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2017 Stitching Goals

  • Posted on February 28, 2017 at 5:25 pm

I’ve had so little time to stitch, I didn’t even bother to set goals last year.

Let’s see what, if anything, I can accomplish this year.

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Joan Elliott – Water Wonderland — Complete stitching
Joan Elliott – Water Wonderland — Frame (?)

Lizzie-Kate – Dog Lessons for People — Make significant progress on stitching

Nordic Needle – Flower Garden — Complete stitching

Teresa Wentzler – Sun Dragon (Turquoise) — Make significant progress on stitching

Complete stitching on at least 2 Just Nan designs in my stash. This includes new starts as needed to work through my Just Nan stash.

2015 Stitching Goals – Update #2

  • Posted on April 26, 2015 at 1:18 pm

New progress since I last posted:

My Purin design is finally complete, as of last night. I didn’t stitch for a while, so I didn’t knock it out until I sat down and really concentrated on it for two days. I have interrupted any further WIP progress to crank out an impromptu piece – The Sweetheart Tree – Teenie Graduation Announcement. Unfortunately, the stitching hasn’t gone smoothly today. Lots of ripping and restitching, but I hope that I’m back on track now. It’s a small piece, but as with all of hers, the fractional stitches are numerous and intense. Once that is finished, I will turn to Joan Elliott’s Water Wonderland. It’s a Christmas gift for my mother and since we will be back for a cousin’s wedding, I’m tempted to try to get it done and framed by then, which means it will have to be completed by the end of September, roughly. Throw in our annual trip to Walt Disney World in late September and that deadline backs up to mid-September. That’s 5 1/2 months, though. I hope I can manage that with all I have going on (fodder for another, personal post).

On Bluebell and Heirloom Memories, they have arrived at Jill’s studio. I have heard nothing further, but knowing their backlog, I gave Amber free rein to take their time, as needed.

I confess that I’m dying to either kit up Nora Corbett’s Waterlily (which just needs floss pulled to complete kitting) and get it on a scroll frame or to pull another WIP from the pile and work on it, but I must be disciplined right now.

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Nora Corbett – Bluebell Pixie — Complete stitching
** Stitching completed on January 6, 2015 **

Nora Corbett – Bluebell Pixie — Send to Jill Rensel for framing
** At Jill’s studio **

The Victoria Sampler – Heirloom Memories Sampler — Complete stitching
** Stitching completed on January 23, 2015 **

The Victoria Sampler – Heirloom Memories Sampler — Send to Jill Rensel for framing
** At Jill’s studio **

Joan Elliott – Water Wonderland — Complete stitching
Joan Elliott – Water Wonderland — Frame by end of October(?)

Jenna Magee – Purin — Make significant progress on, if not complete, stitching
** Stitching completed on April 25, 2015 **

Passione Ricamo – Mystery SAL 2013 — Make significant progress on stitching
** In progress **

Lizzie-Kate – Dog Lessons for People — Make significant progress on stitching

Nordic Needle – Flower Garden — Complete stitching

Teresa Wentzler – Sun Dragon (Turquoise) — Rip and restitch necessary sections; complete stitching
** Ripped *
Teresa Wentzler – Sun Dragon (Turquoise) — Send to Jill Rensel, along with his purple brother, for framing (provided I can afford it)

Mirabilia – Fairy Moon — Make progress on stitching

Complete stitching on at least 2 Just Nan designs in my stash. This includes new starts as needed to work through my Just Nan stash.
– Grow pincushion?
– Minerva Mouse?
– Lorelei Lamb?

2015 Stitching Goals – Update

  • Posted on April 14, 2015 at 3:02 pm

New progress since I last posted:

The Victoria Sampler – Heirloom Memories Sampler has been completed and significant progress has been made on my Purin design. I intend to knock out Purin on my week off next week. Teresa Wentzler – Sun Dragon (Turquoise) has been ripped out where I wanted to rip out and is on a scroll frame. Joan Elliott – Water Wonderland is on a scroll frame, as well, and waiting in the wings. This one I need to get done and framed by the end of October (the deadline has advanced). Passione Ricamo – Mystery SAL 2013 is on a lap stand and I have been making some progress. It’s such a huge piece that hours of work don’t look like much.

