Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Hello Spring Finish

As promised in my previous post, I'm going to try and do a better job of posting things as I finish them vs. doing a big batch of finishes all at once. Since I had a finish last night, I get to put that new goal into practice right away.

My latest finish is the new Hello Spring chart from Stitching with the Housewives. Chelsea designed it and I thought it was so cute when Priscilla posted it on her blog on Friday. If you would like to purchase this chart, they've opened a new Etsy shop to offer this design (as well as future designs) for sale.

Design: Hello Spring
Designer: Stitching with the Housewives
Fabric: 36 count Gunmetal linen (Weeks Dye Works)
Fibers: Mostly called for with substitutions listed below
Started: 9 February 2020
Finished: 10 February 2020

This finished size of this design ended up being a bit smaller than I had originally wanted. I used some Gunmetal linen from my stash that was labeled 32 count. Once I started stitching, I realized the stitches definitely seemed smaller than I would have expected so I pulled out my ruler to do a quick stitch count. As it turns out, the linen was mislabeled and was actually 36 count. Even though it turned out smaller than I had planned, it's still super cute.

I did match a few other changes from the chart.

  • I used DMC 3826 for the mug (instead of the called for Classic Colorworks 12 Grain)
  • I made my chicken a Rhode Island Red by using GAST Woodrose for the main feathers and GAST Buttercrunch for the highlights.
  • I omitted the word spring from the mug and moved the hello word down a few rows.

This was a really fun quick stitch. For a first time paid design, I thought they did a great job on the chart! The only thing I would have liked to have that wasn't there was indicators for the horizontal and vertical centers. I will add it was a color chart only, so if you prefer traditional black & white symbol charts, you might want to be aware that isn't included.

This finish qualifies as a small, so it's my fifth finish toward my goal of 20 small finishes this year for my Year of Smalls challenge with my BFF. It also earned me a $5 finishing credit for my Stitch from Stash balance.

Monday, February 10, 2020

January 2020 Finishes

I've been remiss in posting on my blog when I have finishes. I have been updating my 2020 Finishes and Stitch from Stash pages, but haven't been creating an actual post indicating I had a finish. I definitely want to try and start doing better about posting things as I finish them. With that in mind, here are the pieces I finished during the month of January.

January 3 - Two Turtle Doves by Prairie Schooler (Year of Smalls finish #1) - Stitched on 32 ct Platinum Lugana using the called for DMC. This design is from The Twelve Days of Christmas chart.



January 7 - Caroling Cardinals by Blue Ribbon Designs (Year of Smalls finish #2) - Stitched on 40 count Mallow linen (Zweigart) using the recommended DMC. This chart appears in the 2018 Just Cross Stitch ornament issue.



January 9 - Trimming the Tree by Blue Ribbon Designs (Year of Smalls finish #3) - Stitched on 40 count Mallow linen (Zweigart) using the recommended DMC. This chart appears in the 2019 Just Cross Stitch ornament issue.



January 13 - Chicken Joy by Stitching with the Housewives (Year of Smalls finish #4) - This is a freebie chart from Stitching with the Housewives and can be downloaded here from Priscilla's blog. Stitched on 28 count Midnight Lugana from Garibaldi's Needle Works using the called for fibers.



January 19 - Suffrage Act by Little House Needleworks - Stitched on 32 count Colonial Parchment linen from Fabrics by Stephanie using the called for fibers. I stitched this as part of the Suffrage SAL (#swtssuffrage) hosted by Stitching with the Sisterlies, Michelle Bendy, and 2 Martini Stitcher.



January 25 - Be Inkspired by Stitchrovia (Stitch Six finish #1) - Stitched on 32 count Limestone Lugana using mostly called for fibers. I converted a couple of the skin tones as follows:
  • Left Hand (at top of design): 436 and 433
  • Mermaid (lower right): 436, 433, 3859 (blush), 739 (highlights), and 3011 (eyes)



January 27 - Pumpkin House by Shannon Christine Designs - Stitched on 32 count Heartland Lugana by Picture This Plus using the called for fibers. This is a three chart series that I'm stitching together on a single piece of fabric.


Saturday, February 8, 2020

FlossTube #16 - Show Notes

Happy FlossTubiversary to me!! My first FlossTube video went live on February 5, 2019. I can't believe it's been a year since I finally got up the nerve to post my very first FlossTube video. Can you believe it?!! Keep watching to the end of the video because there might be a little something something up for grabs. Just sayin'...

Show Notes:

Stitch from Stash Update:

  • 7 finishes for a total credit of $53.50
  • Added $100 of birthday money
  • Spent $104.35 on purchases
  • Current balance is $49.15.
    You can view my current balance at any time on my Stitch from Stash page. It's also linked in the menu bar at the top of my blog directly below the header image.
Finishes:
  • Pumpkin House (Shannon Christine Designs)
WIPs:
  • Away We Go (Country Cottage Needleworks)
  • Jane Marshall 1857 (Hands Across the Sea Samplers)
  • Rainbow Mandala (Shannon Christine Designs)
  • Friends & Family Mystery SAL (Fox & Rabbit Designs for Linens & Threads)
  • Henna Mandala (Ink Circles)
  • Garden Party - cool colorway (Satsuma Street)
  • Bloom & Grow Mystery SAL (Caterpillar Cross Stitch) - Use my code MEL10 to save 10% on your order!
  • Rose Quaker (Wiehenburg Designs)
Upcoming SALs I'm Joining:
  • Long Dog Samplers Leap Day SAL - #longdogleapdaysal
  • Baby It's Cold SAL honoring Leanne of Lost in Floss - #babyitscoldsal

Haul:
  • Miss Scissors kit (Barbara Ana Designs exclusive to Nitka online shop in Russia)
  • 32 count Sorbet Lugana (BeStitchMe)
Links:
Flosstubers Mentioned: