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.

Ten Years in the Making

As promised, I thought I’d share my 2017 finishes on the blog.  I already shared Mermaid Fraktur here, which was my first big finish of the year.  The next thing I decided to focus on was the Papillon Creations Mystery Sampler that was published in five parts in The Gift of Stitching magazine.  I started this piece when it first came out and copied Carol’s choice of 32ct Sandcastle by Silkweaver with the called for Vikki Clayton HDF silks.

As I mentioned, I started this piece when it was first released in March of 2007.  I completely fell in love with that beautiful red silk A.  The colors were just so pretty and the specialty stitches gave it a fun texture.  This piece has long been languishing though and the reason for that is  because I could already tell I was going to run out of one of the silks.  There is no worse feeling than knowing you’re going to run out of a thread that is no longer available.  Vikki had long since closed down her thread dyeing business.  But, I decided this piece had sat too long untouched and so I put it on my Year of WIPs list.  And in March of this year I pulled it out of the closet to stitch on.  I’d basically finished parts one and two and was mostly finished with part 3.  This is what it looked like when I took “before” photos for my Year of WIPs album.

When I picked it up though, I just really wasn’t feeling the love.  I was having a hard time actually wanting to stitch on it.  In fact there were nights I just didn’t stitch because I didn’t want to stitch on this.  But then I went to a stitchy meetup at my LNS and brought this with me, since it was already on the q-snaps and strangely enough dedicated time on this piece got me in the groove with it.  So, I just kept going.  And then the inevitable happened.  I did, indeed, run out of one of the colors of silk.  I posted my saga on Instagram and before I could even blink the sweetest stitcher offered to send me her spool of that color so that I could finish my piece!  So, I worked around that color and kept going.  And when it arrived a few days later, I was back in business.  Sort of.

The silk I’d run out of is that blue/green/teal variegated of the peacock.  And her skein was close but was more blue/teal with no green.  But, at this point I was going to make lemonade out of lemons regardless and get this done.  And of course the biggest motif in the whole piece was down in that bottom right corner (part 4) in Deep Sea.  So, I fudged it.  I pulled a green that was as close as I could get to the original and I interspersed that green with the teal/blue of the borrowed Deep Sea.  And I think it looks fine.  With everything going on in this piece, it doesn’t really catch your eye.  So I’m pleased with that.

Part 5 of the pattern was the center, and the designer actually gave three different options for the center.  One was for a marriage or anniversary, one for a birth announcement, and one was an alphabet with a big peacock in Deep Sea.  When I started this piece I’d intended to stitch the peacock.  But, by the time I was actively working on this in March I decided that it would be a great piece to commemorate our tenth wedding anniversary.  I hadn’t stitched anything for the occasion, so this would be perfect.  And, if I pushed hard, I could finish it in time to give to Eric on our eleventh anniversary in April.  So, I decided to go for the anniversary choice for the center.  And it’s kind of Adam & Eve-ish too, so that’s a bonus.

I did the personalizations – the years, the 10, our initials.  And there were two cartouches on this piece that were charted with nothing in them.  I decided to put an L in the top one (right above the peacock) and then at the bottom I had just enough room to put Texas – where we met and were married.

I finished it literally the day before our anniversary and then was in a panic about how to frame it.  Square frames aren’t easy to come by and usually the biggest you can find them is album size (12 x 12″).  I needed 15 x 15″ at least.  But that evening when we were out shopping I spied a piece of pre-framed “art” at Garden Ridge that appeared to be the perfect size.  So, the next morning while Eric was sleeping I slipped out of the house and went to purchase it.  I popped out that “art” and had already laced and pinned my piece so I could pop it right in.

And I’m thrilled with how it looks.  And I’m saddened by the fact that this piece literally took me ten years to finally finish it for what turned out to be a sum total of twenty stitching days once I picked it back up again.  That’s right, twenty!!!  UGH!  So March 2007 to April 2017 and commemorating our ten year anniversary back in 2016.  Which I wouldn’t have done if it hadn’t been sitting here unfinished.  So, maybe it’s perfect timing.  And thank goodness through the kindness of stitchers who are willing to bail a girl out when she runs out of silk!!

I’m so happy with how it looks and I’m happy to have it done finally.  Happy ten years, my love.  Here’s to another ten.

