Sunday, December 8, 2019

FlossTube #11 Show Notes - So Many WIPs and So Much Haul

I'm back with my latest FlossTube video. This video is a bit longer than my normal videos because I have so many WIPs and so much haul to share.

Show Notes:

Finishes:
  • Winter Wonderland - The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - Stitched on 28 ct Sterling Lugana from Picture This Plus - Finished 30 November 2019
WIPs:
Haul:
Links:

Friday, November 29, 2019

Half Maynia Project Recap

I'm back with a recap of my Half Maynia Project. Since I was able to get in a full day of stitching yesterday due to the Thanksgiving holiday, I'm happy to report I successfully stitched on all of my WIPs in November!

When I posted my idea for the Half Maynia Project several days ago, I still needed to stitch on seven remaining WIPs to meet the goal. Here are my updated progress photos for the seven pieces I worked on. I'll also include a link to the before photo for each WIP if you want to see how much progress I made on each of them.

Taj Mahal - Chatelaine Designs (before pic)



Plum Blossom Kimono - Margaret Bendig Designs (before pic)



Royal Holiday - Mirabilia (before pic)



Garden Party (cool colorway) - Satsuma Street (before pic)



Two Birds in One Tree - Modern Folk Embroidery (before pic)



Stargazer - Mirabilia (before pic)



Four Seasons - Little House Needleworks (before pic)



My current WIP count stands at 13 projects. Be on the lookout in early January for my New Year WIP Parade FlossTube video.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

New Idea: Half Maynia Project

I realize it's really late in November to come up with an idea for a November project, but that's what I've done. LOL As many of you know, many stitchers in our community participate in an event each May called Stitch Maynia. This year was my first year participating and I followed the Blimeycat Method which means working on a combination of my WIPs (Works in Progress) and new starts. By doing this, I ensure that I work on all of my WIPs, even my really old ones, at least once per year.

I was thinking today how it would be nice to actually work on each of my WIPs at least twice per year so nothing lingers too long without getting a bit of love. It was at this time I realized November is the halfway point in the year between Maynia since it's six month after May. With that realization, the Half Maynia Project was born!

So, you may be asking yourself, what exactly is the Half Maynia Project (#halfmayniaproject)? Unlike Stitch Maynia in May, there will be no new starts in the Half Maynia Project. Instead, beginning this year and going forward in future years, I will pull out each of my existing WIPs and put in at least two hours of stitching time on each during the month of November. I may well stitch more than that, but the goal will be at least two hours of stitching time on each.

Of course, since there are only four fill days left in this month, that doesn't leave much time for me to meet the goal this year. Fortunately, thanks to the November acrostic in the 24 Hours of Cross Stitch group on Facebook, I've already stitched on about half of my WIPs this month. As of right now, I need to put in at least two hours of stitching on a total of seven (7) WIPs to have worked on all of my WIPs this month. That's totally doable for me in four days, especially with the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.

Here's the starting point of the WIPs I'll be working on over the next few days to meet my Half Maynia Project goal:

Taj Mahal Mandala - Chatelaine Designs (my oldest WIP)


Plum Blossom Kimono - Margaret Bendig Designs (counted canvas)


Royal Holiday - Mirabilia


Garden Party (cool colorway) - Satsuma Street


Two Birds in One Tree - Modern Folk Embroidery



Stargazer - Mirabilia



Four Seasons - Little House Needleworks



To see a complete list of all my WIPs (including links to the designs and designers when possible), check out my Current WIPs page. It's always available in the navigation menu at the top of the page for easy access. You can also find links for my 2019 Finishes, Past Finishes, and all of the projects I have Fully Kitted and ready to go.

