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Stitch Maynia Day 28

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!


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Stitch Maynia Day 27

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!



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Stitch Maynia Day 26

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!

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Stitch Maynia 2018 Day 25

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.










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Stitch Maynia 2018 Day 24

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!

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Stitch Maynia 2018 Day 23

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!

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Stitch Maynia 2018 Day 22

My project for Day 22 was Abecedarian Summer Schoolhouse from With Thy Needle and Thread. I fell in love with this project as soon as I saw it last summer. The fact that it is stitched over one thread was an added bonus. I am using the called for overdyed flosses, a mixture of Weeks Dye Works and The Gentle Arts threads on the called for fabric! That doesn’t happen often!

The main change I am making is that I decided to stitch it as one long piece, instead of as separate pillows. One of the reasons for this is that I have never done a pillow finish, so I’m a bit intimidated, and of course, I no longer own a sewing machine!

I mentioned my plans in my Stitch with Me video, and one of my commenters mentioned someone on Instagram who was doing just that. I found the post by Skye Coote, @scottycoo on IG, and got her permission to share it here. She did have to make some changes to the pattern to make them the same height. I may or may not do that. I will decide when I get to the other pieces. But isn’t it stunning all worked together as one piece!

I am only on part 1 of this 4 part series. It’s been a while since I worked on this, and this is what I had done.

Have I mentioned that I adore this piece! Look at those tiny stitches! Love it!


I got the roof completed and a nice chunk done on the side of the house, so that’s where I leave it till the next time.

On to the next project! Lizzie Kate’s Snowman ‘10!

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Stitch Maynia 2018 Day 21

Here we are at Day 21 and I’m still going strong! I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with myself once Maynia is over and I’m not doing daily Stitch with Me videos, but I’m sure I’ll get back into some other kind of routine. Many people have said they will miss my daily videos, and I think that is so sweet, and kind of funny! Here is the Stitch with Me for Day 21.

Anyway, my project for Day 21 was Louise and Henry by Little House Needleworks. Of course, being a knitter, I fall in love with all sheep designs, and that this one says Wool on it is another plus. And I found out today that Little House Needleworks has a companion piece to this one called Warm Winter Woolens. You know I’ll need to add that to my stash, too!

I got a nice chunk done in my one day of stitching.

And of course, I changed a bunch of the called for colors. No surprise there!

I am using the DMC colors that are called for. I haven’t yet decided on all of the others. I’ll figure them out when I get to them, but the ones I have chosen are Vintage Motto Sampler Threads (VMST) Vintage Crochet for the Classic Colorworks Antique Lace, and VMST Sampler Greenery in place of Classic Colorworks Weeping Willow. I’ll note the final selection of colors when I finish the piece. Hopefully that won’t take too long, although I know there is a lot of stitching on the sheep.

But for now, on to the next project!

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Stitch Maynia Day 20

I’ve been going strong with Stitch Maynia. This is my first time doing it, and I jumped in with both feet and decided to do it for the whole month.

So here we are on Day 21. I’ve been meaning to do a better job of keeping track of my projects here on my blog, posting not only extra photos of my progress, but also any color changes I make. If you have listened to any of my YouTube videos, you are aware that I do make a LOT of changes. So, I hereby vow that I will do a better job of documenting  my work.

Let’s get started. I’ve been doing a Stitch with Me video almost everyday of Stitch Maynia. In these posts, I’ll cover the project from the previous day, so I can show you updated pictures. You can find the video for Day 20 here:

Day 20’s Project: Philip Foster Farmhouse by Heartstring Samplery. This was an exclusive kit for the store Country Sampler in Wisconsin. You can learn more about the club here: Girls Club Farmhouse Samplers. As of this writing, the club is still open to new members.

Because this is a kit that came with the linen and all the floss needed, I am using everything as called for. Here is the progress I made on it. If you click on the picture, you can see a bigger version of it.

My intention was to work on the outlines of the roof and house and I’m happy with what I got done. One to the next project!

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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.