Over Halfway

I had intended to do a check-in post at the end of June on my progress on my Year of WIPs challenge, but…well…ok so it’s August.  If you’ve been following along on Instagram or on Flosstube, you’ve seen the ongoing progress, but I thought it would be nice to do a little recap.

Above is the mosaic of each of my Year of WIPs pieces where they were at the beginning of the year.  Every one of these pieces got some attention during Stitch Maynia also.  And so here’s my current progress.

Mermaid Treasure Box by Chatelaine Designs – silks and Petite Treasure Braid on 32ct White Zweigart – started 9/26/2005.  I got some work in on that top left corner.

And a little more…

Mystery IX (Le Potager du Roi) by Chatelaine Designs – silks and Petite Treasure Braid on 32ct Lavender Mist Zweigart – started 1/1/2006.  I’ve been working on this one a good bit.  I started off by finishing the beading on the swirls in the corner.  After beading that whole corner, I decided that I would go ahead and start on the next section instead of continuing on with the beading.  I did outgrow my q-snap though, so M9 got moved to scroll rods.

A little closer look at the corner with more done on the next section.

The start of filling in the Algerian eyelets and the corner pool.

And I just recently finished that corner pool – all the Petite Treasure Braid and the beads are done. So sparkly!

My plan is to continue on with M9, to give it as much attention as I can over the next few months.

Bay Sampler by The Workbasket – SNC on 28ct Sterling PTP – started 6/18/2006.  My first order of business on Bay Sampler was to rip out that big sail and restitch it for the third (and final) time.

Then I was able to move to some of the other fun little motifs. Little fish…

Whales…

And the start of a purple mermaid’s tail…

Mystery Sampler by Papillon Creations from The Gift of Stitching magazine – Vikki Clayton HDF on 32ct Sandcastle by Silkweaver – started 3/23/07.  This one is FINISHED!  I will do a separate post on it soon, but here is a final shot!

Mermaids of the Deep Blue by Mirabilia – DMC on 32ct Ocean Waves by Stitches and Spice – started 1/1/2008.  I was able to get a good start on the second mermaid in the two days I worked on this during Maynia.

Le Cuisine d’Ete by Echevette – DMC on 32ct Lemon Zest by Silkweaver – started 2/19/2008.  This one got a lot of love too.

Worked on getting the center section stitched…

And I loved this little lacy part on the side.  And I finished the bottom right hand block too.  I think I could finish this one up quickly, if I stuck with it.

Le Marquoir de Justine by Anne Pelletier Pauleau – my own conversion to Gloriana, Soie Crystal, and AVAS on 40ct HDF light coffee antiqued with walnut spray – started 2/4/14.  I was happy to visit this one again.

Primitive Wizard of Oz by Midsummer Night Designs – DMC, Classic Colorworks, and Petite Treasure Braid on 40ct Tissage Gander – started 11/19/2004.  I think I could finish this one pretty quickly too.

Colonial Garden by Plum Street Samplers – NPI on 40ct Black Forest by Lakeside – started 1/9/15.  I am having a really hard time with this one, and because it’s difficult, I’m really not wanting to work on it much.  Or at all.

Six Wives of Henry VIII by Primitive Hare – DMC on 40ct Gander linen coffee-dyed – started 7/25/16.  I made some more progress on Anne Boleyn.

Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings – DMC on 36ct Lakeside Light Examplar – started 9/1/16 – one of twelve blocks done.  Worked some more on block 12.

Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – Classic Colorworks and GAST on 40ct Vintage Examplar – started 6/13/10 – eight of fourteen blocks done.  I did manage to get some stitches in on it.  Unfortunately, I think a good portion of those stitches are coming back out.  I am so disappointed in some of the threads for this block – they are just so light they blend into the fabric.  All that work, for nothing.  So, I will rip out and restitch with a shade darker thread.  Eventually.

So, that’s my (close to) half-year check in on my YOW pieces.  I hope to focus on those two that I think are close to a finish and then continue to focus on M9 until it’s done.