Nora Corbett – Bluebell Pixie and The Victoria Sampler – Heirloom Memories Sampler are on their way to Jill Rensel as I type this.

I joined a SAL group on Facebook for Mirabilia – Fairy Moon, so that is progress, at least in my mind.

No other progress to report at this time, but hopefully a finish to report soon!

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Nora Corbett – Bluebell Pixie — Complete stitching
** Stitching completed on January 6, 2015 **

Nora Corbett – Bluebell Pixie — Send to Jill Rensel for framing (provided I can afford it)
** On it’s way to Jill **

The Victoria Sampler – Heirloom Memories Sampler — Complete stitching
** Stitching completed on January 23, 2015 **

The Victoria Sampler – Heirloom Memories Sampler — Send to Jill Rensel for framing (provided I can afford it)
** On it’s way to Jill **

Joan Elliott – Water Wonderland — Complete stitching
Joan Elliott – Water Wonderland — Frame by end of October

Jenna Magee – Purin — Make significant progress on, if not complete, stitching
** Completion anticipated by end of April **

Passione Ricamo – Mystery SAL 2013 — Make significant progress on stitching
** In progress **

Lizzie-Kate – Dog Lessons for People — Make significant progress on stitching

Nordic Needle – Flower Garden — Complete stitching

Teresa Wentzler – Sun Dragon (Turquoise) — Rip and restitch necessary sections; complete stitching
** Ripped **
Teresa Wentzler – Sun Dragon (Turquoise) — Send to Jill Rensel, along with his purple brother, for framing (provided I can afford it)

Mirabilia – Fairy Moon — Make progress on stitching

Complete stitching on at least 2 Just Nan designs in my stash. This includes new starts as needed to work through my Just Nan stash.
– Grow pincushion?
– Minerva Mouse?
– Lorelei Lamb?

Stitching Goals – Out With the Old and In With the New

  • Posted on January 10, 2015 at 1:36 am

First, a wrap-up of my 2014 stitching goals:

2014 wasn’t a good year for stitching but, in my defense, I did change jobs and move across the country, so some serious life goals were accomplished, at least! 😉

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Nora Corbett – Bluebell Pixie — Complete stitching
** FAIL **
Nora Corbett – Bluebell Pixie — Send to Jill Rensel for framing
** FAIL **

Joan Elliott – Water Wonderland — Complete stitching
** EPIC FAIL! Didn’t even touch it **
Joan Elliott – Water Wonderland — Frame by Christmas
** FAIL **

The Victoria Sampler – Heirloom Memories Sampler — Complete stitching
** EPIC FAIL! Didn’t even touch it **
The Victoria Sampler – Heirloom Memories Sampler — Send to Jill Rensel for framing
** FAIL **

Passione Ricamo – Fairy Mystery SAL 2012 — Make significant progress on, if not complete, stitching
** EPIC FAIL! Didn’t even touch it **

Passione Ricamo – Mystery SAL 2013 — Make significant progress on, if not complete, stitching
** EPIC FAIL! Didn’t even touch it **

Giraffe Pillow — Make significant progress on, if not complete, stitching
** Stitching completed on December 20, 2014 **

Nordic Needle – Flower Garden — Make significant progress on, if not complete, stitching
** EPIC FAIL! Didn’t even touch it **

Dimensions – Bonsai and Buddha — Make significant progress on stitching
** EPIC FAIL! Didn’t even touch it **

Mirabilia – Fairy Moon — Make significant progress on stitching
** EPIC FAIL! Didn’t even touch it **

Complete stitching on at least 4 Just Nan designs in my stash.
** FAIL! Only one project completed. **

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And now, the bright and shiny new 2015 goals:

I’m paring down the goal list this year so that I have a better chance of achieving them. 😉

