Sunday, January 26, 2020

FlossTube #15 - Show Notes

I'm back again this week with FlossTube #15. I'm sharing my six finishes so far for 2020, some new starts, several WIPs, some stitch-a-longs (SALs) I've joined, and a little bit of haul.

In other exciting news, my BFF, Tracy, who joined me as a guest in a recent FlossTube video has decided to start her on FlossTube channel! You can find her over on YouTube as Tracy Stitches. Please be sure to stop by her channel to watch her first video and show her some love by liking and subscribing.

Now, on to my video!

Show Notes:

Finishes: (Photos can be seen on my 2020 Finishes page)
  • Two Turtle Doves (Prairie Schooler)
  • Caroling Cardinals (Blue Ribbon Designs) - magazine design
  • Trimming the Tree (Blue Ribbon Designs) - magazine design
  • Chicken Joy (Stitching with the Housewives) - freebie
  • Suffrage Act (Little House Needleworks
  • Be Inkspired (Stitchrovia) - magazine design
  • Christmas Eve (Prairie Schooler) - new start
  • Rainbow Mandala (Shannon Christine Designs) - New Year start
  • Henna Mandala (Ink Circles) - Q1 High Tea start
  • Friends and Family Mystery Sampler SAL (Linens and Threads) 
  • Jane Marshall 1857 (Hands Across the Sea Samplers) - new start
  • Garden Party - cool colorway (Satsuma Street)
  • Away We Go (Country Cottage Needleworks)
  • Pumpkin House (Shannon Christine Designs) 
  • Santas and Snowmen (Prairie Schooler)
  • Louisa Acton Sampler (Freebie from 1897 Schoolhouse Samplers - PDF can be found in the Our Sampler Years Facebook group linked below)
  • Acceptance (Bendy Stitchy Designs) - charity purchase
  • 32 count Platinum Lugana (Zweigart) - 1 yard
  • 28 count Black Jobelan (Wichelt) - Fat Half
  • 32 count Lambswool Jobelan (Wichelt) - Fat Eighth
  • 32 count Vintage Country Mocha Linen (Zweigart) - Fat Eighth
Flosstubers Mentioned: (listed in order of reference)
SALs I've Joined:

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The Year of Smalls

If you watched my recent FlossTube video with my best friend, Tracy, you probably heard us discuss the plan we came up with for 2020. Our goal is to stitch 20 smalls/ornaments and finish six of our medium/larger WIPs as well. Since posting that video, several people have messaged me asking for more information on the smalls portion of our challenge. Since there was interest, Tracy and I thought it would be fun to open it up for other people to join us for The Year of Smalls!

What is The Year of Smalls?
  • Start and finish at least 20 smalls during 2020. If you don't want to commit to the full 20, set a goal that works well for you. We want anyone who wants to participate to play along!
  • The smalls can be any combination of regular smalls such as a pinkeep, pincushion, needle book, biscornu, etc. or any type of ornament such as Easter, Christmas, Halloween, etc.
  • Each participant can determine what a small means to them. For us, we decided a small was anything under 4000 square stitches. For example, a 60x60 piece would be 3600 square stitches, so that would work. A 50x70 piece would be 3500 square stitches, so it would also work. However, a 70x70 piece would be 4900 square stitches, so that wouldn't qualify. To determine the number of square stitches of a piece, simply multiple the width stitches by the height stitches. 
How Do I Join?
If you would like to join us, we would love to have you do so! If you do plan to participant, please leave a comment below with your Instagram name if you have one so we can follow your progress throughout the year.

Happy stitching! 🙂

Bloom and Grow Mystery SAL Kit Unboxing

I have something a little bit different to share with you all today. Sally from Caterpillar Cross Stitch reached out to me recently and invited me to participate in her new Bloom and Grow 2020 Mystery Stitch-a-Long (SAL). She sent me the evenweave kit for the SAL and I'm sharing an unboxing video of it today.

The first part of the SAL will be released on January 24th. Additional parts will be released on the 24th of each month with the final part being released on August 24th.

If you would like to participate in this eight-part SAL, there's still plenty of time to order the chart and/or kit. You can use my code (MEL10) to save 10% on your order. Here are the relevant links for this SAL:

Ordering from Caterpillar Cross Stitch
SAL Facebook Group
VIP Stitch Club Newsletter

As the SAL progresses, I'll be posting monthly updates here on my blog as well as on my Instagram. If you decide to join the SAL, please leave me a comment below. I would love to know who else will be stitching with me!

**Disclosure** I received my kit for free in exchange for participating in and sharing about this SAL.