Over Halfway

I had intended to do a check-in post at the end of June on my progress on my Year of WIPs challenge, but…well…ok so it’s August.  If you’ve been following along on Instagram or on Flosstube, you’ve seen the ongoing progress, but I thought it would be nice to do a little recap.

Above is the mosaic of each of my Year of WIPs pieces where they were at the beginning of the year.  Every one of these pieces got some attention during Stitch Maynia also.  And so here’s my current progress.

Mermaid Treasure Box by Chatelaine Designs – silks and Petite Treasure Braid on 32ct White Zweigart – started 9/26/2005.  I got some work in on that top left corner.

And a little more…

Mystery IX (Le Potager du Roi) by Chatelaine Designs – silks and Petite Treasure Braid on 32ct Lavender Mist Zweigart – started 1/1/2006.  I’ve been working on this one a good bit.  I started off by finishing the beading on the swirls in the corner.  After beading that whole corner, I decided that I would go ahead and start on the next section instead of continuing on with the beading.  I did outgrow my q-snap though, so M9 got moved to scroll rods.

A little closer look at the corner with more done on the next section.

The start of filling in the Algerian eyelets and the corner pool.

And I just recently finished that corner pool – all the Petite Treasure Braid and the beads are done. So sparkly!

My plan is to continue on with M9, to give it as much attention as I can over the next few months.

Bay Sampler by The Workbasket – SNC on 28ct Sterling PTP – started 6/18/2006.  My first order of business on Bay Sampler was to rip out that big sail and restitch it for the third (and final) time.

Then I was able to move to some of the other fun little motifs. Little fish…

Whales…

And the start of a purple mermaid’s tail…

Mystery Sampler by Papillon Creations from The Gift of Stitching magazine – Vikki Clayton HDF on 32ct Sandcastle by Silkweaver – started 3/23/07.  This one is FINISHED!  I will do a separate post on it soon, but here is a final shot!

Mermaids of the Deep Blue by Mirabilia – DMC on 32ct Ocean Waves by Stitches and Spice – started 1/1/2008.  I was able to get a good start on the second mermaid in the two days I worked on this during Maynia.

Le Cuisine d’Ete by Echevette – DMC on 32ct Lemon Zest by Silkweaver – started 2/19/2008.  This one got a lot of love too.

Worked on getting the center section stitched…

And I loved this little lacy part on the side.  And I finished the bottom right hand block too.  I think I could finish this one up quickly, if I stuck with it.

Le Marquoir de Justine by Anne Pelletier Pauleau – my own conversion to Gloriana, Soie Crystal, and AVAS on 40ct HDF light coffee antiqued with walnut spray – started 2/4/14.  I was happy to visit this one again.

Primitive Wizard of Oz by Midsummer Night Designs – DMC, Classic Colorworks, and Petite Treasure Braid on 40ct Tissage Gander – started 11/19/2004.  I think I could finish this one pretty quickly too.

Colonial Garden by Plum Street Samplers – NPI on 40ct Black Forest by Lakeside – started 1/9/15.  I am having a really hard time with this one, and because it’s difficult, I’m really not wanting to work on it much.  Or at all.

Six Wives of Henry VIII by Primitive Hare – DMC on 40ct Gander linen coffee-dyed – started 7/25/16.  I made some more progress on Anne Boleyn.

Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings – DMC on 36ct Lakeside Light Examplar – started 9/1/16 – one of twelve blocks done.  Worked some more on block 12.

Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – Classic Colorworks and GAST on 40ct Vintage Examplar – started 6/13/10 – eight of fourteen blocks done.  I did manage to get some stitches in on it.  Unfortunately, I think a good portion of those stitches are coming back out.  I am so disappointed in some of the threads for this block – they are just so light they blend into the fabric.  All that work, for nothing.  So, I will rip out and restitch with a shade darker thread.  Eventually.

So, that’s my (close to) half-year check in on my YOW pieces.  I hope to focus on those two that I think are close to a finish and then continue to focus on M9 until it’s done.

