Flosstube Episode 30: Plot Twist

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share my Stitch Maynia week 3 vlog.

Week 3 of Stitch Maynia vlog:

  • Days 16 & 17: Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – Classic Colorworks & GAST on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside
  • Days 18 & 19: Primitive Wizard of Oz by Midsummer Night Designs – Classic Colorworks, DMC, and RG Petite Treasure Braid on 40ct Tissage Gander
  • Day 20 & 21: new start Frances Eden by Handwork Samplers – Vikki Clayton HDF silk and DMC on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside

Thanks so much for watching!

I am grateful for the generosity of friends.

Flosstube Episode 29: Haunted

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share my Stitch Maynia week 2 vlog – parts 1 and 2.

 

And here’s part 2:

Show notes:

Week 2 of Stitch Maynia vlog:

  • Days 8 & 9: Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings – DMC on 36ct  Lakeside Light Examplar
  • Days 10 & 11: Mermaids of the Deep Blue by Mirabilia – DMC on 32ct Ocean Waves by Stitches and Spice
  • Day 12 & 13: new start Casting a Spell by Blackbird Designs for #dark13stitching – GAST & Weeks (my own colors) on 32ct Silkweaver Oyster
  • Days 14 & 15: Six Wives of Henry VIII by The Primitive Hare – DMC on 40ct coffee-dyed Gander linen

 

Thanks so much for watching!

I am grateful for rekindling my love for old projects.

Flosstube Episode 28: La Cosa Nostra

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share my Stitch Maynia week 1 vlog.
And here’s part 2!

Show notes:

Week 1 of Stitch Maynia vlog:

  • Days 1 & 2 : New start Merry Wind Farm Hornbook freebie (Tudor Rose Sampler Guild SAL) – SNC Elephant & Castle on 40ct Weeks Tin Roof linen
  • Days 3 & 4: La Marquoir de Justine by Anne Pelletier Pauleau – Year of WIPs Challenge piece – my own conversion to AVAS, Gloriana, and Caron Soie Cristale on 40ct HDF linen coffee antiqued (started 2014)
  • Day 5: Colonial Garden by Plum Street Samplers – Year of WIPs Challenge piece – NPI on 40ct Lakeside Black Forest
  • Days 6 & 7: New start Mouline Rouge by Long Dog Samplers – Gloriana Poinsettia on 40ct Zweigart Antique White linen – bucket list piece

Haunted Dollhouse – here is my inspiration The Bloggess’s dollhouse and here’s a link to my Pinterest board

Here is a link to Spinster Stitcher’s blog and to the donation page.

I also mentioned Running Stitch’s flosstube video on Maynia and new starts.

Thanks so much for watching!

I am grateful for new starts and new projects.

Flosstube Episode 21: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share a few ornament finishes, Thanksgiving Day stitching, and progress on my shawl knitting.

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. Finishing on El Dia del los Muertos ornament by Monsterbubbles – from the JCS September/October 2010 issue; stitched on 28ct Rainforest by Crossed Wing with GAST
  2. Beaded skull scissor fob
  3. Noel ornament by Catherine Theron (freebie) – stitched on 40ct Weeks Confederate Grey with Weeks and GAST.  I used Lancaster Red and Antique Rose with the called for Dried Thyme.
  4. Peace ornament by The Marking Sampler – stitched on 36ct Flagstone by Lakeside Linens with DMC
  5. Yuletide ornament by Hands on Design – from JCS Nov/Dec 2016 issue; stitched on 32ct Buttercream by Silkweaver with DMC and Weeks

WIPs:

  1. Christmas Celebration Sampler by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery – stitched on 32ct raw polka dot linen with DMC and Weeks
  2. Ghoulies & Ghosties house by Brightneedle (from the Ghoulies & Ghosties Etui class piece) – stitched as a block on my Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin on 35ct Brandy by Country Stitch with DMC, Weeks, and SNC; started for November’s #dark13stitching
  3. 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.

Stash:

  1. Tula Pink Elizabeth bag by Marie Celeste Stitches
  2. Merry Stitchmas limited edition ornament kit from my LNS The Stitch Niche
  3. Model stitching of Plum Street Samplers Fraktur Mermaid

 

Shout Outs:

  1. Suburban Stitcher podcast

Reading:

  1. Finished A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Currently Reading The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  3. Next up is A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Grateful for my new knitting bag!

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.

Have You Any Wool?

Wee Woolly WIP

I mentioned in my last podcast episode that I recently stitched a little gift for Dianne for her birthday.  I spotted this chart in my stash and immediately knew it would be perfect to stitch for her.  And since I was going to be seeing her at DFW Fiber Fest on her birthday, what better time to present her with it?  Unfortunately, it took me a little longer to get it stitched and finished so I ended up having to package it up and mail to her.

