Sunday, 20 July 2014

July 2014 WIPocalypse Check In

I've not been very good at posting updates recently, but I've got plenty of stitching done, and have nearly completed the goals I had set for the year.

Cat Cushion - Finished! (Just needs to be made into a cushion)

Siberian Tiger - Finished!

For the Christmas Ornament 2014 SAL:

Birthday Card for my sister:

And a small finish:

The theme for July's update is: It’s halfway to Christmas.  Do you start your holiday stitching this early?  If so, what do you hope to accomplish this year?

I don't normally start my Christmas stitching until Autumn, and I end up not getting all I want to done. This year I've been participating in a Christmas SAL, so I've been working on my Christmas cards and ornaments since January!
So far I've stitched designs for 7 cards, 2 gift tags and 1 ornament.
I'm hoping to finish at least one a month between now and December, and if I have time perhaps a small chart for framing too :)

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

April WIPocalypse Check In

Although I've been stitching, I've not been very good at updating with my progress and missed the March check in too. Luckily the rules of WIPocalyspe are nice and relaxed!

Anyway, here's my progress:

Welcome Baby card for my sister on the arrival of Freya Angel Mae:

Baby Hugs converted to a hanging:

New Home card for my parents:

Progress on Cat Cushion:

And 2 finishes for the Christmas 2014 SAL:

And a Mother's Day card for Mum:

I did stitch a card for my Dad's birthday, but I forgot to photograph it :(

April's WIPocalypse theme is how you organise your stash.

I have two large plastic boxes, one for my WIP's and the other for my kits which I haven't started. I also keep my chart booklets and little kits from magazines in there.

My fabric is folded up and kept in a shoebox. I have a wooden embroidery box for card stitching supplies, which is a range of floss and smaller pieces of aida. Then I have a box full of card making bits. Then all my DMC and Anchor is wound onto bobbins and stored in organizer boxes.

All this is kept in the corner of my front room.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

WIPocalypse February Check In

Here's my progress for the WIPocalypse SAL...

Baby Hugs:

2014 Christmas SAL:

2014 AAN Mystery SAL:
Busy Bunnies:
Cat Cushion:
The theme for this month is how we stitch, with the question: How many projects do you generally feel comfortable having in progress at a time?  Tell us about your one-at-a-time or rotation habits!

 At the moment, I have a lot more works in progress than I should. I know there's no right or wrongs with how many UFO's / WIP's we have or how much is in our stash, but I want to get my WIP's into a more manageable number, mentally at least! Ideally, I'd like to have 1 HAED WIP, and 2-3 smaller WIP's, 1-2 very small WIP's, such as cards or ornaments that can be started and finished in a few days, and then a 'space' for anything unplanned.

At the moment, I have 15 WIP's, and stitch on a screaming rotation - the one that screams loudest get's stitched on :)

Friday, 14 February 2014

Christmas 2014 SAL - February Finish

Here's my February finish, it's the pair of my January finish. Also stitched up super-quick! I'm partway through a penguin card design, so I might have 2 finishes for February...

These are patterns for ornaments, but I think they will look good as cards with circular apertures. They were such easy stitches I might end up doing a couple as ornaments as well though!

Monday, 3 February 2014

Christmas 2014 SAL - late January finish

Here's my finish for January for the Christmas 2014 SAL. My aim to get it done for the 21st didn't quite happen because I've been stitching Baby Hugs exclusively. But having finished Baby Hugs, I got this one stitched up this evening.

The chart is from Cross Stitcher Magazine, Christmas 2011 issue.

Baby Hugs is Finished :)

Hurray, my first finish of 2014, and quite a speedy finish too!

I changed the hair colour so it matches my sister's (who this is for) to personalise it a bit more.

I'm also going to add the name, date and weight in the bottom left hand corner, which will have to wait until March, but for all intents and purposes, it's still finished ;)

I'm probably going to finish this as a wall hanging, I don't think there is a big enough margin on the fabric for framing.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

WIPocalypse January check in

Here's my check in post for the 2014 WIPocalypse!

The main project I've been working on is my March deadline WIP - Baby Hugs by Design Works.

Here's my progress:

I've stitched a little of Busy Bunnies, which I believe is my oldest WIP, but haven't taken a progress photo.

The check in posts have a different topic each month, January's is: Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year.

So, I'm Julia, I'm a single, working mum to a gorgeous little boy, and in the time when I'm not at work and my boy is asleep, I like to cross stitch, play World of Warcraft and drink large amounts of tea and coffee (actually the last one I do when I'm at work and my boy is awake...)

My WIPs are all listed on the 2014 page, I was up to 15 including my planned starts for the year when I stumbled across the AAN 2014 SAL and signed up for that, so that will be 16 (unless I get some of the WIPs finished!)

Goals for the year: start and finish Baby Hugs and Cat Cushion, finish Siberian Tiger and Busy Bunnies, and make some progress on the rest of my WIPs.