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.

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

Thanks so much for watching.  You can subscribe to my YouTube channel and you can also sign up for my newsletter to get an email notification of new posts.

Find me on Ravelry: cozyegg

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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.

My Sunday Sampler with Sylvia

ATS Bottom Close up

Once upon a time I decided it was finally time to stitch one of my “bucket list” samplers – And They Sinned by Examplar Dames.  I first saw this chart way back when it was first released in a Shepherd’s Bush newsletter and had to have it.  Then on New Year’s Day 2010, I began.  I had ordered 40 count Elegant Bean linen from Elegant Stitch and the called for GAST threads with one DMC for the people.  In March, my friend Sylvia decided to join me and we started our Sunday SAL.  Each Sunday we stitched on ATS and it steadily grew.  The chart is divided into four legal size pages, so I celebrated big milestones when I would get to “the fold” and when I would get to a new page.  I’ve posted a lot of progress photos in the time it took me to stitch my way to the bottom and you can take a walk down memory lane here, if you’re interested.

ATS Top

I remember when we were stitching on that cloud at the top.  I had seen so many people stall out at this part that I was determined to really push through it.  Sylvia was also gnashing her teeth and we bemoaned the neverending cloud.  I recall saying to her, “it could be worse, wait until we get to all that grass!”  Oh, truer words were never spoken.  LOL  I did have a lot of fun with this section though, even naming those two snakes at the top Fred & George and that blue snake between Adam and Eve, Nagini.  I worked that vine border as I went so that I wasn’t stuck doing it all at the end.  I also put this on scroll bars, and as luck would have it I had to roll my fabric approximately when I reached “the fold” or the next page in my chart.  The photo above is essentially page 1 of the chart.

ATS Angel

At the time I was stitching this section I saw someone outline the angel’s wings in gold rather than in the grey it called for and absolutely loved it.  So, I did mine the same.  I even briefly considered ripping out the backstitching on the angel’s wings above the cloud but decided that I liked them in grey.

ATS Center with Alphabet

I thought for sure that once I got to the alphabet section I would knock it out super quick.  Not.  The.  Case.  Somehow I lost all momentum when I got to this section.  And I will tell you that I somehow went through two and a half skeins of Cherry Bark (the color of the alphabet), which seems ridiculous since the chart only called for one and it was stitched on 35 count.  I am super frugal with my thread too, so I can’t begin to imagine how I went through so much of that color.  I had purchased all new threads for this piece so I was starting with full skeins.

ATS Middle

Once I got past the alphabet I picked up speed again on the section with the spies of Canaan.  The photo above basically shows page 2 of the chart.  I really loved this section.  It was possibly my favorite just because of all the colors – the pinks, purples, and those crazy birds with their topknots.  And I really loved what look like quilt stars throughout this piece.

ATS Spies of Canaan Close Up

And page three made me feel like I was in the home stretch.  The section with the lady and the lion was Sylvia’s favorite part of this piece.  I have to admit, I really love this section too.  And it felt like a HUGE milestone to get to the end of the vine.

ATS The Lady and the Lion

And that brings us to the last section, otherwise affectionately known as “the neverending grass”.  Sylvia and I looked and looked at as many stitchers’ And They Sinned as possible trying to determine how we wanted to stitch the grass.  There are people who left the grass off completely, just stitching the animals on a bare background.  While I can understand why they opted not to stitch 8 million green stitches, when you look at the piece as a whole it really needs (in my opinion) the grass at the bottom to anchor it.  It needs that visual weight at the bottom.  We also saw one person who left that whole section off completely.  The chart is written for you to alternate two colors of green on the diagonal.  I didn’t love that look.  I think finally Sylvia saw on the Hand-Dyed Fiber board that someone had alternated the greens every two stitches and stitched everything in half stitches.  One row was stitched ///// and then the next row stitched like this \\\\\.  Loved the effect.  Doing half stitches makes it a bit airier so that your animals really stand out, and by alternating the angle of the stitches and the two colors it gives it a nice visual texture.  So so so glad we discovered this option!

ATS Bottom Section

I made several changes in this section.  The first change you’ll notice is that the big peacock at the top left of the grass ended up a different color.  He was charted to be red and I stitched him that way.  But then when I stitched the big flowering bush to the right I didn’t like having so much red right in the same section.  So I ripped it out and restitched him in teal and blue.

I also added my two boys in amongst the other animals.  Here is Thutmose with his gold eyes and little white spot under his chin.

ATS Grass Section with Thutmose

Here is Ramses with his green eyes being a cat “loaf” as he often does.

ATS Grass Section with Ramses

And I spent a very long time working on the pond.  I used the variegation of the thread to maximum effect and stitched in swirls rather than straight across in horizontal stripes.  I love how it turned out, even if it did take a long time to do.

