March WIPocalypse Check In

I started off the month of March with the #eapmacabre SAL hosted by Amy and Jenn in the Bewitched Stitches group on Facebook.  I wanted to participate but didn’t want to veer too far off my course of working on my WIPocalypse pieces.  So, I chose a small piece I’ve wanted to stitch for years – Quote the Raven by Cross-Eyed Cricket.  It’s in the Two Familiars leaflet.  I’ll do another post on him at some point with my changes, but I managed to finish him up by like the 8th of March.

After finishing up my raven for the EAP Macabre SAL I decided to pick up another WIP (although it’s not one of my 2018 focus WIPs).  This was one of my Dark October starts last year.  It’s Hallow Eden by Plum Street Samplers.  Here’s how it looked when I picked it up.

And here’s how much I managed to get done in a couple of nights.

I really love stitching on that piece.

Anyway, after my dalliance with non-WIPocalypse pieces I decided to get down to business and get back to my Chatelaine.  It was time to work on the top right corner.  Here’s what it looked like when I picked it up on the 9th.

I started by filling in the stair steps with rice stitches and then moved on to the espalier trees.  I got those stitched and beaded and made a start on the railing and the green hedge beneath it.

And that’s when it happened.  I saw on Instagram that Debra AZ Needleworker (Chatelaine stitcher extraordinaire) was participating in the 100 Days of Chatelaine Stitching SAL.  I immediately went over to the Chatelaine Support Group on Facebook and decided to take the plunge.  I figured that working on M9 for 100 straight days should make a huge dent in what I have left to stitch.  And maybe, maybe, I can even finish it.  I can of course work on any Chatelaine in the 100 days, but only M9 is on my WIPocalypse list, so I’d really like to stick with it.  If I get really burned out I may pick up Egypt Garden and work on it.  But here’s hoping I don’t.

Anyway, I started a day behind everyone else, but here is my starting point.  You can see how much I’d already done from my photo on the 9th.

And I’m now on day 6 of the 100 days, but here’s what it looked like when I finished stitching on day 5.

I’ve finished up the stair steps (still need to add beads to the top of the urns).

I got the outline of the railing finished and the green hedge below it.  I added the beads to the corner of the railing.

I added the swirls on either side of the corner pool and completed the outline of the pool including the backstitching in Petite Treasure Braid.

I stitched and beaded all the flowers too.  And I jumped down and started the outline of the side pool.

I am so happy with how it’s looking and how much progress I’ve been able to make so far this month.  I am aiming to finish this corner by the end of the month.  I think I can do it with almost a full week to go.  Then it will be on to the bottom two corners and then finally the center.  I hope that the 100 day challenge keeps me motivated to push through and get this beauty finished finally!

I am grateful for SALs to keep me motivated and good friends to cheer me on.  

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.

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 43: Darkness Falls

Flosstube Episode 43: Darkness Falls

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share two finishes and the beginning of #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
  • 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
  • Dutch Beauty SAL on instagram #dutchbeautysal with Emily (eclecticposessions) and I
Show notes:
Finishes:
  1. Salem Remembered by The Primitive Needle.  Stitched with my own conversion to Gloriana and Belle Soie silks on 40ct unknown Lakeside Linen.  Stitched as part of the 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.

Since Salem Remembered is out of print, you might be interested in this beautiful Salem design by The Primitive Hare called The Witches of Salem.

  • Halloween Garden by The Primitive Needle on 35ct Weeks Putty with Weeks threads.
WIPs:
  1. Moon Phases by The Little Stitcher on 32ct Midnight Tryst by Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie with Weeks Mascara, GAST Picket Fence, DMC 3774, GAST Soot, and RG Petite Treasure Braid in PB04
  2. Hallow Eden by Plum Street Samplers on 32ct. dyed linen with Weeks threads
  3. Teeny Witch by Mary Engelbreit on 28ct Silkweaver Poltergeist with DMC
  4. RIT dyed fabrics for Halloween Fairy, Autumn on Lazy Bear Mountain, and Dead Man’s Chess
Stash:
  1. Jane Austen thread keeper
  2. Eclipse cupcake stitch marker by Sucre Sucre Miniatures
  3. River’s Edge sock yarn by Suburban Stitcher
  4. Project keeper
  5. Stitch Starter and Ruler Pocket from Blue Ribbon Designs
  6. Coffee Quaker coffee mug from Heartstring Samplery
  7. Beaded needlecase made by my friend Susan
  8. Cat pins by Puntini Puntini
  9. Fitbit Charge 2
Thanks so much for watching!
Grateful for finishes!