Saturday, 11 January 2020

Fully Finished Gallery SAL

Over the Christmas break I started reading blogs again after a long hiatus and I discovered the Ten Hour Stitcher’s Fully Finished Gallery SAL. It has inspired me to start tackling the drawer/wardrobe of shame! I have a drawer full of small unfinished pieces, and several larger ones which are hanging ready to be framed. 

I have two finishes to start off this post with. Firstly a larger one, the Peak District sampler. I stitched this years ago, I don’t remember exactly when. I bought the frame last year but hadn’t got around to actually framing it. I originally bought a double mount, but I’d got my measurements wrong, failing to account for the fact that I’d want some fabric visible outside the green border, so I had to scrap the inner one. I think it looks good with just the green though.

Second, a tiny little FFO I’m calling party time raccoon! Again it was stitched a while ago, it came with the frame and little mount so I don’t know why I hadn’t done this earlier. The only thing putting me off was the instructions were in french. I google translated them but they didn’t really tell me anything I couldn’t have worked out myself!

Hopefully I will have some more ready for next month, fingers crossed. 

Sunday, 5 January 2020

WIPocalypse intro 2020

It’s been 5 years since I last attempted WIPocalypse. Things were a lot different back then! These days I am a stay at home mum to a very energetic 3 year old girl. She doesn’t give me that much time for stitching, but I have been getting back into stitching in the evening although I haven’t been brave enough to work on any really big projects lately. I rediscovered the joy of browsing cross stitch blogs and I decided to list out all my WIPs (including a lot of random small projects I forgot I even had) and see where I can get to.

These are my top priorities that I have been actively working on:

1. My First Calendar (Magazine Chart). I’m making this for my daughter, it should have been a Christmas present but I’m slow. The stitching is done but there’s a lot of making up to do as I intend to make it into a wall hanging, with pockets for the ‘option’ bits. 

 2.  Winter animal ornaments. This was a magazine cover kit a few years ago. The kit has materials to make two, but there are five animals charted and I like them so I want to make them all. I’ve found some extra fabric in my stash which will do for the other three. 

Then the rest in no particular order

 3. Hearts & flowers. An old cover kit I seem to have almost finished!

4. Lady with hat (County Needlecraft) This was from a class at a stitching show years ago.

 5. Butterfly necklace. Another cover kit.

 6. Assisi blue flowers (County Needlecraft).

7. Black work autumn leaves. I don’t know why I left this incomplete, it’s so close to a finish.

 8.Snowman card. Yet another cover kit!

9. Canadian Beauty (Joan Elliott). One of my bigger projects that I started before Lucy was born but has been abandoned ever since. I would love to work on it this year.

10. Tuscany Town Mandala (Chatelaine). This is a really big, challenging project and I’m not sure when I’ll get back to it.

11. Dream Beautiful Dreams (Heaven and Earth Designs). This is the only HAED I’ve ever dared to start and I only got through a couple of pages. I will get back to it one day, but I’m not sure if this is the year. 

12. Little bear. This is another cover kit, it had a background with it but it I think it might make a nice  ornament. 

13. Quilter and Friend. This is done apart from the quilter should have long hair, which I haven’t figured out how to do. Once I’ve done that I think it cries out to be made into a quilted hanging so I’ll need to figure out how to make that too!

 14. Poppies. Another cover kit I have no recollection of ever starting, but it seems to be almost done.

15. Royal Guard. A cover kit which is nearly done, 8 think he just needs his buttons and the frame adding. 

 16. Little owl. Another cover kit I’ve worked on recently. He just needs some stuffing and a key ring adding.

 17. Christmas houses. Another nearly complete cover kit. I’m not sure why I didn’t finish so many of these!

 18. Gift tags #1. Again it’s a cover kit.

19. Gift tags #2. 

20. Mini Misty Hill Town (Michael Powell). I should really give this one some love, it’s been neglected but I love the colours in the sky. 

 21. Christmas Teddy.

 22. Sheep card. I’m not sure if the threads are with this one, so it might be quite difficult to finish.

 23. Shawn the sheep bookmark. Cute, but I haven’t got very far with it.

 24. Celtic ornament. I don’t know what pattern this is, I’m just going to make it up when I get around to finishing it.

 25. Mini sampler. Another one I seem to have lost the pattern for.

 26. Black work bookmark. I’m not really keen on this one, I don’t know why I chose red and green. Possibly it was meant to be Christmassy...

 27. Gift tags #3.

 28. Gift tags #4. Actually one of the things I’ve worked on recently but I seem to have missed taking a photo. I seem to have had the same idea every year to do one of these gift tags cover kits, but I never finish them.

29. Hard anger for the horrified. This was for a class at a stitching show years ago. It’s only tiny but I’ve never got around to finishing it.

