Flosstube Episode 31: French Influence

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share part 1 of my Stitch Maynia week 4 vlog.

And here’s part 2:

 

Week 4 of Stitch Maynia vlog:

  • Day 20 & 21: new start Frances Eden by Handwork Samplers – Vikki Clayton HDF silk and DMC on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside
  • Days 22 & 23: Cuisine d’Ete by Echevette – DMC on 32ct Lemon Zest by Silkweaver
  • Day 24: Mystery 9 Le Potager du Roi by Chatelaine Designs – silks on 32ct Lavender Mist by Zweigart
  • Day 25 no stitching
  • Days 26 & 27: Bay Sampler by The Workbasket – SNC on 28ct Sterling PTP

Thanks so much for watching!

I am grateful for the generosity of friends.

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!

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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Grateful for goals and plans.

Flosstube Episode 17: Return of the Zebra Beagle

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share some framed pieces, the start of the Village of Hawk Run Hollow SAL, and some birthday gifts.

Show notes:

Framing (No Finishes):

  1. Sugar Skull Version 5 by Kristy Kizzee (Bombastitch) on etsy stitched on 40ct Weeks Cocoa with DMC.  Finished in October 2012.  Blog post here.
  2. Garden of Eerie by Plum Street Samplers stitched on 36ct Meadow Rue (not Light Examplar like I said in the video) with DMC.  Finished in October 2011.  Blog post here.
  3. 1854 Isabella Johnstone Sampler by Needlework Press (originally in SANQ Summer 2010) stitched on 40ct Vintage Lentil with Belle Soie silks.  Finished in August 2012.  Blog post here.

WIPs:

  1. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – I’m currently on the July block called Swan Lake; stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads
  2. Black’d Skie by Primitive Needle – 40ct Vintage Pear by Lakeside Linen and the called for Pure Palette baroque silks and SNC silks
  3. Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings – 36ct Vintage Light Examplar with DMC.  SAL with Abi Bellastitch and others on Instagram #hrhvillagesal and in the Cross Stitch Finish Line group on Facebook.  Started September 1 and aiming for a block a month.

Stash Enhancement:

  1. Sewing kit out of Tula Pink Saltwater made by my friend, Mary from the pattern My Hexie Friend by @sewknotcrochet on Craftsy
  2. Peaceful Paradise by Midsummer Night Designs chart

Flosstube Shoutouts:

  1. Tracy P

Reading:

  1. Finished Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Currently reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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I’m grateful for all the sweet comments and notes from those that reached out to me after my last video.

Flosstube Episode 16: Comfort Stitching

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share my contribution to Quilts for Peace, a few little finishes, some birthday stash enhancement, and progress on my WIPs.

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Sewed the binding on a Quilts for Peace quilt (not my quilt, I only did the binding)
  2. Perching from the Blackbird Designs’ Mary Ann Blackburn booklet (Loose Feathers Spring 2012) – on 36ct Lakeside Linens Vintage Meadow Rue with the called for Classic Colorworks and GAST threads with one exception – I substituted the two leaves charted in GAST Toasted Barley with a brighter green DMC.  Finished into a pincushion filled with crushed walnut shells as a coordinating piece to go with the Spring’s Song box (also in the same booklet) shared in this post.
  3. Honeysuckle Vine Stocking from the Blackbird Designs’ Glorious June booklet – on 40ct Picture This Plus Dill with the called for Classic Colorworks threads and the DMC substitute for Weeks Honeysuckle.
  4. WIP Minders – I shared mine made from Cotton + Steel August fabrics, but I also made two more out of Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  I used this tutorial to make them but used sew on snaps instead of the KAM snaps.  If I had to do it again, I would use the KAM.

WIPs:

  1. Six Wives of Henry VIII by Primitive Hare – stitching on 40ct Gander linen I coffee-dyed myself with the called for DMC.  Begun and being stitched while we watch The Tudors on TV.
  2. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – I’m currently on the July block called Swan Lake; stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads
  3. Black’d Skie by Primitive Needle – 40ct Vintage Pear by Lakeside Linen and the called for Pure Palette baroque silks and SNC silks

Stash Enhancement:

  1. Butterfly Quilt pattern by Tula Pink
  2. Project Roll (similar) – made with Ghastlies fabric by Sylvia
  3. Rampant Cats Sampler by Barbara Ana Designs stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linens Cedar Plank by Sylvia
  4. Thread – DMC for Six Wives piece, SNC silks for Black’d Skie, Classic Colorworks for AOTH block 8, Weeks threads for Primitive Needle’s The Talking Board

Flosstube Shoutouts:

  1. Emily from Eclectic Possessions
  2. Tracy P

Reading:

  1. Finished Isla & the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  2. Finished Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
  3. Currently reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

I apologize for the emotional tangent I go off on in the video.  I briefly considered re-recording, but there was a lot of good stuff I hated to lose.  Thanks for hanging in there when I’m a hot mess.

