Saturday, February 16, 2019

Flosstube #2 – Video and Show Notes

I actually managed to not chicken out and recorded a second Flosstube video. Part of what helped was the amazing response I received to my first video. Knowing people enjoyed it and left such supportive comments helped me push through my anxiety and motivated me to keep going. Thank you all so very much for the kindness and encouragement!!
If you don’t have time to watch the entire 45 minute video, I have links in the Show Notes section below to the time stamps for each topic in the video. Without further adieu, here’s Flosstube #2 for your viewing pleasure.
If you like it, please head over to the video on my YouTube channel to give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already. Thanks!

Show Notes

Time Stamps:
  • WIPs – 1:36
  • Finishes – 5:15
  • Haul – 6:35
  • Know Your Needleworker Tag – 13:13
  • Other Stitchy Fun Facts and Some Favorite Tools – 26:08
  • Shoutouts – 38:41
Flosstube Channels Mentioned:

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hello Flosstube!

After watching Flosstube videos on YouTube for the past couple of years, I’ve decided to finally give it a try. If you aren’t familiar with Flosstube, it’s a collection of YouTube creators who post stitching-related videos on their channels to showcase their needlework. Here’s my first video:

I’m still trying to learn all the ins and outs of having my face on camera, so please bear with me during the learning curve. Even with 3+ years of recording card making videos, this was actually my first time ever showing my face on camera. All my card making videos were overhead shots, so the only thing that ever showed were my hands. LOL

I hope you watch and enjoy my video. If you do like it, please head over to the video on my YouTube channel and give it a thumbs up. If you aren’t a subscriber already, I would love it if you’d subscribe to my channel as well. If you want to be sure you never miss one of my videos, but sure to click the little bell icon once you’ve subscribed so you’ll get a notification every time I post a new video.
My plan is going to be posting a video every other week to show off my WIPs, finishes, and any stitching haul I receive. If there are any particular stitching-related things you’d like to see on my Flosstube channel, please let me know!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

January Stitching Recap

I had a very productive January with my stitching. I think one of the things that really helped with that was the fact I joined the School of Magical Stitches and Literature group on Facebook. It’s a combination stitching and reading challenge group based on the Harry Potter series of books by J.K. Rowling. I love the Harry Potter series, so pairing that with fun stitching challenges was definitely a no brainer for me jump in and join.


I had a total of three finishes in January. Ironically, all of them were also new starts in January and they were all designs from Country Cottage Needleworks. If you missed my finish posts earlier in the month, I’ll link them here:
Works in Progress (WIPs)

I currently have a total of 10 WIPs. I’ve actually managed to get in some stitching time on every WIP thus far in 2019. I stitched on eight of them during the month of January (the other two have been in February), so I thought I would show photos of the progress I’ve made on each. I can’t show a progress photo on one of my WIPs because it’s a gift project and I’m not sure whether the intended recipient reads my blog. To be safe, I won’t be sharing any photos of that project.
Since there are going to be so many photos, the thumbnails are going to be pretty small. As always, feel free to click on any of the images for a larger view.

Taj Mahal Mandala - Chatelaine Designs



Halloween Fairy – Nora Corbett

I forgot to take a before photo on this one. I didn’t get a whole lot done on her, but this is where she is as of the end of January. I just added in a bit more of the metallic backstitching at the bottom around the pumpkins.

Plum Blossom Kimono – Margaret Bendig

This is another one where I forgot to take a before photo. I worked on this piece during the monthly stitching day with a group of local stitchers. I finished the three diagonal blocks on the left side.

Royal Holiday – Mirabilia



Thanksgiving Harvest Fairy – Mirabilia



Halloween Cat – Satsuma Street



Garden Party Cool Colorway – Satsuma Street



Gift Project
As I mentioned above, there won’t actually be any photos of this project, but I completed another word in the verse on this design. I’m approximately 12% complete on this project.
Magical Stitches Update
As I mentioned earlier, I joined the School of Magical Stitches and Literature group on Facebook. After joining, I was sorted into the Hufflepuff house which made me very happy since that’s the house I was sorted to on the official Pottermore website as well.
Since I didn’t join until the latter part of the month, I was only able to complete one of the weekly homework assignments since the ones from earlier in the month were already closed before I joined and was sorted. I did manage to complete three of the six extra credit assignments though, so at least I was able to help my house a little bit in January. Here’s a recap of the points I earned:
  • House: Hufflepuff
  • Weekly Homework: 5 points
  • Stitching Extra Credit: 8 points
Rotation Update
Since I’m participating in the Magical Stitches group, I’ve had to modify my rotation plans slightly to make time for my homework assignments. My weekly rotation plans will still be the same, but instead of having each run for the entire seven days of the week, my rotation projects will be for Monday through Friday of each week. I’ll then use my weekend stitching time each week for completing my Magical Stitches assignments.
Stitch from Stash Update
I think I posted about this back in January, but I’m also participating in the Stitch from Stash challenge group on Facebook. The only spending I did in January was purchasing a new needle minder from the Mad for Minders shop on Etsy. Here’s a photo of it.

Here’s a recap of where my Stitch from Stash budget currently stands:
  • Carryover from January: $42
  • February Budget: $25
  • Current Balance: $67
Since my birthday is in a couple of weeks, I’ll be adding some more money to my budget. Any money and/or gift certificates received as a gift throughout the year (birthday, holiday, random acts of kindness, etc.) can be added to your budget.
So, that’s my January recap. I hope you’ve all enjoyed seeing the progress I made this month. I’ll be back again next week for my regularly scheduled weekly stitching update.