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 44: Best Laid Plans

Flosstube Episode 44: Best Laid Plans

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share some the end of #darkoctoberstitching and what I’ve been working on since then.

And here’s part 2 of Episode 44:

Flosstube Episode 44: Best Laid Plans – Part 2

Shownotes:

At the beginning I showed some older Halloween pieces I’ve stitched or been gifted. The framed piece is House on Booberry Lane by Brightneedle. The pincushion is by Jeanette Douglas. And the other piece is Blackbird Designs and is called Waiting for the Harvest.

Finishes:

1. None

WIPs:

  1. The Talking Board by The Primitive Needle on 32ct Zweigart Dirty Belfast with the called for Weeks (new Dark October start)
  2. Halloween Fairy by Mirabilia on 32ct Poltergeist by Silkweaver (overdyed by me) with Classic Colorworks (new Dark October start)
  3. Autumn on Lazy Bear Mountain by Kathy Barrick on 35ct Irish linen (overdyed by me) and using Weeks Onyx for the border (new Dark October start)
  4. Black’d Skie by The Primitive Needle on 40ct Vintage Pear Lakeside Linens with the called for Pure Palette baroque silks and SNC
  5. Dracula Book Cover by Dam Good Crafts on 40ct red Gander linen with DMC (Halloween start)
  6. Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi) by Chatelaine Designs on 32ct Zweigart Lavender Mist with called for silks, metallics, beads, and crystals

 

 

Reading:

1. Started Stephen King’s Drawing of the Three

Thanks so much for watching!

Grateful to be home.

Flosstube Episode 42: Dark October is Coming

Flosstube Episode 42: Dark October is Coming

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share my plans for Dark October Stitching.
Show notes:
WIPs:
  1. Continuing on with Salem Remembered by The Primitive Needle.  Stitched with silks on 40ct. ??? by Lakeside Linens
  2. Halloween Garden by The Primitive Needle – 35ct Weeks Putty with Weeks threads
  3. Mini Jewel Scarabs by Dimples Designs – kit
  4. Casting a Spell by Blackbird Designs – GAST on 32ct Boo? by Silkweaver
  5. Black’d Skie by The Primitive Needle – Pure Palette silks on 40ct Vintage Pear by Lakeside Linens
  6. Halloween Fairy by Nora Corbett – DMC on 32ct Poltergeist by Silkweaver
  7. Halloween Neighborhood – charting out the layout so I can add in some smaller details

New Starts Planned:

  • A Dark Alphabet by In the Company of Friends
  • Halloween Fairy by Mirabilia – kit
  • Jack’s Bash by Plum Street Samplers
  • Dracula Book Cover by Dam Good Crafts – Halloween start
  • Moon Garden by Blackbird Designs
  • The Talking Board by The Primitive Needle

Thanks for watching and subscribing!

I am grateful for my favorite time of year!

Flosstube Episode 35: Endings & Beginnings

Flosstube Episode 35: Endings & Beginnings

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share a finish and a new start. Super short video this time!

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
  • Salem Notforgotten SAL – in honor and remembrance of the 325th anniversary of the Salem witch trials.  We are using the Instagram tags #salemnotforgotten and #salem325 For more information on the Salem witch trials, here is a brief article.
  • Dutch Beauty SAL on instagram #dutchbeautysal with Emily (eclecticposessions) and I

Show notes:

Framing:

  1. And They Sinned by Examplar Dames – GAST on 40ct Elegant Bean

Finishes:

  1. Coffee Quaker by Heartstring Samplery – Weeks, GAST, and CC on 40ct Stars Hollow by R&R

WIPs:

  1. Dutch Beauty by Permin of Copenhagen – DMC & silks on 40ct Zweigart Mallow overdyed by me

Thanks so much for watching!

Grateful for a finish!

Flosstube Episode 34: Coffee Beans and Pelicans

Flosstube Episode 34: Coffee Beans and Pelicans

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share some WIP progress and an almost new start.
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
  • Salem Notforgotten SAL – in honor and remembrance of the 325th anniversary of the Salem witch trials.  We are using the Instagram tags #salemnotforgotten and #salem325 For more information on the Salem witch trials, here is a brief article.
  • Dutch Beauty SAL on instagram #dutchbeautysal with Emily (eclecticposessions) and I

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. None

WIPs:

  1. Merry Wind Farrm Hornbook – freebie SNC Elephant & Castle on 40ct Weeks Tin Roof
  2. Casting a Spell by Blackbird Designs – overdyeds on 32ct Silkweaver Oyster (restart).
  3. Salem Remembered by Primitive Needle – silks on 40ct Lakeside Linen
  4. Coffee Quaker by Heartstring Samplery – overdyeds on 40ct Stars Hollow R&R.  The green I am using is NOT Zombie Flesh, it’s Chamomile.  :/
  5. Dutch Beauty by Permin of Copenhagen – 40ct Zweigart Mallow that will be overdyed

Stash:

  1. Zweigart Mallow linen for Dutch Beauty

Shout Outs:

  1. You’re Awesome tag – Nicole from Nicole’s Needlework
  2. You’re Awesome tag – Kelly from Evergreen Needle
  3. Ellen Chester of With My Needle

Sampler Groups on Facebook to check out:

  1. Manifesto and Reproduction Samplers
  2. Sampler World
  3. Our Sampler Years – Yesterday’s Needlework for Today
  4. Sampler Heart

Thanks so much for watching!

Grateful for taking the leap to dye my own fabric.