Different Frankenstein Editions

The Frankenstein SAL is almost upon us and if you have yet to pick up a copy of the novel, you may be wondering which edition you should get.

Frankenstein is unique from the other novels we have explored together so far, in that there are actually different distinct editions of the novel. But worry not, I will never assign a specific edition of a novel because as a global community, we may not all have access to the same materials and I never want anyone to feel like they are unable to participate. We will simply deal with any challenges from different editions as they come up. So, please select whichever edition of Frankenstein you would like.

Here is a breakdown of the different editions of Frankenstein that you may encounter:

First, a little history.

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was originally published in 1818, by 20 year-old Mary Shelley, though the first edition did not bear her name. It was published anonymously and would not be credited to her until the second editio…

The Frog Prince Storybook

I could not be more excited to present my very first Grimm's Fairy Tales miniature storybook, "The Frog Prince!"

I have been secretly working on this project for a few months trying to get it just right and I could not be happier with the result. For many months I have had the idea in my head to create some sort of miniature book using cross stitch. I finally decided on using Grimm's classic fairy tales and I think they will make an amazing collection as I plan to do several more designs based on their famous stories such as "Cinderella," "Little Red Riding Hood," and "Snow White."

Grimm's Fairy Tales are widely known throughout the world, in large part due to the popularity of the Disney films that have been made for decades based on the original stories. Indeed, you may know "The Frog Prince" by a different name, The Princess and the Frog, thanks to Disney's lovely animation of Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen. But wh…

Turning a Hoop Into a Standing Frame

Have you finished a piece of needlework and need a cheap but pleasant way to display your work? Look no further than your embroidery hoop!

Cross stitch can become an expensive hobby, especially if you're constantly needing to buy frames to display your finished work. But there is an easy way to turn your embroidery hoop into a lovely tabletop frame with things you likely already have laying around your home.

Supplies you will need:
Embroidery hoop (this tutorial is for an 8 inch hoop)
9 X 9 inches white lining fabric (or color that matches your cross stitch fabric)
9 X 9 inches decorative back fabric
4 X 7 inches decorative fabric - 2 pieces
3 X 4.75 inches cardboard
3 inches of ribbon
Sewing thread
Sewing needle
Fabric scissors
Fabric pencil and pen (regular pen and pencil will do)
Iron and ironing board
Your completed cross stitch cut to 9 X 9

Optional supplies:
Decorative ribbon
Tacky Glue

I hope this tutorial is not too confusing as I found it a bit difficult to describe some of the…

Frankenstein SAL Preview

It is with great pleasure that I present our next SAL selection, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Sign-up will begin in early August with a start date at the end of August. We will be finishing this project with the Halloween season.

More information will become available the closer we get to August but I wanted to provide you with some preliminary information so that you can begin to think about your materials. 

This SAL will have no called-for materials.

Pardon? Did I read that correctly? Yes, that's right! There will be no called-for materials. I want you to contemplate about what comes to mind when you hear of Frankenstein and choose your materials based on what you feel will best represent the story for you. Here are some details to better help you with this decision:
This SAL is a very traditional sampler. It consists of only one color of floss. I do not yet have a skein count but my best guess is 3-4. I will have this information by the time sign-up begins.Whatever color of fab…

The Secret Garden Part Three Book Discussion

We have reached the conclusion of our tale and we have seen Spring bloom with our characters. The final discussion questions for this read are listed below, along with some of my favorite answers for each. 

Part Three: Chapters 19-27

There seems to be an importance for our characters to speak Yorkshire. Why? "I think because it helps show their development from spoiled and selfish to decent human beings. They no longer consider themselves "better than" Martha or Dickon, but equals." - coffeestitcher on Instagram "I wondered about this. Maybe to distance themselves from the cold, spoiled people they were and align themselves with the warm, kind people they wanted to be." - plantbasedfitnessgenie on Instagram 
What can Colin's journey and his determination to become a scientist teach us? "Finding a passion can give you purpose and meaning in life. For Colin this passion for
scientific discovery gave him a reason to want to live." - Elizabeth Por…

The Secret Garden Part Two Discussion

Part Two of The Secret Garden introduced us to new characters that made for some interesting discussion! Below you will find the questions posed to the group and some of my favorite responses, followed by a look at Part Three. Our next discussion will take place on July 5.

Part Two: Chapters 10-18

Mary is starting to make friends and is eager to have people like her. Does she believe that they should like her or is there a part of her that thinks she deserves her loneliness?  "I don't think Mary believes people should like her, but I think she starts to recognize some of the reasons she is disliked and is making an effort to change. She seems surprised more than anything that she has won the fabor of Martha and Dickon." on Instagram "I don't think it has ever occurred to her that friends are a commodity that she will ever have access to. All her life she has been taught, and even openly told, how disagreeable and unattractive she is. Being liked or wan…

The Secret Garden Playlist

Working on the The Secret Garden SAL and looking for some music to stitch or read to? Why not listen to some music of the day?

To listen to a collection of popular music recordings from the early 20th century, click here.

The Secret Garden was published in 1911. The decades leading up to this year saw a huge change in music. Music halls became filled with ragtime and blues music, the predecessors to the more commonly known jazz scenes of the 20s, 30s, and 40s. Many of these songs were comedic in nature and, because microphones had not yet been invented, they were often boisterous tunes that could be shouted out over the crowds. Early recording equipment also meant that these songs could be enjoyed in your home over a gramophone for the first time and thanks to Youtube we can continue to enjoy these original recording today!

I created this playlist out of videos from other channels, so a huge thank you goes to those that are keeping these historic pieces alive!

If you are looking for somet…