Monday, 5 January 2015

First WIPocalypse Check in or 15 in '15

 So here is  my first ever WIPocalypse check in at last! I've been idling away Sunday mornings checking others' progress for the last few months and seeing all those wonderful projects has given me big ambitions, so I decided to choose 15 projects to work on this year as it's 2015. Likely I will not get to all of them (my eyes are bigger then my free time), but I'd like to set a goal of working on at least the top 10 and let's say (wild guess) at least 5 finishes.

1. Tuscany town mandala - Chatelaine
This is one of those 'big' projects. I started it sometime in mid 2014, and it's been on hold a while due to Christmas stitching. I will have an update on this for my next post though!

2. Joan Elliott faces SAL
I'm quite behind on this (there are 3 squares released I haven't even started). This is possibly partly because I decided to do all the skin over one for a challenge! I'm also missing some floss which should arrive soon.

3. Egyptian Sampler -Teresa Wentzler

I'm itching to start my first Wentzler design and I purchased all the materials for this a while back. I hope to start it after I'm a bit more caught up with the Joan Elliott SAL.

4. Canadian Beauty - Joan Elliott

This was one of my Christmas present from my Mum - I asked for the chart but got the whole kit including beautiful  hand-dyed fabric! So I have no excuse not to start this in the next few months.

5. Kings and Queens of England - Bothy Threads

This is also a kit and was one of my birthday presents from my husband. I already stitched it's partner history timeline in 2014. This time I intend to do the backstitch as I go along rather than all at the end.

6. Mystery gift project 1 - No pictures as it's a secret! This is already half done but won't be revealed for a while.

7. Dream Beautiful Dreams - Jody Bergsma (Heaven and Earth Designs)

Another thing I'm itching to try is a HAED. I expect it to take years and to look very much like a bluish/purplish blob still at the end of 2015 but I still want to start!

8. What lies within us - Dimensions kit with birds - Jody Bergsma
I've had this kit for years and only realised on taking these pictures that it is also by Jody Bergsma, the designer of the HAED piece above. I guess I've been a fan longer than I knew. 

9. Baa Baa Black Sheep Sampler - Historical Sampler Company

Another kit, which could be a nice quick one to break it up when it is hard going on the large pieces.

10. Winter Fairy - Joan Elliott
Winter Fairy
I stitched Autumn Fairy in 2014, and I eventually want the full set of seasons. Winter is my favourite as she is very much in my colours!

11. Mini Misty Hill Town - Michael Powell

Another poor neglected kit crying to be stitched. 

12. Barnabee's Quest - Just Nan
I own a 3rd of the pattern to this as it's in 3 parts. I've seen a lot of other bloggers stitching Just Nan projects and they look great but I haven't attempted one yet.

13. Gift project 2
Around October I will probably decided to try and rush through a couple of Christmas presents, so this and the next slot are reserved for that foolishness.
14. Gift project 3
15. Animals at the nativity picture - from an old cross stitcher I think?

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy new year!

This is a new blog for a new year! I'm mainly creating this so I can join in with WIPocalypse and other SALs and keep track of my progress. I have become an avid reader of many other stitching blogs in 2014, so my resolution in 2015 is to join in and share my own stitching. I'll start out with a few random snippets from previous finishes before I put down my plans for 2015