Summer Vibes

I’m back to share another Year of WIPs finish for 2017.  This is Cuisine d’ete by Echevette, a French designer.  I bought this pattern and started it back in February of 2008.  And before I put it on my YOW challenge list, it had probably been years since I stitched on it?  The last blog post I have is from September of 2009.

The original design was stitched on raw or natural linen.  I always knew I wanted this piece to go in my kitchen so when I came across a piece of 32ct Lemon Zest from Silkweaver in my stash, I knew I had to use it.  The chart only calls for three colors of DMC and I used the called for red and green, but the ecru it called for I changed to B5200 for more contrast against the yellow.

I had a lot of fun stitching on this piece each time I picked it up and I was so determined I would finish it this year I also put it on my MAGIC list.

So I started this in February 2008 and finished on September 3, 2017.  I really don’t know why it took me so long to finish it and why it languished for so long because it truly makes me happy every time I look at it.

And it will reside in our kitchen along with this piece – my Lemon Meringue Sampler by Casey Buonaugurio.

Lemon meringue pie is pretty much my favorite thing in the world.  But, as you can see, Cuisine d’ete will fit right in.  Now all it needs is a frame!

I am grateful for happy thoughts of summer during the cold winter.

First I Drink the Coffee

At spring Market, Beth from Heartstring Samplery introduced the second design in her Magical Elixer series, Coffee Quaker.  When I first saw it and saw that my Instagram friend Natasha was organizing a SAL, I knew I needed to stitch it.  It’s been a long time since I jumped right on a bandwagon, but I thought this was such a fun piece that it just had to be stitched.

I ordered the called for fabric 40ct Stars Hollow from R&R.  Although I’m not a huge fan of R&R, I made an exception because of the color name.  I mean, who can resist a Gilmore Girls reference?  I also ordered the three or four threads I didn’t already have in my stash.  I had decided early on that I didn’t love the bright green and bright red that were included but went ahead and ordered those two colors so I could make a decision once I had them in front of me with my fabric.  I still didn’t love them.

Once I started stitching I realized that one of the threads called for was way too close to my fabric color, so I switched it out.  In fact, I went through my thread inventory and pulled any colors I thought were “coffee-inspired”.  I did use the called for Weeks Palomino, GAST Apple Cider, GAST Picnic Basket, GAST Dark Chocolate, and Classic Colorworks Hazelnut.  I decided to add a green, but a much more muted green.  I chose GAST Chamomile after auditioning several greens with some test stitches.  I really wanted to use my GAST Zombieflesh, because it seemed appropriate, but alas Chamomile won out.

The threads I added were: GAST Cinnamon, Weeks Mocha, GAST Roasted Chestnut, GAST Chamomile, GAST Espresso Bean, Weeks Swiss Chocolate.  That Swiss Chocolate is my absolute favorite.  I most definitely need to get another skein of it to have on hand.  Since I switched out some colors, I had to do a little bit of rearranging in order to keep the arrangement of lights and darks.

Here’s a map of which colors I used where.

One of the other changes I made was with the infamous basket.  A lot of people in the Facebook group had no idea what this was supposed to be.  In sampler stitching, this is most often a fruit basket/bowl.  When I got to looking at it closely in the chart I noticed that Beth had put in some lighter colored “lines” in each of the “fruits”.  So I decided that these must be coffee beans!  In order to highlight the individual beans I did alternate colors of them so you could see they were actual individual beans.  It took a while to get my colors all sorted out, but I love love love how it turned out.  It may be my favorite thing on the sampler.

I do also love that bird on the right hand side with the coffee bean in his beak though.  The only other change I made was to follow Emily‘s lead and add an extra stitch to the bird under the 17 so his beak was a tad longer and looked like a beak.

I’m so happy with how this whole piece came out and it was an absolute joy to stitch.  I started it on April 1st and finished it on July 2nd.  Such a super fun piece.  I definitely want to stitch her other pieces in the series:

Coffee Saves Lives …

And her newest one…

If you’ve been on the fence about joining in on the Coffee Quaker fun, or you just love coffee, these are definite recommendations for your stash!

