Back to my regular updates! I covered lots, and below you will find the links to everything and more pictures!
Slide show of Antelope Slot Canyon at beginning
Flosstube channels to check out:
Doodlebug Stitcher – did an interesting version of Maynia. Started 16 or 17 new ones, and then went back to them for the second half of the month. Bought some fun fabric for finishing/bags. Really pretty stuff.
Hobbies up to Here – Katie V and her mom Dorie have had a quilting channel, but have added Flosstube. Katie is new to stitching, her mother is not. Great vibe and another great mother/daughter duo. Very talented quilters.
Cute little stitch – proves that we are all still the same, no matter where, religion, culture. Arabic speaking woman, understand words like cute, finish, biscornu and cross stitch! Lovely projects and finishes!
Cross My Stitches – great finishes and projects. Loved the fabric dying and she makes it seem easy! Showed some projects she made with her Silhouette. Very talented lady! And she has an RV!
Ninja Chickens – not stitching, but knitting. Beautiful setting in the NC mountains. Filming outside, finished projects, WIPs, but most interesting was history of Edisto Beach, and her knowledge and samples of Eco printing – scarves, sock blanks.
Stitching the high notes – Joanna, another knitter and stitcher, also an opera singer with the San Fran symphony. Lots of fun projects, both knitting and stitching.
Start of the Eliza Bell Cox SAL on June 1. So we’ll be starting to see that beauty being stitched.
No finishes or FFOs, NO surprise there!
Harbor Haven by By the Bay Needlearts – Sky blue hand dyed linen 36 ct, 1 over 1
Floss subs GAST: 3052 = Shutter Green, 503 = Tropical Ocean, 829 = Old Hickory, 3363 = VMST Southern Mint
Snowman ‘10 by Lizzie Kate – 32 ct mystery linen, 2 over 2. Floss substitutions DMC 3854 instead of
Sally Spencer – 36 ct Confederate Grey linen by Weeks Dye Works – I substituted all of the colors as follows: GAST Claret for GAST Buckeye Scarlet, GAST Midnight for GAST Black Crow, old Needlework Necessities Cornflower for GAST Brethren Blue, GAST Highland Heather for GAST Melon Patch, GAST Pineapple Sherbert for GATS Buttermilk and VMST Southern Belle for GAST Tropical Ocean,
Today brings us one day closer to the end of Maynia and also brings us a WIP to stitch on for the day. This is a lovely Dimenions kit that I got when I returned to stitching last summer.
I love the richness of the grapes and leaves, but I did switch out the brown Aida that came in the kit and substituted in a creamy, pinky 32 count linen I had in my stash. Learn more about it here:
This is a wonderful piece to work on. I don’t often work with blended threads, and the coloring they produce in this piece is gorgeous.
This one will be a joy to return to and get done, and I think it will stitch up rather quickly, once I get back to it. But for now, onward with Maynia! Tomorrow brings us to another gorgeous WIP! Stay tuned!
Day 29 was actually a knit with me day instead of a stitch with me day. Laura Nelkin was releasing a new club pattern, and I needed to swatch the yarn and choose bead. So join me for a knit with me day!
Since I had made kumihimo jewelry in the past, I had built up quite a stash of size 8/0 and 6/0 seed beads. There is a n0-bead option with Laura’s N Club kits, so that’s what I’m getting, which means I had to choose from my stash for beads for this design.
I decided to rope my viewers in to help me choose beads. The best way to choose beads for a project is to see them on the yarn, and since we have to (really, we do have to) knit a swatch anyway, I incorporated the beads in to the swatch.
I love how all of the beads look, so I really was having a hard time deciding. Most of my viewers and commenters on Instagram liked the second one from the top the best. I still couldn’t decide, so decided to wait for Laura’s live Facebook reveal for Club members that evening. I knew once I saw how the beads were actually used, I would know which beads were best.
The design is called Caramelized Cowl, and it uses Kettle Yarn Co.’s Beyul Singles in an exclusive colorway called Praline. The yarn is a yak/silk/merino blend, and it is luscious! The design will do it justice. The pattern is exclusive for N Club members for the first year.
The beads are just lightly sprinkled through the design, so I’ve decided to go with the one that most people liked. They are the ones that stand out the best, and to be honest, those were the first beads I thought of when I first saw the yarn.
Next step, I need to block my gauge swatch, measure it to see if I got gauge, and then cast on!
In the meantime, check in tomorrow when I’ll be returning to another WIP!
I have been anxious to start this one ever since I got the linen. Printed linen wasn’t something that existed back in the 90s/early 2000s, which was when I pretty much stopped stitching. So, to discover all of the possibilities that are out there with printed linen has been fun. And Nichole Franklin of Kaniki’s Whims and Prims does it right up my alley. Now, I am not necesssarily a prim girl. That’s not really my style. But I do love me some grunge! And Nikki likes to grunge things up! So, when I saw this fabric and then the awesome pattern that goes with it, I knew I had to get it!
This picture gives a good look at the fabric, and the tiny little amount I did in my stitch with me video. This fabric is easy to work on, and smells good, too!