Even though I know it's late in the month, if anyone would like to join me on the Half Maynia Project, please leave me a comment below so we can cheer each other on. You can also use #halfmayniaproject across the various social media platforms so we can all find each other. If you're not able to finish everything within November, feel free to let it carry over into December since I thought of this idea so late in the month. Then, beginning next year and every year thereafter, we can get started on November 1 for that year's Half Maynia Project. I hope you'll join me in the fun and let's show all of our WIPs some love!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

FlossTube #10 Show Notes - Finishes FTW

I'm back today with my latest FlossTube video. I actually managed to finish FOUR pieces over the past couple of weeks and made progress on a few others, too. Check it out in my video below.

Show Notes:

Finishes:
  • Deck the Halls Mystery SAL (part 6) - Caterpillar Cross Stitch - stitched using the recommended fibers on 32 ct Vintage Stormy Night Lugana (Zweigart)
  • Pumpkin Truck - Shannon Christine Designs - stitched using the recommended fibers on 32 ct Heartland Lugana (Picture This Plus)
  • Glitter House 8 - Country Cottage Needleworks - stitched using the recommended fibers on 32 ct Opalescent Raw/Silver linen (Zweigart)
  • Glitter House 9 - Country Cottage Needleworks - stitched using the recommended fibers on 32 ct Opalescent Raw/Silver linen (Zweigart)
WIPs:
  • Be Inkspired - Stitchrovia - stitched using the recommended fibers on 32 ct Limestone Lugana (Wichelt)
  • Quilting Bee - The Blue Flower - stitched using the recommended fibers on 40 ct Vintage Examplar (Lakeside Linens) - added some Kreinik 032 Blending Filament to the wings
  • Log Cabin Autumn - Gracewood Stitches - stitches using the recommended fibers on an unknown 32 ct linen
  • Gift Stitching - I'll reveal this project after it's been given to the recipient for Christmas
Haul:
  • Tom Turkey Sampler - Heart in Hand (fully kitted)
  • Autumn Alphabet - The Scarlett House (fully kitted)
  • Moon & Spider, Apple Cider - Needlework Press
  • Peace on Earth: All is Calm - Barbie Tingley (PetalPusher)
  • Blossom House - Little Stitch Girl
  • Ukrainian Folk Biscornu - Irina Mastakova (FireplaceHobby)
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Flosstubers Mentioned:

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Flosstube #9 Show Notes - Fall Fling Recap

I had the amazing experience last weekend to attend the Fall Fling retreat hosted by Acorns & Threads in Portland, Oregon. I went with my best friend, Tracy, but also got to meet lots of other awesome Flosstubers and stitchers.

For my latest Flosstube video, I thought I would share a recap of my experience. You can watch it here on my blog or you can head over to my YouTube channel and watch it there. If you enjoy it, I hope you'll consider giving me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel if you haven't already. Thanks!

Show Notes:


Finishes:
  • Glitter House 7 - Country Cottage Needleworks
WIPs:
  • Glitter House 8 - Country Cottage Needleworks
  • Deck the Halls Mystery SAL (part 5) - Caterpillar Cross Stitch
  • Pumpkin Truck - Shannon Christine Designs
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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Flosstube #8 Show Notes

After a nearly five and half month hiatus, I'm back with a new Flosstube video! You can either watch it here or over on my YouTube channel. Regardless of where you watch it, I would appreciate if you took a few seconds to give me a thumbs up on the video and subscribe to my channel if you haven't already. Thanks!



Flosstube #8 Show Notes

Finishes 

  • Partridge in a Pear Tree - Prairie Schooler (May 21) - 32 ct Platinum Lugana (Zweigart)
  • Glitter House 4 - Country Cottage Needleworks (May 22) - 32 ct Opalescent Raw/Silver linen
  • Glitter House 5 - Country Cottage Needleworks (May 24)
  • Glitter House 6 - Country Cottage Needleworks (October 23)
  • Penelope’s Posies - Lindy Stitches (May 25) - Kit (32 ct linen)
  • Autumn Keeper Pinkeep - Barbara Ana (May 25) - 40 ct Doubloon PTP 
  • Thanksgiving Harvest Fairy - Mirabilia (May 27) - Kit (32 ct Natural linen)
  • Mid Century Gardens Pt 2 - Hands On Design (May 30) - 32 ct Winter Moon linen (Zweigart)
  • Strawberry Time - Barbara Ana Designs (June 3) - 28 ct Antique White Jobelan (Wichelt)
  • Fall Fling Exchange Piece (September 29) - 16 ct Wren Aida PTP
  • Favorite Brew - Hands On Design (October 2) - 32 ct Winter Wishes (Fabrics by Stephanie)

