Sunday, February 25, 2018

WIPocalypse February

I know I am a few days early but I don't have as much time during the week.

I have made some good progress since last month.

 I finished Summer Sensation on 1/30/18 just days after the January WIPocalpse. My first finish of 2018.
 After finishing Summer Sensation I picked Faces of Faery 90 to work on.  I finished page 1 and am working on page 2.  I hope to get this one done before the end of 2018.
Little Faires at Play I did another 1,287 stitches.  I am participating with the Facebook group Full Coverage Fanatics 1200 stitches a month challenge.  I wasn't sure I was going to be able to keep up but I have been able to work on this project just on the weekends in the evenings and get my stiches in.  That leaves me evenings during the week to work on other projects.

I did watch the Olympics on and off but did not participate in any Olympic stitch alongs.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


I have my first finish of 2018.  Summer Sensation from Cross Stitch Gold August 2009.  I started it 6/14/15 and finished it last night 1/30/18.

I have kitted up two more projects and now have 3 ready to start.  I think I will finish one more project before starting a new one.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

WIPocalypse January

This month was a very productive stitching month.  I think I have found a way to stitch on my projects even the ones on scroll rods.  I have moved my current projects and my ott lamp into the bedroom.  I stitch most evenings back here while watching tv with the husband.  Here is the progress I have made this month:

 Little Fairies at Play - I did 1,255 stitches on it this month.
Summer Sensation  All of the cross stitching is done and I have started on the back stitching.  I hope to get all of the backstitching done before the end of January. 

While doing the backstitching I ran out of 413.  I hunted thru my stash and could not find any.  So I stopped at Michaels.  Bought 5 other skeins of floss I needed but they did not have any 413.  So I stopped at Walmart.  Their DMC was pitiful.  Not even 50 colors and no 413.  So I had to go to my LNS on Saturday.  While there I bought fabric for 2 more projects that have been on my list to start sometime but have now moved up closer to the top.  And of course I did find the much needed 413.

I picked up 16 ct black and 14ct Platinum.  My pattern called for Clay which my LNS didn't have so platinum looked to be a close match.  I just need to pull the floss for each of the designs and they will be ready to go.  They are not HAED's.   I have one other HAED completely kitted and ready to start.

This month's question is what other stitch alongs are you participating in.  Besides Wipocalypse I am only participating in one other - Facebook Group Full Coverage and the 1200 stitches a month.  I did  successfully meet that challenge for January (as noted above on Little Fairies at Play). 

Monday, January 8, 2018

WIPocalypse Intro 2018

Hi I am Cathy from Ft Wayne IN.  I have been doing counted cross stitch since the late 1980's. I have been participating in WIPocalypse since 2012.  I am attracted to full coverage pieces.  I am not the fastest stitcher but do keep plugging.  I do like finishes so I try to keep some smaller pieces in my WIP pile.  I am currently not doing a rotation.

The projects I will be working on for 2018 are listed on the WIPocalypse 2018 tab. 

My goals for 2018 are to:

1) Finish Summer Sensation.  I am really close on this one.  A few more leaves to stitch and alot of back stitching and it will be done.  I do stitch on this one almost every night for at least an hour.

2) I have joined the Full Coverage Facebook group and their challenge of doing 1200 stitches a month.  I am doing this on Little Fairies at Play.  I have never counted my daily stitches before.  Progress always looks slim.  I figured I needed 40 stitches a day which didn't seem bad as long as I stitch on this one every day.  Well life happens and I do not get to it every day.  But I have had some long stitching sessions on it this year and I am halfway to 1200 stitches for the month of January.  I hope to keep this up all year so I can see some real progress on this one.

3)While digging thru my stash I found some cute small owls to stitch.  I am going to try stitching one for each family group and make them into ornaments for Christmas 2018.

4) Once Summer Sensation is done I will focus on Faces of Faery 90 and hope to get that one completed or close to done by the end of the year.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

WIPocalypse Wrap Up

I did have a finish this year.  Garden of Faith Hope and Love.  My first finish since 2015.

I had one WIP that I did not work on at all this year- Freedom by Joan Elliott.  It remains looking like this last worked on in December 2016.

Faces of Faery 90 and Butterfly Fairy Night were worked on but only at the beginning of 2017 so not alot of progress was made.

 Faces of Faery 90
Butterfly Fairy Night

I did work on Little Fairies at Play quite a bit.  I finished page 10 and made it half way thru page 11. In 2018 I signed up to stitch 1200 stitches a month and hope to keep up which will be significant progress.  I have been working on this one since 2011 and would like to get it finished in my lifetime.

After I finished Garden of Faith Hope and Love, I made Summer Sensation my main project to work on while watching TV in the bedroom.  I made alot of progress on this one and thought I might get it finished in 2017.  I will definitely finish it in 2018.

Because I didn't stitch as much in 2017 as in previous years my Ort jar was a little skimpy.  I also put my orts in an ornament for 2017.

I am looking forward to 2018 and making progress on the projects I have started and the projects  waiting in the wings.

Monday, November 27, 2017

WIPocalypse November

I think I managed a good amount of progress this month.  It helps having the yardwork slow down.  Here are the 2 projects I worked on:

 Little Fairies at Play.  Getting ready to work on the bottom of page 11.
Summer Sensation.  I think I am 2/3 done.  Will push to see if I can finish this one before the end of the year.

This month's question is what finishing technique would you like to learn or haven't done.  So far I have only framed completed pieces.  I did make a few christmas ornaments too.  I would like to learn to do a bell pull as I have a piece finished that would look good with that finishing.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

WIPocalypse October

This month I did work on 2 projects - Little Fairies at Play and Summer Sensation.  Not alot of progress but some is better than none.

 Little Fairies at Play
Summer Sensation

One of the questions for this month is what will become of my stash when I die.  I belong to a local stitching group - Hoosier Stitchers.   I plan to put in my will that they will be notified and given all of my stash that my family does not want.  As of today I do not have a will but in 2018 I need to get one done.  Being re-married and being older I need to get this done so everything is spelled out and official.

The second topic was how did you get started stitching.  My mother taught me embroidery when I was 8.  I did alot of stamped cross stitch and embroidered pieces.  I did not move on to counted cross stitch until the late eighties when one of my co-workers was looking at a cross stitch magazine and a piece caught my eye.  I couldn't stop thinking about it and went out and bought the magazine and dove right in.

 These are pictures of my first counted cross stitch projects from Cross Country Stitching from Better Homes and Gardens. 
 They are still unframed.
I did not leave enough material to frame them.  Even when I first started stitching I was drawn to large full coverage projects.