Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Catching Up & Maynia Plans

 Once again I have been woefully remiss in updating my blog. Life has been busy and most of the time it just seems easier to post on Instagram instead. Given we're already nearly a full week into Stitch Maynia, I thought now would be a good time to post an update and share my plans for Maynia.

For a bit of catch up, I've only had two finishes so far this year. My first finish was an ornament from the Merry Christmas Gingerbread pattern designed by AnimalsCrossStitch on Etsy. I stitched it on 32 count Antique White Lugana using the called for fibers. Here's a photo of my finish.

The second finish I've had this year is a gorgeous freebie by Hello From Liz Mathews. She is doing a series of freebie smalls this year in honor of her first anniversary as a designer. The freebie is posted on her website here, but to know whenever she has a new freebie available, be sure to subscribe to her email newsletter. I stitched this on 36 count Winter Moon linen by Zweigart using Bell Soie silk in Rouge. Here's a photo of my finish.

Now let's move on to my plans for Stitch Maynia. If you aren't familiar with Maynia, it's an event that takes place each May in the stitching community. The original version of Maynia was starting a new project each day in May to coincide with the last two numbers of the year. So, in the inaugural year of 2015, people started 15 new projects. In 2016, people started 16 new projects and so on. Since then Maynia has evolved and expanded to be whatever people want to make it.

I've decided to do a "sampler Maynia" this year. Instead of a bunch of new starts, I'll be working on seven of my existing sampler WIPs (works in progress) along with two planned new starts. I'll be working on two projects per week -- one during the week and the other on the weekend. Here's what I have planned for the month.

The first of my two new starts is Midnight Ride by Blackbird Designs. While Midnight Ride might not seem like a "traditional" sampler, I say it counts since the design includes an alphabet. I started it as part of the Blackbird Designs weekend SAL (#bbdweekendsal) started by Brenda and Laura from the Brenda and the Serial Starter channel on FlossTube. Since we're already several days into the month, I'll show the progress I made on May 1 and 2. I think I made great progress since this was a new start! I'm not sure if the called for fabric is still available, but Jeannine at Acorns & Threads helped me find a great substitution when I was at her shop for the 2019 Fall Fling event. I'm stitching it on 32 count Salt Marsh Green linen from R&R Reproductions using the called for fibers.

The second of my planned two new starts will be Memorial Sampler by Midsummer Night Designs. May 23 will be the one year anniversary of the death of my father. I had Attic Needlework kit this up for me right after he passed away, but it's taken until now for me to actually be emotionally ready to start it. I'll be stitching it on 40 count Heartland from Picture This Plus as kitted by the Attic. Some of the called for fibers weren't available as the result of supply issues due to COVID, so Carolyn made substitutions as necessary. I think she did an amazing job!

That's it for now. I'll be back later in the month with more photos of my Sampler Maynia progress.

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