WIPocalypse 2015 – September

Very little progress this month and I’m stressing that I’m not getting things done. So I’m taking a two week stitching break. Life has been getting in the way and I’ll be spending a few days with family as well. I need to relax and find other things to do for a while. Then I should be ready to go again.

  1. Persian Iris Mandala – some of the buildings are beginning to appear, but not the gold top stitching yet.

3rd corner-2

2. Polar Express – a few trees in the car to the left but not the trees above the car.


3. Playful Snowmen – the second snowman is now on the sled, but the sled isn’t there yet. And no backstitching either. It’s half done with two more in this set to do yet.

Snowman 1-2

4. Train stocking – just started the front of the engine. Really wanted the locomotive done this month…

Train st 6


WIPocalypse 2015 – August

As I said in the last WIPocalypse post, I’ve put away a lot of the larger pieces to go back to later. I haven’t gotten a lot done this month since I decided that as long as I was putting away things, I should go through everything and get rid of materials that I know I won’t need anymore. I now have 3 boxes of craft materials to give away. My closet looks a lot better now, even though I haven’t finished going through of it.

So the projects for this month, and until they are done, are:

  1. Persian Iris Mandala. I didn’t get very far on the new set of buildings. I did the dark blue dividing line between the portals and the buildings and discovered that it was one thread lower than needed – so out it came. It’s been restitched and the portals have been started.

3rd corner start

This month we’re supposed to talk about the journey we’ve taken for one of the posted pieces. This mandala was my very first cross stitch purchase in 2011! I worked on the center section and was really enjoying it, beads and all. Then I was having arthritis problems and had to slow down drastically, so it got put away. I had hip replacement surgery in 2012 and slowly got back to my larger projects once again. It’s slow going for me with all the gold top stitching, but I work on it two mornings a week and hope to get it done next year.

2. The Train Stocking for DH. I haven’t added many cross stitches since I posted this earlier this month, but I have started the backstitching. Santa is now visible. I hope to finish the bottom of the stocking in September so I can move to the upper half.

Train St 5

3. Polar Express – You can easily see the curve of the heart on the left side now. The second car is stitched, but needs its cargo of fir trees. I also need to finish the clouds and other trees in the background in the center section of this half. Then I’ll start on the right side with the engine. I doubt that it will be completely finished in Sept, but I can always hope.


4. I’ve started the first of 3 Playful Snowmen ornaments. I want to get at least two of them done by the next report. There are two snowmen on this first ornament – the first one now has a hat and a scarf. These have lots of changes in color so it’s slow work.

Snowman 1-1

I’m hoping to get started on the Hometown Holidays pieces in Sept as well. I now have 3 waiting to be stitched. So maybe one will get done in Sept.

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.

WIPocalypse 2015 – Blue Moon Edition

I have two questions or instructions for the posting this time. One says to answer the question – “What makes you pick up a long-abandoned UFO rather than beginning a new piece? I hate to abandon a piece and do want to finish each piece in my stash. I have several of my own design that have been put away for several years now, but I’ve had new ideas to get past the problems I had the first time around. That’s one reason. Many of my projects are rather large and I definitely need a break from them sometimes. But I always pick them up again, in order to get them finished.

1. The other says to show a piece that has a lot of blue, since this is the Blue (second) moon of the month. That’s easy – my forever project, the Persian Iris Mandala by Chatelaine. Here’s the progress this month – the third mosque is now complete. I’ll start on the buildings forming the next corner when I pick it up again next week.

Mosque 3 done

And here is the progress on the whole piece so far.

PI Prog 28

2. Chapter Tiles from Modern Folk Embroidery – I’ve decided how to proceed on this. I’m going to do the outside border and the corner leaves on the bottom two corners. When that is all done I’ll start working my way to the center and see if I can find the error that prevented me from completing the first part of the center.

Chapter 2-3

3. Polar Express from Madame La Fee – You can see the start of the heart shape now. I’ve haven’t gotten very much done since I showed you this piece earlier in the month.


4. Norfolk Diligence Sampler – Not too much on this one either. A few more flowers and the start of the manor band. One cloud is done, the sky is started and the beginning of the sun.

NF Sampler 12

5. Bright Sea Village Express by Elli Jenks – This has been going so slowly no matter how much I work on it. But the first side of the car is now completed. So when I work on it again, I’ll be stitching the top of the car. Once that is under way, I’ll be able to start the second side of the car as well.

Express 5

6. Train Stocking from Stoney Creek – this is coming along very well. The car I had started is now complete. The tender full of coal is part of the engine – the coal is done and the side of the tender is also complete. I just stitched the top of the cab of the engine and you can see where Santa will be stitched next, leaning out of the window of the cab.

Train Stocking-3

Unlike many of you in this group, having so may project to work on each month just isn’t working for me. So for the month of August I’m going to work on just the two train pieces and try to get as much done on them as possible. I also have several Christmas presents and some ornaments to get done for this year. I will get back to everything else again in a month or two. I won’t abandon any of them. I just need a break from some of them. And I miss my needlepoint projects – so I will get busy on a few of those as well.

WIPocalypse 2015 – June

I haven’t done as much this past month on my projects. But here goes…

1. Persian Iris Mandala – the carpet has all the beads sewn on. The mosque #3 has about half of the cross stitches done. The small triangle sections on each side of the light turquoise is done over one thread instead of over two like all the others. I hope to have this mosque completed by the end of this month.

Mosque 3-2

2. Norfolk Diligence Sampler – I have completed the fourth band of the sampler, but I still have to finish a little of the border on each side.

Band 4

I’ll do the divider next and then start on the largest band – the manor house! Yeah! When I have 11 rows done on that band, I’ll be at the halfway mark. It’s taken a year to get to this point and I hope that it won’t take that long for the second half. Here is the first half all done. I want to finish pages 5-6 by the end of the month. I’m half done with those pages.

NF Sampler 11

3. Chapter Tiles from Modern Folk Embroideries is coming along very slowly. I guess I’m not working on it as much. I’m still in the second quarter of the design.

Chapter 2-2

4. Bright Sea Express by Elli Jenks is also one that hasn’t had a lot of attention. This first side of the car has 3 windows, which are now there but not all filled in. Then I’ll have to finish the part below the windows. I want to be working on the roof of the car on the right side by the end of the month.


5. Santa Train Stocking for my DH. The second car has all the red for the side and front completed. The roof is almost complete and then I can fill in the windows and the door. I want to have the tender full of coal done by the end of the month and maybe a start on the engine.

Train Stocking-2

Lots to do here and of course my needlepoint as well. Keep stitching everyone!

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!