Above all though, I’m really glad that all of these pieces have gotten some attention.  And even if they don’t all get done this year, they are at least a little closer.

I am grateful for great progress and falling back in love with my pieces.  

Flosstube Episode 36: WIP-apalooza

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share the first half of my WIP Parade.
  • Dutch Beauty – Permin of Copenhagen
  • Merry Wind Farm Hornbook – Merry Wind Farm
  • Primitive Wizard of Oz – Midsummer Night Designs
  • Cuisine d’ete – Echevette
  • Six Wives of Henry VIII – Primitive Hare
  • Halloween Neighborhood RR – Various
  • Salem Remembered – Primitive Needle
  • Halloween Fairy – Nora Corbett
  • Black’d Skie – Primitive Needle
  • Casting a Spell – Blackbird Designs
  • Williamsburg Remembered – Catherine Theron
  • Shores of Hawk Run Hollow – Carriage House Samplings
  • Jenny Bean Christmas Sampler – Shakespeare’s Peddler
  • Green Santa – Birds of a Feather
  • Christmas Celebration Sampler – Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
  • Peace on Earth – Blackbird Designs
  • Nativity – Marbek
  • His Eye is on the Sparrow – Heartstring Samplery
  • Lady Liberty Sampler – Threads Through Time
  • Little Red Chair Sampler – Scarlett House
  • Crowned Bird Sampler – Plum Street Samplers
  • Jeweled Scarabs – Dimples Designs
  • Halloween Garden – Primitive Needle
  • Sampler Sisters of the Thread – Primitive Needle
  • Pearl Lights – Chatelaine Designs
  • Victorine Delacroix – The Essamplaire
  • Her Sampler – Blackbird Designs
  • Snooty Parrot Sampler – Barbara Ana Designs
  • Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi) – Chatelaine Designs
  • Mermaid Treasure Box – Chatelaine Designs
  • Winter Acorn – Cricket Collection
  • Village of Hawk Run Hollow – Carriage House Samplings
  • Bay Sampler – The Workbasket
  • Mouline Rouge – Long Dog Designs
  • Mermaids of the Deep Blue – Mirabilia
  • Frances Eden – Handwork Samplers
  • Colonial Garden – Plum Street Samplers
  • Anniversaries of the Heart – Blackbird Designs
  • Le Marquoir du Justine – Anne Pelletier-Pauleau
  • Tesori d’Italia – Ricamo Le Tue Idee

I am grateful for rediscovering my love for a few pieces.

Flosstube Episode 30: Plot Twist

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share my Stitch Maynia week 3 vlog.

Week 3 of Stitch Maynia vlog:

  • Days 16 & 17: Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – Classic Colorworks & GAST on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside
  • Days 18 & 19: Primitive Wizard of Oz by Midsummer Night Designs – Classic Colorworks, DMC, and RG Petite Treasure Braid on 40ct Tissage Gander
  • Day 20 & 21: new start Frances Eden by Handwork Samplers – Vikki Clayton HDF silk and DMC on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside

Thanks so much for watching!

I am grateful for the generosity of friends.

Flosstube Episode 22: Finishing Out the Year

 Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share a recap of 2016, a new start, Christmas stitching, and my projects for the Year of WIPs challenge.

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy 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!

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. None

Recap of 2016:

  1. 19 stitching finishes that included four Anniversaries of the Heart blocks, Hare Pyns, and the By the Light of the Moon block on my Halloween Neighborhood RR
  2. Pulling my Halloween Neighborhood RR out of cold storage and falling in love with it again
  3. Dark 13 stitching and Dark October stitching
  4. Hawk Run Hollow SAL

WIPs:

  1. Peace on Earth by Blackbird Designs – stitched with GAST and Weeks on 30ct Sheep’s Straw by R&R
  2. New start: Mermaid Fraktur by Plum Street Samplers – stitched with Weeks and Classic Colorworks on 36ct Earthen by PTP, stitching 1 over 2

Year of WIPs Challenge in Soulful Stitching FB group:

