WIPocalypse 2016 – April

I’ve only worked on 3 projects this month – all things I want finished by the end of the year.

Gentle Elephant – to be made into a stocking. The first ear is done and I’m working on the head and trunk now. I hope to get the next, larger ear done by the next post.


Gossamer Fractal – went from here –


to here – If I complete the column I’m working on and half of the next one, it will finish a page. That’s the goal for the next post.


And Persian Iris Mandala –  almost finished the last mosque. The beading of the carpet is done. I’ll finish the mosque on Monday and start on the last corner of buildings.

PI mosque 4-2

Good progress as I inch my way to completion on these 3 projects.

WIPocalypse 2016 – March

Making progress on some of my larger projects, have one finish and one almost finish.

  1. Hometown Holidays – I finished the Pet Store

Pet Store 2

2. Polar Express by Madame Le Fee is almost complete. I will have it done by the end of the week.

Polar Express-6

3. Persian Iris Mandala – I finished the 3rd corner of buildings and started on the last mosque. Over the next month I’ll bead the last carpet leading up to the mosque and try to finish the mosque as well.

PI mosque 4-1

4. Gossamer Fractal – I finished filling in the area that I worked on a year ago and have now started on the last section of Page 2 (I have enlarged the charts and only print out a half page at a time. I’m halfway through the bottom half of Page 2 now.


5. Gentle Elephant (for stocking) – The elephants don’t appear until the far right side of Page 2, I’m still working on the ear, most of which is dark browns and grays. The colors on the top, left of the ear are starting to get lighter in color. I’ll start on Page 3 this coming weekend and I hope the colors are much lighter there as I finish the ear and start on the face. After I finish the Polar Express this week, this piece will move from weekends only to weekdays so it will move along faster then.



Our question this month is – Do you use hoops, stretcher bars, lap stands or Q snap frames and why? I’m a needlepointer and I’ve always used stretcher bars or scroll bars. So when I started cross stitching I stayed with that. I started the mandala on a scroll frame until it was too narrow to keep a whole side visible as I was working on it. It’s now on stretcher bars now because I’m working around the outer edges and it’s easier to keep the fabric tight and be able to reach the areas I’m stitching and beading. And it’s easier to take photos of the whole piece when I can see it all and I don’t have to move the piece around to work on various areas – I just turn the whole thing. The Polar Express is now on a hoop because the Q snaps weren’t holding it well – the fabric was too small. Everything else is now on Q Snaps (as of last year when I tried them). They are working out well for me – hold fabric tight and easy to move from one area to another as I work on a piece.

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.

Hometown Holidays Pet Store Finale

I love these little pieces and they do stitch up fast! Here is the Pet Store all finished. I know he looks a little crooked, but he hasn’t been blocked yet.

Pet Store 2

I still need to decide how I want to finish them all off in order to display them this year at Christmas. Lots of ideas, but no decisions yet.

I have two more pieces for this series in my stash, but for now I need to work on things that I’ve started and need to finish – and two cross stitch stockings for this year.  These will be put away for a while until I need a break from large projects and want a small, quick  stitch. You’ll get a peek at one stocking when I start it next week.

WIPocalypse 2016 – February

I have progress and two finishes this month – that really makes me feel good!

  1. Train Stocking from Stoney Creek Magazine


Train St Finale

2. Hometown Holidays from Little House Needleworks

Firehouse – finished

Fire Station 4

Pet Store – started – will finish in March


Pet Store 1

3. Polar Express by Madame La Fee – started the right side of the heart. My goal is to finish this in March.

Polar Express 5

4. Persian Iris Mandala from Chatelaine – went from this:

3rd corner-4

to this:

3rd corner 5

I want to finish this 3rd corner in March and start the last mosque. Also need to bead the last carpet leading up to the mosque.

Measi’s question for the month is:  If you have any of your pieces on display in your home which attracts the most plaudits? Almost everything on display in my home is needlepoint. I hope to have the mandala finished and framed this year and on display! The piece that gets the most attention is my adaptation of a Persian rug called Baluchi.

Baluchi Framed

WIPocalypse 2016 – Introducing My Projects

I started a lot of cross stitch projects last year, so this year is the year to try to get some of them completed and off the list. There are also a couple of new pieces that need to be done this year. So here is my list and my goal for each project:

  1. Batman stocking (adapting from a cross stitch design) – start and complete this year
  2. Elephant stocking (adapting from a cross stitch design) – start and complete this year
  3. Persian Iris Mandala – My goal is to completely finish this one by the end of the year

Persian Iris 3rd corner-44. Father Christmas – complete pages 1-5 out of 30

Father C-75. Gossamer Fractal – finish – it’s half done and I haven’t touched it in over a year

Gossamer-76. Norfolk Diligence Sampler – would love to finish it this year

NF Sampler 117. Continue working on Hometown Holiday pieces – currently I have finished one this month and still have 3 in my stash – finish all 3 by the end of the year

8. Bright Sea Express – finish 2 of the 4 cars of the train

Express 59. Chapter Tiles – finish the one that is started

Chapter 2-310. Train stocking – finish and make into a stocking – The train is completed and I’ve started the village at the top.

Train St 10

11. 2 sets of ornaments for my granddaughters

12. Polar Express – finish

Polar-413. Patchwork Sampler Serenity – completes pages 1-3

14.  2 Mill Hill bead kits, maybe

15. Hopefully start the first of the 4 Stoney Creek seasonal banners

I enjoyed being part of this last year and I hope it continues to encourage me to get things finished this year and slowly decreases my stash of projects and threads.