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Bloomtopia Fundraiser Stitch Along by Fat Quarter Shop

I have been asked to help host the Bloomtopia Fundraiser Stitch Along by Fat Quarter Shop. They have done quilting ones for a number of years and have decided to add a cross stitch fundraiser this year as well. Every year, they do these stitch alongs to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central and South Texas.

I am thrilled to have been asked to join with the group of people hosting this. Bloomtopia is a sweet design but the colors were a little too orange for me. If you’ve been visiting me for any length of time, then you know that orange is not my favorite color. Besides, I always like to change things up to make them more unique!

So I spent some time looking at floss, and I came up with my own colors, using mostly Weeks Dye Works overdyed flosses as well as a different color of linen. The design is charted in both DMC and Aurafil flosses. Here is the original DMC palette.

And here are my choices.

The fabric is a 32 ct linen by Wichelt in Water Lily. As you can see, I have pinked up the colors just a tad. I am so excited to start stitching this and see how these colors work out!

The stitch along starts on Feb. 1. Fat Quarter Shop is suggesting a $15 donation to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Use this link so that your donation will be credited under their fundraiser. Their goal this year is $30,000! Wow!

You can find out all about the stitch along here.

Here is my list of the colors I chose with links to them on Fat Quarter Shop.

Wichelt Water Lily 32 ct Fabric

Gentle Arts Picket Fence (White)

Weeks Dye Works Dolphin (318)

Missus Sedas Silk Floss Aqua (3766)

Weeks Dye Works Morris Blue (747)

Weeks Dye Works Meadow (471)

Weeks Dye Works Daffodil (726)

Weeks Dye Works Sunset (722)

Weeks Dye Works Hibiscus (352)

Weeks Dye Works Bordeaux (3705)

Fat Quarter Shop has some other fun accessories to coordinate with your project. A project bag, needle minder, and key chain fob!

You can find those here:

Bloomtopia project Bag

Bloomtopia DMC Thread Pack

Bloomtopia Needleminder

Bloomtopia Scissor Fob/Keychain Charm

I hope you’ll join me in this sweet little stitch along that is for such a good cause!

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Jan Hicks Creates Flosstube #15

Every day happenings and Christmas in July giveaways!

New Flosstube Channels:
Linda Spalding

Laura Nelkin – LLK Knit with Laura and Lola

Misty Pursel’s new Etsy shop for hand-woven towels – LuminousFiberArts

Theresa Wentlzer’s 12 Days of Christmas series

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Two Sisters Floss pack Giveaway

Christmas in July hashtag – #jhcchristmasinjuly

Finishes this week – Lizzie Kate’s Snowman ’10


Harbor Haven SAL by By the Bay Needlearts – #HarborHavenSAL

Sally Spencer Sampler SAL #MustangSallySAL


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Flosstube #2 by Jan Hicks Creates

I’m having fun with my Flosstube videos and hope to do many more. I’m finding that I talk about so many things in them, though, that I often leave out the details of some of the projects. So I’ve decided to use my blog as a place to capture all of those details, as well as more photos of my projects. I hope you enjoy looking around!

History of Sheep  by Jardin Prive, a four part sampler focused on….wait for it….sheep! I am doing this on a 36 ct. linen. The color name is parchment, but I do not know the company name. This is a nice, crisp linen and I’m really enjoying stitching on it! While I am using DMC, I have changed some of the colors, mostly the stems and leaves of the flowers, because I wanted to use more greenish colors rather than the gold-leaning colors recommended in the charts. I have substituted 935 in place of 830 and 469 in place of 370.

Modern Folk Embroidery Four Seasons MSAL This is such a fun one, and I am certain it’s going to be stunning when it’s done. I have developed a fascination with Quaker samplers, and this is scratching that itch deliciously. I am using a 40 ct linen from Lakeside Linen in color Flagstone. This is another nice, crisp linen. It has a wonderful hand, but it is a bit of a challenge for these old eyes to stitch on. I got a magnifier that you wear around your neck, and while it works fairly well, it does have a tendency to block my light and wiggle around. I may try more powerful readers to see if that works better.

This sampler is charted to be stitched in one color, but that’s impossible for me. I’m using 5 colors of Gentle Arts Sampler Threads – Wrought Iron is the navy blue for the outlines. The other colors are Picket Fence, Crystal Lake, Liberty, and Morning Glory.

The older projects I showed were the Amish Scene from Cross Stitch and Country Craft Magazine. I am not sure of the issue, but it would have come out in 1987, I believe.


Jacobean Bellpull by Sue Lentz Needlework

A Gathering of Hearts by The Trilogy

Heirloom Birth Sampler by The Victoria Sampler (forgive all of my pictures on this one. I just love it!) BTW, you can click on any of these pictures to see the full-sized image.

An old Just Nan piece. I need to see if I can find this one.

New Purchases

Whitework in Colour – I am going to learn how to do this, and am thinking about doing this as Stitch with me videos. Let me know if this is something you’d like to see me do.


My Knitting Projects

I finished my Las Cruces Shawl by Laura Nelkin from Knockout Knits. This has been in hibernation for a long time. I started it in 2015. So happy to finally have this finished!

My photo assistant, Sasha

My “I need to do this in a quiet room knitting project, Lace Mash Up by Laura Nelkin.

My “I can work on this while talking or watching TV” knitting project, Flowsaic Shawl, also by Laura Nelkin.


You can find me on Instagram as @JanHicksCreates

If you would like to see more of my knitting projects, you can find them here on My Ravelry Project Page.