  1. Mermaid Treasure Box by Chatelaine Designs – silks and Petite Treasure Braid on 32ct White Zweigart – started 9/26/2005
  2. Mystery IX (Le Potager du Roi) by Chatelaine Designs – silks and Petite Treasure Braid on 32ct Lavender Mist Zweigart – started 1/1/2006
  3. Bay Sampler by The Workbasket – SNC on 28ct Sterling PTP – started 6/18/2006
  4. Mystery Sampler by Papillon Creations from The Gift of Stitching magazine – Vikki Clayton HDF on 32ct Sandcastle by Silkweaver – started 3/23/07
  5. Mermaids of the Deep Blue by Mirabilia – DMC on 32ct Ocean Waves by Stitches and Spice – started 1/1/2008
  6. Le Cuisine d’Ete by Echevette – DMC on 32ct Lemon Zest by Silkweaver – started 2/19/2008
  7. Le Marquoir de Justine by Anne Pelletier Pauleau – my own conversion to Gloriana, Soie Crystal, and AVAS on 40ct HDF light coffee antiqued with walnut spray – started 2/4/14
  8. Primitive Wizard of Oz by Midsummer Night Designs – DMC, Classic Colorworks, and Petite Treasure Braid on 40ct Tissage Gander – started 11/19/2004
  9. Colonial Garden by Plum Street Samplers – NPI on 40ct Black Forest by Lakeside – started 1/9/15
  10. Six Wives of Henry VIII by Primitive Hare – DMC on 40ct Gander linen coffee-dyed – started 7/25/16
  11. Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings – DMC on 36ct Lakeside Light Examplar – started 9/1/16 – one of twelve blocks done
  12. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – Classic Colorworks and GAST on 40ct Vintage Examplar – started 6/13/10 – eight of fourteen blocks done

Planned New Year’s Day 2017 start: Williamsburg Remembered Sewing Case by Catherine Theron – silk on linen – workshop taken on 3/14/2009

Photos of what the finished piece will look like.


Stash:

  1. Dovo scissors and case
  2. PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner

Shout Outs:

  1. None

Reading:

  1. Finished A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Met my GoodReads challenge of reading 25 books in 2016

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Grateful for rediscovering some old WIPs and falling in love with them again.

Flosstube Episode 20: Dark October Hangover

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share a full recap of my #darkoctoberstitching (including a new knitting start) and what I’ve been working on in November.

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy 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!

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Cast Your Spells by Stacy Nash – stitched on 32 ct raw (natural) linen with DMC.  This was a club kit from Country Sampler.
  2. By the Light of the Moon freebie by The Primitive Needle – stitched as a block on my Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin on 35ct Brandy by Country Stitch with Weeks.  I changed the mushrooms to Parched Bones and swapped out Pumpkin with Sweet Potato
  3. El Dia del los Muertos ornament by Monsterbubbles – from the JCS September/October 2010 issue; stitched on 28ct Rainforest by Crossed Wing with GAST

WIPs:

  1. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – I’m currently on the September block called Clara Ellen; stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads
  2. Halloween Garden by The Primitive Needle – stitched on 35ct Putty by Weeks Dye Works with the called for Weeks threads.  A new start for #darkoctoberstitching.
  3. Halloween Fairy by Nora Corbett – stitched on 32ct Phantom by Silkweaver with DMC.  A new start for #darkoctoberstitching.
  4. Black’d Skie by The Primitive Needle – 40ct Pear with Pule Palette and SNC silks
  5. Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings – started block 12; stitching with DMC on 36ct. Vintage Lt. Examplar
  6. Mini Jeweled Scarabs by Dimples Designs – kit.  A new start for #darkoctoberstitching.
  7. Knitting – started Weigh It Shawl #2 by Susan B. Anderson with Miss Babs Yowza in the Joan of Arc colorway. A new start for #darkoctoberstitching.  Link to my Ravelry project page.

Shout Outs:

  1. Evergreen Needle
  2. Trisha of Three Owl Threads

Reading:

  1. Currently reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Just finished Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  3. Next up is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Grateful for fall weather.

