About

Hello everyone! Jan Hicks here, of Jan Hicks Creates! Welcome to my world! It is a world filled with color, stitching, knitting, color, love and laughter! I currently live on the island of O’ahu with my wonderful husband Mike and our two very fuzzy kitties! Mike currently is a US government employee working here on the island as well as being a successful sci-fi/fantasy author, so if you like that genre, you can find him here. We have two boys who live in Orlando, FL.  We also have two very fluffy Siberian kitties named Sasha and Nina.

Mike and I love to travel in our RV, and we love to take pictures of all of the amazing places we visit. This has provided me with a lot of great shots which I am honored to offer to you in the form of cross stitch patterns or as prints or on other media in my shop on Fine Art America

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My Designs

My designs come in four “styles.” The main choice you have to make is between HiRes and LoRes. HiRes designs are those with more detail, which usually means they are bigger designs using more DMC floss colors. LoRes, then, are smaller designs using fewer colors. 

The second choice to make is between Large Print or Small Print patterns. The Large Print patterns have 50 squares across on a page while the Small Print patterns have 80 squares across. I made this distinction to give options for whether you print your patterns out or view them on a tablet. So, if you enjoy paper patterns, and plan to print out your pattern, choose the Large Print option. If you will be viewing your pattern on a tablet, choose the Small Print option. The designs themselves are exactly the same (within the LoRes or HiRes categories) and the price is the same. 

Enjoy exploring my shop! I look forward to working with you to create stunning cross stitch designs!

15 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Jan,
    I am so excited to hear I won the Lavender and Lace Santa. Thank you so much. It was very generous of you. I so enjoy watching your videos.

  2. Cricket Collection, Playing With Jax question…I just ordered the Playing With Jax chart, but do not have it yet.

    On your YouTube video you showed on your phone an alternative way of stitching out the center white pumpkin with leaves on it instead of the face. Would you please share where I would be able to locate the alternative chart with the leaves? I much prefer the leaves….
    Thank you sew much!!
    Susan

  3. Jan I need your help bad. I am an old school cross stitcher. Using DMC for years. Now I am working on a project that has Watercolours thread. I got it but don’t know how to separate it the right way. Can you please show me how. I feel like you are my best friend some days. If you know of a you tube that would help please let me know.
    Thanks
    Mary Boze

    1. Hi Mary! I am happy to be your best friend any day! 🤗
      I have som Watercolours around here some place. I’ll find them and on tomorrow’s Stitch with me video, I’ll talk about them and show you how to separate them and work with them. Now, I will say it’s been a long time since I’ve used them, but I’ll help as best I can.

    2. I am new to your channel and thoroughly love your channel and your joyful spirit. I just bought 3 northern expressions shades of color and would like to do them in a neutral theme (all the same). Any ideas on colors and linen for a modern farmhouse look. I have lots of grays, wood tones and splashes of color in our colorado house in the woods. Just finished my first linen piece. No more aida for me. Diane

      1. Hi Diane! Thanks so much for your kind words!

        My first thought on linen color is Tycho by Picture this Plus. It is a cream/white base but has very subtle mottling. Sometimes it appears to be grey and peach, other times more golden and blue. I just love it and it creates a wonderful backdrop for so many colors. What are your splashes of color? Any green? I think thinking with what you described here, and with Tycho as a background, shades of pine or evergreen would make a really pretty combination. What do you think?

  4. I saw the short video on IG where you received all the linen from the stitcher who had to quit stitching on linen. I want to know what method you use to get the crease lines out of that linen that has been folded up for such a long time. I recently pulled out some black Aida for a project and after ironing and steaming and misting and ironing I can still see a faint line where it was folded. I like your new haircut. It looks so cool.

    1. Hi Pat! Did I answer this somewhere else? I have a feeling I did, but just in case, I will answer it here! Sorry I didn’t see this sooner!
      So, I think you have done pretty much what I do, by the sounds of it. I do use a product called Best Press to spray on it, and that may help somewhat more, but if I am using something that has been folded along the same line for a long time, then I have found it pretty much impossible to remove the line completely. Many people say that when you have it blocked and stretched for framing, that will remove any remaining line that might be there, and it should, as long as it’s a crease and not a faded mark along that line. I’m afraid I can’t say for sure on that fact, though, because I don’t have a project that comes to my mind as having experienced this. Hope that helps a little bit!

  5. Please can you tell me the colour conversion you used on do ray me
    Much obliged joyce hainsworth xxx

    1. Hi Joyce, if you go to my Color Conversion page and scroll down a little bit, you will find all of the information there. Let me know if you have any questions about it.

  6. Jan, I have been watching your You Tube videos for a while and look forward every week to the new ones. Recently I have purchased Farewell to Anger. What a huge project!!!!! Do you have any suggestions as to where I should begin? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi Sandra! Thanks for hanging out with me every week!

      Most people start Farewell to Anger in one of the corners. It’s easier than having to find the center in a huge piece of fabric. Most people start in the upper left corner, because that is page 1 of the pattern is. What you will want to do is make sure you have the correct size fabric, and then find the point that’s 2 inches down and in or 3 inches down and in, depending on how much you want to leave for the margin, and just start stitching there. If you need some guidance on how to work on such a large piece, I highly recommend Teresa Little Stitchers videos on working on full coverage pieces. She has a series of videos on the topic, and I believe she has them separated into a Playlist so you can find them all easily. If you have trouble finding them, let me know, and I’ll get the link for you. Hope this helps! Do let me know if you have any other questions!

  7. Jan, you are a bad influence. I bought Shooting Star. Carol Manning. On the threads I confused it calls for 0033 and 0034. What are these colors?

    1. Hi Mary. These are the newest DMC colors, numbers 1 – 35, I believe. 123Stitch carries them, so you can get them there.

  8. Thanks. I thought so but I knew you would know for sure! I have all those colors. You find all the good stuff. I love your videos. I can see what they meant when it feels different with the live video, it seems like you are trying to read and not stitch like normal.. Just talk about your life or life in general.
    Thanks for what you do. I couldn’t do it.

    hugs

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