Flosstube Episode 41: Gratitude

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share some finishes and some framed pieces, and some WIP progress.
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. Cuisine d’Ete by Echevette on 32ct Lemon Zest Silkweaver with DMC (Year of WIPs piece)

Framed:

  1. Margaret Pence 1781 by Goode Huswife on 36ct Meadow Rue with DMC (my finish here)
  2. Jenny Bean’s Halloween by Shakespeare’s Peddler on 40ct Lakeside Pearled Barley with the Limited Edition GAST threads (you can see my finish here)
  3. Their Song (Loose Feathers #24) by Blackbird Designs on 30ct R&R Apple Brown Bindy with Weeks (finish here)
  4. And They Sinned (shown in this episode)

WIPs:

  1. Egypt Garden by Chatelaine Designs on 32ct Days Gone By Silkweaver with silks, Petite Treasure Braid, DMC, delicas, Mill Hill bugle beads, and Swarovski crystals
  2. Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi) by Chatelaine Design on 32ct Lavender Mist Zweigart with silks, Petite Treasure Braid, delicas, bugle beads, and Swarovski Crystals (Year of WIPs piece)
  3. Green Santa by Birds of a Feather on 40ct Weeks Cocoa with Weeks – stitching for Santa Sundays SAL on Instagram (#santasundayxs)

Stash:

  1. Needleminders and frame for haunted dollhouse from Cindy
  2. Project bag and grime guards from Carissa
  3. Halloween fabric from Joann’s
  4. JCS – October and Ornament issue

Reading:

  1. Finished The Gunslinger by Stephen King
  2. Currently Reading Sour Grapes by Rachel Goodman

Gratitude:

  1. Coni at Spinster Stitcher blog
  2. Amy at Thread in Hand blog

Thanks so much for watching!

I am grateful for a change in perspective and attitude

Flosstube Episode 40.5: And They Sinned

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share some WIP progress and my framed And They Sinned.
Show notes:
WIPs:
1. Egypt Garden by Chatelaine Designs on 32ct Days Gone By by Silkweaver with silks, DMC, delicas, Swarovski crystals, and Mill Hill bugle beads
2. Cuisine d’Ete by Echevette on 32ct Lemon Zest by Silkweaver with DMC (Year of WIPs piece)
Framed:
1. And They Sinned by Examplar Dames on 40ct Elegant Bean with the called for GAST threads.  Frame made by Eric.
Thanks for watching!
I am grateful for doing this piece justice…finally.

Flosstube Episode 26: The Man with the Gold Pants

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share my first Year of WIPs finish, Dark13Stitching, and the start of a new SAL.

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

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Mystery Sampler by Papillon Creations from The Gift of Stitching magazine – stitching on 32ct Sandcastle by Silkweaver with Vikki Clayton Hand Dyed Fibers – Year of WIPs piece and one of my MAGIC (My Annual Good Intentions Contract) pieces for guild.  Started 3/23/07 and finished 4/7/17.  Chose the anniversary center section and personalized it to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary
  2. Section for a Quaker Ball by Amaryllis Artworks for a friend – stitched 1 over 2 with silk on 40ct cream linen.  Finished on 4/8/17.

WIPs:

  1. Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin – working on the cemetery block from Village of Hawk Run Hollow for this block.  Using DMC on 35ct Brandy by CountryStitch.

New Start:

  1. Coffee Quaker by Heartstring Samplery – stitched on 40ct Stars Hollow linen from R&R with (mostly) the called for GAST, Weeks, and CC threads.  Started on 4/1/17 for the Coffee Quaker SAL

Stash:

  1. Coffee Quaker chart, 40ct Stars Hollow linen, and 3 threads (Classic Colorworks Hazelnut, Weeks Grasshopper, and GAST Ruby Slipper) – ordered from Stitch & Frog
  2. Prairie Schooler Boo!  Freebie
  3. Bare Minerals eye shadow palette
  4. Sugar Skull knitting bag from KC’s Pockets to Go

Shout Outs:

  1. None this week

Reading:

  1. Finished Feversong by Karen Marie Moning
  2. Reading Sour Grapes by Rachel Goodman

Thanks so much for watching!

Grateful for eleven years.

