Sunday, May 5, 2019

Maynia Stars

I have wanted to start Cinnamon Stars by Plum Street Samplers for well over a year now and Maynia has given me the perfect opportunity!
This star was created using The Gentle Arts Dark Chocolate and Silk' N Colors Cinnamon Stick, 2 of my new favorites! They are so vibrant in person, the stitches seeming to float above the fabric as they subtly change in hue.

There is no method to my madness, no plan meticulously outlined for this month. Thus far I have managed to find new projects and old to entertain my nights, and all comprised of materials in my very own home. The Maiden.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Maynia Moon

Having embraced a more Vintage vibe as of late the moment I saw Moonlight Haunting from Blackberry Lane I knew I had to have it!
Stitched on 28ct Thunder Storm OD Linen using The Gentle Art's Gold leaf. There is a 3D quality to the threads on this fabric, similar to the effect that Night Creatures has. I now know it is due to this fabric!
I love how many new designers Maynia has exposed me to and this, like all my other starts, was kitted using only fabrics and threads from my stash. The Maiden.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Maynia Dared

What WIPs? Day 3 of Maynia has brought with it another new start, Enter... If You Dare by Cherished Stitches.
Stitched on 28ct ODL Frankenstein, a beautiful mix of greens and purples not evident in this photo. I decided to use a variegated silk called plum by Waterlilies for the boarder, but had to use 3 strands to get the coverage I desired. This fabric is challenging, the holes so wide my needle often slips out, slowing me down as I hunt for it beneath my frame.

Experiencing the high of a new start every day is addicting, I am not sure I will be able to refocus my energies on WIPs this month! The Maiden

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Maynia Blues (for fabric!)

I got all caught up in the excitement of Maynia and could not resist another new start!
Cedar Hill's Bouquet for June has been kitted in my STASH for years so I can take solace in having not spent any money on this start.  
Stitched on 28ct Zweigart evenweave chosen for it's beautiful cornflower blue color (which is unfortunately lost in this photo). Those French knots were unexpected and I adore them!

I had decided to leave off the alphabet and numbers, but worried it might look a little bare. Then as I stitched I knew exactly what I would do with it as my niece's name is Isla Rose I will turn this into a birth sampler!

I believe my cross stitch choice this evening was influenced by this fabric, which I am currently turning into a project roll.
The Maiden

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Maynia Kitten

Maynia has arrived! I feel like I have been waiting 12 months for this day, as last year I was only able to participate with 1 start.
My plans for the month are ever evolving, but I do know I intend to have 19 projects for 2019. My focus will remain works in progress, so I can continue to join the Mother in #WIPOUTWIPs2019.

My start for Day 1 is the month of May in the Joyful World SAL, stitched on 28ct coffee tea dyed monaco. I thought this was the perfect way to kick off the month, as it is technically a WIP (having already started the SAL) but also a new start! The Maiden 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Stitcherhood of the Traveling Pattern

While this is technically not a WIP, I did sign up for this Stitch Along in 2018 and could not resist a start when it arrived in my mailbox!
There had been 3 stitchers before me, their challenges and joys of stitching this project outlined in letters that accompanied the pattern. I added my own along with this conversion and sent the packet along to the next stitcher.

While I cannot tell you the fabric count or color (as I was determined to use only materials from my stash) I have included my conversion above which took 12 days to stitch. I found the actual colors to be quite different than the cover photo and wanted to include my favorite variegated silks for flags into the design.
I adored the idea of being part of a bigger stitching circle and as the pattern weaves it's way throughout the country I thank the original owner who thought to share this out of print gem!
The Maiden

Monday, April 15, 2019

Farm Fresh Bags

I may not have accomplished much stitching, but these project bags were just too irresistible not to make!
Commissioned bags shown, but more are available on my Facebook page at Stitching maiden project bags. 

The Maiden