Flosstube Episode 19: The Map Room

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share my first two starts for #darkoctoberstitching, more framed pieces, and my plans for the rest of the month.

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month and you can also join us for #darkoctoberstitching during the whole month of October.
  • 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!

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Finishing on Wicked (photo of the finished piece below).  Wicked by the Primitive Needle – stitched one over one on 30ct Antique Cotton by R&R with the called for Belle Soie silks.  My second time stitching this, you can see the first one here.  I stitched this one for the Halloween ornament exchange for the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild.  I’ll link to the post of all the ornaments as soon as it’s posted on the guild’s blog.
  2. Started and finished Cast Your Spells by Stacy Nash – stitched on 32 ct raw (natural) linen with DMC.  This was a club kit from Country Sampler.
  3. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – I finished the July block called Swan Lake; stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads

Wicked ornament finished

Framing:

  1. At Home with Jane Austen by The Sampler Girl – stitched on 28ct Light Mocha Wichelt with the called for Crescent Colors.  This design originally appeared in The Gift of Stitching March 2007.  I started this as my January 1 start in 2009 and finished it on 2/2/09.
  2. Return to the Sea with Jane Austen by The Sampler Girl – stitched on 28ct Light Mocha Wichelt with the called for DMC and Crescent Colors.  A companion piece to the first one, I started this on January 1, 2013 and finished it on 1/20/13.
  3. Good Tidings with Jane Austen by The Sampler Girl – stitched on 32ct Crème Brulee by R&R with the called for GAST and Crescent Colors.  A companion piece to the other two Jane Austen pieces.  I started this on January 1, 2014 and finished it on 1/28/14.

WIPs:

  1. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – I’m currently on the September block called Clara Ellen; stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads
  2. Halloween Garden by The Primitive Needle – stitched on 35ct Putty by Weeks Dye Works with the called for Weeks threads.  A new start for #darkoctoberstitching.
  3. Halloween Fairy by Nora Corbett – stitched on 32ct Phantom by Silkweaver with DMC.  A soon-to-be new start for #darkoctoberstitching.

Shout Outs:

  1. Evergreen Needle
  2. Olivia B.
  3. McKenna at Every Stitch Counts
  4. Primitive Stitcher
  5. Natasha

Reading:

  1. Currently reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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Grateful for Dark October Stitching!!

Flosstube Episode 18: Wicked

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share a couple finishes, a few more framed pieces, and my plans for #darkoctoberstitching.

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month and you can also join us for #darkoctoberstitching during the whole month of October.
  • 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!

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Block 1 of Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings (also listed under WIPs).  I made two changes – I stitched the background of the letter in tent stitch over one and I changed the stream color to NPI 152.  The DMC/NPI 155A was just too green for me, so I went a shade bluer.
  2. Wicked by the Primitive Needle – stitched one over one on 30ct Antique Cotton by R&R with the called for Belle Soie silks.  My second time stitching this, you can see the first one here.
  3. Heart Tree by JBW Designs – stitched on unknown fabric (but probably a 28ct ivory Wichelt) with Weeks Bullfrog and Garnet.  There is a brass heart charm that goes at the top that will be added later

Framing:

  1. A Little Bitty Ark by Homespun Elegance – stitched with DMC on 28ct linen and finished in 2001.  I’ve never shown this piece on my blog before, so I’ve added a photo of it below before framing.
  2. Rampant Cats by Barbara Ana
  3. Quaker Garden by Blackbird Designs – stitched with Weeks and GAST on 30ct Garden State Java by R&R and finished in 2006

Little Bitty Ark

WIPs:

  1. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – I’m currently on the July block called Swan Lake; stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads
  2. Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings – 36ct Vintage Light Examplar with DMC.  Started SAL September 1 and aiming for a block a month.

Stash Enhancement:

  1. Just Cross-Stitch 2016 ornament issue
  2. Death Head Moth Needle Knack from Winton Junction

Reading:

  1. Finished The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Currently reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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Grateful for fall!!