Above all though, I’m really glad that all of these pieces have gotten some attention.  And even if they don’t all get done this year, they are at least a little closer.

I am grateful for great progress and falling back in love with my pieces.  

Flosstube Episode 26: The Man with the Gold Pants

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share my first Year of WIPs finish, Dark13Stitching, and the start of a new SAL.

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. Mystery Sampler by Papillon Creations from The Gift of Stitching magazine – stitching on 32ct Sandcastle by Silkweaver with Vikki Clayton Hand Dyed Fibers – Year of WIPs piece and one of my MAGIC (My Annual Good Intentions Contract) pieces for guild.  Started 3/23/07 and finished 4/7/17.  Chose the anniversary center section and personalized it to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary
  2. Section for a Quaker Ball by Amaryllis Artworks for a friend – stitched 1 over 2 with silk on 40ct cream linen.  Finished on 4/8/17.

WIPs:

  1. Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin – working on the cemetery block from Village of Hawk Run Hollow for this block.  Using DMC on 35ct Brandy by CountryStitch.

New Start:

  1. Coffee Quaker by Heartstring Samplery – stitched on 40ct Stars Hollow linen from R&R with (mostly) the called for GAST, Weeks, and CC threads.  Started on 4/1/17 for the Coffee Quaker SAL

Stash:

  1. Coffee Quaker chart, 40ct Stars Hollow linen, and 3 threads (Classic Colorworks Hazelnut, Weeks Grasshopper, and GAST Ruby Slipper) – ordered from Stitch & Frog
  2. Prairie Schooler Boo!  Freebie
  3. Bare Minerals eye shadow palette
  4. Sugar Skull knitting bag from KC’s Pockets to Go

Shout Outs:

  1. None this week

Reading:

  1. Finished Feversong by Karen Marie Moning
  2. Reading Sour Grapes by Rachel Goodman

Thanks so much for watching!

Grateful for eleven years.

Flosstube Episode 25: Komodo Dragons

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share the official start on my rotation, 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 but you can view photos of my Midi Mystery I here, as promised.

WIPs:

  1. Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin – working on the cemetery block from Village of Hawk Run Hollow for this block.  Using DMC on 35ct Brandy by CountryStitch.  All blocks are identified below:
    • Prairie Schooler – When Witches Go Riding
    • Prairie Schooler – Pumpkin Patch
    • Pickle Barrel Designs – Halloween Alley
    • Prairie Schooler – Trick or Treat
    • Primitive Needle – By the Light of the Moon
    • Drawn Thread – Halloween House
    • Just Nan – Ghastly Ghostly Ghouls
    • Brightneedle – Ghoulies and Ghosties
    • Carriage House Samplings – cemetery block from Village of Hawk Run Hollow
  2. Williamsburg Remembered by Catherine Theron – SAL with some local stitching friends, stitched on 35ct linen with a mix of AVAS, NPI, and Gumnuts silks (this was a workshop I took through my guild back in 2009)
  3. Mystery 9 Le Potager du Roi by Chatelaine Designs – currently beading part 9 and started stitching part 10 – 32ct Lavender Mist Zweigart linen with NPI, Gloriana, SNC, Thread Gatherer Silk Perle, Waterlilies, and RG Petite Treasure Braid with delicas and Swarovski crystals (started in 2006) – Year of WIPs piece
  4. Bay Sampler by The Workbasket – stitching with called for Silk N Colors on 28ct Sterling Picture This Plus (started in 2006) – Year of WIPs piece
  5. Mystery Sampler by Papillon Creations from The Gift of Stitching magazine – stitching on 32ct Sandcastle by Silkweaver with Vikki Clayton Hand Dyed Fibers (started 2007) – Year of WIPs piece
  6. Weigh It Shawl #2 by Susan B. Anderson – knitting with Miss Babs Yowza in Joan of Arc colorway on size 9 Signature Needles
  7. Marcelle Medallion by Alexia Abegg – sewed on border 6 with Alison Glass Ex Libris and Juliana Horner for Joann’s cornerstones – two more borders to go!
  8. Quilty365 circle a day project – started on January 18th and here’s the link up for 2017 participants

