Thursday, September 2, 2021

Monthly Recap - August 2021

Yesterday was 1 September 2021, so that means it's time for another monthly recap and Stitch from Stash update. I did a LOT of stitching in August. My Stitch from Stash took a bit of a hit due to ordering two fully kitted designs released at the Needlework Expo, so I ended up in the red. I should be able to get things back on track this month. 

Stitching Recap:

Number of Days Stitched:

I stitched every single day in August for a total of 31 days. I spent the first eight days of the month wrapping up the Stitching Olympics event in the Stitch All the Things group on Facebook which ran from 23 July through 8 Aug to coincide with the sporting Olympic Games. I also worked in a few projects I was behind on for my WIPGO board this month. I'm actually almost caught up!

Projects Worked:

New Starts:

  • Quaker Heart by Janice Wood in PieceWork magazine - started 4 August 2021
  • The Fruit of Plenty SAL by Modern Folk Embroidery (restarted with new fabric & fibers) - restarted 9 August 2021
  • Paris of My Dreams by Artecy (later frogged with plans to restart on a different fabric) - started 13 August 20201
  • What Remains by Blackbird Design - started 14 August 2021

Finishes:

  • Quaker Heart by Janice Wood in PieceWork magazine - finished 10 August 2021

Stitch from Stash Recap:

Balance Sheet:

Starting Balance - 1 Aug 2021$  52.39
Monthly Allowance - August$  25.00
Finish Credits$    9.60
Purchases$108.45
Current Balance$  21.46-


Finish Credits Earned This Month:
  • Quaker Heart - Janice Wood for PieceWork magazine - $9.60 ($8 base + 10% bonus for specialty fiber + 10% bonus for hand dyed fabric)


Purchases This Month:


That's my recap for the month of August. I hope you've all enjoyed following along with my progress in these monthly update

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Finish: Quaker Heart

 I finished this lovely free design today called Quaker Heart as my August project for #CrossStitchCamp. The design originally appeared in PieceWork magazine several years ago. They now offer it on their website. Here's the link: Quaker Heart

Design: Quaker Heart
Designer: Janice Wood for PieceWork magazine
Fiber: Sulky Blendables Redwork 30 wt cotton
Stitch Count: 58 x 63
Started: 4 August 2021
Finished: 11 August 2021

Stitch from Stash:

I'm claiming a $9.60 credit for this finish ($8 base + 10% bonus for hand dyed fabric + 10% bonus for specialty fibers). This brings my current Stitch from Stash balance to $82.48.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Monthly Recap - July 2021

It's hard to believe another month of 2021 has come and gone already! I'm stitching my third month of my Stitch from Stash challenge and have been doing really well thus far. Even though I've stayed within my budget since starting the challenge on 1 June, I did a much better job in July at curtailing my expenditures. I'll give more details about that later in the post. For now though, let's get to the details of how my stitching went during July.

Stitching Recap:

Number of Days Stitched:

I stitched a total of 25 days during the month of July. I had a few days in the middle of the month where I was in a bit of a funk and just didn't feel like stitching. Thankfully, I found my mojo again by the time the Stitching Olympics event kicked off on 23 July in the Stitch All the Things group on Facebook.

Projects Worked:

New Starts:

  • Merry Christmas by Cherry Hill Studio - started 1 July 2021
  • Winter Bird's House by The Little Stitcher - started 5 July 2021

Finishes:

  • Merry Christmas by Cherry Hill Studio - finished 5 July 2021
  • Winter Bird's House by The Little Stitcher - finished 6 July 2021
  • Farm Folk by Little House Needleworks - finished 7 July 2021 (started 8 Mar 2020)
  • Baby It's Cold Outside by Heartstring Sampler - finished 10 July 2021 (started 14 Feb 2020)

Stitch from Stash Recap:

Balance Sheet:

Starting Balance - 1 July 2021$  7.02
Monthly Allowance - July$25.00
Finish Credits$45.70
Purchases$25.33
Current Balance$52.39


Finish Credits Earned This Month:
  • Merry Christmas by Cherry Hill Studio - $11 ($10 base + 10% bonus for specialty fibers)
  • Winter Bird's House by The Little Stitcher - $5.50 ($5 base + 10% bonus for specialty fabric)
  • Farm Folk by Little House Needleworks - $8.80 ($8 base + 10% bonus for specialty fibers)
  • Baby It's Cold Outside by Heartstring Sampler - $20.40 ($17 base for 10% bonus for specialty fibers + 10% bonus for hand dyed fabric)


Purchases This Month:


That's my recap for the month of July. I hope you've all enjoyed following along with my progress in these monthly update.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

FlossTube #25

 My latest FlossTube video is now up on my channel. Please head over there to check it out. If you enjoy it, please comment, like, and subscribe



Saturday, July 10, 2021

Finish: Baby It's Cold Outside

 This is a piece I started back in 2019 as part of the Baby It's Cold SAL in honor of Leanne of the Lost in Floss channel. Leanne and Barb (Leanne's friend and FlossTube cohort) started a SAL for this design not long before Leanne lost her cancer battle and passed away. After her death, Jen of Quirks and Stitches along with Julie of Gulf Coast Stitches paired up with Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery to refocus the SAL for Barb in memory of Leanne which is when I started this piece. 

Several stitchers, myself included, decided to add a cardinal to the design in Leanne's memory. If you aren't aware, the cardinal has been a long time symbol of loved ones who have passed on. It was thought when you saw a cardinal nearby, it was a sign that your deceased loved one was thinking of you. This is why you will often see cardinals incorporated into holiday decorations. It's a way to honor your loved ones during the holiday season. With that in mind, I stitch a tiny little cardinal one over one sitting on the roof of the house on this piece.

Design: Baby It's Cold Outside

Designer: Heartstring Samplery

Fabric: 36 count Ale linen (PTP)

Fibers: Called for GAST and WDW

Stitch Count: 159x103

Started: 14 February 2020

Finished: 10 July 2021

Stitch from Stash:

I'm claiming a $20.40 credit for this finish ($17 base + 10% bonus for hand dyed fabric + 10% bonus for specialty fibers). This brings my current Stitch from Stash balance to $69.72.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Finish: Farm Folk

 Since my other two finishes so far this month were also new starts, I decided to grab a project from the WIP pile this time. I'm not sure why I left this piece languishing in my WIP pile for over a year considering it only took a little over three hours of stitching time to have it finished. 

Design: Farm Folk (from the Farmhouse Christmas series)
Designer: Little House Needleworks
Fabric: 32 ct Lambswool Jobelan
Fibers: Called for Classic Colorworks & DMC
Stitch Count: 63x63
Started: 8 March 2020
Finished: 7 July 2021

Stitch from Stash:

I'm claiming a finish credit of $8.80 for this piece. That's the $8 base credit plus a 10% bonus for using specialty fibers. This brings my current balance to $48.82.


Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Finish: Winter Bird's House

 Since I'm working on winter/holiday stitcher this month, I grabbed an ornament from my pile of kitted projects. This sweet little bird house is from the 2018 ornament issue from Just Cross Stitch magazine.

Design: Winter Bird's House
Fabric: 32 ct Raw/White Petit Point linen
Fibers: Called for DMC
Stitch Count: 33x40
Started: 5 July 2021
Finished: 6 July 2021

Stitch from Stash:

I'm claiming a $5.50 credit for this finish ($5 base + 10% bonus for specialty fabric). This brings my current Stitch from Stash balance to $40.52.