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Nora Corbett – Bluebell Pixie — Complete stitching
** Stitching completed on January 6, 2015 **
Nora Corbett – Bluebell Pixie — Send to Jill Rensel for framing (provided I can afford it)

The Victoria Sampler – Heirloom Memories Sampler — Complete stitching
The Victoria Sampler – Heirloom Memories Sampler — Send to Jill Rensel for framing (provided I can afford it)

Joan Elliott – Water Wonderland — Complete stitching
Joan Elliott – Water Wonderland — Frame by Thanksgiving

Jenna Magee – Purin — Make significant progress on, if not complete, stitching

Passione Ricamo – Mystery SAL 2013 — Make significant progress on stitching

Lizzie-Kate – Dog Lessons for People — Make significant progress on stitching

Nordic Needle – Flower Garden — Complete stitching

Teresa Wentzler – Sun Dragon (Turquoise) — Rip and restitch necessary sections; complete stitching
Teresa Wentzler – Sun Dragon (Turquoise) — Send to Jill Rensel for framing (provided I can afford it)

Mirabilia – Fairy Moon — Make progress on stitching

Complete stitching on at least 2 Just Nan designs in my stash. This includes new starts as needed to work through my Just Nan stash.
– Grow pincushion?
– Minerva Mouse?
– Lorelei Lamb?

Assessing My Cross Stitch WIPs and UFOs

  • Posted on January 8, 2015 at 1:07 am

2015 is one of those years where I have decided to go through my WIPs and UFOs and whittle them down. You probably won’t remember but back in January 2011 I tackled my pile of pieces that were completed, but not finished into their final form (i.e. biscornu, scissors fob, etc.). I cleared a heck of a lot of pieces out in the span of one month:



Obviously, completing the stitching on pieces will take a lot longer than just finishing off these pieces did, but it’s still reassuring that I have challenged myself to a somewhat similar effort in the past and been successful.

So, I need to go rifling through my stack of WIPs/UFOs and pull out what to focus on. I’ve already started by going through my storage bins and separating out new project kits from WIP/UFO kits. I’ve also taken a quick glance at what I have outstanding. Of course, it’s always horrifying. And I did myself a favor and didn’t count this time (last time I had over 40 pieces and I’m pretty sure I’ve added a few since then). Today I looked through the photos in my Works in Progress photo album to see what’s still an active project (WIP), what’s been completed, what’s been shelved (UFO) and what’s been abandoned. I came up with the following list from that album (which is nowhere near complete):

  • Passione Ricamo – Xmas Star — UFO (last progress 9 Dec 2013)
  • Nora Corbett – Bluebell Pixie — COMPLETE
  • Passione Ricamo – Mystery SAL 2013 — WIP (last progress 7 Sep 2013)
  • Passione Ricamo – Fairy Mystery SAL 2012 — WIP (last progress 7 Jul 2014)
  • Just Nan – Gingerbread Mouse — COMPLETE
  • Northern Pine Designs – Geometric II — COMPLETE
  • Tor Rhuann Designs – Snowflake — WIP (last progress 30 Dec 2014)
  • Just Nan – Grow Pincushion — WIP (last progress 13 Apr 2013)
  • Mill Hill – Flower Basket Fantasy — COMPLETE
  • Teresa Wentzler – Sun Dragon (Turquoise) — WIP (last progress 9 Sept 2012)
  • Jenna Magee – Purin — WIP (last progress 7 Jul 2012)
  • Nancy Pederson – Grapevine Sampler — COMPLETE
  • Jeanette Crews Designs – Computer Wizard — UFO (last progress 4 Feb 2012)
  • Just Nan – Grow – Tin Topper — COMPLETE
  • Mill Hill – Spring Weathervanes – Floral Vase — WIP (last progress 3 Jan 2012)
  • Chatelaine Designs – Micro #1 — UFO (last progress 3 Jan 2012)
  • Lizzie*Kate – Dog Lessons For People — WIP (last progress 3 Jan 2012)
  • Chatelaine Designs – Tiny Rose Mandala Garden — COMPLETE
  • Nora Corbett – The Sunflower Fairy — COMPLETE
  • Ladybug Designs – Picasso’s Rooster — COMPLETE
  • March Bookmark — COMPLETE
  • Just Nan – Sparkling Iris — COMPLETE
  • Ink Circles – Celtic Swirls (Teal version) — COMPLETE
  • Lody Steward – Pagoda Pincushion — COMPLETE
  • Victoria Sampler – Heirloom Memories Sampler — WIP (last progress 31 May 2010)
  • Giraffe Pillow — COMPLETE
  • Flower Garden — WIP (last progress 25 Aug 2007)
  • Bonsai and Buddha — WIP (last progress 7 Jan 2007)
  • Mirabilia – Fairy Moon — WIP (last progress 31 Jan 2006)
  • M Designs – Peace Tree — UFO (last progress 29 Nov 2005)
  • Sweet Dreams Afghan — WIP (last progress 6 Nov 2005; I’m pretty sure I’ve done some work on it since)
  • French Mystery Garden — ABANDONED