Stash:

  1. Hocus Pocus Halloween cupcake stitch marker from Sucre Sucre Miniatures
  2. Threads for Color Delights – Rainbow needlepoint pattern by Needle Delights Originals (Kathy Rees)
  3. Giveaway from Carissa (@carissaslife on Instagram) – Lizzie Kate Halloween Tingles, all buttons (including the clay ones) as well as the called for linen (28 count milk chocolate wichelt, 18×55″)
  4. Nametag Door Prize from DMQG – 5 yards of Heather Bailey’s Lottie Da in Lottie Dot for a quilt backing
  5. Colorscapes (Picture this Plus) 40ct fabric in Gothic from a sweet friend at my Tudor Rose Sampler Guild

Shout Outs:

  1. Farm Girl
  2. Stitcherista
  3. Stash Queen

Reading:

  1. Finished Dreamology by Lucy Keating
  2. Reading Feversong by Karen Marie Moning

Thanks so much for watching!

Grateful for the generosity of stitchers!

Flosstube Episode 22: Finishing Out the Year

 Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share a recap of 2016, a new start, Christmas stitching, and my projects for the Year of WIPs challenge.

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. None

Recap of 2016:

  1. 19 stitching finishes that included four Anniversaries of the Heart blocks, Hare Pyns, and the By the Light of the Moon block on my Halloween Neighborhood RR
  2. Pulling my Halloween Neighborhood RR out of cold storage and falling in love with it again
  3. Dark 13 stitching and Dark October stitching
  4. Hawk Run Hollow SAL

WIPs:

  1. Peace on Earth by Blackbird Designs – stitched with GAST and Weeks on 30ct Sheep’s Straw by R&R
  2. New start: Mermaid Fraktur by Plum Street Samplers – stitched with Weeks and Classic Colorworks on 36ct Earthen by PTP, stitching 1 over 2

Year of WIPs Challenge in Soulful Stitching FB group:

  1. Mermaid Treasure Box by Chatelaine Designs – silks and Petite Treasure Braid on 32ct White Zweigart – started 9/26/2005
  2. Mystery IX (Le Potager du Roi) by Chatelaine Designs – silks and Petite Treasure Braid on 32ct Lavender Mist Zweigart – started 1/1/2006
  3. Bay Sampler by The Workbasket – SNC on 28ct Sterling PTP – started 6/18/2006
  4. Mystery Sampler by Papillon Creations from The Gift of Stitching magazine – Vikki Clayton HDF on 32ct Sandcastle by Silkweaver – started 3/23/07
  5. Mermaids of the Deep Blue by Mirabilia – DMC on 32ct Ocean Waves by Stitches and Spice – started 1/1/2008
  6. Le Cuisine d’Ete by Echevette – DMC on 32ct Lemon Zest by Silkweaver – started 2/19/2008
  7. Le Marquoir de Justine by Anne Pelletier Pauleau – my own conversion to Gloriana, Soie Crystal, and AVAS on 40ct HDF light coffee antiqued with walnut spray – started 2/4/14
  8. Primitive Wizard of Oz by Midsummer Night Designs – DMC, Classic Colorworks, and Petite Treasure Braid on 40ct Tissage Gander – started 11/19/2004
  9. Colonial Garden by Plum Street Samplers – NPI on 40ct Black Forest by Lakeside – started 1/9/15
  10. Six Wives of Henry VIII by Primitive Hare – DMC on 40ct Gander linen coffee-dyed – started 7/25/16
  11. Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings – DMC on 36ct Lakeside Light Examplar – started 9/1/16 – one of twelve blocks done
  12. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – Classic Colorworks and GAST on 40ct Vintage Examplar – started 6/13/10 – eight of fourteen blocks done

Planned New Year’s Day 2017 start: Williamsburg Remembered Sewing Case by Catherine Theron – silk on linen – workshop taken on 3/14/2009

Photos of what the finished piece will look like.