Episode 14: Bringing the Bling

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg podcast/flosstube!  In this episode I share my progress on Anniversaries of the Heart, a long-standing Chatelaine WIP, and Colonial Garden. Plus, what I’m reading and how I store my threads.

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. None

WIPs:

  1. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – I’m currently on the July block called Swan Lake; stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads
  2. Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi/The King’s Vegetable Garden – Versailles) by Chatelaine Designs – I am currently working on part 9 (of 12); stitching on 32ct Lavender Mist by Zweigart with NPI, Gloriana, SNC, Thread Gatherer Silk Perle, Caron Waterlilies, Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid and Delicas, Delica Bugle Beads 3mm, Swarovski Crystals 4mm, Swarovski Cubes 4mm.  Kit purchased from European Crosstitch Company
  3. A Colonial Garden by Plum Street Samplers – on 40ct Black Forest by Lakeside Linens with NPI silks

Stash Enhancement:

  1. One thread (Classic Colorworks Magnolia Blossom) for Anniversaries of the Heart July block

Thread Storage:

  1. Photo storage boxes
  2. Floss-A-Way bags

Flosstube Shoutouts:

  1. Abi from Bellastitch
  2. Vonna The Twisted Stitcher
  3. Sarah Stitches
  4. Jo G Jo’s Stitchy Stuff

Reading:

  1. Finished reading Beyond Desire by Thea Devine and The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  2. Currently reading The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

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I am grateful for giving myself permission to work on something else.

Episode 13: Four Houses

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg podcast/flosstube!  In this episode I share my progress on Anniversaries of the Heart, my Mistake Rib Scarf, my first sock, and my Marcelle Medallion quilt. Plus, what I’m reading and finally a recap of DFW Fiber Fest.

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Pink Hill Manor block of Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads
  2. Wee Wooly by Heart in Hand (not shown but photos will be up in another post soon)
  3. Farm House block of Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads

WIPs:

  1. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – I’m currently on the July block called Swan Lake; stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads
  2. Mistake Rib Scarf by Purl Soho – yarn is Lion Brand Homespun in color 338 Nouveau and I’m knitting with Size 10 Addi Turbos
  3. First Time Socks by Mimi Kezer/Pastiche Knitwear – yarn is Regia Hand-Dye Effect color 6556 Jewels and I’m knitting with size 1 (2.25mm) Addi circulars
  4. Marcelle Medallion quilt by Alexia Abegg from her Liberty Love book – using some of my favorite fabrics

Stash Enhancement:

  1. (Not shown) five threads for Anniversaries of the Heart April and May blocks

Reading:

  1. Finished reading a bunch of books – you can see the full list in my sidebar and also I will be posting reviews on my Cozystyle blog soon.
  2. Currently reading Beyond Desire by Thea Devine (actually finished this today, don’t recommend).

 

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I am grateful for getting back to posting!

The Coffee Debacle of 2016

WIP Box AOTH

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th, if you celebrated!  It was definitely nice to have a long weekend.  I thought I’d share where I’m at on my Project Roulette WIP-down.  On January 1st, you may remember, I pulled the first project out of the box and it was Hare Pyns.  I got to work and finished that one up by the middle of January.  Then I dove back into the box and pulled out the next focus project.  I have to say I was surprised but happy to see this one come up next.  My Anniversaries of the Heart has been a long-standing WIP and I’d really like to see it finished this year.  The last block I finished was actually the June block.  I skipped March, April, and May because I wanted my dad to see the June block I was personalizing for him and his mother before he died.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get it finished in time.  And I think after that, I just sat this piece aside.

I did eventually pick it back up and I started the March block on the plane to Germany in 2014.  I’d worked on it a little bit here and there, but nothing substantial.  So, this is what it looked like when I picked it up in January of this year.  The before photo, if you will.

AOTH A Wish For You - Before Photo

I worked steadily on it and was able to get it finished before the end of February.  I had to make a couple of thread changes.  At the bottom of the house, the “foundation” of the house is charted to be the two brick colors, one thread of each.  I am stitching mine on 40ct and only using one thread, so blending two wasn’t going to work.  My friend Mary suggested using the same color used for the window outlines.  And it worked beautifully!  Also, the called for color for the window fill in was so close to the outline color that I had to look for something else.  After some trial and error, I found something that worked well but wasn’t too stark or bright.  Mary helped by being a second set of eyes on that decision as well.  So, this one is all thanks to her!