 30. Name bookmark. Very close to done, I don’t know what stopped me.

 31. Cards/gift tags. I’m not actually sure which these were, I’ll need to find the magazine to find out.

 32. Hardanger bookmark. I have no memory of starting this one at all.

 33. Red and white bookmark. Another one I don’t remember, perhaps I bought I half done?

  And I think that’s it! My other goal is to try my hand at designing something of my own and work on it. I have lots of ideas that I haven’t managed to make into anything concrete yet but they seem like WIPs as I’ve been thinking about them for a while. So I’ll count them if I do get around to starting my own project!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Once in a blue moon WIPocalyse check in

Well it's been a long while since I checked in to WIPocalyse, and it seems apt that I'm doing it slightly late for a blue moon! The question for this month is 

What makes you pick up a long-abandoned UFO rather than beginning a new piece? 
I don't really have too many UFOs but what makes me carry on with a piece is that it just seem so sad when something is left incomplete. I think all pieces want to be finished, just like you get children's stories where toys just want to be loved! I picked up stitching again in my twenties as I found an old piece I started in my teens (I think, could have been even younger) and was sad it had never got to be finished. It's finished now, but still not framed- now framing is not something I am good at getting around to. 

The advantage of having been AWOL from WIPocalypse for a while is that I do have a couple of finishes to show off. 

First of all, here is my first finish of the year. It is a Belle and Boo design from Cross Stitcher magazine, which I stitched as a birthday present for my sister. This was a nice easy stitch and was finished and framed back in April.

The second finish is the Joan Elliott Faces SAL. 

This was finished in June, I think. I absolutely loved stitching this over the past year or so. The parts were released one a month so the piece built up over the full year. I also loved seeing all the variations other stitchers came up with on the Facebook group. Mine is fairly close to the original with only a few colours changed to similar shades I had, and the skin stitched over 1 because I am a sucker for punishment!

Finally, my focus for the past couple of months has been on Chatelaine's Tuscany Town Mandala. I want to finish the current part or layer of this before I take a break on that. Here's the current update:

Once all four corners are done I'll do some work on the birds and then allow myself a new start. I'm thinking either Joan Elliott's Canadian Beauty or Teresa Wentzler's Egyptian Sampler next. Comment if you have a preference! 

Sunday, 5 April 2015

WIPocalyse April Check In

So I completely missed March check in, sorry about that! It fell on my husband's birthday and the following week we were off to New York and Washington so I'd didn't have much time for stitching and blogging. Here's one of my favourite photos from the trip:

In the past two months I have worked on my Chatelaine a little more, and the Joan Elliott Faces SAL, plus I started a new project to take with me on our trip. This is the Chickadees design by Jody Bergsma for Dimensions, and this is where I am with it so far:

It has been really enjoyable to stitch, and I love the way the black fabric shows up the colours.

Here is the latest on Tuscany Town Mandala by Chatelaine:

And Joan Elliott's faces SAL:

I also have some good news in that I have a finish, but some bad news in that I can't actually show it yet! It is my 'gift project 1' and I'm not putting up a picture just in case the intended recipient should find this blog. I should be able to post it in a couple of months time when it will no longer be a secret.

Now, onto this month's topic, which is 'Which speciality stitches do you love doing on projects? Which do you dread?'
I don't dread any stitches at the moment. There was a time when I would have said French knots, but I've made my peace with them after foolishly decided to fill a whole section with French knots on one of my wedding centrepiece projects. I really enjoy all the speciality stitches on my Chatelaine, and I think my favourite so far are these Jessica stitches(I just did these ones last night). They are the round stitches with the bronze coloured beads above:

I also like the Rhodes stitches, although it took me a while to get the hang of doing the right variation (dense vs. normal ones etc.)

Saturday, 7 February 2015

February WIPocalyse check-in

So, I'm a little late with this month's check-in. I have a feeling it will typically end up being the weekend after the full moon for me, as it's hard to fit in both stitching and blogging on a weeknight.

The topic for this month is How do you overcome that feeling that you’re in a rut with a particular project?

I don't have any official rotation at the moment, so I just let myself work on whatever I feel like and at stops me getting into a rut. I only have to force myself to work on one project when it's gift stitching, and then the deadline keeps me going! 

This month I have mostly felt like working on my Chatelaine (Tuscany Town Mandala) and the Joan Elliott Faces SAL. I haven't touched any of the other projects yet as these two have been keeping me plenty busy.

On Tuscany Town Mandala, I stitched this gorgeous vine motif (I really love the colours of the beads):

 I also added another 'T' shaped motif on the left:

And finished off this Lily motif:

So here is the whole piece as it stands so far:

On my Joan Elliott Faces SAL, I have nearly finished the top right summer fairy and the unicorn - I can't completely finish them though as annoyingly I am missing some of the floss colours. Hopefully those will show up in the next week.
Here's the fairy:

She had so much skin showing, it took me ages to stitch her as I'm doing the skin over one! Luckily the next fairy is a bit more covered up!

Next is a unicorn:

He is only missing a background, backstitch and beads.

Finally, I made a start on the bottom right fairy:

I've done a fair bit more since but this is where I got to on the official WIPocalypse day.

Finally I just want to add the picture of the first diary again, as I love it so much!