Episode 55: Teeny Tiny Stitches

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share my 20Stitch Maynia week 2 vlog.

This week I worked on:

  • The King’s Vegetable Garden by Chatelaine Designs – stitching on 32ct Lavender Mist with silks, PTB, delicas, and Swarovski crystals
  • The Snooty Parrot Sampler by Barbara Ana Designs – stitching on 52/60 Vintage Light Examplar with Tudor Silks
  • Jinx by Raise the Roof Designs for #dark13stitching
  • Preparing to SAL on Birds of a Feather Mystery Sampler by With Thy Needle & Thread with Felicity Stitches and Farm Girl – stitching on 40ct Weeks Confederate Grey with the called for Weeks threads

Episode 53: Sampler Maynia

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share my plans for Stitch Maynia (aka Sampler Maynia).

Sampler WIPs to work on during Maynia (while still continuing with my Chatelaine 100 Day challenge):

  • Birds of a Feather Mystery Sampler by With Thy Needle & Thread – stitching on 40ct Weeks Confederate Grey with the called for Weeks threads.  I started this back in May 2011 when it was first released.
  • His Eye is on the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery – stitching on 48ct Gander linen with the called for threads.  This is on my WIPocalypse list and my Year of WIPs list (and if I’m not mistaken it may also be on my MAGIC list).
  • Little Red Chair Sampler by The Scarlett House – stitching on 45ct Vintage Meadow Rue with Gloriana Tudor Silks.  Started August of 2014 as one of the projects for The Attic’s Summer Soiree.
  • The Snooty Parrot Sampler by Barbara Ana Designs – stitching on 52/60 Vintage Light Examplar with Gloriana Tudor Silks.  Started January of 2014 as part of the Sampler World 2014 SAL.
  • Scottish Sampler from the book The Goodhart Samplers by Needleprint – stitching with DMC on 36ct. Permin Lambswool.  Started August of 2010.
  • The 1809 Frances Eden Sampler by HandWork Samplers – stitching on 40ct Vintage Examplar with Vikki Clayton HDF silks/DMC.  This was a Maynia start last year.
  • Victorine Delacroix 1833 by The Essamplaire.  Stitching on 40ct linen with AVAS silks (this was a kit from The Essamplaire).  This was started in January of 2012.
  • La Marquoir de Justine by Anne Pelletier Pauleau.  Stitching on 40ct HDF light coffee antiqued with walnut spray with my own conversion to Gloriana, AVAS & Caron Soie Cristale silks.  Started in Paris in February of 2014.
  • Possible New Start: In the Garden by With My Needle
  • A Dutch Beauty 1790 by Permin of Copenhagen – stitching on 40ct linen I dyed myself with my own dark/jewel tone conversion (silks, overdyes, DMC).  Started as a SAL with Emily C. last June.

Episode 51: Nevermore

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share a finish for the #eapmacabre SAL and some WIP progress.
The #eapmacabre SAL is hosted by Amy and Jenn in the Bewitched Stitches group on Facebook and Instagram.
Finish:
  • Quote the Raven (which bugs me every time I type it) by Cross-Eyed Cricket from the Two Familiars leaflet.  Stitched with DMC on a 32ct linen I dyed myself.

WIPs:

  • Hex on the Beach – EPP (English Paper Piecing) quilt with Tula Pink’s Saltwater fabric line
  • Pixel Heart mini quilt with Tula Pink Elizabeth fabric
  • Snowglobe quilt pattern by Tula Pink with Tula Pink Nightshade fabric
  • Hallow Eden by Plum Street Samplers on 32ct hand dyed linen with the called for Classic Colorworks and Weeks threads

Gifts:

  • Fabric basket with Paris fabric

Shout Outs:

Nail Polish: Sinful Colors San Francisco

Salem Notforgotten

Late in 2016, a lovely fellow stitcher posted on Facebook in one of the stitching groups a suggestion to do a SAL beginning in June to honor the 325th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials.  She had suggested we all stitch this beautiful piece by Notforgotten Farm called Salem Village.

