel free to link up a recent blog post below.


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PaintedThread said...

The gingerbread houses are cool. I love the embroidery on the biscornu.

Turid said...

Those pincushions are just darling.

Sherrie said...

Love the pin pretty.
Have a great day!

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

Such pretty cross stitching, Wendy. I enjoy a happy mix of flosstube watching as well as blog reading. I agree I do like looking at photos and visiting links as well. So much fun to have so many options of enjoying and sharing our crafts. Have a beautiful weekend and thank you for hosting the link party.

Natureluvr57 said...

I enjoy both and love your village. I thought of starting them but the fabric is unavailable I want so I will have to wait. I used to watch more FT but it seems like they got longer and longer and longer. One couple put out two 1 1/2 hour videos in a day. 3 hours, really? With too much chit chatting and laughing on non x-stitch subjects added in. So I've picked a few favorites to follow. Blogs seem to stay on-subject more and you are right...scroll down and see if it's something you want to read or if it's something to skip. Have a great Memorial Day weekend. It's cold and rainy here in IL. We had over 95 degree temps and it dropped like crazy. I wanted 70's but we got down to 50 during the day! I'm sure my pansies and Johnny Jump Ups love it but the other veggies and flowers are probably suffering.

chrisknits said...

Looks like a wonderful gathering!

Sue Wild said...

It looks like a lovely gathering of people. In the UK (England at least) we won’t be able to meet indoors for larger gathering until at least 21 June, though it may be later. Some meetings have been on Zoom, which has been a good way of keeping in touch. I enjoy a lot of different You Tubes, be it Flosstube or maybe knitting/crochet You Tubers.
Like you, I keep a blog and have done for several years and it is to me more of a journal of work I’ve done (mainly quilting, knitting and crochet) as well as places visited,

Rebecca Grace said...

I have never heard of flosstube but your hand stitching is simply breathtaking! I especially love those little biscornu but I don't know what they are. Are they like little pincushions?

D1-D2 said...

I've tried to watch flosstubes but I could never get into it. I'm like you, I prefer blog posts as it's a record and a reference.