WIPocalypse 2016 – October

Let’s start with the finishes. Gentle Elephant is completed and ready to be made into a stocking by the end of the month.

Elephant Finale

Batman is also completed and ready to be stitched up.

Batman finale

I started and finished a small piece – Schoolhouse in the Hometown Holiday series. I have two more to stitch in the series by the end of the year.

School 2

I got out a WIP that I want to work on as well – Father Christmas and Cats. Page 1 is all background except for 4 stitches of the coat. I hope to have that page done by the next posting, but it may not happen. Page 2 I know I’ll have completed by next time. The orange/red colors of his coat have reached the bottom of the page. There are more dark reds to come. Page 2 ends about 15 stitches to the right of the tassel. I stitch on this each weekend only.

Father Christmas 9

I have one more project that I have just started. It’s the Delta Queen paddleboat. I’ll do a post about the project later in the week. Here is the start:

Delta Queen 1

The pressure is off now that the Christmas stitching is done. I’ll get the sewing part done in the next week or two. My stitching has slowed down and I’m reading a little more. I stitch when I’m in the mood and no schedule on what to stitch when like I’ve done for years. I’m definitely more relaxed and enjoying the stitching more. Trying to live a lot more stress free – and feeling better.

Gentle Elephant Stocking

This is going to be challenging, but I promised my new DIL that I would make an elephant stocking for her and this is the pattern she fell in love with. (She loves elephants even more than I do!) This is Gentle Elephant from Just Stitching.

Gentle Elephant

See what I mean? What I’m going to do is stitch the elephants only. I’m stitching it on beige Aida, 18 ct. When it’s finished, I’ll add a little grass, etc. along the bottom to make it a little more interesting. Here’s where I got in the last couple of days.


I started with the tusk on the left and then started working on the trunk (barely) and the darker stitches as the start on the left ear. I changed a couple of colors though. I refuse to put purple and nave blue on this elephant. I substituted another dark and very dark brown instead. The elephant is all browns, grays, and black. It should stand out nicely on the beige Aida (which doesn’t look very beige in the photo).

I’ve got a long way to go. Wish me luck!

Gossamer Fractal – Progress 10

I posted a progress photo of this project in January of 2015. It was on my 2015 WIPocalype list of projects I wanted to complete and I didn’t even get one stitch done on it that year. Here’s the last photo.


I finally pulled it out of my stash last week and over the weekend I tried to complete the 3 columns that were started. Here’s how far I got – one column completed, most of the second column, and a little on the third one.

Gossamer 10

The little running stitches at the top and on the left show the center of the design. I’m looking forward to the two large areas of mostly whites and off-whites on each side. They really move along quickly.

I’m going to keep this one downstairs and work on it each weekend. I actually enjoyed working on it this weekend, so doing it in small doses is the way to go. I’ll post again for WIPocalypse 2016 later this month and I hope to have made some decent progress  by then.

A Trip and Hometown Holidays’ Fire Station

I said I was taking some time off from stitching. Part of that time was spent heading to Arkansas for my youngest son’s wedding over the weekend. The highlight of the wedding was watching the beautiful bride arrive at the very old stone chapel (we were seated outside) in a 1902 Mercedes! Just beautiful – as was the ceremony with modern updated vows. We’re exhausted, but home again and catching up on sleep.

Since we were stuck in LAX for 3 hours, I took a small cross stitch piece to stitch in the airport. I didn’t get very far though, stitching only the top part of the fire station.

Fire St-1

I’ll get back to this later in the month. I have other things that I need to work on first – like my Nain Rug! I’m slowly picking up projects again, but I need to limit myself to only 2-3 projects at a time. I can then add a project to finish as I get those 2-3 done. Staying calm and things are going well for these 2 days – so far. LOL


Train Stocking – Progress 4

I haven’t been doing a lot of stitching over the last week or so, but this is on the list to be done for Christmas this year so he’s getting a lot of attention.

The first page is just about finished now. There’s just a little of the ground around the bottom to do – and then a lot of backstitching. I’ll work on that as well as the smaller page with the front of the engine for the rest of the month.

Train Stocking-4

The Glissen Gloss blending thread doesn’t show up in the photo, but the dark gray, silver and gold on the wheels is all glittery. I love how it looks. Santa is hanging out the window of the cab. He’ll look better when the backstitching is done. I hope to have a lot of that done for the next WIPocalypse report at the end of the month.

D.E.S.I.G.N. for July – Madame La Fee

Time for another designer that I love and maybe some of you don’t know about – Madame La Fee from France. Her website is: http://www.madame-la-fee.com

What design and designer are you presenting this month? I’ve just started stitching Polar Express by Madame La Fee. Here is the design:

Pole Express

This is Pole Express (in French). Many of her designs have phrases in French. If you look around at the cross stitch sites in the States,  you will find some of them with English translations for the words. I have a pattern that is completely in French and I haven’t had any trouble with it. The charts are in full color.

Have you stitched a project by this designer before? No, I haven’t but I know there are a couple others I would like to buy.
Would you buy/stitch a design by this designer again?  Yes, I would. The designs are delightful!
What made you choose this particular design/designer? Originally I found this designer because I was looking for train designs and couldn’t pass this one up! I want to do a second heart design that has deer, as a companion piece. It’s about 8 inches tall, so not a huge project (for a change)
Did you notice anything that distinguished this designer from others?  Most of her designs are small scenes or items relating to a specific holiday, etc. that are presented in an array of small boxes. This seems to be something new in the States and I’m beginning to see the same format in cross stitch and a few in needlepoint too. The photo below is from her PDF collection with instructions in English. Just scroll down on her site’s opening page to find the PDF link.
Winter Chalet
I’ve started the Polar Express and have completed the middle car and a few trees just above it. Here’s how it looks so far:
I’ve happy that this designer doesn’t have a lot of backstitching in her design. That will speed things up a lot.

February D.E.S.I.G.N. – Modern Folk

What project are you talking about this month?

I’m stitching Chapter Tiles from Modern Folk. Jacob, the designer, put two tiles together in one set of directions. Though Jacob usually stitches his designs in red thread on white linen, I decided to stitch mine using DMC floss #3809 and #3810 on Golden Sand linen. Most of the design is being stitched with the darker color and only the leaves in the design will be stitched in the lighter color. I’m currently working on the one pictured on the left.



Jacob lives in England and his website is: modernfolkembroidery.com

You can also find him on etsy: etsy.com       Search for Modern Folk Embroidery

He has many designs to choose from and also sells linen and thread for his designs (including his own hand-dyed wool thread).

Have you stitched a design by this designer before?

No, I haven’t. I heard about him from a friend who was working on one of his designs.

Would you stitch another design by this designer?

Yes, I would. He has several I would like to do, including one in the February issue of Cross Stitch Collection Magazine.

What made you decide to buy this design? Any special things about it?

Like last month, I love things that have been adapted from other forms of art. This time, the design was taken from tiles in the Minster Chapter House. I look forward to seeing what new designs he will create from his trip to Scotland recently.

Here is my progress so far:

Chapter 1-2

The pattern is just a quarter of the design and you rotate the pattern and repeat it until you have completed the whole design. I’ll need to order another piece of linen for the second tile, but I think they’ll make beautiful pillows, about 15″ square – eventually. (The fabric looks beige on my screen, but is actually a gold color.)