Little White Pumpkins

I think this was the last design of Lisa’s I bought before she died.  It was a limited edition release at St. Charles market in September 2010.  Even now, a couple months shy of her being gone seven years, it is still bittersweet to stitch her designs and watch them come to life.

Lisa offered this design as a kit with the Weeks Putty fabric – either 30ct or 35ct.  This was actually the only market piece I bought that year – it was just too cute to pass up.  And I loved the presentation with the fabric and chart in a little bag.

This piece was officially started during the first official Dark October Stitching back in 2016 and I finished it in 2017 during Dark October, on October 9th.

Mine is stitched on the 35ct Weeks Putty and I used the called for Weeks threads.  I did rearrange the letter colors at the top to have the orange letters not line up.  But that’s the only change I made.

I loved each stitch of this piece, and each little motif.

And how can you not love those two little white pumpkins?

I am glad that Lisa has left a legacy of her creativity and talent and this past year I was truly lucky to be able to stitch and finish two of her designs.  That makes 2017 pretty special.

I am grateful for still having a little piece of her with me in each of her designs.

Salem Notforgotten

Late in 2016, a lovely fellow stitcher posted on Facebook in one of the stitching groups a suggestion to do a SAL beginning in June to honor the 325th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials.  She had suggested we all stitch this beautiful piece by Notforgotten Farm called Salem Village.

While I love that piece (really anything by Notforgotten Farm) I decided that it was the perfect opportunity to stitch a piece that has been in my stash since 2008 when Karen V (sadly no longer blogging) gifted it to me – Salem Remembered by The Primitive Needle.

Part of the reason I have been wanting to stitch this piece was to honor my ancestor, Susannah Martin, one of those accused and put to death during the trials.

In doing some research on Susannah I found this: Lone Tree Hill, a famous historical site, bore a tablet on its westerly side marking the site of George and Susannah’s home. The boulder which marked their homestead has been moved to make room for a highway, and it can be found on the map where the highway crosses Martin Road in Amesbury. The marker lies nearby. George was one of the largest landowners in Amesbury. The inscription on the marker reads: “Here stood the house of Susannah Martin. An honest, hardworking Christian woman accused of being a witch and executed at Salem, July 19, 1692. She will be missed! A Martyr of Superstition. T.I.A. 1894.”

“A martyr of superstition” really says it all about this horrible time in our history.

It was important to me that in undertaking this piece I wanted to really delve into each of the names I was stitching and to reflect on what they endured.  We started the SAL on June 10th and I proceeded to complete each of the names by the date that they were put to death, beginning with Bridget Bishop the first to be executed.

I stitched this piece on a 40ct Lakeside Linen of unknown color with my own conversion (using what I had on hand).  I used Belle Soie Moss for the motifs and border, Silk N Colors Chestnut for the names, Gloriana Antique Gold Dark for the centers of the stars, and Silk N Colors Tuscan Olive (called for) for the background around the stars.  I wanted Susannah’s name to be prominent so I chose to use Belle Soie Red Fox for her name as well as for the stars.

Further information from my research: On Aug 29, 1957 the State of Massachusetts voted to wipe from the books the convictions of six women that had been unjustly accused of being witches 265 years earlier. Then Gov. Foster Furcolo signed the legislative intended to clear Susannah Martin, as well as: Ann Pudeator, Bridget Bishop, Alice Parker, Margaret Scott and Wilmot Redd.

However, while taking a graduate course on Salem witchcraft during the late 1990s, Paula Keene discovered that, although the legislators intended to pardon all six of the women in 1957, only Ann Pudeater’s name was listed on the official documents. Susannah Martin, Bridget Bishop, Alice Parker, Margaret Scott and Wilmot Redd were simply listed as “five others convicted of witchcraft.” Keene and state representative Michael Ruane worked together to redress the issue.[6]

On Halloween 2001, due to Keene and Ruane’s efforts, as well as the efforts of many of the descendants of the accused witches, Susannah Martin, Bridget Bishop, Alice Parker, Margaret Scott and Wilmot Redd were finally, and truly exonerated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

On September 22, 1692 Martha Corey, Alice Parker, Margaret Scott, Ann Pudeator, Mary Easty, Samuel Wardwell, Wilmott Redd and Mary Parker were hanged at Gallows hill. These were the last hangings to take place during the Salem Witch Trials. I didn’t quite make my goal of finishing the last set of of names by the date of their death, but I had them finished by the end of the month.  And frankly, it’s quite chilling to realize that eight were hanged on the same day.

I started this piece on June 10, 2017 and finished it on October 3, 2017.  In the dedication of a new memorial at Proctor’s Ledge on the 325th anniversary the following was said.   “We would like to think that we’ve learned from the evil and traumatic choices made 325 years ago. We would like to think we’ve become better people,” Barz-Snell said. “The truth is the lessons of Salem are not just learned once, but must be learned and relearned by each generation.”

“From this time forward I hope that residents and visitors to Salem will treat the tragic events of 1692 with more of the respect they are due,” he said. “We need less celebration in October and more commemoration and sober reflection throughout the year.”

 

I am grateful for honoring my history.

Ten Years in the Making

As promised, I thought I’d share my 2017 finishes on the blog.  I already shared Mermaid Fraktur here, which was my first big finish of the year.  The next thing I decided to focus on was the Papillon Creations Mystery Sampler that was published in five parts in The Gift of Stitching magazine.  I started this piece when it first came out and copied Carol’s choice of 32ct Sandcastle by Silkweaver with the called for Vikki Clayton HDF silks.

