Saturday, December 4, 2021

FlossTube Made Me Do It

As I was stitching last night, I was catching up on the last few FlossTube videos from Steph and Pam over at Just Keep Stitchin'. In episode #226, they were recapping their trip to the Stitch Inn at the Farm retreat. As they were driving up to New England for the retreat, they made a stop at Hobby House Needleworks in Pittsford, New York. Steph held up a chart they purchased from the shop which was designed by Kathy, the woman who owns Hobby House Needleworks. As soon as I saw, I immediately paused the video and went to the Hobby House website to purchase it. The chart is called Dasher and Dancer and here's a photo of the model.

Isn't this design stunning?!! If, like me, you love Quaker samplers, I think this is a must stitch! It calls for 40 ct. Antique Lace linen from Seraphim Fabrics, but I'm planning to just use one of the many pieces of neutral 40 ct Verdal (evenweave) fabric I have in my stash already from BeStitchMe. I've been in her 40 ct. neutrals Fabric of the Month club for the past year, so I have quite a few pieces to choose from. 

It also calls for Mulberry from Gentle Arts. The listing states the design requires 134 yards of six-stranded floss if using one strand. By my math, that would mean 27 skeins of GAST since it comes in five yard skeins which would cost over $60 just for the floss. So, I've decided to substitute and use one of my favorite reds instead. I'm going to use DMC 115 which comes in 8.7 yard skeins which means I would need 16 skeins. At 60 cents per skein from 123 Stitch, that comes out to $9.60 for the floss which is much better. LOL

Using the DMC 115 will definitely make the overall design brighter than the original, but I'm OK with that. While the Mulberry GAST is beautiful, it was a bit more purple that I wanted for a holiday design.

Given how many WIPs I have at the moment, I have no clue when on earth I will actually finish this piece. All I do know is I will be starting it ASAP once the chart and floss arrive! 


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