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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Halloween Fairy by Nora Corbett – stitched on 32ct Phantom by Silkweaver with DMC. A soon-to-be new start for #darkoctoberstitching.
You may notice that two of those NYD starts were companion pieces from The Sampler Girl, At Home with Jane Austen and A Return to the Sea with Jane Austen. Both were very enjoyable stitches and I finished them within a month or so of starting them. Which brings us to my NYD start for 2014. Tanya was having a sale on many of her patterns last year and I took the opportunity to get the third companion piece for the Jane Austen series that At Home and Return to the Sea are part of, Good Tidings with Jane Austen.
This piece really was a joy to stitch, as were the other two. It made me happy to turn to this piece each evening and see it come to life. I loved the little reindeer and the tree. I had to set it aside for a short while to pick up a few colors of thread I was missing, but once they arrived it was a quick finish. I finished it on January 28th, just a few short days before I got on a plane for Europe.
I absolutely love how this turned out and someday I’ll get these three framed. This one was stitched on 32ct Creme Brulee instead of the 28ct Light Mocha the other two are stitched on. Since I will likely display this one seasonally, it didn’t bother me to stitch it on a slightly higher count linen. I used the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads. And here they all are together.
I really had the most wonderful NYD too. I shared this photo on Instagram – I had my two boys on my lap, I was stitching on a new start, and finally getting to watch Season 3 of Downton Abbey. An absolutely perfect day.
And speaking of Downton Abbey, I was a little late for the party on this mystery quilt that was offered in a Facebook group at the end of last year, but I still managed to get enabled! I ordered the book with the pattern from the designer (Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios) and all the fabrics I needed for it (minus what I need for borders and backing). I can’t wait to get started on this one. I chose the Lady Mary version of the quilt and her fabrics from the Downton Abbey line.
I am glad to finally be sharing my NYD start and first finish of the year. I’ve been working along on a few pieces, including two new starts, that I can’t wait to post about.