Here is the finished block.  I love the way it turned out.  It is personalized for Eric’s grandparents and the year they were married along with their birthdates (both in March).

AOTH A Wish For You Finished

And here’s a little look at how the whole thing was coming together with that March block finished.  I love how it’s coming together!

AOTH through March block

And of course, once I finished March it was on to the April block – Pink Hill Manor.

AOTH Beginning April Block

Here’s my little bitty start on it.

Starting April Block on AOTH

 

AOTH April block WIP

And here it is finished!  I stitched this one for Eric and I.  We were married in April of 2006 and this year we celebrated our ten year anniversary!  This was a fun one to stitch and went relatively quickly.  I finished it up on March 30th.

AOTH April Block Finished

And here we come to my tale of woe.  I took a little break from my AOTH stitching to stitch a little gift for a friend’s birthday and then got started on the May block about April 5th or so.  I worked on it but I was seriously slow-mo-joe-ing it on this block.  Not sure if I was just getting burned out on working on this piece or what the deal was.  But, I’d made some pretty good progress on it and I had it with me at my EGA meeting at the end of the month and then when I got home and was getting my things out of the car, disaster struck.  I spilled coffee on my project bag.  My mesh project bag.  Here’s the damage.

AOTH Coffee Spill

So, it was coffee with cream and sugar in it so I knew I had to get it out.  I attempted to blot it with a damp cloth, which did help with the coffee stain but left a dark line all around the edge of where I got the fabric damp.

AOTH stain

 

I took my case to the Sampler World Facebook group and asked for suggestions. I have to say my friend Kim had the best suggestion (and she knows my sense of humor well):

I recommend voodoo. Bury the linen in a burlap sack in a graveyard at midnight of the next full moon. Sprinkle the earth with a mixture of rat toenails (clipped with your best embroidery scissors), Cheetos dust, and the ashes of a Krispy Kreme donut. Each night for the next seven nights, walk backward around the hole three times. On the seventh night, dig up the burlap sack and swing it over your head five times, facing east. If that doesn’t work, do what these other ladies said to do.

LOL!  It gave me a good laugh.

Ultimately what it came down to for me was that the piece was basically ruined as is, so I took a deep breath and dunked that corner in cold water.  Then I let it start to dry.  Same situation – dark ring around where it got wet.  So, I rinsed the whole thing in cold water.  I let it dry and ended up rinsing it one more time.  Once it finally dried, all traces of the coffee were completely gone.  I had been most concerned about all the overdyed threads used in this piece.  And one stitcher in the group asked specifically about my threads.  She said that the Weeks and Gentle Arts (GAST) threads are for the most part colorfast now, but she said with the Crescent Colors threads (now Classic Colorworks), all bets were off.  So, I knew I was running a risk that my threads might run, and I actually had some that did.  The ones that bled were a charcoal grey and a burgundy.  Everything else looked fine.  And the bleeding wasn’t bad.  I may still try to work on those later, but ultimately I decided that I had too much work in this to ditch it and I think I can live with the minor bleeding.  So here’s what it looked like after its bath.

AOTH After Rinsing

And I picked it back up and got right back to my May block, working on it at the Tudor Rose guild meeting.

AOTH May Block WIP

And then finally, in a late night photo you can see the final finish of this block on June 20th.  So, it took me basically two months to stitch this one.  This block is in honor of Eric’s parents and their wedding year of 1972.

The Coffee Debacle of 2016

I am already hard at work on the July block and hope to really pick up the pace now that I’m over the hump.  Needless to say, I leave the coffee well away from my stitching now!  Anyway, I’ll be sharing better photos of the whole piece soon as well as how my July block is coming along.  And of course, you can always follow me on Instagram if you want to watch my progress.

I am grateful for the help of fellow stitchers!