Hello Everyone! Has anyone else discovered the Flosstube craze? When I first saw the term on a Fat Quarter Shop video title, I didn’t know what it meant except Kimberly was talking about Cross Stitch in the video. I was finally curious enough to go to YouTube and check it out. There are thousands of Flosstube videos out there! So I started watching. And I got hooked.
I’ve made a few small cross stitch pieces over the last five years or so, but nothing big. I was doing more embroidery or knitting in my evening hours. I thought I would make something again so I started working on a few Christmas ornaments. The Stag piece above is the only one that I finished, but working on it made me realize how much I still enjoyed cross stitching. The problem, my eyes. I think that’s why I stopped before, it was just getting too hard to see. But there are solutions to that and I think I’ve found one that works for me. My mother-in-law gave me all her cross stitch things a long time ago and I remembered there was a magnifier with them. It goes around your neck and works well for me. I don’t even get laughed at by my family.
I showed you a little progress on Farmhouse Christmas by Littlehouse Needleworks before. I’ve finished Block 9 and will start another block in March. My goal is to finish one a month. That gives me time to work on other things.
I wanted to use the green floss that was called for in Farmhouse Christmas, so I was looking on line for it and found a Super Bowl Sale at Stoney Creek.
I ended up picking up these Prairie Schooler charts and two pieces of fabric. The Happy Christmas has just been reprinted and I saw several “Flosstubers” working on it. You do see that it’s worked on black. I don’t usually work with Aida cloth but I heard someone mention that working with 18ct black Aida was a lot easier then linen.
So I got some of that too. I got the Country French Linen 32ct Rain (green) and Black Aida from Stoney Creek and the Winter Sky 32ct Line from 123Stitch.
I also picked up the Drawn Thread chart Welcome Summer from 123Stitch, along with some hand dyed floss.
The Halloween, Christmas and Winter Welcome came from my local quilt shop Tiny Stitches, which has a nice section of cross stitch and embroidery items. The called for floss for these are all silk, so I will be substituting some of the hand dyed cotton and DMC for them. I’ve kitted up the Summer Welcome and will start on that one shortly. I also saw a Fall Welcome that I might like too have, too.
There are a lot of cute charts out there, so much more than when I was serious about cross stitch in the ’90s and early 2000’s. As quilter’s, we usually have a few projects going on at the same time, but some of these flosstubers have over a hundred WIPs. I don’t want to get caught up in that. I have about 10 charts now to work with for the rest of the year, I think that will do.
I did get this Brenda Gervais chart recently at Tiny Stitches. It’s worked one thread over one square on 28ct evenweave. If you’ve never done cross stitch, most pieces use two strands of floss over two linen squares or on Aida, two threads over one square. This is tiny, but I was surprised that it’s not too hard to see. I think it’s because its an evenweave and white. I am using the called for flosses, all hand dyed.
You can see the holes in this picture and how tiny this is going to be. The design size is 2″ x 2″. I’m making the pin cushion first, but I would like to make the bigger piece and put it on the shaker box as shown on the cover. You can also see a stitching mistake in the picture that I couldn’t see just looking at it. That’s near the beginning of a thread start so I hope I don’t have to take too much out. But now that I know it’s there, it will bother me and will have to be fixed.
These are a few of my favorite Flosstubers in case you want to check them out:
- Off the Grid Needle Arts
- Pumpkin Hollow Quilts
- Stitch ALL the Things
- Pretty Southern
- Priscilla and Chelsea
- Country Stitchers
- Yankee Creek Stitcher
Some of them also quilt, especially Pumpkin Hollow Quilts. I have been following her on IG for a while. She just started her Flosstube Channel and she shows her quilts, too. It would be fun if quilter’s started showing there quilts like the Flosstubers show their things. We all like show-n-tell. Pat Sloan has started a Fireside Chat video series which is similar to the Flosstube videos.
Next week I hope to get back to some new and old quilty things. I have been quilting the Cabin Collection this week and hope to finish the big quilt this weekend. I hope you all have a very pleasant weekend and thanks for stopping by!