April WIPocalypse Check-In

Hard to believe it’s that time again for a WIPocalypse check in but here we are at the end of April/beginning of May!

Let me start off by showing you my progress on Mystery 9 (The King’s Vegetable Garden).  I am continuing with my 100 day challenge on this one and am currently at day 42 or so.

So here’s what it looked like on Day 1.

And the last time you saw it was on Day 6.  Here’s what it looks like now.

I completely finished the top right corner, including beads but no crystals.  Then I moved down and did the side pool and the steps.  I’ve made a good start on corner 3, the bottom right corner.  I’ve beaded those swirls on either side of the artichoke bed and stitched the green hedge with all the eyelet stitches.  I stitched and beaded the corner pool and then stitched and beaded the espalier trees.    Here’s a closer view of that corner.  The beads on the espalier trees are a very pale pink so they are a bit difficult to see.

I had hoped to get this corner completely finished in April, but that didn’t quite happen.  I did hit a point where I was feeling antsy to work on something else and I did start two new little pieces.

The first one is from the alphabet series by Carriage House Samplings (Kathy Barrick era).  I’ve had a plan to stitch this for my thread box for years and so I finally decided to just start it.  I’m stitching it with the called for threads except for the black – it calls for Black Crow which I don’t have, so I’m using DMC.  It also calls for an orange that I didn’t have so I’m just using the DMC equivalent.  I should be able to get it done without too much more work.

Next, I stumbled across another chart that’s been in my stash forever.  And I’ve been trying to find something to stitch on the beautiful Lovechild fabric that Christine from Stitch All the Things sent me.  Enter Friday the 13th coinciding with Dark 13 stitching and everything just clicked!

This is Jinx by Raise the Roof Designs that I’ve been in love with since I first laid eyes on it when it was released.  And there’s something I just love about the fact it’s on pink opalescent fabric.  So, I decided my Lovechild fabric had found its perfect pattern.

I started it on Friday the 13th and this is as far as I got before I switched back over to my Chatelaine stitching.  I’m using the called for thread for the yellow moon, but this chart also called for Black Crow (what are the odds?!) so I’m using Weeks Mascara instead.  And I didn’t have the white for the lightning bolt you can’t really see in the photo, so I’m using Parched Bones which was a limited edition thread for Jenny Bean Halloween (fun fact, Teresa from Shakespeare’s Peddler used to be half of Raise the Roof).

But, this is another piece I think will be a relatively quick stitch.  And it is something I’ve been wanting to stitch for a long time.

Finally, the last thing I worked on in April and managed to finish completely was my first design.  Completing this and releasing the pattern was on my WIPocalypse list for 2018, so it is a huge relief to have that finished.  If you want more info on it or want to purchase the chart, you can pop over here.

So, that wraps up April!  I’ll do a separate post with my May plans, including Stitch Maynia soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am grateful for gifted fabrics from friends.

 

Flosstube Episode 47: Three Years

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share the beginning of my 2018 WIPocalypse.
WIPs:
  • Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi) by Chatelaine Designs – Silks and Petite Treasure Braid with delica beads and Swarovski crystals
  • Ten by Amy Mitten (restart) – Fibers to Dye For silks on 40ct Lambswool
  • His Eye is on the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery – called for GAST and Weeks on 48ct Gander linen

Gifts:

  •  Poison bottle project bag and accessory bag from Diana itiskismet stitches
  • Renaissance by Long Dog Samplers stitched by Robert

Books:

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

I am grateful for taking a chance three years ago.

Flosstube Episode 46: Jazz Hands

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share a recap of my 2017 finishes and 2018 plans along with joining Flosstube Fit Club.
Check out itiskismet stitches video for more info on Flosstube Fit Club and then come join the Facebook group.
Wrap up of my 2017 stitching (more to come with photos in a blog post):
  • 12 Stitching finishes
  • 2 of 4 MAGIC pieces completed
  • 3 of 12 Year of WIPs pieces completed
  • 16 new starts

My 2018 Focus WIPs:

  • Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi) – Chatelaine Designs
  • Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin
  • Ten by Amy Mitten
  • Vierlande Winders’ Keeper by Amy Mitten
  • Dutch Beauty (my Dark Beauty) by Permin of Copenhagen
  • Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs
  • Green Santa by Birds of a Feather
  • His Eye is On the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery
  • My first design model stitch

Once I finish one of my focus WIPs, I’ll rotate a new one in.

I hope this finds you enjoying the holidays and stitching up a storm!

I’m grateful for vacation days, holidays, and lots of stitching time!

Flosstube Episode 45: Party Girl

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share another Year of WIPs finish, seasonal stitching, and my Chatelaine.
Finishes:
  • Primitive Wizard of Oz by Midsummer Night Designs – Classic Colorworks, Weeks, PTB, and DMC on 40ct Natural Gander linen
WIPs:
  • Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings – stitching with DMC on 36ct Lakeside Vintage Light Examplar
  • Noel ornament by Catherine Theron (Theron Traditions) – stitching with GAST & Weeks on 40ct Weeks Confederate Grey
  • Jenny Bean’s Christmas Sampler by Shakespeare’s Peddler – GAST on 40ct Navy Bean by Lakeside
  • Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi) by Chatelaine Designs – silks and PTB on 32ct Lavender Mist Zweigart

Thanks so much for watching!

I am grateful for the vision and talent of Martina – she brought an enormous amount of beauty to this world and to our stitching.  She will be truly missed.  

 

Flosstube Episode 39: Descent

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share some WIP progress and some amazingly generous gifts.

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 for the 325th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials.  There is a Facebook group or you can use the #salemnotforgotten hashtag on Instagram.

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. None

WIPs:

  1. Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi) by Chatelaine Designs on 32ct Zweigart Lavender Mist with silks, Petite Treasure Braid, delicas, and Swarovski crystals

Stash:

  1. Charts from Andi of Nana’s Needles: Rebecca Nurse by The Primitive Hare and Salem Village by Notforgotten Farm
  2. Egyptian project bag from Emily of Eclectic Possessions
  3. Alice in Wonderland bag – made by Christine of Stitch All the Things – from Down Sunshine Lane

Shout Outs:

  1. Persnickety Stitcher
  2. Itiskismet_stitches
  3. Felicity Stitches

Thanks so much for watching!

Grateful for well-timed happy mail!