Five Fathoms Down

Mermaid Fraktur Close Up
 

At the end of 2016 I was asked if I would be interested in doing some model stitching for my newly reopened LNS, The Stitch Niche.  The new owners are working hard to get some new models up in the shop, which I thought was a wonderful idea.  They asked me to stitch on of Paulette’s (Plum Street Samplers) new designs, Mermaid Fraktur.  They had chosen 36 count Earthen by Picture This Plus, which I think was a brilliant choice, and the called for threads.

One note on the threads, and I mentioned this on my latest video, there are two threads Classic Colorworks Sunset and Weeks Parchment that are only used for a couple of stitches.  You can easily substitute those threads with DMC or something you have on hand.  The Sunset is used for their lips and bellybuttons and the Parchment is used for their eyes.

Mermaid Fraktur Finished
 

Even though both sides are essentially mirror images, I had no issue with getting bogged down in doing the same thing twice.  I started om the center because I wanted to make sure I was centered in my fabric since I wasn’t sure how much of a margin they’d allowed.  I worked my way down that middle flower and then stitched the left side and then moved back over to stitch the right side.  My favorite part of this piece is the mermaids’ tails for sure.  I love the Paulette used three different colors to create the scales as well as the fact they are red.  And their hair!  Mine looks like that most days!!

Mermaid Fraktur Close Anchor
 

This really was such a joy to stitch and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to stitch it.  Paulette designs such fun pieces and this one is no exception.

 

Mermaid Fraktur Instagram
I am grateful for spending January with these lovely ladies.

My Sunday Sampler with Sylvia

ATS Bottom Close up

Once upon a time I decided it was finally time to stitch one of my “bucket list” samplers – And They Sinned by Examplar Dames.  I first saw this chart way back when it was first released in a Shepherd’s Bush newsletter and had to have it.  Then on New Year’s Day 2010, I began.  I had ordered 40 count Elegant Bean linen from Elegant Stitch and the called for GAST threads with one DMC for the people.  In March, my friend Sylvia decided to join me and we started our Sunday SAL.  Each Sunday we stitched on ATS and it steadily grew.  The chart is divided into four legal size pages, so I celebrated big milestones when I would get to “the fold” and when I would get to a new page.  I’ve posted a lot of progress photos in the time it took me to stitch my way to the bottom and you can take a walk down memory lane here, if you’re interested.

ATS Top

I remember when we were stitching on that cloud at the top.  I had seen so many people stall out at this part that I was determined to really push through it.  Sylvia was also gnashing her teeth and we bemoaned the neverending cloud.  I recall saying to her, “it could be worse, wait until we get to all that grass!”  Oh, truer words were never spoken.  LOL  I did have a lot of fun with this section though, even naming those two snakes at the top Fred & George and that blue snake between Adam and Eve, Nagini.  I worked that vine border as I went so that I wasn’t stuck doing it all at the end.  I also put this on scroll bars, and as luck would have it I had to roll my fabric approximately when I reached “the fold” or the next page in my chart.  The photo above is essentially page 1 of the chart.

ATS Angel

At the time I was stitching this section I saw someone outline the angel’s wings in gold rather than in the grey it called for and absolutely loved it.  So, I did mine the same.  I even briefly considered ripping out the backstitching on the angel’s wings above the cloud but decided that I liked them in grey.

ATS Center with Alphabet

I thought for sure that once I got to the alphabet section I would knock it out super quick.  Not.  The.  Case.  Somehow I lost all momentum when I got to this section.  And I will tell you that I somehow went through two and a half skeins of Cherry Bark (the color of the alphabet), which seems ridiculous since the chart only called for one and it was stitched on 35 count.  I am super frugal with my thread too, so I can’t begin to imagine how I went through so much of that color.  I had purchased all new threads for this piece so I was starting with full skeins.

ATS Middle

Once I got past the alphabet I picked up speed again on the section with the spies of Canaan.  The photo above basically shows page 2 of the chart.  I really loved this section.  It was possibly my favorite just because of all the colors – the pinks, purples, and those crazy birds with their topknots.  And I really loved what look like quilt stars throughout this piece.

ATS Spies of Canaan Close Up

And page three made me feel like I was in the home stretch.  The section with the lady and the lion was Sylvia’s favorite part of this piece.  I have to admit, I really love this section too.  And it felt like a HUGE milestone to get to the end of the vine.

