January WIPocalypse Check-in

It’s time for my end of January wrap up and WIPocalypse check-in post.  (but seriously, how is it the end of January already?) So, I’m continuing with my weekly rotation and enjoying that.  A week seems to be the perfect amount of time to work on something.  I had originally been switching projects on Sundays, but for the past couple of weeks I’ve been switching on Fridays so that I have a “new” project to work on for Friday Off the Grid stitch-in hosted by Caroline of Off the Grid Needlearts (info here).

After working on Ten for a week (progress shown on my last WIPocalypse post), I picked up His Eye is on the Sparrow and worked on it for a week.  I’m working toward a page finish.  That deer and I have had some issues. Currently Sparrow is in time out awaiting a replacement thread to use for his body since my Weeks Putty isn’t going to work.

Anyway, then it was time for #dark13stitching, so I picked up my Halloween Neighborhood to work on.

I finally finally finally was able to finish this block.  I got way bogged down in all the fill in.  But, I managed to finish the last tombstone, stitch the tree, and the bats, and voila – finis! I’m still mulling over what to add next but hopefully I’ll have that figured out before the 13th of the month rolls around.

I slipped in a little #santasundayxs and pulled out my Green Santa to give him some love.

I basically got everything below his pockets stitched.  He is so much fun to stitch and I’m looking forward to another Santa Sunday soon.

Last week I pulled out Dutch Beauty to work on.  I’d been itching to get back to it.  I managed to finish up the vase of lilies.  So, so, so happy with how they turned out.  And then I moved on to the roosters up at the top of the page.  It took about three tries, but this is what I finally landed on.

And then I stitched the Tree of Life between the two roosters.  And then I stepped back and decided I didn’t love it.

I don’t know if it’s the colors or the variegation or what.  But, I don’t love it.  So, instead of making a hasty decision and ripping it back out I decided to table it for now and work on the border.  I’m working my way across the bottom and trying to make sure everything fits.

So that’s where I’m at!  I haven’t yet worked on Anniversaries of the Heart, my model stitch, or Vierlande Winder’s Keeper but those are coming.  I did spend some time last night and pulled some new threads to replace the too-light ones.  It does feel good to make some progress on these pieces, despite some setbacks.

You can also take a look at my last video for a little more info on these projects.

I am grateful for Friday stitching parties.

Flosstube Episode 48: Oh Deer

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share WIP progress and my first finish of 2018.

WIPs:

  • His Eye is on the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery
  • Halloween Neighborhood – finished the cemetery block taken from Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings
  • Green Santa by Birds of a Feather
  • Dutch Beauty by Permin of Copenhagen with my own color conversion
  • Frances Eden by HandWork Samplers
  • Victorine Delacroix by The Essamplaire

Notions bag from Stitch All the Things.

Information on the film Adele and Everything After can be found here. And here’s the trailer.

Flosstube Episode 47: Three Years

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share the beginning of my 2018 WIPocalypse.
WIPs:
  • Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi) by Chatelaine Designs – Silks and Petite Treasure Braid with delica beads and Swarovski crystals
  • Ten by Amy Mitten (restart) – Fibers to Dye For silks on 40ct Lambswool
  • His Eye is on the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery – called for GAST and Weeks on 48ct Gander linen

Gifts:

  •  Poison bottle project bag and accessory bag from Diana itiskismet stitches
  • Renaissance by Long Dog Samplers stitched by Robert

Books:

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

I am grateful for taking a chance three years ago.

2018 – Let’s Do This

This will be my third year of working on whittling down my WIPs.  In 2016 I drew names of projects and then worked on each until finished (completed WIPs = 1) and in 2017 I joined the Year of WIPs Challenge and chose 12 WIPs to focus on over the year (completed WIPs = 3).  This year I thought I would join the WIPocalypse.  I actually participated in WIPocalypse years ago and was pleasantly surprised when I heard it was still going strong.  So, I spent some time at the end of December deciding which WIPs I wanted to focus on for 2018 (I talked about them in my last Flosstube video of the year).  So, here they are!

Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs

This is the whole piece currently.  I am working on the 9th (September) block, Clara Ellen.  I set this aside because some of the thread colors on this block are way too light and need to be ripped out and restitched in a darker shade.

Halloween Neighborhood

This piece was a round robin originally, but last year I pulled it out and started adding some additional blocks to it.  My plan for 2018 is to work on this for #dark13stitching every month on the 13th and to start filling in some of the gaps.  I started charting the whole thing out so I can do some planning.  Here are the blocks I added last year.  The first one was By the Light of the Moon – a freebie from The Primitive Needle with a few alterations.

Halloween Rules by Milady’s Needle.  I changed up the configuration on this one too.  The tombstone on the left says 2007, the year I started this RR.  I’ll put the year it’s finished on the other tombstone.  The one at the bottom says E.A. Poe 1849.

This is a portion of a class piece from Brightneedle called Ghoulies and Ghosties.  I just can’t get over that witch hat roof.

And finally, I’m in the process of working on what was originally my block at the start of the RR (having to restitch because my first RR was lost).  This is the cemetery from Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings.  I flipped the design so that the tree is on the right hand side and I’ll be eliminating the black background that is on the original piece.

Green Santa by Birds of a Feather

This poor Santa has been a WIP for a ridiculous amount of time.  I picked him back up in November to work on for Santa Sundays #santasundayxs on Instagram.  I decided to keep him as a focus piece so that I can hopefully complete him and then move onto one of the other BOAF Santas.