Wee Woolly Finished

Project details: Wee Wooly by Heart in Hand stitched on 32ct Vintage Pearled Barley from Lakeside Linens with my own conversion to the color palette I wanted using GAST, Weeks, Crescent Colors, and Gentle Arts Simply Wool for the sheep himself.  I filled him with crushed walnut shells and used one of my favorite Anna Maria Horner Field Study fabrics for the back.

Wee Woolly AMH Backing

This was an absolute joy to stitch and I think I’m going to have to stitch one for myself at some point too!  Dianne shared this little gift on Episode 94 of her podcast which brought a little smile to my face.  If you haven’t watched her podcast, I highly recommend it.  She is such a lovely person and an amazing knitter, stitcher, and quilter.

Wee Woolly Finished

I’m so glad Dianne liked this little sheep and the colors are so her.  And really, how can you resist that little sheep?!

Wee Woolly Closeup

 

I am grateful for fuzzy sheep and lovely friends.

The Coffee Debacle of 2016

WIP Box AOTH

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th, if you celebrated!  It was definitely nice to have a long weekend.  I thought I’d share where I’m at on my Project Roulette WIP-down.  On January 1st, you may remember, I pulled the first project out of the box and it was Hare Pyns.  I got to work and finished that one up by the middle of January.  Then I dove back into the box and pulled out the next focus project.  I have to say I was surprised but happy to see this one come up next.  My Anniversaries of the Heart has been a long-standing WIP and I’d really like to see it finished this year.  The last block I finished was actually the June block.  I skipped March, April, and May because I wanted my dad to see the June block I was personalizing for him and his mother before he died.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get it finished in time.  And I think after that, I just sat this piece aside.

I did eventually pick it back up and I started the March block on the plane to Germany in 2014.  I’d worked on it a little bit here and there, but nothing substantial.  So, this is what it looked like when I picked it up in January of this year.  The before photo, if you will.

AOTH A Wish For You - Before Photo

I worked steadily on it and was able to get it finished before the end of February.  I had to make a couple of thread changes.  At the bottom of the house, the “foundation” of the house is charted to be the two brick colors, one thread of each.  I am stitching mine on 40ct and only using one thread, so blending two wasn’t going to work.  My friend Mary suggested using the same color used for the window outlines.  And it worked beautifully!  Also, the called for color for the window fill in was so close to the outline color that I had to look for something else.  After some trial and error, I found something that worked well but wasn’t too stark or bright.  Mary helped by being a second set of eyes on that decision as well.  So, this one is all thanks to her!

Here is the finished block.  I love the way it turned out.  It is personalized for Eric’s grandparents and the year they were married along with their birthdates (both in March).

AOTH A Wish For You Finished

And here’s a little look at how the whole thing was coming together with that March block finished.  I love how it’s coming together!

AOTH through March block

And of course, once I finished March it was on to the April block – Pink Hill Manor.

AOTH Beginning April Block

Here’s my little bitty start on it.

Starting April Block on AOTH

 

AOTH April block WIP

And here it is finished!  I stitched this one for Eric and I.  We were married in April of 2006 and this year we celebrated our ten year anniversary!  This was a fun one to stitch and went relatively quickly.  I finished it up on March 30th.

AOTH April Block Finished

And here we come to my tale of woe.  I took a little break from my AOTH stitching to stitch a little gift for a friend’s birthday and then got started on the May block about April 5th or so.  I worked on it but I was seriously slow-mo-joe-ing it on this block.  Not sure if I was just getting burned out on working on this piece or what the deal was.  But, I’d made some pretty good progress on it and I had it with me at my EGA meeting at the end of the month and then when I got home and was getting my things out of the car, disaster struck.  I spilled coffee on my project bag.  My mesh project bag.  Here’s the damage.

AOTH Coffee Spill

So, it was coffee with cream and sugar in it so I knew I had to get it out.  I attempted to blot it with a damp cloth, which did help with the coffee stain but left a dark line all around the edge of where I got the fabric damp.

AOTH stain

 

I took my case to the Sampler World Facebook group and asked for suggestions. I have to say my friend Kim had the best suggestion (and she knows my sense of humor well):

I recommend voodoo. Bury the linen in a burlap sack in a graveyard at midnight of the next full moon. Sprinkle the earth with a mixture of rat toenails (clipped with your best embroidery scissors), Cheetos dust, and the ashes of a Krispy Kreme donut. Each night for the next seven nights, walk backward around the hole three times. On the seventh night, dig up the burlap sack and swing it over your head five times, facing east. If that doesn’t work, do what these other ladies said to do.

LOL!  It gave me a good laugh.

