WIPocalypse 2015 – June

I didn’t have as much stitching time this month, especially the first week or so. But I have some progress to report.

1. Persian Iris Mandala – I have the carpet leading to the next mosque about half beaded now and will finish that in June. The mosque is started and I hope it will move along well this month.


2. Norfolk Diligence Sampler – I’ve started the 4th band. There are 5 flowers in the band, so not quite halfway done. And of course there is always the side borders to work on. 3 flowers were added on the left side in May.

NF Sampler -10

3. Chapter House Tile 1 – I’ve moved on to the second quarter of the design and hope that as I stitch it, I’ll find where the error is in the first quarter. Hoping to finish this second quarter this month.

Chapter 2-1

4. Bright Sea Village Express – Didn’t get very far on this. I’m still working on the first side of the car. This month I want to finish this side and go back to the piece on the right, adding the roof of the car.


5. I’ve added another project – another train. I’m stitching a stocking for my husband. It was on the cover of a magazine and I HAD to order it.

Santa Stocking

I’ve started in the middle of the piece, and have just over half of the middle car – carrying Christmas trees. I’m going to work my way down the stocking and then go back to the middle and work my way up to his name.

STrain stocking-1

Since it’s June already, I also need to get busy on Christmas ornaments and other Christmas projects. I’m sure some of these projects above will get less stitching – but the mandala and the train stocking will get a lot of attention.

The question for the month – Do you find yourself more productive in stitching in the winter or summer? I’m retired and live in Northern California, so I stitch year round. It doesn’t make any difference to me what the season is. I do stitch outside more when the weather is nice in the afternoons (in the 70s) so I’ve been outside most days the last week.

WIPocalypse 2015 – May

I worked on 5 projects over the last month and did fairly well.

1. Father Christmas and Cats – Did more background and finished the tassel on the hat. Did a little more on the face as well. He has now been put away for a while so I can focus on the other projects that have a chance of being completed this year. I’ll get him back out later in the year.

Father C-7

2. Persian Iris Mandala – I have completed the second corner of buildings now. Yeah! I will bead the carpet leading up to the next mosque and get the mosque started this month.

Bldg 4 done

3. Norfolk Diligence Sampler – I have completed all of the verse and the blackwork, so Band 3 is complete. I need to work on the side borders a little and start on Band 4. Hopefully, things will move a little faster with no more words to stitch.

NF Sampler - 9

4. Chapter Tile – I wanted the first quarter completed and a small start on the second quarter but ran into problems. When I got to the center (lower right), the design was off by one stitch. I need to find the error, if possible, and get it corrected. Or I can start the next quarter and deal with the center when I get to it next time. Maybe I can alter the center of the design to make it work?

Chapter 1-5

5. Bright Sea Village Express – I’ve started on one side of the car now. I’m working on the side of the car and the back/top/front side by side on the fabric. So far the side only has a door, but it’s a start. I would like to finish the first car this month. We’ll see how much stitching time I can find.


I drive myself crazy with about 7 projects going at once. I don’t know how you all keep 20 or more projects going. I need to work on my needlepoint projects too – Christmas presents need to be started soon!

April D.E.S.I.G.N. – Elli Jenks

What project are you going to talk about this month?  I’ve just started stitching the BrightSea Express by Elli Jenks. This is a 3D train with 4 pieces that will be about 2.5″ tall. I’ve wanted to stitch this for over a year, and finally decided to just get with it. This is how far I’ve gotten in the past few days. This is the back of the last car of the train. The piece continues by going up and across the top and then down the front of the car. Beside this on the fabric, I’ll stitch the two sides of the car to get the first part of the train completed.


This is what the project will look like when it is finished.

Elli's Train

Have you stitched a design by this designer before? Yes, I’ve completed the building called the Pet Shop – part of her BrightSea Village 3D series.


Would you design by this designer again? Why/Why not?  Elli has a lot of parts for the BrightSea Village that would be wonderful to stitch, so I probably would do more. Elli also designs small rugs that are beautiful (I have one in my stash) and recently did a 3D Blackwork Frog.

What made you choose this particular design/designer? I really love the 3D designs that are available now. Since I have two cats, the Pet Shop was the first one I decided to stitch. I loved every minute of it. All the details make you smile as you stitch.

Did you notice anything that distinguished this designer from others? Enlarge the photo of the Pet Shop and look at all the tiny details she has included in the design. There’s even a missing slat in the fence on one side, with a dog peeking out! It’s so much fun to see all the little details appear as you stitch her designs.

Elli lives in New Zealand and sells her designs on her website ellijenks.com and in her Etsy shop ElliXS.










Elli Jenks New Designs

I told you when I finished the Pet Shop that Elli was working on a new design that I KNEW I was going to have to stitch next year. It went up on her sites this morning.

Elli's Train

Isn’t this just adorable!! And small – the engine is 3 3/8″ X 1 1/2″ X 2 3/8″ tall. The tender (the second car) is less than 2″. She is going to make a train station next to go with this.

And she also has a new rug – a runner that is just to the left of the train on her Etsy page. Just click here to see them and learn more about them. Something for me to look forward to next year. Anyone want to join me?

Elli Jenks’ Pet Shop – Finale

Yesterday I sewed the Pet Shop together and it’s soooo cute!! I decided not to stuff it and created my own way to finish it. I have a lot of TimTex on hand (from when I did craft shows). I cut out pieces of this thick pelon-type material to match the sides and roof of the Pet Shop and then taped them together to form a “shell.” Then I carefully slid the shell inside the Pet Shop. I had to trim the pieces I had cut to form the main body of the shop by a half inch. Then it fit perfectly inside. This will help to keep the shape of the pet shop and I really like the way it turned out.

Here’s the back and one side – the ruler shows you that it’s only 5.5″ tall.


Here’s the front and other side. It’s 4″ wide across the front and back. The sides are 2.75″ across.


And here is my “assistant” looking quite uninterested at the moment. I put it on top of the scratching post to take the photos against a beige wall so you could see it better. Well, Julius had to check out what I had done to his scratching post, so up he came. He knocked over the shop, stuck his head inside, and decided that there was nothing there for him. So he settled down so I could take my photos.

Julius and Shop

I loved stitching this piece! You can find all her miniature rugs and BrightSea Village pieces on Etsy here, and also on eBay. Elli lives in New Zealand, but her charts arrived at my home in just a few days. She has a new piece that she is working on (and I know I will have to stitch it!) and I hope it will be done soon so we can all see it. Thank you Elli for all your tempting designs.


Elli Jenks Pet Shop – Progress 18

It’s been 8 months, but the stitching on the Pet Shop by Elli Jenks is finally completed!!  Since you won’t see the two sides together after it is sewn together, I thought you would like to see them together, now that they are stitched on the same piece of Aida.


This has been a joy to stitch – with so many fun little details on every side, including the rooftops. I’ll need to add a gold bead for the doorknobs on the front and back and I can call this project done.

The rest of the Pet Shop was stitched as one piece – the front, back and the rooftops. Over the weekend I’ll read the directions and get the shop sewn together. So you’ll get one more post about this piece.

Elli Jenks Pet Shop – Progress 17

I’m working on the second floor now. One window is completed and the other  has been outlined in white and  has the curtains stitched. The rest should be easy to complete later today. I should have all the cross stitches done by Wed. and can do the backstitching to finish it up on Thursday. I can’t wait.


Time to get back to the rug for an hour or so.