Vierlande Winders’ Keeper by Amy Mitten

This piece is one of my challenge pieces.  While the stitching itself shouldn’t be challenging, the finishing will for sure.  I started this the year my dad died and haven’t had the heart to pick it back up since then.

His Eye is on the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery

Sparrow wasn’t on my radar at all until two things happened – I saw that Tracy P had just purchased this and was planning to make it a 2018 piece.  I got it out to share a photo of mine and remembered how much I love it.  And the second thing was that I’ve been binge-watching Nicole’s videos and am missing my sampler stitching dreadfully.  I’m stitching this on 48 count Gander linen with the called for threads.

Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi/The King’s Vegetable Garden) – Chatelaine Designs

I had hoped to have M9 done in 2017, but alas that didn’t happen.  I have LOTS more to say about this piece, but for the purposes of this post I have completely finished (minus crystals and bugle beads) the top left corner including the beading.  Next I’m moving over to the top right corner.

Here’s how the whole thing looks currently.

Model for Cozyegg Designs

In 2018 I hope to finish the model and release my first design – with more to come!

Dutch Beauty by Permin of Copenhagen

Emily and I decided to start Dutch Beauty together in June of 2017 as kind of a last Maynia start.  I’m doing my own color conversion with a mix of silks, overdyed cotton, and DMC.  Started at the right bottom corner a la Nicole.

I’m so in love with this piece and can’t wait to spend more time with it in 2018.  I’m currently working on that big vase of lilies.

And finally, my New Year’s Day re-start.

Ten by Amy Mitten

This was a class I took back in 2010 at the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild.  Amy designed this piece for our 10th anniversary.  It has been sitting since then with a very small amount stitched because I wanted to tea dye it after seeing Amy’s model.  So, the last week of December I ripped out that stitching and tea dyed my fabric and then started it again on New Year’s Day.  The reason I chose to make this a focus piece this year is because of all the specialty stitches and because it intimidates me A LOT.  So, this is my second challenge piece for 2018.

This is where I’m at after working on it almost a week.  And below are the detached buttonhole petals that will get attached to the flower to give it dimension.

So there you have it, my focus WIPs for 2018.  As I finish these off (because I’m being optimistic), I may rotate other WIPs into my rotation.

I am grateful for a brand new year.

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 46: Jazz Hands

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share a recap of my 2017 finishes and 2018 plans along with joining Flosstube Fit Club.
Check out itiskismet stitches video for more info on Flosstube Fit Club and then come join the Facebook group.
Wrap up of my 2017 stitching (more to come with photos in a blog post):
  • 12 Stitching finishes
  • 2 of 4 MAGIC pieces completed
  • 3 of 12 Year of WIPs pieces completed
  • 16 new starts

My 2018 Focus WIPs:

  • Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi) – Chatelaine Designs
  • Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin
  • Ten by Amy Mitten
  • Vierlande Winders’ Keeper by Amy Mitten
  • Dutch Beauty (my Dark Beauty) by Permin of Copenhagen
  • Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs
  • Green Santa by Birds of a Feather
  • His Eye is On the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery
  • My first design model stitch

Once I finish one of my focus WIPs, I’ll rotate a new one in.

I hope this finds you enjoying the holidays and stitching up a storm!

I’m grateful for vacation days, holidays, and lots of stitching time!

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!

Flosstube Episode 36: WIP-apalooza

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share the first half of my WIP Parade.
  • Dutch Beauty – Permin of Copenhagen
  • Merry Wind Farm Hornbook – Merry Wind Farm
  • Primitive Wizard of Oz – Midsummer Night Designs
  • Cuisine d’ete – Echevette
  • Six Wives of Henry VIII – Primitive Hare
  • Halloween Neighborhood RR – Various
  • Salem Remembered – Primitive Needle
  • Halloween Fairy – Nora Corbett
  • Black’d Skie – Primitive Needle
  • Casting a Spell – Blackbird Designs
  • Williamsburg Remembered – Catherine Theron
  • Shores of Hawk Run Hollow – Carriage House Samplings
  • Jenny Bean Christmas Sampler – Shakespeare’s Peddler
  • Green Santa – Birds of a Feather
  • Christmas Celebration Sampler – Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
  • Peace on Earth – Blackbird Designs
  • Nativity – Marbek
  • His Eye is on the Sparrow – Heartstring Samplery
  • Lady Liberty Sampler – Threads Through Time
  • Little Red Chair Sampler – Scarlett House
  • Crowned Bird Sampler – Plum Street Samplers
  • Jeweled Scarabs – Dimples Designs
  • Halloween Garden – Primitive Needle
  • Sampler Sisters of the Thread – Primitive Needle
  • Pearl Lights – Chatelaine Designs
  • Victorine Delacroix – The Essamplaire
  • Her Sampler – Blackbird Designs
  • Snooty Parrot Sampler – Barbara Ana Designs
  • Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi) – Chatelaine Designs
  • Mermaid Treasure Box – Chatelaine Designs
  • Winter Acorn – Cricket Collection
  • Village of Hawk Run Hollow – Carriage House Samplings
  • Bay Sampler – The Workbasket
  • Mouline Rouge – Long Dog Designs
  • Mermaids of the Deep Blue – Mirabilia
  • Frances Eden – Handwork Samplers
  • Colonial Garden – Plum Street Samplers
  • Anniversaries of the Heart – Blackbird Designs
  • Le Marquoir du Justine – Anne Pelletier-Pauleau
  • Tesori d’Italia – Ricamo Le Tue Idee

I am grateful for rediscovering my love for a few pieces.

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

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.