WIPocalypse 2015 – November

I’ve put away the Playful Snowmen ornaments until next year. This will be the only cross stitch I’ll work on downstairs until it is done.

The engine is now complete, but I need to finish the backstitching.

Train st 8

I’m hoping to have the backstitching done by the end of the weekend, as well as the smoke coming out of the  smokestack and the snow in the background where the cars meet. Then next week I can move on to the top part of the stocking. This stocking is for my DH and he’s enjoying seeing it come to life as much as I am.

Upstairs, I decided to pull out the mandala once again. Here is what it looked like on September 27th.

3rd corner-2

I’ve worked on it 4 mornings over the last two weeks, and I’ve gotten this far:

3rd corner-3

All the gold top stitching has been done on the portals and the first two buildings on this side. I’ll be turning the corner next weekend, I hope.

I haven’t been able to do a lot of stitching the last few months because of my hands. I think having two large projects upstairs to alternate in the mornings and two downstairs to alternate for the afternoons and evenings is the best for me. I will get things done but in a more relaxed time frame.

WIPocalypse 2015 – October

Since I took a two week break from stitching to go to a wedding and rest my hands, I’m having trouble getting started again. I fear I won’t get things done for Christmas. We’ll see. I only worked on two pieces over the last two weeks – and not much on either of them.

Playful Snowmen ornaments – I’m still working on the first one and have two more to do for my granddaughters. Getting close on this one but it has a lot of backstitching as well.

Snowman 1-3

Train stocking – Still don’t have the bottom half completed. The cow catcher on the front of the train is done and I’ll be working my way up the rest of the engine now and filling in what little is around the sides of the train as well.

Train st 7

Hopefully I can get more done next month.

Our question this month – What fibers or materials used in stitching are you nervous to try? I don’t like rayon threads, but I do use some of them. I’ve never tried them in cross stitch though. Backstitching with metallic threads drives me crazy, and there is a lot of that in the mandala (which didn’t see any attention this month),

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


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.