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.  

February WIPocalypse Check In

I transitioned from January to February by pulling out my Moon Phases piece by The Little Stitcher.  It seemed only appropriate to work on for the lunar eclipse on January 31st.  This isn’t one of my WIPocalypse pieces, but I very much enjoyed working on it.

On the first Friday of the month, I switched to a “new” project for #offthegridfridayparty.  I decided to pick up my Anniversaries of the Heart.  I’ve been avoiding this piece since May of last year and I knew that the first thing I was going to have to do when I picked it up was rip a bunch of stuff out.  I had never been happy with the too light colors of the called for threads.  I had pulled new (darker) threads already.

I started off by ripping out the blue and restitching it and then moved onto green vine.  I had originally planned to also rip out the peach color, but once I darkened up the blue and the green, it was fine.  I was able to finish this block on the 9th.  So happy to have this one off my list.

I’ve pulled the chart for the next block but am missing a bunch of the called for threads.  I’ll have to look at that further and see if I can make some substitutions.

 

After finishing up the block on AOTH I pulled out my Halloween Neighborhood to give it some love.  I started and finished a new “block” on my piece.  I borrowed the tree from a pattern by Praiseworthy Stitches called Trick or Treat that was in the 2013 JCS Halloween issue.  Here’s a photo of that whole piece.

And here’s how the tree on my neighborhood turned out.

I absolutely love it.  I think it really adds to the overall spookiness of the piece.

And here’s how the whole neighborhood looks now (excuse the wrinkles).

I then moved on to working on the model for my first design.  I basically worked on this exclusively until it was finished.  I shared this black & white sneak peek on Instagram.

So, that’s how I spent my February.  I feel really good about having three finishes this month and all three were on WIPocalypse pieces.  Now, let’s see what I can get up to in March!

I am grateful for finishing my first design and moving closer to a personal goal.

Flosstube Episode 24: Valentine’s Day

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share my my first finish of 2017, progress on my Year of WIPs pieces, and Dark13Stitching.

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:

Framed:

  1. Camille’s French Sampler by The Sampler Girl – stitched on 32ct Golden Harvest by Silkweaver with Vikki Clayton Hand Dyed Fibers (silks) 1 strand over 2

Finishes:

  1. Mermaid Fraktur by Plum Street Samplers – stitched with Weeks and Classic Colorworks on 36ct Earthen by PTP, stitched 1 over 2
  2. House from Brightneedle’s Ghoulies and Ghosties Etui for a block on my Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin.  Used a mix of Weeks, DMC, SNC, and Dinky Dyes (my own conversion)

WIPs:

  1. Le Cuisine d’Ete by Echevette – DMC on 32ct Lemon Zest by Silkweaver – started 2/19/2008
  2. Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin – working on the cememtery block from Village of Hawk Run Hollow for this block.  Using a mix of Weeks, DMC, SNC, and Dinky Dyes on 35ct Brandy by CountryStitch

Stash:

  1. DMC bobbins and thread to start to fill out my set
  2. Gumdrop cupcake stitch marker from Sucre Sucre Miniatures

Shout Outs:

  1. Heather Stitches
  2. LindyStitches
  3. AshleighEM
  4. Stash Queen

Reading:

  1. Finished Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  2. Reading Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Thanks so much for watching!

Grateful for goals and plans.

 

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

Thanks so much for watching.  You can subscribe to my YouTube channel and you can also sign up for my newsletter to get an email notification of new posts.

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Grateful for Dark October Stitching!!