Sunday, January 25, 2015

Noel Table Runner WIP

This is another of my 15 projects in my WIP rotation. It was a SAL2009 from I thought it would be pretty on both ends of a table runner. I can almost see the end of the tunnel of it.
Hopefully, I will get a lot of stitching done on it today.

Joyce F / Texas

Alpine Seasons Garden - 25 January 2015

Well, I'm glad to say that I feel that I've made some good progress on Alpine Seasons this week. I've just got to finish the backstitch around the Rhodes stitches (only 2.5 sides of the octagon) and I'll be moving onto the seasonal fir trees. I'm looking forward to getting onto this next section. I'm using the recommended silk threads on this project and they are lovely.

Alpine Seasons Garden - Chatelaine
stitched on 32ct Summer Khaki Belfast linen

Saturday, January 24, 2015

January Progress on O Holy Night

Hi everyone!

Here's my January progress (up to today, anyway) on the Stoney Creek O Holy Night.  Here's where I started...

And here it what it looked like after my stitching time this morning...

I'm going to continue with the half hour stitching in the morning, because that has worked really well.  I can't wait to see how much I'll have gotten done by next month's update!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Poinsettia - Kitchen Towel

Today in my rotation of WIPs I will be stitching on a Kitchen Towel. At last, I am on to the border.
    Poinsettia Towel-Lois Winston for DMC-Just Cross Stitch Magazine Nov/Dec 2011

Alpine Seasons Garden - 18 January 2015

I didn't stitch as much on this last week as I had originally planned as other things came along. Sound familiar? :)
I am slowly filling in the outer border. The fabric is quite creased but I don't want to keep ironing it all the time in case I distort it. Is it possible to do that?

Alpine Seasons Garden - Chatelaine
stitched on 32ct Summer Khaki Belfast

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Moon is Shining and The Cat is Singing!

I was able to get a big chunk of stitching out of the way this week.  I'm hoping the rest of it... the border, alphabet and flowers on the left side... goes quickly.  Then I'll pull out JG!

I actually did something!

Minor miracle that it is-- I got some stitching done on my GID project!!!

That's One Nation by By Gone Stitches and currently it has a few more stars and an "O" in Connecticut which it did not previously have.  Yippie!

Small steps, right?  Small steps.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Mid-month Update

Thought I better share a mid-month update with everyone on my progress with the Gingerbread House. This is what I have accomplished so far this month:

1. Finished all the beading on the tuffet (biscornu)
2. Backstitched the edging for the base of the house
3. Cut each piece of the project into individual squares (to make them more manageable)
4. Made xerox copies of the backs of the house pieces (front, side, and roof)
5. Used these copies as templates and traced the shapes onto mat board
6. Today I finished cutting out the mat board pieces

Next step is to trace the templates onto fleece pellon. On a related note, I found an iron the other day at a small appliance store that can be used in both Europe and the US for only $23 USD!! Never thought I could get excited about an iron - LOL.

No pictures as the pieces are spread all over the worktable, as well as stacked on top of each other. I think I've made some pretty good progress so far, but doubt I'll get everything done by the end of this month. Hopefully, I'll have some pictures next time.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


I started A New Day by My Big Toe Designs on January 1.
And here is where I am now.

I am so glad I have gotten my stitching Mojo back!  ☺

Weather Poems-Britian’s #1 Crossstitch Magazine 2000

This is another WIP in my rotation of 15 WIPs. I have stitched 3 of 12. Stitched now on the June.
These were in the 2000 issues of Britian's #1 Crosstitch Magazine .

Stitched by Joyce

Friday, January 16, 2015

Progress! is everyone doing so far?  I'm lagging on Aurora Cabin....and I decided six strands was WAY too many!!  So....I'm going to start using only four for other colors and see how that goes.  It was wearing my fingers out...haha.  I think it looks ok.  The lighter blue is only four strands.

I'm also a little ahead of schedule on The Red Thread.  I hoped to finish two squares a month, and already I have four I will set this one aside and work a little more on the other.  I always seem to do well at the beginning of a challenge, trust me I'm going to need your encouragement when I reach the middle of the year...

Lastly, I'm hoping I can stitch two Christmas/winter themed pieces each month.  I was able to stitch this one today.  It's called A Little Christmas by Lizzie Kate.  I have another one kitted up, so watch this space!  haha

Keep your eyes on this space...I'm already looking into holding a giveaway!  We are going to have a fun year!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Weekly progress

I just have to remember to post on here at least once a week. LOL. I have made progress on The Universe in a Jar. I had to move the q-snaps so here is my progress picture.

Hopefully a lot more will be done by next Sunday. I am going to try to post every Sunday.


