Sunday, May 31, 2020

WIPocalypse May

I participated in Stitch Maynia this year.  I decided I wanted to finish Little Fairies at Play.  I had 2 partial pages left.  So I only worked on Little Fairies at Play until I finished it.  Here is my finished Little Fairies at Play.  Started 11/13/11 and finished on 5/21/20.  Stitched on 14 count white aida full cross stitch 2 threads over one.  8 years, 6 months and 8 days.  I have already taken it to my LNS for framing.

Since I posted in April I still had a few more days left in April and I continued to stitch on Freedom by Joan Elliott.  Here is where I ended in April

After Finishing up Little Fairies at Play I went back to stitching on Dandelion Fairy Kingdom and here is where I finished yesterday:

Working on page 3.  I put this one on my scroll rods after taking off Little Fairies at Play.

I did start a new project on 5/24/20.  Crane Paradise by Pinn.  I have had this one in my stash for a while.  I am stitching it on 14 ct Platinum.  I stitched on it for one day and here is where I got to:

And this is what it will look like when it is finished:

I think I am going to leave off the Chinese Characters.

These are my orts as of 5/30/20

June is my birthday month and I have several more projects kitted up.  I might start a few more.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

WIPocalypse April

Another month with alot of stitching.  It must be the Stay at Home order.

Here is what I worked on:

 Dandelion Fairy Kingdom finished age 2 and started on page 3.
 Little Fairies at Play finished page 22.
 Freedom finished the O and started on the M.  I will keep stitching on this one for the rest of April.
 Harvest. I started another bunch of grapes on the left.
 Jingle Pals Santa.  I finished this ornament.
Orts time to tamp them down again.

This month's question is what is your oldest WIP.  It is Little Fairies at Play started in November 2011. I only have 2 pages left to complete this one.  For May I am only going to stitch on this project and hope to finish the last 2 pages.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

WIPocalypse March

Another good month of stitching. We did go to Florida for a week to visit my mother-in-law.  So I had a week of no stitching.  Here are my progress pictures:

Little Fairies at Play finished page 21 2,926 stitches.  3 more partial pages to go and it will be done.  I hope to have it finished by June.

Dandelion Fairy Kingdom another 2,006 stitches on page 2. I should finish up page 2 in April.  I am using this piece for my 20,000 stitches in 2020 on Full Coverage Fanatics.

Jingle Bell Pals - I worked on this on Friday while I was taking an on line class.  Getting closer to a finish.

I finished this on 3/4/20 from the Home for the Holidays leaflet by Sue Hillis

I made a trip to my local LNS last Saturday while the stores were all open.  I picked up more patterns for my stash:

  I picked this one to remind me of my trip to Florida.  We saw alot of beautiful Flamingos.
 I saw this one in the discount box and thought of my friend Katie.  I remember her stitching this one on "big girl" fabric.
 And I had to get this one as it seemed to go with the Heron.
 Love gnomes.  My LNS had this one on their facebook page.
 Another Gnome.  When I got home with this leaflet I found I had two copies of it.  I checked my receipt and I was charged for both copies.  So I am giving the second copy away  Just leave a comment saying you want to stitch the Gnomes with your email address.  I will pick a winner on 4/28/20
 This one jumped into my hands.
And another one that reminds me of our Florida vacation.

This month's WIPocalypse question is:

Have you ever adopted a piece from someone else or gave up a piece to someone else? Which piece and why?  Many years ago one of my co-workers asked me to finish stitching a piece she had started - Guardian Angel.  I did finish it and gave it back to her.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

WIPocalypse February

This was another good stitching month for me.  Here is what I worked on:

 Dandelion Fairy Kingdom I did 2,112 stitches towards my 20,000 stitch challenge. 
 Little Fairies at Play I finished page 20 which was 2,926 stitches
 Orts for the month of February
I started a new project in January from the Home for the Holidays leaflet by Sue Hillis.  I have been working on it again this last week of February.  I might get it finished up tonight as there is not much left to stitch.

Question of the Month: In honor of “Leap Year,” tell the story of a time you had to make some sort of a “leap” in stitching – taking the chance on a new style of stitching, attending a meetup or class, etc. I was in my local EGA chapter and the group did a class piece that was a sampler with lots of different techniques.  I forged ahead with it and sent it off to the class teacher for evaluation.  I did ok but it was not my cup of tea.