WIPs 

Haul

Links

Links to Flosstubers/IG Stitchers Mentioned


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Stitching Update for Week 42 2019

Wow, this week seemed to fly by so quickly! It feels like it's only been a couple of days since I wrote my last weekly update. Thankfully, even though the week has felt very short, I have some fun stitching progress to share with you.

Before I get to that though, is anyone else suffering from major retreat envy right now? If you're on Instagram, I'm sure your feed and stories, like mine, were filled with tons of retreat photos and shenanigans over the past few days. I'm not sure exactly how many retreats took place this weekend, but I personally had friends at FOUR different retreats. There was the Stitch West retreat in Farmington, Utah, the Midwest Stitcher's Retreat in Amana, Iowa, the Michigan Stitchers Retreat in Lansing, Michigan, and StitchFest in Herndon, Virginia. The only saving grace for me was the knowledge I'll be attending a retreat in a couple of weeks. I can't wait!

Now, back to my stitching update for the past week. I actually managed to squeeze in two finishes. The first was actually both a new start and a finish. I stitched one of the Year in Chalk monthly designs from Cathy Habermann of Hands on Design. It was a very quick stitch, so it only took me a couple of nights. This is my 18th finish of the year.

Design: Year in Chalk October
Designer: Hands On Design
Fabric: 30 ct Gunmetal (Weeks Dye Works)
Fibers: Recommended GAST
Started: 14 October 2019
Completed: 16 October 2019

The second finish I had this week is Home of a Needleworker Squared by Little House Needleworks. This was a market release back in March at Nashville which included both the chart and fibers. I didn't use the recommended fabric though. I stitched mine on 32 ct Summer Khaki linen from Zweigart. This is my 19th finish for the year.

Design: Home of a Needleworker Squared
Designer: Little House Needleworks
Fabric: 32 ct Summer Khaki linen (Zweigart)
Fibers: Included Classic Colorworks
Started: 8 May 2019
Completed: 19 October 2019

I started this piece during Stitch Maynia in May. Since I've now finished it, this will open up a spot for a new start during my 2020 Stitch Maynia. I use a version of the BlimeyCat method for Stitch Maynia which means rather than doing all new starts, I work on any existing Maynia WIPs and then fill in the other days with new starts. When I finish a Maynia WIP, that will then open a spot for a new start the next time Maynia rolls around. As it stands right now, I'll be able to have nine new starts for Maynia 2020, but I think I should be able to finish at least three more of my existing Maynia WIPs between now and then which would mean at least 12 new starts.

Speaking of WIPs, I was able to work on my Deck the Halls Mystery SAL from Caterpillar Cross Stitch again. Part 4 of the SAL was released in the wee hours UK time on Friday (Oct. 18) which meant I actually had it in time for Thursday night stitching time here in California.


This was another really quick stitch, so between Thursday night and Friday night stitching time, I was able to complete Part 4. We only have two more parts remaining, so this piece should become a finish in mid-November. I'm stitching it on 32 ct Vintage Stormy Night Lugana from Zweigart using the recommended DMC.

My final update for the past week is a combination new start/WIP. I'm stitching the Glitter Village series from Country Cottage Needleworks. Here's my start on Glitter House #6.


Instead of stitching them as individual pieces, I'm stitching all of them on a single piece of fabric. So, I've been counting each house as a new start/finish because they're all individual charts, but also kind of consider it one big WIP since they're all going on a single piece of fabric. Clear as mud? LOL I'm stitching it on the recommended fabric using the recommended fibers. Only three more to go after this one!