While I love that piece (really anything by Notforgotten Farm) I decided that it was the perfect opportunity to stitch a piece that has been in my stash since 2008 when Karen V (sadly no longer blogging) gifted it to me – Salem Remembered by The Primitive Needle.

Part of the reason I have been wanting to stitch this piece was to honor my ancestor, Susannah Martin, one of those accused and put to death during the trials.

In doing some research on Susannah I found this: Lone Tree Hill, a famous historical site, bore a tablet on its westerly side marking the site of George and Susannah’s home. The boulder which marked their homestead has been moved to make room for a highway, and it can be found on the map where the highway crosses Martin Road in Amesbury. The marker lies nearby. George was one of the largest landowners in Amesbury. The inscription on the marker reads: “Here stood the house of Susannah Martin. An honest, hardworking Christian woman accused of being a witch and executed at Salem, July 19, 1692. She will be missed! A Martyr of Superstition. T.I.A. 1894.”

“A martyr of superstition” really says it all about this horrible time in our history.

It was important to me that in undertaking this piece I wanted to really delve into each of the names I was stitching and to reflect on what they endured.  We started the SAL on June 10th and I proceeded to complete each of the names by the date that they were put to death, beginning with Bridget Bishop the first to be executed.

I stitched this piece on a 40ct Lakeside Linen of unknown color with my own conversion (using what I had on hand).  I used Belle Soie Moss for the motifs and border, Silk N Colors Chestnut for the names, Gloriana Antique Gold Dark for the centers of the stars, and Silk N Colors Tuscan Olive (called for) for the background around the stars.  I wanted Susannah’s name to be prominent so I chose to use Belle Soie Red Fox for her name as well as for the stars.

Further information from my research: On Aug 29, 1957 the State of Massachusetts voted to wipe from the books the convictions of six women that had been unjustly accused of being witches 265 years earlier. Then Gov. Foster Furcolo signed the legislative intended to clear Susannah Martin, as well as: Ann Pudeator, Bridget Bishop, Alice Parker, Margaret Scott and Wilmot Redd.

However, while taking a graduate course on Salem witchcraft during the late 1990s, Paula Keene discovered that, although the legislators intended to pardon all six of the women in 1957, only Ann Pudeater’s name was listed on the official documents. Susannah Martin, Bridget Bishop, Alice Parker, Margaret Scott and Wilmot Redd were simply listed as “five others convicted of witchcraft.” Keene and state representative Michael Ruane worked together to redress the issue.[6]

On Halloween 2001, due to Keene and Ruane’s efforts, as well as the efforts of many of the descendants of the accused witches, Susannah Martin, Bridget Bishop, Alice Parker, Margaret Scott and Wilmot Redd were finally, and truly exonerated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

On September 22, 1692 Martha Corey, Alice Parker, Margaret Scott, Ann Pudeator, Mary Easty, Samuel Wardwell, Wilmott Redd and Mary Parker were hanged at Gallows hill. These were the last hangings to take place during the Salem Witch Trials. I didn’t quite make my goal of finishing the last set of of names by the date of their death, but I had them finished by the end of the month.  And frankly, it’s quite chilling to realize that eight were hanged on the same day.

I started this piece on June 10, 2017 and finished it on October 3, 2017.  In the dedication of a new memorial at Proctor’s Ledge on the 325th anniversary the following was said.   “We would like to think that we’ve learned from the evil and traumatic choices made 325 years ago. We would like to think we’ve become better people,” Barz-Snell said. “The truth is the lessons of Salem are not just learned once, but must be learned and relearned by each generation.”

“From this time forward I hope that residents and visitors to Salem will treat the tragic events of 1692 with more of the respect they are due,” he said. “We need less celebration in October and more commemoration and sober reflection throughout the year.”

 

I am grateful for honoring my history.

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.