2015 - can this sampler happen?

As usual, I have too many pieces on the go - smaller ones, as well as some biggies.  It's the biggies I'm concerned about here.  The main one is a Scarlet Letter sampler, Janet Burnet 1830.  I'd started on Janet, then decided to change the fabric, but I'm still not sure about my choice.  Here's Janet's picture, from the SL website, and then my photo of the silks and fabric (Lambswool) with my trial of the border colour on the linen. 

So my first decision is the fabric choice (the other possibility is a Lakeside Vintage Light Exemplar).  Once I've decided for sure, I'll stitch the outside border (probably count about 13 times, stitch once ....)   I'm a slow stitcher, and with other projects calling out for attention too, I don't know if I can  finish  this one by the end of 2015, but I'll sure make a commitment to do my best on it. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

My Get It Done SAL's

I started this in mid-October.  I don't get to stitch but once a week so it's taking longer than I expected.  I want to "Get It Done".

Progress Photos can be seen HERE.
The second project I'd like to get done this year is Japanese Garden.  I started this at the very end of 2005. ::hangs head in shame::  I really enjoy working on it when I pull it out, but for some reason it's the 'pulling it out' part that makes me drag my feet.  I haven't worked on this since May.
Progress Photos can be seen HERE.


Okay girls I really need to you help me get this done (or at least one part done!). This has been languishing about my wips for far too long now so I have decided this will be me Sunday stitching as that tends to be the day I get  most done

Chatelaine White Nights in St Petersburg, currently on part 5, 12 in total

Maureen, Ayr

Alpine Seasons Garden as at 11 January

Well, I've made some progress on Alpine Seasons Garden during this past week, which I'm pleased with. I've completed the two row outline of the outer border and I've started to fill it.
I'm  working on other stitching and knitting as well as this because I don't want to tire of working on it, so I imagine that the level of progress might vary alot from week to week.

Alpine Seasons Garden - Chatelaine
stitched on 32ct Summer Khaki Belfast linen
as at 11 January 2015

Saturday, January 10, 2015

WIP progress on Noal 2009 SAL

This was a SAL from 2009 from Novalee2.Com. I thought it was very pretty and decided that it would be pretty on both ends of a tablerunner. Therefore, I am still stitching on it, but I now can see the end, as only a candle is needed on each end.

Friday, January 9, 2015

My goal - Amy Brown's Mini "Curiosity"

I started a HAED design last year and would love to finish it this year.  Maybe with 2 groups to be accountable to it will happen.  I am stitching Amy Brown's Mini "Curiosity".
I am really looking forward to seeing all the pictures and hearing all the encouragement!

Last progress pic 8/29/14

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A little progress on my Heaven and Earth's Christmas Angels

I stitched a few of the confetti stitches on the squirrel last evening. Here is where I am:
joyce project

I have been trying to post here all week, but something else always got in the way! I guess I am sort of bending the rules too. I have actually already started this piece, but not by much!
The design is "Quaker Christmas II - Songs of the Season" by By Gone Stitches. I stitched the first one and really wanted to have this companion piece. I actually started it in January of 2012 (although it doesn't feel like it was that long ago!), and I have no idea why I put it down, because I love Quaker designs and had made a note that it was an enjoyable stitch. So hopefully, you will all push me to get it done this year!
Thanks!  Lynda

January Plans

Since I already have six projects that I currently rotate through, I'm going to continue working on those instead of adding an additional project. If I'm feeling especially optimistic, I may make some small goals for each project. For the month of January, I'm going to try and make some progress on the Gingerbread House by Victoria Sampler. I completed all of the stitching and most of the beading early last year (prior to my move to the Czech Republic). So I want to finish the beading and then hopefully start putting it together. This is a current picture - the only beading left to do is on the tuffet.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

I am really excited about joining this SAL. It is definitely an incentive to at least work on several WIPs that I've literally had going for years... It is rather embarrassing that one of my projects has been in the works since 2000, but with any luck it will be completed in 2015! There are three projects I have to complete for this SAL, and it would be nice to finish them all by this Christmas.

1.) The oldest one is a Dimensions kit called Silent Vigil by Schim Schimmel.  
2.) The second one is a Gold Collection kit called Beguiling Tiger,  designed by Tracy Somerville. It is also produced by Dimensions. 
3.) The newest one was a gift from our own Sally Savaglios, it is a cross stitched box kit by the Nutmeg Company called Blue Willow Bridge by Meg Everished. I got this last year, and like the other two I can't wait to finish it.

 I don't have photos of them yet, as I haven't figured out the particulars of downloading the drivers onto this computer for my camera. As soon as I get them though, I will post photos. I have to post the pictures of my Christmas exchange ornament, too, so this is another incentive to get done...