Ultimately what it came down to for me was that the piece was basically ruined as is, so I took a deep breath and dunked that corner in cold water.  Then I let it start to dry.  Same situation – dark ring around where it got wet.  So, I rinsed the whole thing in cold water.  I let it dry and ended up rinsing it one more time.  Once it finally dried, all traces of the coffee were completely gone.  I had been most concerned about all the overdyed threads used in this piece.  And one stitcher in the group asked specifically about my threads.  She said that the Weeks and Gentle Arts (GAST) threads are for the most part colorfast now, but she said with the Crescent Colors threads (now Classic Colorworks), all bets were off.  So, I knew I was running a risk that my threads might run, and I actually had some that did.  The ones that bled were a charcoal grey and a burgundy.  Everything else looked fine.  And the bleeding wasn’t bad.  I may still try to work on those later, but ultimately I decided that I had too much work in this to ditch it and I think I can live with the minor bleeding.  So here’s what it looked like after its bath.

AOTH After Rinsing

And I picked it back up and got right back to my May block, working on it at the Tudor Rose guild meeting.

AOTH May Block WIP

And then finally, in a late night photo you can see the final finish of this block on June 20th.  So, it took me basically two months to stitch this one.  This block is in honor of Eric’s parents and their wedding year of 1972.

AOTH May Block Finished

I am already hard at work on the July block and hope to really pick up the pace now that I’m over the hump.  Needless to say, I leave the coffee well away from my stitching now!  Anyway, I’ll be sharing better photos of the whole piece soon as well as how my July block is coming along.  And of course, you can always follow me on Instagram if you want to watch my progress.

I am grateful for the help of fellow stitchers!

Episode 11: Project Roulette

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg podcast!  In this episode I share my first finished shawl, my 2016 stitching plan, and some wonderful gifts I received.

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Yowza Weigh It Shawl by Susan B. Anderson – using Miss Babs Yowza in the Zombie Prom colorway and size 8 Signature circulars.  Finished on 12/31/15
  2. Hare Pyns (not shown – you can see the finish here) by Patrick’s Woods
  3. EGA Nametag and Tudor Rose Sampler Guild Nametag

WIPs:

  1. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – I’m currently on the March block called A Wish for You; stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with (mostly) the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads
  2. Mistake Rib Scarf by Purl Soho – yarn is Lion Brand Homespun in color 338 Nouveau and I’m knitting with Size 10 Addi Turbos

Stash Enhancement:

  1. Erin Condren Good to Go Life Planner

Reading:

  1. Finished A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness in December
  2. You can see the complete list and reviews of my 2015 reads over on the Cozystyle blog here
  3. Currently reading Lara Casey’s Make it Happen and R.K. Ryal’s The Story of Awkward

Essential Oil of the Week: Valor

Valor

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Where Did 2014 Go?

It’s that time of year again when the holidays roll around and I am furiously trying to finish up my exchange ornaments for the guild holiday parties.  In all the flurry I realized today that I never shared last year’s fun here on the blog.  Gah!  So, let’s pretend for a moment that it’s December of 2014 and I’ll take you on a little walk down memory lane.  Last December was the end of my two-year term as President of the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild.  It was a good two years, and I felt like a lot was accomplished and the board and I were able to put some things in motion that really made a difference for the guild as a whole.  I have to say, I’m quite proud of those two years.  So, with the end on my term on the board, I wanted to gift my board with some little thank you gifts.  Because of the way the positions roll off, there were some people that were with me both years, and some that were only on one year or the other.  I neglected to do gifts for the outgoing board members the year before, so I just did it all in one fell swoop.

For one year’s board members, I made these little Tudor rose boxes.  I found an image online, printed it out and attached it to the top of the boxes.  The boxes were those cardboard boxes that you can find at your local hobby store that are unfinished.  I painted them red and then used some Briwax to age them and buff them to a pretty finish.

On the inside I added a little bit of wool felt to the bottom for a finished look.

I really love how they turned out and I think the ladies were pleased with them as well.

For the other board members, I made some beaded scissor fobs.  I ordered the Tudor rose charms from a shop on etsy and then found some pretty crystal beads to add.  I’m happy with how these turned out as well.

Here’s all of them together.  The crystals are actually a very pretty red and not quite the color they are showing up in these photos.

I did make one of each for myself too – a box and a fob.  And the ladies that served on the board both years got both gifts.  I think they were happy with them.  I was more than happy to spend some creative time making something for them as a thank you for volunteering their time to make the guild great.

And along with my gifts for the board, the board had a gift for me as well.  I had to snag the photos from our guild’s blog, but wanted to share with you.

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Once the gifts were given and the food was eaten, we gathered around to do our annual ornament exchange.  Here is the ornament I stitched.  It’s by Catherine Theron and was in the 2002 JCS Ornament issue.  I stitched it on 32ct Lakeside Linen in Flagstone (much more bluish/grey than is showing in this photo) with the called for GAST threads.