Stash:

  1. Dovo scissors and case
  2. PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner

Shout Outs:

  1. None

Reading:

  1. Finished A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Met my GoodReads challenge of reading 25 books in 2016

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Grateful for rediscovering some old WIPs and falling in love with them again.

Miss Cottam, I Presume?

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She ended up with a 2012 instead of a 2011, but she’s done! I finished her last night (a week later than I’d intended). She really was a complete joy to stitch. I started her on Thanksgiving Day and finished her on January 7th. I used the called for threads (Weeks) in the called for colors on the called for fabric (Weeks Cocoa), although I stitched her on 40ct rather than 30.
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I love how she turned out, and it was fun stitching her while she was still a mystery. And you wouldn’t believe the number of people who have seen her in person and been surprised at how pretty she is.
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She even took a little trip with me to Chicago for a few days after Thanksgiving for work-related meetings. I stitched all that grass in my hotel room!
So, here she is…Margaret Cottam by La-D-Da. My last start of 2011 and my first finish for 2012!
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So, I know you’re thinking…”now that MC is done, what’s next?” Well, I’m glad you asked. I’ve signed up for the 2012 WIPocalypse over at Measi’s Musings. And although we all know that I have about 6 kazillion WIPs, I’m going to just focus on a few at a time. So, you can take a look over in my sidebar at my WIPocalypse List to see what’s currently in my stitching bag. As I finish something, a new piece will be brought in – some new starts, some old WIPs.

And speaking of new starts, I had intended to have a new start on Jan 1. However, I decided to keep going with Margaret until she was finished. So, I’ll be starting that new start soon. But, in the meantime, I picked up my Anniversaries of the Heart.

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I’ve only barely gotten a start on the Bonus block. I’ve been stuck on this one for months because I knew what I wanted to do to change the block, just couldn’t figure out how to do it. But, I think I finally have it worked out. So, it may require a little trial and error on the fly as I stitch this block, but I think it will be great when it’s done. So…working on that.
Also, in my bag is And They Sinned. Sylvia and I are stitching along together on Sundays. Here’s a photo of how mine looks before I got started on it tonight. Yes, that is a lone bare leg. Yes, I contemplated stitching a lampshade on the top of it. Yes, I intend to stitch the body it belongs to tonight. (It’s almost as bad as the pair of empty boots that lived on my Margaret Cottam until I stitched the rest of the guy.)
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I’ll be sharing the other WIPs in my stitching bag as I work on them. But for now, I think I’m going to concentrate on that bonus block and see if I can get past my creative impasse and get back to ATS on Sundays – starting tonight.

Hope you all are having a wonderful start to the new year!

I am grateful for Good Samaritans.

All Hearts Come Home

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I thought I’d share a few little photos of our holiday home. I absolutely love having seasonal stitched pieces out, and I hope in the next year to have more of them.
I had hoped to have all of my ornaments finished and hanging on the tree at this point, but it hasn’t happened yet. I should just bite the bullet and get over it, like Siobhan did. But, at least I have two new ornaments to hang on the tree (actually, now that I think of it, there’s three…I just forgot to photograph this one).

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Maybe before the tree comes down on January 1, I’ll be able to add a few more to it?

And I will let you in on another little secret. Since sometime in mid-June, I’ve been looking everywhere for the fabric I used on my 2000 Years Ago piece. I needed the extra fabric for the back of an ornament as well as to make a hanger so that 2000 Years Ago could be displayed at Christmas. Well. Let me tell you, I tore this place apart. Looked in every bag, box and basket of fabric I have. Looked in places I didn’t really think it would be…and never found it. I was getting very sad that I was going to have to use thumbtacks to put up my pretty wallhanging, or just drape it over the tree like some kind of Christmas poncho. But, when I pulled out my boxes of Christmas decorations, guess what I found. My bag of fabric, that had fallen behind the Christmas decorations in the closet. Hallelujah! So, I zip zip zip sewed a little sleeve on the back of the wallhanging and hung that sucker on the wall.

