Sunday, January 6, 2019

2019 Intro

Hi I am Cathy and I have been participating in WIPocalypse since 2012.  I currently have 6 active WIPs in my rotation.  I tend to do larger full coverage pieces so I do not get too many finishes.

My WIPs for 2019 are listed in the WIPocalypse 2019 tab.  My goals for 2019 are to stitch on all of my projects at least twice this year.  I am participating in 1200 stitches a month with the facebook group Full Coverage Fanactics.  I participated in this stitch a long in 2018 and made alot of progress on Little Fairies at Play.

 I have added 2 pages to this picture since I moved the scroll rods.

My rotation for 2019 looks like:

January - Faces of Faery 90 during the week and Little Fairies at Play on the weekends.
February - Butterfly Fairy Night during the week and Little Fairies at Play on the weekends
March - Little Fairies at Play all month until I finish page 15.  If it finish the page before the month ends I will stitch on Bless Our Harvest until the month ends.

My goal is to finish 4 pages on Little Fairies at Play this year. I have my eye on a finish on this piece in 2020.

I do not know if I will start any new pieces.  I do have one kitted up ready to start.  I have so many beautiful patterns in my stash that I will not need to buy any.  I also have a large tub of finished pieces that need finished off.

I am working on turning a spare bedroom into my craftroom/office.  As that progresses I might be able to work on framing or finishing some of the pieces in the finished tub.

Thanks to Melissa for hosting WIPocalypse.   I always enjoy seeing what everyone is working on.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

December WIPocalypse

This is the final post for 2018 WIPocalypse (I am late).  2018 was a good stitching year for me.  I stitched o all of my WIPs twice, I had one finish and 2 new starts.  December was the first time that I had stitched every day!

Here is what I stitched on in December:

 Little Fairies at Play I worked on it all month as I wanted to finish page 14 before the year ended.  I finished the page on 12/22/18.  That is 4 page finishes in 2018.  I had a goal of 1,200 stitches each month as part of the Full Coverage Stitch by the Numbers Challenge.  In January 2018 I was not sure I could make that many stitches a month.  But I set up my new rotation stitching on this project on the weekends and a different WIP during the week.  So I worked on one project for a Month before moving on to the next WIP.  I did make good progress on all of my projects this way.

 Since I finished my page on Little Fairies at Play with still days to go in December, I decided on a new start.  I had this one kitted up.  It is Bless Our Harvest from Cross Country Stitching October 2013.  I started it on 12/23/18.  Slow going on black.  I will be leaving off the words and maybe making a few other changes.  Here is what it looks like:

For 2019 I will once again be going for 1,200 stitches on Little Fairies at Play with every 3rd month working just on that project to finish the page.  So  in March if I finish off page 15 with days left I will work on the Owl project.

I have updated my 2018 Wipocalypse page with the progress pictures for all of my WIPs.

Here is a look at my Orts for 2018 and I have them in their ornament.  My jar is empty and ready of a new year of stitching.

Friday, November 30, 2018

November WIPocalypse

 This month I worked on Dandelion Fairy. 1,900 stitches
 And of course I worked on Little Fairies at Play on the Weekends  2,456 stitches.  I hope to finish page 14 by the end of December.
And my Orts lots of shades of blues, pinks and purples from both projects.

Question of the month is what new stitches or techniques did you learn this month?  Nothing new for me.  I am still enjoying just cross stitching.  I find it relaxing.  I have in the past attempted to stitch on linen and use different stitches.  Not for me.  That project is a UFO.  

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

October WIPoclypse

This month I worked on two projects.

 Little Fairies at Play. I finished page 13 and started page 14.  1,654 stitches complete this month.  I work on this one on the weekends with the goal of 1,200 stitches a month.  It is a stitch a long with the Facebook group Full Coverage Fanatics.  This monthly group has really helped me to make alot of progress this year on this piece.  3 pages finished.  My goal is to finish page 14 by year end.
During the week I worked on Freedom by Joan Elliot.  This is a kit.  For some reason I am having trouble motivating on this one.  But I did make some progress which is better than none.

Here are my orts.  Ready to tamp down again.  Lots of green and pinks from Little Fairies at Play.

This month's question is Rotation or one at a time.  For years I stitched on one project at a time.  That caused long stitching slumps when I was bored of my project.  Then I discovered the internet and found out about rotations.  I like having different projects to work on.  It keeps me from getting bored.  I try to keep my WIPs down as I do like to see progress and finishes.

This past week I went to Washington DC with my sister.  We toured the White House, Capital and some museums.  But the main reason we went was my Sister was running in the Marine Corp Marathon.  It was a very emotional marathon.  Everyone was cheering on the runners, the Marine Corp brass band played.  It was my first time seeing my sister run and she did awesome.  She got a personal best on the marathon.  Here are a few pictures.

It really doesn't matter who is president.  Washington DC is the history of America.  You can't help but feel patriotic and thankful for all of the service men and women past and present who have protected and helped to shape the country.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

September Wipocalpse

This month I worked on Little Fairies at Play all month.  We were gone 2 weekends out of the month and I wanted to finish up page13.  I fell a little short. I did get 3,685 stitches done and should finish up page 13 next weekend.

This month we are to talk about how we organize our stash.  I keep my DMC on plastic bobbins in a plastic double sided hot wheel box.  I have a separate plastic bobbin box for each of my large WIPs.  Once a project is finished the floss goes back in my master double sided box.  I have patterns and magazines in 2 large plastic storage tubs.  A few tubes of material are in a plastic christmas paper storage container.  I have two WIPs on scroll rods and when not being worked on they are in a zippered garment bag hanging in my closet.  Smaller WIPs are in a plastic scrap booking portfolio that has 10 pockets.  And I have a large plastic tub of finished projects that need framed or finished into something.

Here are some of my vacation pictures.

One weekend this month we were at Turkey Run hiking and canoeing.  We camped at Shades State Park.  We also went to see some of the 30+ covered bridges in the county.  We saw about 8 different ones.

The second weekend we went to the Ohio Caverns and Eldora Speedway.

October will see me traveling with my sister for a week in Washington DC. I might take a small project to stitch on.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

August WIPocalypse

This was the month for me to work on Butterfly Fairy Night.  I should have had a lot more progress but I just don't like stitching on evenweave.  But some progress is better than no progress.

And I worked on Little Fairies at Play on the weekends.  My goal is to finish page 13 by the end of September so I added Friday to my weekend of stitching.  Each month I am to stitch 1,200 stitches and I have met that goal but will continue stitching on this project this week until August ends.  Then for September I will work just on Little Fairies at Play with the goal of finishing page 13.  I do have 2 weekends of camping in September so we will see how it goes.

And here are my orts

This month's question is what do you find more satisfying the process of stitching or finishing a piece.  I think I enjoy the process.  Even though it may take me years to finish a piece, I enjoy working on them and thinking ahead to the next new starts

Monday, July 30, 2018

July WIPocalypse

Continuing with my rotation, this month was Faces of Faery 90.

I am into large one color areas now so it is moving pretty quickly.

And I worked on Little Fairies at Play on the weekends getting in 1,508 stitches this month.

This is the start of page 13.  Once I finish this row across I will be into large blocks of the same color and I hope to pick up speed.  My goal is to have page 13 finished by the end of September.

And here are my Orts.  Tamping them down again.

Question for this month was How am I doing with my goals so far this year.  Well I didn't really make any goals except to put in 1,200 stitches each month for the Full Coverage Facebook group on Little Fairies at Play.  And I have managed to keep up with that goal.  I have also worked on each of my wips once this year and am starting back thru my rotation for the second time.