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.

WIPocalypse 2015 – December

The year is ending and  I’m looking over my progress for the year. I didn’t complete a lot of projects but started or worked on a lot of mainly large projects. Many of them will continue on to the 2016 list for completion. So here is a review of my projects for 2015.

  1. Persian Iris Mandala – it started here:

PI-Prog26

Progress now:

Persian Iris 3rd corner-4

2. Gossamer Fractal – no progress at all

Gossamer-9

3. Father Christmas – I restarted this after advice from all of you (thank you!). This is where I left him this year:

Father C-7

4. Norfolk Diligence Sampler – here’s where I started in January:

NF Sampler - 5

Progress to date:

NF Sampler 12B

5. Hometown Holidays – I started with 2 waiting to be stitched and it’s grown to 4 during the year. I completed the Village Church and started the Fire House. More to be stitched  next year.

Church-2

Fire St-2

6. Bright Sea Express – Started, but not even one car of the 4 completed.

Express 5

7. Chapter Tiles – I started the first of the two tiles. There is a mistake somewhere around the middle, so I’m going to do the border all the way around and then slowly work toward the center, hoping to find and correct the mistake. Here’s my progress:

Chapter 2-3

8. Frosty Forest – not started

9. 2 Mill Hill Bead ornaments – not started

10. NOEL Quadrille – not started

Pieces that were added during the year:

  1. My own design – Hearts & Flowers was designed and stitched.

Hearts Finale

2. 3 ornaments for my granddaughters – Playful Snowmen are not done (one is almost done)

Snowman 1-3

3. Polar Express – started. Here is my progress:

Polar-3

4. Train Stocking for DH – Here’s my progress. I finished the first car full of trees, added two more cars and started a third one. I’ll continue to work on it until it is done and made into a stocking for next year:

Train station 9

5. Patchwork Sampler Serenity – started ( to be worked on next year)

Serenity-1

Summing up:

2 completed

2 WIP made some progress

7 started

4 no progress

I hope I can do better in 2016. I want to complete the projects that have now been started so I’ll have more than 2 completions for the year.

WIPocalypse 2015 and DESIGN  both helped me make progress on some projects and start some wonderful pieces to work on next year. Looking forward to seeing everything the rest of you have worked on this year! Happy stitching!!

 

D.E.S.I.G.N. – Stickideen von der Wiehenburg

Time for my last post for the DESIGN SAL.

What project are you going to talk about? I saw this piece -“Patchwork Sampler Serenity” – on a website while browsing one day over a year ago. I fell in love with it and looked everywhere to find shops that sold patterns from this German company. I finally found it on the website for a shop in Massachusetts.

Have you stitched a project from this company before? No, I haven’t.

Would you buy another pattern from this company – why or why not? I saw several projects by the company that I liked, so I might do more of them.

Did you notice anything different about this designer? I wanted to do a Quaker piece, and I liked the layout of this one and the colors. I know you can change colors on any pattern, but I didn’t have to think about this one. I had the fabric and all the floss colors in my stash so it was an easy decision.

I’ve only just started it to show you the design and introduce you to a new designer, if you don’t already know about them. Their patterns are not plentiful in the U.S., but you can find a few here. I’m sure they are more available in Europe.

Here is how it will look when it is complete:

Patchwork Sampler Serenity

And this is my very small start of the motif at the top left:

Serenity-1

I will obviously be working on this a lot more next year.

If you’re interested in their designs, here are some links:

www.wiehenburg-online.de

www.123stitch.com

bushmtnstitch.com/   This is where I bought the pattern

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.

Polar-4

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