Of the WIPs on this list, here is what I’ve decided to focus on, in order of priority:

  • Victoria Sampler – Heirloom Memories Sampler (I’ve been stalling because I’m intimidated by bullion roses; I just need to get past it because there’s not much left)
  • Tor Rhuann Designs – Snowflake (once I get the Kreinik for the border, this will be done in a day or two)
  • Jenna Magee – Purin (I’ll rotate this in and out)
  • Passione Ricamo – Mystery SAL 2013 (I’ll rotate this in and out)
  • Lizzie*Kate – Dog Lessons For People (I’ll rotate this in and out)
  • Flower Garden (because I think it’s closer to being finished than I realized)
  • Teresa Wentzler – Sun Dragon (Turquoise)
  • Mirabilia – Fairy Moon (I may or may not rotate this in and out, depending on how much she grabs me once I dive in; needs to be re-kitted)

There will be others added to both lists once I catalog the other WIPs/UFOs that didn’t make it into the photo gallery.

A L-O-N-G Overdue Stitching Update

  • Posted on March 23, 2013 at 11:50 pm

I managed to finish all of my Pay-It-Forward gifts and sent out the last two in February, before we left for vacation. One went to Nancy and the other went to Bonnie. I’m ashamed to have discovered that Nancy’s had been finished for a year before I actually send it. All it was waiting for was two f-bombs. So, basically, it took me a year to make up two f-bombs to include in her package. Shameful, shameful, tsk-tsk-tsk. Bonnie’s didn’t actually get finished until February, so I wasn’t behind in shipping it from that standpoint. Just behind in stitching it up. Probably because I stitched all 5 gifts over one. I must have been a glutton for punishment. I’m not horribly well-versed in stitching over one, so it was quite a crash course.

Anyway, here are the results:

The Sweetheart Tree – Teenie Tweenies – Wild Violets:

Just Nan – Floral Sunshine (finished as a biscornu pendant):

Then, I stitched up Lizzie*Kate’s Dance in the Rain, which was kindly sent to me by Michele:

I had to whip this one up before we left for California so that I could hand the chart over to Mel when I saw her. Yes, I finally got to meet Mel in person! YAY! We got along even better than I would have imagined. She’s just as lovely as you think and more, I assure you. :)

I’ve also stitched up another Christmas ornament from Tor Rhuann Designs. This one is from 2008, named Christmas Candles:

I’ve started on the 2009 ornament since then, but I have managed to remind myself that I actually had some stitching goals for this year and I need to get back on track if I want to accomplish them.

Since putting myself back on the straight and narrow after that ornament finish, I have completed two items on the list:
Lody Steward Pagoda Pincushion Complete stitching
Lody Steward Pagoda Pincushion Complete finishing

And here are the results:





This week, I’ve been making progress on these two goals:
Nora Corbett Bluebell Pixie Complete stitching
Mill Hill Flower Basket Fantasy Make significant progress on, if not complete, stitching

Here’s where Bluebell was the last time I posted progress in early January:

I didn’t pick her up again until more than 2 months later, but here’s where she is now:

And here’s where Flower Basket Fantasy was when I last touched it in January 2012:

As of today, it’s here:

I should definitely be able to finish this one with a few more weeks of work.

