13 August 2021

Summer of the WIP: Autumn Sampler (and fabric thoughts... and cake)


Still poking along on my Autumn Sampler. I have been finding it difficult to settle to stitching over the last few weeks so I haven't made as much progress as I had hoped. I've also been trying to do some longterm stitchy planning because 1) I have ideas, and 2) I have concerns. I have ideas about the next couple of Christmas Open House themes (yes, I think about it that far in advance), and I have concerns about being able to get what I want, particularly fabric. I was spooked by the recent flooding in Europe and its affect on flax crops (flax = linen). Getting certain types of fabric has been challenging during the pandemic, with many dyers completely unable to keep up their stock. Will the flooding affect the supply of linen coming out of Europe? I don't know, but I do know that the supply chain is already stressed and any extra complication can't help. Plan accordingly. 

Which leads me to...

...a mini fabric binge. Let's be honest. A fabric binge (mini or otherwise) is always a good thing, whether you're worried about supply or not. It's just really nice to get a fat little package of beautiful fabric in the mail, and then carefully lay it away for future projects. It's a bit of hope, that you'll actually get to those projects at some point, and a bit of security, that if things go pear-shaped, at least you've got the fabric you need. Kinda like disaster prep for stitchers. Which seems relevant right now. Yikes.

Anyway, the deliciousness, top to bottom: Valor (PTP), Wood Violet (Wichelt), Vintage Sahara (Zweigart), Flax (Zweigart), Raw Natural (Zweigart).

By the way, that lovely soft violet is for a Christmas project, if you can believe it. 

Things have been a bit challenging lately, and if you're feeling that too, I hope you can find some peace in your stitching. 

Also, here is some cake. Highly recommended.

And a beautiful kitty.

Hang in there, and Happy Stitching.


  1. New fabric and chocolate cake are exactly what I need in my life right now, we are isolating as my son has tested positive for coronavirus and I need all the happy I can get. The fabric is so pretty, I alway like to have a section ready for whatever I may decide to stitch. x

    1. Sweet Kay, I will be praying for all of y'all, especially your son.

  2. Your new Autumn stitch is looking great .
    Yes we all need a lift me up times ,and what better than new stash of fabric .
    Enjoy your weekend.

  3. That sampler is so pretty!
    Good to grab fabric when you can.
    The cake looks yummy, & Tiger Lily is beautiful, as always.

  4. What lovely fabric choices and the sampler is turning out beautifully! Tiger Lily is always inspiring to see :) I hadn't even thought of the flax crops being affected by the flooding in Europe. I hope it eases up!

  5. Your Autumn sampler is looking really pretty, and I love your new fabrics, especially the gorgeous wood violet. It's such a treat to get a package of new fabrics in the mail! I agree, the issues with the supply of needlework fabrics and threads is a real concern. Beautiful Tiger Lily! Hope you can find time to relax and comfort in your stitching.

  6. What a beautiful pile of fabrics you have binged on, Honeybee! Autumn Sampler is looking good. Cake with sprinkles is always a good thing in my book along with a pretty photo of Tiger Lily. Happy Sunday!

  7. I love a cushy package of fabric myself! That cake looks yummy and Tiger Lily is always nice to see.