I’m grateful for ten years and the kindness of stitchers.

Flosstube Episode 42: Dark October is Coming

Flosstube Episode 42: Dark October is Coming

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share my plans for Dark October Stitching.
Show notes:
WIPs:
  1. Continuing on with Salem Remembered by The Primitive Needle.  Stitched with silks on 40ct. ??? by Lakeside Linens
  2. Halloween Garden by The Primitive Needle – 35ct Weeks Putty with Weeks threads
  3. Mini Jewel Scarabs by Dimples Designs – kit
  4. Casting a Spell by Blackbird Designs – GAST on 32ct Boo? by Silkweaver
  5. Black’d Skie by The Primitive Needle – Pure Palette silks on 40ct Vintage Pear by Lakeside Linens
  6. Halloween Fairy by Nora Corbett – DMC on 32ct Poltergeist by Silkweaver
  7. Halloween Neighborhood – charting out the layout so I can add in some smaller details

New Starts Planned:

  • A Dark Alphabet by In the Company of Friends
  • Halloween Fairy by Mirabilia – kit
  • Jack’s Bash by Plum Street Samplers
  • Dracula Book Cover by Dam Good Crafts – Halloween start
  • Moon Garden by Blackbird Designs
  • The Talking Board by The Primitive Needle

Thanks for watching and subscribing!

I am grateful for my favorite time of year!

Flosstube Episode 41: Gratitude

Flosstube Episode 41: Gratitude

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share some finishes and some framed pieces, and some WIP progress.
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
  • Salem Notforgotten SAL – in honor and remembrance of the 325th anniversary of the Salem witch trials.  We are using the Instagram tags #salemnotforgotten and #salem325 For more information on the Salem witch trials, here is a brief article.
  • Dutch Beauty SAL on instagram #dutchbeautysal with Emily (eclecticposessions) and I
Show notes:
Finishes:
  1. Cuisine d’Ete by Echevette on 32ct Lemon Zest Silkweaver with DMC (Year of WIPs piece)

Framed:

  1. Margaret Pence 1781 by Goode Huswife on 36ct Meadow Rue with DMC (my finish here)
  2. Jenny Bean’s Halloween by Shakespeare’s Peddler on 40ct Lakeside Pearled Barley with the Limited Edition GAST threads (you can see my finish here)
  3. Their Song (Loose Feathers #24) by Blackbird Designs on 30ct R&R Apple Brown Bindy with Weeks (finish here)
  4. And They Sinned (shown in this episode)

WIPs:

  1. Egypt Garden by Chatelaine Designs on 32ct Days Gone By Silkweaver with silks, Petite Treasure Braid, DMC, delicas, Mill Hill bugle beads, and Swarovski crystals
  2. Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi) by Chatelaine Design on 32ct Lavender Mist Zweigart with silks, Petite Treasure Braid, delicas, bugle beads, and Swarovski Crystals (Year of WIPs piece)
  3. Green Santa by Birds of a Feather on 40ct Weeks Cocoa with Weeks – stitching for Santa Sundays SAL on Instagram (#santasundayxs)

Stash:

  1. Needleminders and frame for haunted dollhouse from Cindy
  2. Project bag and grime guards from Carissa
  3. Halloween fabric from Joann’s
  4. JCS – October and Ornament issue

Reading:

  1. Finished The Gunslinger by Stephen King
  2. Currently Reading Sour Grapes by Rachel Goodman

Gratitude:

  1. Coni at Spinster Stitcher blog
  2. Amy at Thread in Hand blog

Thanks so much for watching!

I am grateful for a change in perspective and attitude

Flosstube Episode 40.5: And They Sinned

Flosstube Episode 40.5: And They Sinned

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share some WIP progress and my framed And They Sinned.
Show notes:
WIPs:
1. Egypt Garden by Chatelaine Designs on 32ct Days Gone By by Silkweaver with silks, DMC, delicas, Swarovski crystals, and Mill Hill bugle beads
2. Cuisine d’Ete by Echevette on 32ct Lemon Zest by Silkweaver with DMC (Year of WIPs piece)
Framed:
1. And They Sinned by Examplar Dames on 40ct Elegant Bean with the called for GAST threads.  Frame made by Eric.
Thanks for watching!
I am grateful for doing this piece justice…finally.