ATS The Lady and the Lion

And that brings us to the last section, otherwise affectionately known as “the neverending grass”.  Sylvia and I looked and looked at as many stitchers’ And They Sinned as possible trying to determine how we wanted to stitch the grass.  There are people who left the grass off completely, just stitching the animals on a bare background.  While I can understand why they opted not to stitch 8 million green stitches, when you look at the piece as a whole it really needs (in my opinion) the grass at the bottom to anchor it.  It needs that visual weight at the bottom.  We also saw one person who left that whole section off completely.  The chart is written for you to alternate two colors of green on the diagonal.  I didn’t love that look.  I think finally Sylvia saw on the Hand-Dyed Fiber board that someone had alternated the greens every two stitches and stitched everything in half stitches.  One row was stitched ///// and then the next row stitched like this \\\\\.  Loved the effect.  Doing half stitches makes it a bit airier so that your animals really stand out, and by alternating the angle of the stitches and the two colors it gives it a nice visual texture.  So so so glad we discovered this option!

ATS Bottom Section

I made several changes in this section.  The first change you’ll notice is that the big peacock at the top left of the grass ended up a different color.  He was charted to be red and I stitched him that way.  But then when I stitched the big flowering bush to the right I didn’t like having so much red right in the same section.  So I ripped it out and restitched him in teal and blue.

I also added my two boys in amongst the other animals.  Here is Thutmose with his gold eyes and little white spot under his chin.

ATS Grass Section with Thutmose

Here is Ramses with his green eyes being a cat “loaf” as he often does.

ATS Grass Section with Ramses

And I spent a very long time working on the pond.  I used the variegation of the thread to maximum effect and stitched in swirls rather than straight across in horizontal stripes.  I love how it turned out, even if it did take a long time to do.

ATS Pond

And then finally, I was at the end.  I personalized it just as Sylvia did hers, to commemorate our Sunday stitching.  Sylvia actually finished hers well before I did, but continued to cheer me on until I reached the finish line.  My ATS was started on January 1, 2010 and finished it during the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild meeting on August 4, 2015.
ATS Full

Stitching And They Sinned was definitely a labor of love.  And there were long periods where I didn’t work on it at all.  But, I am so pleased to have it finished and so thrilled to have finally gotten around to taking photos so that I could share it with you here on the blog, although I did share it in episode 8 of the podcast/flosstube and you can watch it here.

I am grateful for Sampler Sundays. 

Episode 8: Epic Finish

…and part 2 since I am wordy…
Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. And They Sinned – by Examplar Dames!!!!!!!!!  Stitched on 40ct Elegant Bean with the called for GAST threads.  You can see my previous progress photos here and here’s a link to what the piece looks like.  Begun on 1/1/10 and finished on 8/4/15.

WIPs:

  1. His Eye is on the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery.  Stitching on 48ct Gander linen hand-dyed by Sylvia using the called for GAST and Weeks threads.
  2. Yowza Weigh It Shawl by Susan B. Anderson – using Miss Babs Yowza in the Zombie Prom colorway and size 8 Signature circulars for the Around Your Neck KAL on Ravelry
  3. Pansy Park BOM by Thimbleberries quilt
  4. Hand-quilting with perle cotton on my Indulgence table topper quilt

#aynkal on Instagram (main KAL is on Ravelry) by Suburban Stitcher

Find me on Ravelry: cozyegg

Stash Enhancement:

  1. A Night at the Museum fat quarter stack from Urban Spools with Lizzy House Natural History fabrics
  2. Egyptian needleminder, needle case, and scissor fob from a friend
  3. Signature Needle Arts needles in size 9 with a 40″ cable
  4. Lorna’s Laces in Zombie BBQ and Addi needles from a friend
  5. Miss Babs Yowza in Joan of Arc and stitch markers
  6. Weigh It Shawl #2 pattern by Susan B. Anderson on Ravelry

Reading:

  1. Finished Iced by Karen Marie Moning
  2. Currently back to reading Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
  3. Book study starting on Sarah Robbins’ Rock Your Network Marketing Business

I am grateful for birthdays and learning new things.