A Nifty, Gifty Finish

  • Posted on January 27, 2013 at 1:57 am

I have now had my first official stitching finish (not just a finish-finish) of the year. When I was putting away some stash a few weeks ago, I found that I have my own copy of Lizzie*Kate’s Good Things design. You may remember that I stitched a version for myself as part of a traveling pattern group a couple of months ago. Once I found that I had a copy, I decided to do it again for a fellow stitcher who lost her stash in a house fire. I was told that she likes peach tones, so this is what I came up with:

I had to leave off the border because I stitched it on 28 count fabric instead of 32 count fabric and I still wanted to fit it into a 5×7 inch frame that I had on hand. I actually framed it properly, lacing it to a piece of mat board instead of just ironing interfacing to the back. It definitely turns out nicer when laced, but if the frame is just a standard picture frame, there isn’t really enough room for a laced piece. Trying to put the easel back on afterwards without flattening the stitches isn’t always possible. The corners of this one are a bit squashed, but over all, it’s not bad.

The recipient emailed me today to let me know that she received it and was pleased with it, so I’m happy. :) After completing that project and framing it, I found and brought out my last PIF piece and put some more stitches into it. I should be able to finish the stitching on it over the next week or so, depending on what things I have scheduled after work.

Speaking of schedules, it is WAY past my bedtime and we have places to go later. Happy Sunday!

Another Finish-Finish Done and Out the Door!

  • Posted on January 9, 2013 at 9:47 pm

I had my first music lesson since before the holidays last night and I got Here Comes Treble finished as a hanging ornament just in time!

Ink Circles – Here Comes Treble

And that’s it for me for tonight. Nothing else to report, really. Got through a challenging situation today intact and I’m proud of how I’m doing so far in this new year. Now to go relax so more!

Final Finishes of 2012, First Finish of 2013

  • Posted on January 7, 2013 at 1:17 pm

My final two finishes of 2012 consisted of one stitching finish and one finish-finish:

The Drawn Thread – Merry Little Christmas Ornament (Finished as an ornament)

Ink Circles – Here Comes Treble

I started the finishing on this one last night and will have it completed tonight. I am just finishing into a hanging ornament. Unfortunately, I left practically no margin when cutting the mat that I mounted it to and I was too stubborn to waste the mat, so I forged ahead. I’m sure my music teacher won’t mind.

And my first finish of 2013 was a finish-finish:

Tor Rhuann Designs – 2011 Ornament

This was my first time doing a ruched ribbon finish and it was quite time-consuming. I worked on it while watching Brave and then Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and I think it took me a couple of hours. Very fiddly, but very pretty.

Since then, I have been working on Nora Corbett’s Bluebell Pixie, from the Pixie Couture collection. We have a SAL going on Facebook and I have already put a good amount of time into her:

I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to touch her this week, but hopefully I’ll get some more time in on her this coming weekend, at the latest.

Last of the Reindeer Ornaments [Edited]

  • Posted on December 22, 2012 at 12:14 am

I ran out this evening to Walmart and (shock of all shocks) I was able to get everything on my list, including all of the DMC floss that I needed! I think that’s the first time I’ve ever gone anywhere and been able to get all of the DMC on my list. Wow.

Anyway, without any further adieu, here is Sharon Bennett (a.k.a. Daffycat)’s Stocking Reindeer:

You can’t see from the photo, but I did the cuff of the stocking in Wisper thread. And yes, folks, it’s Wisper, not Whisper. Just saying.

As for the finishing, I haven’t abandoned all hope… yet. I picked out backing fabrics for everything and picked up some ribbon at Walmart for ruching. Am I hopeful that I’ll get everything done before tomorrow night? Not in the least. Is it worth trying to at least get some of them done? Absolutely.

Oh wait, here’s a finish. The first time I’ve tried to do one like this and I’m not loving it, but hopefully someone else will.


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