I worked on it over Thanksgiving and had fun stitching it.  I thought the pompom trim was a good choice for finishing.  I may need to get some more of that!  I thought stitching a Catherine Theron ornament was a good choice since she has come to teach at our guild several times.

Here are a few of the ornaments that my fellow guild members made for the exchange.  Loved how simple this one was with the band sampler style.

Loved the aging on this one, especially the rusted jingle bells.  The homespun fabric at the bottom are the perfect touch.

Such a cute idea to stitch this over one and put into a tiny frame.

Another great use of aging.  Love that chenille trim too!  I have this one in my stash to stitch, and I just love it.  This is going on my must stitch for next Christmas list!

And here’s another sweet one.  I love the fabric they used, love that beaded edge and then the pinked wool felt backing.  Just darling!

And here are all the ornaments together.  So many amazing and talented stitchers are part of this group!

And here’s the ornament I received in the exchange, I love the Celtic knotwork and the pretty beads.

And another shot of it on my tree.

So pretty!  It is always so fun to see what everyone else has stitched and to come home with a beauty one of the members made.   And it never ceases to amaze me how so many of us stitch out of the JCS ornament issue (often the current one) and yet, we’ve never had two people stitch the same thing!

I’ll be back soon with a recap of last year’s EGA holiday party too and what fun things there were to see!

I am grateful for the holiday spirit.

Summer Stitches

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Hi, everyone!  I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer.  I’ve been working on a couple of projects that just seemed like the perfect thing for summertime.  You may remember a while back I started the Tula Pink Hex on the Beach quilt.  It was an English Paper Piecing (EPP) kit that was offered at the time her Saltwater line was released in very limited quantities.  I pre-ordered the kit when I went to meet Tula a couple of years ago.  The kit comes with the pattern, the paper templates and all the fabrics precut.  Add needle and thread and you are ready to go.  So, last summer I started mine. 
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I’m thread basting my pieces, although I know some folks swear by glue basting.  Basting actually goes pretty darn quick and you kind of get into a rhythm with it.  Once you start sewing the hexies together in rows, you do have to keep track of your pattern, but it goes pretty fast too.  Where I got kind of stuck was in sewing the rows together.  It’s a little fiddly and you definitely don’t get that instant gratification of seeing a row come together.  So, that’s kind of where I left off with mine – sewing rows 1 and 2 together.  
Well, summer rolled around again and I decided to pull this back out to work on.  It’s been really nice, and is very portable, so that is a huge perk. 
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And my new obsession – binge watching Suburban Stitcher podcasts.  Y’all, I can’t even tell you how much fun I’ve been having watching Dianne’s podcasts, and I don’t even knit.  I own yarn, I’ve attempted knitting twice, it didn’t work out.  But now I’m obsessed.  Again. 
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I now have rows three and four assembled and sewn on.  It’s fun because now you can see the beginnings of the pattern.
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There’s 40 rows total, so I’m 1/10 of the way there!  It will be exciting when I move out of the corals and into the seaweed colorway. 
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And my other summer project, something else that was resurrected from the closet of lost WIPs…my Shores of Hawk Run Hollow.  Sylvia is stitching this over one.  Let’s take a moment for that to sink in.  OVER ONE.  So, seeing hers made me want to get mine out and work on it.  Here’s a couple of photos of how it looked when last we saw it.  Block 1 in progress.
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And block 1 completed.
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So here’s why this was banished to the closet.  It’s on 36ct.  I have since learned that I hate, like hate with a passion, 36ct.  I love 40ct.  I like 32ct.  36ct is that weird limbo halfway count that the coverage with one thread isn’t enough, but two threads is too much.  So, when I started this I was having such an issue with the coverage using one thread over two that I couldn’t stand it.  So, I started block two (you can see the little bit of it above) with two over two.  Coverage was better, but it was really too thick.  So.  Into the closet in disgust.  
When I pulled this back out, the thought of starting over wasn’t really an option for me.  The piece of fabric I have (which these photos are not anywhere close to showing the actual color) is so so gorgeous that I couldn’t bear to ditch it.  And after looking at my stitching again I decided that moving forward with one over two was what I wanted to do.  But first….block 2 had to be ripped out.  So, it took several nights to get the black border and the inner blue border ripped back out.  Sigh.  painful.  But, I got that all ripped out and then stitched it back in and look!  Now there’s coral, and a crab, and fish, and seaweed!  So fun! 
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Here’s both blocks together.  I am really happy on the decision I made and that I’m now moving forward again.  And it really is the perfect summer stitch.   
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Summer is such a great time to hibernate in the A/C and work on some fun projects.  I hope you all are enjoying your summer stitches too!
I am grateful for watermelon, lemonade, and outdoor jazz concerts.