Episode 112 – Clearing


My little group of stitching friends decided to do an exchange at Christmas and it was fun to open them all together on Zoom.

Amy (Amy Loves Toads) stitched a modified A Bowl Full of Scaries: Scary One by Plum Street Samplers for me. I absolutely love it. It’s stuffed with sawdust and finished with black ruched ribbon trim.

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I stitched for Cynthia (Stitching in the Light) and I chose Time from the Christmas of Olde series by Friends of Threads of Gold. This was from 1999. I decided to update the colors a little bit and also “prim it up”. I used a combination of DMC, Weeks, and Olde Willow Stitchery threads. The green was an OWS thread called Williamsburg and the yellow for the windows was OWS American Quaker Gold. I stitched it on a 32ct Natural Zweigart linen and finished it into a little pillow.


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Hannah Tingey by The Scarlett House – NPI on 40ct Lakeside Buttercream. I was so happy to get back to Hannah.

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From the Deep by Plum Street Samplers (I’m only stitching a portion of the design) – DMC and NPI on 40ct Lambswool. I worked on the background fill in a bit while I did some training for work.

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Christmas Celebration Sampler by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery – DMC & GAST on 32ct linen. I was feeling the pull of Christmas stitching so I picked this one back up. I also enjoyed watching Suburban Stitcher’s Vlogvent videos.

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I stitched the R block and started on the T block. Rudolph is so cute.

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On December 23rd, I joined in with Kristie of Crosshatch Quilts to start Mary Snow by Hands Across the Sea. I fell in love with this one the second I saw it, because swans. Also, I loved the red and green giving it a Christmas feel. And it’s a relatively small sampler.

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I’m stitching it on 40ct Antique Sampler from Victorian Motto with the called for DMCs, but I decided to use the red AVAS Soie d’Alger because it was the same red used in Sarah.

I stitched the border first and made it all the way around with the green, then I went back and started stitching the red flowers (which I like to think are poinsettias even though Nicola says they are rose campions. I absolutely adore the little house and the mint green “goat”. This sampler is a joy to stitch.

WIP Parade:

I did a partial WIP parade, focusing mostly on samplers that I’d like to get back to and want to finish. Not setting any hard and fast goals for my stitching this year other than to enjoy it, stitch on what I want when I want, and try to finish some WIPs.

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Peace on Earth by Blackbird Designs – GAST & Weeks on 30ct Sheep’s Straw by R&R

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Three Things Sampler by Moira Blackburn – My own conversion with DMC & GAST on 36ct Lakeside Light Examplar

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Dutch Beauty by Permin of Copenhagen – my own “Dark Beauty” conversion on 40ct Zweigart Mallow hand-dyed by me

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Sabbats from Primitive Needle – need to FFO Litha (above stitched on 28ct Cameo by Silkweaver with DMC & CC), stitch Mabon, Lammas, and Samhain

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Egypt Garden by Chatelaine Designs – silks, DMC, and Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid on 32ct Silkweaver Days Gone By

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His Eye is on the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery – called for overdyed threads on 48ct Gander linen

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Shores of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings – NPI on 36ct Vintage Autumn Gold by Lakeside

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Frances Eden by HandWork Samplers – Vikki Clayton silks (HDF) on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside

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Le Marquoir de Justine by Anne Pelletier Pauleau – my own Conversion to Gloriana, AVAS & Caron Soie Cristale on 40ct HDF light coffee antiqued with walnut spray

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SnoSnooty Parrots Sampler by Barbara Ana – Gloriana Tudor Silks on 52/60 Vintage Examplar by Lakeside


DoDorothy’s Garden by A Stitcher’s Hands – DMC & AVAS on 32ct unknown linen – one over one

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII by The Primitive Hare – DMC on 40ct Gander linen I coffee dyed

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Ten by Amy Mitten – Fibers to Dye For silk on 40ct linen I coffee and tea-dyed

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Mary Pearson Sampler by Heartstring Samplery – DMC on 40ct Cream Zweigart

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Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings – DMC on 36ct Vintage Light Examplar by Lakeside #letsallmovetohawkrunhollow

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Birds of a Feather Mystery Sampler by With Thy Needle & Thread – Weeks on 40ct Weeks Confederate Grey

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Little Red Chair Sampler by The Scarlett House – Gloriana Tudor Silks on 45ct Vintage Meadow Rue

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The Lady Liberty Sampler by Threads Through Time – HDF silks? on 40ct linen

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Happy Hearts Sampler by Birds of a Feather – Weeks & DMC on 40ct Lakeside Sand Dune

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Ann Tong Uffindell 1835 by Hands Across the Sea Samplers – DMC on 40ct Light Hazelnut by xJu Designs

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Our Lasting Friendship by Blackbird Designs – overdyeds (some called for, some my own choices) on 40ct Legacy by PTP

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Victorine Delacroix by The Essamplaire – AVAS Soie d’Alger silks on 40ct linen

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Game of Swannes by Long Dog Samplers – GAST on 40ct Colour & Cotton Luna


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Dracula Book Cover by Dam Good Crafts – DMC on 40ct Red Gander linen for #dark13stitching

And continuing on with Mary Snow


Finished reading Lover Enshrined, Father Mine, Lover Avenged, and Covet

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Currently reading: Lover Mine