Sunday, June 28, 2020

WIPocalypse June

The question this month is checking in to see how we are doing with our six month progress.

My main goal for 2020 was to finish Little Fairies at Play.  I did that in May and I now have it back from the framer and hanging up in my bedroom

I also wanted to finish up Faces of Faery 90.  I pulled it out from time out and frogged out all of the black I had in the wrong spot (about 400 stitches).  I did move forward stitching on this one. I am going to work on it each month with the hope of finishing by the end of 2020.

I worked some more on Crane Paradise my new start in May

Then I pulled out Butterfly Fairy Night and gave it some attention

I continued working on the Weekends on Dandelion Fairy Kingdom and hope to finish page 3 in July
And then I had a new start for my Birthday Toadally Romantic.  Here is what it will look like when done
And here is where I got to
Here are my Orts

I did get some stash when I picked up my framing

I was going to make this one my Birthday Start but I am still thinking about the floss colors.  Maybe I will start it in July.
I was at Michaels and found this frame for $6.  It is an 8x10. I went thru my finished pieces and found that most of my finishes are larger than 8x10.  This one fit so I laced and framed it myself.  It is a little crooked but the lacing is tight and wrinkle free so I didn't want to undo it.

So far in 2020 I have managed to stitch on all of my WIPs at least once.

I am also teaching my new nephew in law to stitch.

Thats about it for this month. 

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.