ATS Pond

And then finally, I was at the end.  I personalized it just as Sylvia did hers, to commemorate our Sunday stitching.  Sylvia actually finished hers well before I did, but continued to cheer me on until I reached the finish line.  My ATS was started on January 1, 2010 and finished it during the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild meeting on August 4, 2015.
ATS Full

Stitching And They Sinned was definitely a labor of love.  And there were long periods where I didn’t work on it at all.  But, I am so pleased to have it finished and so thrilled to have finally gotten around to taking photos so that I could share it with you here on the blog, although I did share it in episode 8 of the podcast/flosstube and you can watch it here.

I am grateful for Sampler Sundays. 

Snooty Turtle SAL

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I’m so bad at keeping up with SALs, I really am.  And yet, each and every time I’m presented with one I leap right in with both feet.  Hope springs eternal.  So, at the beginning of the year, a SAL began in one of the Facebook groups to stitch the Snooty Parrots Sampler by Barbara Ana Designs.  It’s an original design created to look like a repro, with intentional “mistakes” and all.  Super cute sampler, love the crowned parrots especially, and of course the A&E.  But, I was ending a year with so few finishes under my belt, and beginning a new year holding firm to my resolution that I would focus on And They Sinned, my Anniversaries of the Heart, and on a new start that I was planning on starting in Paris.  So, I decided no Snooty for me.  I am working on other things!  You see where this is going, don’t you?
So, after seeing a few January 1 starts on Snooty, and everyone I know seemingly joining in on the fun, I start to waiver in my conviction.  But, I somehow got it into my head that if I was going to stitch it, I wanted to stitch it my way.  My way equated out to wanting to stitch it on 45ct.  I’ve never stitched on higher than 40ct, and I’d really been wanting to give 45 a try.  So, I decide that with that personal challenge I will join the SAL.  Then began the task of getting 45ct fabric.  Well, no one local carries the 45ct (or had any at the time), so then I had to start looking for a place to order from.  I ended up contacting The Attic, and talked with Jean about what I wanted to do.  She didn’t have any of the called for fabric in 45ct currently, but suggested that I might give the 50ct a try.  In for a penny, in for a pound, right?  I mean, come on.  How big a difference could there be between 45 and 50?  So, I eagerly agree and say yes, I’d like to use the Tudor silks you recommend with it too.  And then Jean the enabler tells me, that by 50ct she really means the unevenweave that is 52 in one direction and 60 in the other.  Okaaaaayyyyyy.  I’d seen my good friend Robert‘s completed Crown Sampler on the 52/60 and it was gorgeous.  So, that’s what I ended up with.  I only got the three silks I needed to complete January’s part, because I figured I’d know at that point if this was going to kill me or not.  
My silks and fabric arrived, and boy that 52/60 count is teeny tiny.  But, everything was beautiful, so I got started.  What I will say about the high count linen is that you do need good light, it does help to use a hoop or q-snap to open those holes up a bit, and it takes a little while to adjust to it.  But, even though my first few nights of stitching were a little bit of a struggle for the first ten minutes or so, when I saw how it stitched up I was hooked.  Look how tiny and sweet!!!!!
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Why are things always way cuter tiny?  Seriously though.  And when Robert compared his 40ct start to my 52/60ct start, he started over on the 52/60ct.  It seriously makes the 40ct look huge!  Of course Robert’s already stitched 90% of his piece now after restarting, but we won’t discuss it.   
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I absolutely love this fabric, and the more I stitch on it, the more I love it and the easier it gets.  It used to take me, like I said, 10-15 minutes to get adjusted to it.  Now though, the only place I seem to have a bit of an issue is starting a new thread.  For some reason that just seems to take a bit of patience to make sure I’m in the right spot.
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It took me a little while but I did get my January part done and am working on February still (see why I titled this post Snooty Turtle SAL?).  And, the kind of fun thing is that I’ve stitched on Snooty here in Texas, in Paris, and in Kelkheim and Bavaria, Germany.  It’s been kind of fun to bring it along with me on my adventures this year.  
I’m getting close to the point on my Snooty that I need the rest of my silks in order to continue.  I’m excited to put some blues and browns in.  And I’ve seen some beautiful examples of Snootys with color changes – using blue for the alphabet instead of pink, using red rather than pink, etc.  It’s really fun to see what other people do with it.  That’s really the fun part of a SAL, isn’t it?
I’m hoping to get February’s portion finished up, minus the numbers that are in another color, soon and I’ll be sure to post my progress.  And seriously, the more I stitch on this tiny thing the cuter it gets.  I’m so glad I decided to challenge myself and try something new.  
Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments.  I always appreciate them.  My life kind of imploded between Thanksgiving and the end of January, so I know I was super absent from the blog, but I’ve got several new posts in the works and I intend to get back to my regular posting schedule.  
I am grateful for being inspired by other bloggers to get back into the swing of things.