Happy New Year everyone, here goes!

Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 Goals

My stitching goals for this year are really simple. I have 4 HAED's that I am stitching for my kids and my son in law. I have them in a rotation and hope to get a lot done on them this year. I know I won't finish them but I will make progress on them. The rotation is:

January----The Universe in a Jar---for Jessica
February---Chocolate Chocolate & More Chocolate---for Sabrina
March--- Medieval Shelf---for JR
April---Play Ball---for Matthew
May---The Universe in a Jar
June---Chocolate Chocolate & More Chocolate
July--- Medieval Shelf
August---Play Ball
September---The Universe in a Jar
October---Chocolate Chocolate & More Chocolate
November---Medieval Shelf
December---Play Ball

This was my starting point on Jan 1 on Universe in a Jar.


Here I goooooo.....

Hi there! did everyone do yesterday?  I had a blast spending time with my guys, watching the new DVD set my husband got from my son for Christmas.  It is the original Batman TV series...and we watched one after another most of the day.  POW!  BLAM!!  SPLAT!!  Not only did they have fun...but I got to stitch and so started on BOTH of my projects.  I HAD to switch halfway through the day as the Aurora Cabin piece was worked on 16 ct. Aida and the part I chose to start on used SIX strands of floss.  It was so thick it made a popping sound every time the needle went through the fabric.  My poor fingers were sore after a couple of hours working on it so I switched to The Red Thread.  MUCH easier on the old fingers!  I'm happy with my progress!!


NYD Start & Possible Goals - Kate

Hi All

I struggled to decide what I would make my New Year's Day new start ~ mostly because a good proportion of my stash was stored away while we were having work done in the house and it has yet to reappear in places that I can easily fondle.

Looking through the limited stash that I could access I had to go with Summer House Pin Cushion from Blackbird Designs ~ I had a working copy of the design, the required fabric & threads all together in one folder ~ no brainer!

Not a great deal of progress was made by the time I chose this and to be honest I'm not sure if I'll stick with it as the fabric is very harsh!
This was originally kitted up to be done as a SAL with a good friend of mine ~ Stuff got in the way for me, like planning a wedding ~ Carol finished hers quite some time ago.

As far as my goals are concerned for 2015 they will be fairly fluid ~ I don't want to restrict myself too much.  However, I would like to:

  • Stick to my Stitch from Stash budget again this year
  • Finish a good number of Christmas ornaments 
  • Finish some WIPs/UFOs
  • Try & complete OPAM ~ One Project A Month
  • RAK a few people
but mostly to enjoy my stitching ~ simple.

Happy New Year All


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Melissa's Contribution...

I have thought long and hard about what I want to stitch in 2015.  At first, I wanted to start something new.  New projects are fun, lol.  I was going to start Mirabilia's Sleeping Beauty, which is all kitted up and ready to go.  But then I thought maybe I should make this the Year of the WIP Finishes.

I am embarrassed to say that my Spring Carousel Horse from TW Designworks has been languishing in my To-Do pile.  I started it February 26, 2010, so it's almost 5 years old!  It's high time I get it finished.

I have also been collecting and stitching The Victoria Sampler's Gingerbread series.  I have all the buildings Thea has released to date, have stitched the first four, and working on the fifth.  But what I haven't done is put them together.  Frankly, sewing them together intimidates me, but I know if I just put my mind to it, I can do it!  Thea has wonderful instructions with colour pictures, plus I have the Gingerbread Tree Etui DVD with stitch and finishing instructions.

Thank you DJ for organizing this blog so we can update our progress and encourage, motivate and inspire each other :)

Melissa xoxo

My chosen pieces

I have chosen 2 projects to start and intend to finish for Christmas. I also have a couple of other projects I want to finish. I am also hoping to stitch an ornament a month but not necessarily Christmas ones.

My goal for 2015

My goal for 2015 is to continue on my rotation of 15 projects that I stitch on. I am doing a few monthly series and have them well on their way. As I finally finish a projects a new one appears in its place. My largest projects now is Christmas Animals-Heaven and Earth, which I hope to finish this new year.

Good stitching to all in 2015.
Joyce c f / TX

My 2015 Get it done project

My decision was very easy. In mid 2011, I started Chatelaine's 'Alpine Seasons Garden', made good progress on it in 2012 and it has hardly been touched since. So for 2015, my goal is to complete all the stitching and to get as much as I can of the beading done.
Here is my Chatelaine at 31 December 2014. Looking forward to posting my progress in 2015.
Alpine Seasons Garden - Chatelaine
stitched on 32ct Summer Khaki Belfast