I am grateful for coffee, coffee, coffee.

Flosstube Episode 26: The Man with the Gold Pants

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share my first Year of WIPs finish, Dark13Stitching, and the start of a new SAL.

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month
  • Melanie’s Soulful Stitching Facebook group also has monthly Darktober stitching SALs on the 13th of every month
  • Join the Hawk Run Hollow SAL hosted by Abi Bellastitch and I – on Instagram you can use the #hrhvillagesal if you’re stitching on Village and/or use the tag #letsallmovetohawkrunhollow for any Hawk Run pieces.  Abi set up a Facebook group called Let’s All Move to Hawk Run Hollow if you’d like to join!
  • Year of WIPs Challenge in Melanie’s Soulful Stitching Facebook group

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Mystery Sampler by Papillon Creations from The Gift of Stitching magazine – stitching on 32ct Sandcastle by Silkweaver with Vikki Clayton Hand Dyed Fibers – Year of WIPs piece and one of my MAGIC (My Annual Good Intentions Contract) pieces for guild.  Started 3/23/07 and finished 4/7/17.  Chose the anniversary center section and personalized it to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary
  2. Section for a Quaker Ball by Amaryllis Artworks for a friend – stitched 1 over 2 with silk on 40ct cream linen.  Finished on 4/8/17.

WIPs:

  1. Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin – working on the cemetery block from Village of Hawk Run Hollow for this block.  Using DMC on 35ct Brandy by CountryStitch.

New Start:

  1. Coffee Quaker by Heartstring Samplery – stitched on 40ct Stars Hollow linen from R&R with (mostly) the called for GAST, Weeks, and CC threads.  Started on 4/1/17 for the Coffee Quaker SAL

Stash:

  1. Coffee Quaker chart, 40ct Stars Hollow linen, and 3 threads (Classic Colorworks Hazelnut, Weeks Grasshopper, and GAST Ruby Slipper) – ordered from Stitch & Frog
  2. Prairie Schooler Boo!  Freebie
  3. Bare Minerals eye shadow palette
  4. Sugar Skull knitting bag from KC’s Pockets to Go

Shout Outs:

  1. None this week

Reading:

  1. Finished Feversong by Karen Marie Moning
  2. Reading Sour Grapes by Rachel Goodman

Thanks so much for watching!

Grateful for eleven years.

Five Fathoms Down

Mermaid Fraktur Close Up
 

At the end of 2016 I was asked if I would be interested in doing some model stitching for my newly reopened LNS, The Stitch Niche.  The new owners are working hard to get some new models up in the shop, which I thought was a wonderful idea.  They asked me to stitch on of Paulette’s (Plum Street Samplers) new designs, Mermaid Fraktur.  They had chosen 36 count Earthen by Picture This Plus, which I think was a brilliant choice, and the called for threads.

One note on the threads, and I mentioned this on my latest video, there are two threads Classic Colorworks Sunset and Weeks Parchment that are only used for a couple of stitches.  You can easily substitute those threads with DMC or something you have on hand.  The Sunset is used for their lips and bellybuttons and the Parchment is used for their eyes.

Mermaid Fraktur Finished
 

Even though both sides are essentially mirror images, I had no issue with getting bogged down in doing the same thing twice.  I started om the center because I wanted to make sure I was centered in my fabric since I wasn’t sure how much of a margin they’d allowed.  I worked my way down that middle flower and then stitched the left side and then moved back over to stitch the right side.  My favorite part of this piece is the mermaids’ tails for sure.  I love the Paulette used three different colors to create the scales as well as the fact they are red.  And their hair!  Mine looks like that most days!!

Mermaid Fraktur Close Anchor
 

This really was such a joy to stitch and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to stitch it.  Paulette designs such fun pieces and this one is no exception.

 

Mermaid Fraktur Instagram
I am grateful for spending January with these lovely ladies.