I got a little more done that day on the snow on the bottom, but not much!
I probably won’t pick this one up again until Christmas in July, so look for it then!
Today I got to visit a little bit with another one of my loves, the Modern Folk Embroidery Four Seasons Mystery Sal. Boy, that’s a mouthful, isn’t it! And it’s not a small project either, but it’s going to be an amazing piece when finished!
This is the one I had to restart when I realized I had oriented it on the fabric wrong. Made me sick to my stomach, but I love it so much, I had to do it.
I am still on Part 1, January, on this one, and Part 6 has just been released. So I have a little catching up to do on this one, but that’s okay. Every stitch is a joy and I don’t care how long it takes me to finish. I am enjoying the process.
Here is what I got done on Day 27.
Tomorrow, we’ll be turning to a new start and Christmas!
So, in my Day 26 Stitch with Me video, I described this pattern as my first Stitch Maynia failure. One of my viewers disagreed with me, saying that there is no way it’s a failure, since I have had so many other beautiful projects. And she is exactly right. You can see my Day 26 Stitch with Me here.
My Day 26 project was Bent Creek’s Summer Row. I was looking forward to doing this one because I knew it would be another fairly quick and easy project. I have seen several people do several of the different Rows over Stitch Maynia and they have all said how quick of a project it is. Considering how many projects I now have, and some of them fairly large, I was happy to be starting another quick one. I termed this a failure however, because as I started it, I just wasn’t thrilled with it. I don’t know whether it’s the fabric, the colors in the pattern, or possibly the fact that I was doing two over two. You call know by now that I prefer 1 over two. But anyway, I didn’t pick it up the rest of the day, so whatI had gotten done was only what I had done on the video. I just wasn’t interested.
Again, considering how many WIPs I have now, all of which I LOVE, it didn’t make sense to continue with this. This taught me a valuable lesson about Stitch Maynia, though. If I ever do a whole month-worth of starts again, put designs at the end that I’m super-excited about starting. This will help keep me going, and keep me out of the stitching doldrums.
Tomorrow, I KNOW I won’t have that problem because tomorrow, I’ll be working on a much-loved WIP. Check back tomorrow to see that!
Day 25 saw me working on the gorgeous Chatelaine pattern Taj Mahal Mandala Garden. It has been about a year since I have picked it up, so it was a real pleasure to work on it again.
I am currently working on the satin stitches around the center square. According to the chart, these should be done in the Woven Scotch stitch. I found this stitch rather difficult, and quite frankly, I love the way the silks glow in the satin stitch, so that’s what I’m doing. I worked the satin stitches using a trolley needle, which helps the stitches to lay flat and evenly on the fabric.
I have a lot more work to do on this. Once Stitch Maynia is over, I plan to work on this on the weekends until it’s finished. Remember, to see a larger image, simply click on the picture.
Tomorrow, on to a simpler pattern! Summer Row by Bent Creek.
Today’s start was the sweet design from Plum Street Sampler called Woolemina. I am using some Victorian Motto Sampler Threads in this, which actually seems to be true of a lot of my starts for Maynia. The colors used in this are similar to what I’m using for Spring Jack and Blackberry House, two other Plum Street Sampler designs I’ve started for Stitch Maynia.
I feel like I got a bunch done on this, mostly because I stitch into the evening, too, instead of knitting. There’s still quite a bit to go, of course, but I am loving each little stitch on this one!
The top picture shows the colors more accurately than the bottom.
Here are the color changes I’ve made so far:
Victorian Motto Sampler Threads (VMST) in place of Classic Colorworks (CC) Bunny Honey
Gentle Arts Sampler Threads (GAST) in place of CC Pine Needles
VMST Glorious Pinks in place of CC Blushing Beauty
VMST Holland Tulips in place of CC Persimmon
VMST Tahitial Floral in place of CC Cinnamon Toast
I’m using the called for DMC, and the DMC in place of CC Hickory Sticks. I haven’t decided yet what I’m using for CC Weeping Willow. I’ll note that addition when I finish this beauty.
But this is being put aside for now, and tomorrow, I’ll be pulling out my beautiful Chatelaine Taj Mahal Mandala Garden. See you then!
Today’s project was Lizzie Kate’s Snowman 2010. He’s a cute little guy, and he’s got lots of turquoise, so what’s not to love!
This little guy was an easy one to get started. I had originally planned on taking him on a road trip, because I knew that the nice blocks of color would be easy to stitch in the car. We ended up not doing the road trip, so I took him out to the pool deck instead. (I also didn’t do a Stitch with Me video on this day. Even though I ended up not going on the trip, I decided to give myself the day off from recording.)
I don’t think I got quite half of him done, but when I do get back to this one, I will probably be able to finish it in a couple of days. I plan on making this into a pillow, even though it is rather tall. We shall see.
And speaking of seeing, I decided that my poor little snowman at least needed some eyes until I could get back to him, so I stitched them in real quickly before doing my Day 24 Stitch with Me video. Here’s what he looks like with eyes.
The above photo shows a preview of the next day’s project, Woolemina! She sure is pretty and I’m looking forward to stitching her up!