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Of course, now that I look at it on the wall, I think it needs something. Some extra little ooomph of some sort. I’ll just have to figure out what. But, it’s hanging!!
If you’d like to see more photos of our home decorated for the holidays, take a look here, on the other blog. There are photos from NYC at Christmas a few years ago too, if you go back a couple of posts over there.
Anyway, I’m sure you’re all wondering when I’m actually going to talk about stitching and if, in fact, there is any going on. Well, wonder no more. This was my Thanksgiving Day start.

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Margaret Cottam, by La-D-Da. I have finished part 1 and am well into part 2. I don’t have part 3 yet, but I’m sure it’s coming in the near future. I’m stitching MC on the called for Weeks Cocoa linen, but on 40ct. Isn’t she lovely. I have really been enjoying her.
And MC is not alone. I’ve got some other stuff I’m up to, but I can’t share quite yet. I’ll just have to leave you with a little teaser.

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I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, filled with lots of friends, fun & family. Oh and eggnog too, don’t forget the eggnog!

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I am grateful for pumpkin seeds in my salad.

Denial is Not Just a River in Egypt

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Ever have those times in your life when there’s so much “stuff” going on and you’re just feeling completely overwhelmed with life in general? I tend to throw myself into projects to keep my mind busy with whatever I’m working on rather than whatever it is I’m trying to not obsess over. So, the past week has seen a bit of a burst of activity (in between working during my vacation). Above you can see that I decided it was about time to do some ornament finishing. I got all my pieces and their backing fabrics cut as well as the cardboard and batting. I still need to determine the trim on a few pieces, but I went ahead with the one that I’ve really been nervous about finishing. So nervous, in fact, that I have avoided it for well over a year.

But, now it’s finished!

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That is Mele Kalikimaka finished as the designer suggested by whipstitching Thread Gatherer silk ribbon around the piece and then creating a braided hanger from the silk ribbon. I’m absolutely thrilled with how it turned out and so glad that it will finally be hanging on my tree this year.
Tuesday night was EGA night and I was excited for the program because we were doing our ornament. This year’s ornament is a beaded star that is so pretty. So, I learned how to do the brick stitch and didn’t do too bad with getting half of my first diamond finished. We are using delicas and Swarovski bicones for the ornament. I can’t wait to get back to working on this!

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And Wednesday, I decided that it was time to get out my sewing machine and rotary cutter and get to work on a Christmas quilt that I’ve been dying to make. I’m mostly following this pattern, and I’m using my Kate Spain Flurry and 12 Days of Christmas charm packs along with some Bella Solids in white.

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I managed to get all of my blocks put together (I’m doing 30 blocks rather than 25 as the pattern calls for). Now, on to the sashing! It felt good to sew again.
And on Wednesday night, I finished up the little piece I’d been working on.

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This is Hand & Heart by The Primitive Needle. I stitched it with the recommended Weeks threads and on the recommended 40ct Dill by Picture This Plus. I love how it turned out and I’m so glad I’ve now got my Valentine’s Day stitching done early!

So, that’s what I’ve been up to – trying to keep myself busy with things that relax me. Since I finished Hand & Heart on Wednesday night, I decided to treat myself to a Thanksgiving Day start. I pulled out Margaret Cottam, the new three-part mystery sampler from La-D-Da. I’m stitching on the called for Weeks Cocoa fabric in 40ct. with the called for Weeks threads.

I hope that those of you celebrating Thanksgiving yesterday had a lovely time and it’s a good reminder for each of us to remember all the blessings we have in our lives – even when they seem the darkest.

Thank you to each and every one of you that comes to visit my blog – I so appreciate it!

I am grateful for every moment.