I did get some stash this month from my local lns.

 A small Jim Shore kit- Frog Egg. 
 Another Sue Hillis pattern Hello Autumn
 An Owl ornament that I have had my eye on.
 Two pieces of fabric.  The one on the left I am going to use for Hello Autumn
And some floss for different projects.

March will be a challenge as I will be gone for a week visiting the in-laws.  I will not be taking my two big projects with me - Dandelion Fairy Kingdom or Little Fairies at Play.  So I will have to hustle to get my stitches in them.  I will pick one of my smaller projects to take with me.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

January WIPocalypse

 I did manage to find a plastic ornament to put my 2019 orts into.  I ended up buying 2 in case I couldn't find one next year.  And lets hope I remember where I put the second one if needed.

January was a good stitching month for me.  When it is cold out I don't need any excuse to spend time stitching.  As the weather gets nicer, I will struggle to make time to stitch.
 Dandelion Fairy Kingdom I started on page 2.  I am using this piece for the 20,000 stitches in 2020 at Full Coverage Fanatics.  I put in 2,102 stitches in January.  On target to reach 20,000 by the end of the year.
 Faces of Faery 90.  I finished up page 3 and started on page 4.  Two full pages and one partial page and this one will be done.  I had hoped to finish it in 2020 as a bonus finish.  But I got off count on page 4 and I need to rip out that large blob of black under the orange.  I had stitched 966 stitches in January and need to rip out about 500.  I am disgusted with my self and will put this one in time out until I am ready to rip out the stitches and move on.  I have plenty of other projects to work on.
 Little Fairies at Play.  It was my personal goal to finish this one in 2020.  I had 6 partial pages to stitch to finish it.  I thought they would be much smaller pages.  I did finish page 19 in January for a total of 3,040 stitches.  I will really have to push to get a page finish each month on this one.  Page 19 had alot of large blocks of color so it went pretty fast.
 I worked on Jingle Bell Pals for 2 hrs during a class I took (helps me to stay awake during the lecture).  223 stitches.  I am going to try and track my stitches for each project I work on in 2020 along with my hours. 

For January I have a total of 6,331 stitches completed with 6 more days to go.  I am not sure what project I will work on for the next 6 days.
And here are my orts so far for January.

As part of WIPOCALYPSE Measi also asks us a monthly question.  This month we are to share what SAL's we are participating in for 2020.

Besides WIPOCALYPSE I am participating in 20,000 stitches in 2020 as part of the Full Coverage Fanatics facebook group.  I am also participating in their National Park challenge where you need to complete 4,000 stitches on your chosen project to move onto the next National Park.  I am using Dandlelion Fairy Kingdom for this challenge also and hope to complete my first park by the end of February.

That was my month.  I feel like I accomplished alot.  Only one missed day of stitching so far.

I have been watching Tranquil Stitches pick from her stash for her Maynia starts.  I now have the urge to rummage thru my charts and get some kitted up.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

WIPocalypse 2020

I have participated in Wipocalypse since 2012.  I enjoy seeing everyones progress and watching my progress.

I work full time, spend time with my father in the nursing home and working on remodeling our house with my new husband.  I never have enough time to do what I need/want to do.

I tend to stitch large and/or full coverage pieces.  I don't get alot of finishes as I am a slow stitcher.

I have more stash than I will ever be able to do in a lifetime.  I usually just buy more floss and fabric for my projects.

For 2020 I want to stitch every day, finish Little Fairies at Play and stitch 20,000 stitches.  Finishing Faces of Faery 90 would be a bonus.

I have several projects kitted and might add a new start for 2020.

I have updated my Wipocalypse 2020 page with starting photos of each of my projects.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Last Stitch of 2019

I spent 4 days working on Faces of Faery 90.  I wanted to finish up page 3 which is a partial page.  I almost got it done.
2019 I only had one finish - a small ornament.  Since most of my projects are large I do not get alot of finishes.

I had 273 days of stitching for 682 hours of stitching.

In 2020 I want to get more days and hours of stitching.  I plan on pushing to finish Little Fairies at Play and Faces of Faery 90 would be a bonus finish.