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I’m grateful for birthday stitching and Sims kids in hot dog costumes.

Collecting My Thoughts

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I’m still working on getting back in the swing of things, so there’s really no stitching progress to show (I just keep flitting from piece to piece). So, instead I thought I’d just show you some things I’ve been meaning to share and finally got around to taking photos of yesterday. First up is my framed Hand & Heart piece. You may recall I finished this right before Thanksgiving. I took it in to be framed in early January so that I’d have it in time to give to Eric for Valentine’s Day. I was able to give him the piece in February, but missed Valentine’s Day by a week and a half. Unfortunately there were problems with the frame, so after the first time it came in, it had to be reordered.

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I was really set on this frame after I saw it because I wanted a wide frame for the piece, since it’s so small (similar to how Lisa framed the model). We also left a little more margin around the piece for that same reason. And I just loved the accents of red on the frame too.

And the piece has been hanging for awhile now, since I’m just getting around to sharing it. I knew, of course, when I stitched it that it would be hung in our bedroom along with Where My Heart Blooms (last year’s Valentine’s Day gift). As you can see, I have plenty of room for more framed pieces.

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And just as a reminder, for anyone interested in the specifics – Hand & Heart is a freebie from The Primitive Needle. I stitched mine with the recommended Weeks threads on the recommended 40ct Dill by Picture This Plus. It’s funny because that Dill fabric didn’t look green at all when I stitched the piece, but now that it’s framed, it’s definitely looking a lot greener.

And next up, another little something I’ve been meaning to share. I won a giveaway Laurie was having on her blog. I was so excited to win and have enjoyed looking through the book. Laurie also sent along a surprise of some great scissors that I will be putting to great use once I get back to quilting (which I hope is soon!).

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Thank you so much, Laurie, for the generous giveaway!!

And finally, a little crafting finish. Back at the beginning of October some friends and I got together for a fabulous stitching day. One speedy stitcher had already stitched up one of the pieces from BBD’s A Schoolgirl’s Work called Polly’s Sewing Box. It’s a sweet little piece, but then she made color copies of the piece and sized them down. And we were each presented with the little boxes (already painted) and the color copy so that we could make another project from the book – Polly’s Thimble Box.

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Well, the plan was for us to work on finishing our little boxes that day, but we got so busy stitching that we didn’t get around to it. So, recently, I asked if I could get a lesson on how to do the Briwax finishing on the box. So, a couple of us got together and voila – I learned how to sand my painted box and apply the Briwax finishing to it. Now I’m a Briwaxing fiend!!

Isn’t it the sweetest little thing?

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So, a big thanks to my crafty friends who put all of this together and showed me how to do the finishing. I love my little thimble box!

That’s all I have to show you today. And do go see The Hunger Games – it was really good! And I have two words about the casting – Lenny Kravitz. I think Lenny made an excellent Cinna, but mostly I just love me some Lenny Kravitz. And last week I decided to re-read the book before seeing the movie, since it’s been since 2009 since I originally read that one. The book was just as good, if not better the second time around. Anyway – go see the movie, if you get a chance.

Maybe next time I’ll have some stitching to show. It’s coming up on WIPocalypse update time again!

I am grateful for getting to stitch on ATS last night.

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.

The Tortoise and the Hare

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And just when you thought I was finished with this Hare Pyns stitching…there’s more. It’s neverending. I just keep stitching. And I think that my tortoise-like stitching pace has become impossibly slower with this piece. After finishing the stitching on the main sewing pocket (albeit I finished after the workshop was over), I’m now attempting to stitch the smalls for the piece. Above you can see the needlebook cover.
And below is the pyn keep.

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It’s all that background stitching that kills you. Just two more pieces to go – the scissor sheath and the scissor fob. Wonder how long those will take? I’m ready for the stitching to be done so that I can attempt to get this thing finished. My goal is to have it done by the end of the year. Stay tuned!
I did also manage to finish the stitching on my ornament for the guild’s exchange. That went really fast. I had it done in less than a week. Now to do the finishing so that it’s ready to go. And like the other ornaments I’ve stitched for the guild’s exchange, I’ll definitely be restitching this one for myself. I can’t wait to share photos!
After finishing up the needlebook for HP and finishing the ornament stitching, I moved on to a piece I’d like to have ready for framing in January. Not much to see, but the fabric is pretty!

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This is the small beginnings of The Primitive Needle’s Hand & Heart on 40ct Dill with Weeks. I got a lot further on this last night while watching Angels & Demons on TV. (Sorry you have to make do with the photo from yesterday morning – I’m too lazy to take another!) But, this should be a quick-ish stitch and then I have some other things I’d like to work on.

Not much else to share this time. I hope to have a Primitive Needle finish to share with you next time though! Thanks for stopping in!

I am grateful for a coffee date.