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Welcome and thanks for visiting my shop! Spring is upon us, and so are Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations and weddings. Order your custom sampler now. And If you see something you like, please post on social media. Follow me on Twitter @valstitchery and Instagram @valeriestitchery
Sarah on Sep 18, 20175 out of 5 stars
One of the best gifts I could have given my mother on her birthday. She absolutely loved it, and the order was even rushed so I could get it on time. Would absolutely recommend!
Paul on Jun 28, 20175 out of 5 stars
Valerie was very responsive as we worked out the details of what portions of our vows to include on this as our second anniversary gift. My wife loves it! Great quality and delivered on time.
persephone1978 on Jun 16, 20175 out of 5 stars
Valerie, this is so awesome! I love it, and I know my friend will, too! Thank you so much!
Chelsea on May 2, 20175 out of 5 stars
Valerie was super helpful in designing a custom piece to fit my ideas and price range, and got it to me right on time for the occasion I wanted it for. It came out awesome! So happy!
Mary on Dec 20, 20165 out of 5 stars
Beautiful! Valerie created a personalized order for me. I'm delighted with it, her stitching is terrific.
Ashira on Dec 14, 20165 out of 5 stars
PERFECT! This order was customized exactly the way I wanted it! The quality is great and it will make the perfect gift :)
Bre on Dec 14, 20165 out of 5 stars
I needed a Christmas gift for my girlfriend & I knew she loved these things, so I asked Valerie to make it for me & it came out insanely adorable. Worth the price, it looks perfect & shipped really fast.
Filling the hours with stitching
I live in New York City. I work on cross stitching in my spare time: in the park, on the subway, at a restaurant, during my lunch break. It's a real conversation starter. People are always amazed I'm doing it without a pattern, and they want to know what it's going to be when I'm done.
Most of my orders are custom orders. It actually takes a lot of preparation before I can even start a custom order. First, I have to translate what my customers have told me they envision into an template for the finished work. I don't create a pattern per se, but I do plot out the design and spatial relationship of the different elements of the design.
Then I have to count out each individual stitch it will take to make each letter of the words my customer wants. Then I have to add those together and figure out how much space each word or line of words will take up, so I can decide how best to space the text. Next, I measure the fabric to fit the frame or hoop I'll be using. Finally, I measure out a border on the fabric, to make sure the wording and design will fit symmetrically in the frame or hoop. Then I can get started.
I love collaborating on custom orders. It's so much fun to hear the ideas people come up with, and I can often use them as a jumping-off point for new project ideas. The most rewarding part is hearing back from customers who are happy with their finished samplers.
Often, even on custom orders, my customers will ask me to use my creative judgment on the overall design. Cross stitch gives me a creative outlet I don't get from my day job.
Owner, Maker, Cross Stitch Designer
I fill my spare time with cross stitching. It's something I enjoyed as a little girl, and I picked it back up a couple of years ago. Once I realized that I didn't need a pattern, it opened up all new possibilities.
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Please bear in mind that despite assurances, sometimes deliveries will be later than anticipated due to the mysterious inner workings of the Post Office, Please don't hold it against me if that happens. I don't like it any more than you do :(