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.

Five Fathoms Down

Mermaid Fraktur Close Up
 

At the end of 2016 I was asked if I would be interested in doing some model stitching for my newly reopened LNS, The Stitch Niche.  The new owners are working hard to get some new models up in the shop, which I thought was a wonderful idea.  They asked me to stitch on of Paulette’s (Plum Street Samplers) new designs, Mermaid Fraktur.  They had chosen 36 count Earthen by Picture This Plus, which I think was a brilliant choice, and the called for threads.

One note on the threads, and I mentioned this on my latest video, there are two threads Classic Colorworks Sunset and Weeks Parchment that are only used for a couple of stitches.  You can easily substitute those threads with DMC or something you have on hand.  The Sunset is used for their lips and bellybuttons and the Parchment is used for their eyes.

Mermaid Fraktur Finished
 

Even though both sides are essentially mirror images, I had no issue with getting bogged down in doing the same thing twice.  I started om the center because I wanted to make sure I was centered in my fabric since I wasn’t sure how much of a margin they’d allowed.  I worked my way down that middle flower and then stitched the left side and then moved back over to stitch the right side.  My favorite part of this piece is the mermaids’ tails for sure.  I love the Paulette used three different colors to create the scales as well as the fact they are red.  And their hair!  Mine looks like that most days!!

Mermaid Fraktur Close Anchor
 

This really was such a joy to stitch and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to stitch it.  Paulette designs such fun pieces and this one is no exception.

 

Mermaid Fraktur Instagram
I am grateful for spending January with these lovely ladies.

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 23: Starting Fresh


Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share my New Year’s Day start, 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:

Finishes:

  1. None

WIPs:

  1. New Year’s Day start – Williamsburg Remembered Sewing Case by Catherine Theron – silk on linen – workshop taken 3/14/2009
  2. Le Cuisine d’Ete by Echevette – DMC on 32ct Lemon Zest by Silkweaver – started 2/19/2008
  3. Mermaid Fraktur by Plum Street Samplers – stitched with Weeks and Classic Colorworks on 36ct Earthen by PTP, stitching 1 over 2
  4. Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin – working on the house from Brightneedle’s Ghoulies and Ghosties Etui for this block.  Using a mix of Weeks, DMC, SNC, and Dinky Dyes on 35ct Brandy by CountryStitch
  5. Weigh it Shawl 2 by Susan B. Anderson – size 9 Signature needles and Miss Babs Yowza in the Joan of Arc colorway

Stash:

  1. Color Delights – Rainbow needlepoint pattern by Needle Delights Originals (Kathy Rees)
  2. Thread Ring from Black Branch Needlework

Shout Outs:

  1. Mummula
  2. Stitcherista

Reading:

  1. Finished From Scratch by Rachel Goodman
  2. Reading Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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