Revisiting Victorine

Way back in January of 2012 I decided to start the gorgeous Victorine Delacroix sampler from The Essamplaire.  A friend and I conspired and bought kits for this piece during a sale and decided to splurge on getting the silk kit rather than the DMC.  Soooo happy I did.

The photo above shows my progress on Victorine as of the last time I worked on her, which was quite some time ago.  Here is a not so flattering photo of the original from The Essamplaire’s site.

Admittedly, it is a little harder to fall in love with her based on this photo.  But she is a stunner in person.  So, back in January of this year I was having the hardest time settling on anything I really wanted to stitch on so I decided to dig some options out of the vault.  Victorine was calling to me, so I pulled her out and started on the motif to the right of that basket of flowers.  I so love the contrast of those pistachio and lime greens against the drab colored flowers.

I only worked on her for a couple of nights, but it was enough to rekindle my love affair with her.  It was also enough for me to start and finish that motif including the over one heart and initials in the center.

So pretty.  I’m stitching her on the 40ct linen that came in the kit and the silks are AVAS.  Luscious.

I am looking forward to that satin stitched ribbon-looking inner border and the navy baskets of flowers down below.

There are some beautiful photos of a Victorine in progress over at Corgi Cottage, if you need further enabling.

I am grateful for sampler stitching when I’m feeling unsettled.  

Little White Pumpkins

I think this was the last design of Lisa’s I bought before she died.  It was a limited edition release at St. Charles market in September 2010.  Even now, a couple months shy of her being gone seven years, it is still bittersweet to stitch her designs and watch them come to life.

Lisa offered this design as a kit with the Weeks Putty fabric – either 30ct or 35ct.  This was actually the only market piece I bought that year – it was just too cute to pass up.  And I loved the presentation with the fabric and chart in a little bag.

This piece was officially started during the first official Dark October Stitching back in 2016 and I finished it in 2017 during Dark October, on October 9th.

Mine is stitched on the 35ct Weeks Putty and I used the called for Weeks threads.  I did rearrange the letter colors at the top to have the orange letters not line up.  But that’s the only change I made.

I loved each stitch of this piece, and each little motif.

And how can you not love those two little white pumpkins?

I am glad that Lisa has left a legacy of her creativity and talent and this past year I was truly lucky to be able to stitch and finish two of her designs.  That makes 2017 pretty special.

I am grateful for still having a little piece of her with me in each of her designs.

Summer Vibes

I’m back to share another Year of WIPs finish for 2017.  This is Cuisine d’ete by Echevette, a French designer.  I bought this pattern and started it back in February of 2008.  And before I put it on my YOW challenge list, it had probably been years since I stitched on it?  The last blog post I have is from September of 2009.

The original design was stitched on raw or natural linen.  I always knew I wanted this piece to go in my kitchen so when I came across a piece of 32ct Lemon Zest from Silkweaver in my stash, I knew I had to use it.  The chart only calls for three colors of DMC and I used the called for red and green, but the ecru it called for I changed to B5200 for more contrast against the yellow.

I had a lot of fun stitching on this piece each time I picked it up and I was so determined I would finish it this year I also put it on my MAGIC list.

So I started this in February 2008 and finished on September 3, 2017.  I really don’t know why it took me so long to finish it and why it languished for so long because it truly makes me happy every time I look at it.

And it will reside in our kitchen along with this piece – my Lemon Meringue Sampler by Casey Buonaugurio.

Lemon meringue pie is pretty much my favorite thing in the world.  But, as you can see, Cuisine d’ete will fit right in.  Now all it needs is a frame!

I am grateful for happy thoughts of summer during the cold winter.

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 45: Party Girl

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share another Year of WIPs finish, seasonal stitching, and my Chatelaine.
Finishes:
  • Primitive Wizard of Oz by Midsummer Night Designs – Classic Colorworks, Weeks, PTB, and DMC on 40ct Natural Gander linen
WIPs:
  • Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings – stitching with DMC on 36ct Lakeside Vintage Light Examplar
  • Noel ornament by Catherine Theron (Theron Traditions) – stitching with GAST & Weeks on 40ct Weeks Confederate Grey
  • Jenny Bean’s Christmas Sampler by Shakespeare’s Peddler – GAST on 40ct Navy Bean by Lakeside
  • Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi) by Chatelaine Designs – silks and PTB on 32ct Lavender Mist Zweigart

Thanks so much for watching!

I am grateful for the vision and talent of Martina – she brought an enormous amount of beauty to this world and to our stitching.  She will be truly missed.