As I mentioned, I started this piece when it was first released in March of 2007.  I completely fell in love with that beautiful red silk A.  The colors were just so pretty and the specialty stitches gave it a fun texture.  This piece has long been languishing though and the reason for that is  because I could already tell I was going to run out of one of the silks.  There is no worse feeling than knowing you’re going to run out of a thread that is no longer available.  Vikki had long since closed down her thread dyeing business.  But, I decided this piece had sat too long untouched and so I put it on my Year of WIPs list.  And in March of this year I pulled it out of the closet to stitch on.  I’d basically finished parts one and two and was mostly finished with part 3.  This is what it looked like when I took “before” photos for my Year of WIPs album.

When I picked it up though, I just really wasn’t feeling the love.  I was having a hard time actually wanting to stitch on it.  In fact there were nights I just didn’t stitch because I didn’t want to stitch on this.  But then I went to a stitchy meetup at my LNS and brought this with me, since it was already on the q-snaps and strangely enough dedicated time on this piece got me in the groove with it.  So, I just kept going.  And then the inevitable happened.  I did, indeed, run out of one of the colors of silk.  I posted my saga on Instagram and before I could even blink the sweetest stitcher offered to send me her spool of that color so that I could finish my piece!  So, I worked around that color and kept going.  And when it arrived a few days later, I was back in business.  Sort of.

The silk I’d run out of is that blue/green/teal variegated of the peacock.  And her skein was close but was more blue/teal with no green.  But, at this point I was going to make lemonade out of lemons regardless and get this done.  And of course the biggest motif in the whole piece was down in that bottom right corner (part 4) in Deep Sea.  So, I fudged it.  I pulled a green that was as close as I could get to the original and I interspersed that green with the teal/blue of the borrowed Deep Sea.  And I think it looks fine.  With everything going on in this piece, it doesn’t really catch your eye.  So I’m pleased with that.

Part 5 of the pattern was the center, and the designer actually gave three different options for the center.  One was for a marriage or anniversary, one for a birth announcement, and one was an alphabet with a big peacock in Deep Sea.  When I started this piece I’d intended to stitch the peacock.  But, by the time I was actively working on this in March I decided that it would be a great piece to commemorate our tenth wedding anniversary.  I hadn’t stitched anything for the occasion, so this would be perfect.  And, if I pushed hard, I could finish it in time to give to Eric on our eleventh anniversary in April.  So, I decided to go for the anniversary choice for the center.  And it’s kind of Adam & Eve-ish too, so that’s a bonus.

I did the personalizations – the years, the 10, our initials.  And there were two cartouches on this piece that were charted with nothing in them.  I decided to put an L in the top one (right above the peacock) and then at the bottom I had just enough room to put Texas – where we met and were married.

I finished it literally the day before our anniversary and then was in a panic about how to frame it.  Square frames aren’t easy to come by and usually the biggest you can find them is album size (12 x 12″).  I needed 15 x 15″ at least.  But that evening when we were out shopping I spied a piece of pre-framed “art” at Garden Ridge that appeared to be the perfect size.  So, the next morning while Eric was sleeping I slipped out of the house and went to purchase it.  I popped out that “art” and had already laced and pinned my piece so I could pop it right in.

And I’m thrilled with how it looks.  And I’m saddened by the fact that this piece literally took me ten years to finally finish it for what turned out to be a sum total of twenty stitching days once I picked it back up again.  That’s right, twenty!!!  UGH!  So March 2007 to April 2017 and commemorating our ten year anniversary back in 2016.  Which I wouldn’t have done if it hadn’t been sitting here unfinished.  So, maybe it’s perfect timing.  And thank goodness through the kindness of stitchers who are willing to bail a girl out when she runs out of silk!!

I’m so happy with how it looks and I’m happy to have it done finally.  Happy ten years, my love.  Here’s to another ten.

I’m grateful for ten years and the kindness of stitchers.

Flosstube Episode 46: Jazz Hands

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share a recap of my 2017 finishes and 2018 plans along with joining Flosstube Fit Club.
Check out itiskismet stitches video for more info on Flosstube Fit Club and then come join the Facebook group.
Wrap up of my 2017 stitching (more to come with photos in a blog post):
  • 12 Stitching finishes
  • 2 of 4 MAGIC pieces completed
  • 3 of 12 Year of WIPs pieces completed
  • 16 new starts

My 2018 Focus WIPs:

  • Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi) – Chatelaine Designs
  • Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin
  • Ten by Amy Mitten
  • Vierlande Winders’ Keeper by Amy Mitten
  • Dutch Beauty (my Dark Beauty) by Permin of Copenhagen
  • Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs
  • Green Santa by Birds of a Feather
  • His Eye is On the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery
  • My first design model stitch

Once I finish one of my focus WIPs, I’ll rotate a new one in.

I hope this finds you enjoying the holidays and stitching up a storm!

I’m grateful for vacation days, holidays, and lots of stitching time!

Flosstube Episode 45: Party Girl

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share another Year of WIPs finish, seasonal stitching, and my Chatelaine.
Finishes:
  • Primitive Wizard of Oz by Midsummer Night Designs – Classic Colorworks, Weeks, PTB, and DMC on 40ct Natural Gander linen
WIPs:
  • Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings – stitching with DMC on 36ct Lakeside Vintage Light Examplar
  • Noel ornament by Catherine Theron (Theron Traditions) – stitching with GAST & Weeks on 40ct Weeks Confederate Grey
  • Jenny Bean’s Christmas Sampler by Shakespeare’s Peddler – GAST on 40ct Navy Bean by Lakeside
  • Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi) by Chatelaine Designs – silks and PTB on 32ct Lavender Mist Zweigart

Thanks so much for watching!

I am grateful for the vision and talent of Martina – she brought an enormous amount of beauty to this world and to our stitching.  She will be truly missed.