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.

Turning and Returning

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In my last post I mentioned I had a new start for New Year’s Day.  I kept meaning to show a progress photo of the piece I chose, but before I got around to showing a progress photo I had a finish!  So, here we are with my first start and my first finish of 2013!  I decided back in December that I wanted to make A Return to the Sea with Jane Austen by The Sampler Girl my January 1 start.  
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It’s a design I’ve had in my stash since it was released, and I’ve been hoarding a piece of fabric for it and the time was finally right to put the first stitches in.  I loved stitching this.  It was a wonderful way to relax at the end of some very grueling days at work.  And the colors and the design just made me happy.  I put the final stitches in on Saturday the 19th. 
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 I stitched this with the called for DMC and Crescent Colours threads, but substituted the one Old Willow Stitchery thread with DMC.  I used 28ct Light Mocha fabric that I had set aside for this one, because that’s what I used on the companion piece – At Home with Jane Austen.  You can see how pretty the two are together. 
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At Home with Jane Austen was my New Year’s Day start in 2009 and I finished it in early February 2009.  I’m so glad that I finally made Return to the Sea a priority in my stitching bag.   These are both such fun pieces and the experience of stitching both of them was a true pleasure.  And it appears that there is now a third design that I need to stitch to go with these two.  What a perfect 1/1/14 start that would be!
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And while Miss Austen kept me company a good part of January, I also spent time with an old friend.  
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 It’s been awhile since I shared my progress on And They Sinned.  I picked it back up on Sundays and I managed to get the top of page two finished.  The alphabet actually went rather quickly, which was a nice change.  I continued my border vines down to the halfway mark.  I seem to judge my progress on this piece by two things – one, I’m now down to the fold in my chart and two, I get to roll my fabric!
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It’s such a delight to be “below the fold” on another page!  I have no hope of catching up to my SAL partner, Sylvia, but I keep trying!  Turning those scroll rods really gives me such delight, it tends to spur me on to tackle the next part.  
And speaking of Sundays, I thought I’d share another little thing I’ve been working on.  All this talk of Santa Sundays on Instagram had me digging out my started and abandoned Green Santa.  Since I’m already spoken for on Sundays, I took this guy with me on Tuesday to my monthly EGA meeting.  
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He’s just too cute.  I’m stitching him on 40ct Weeks Cocoa.  And it’s fun to jump on the bandwagon with Siobhan and Paulette (among others) that are participating in #santasundayxs (even if I do have to do it on Tuesdays).  You can find me on Instagram and Twitter under cozyegg, if you’re so inclined.
Now that I’ve finished Jane, I’ve returned to my John Reed sampler which is one of my main focus pieces this year.  I’m loving the way it’s looking and I promise to share a progress photo soon!
I am grateful for finding my groove.

Decadence

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Thanks, everyone, for your sweet compliments on Margaret Cottam. I really appreciate them. Unfortunately, not a whole lot of stitching has gone on here in the past couple of weeks, so I don’t have much stitching progress to show you. But, I did something really self-indulgent and took the day off work on Wednesday. I got the lovely opportunity to spend the day with some friends, including Sylvia who was here from Germany! It was so good to get to spend some time with her. The four of us did a bit of shopping during the day, and then we did our Christmas gift exchange. We opted to delay it until Sylvia was here to do it in person. So fun!

Above, you can see the oh-so-apropos travel mug that Kim gave me. Isn’t it fun? I think it may need to go to work with me. I need a reminder.

Sylvia brought some chocolates from Paris in a really fabulous tin. And you can see on top of the tin a sweet heart needleminder she made for me. She’d made me another needleminder back in October, but unfortunately when the envelope arrived, there was a big hole in the bottom and no needleminder. Sad sad sad.
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Sylvia also gave each of us two stitch wallets that she made herself! The first one I opened was made from Kate Spain’s Flurry fabrics. Remember those quilt blocks I was working on back in December…well, I dug them out to photograph with my wallet.
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And if that stitch wallet looks like it’s already stuffed full, well that’s because it is.
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I’ve already got my Christmas ornament stitching for this year in there. That’s more 40ct Weeks Cocoa fabric, in case you’re wondering. I loved it for Margaret Cottam and thought it would be perfect for my BOAF Santas.

And here is the funny part. I’ve been looking everywhere for this Marie Antoinette fabric that is part of Tula Pink’s Parisville line. I did not, however, mention to Sylvia that I’ve been looking for it. Nor did I mention the reason I was looking for it was to make a stitch wallet out of. Well looky here…

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Clearly, my Jedi mind tricks are working…even overseas.
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And Miss Antoinette is now chock full of my New Year’s start that hasn’t yet been started (see how behind I am?!). Also, you can see my new Hardwicke Manor hoop that I intend to try.
But that’s not all…my sweet, sweet friend, Ava, gifted me with these hare scissors for my Hare Pyns (assuming that one day it will be finished)! I have looked everywhere for these scissors and couldn’t find any. So, clearly Ava has been picking up on my use of the Force too. Thank you for inspiring me to get my scissor sheath and scissor fob stitched so that I can finally do the finishing on HP!!!
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And my new hare scissors are pictured here with all the stitching I’ve done. I’m working on that bonus block for AOTH. It doesn’t look like much, but I stitched that right hand border twice. You know, because I could.

Such fun spending time with such good friends. And hopefully next time, I’ll be able to show you what I gave them in return.

I am grateful for a Saturday afternoon visit.