Monday, 30 January 2017

January WIPocalypse

It's a beautiful, sunny day today..... the first time we've seen the sun in a couple of weeks! Although the sun is very welcome, the overcast, rainy and snowy days have lent themselves to some great stitching time. 
I continue to plug away at This is the Day but basically I'm just filling in the background stitching so no new progress pic.

I have done very little on the Plum Street Sampler piece I started just before Christmas. It's called Pomegranate Santa and I think I just don't feel like stitching a Christmas piece right now. I will get back to it eventually but for now here is my meagre progress.

My latest start is one which is almost a companion piece to my earlier stitch, WTN&T Heaven and Nature Sing. This is also by With Thy Needle & Thread and is called Paper Snowflakes. There is a similar deer in the piece but instead of the angel there is a lovely snow woman in this one. How do I know it's a snow woman? Well if you follow the link to the completed pic of this you will see that she is wearing a dress! Here is my progress so far:

I'm really enjoying this one and although I haven't quite got to my snow woman yet I don't think it will be very long before I put my first stitches into her. This piece is moving along quite quickly.

There's not much else happening around here right now. I've been hunkered down indoors most of the time. The weather has been so miserable that my Tuesday stitching group has had to cancel for the past 3 weeks. Even the birds have remained hidden with the exception of this lone mourning dove. I suspect that the fact there is a hawk in the area has driven them all into hiding.

So for now I content myself with my stitching, catching up with some taped TV shows and finding new recipes to try out. Oh yes, and always looking for another start!

Friday, 27 January 2017

Jan 2017 - First Smalls post of the new year!

It's a new year with a clean slate and an entire year of small finishes awaiting me! Thank you once more to Heather for continuing to lead us in this wonderful group! I find it is a great way to motivate myself to complete my small projects.

 I chose this month's design to welcome in the new year. I wanted a few small stitched pieces to display once the Christmas finishes were put to rest until next year. The design I chose is by The Stitcherhood. From my picture I think you can guess the title of the design!

The original for this design was stitched using black floss but I decided to add a little colour and stitched this in a lovely shade of blue by Caron Waterlilies called Charcoal. I love stitching with silks! The fabric is called Denim Days from Dixie Sampler Hand Dyed Fabrics and the floss complements it nicely!

That's all I've had time for this month. I'm also stitching on two larger designs which you will be able to see in some of my other posts throughout the year. Now I'm looking forward to seeing what all of you have been up to!

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

WIPocalypse 2017

I'm a little late to the party but here's my first post for WIPocalypse 2017. Before starting my list for this year's stitches I had a look at last year's progress. I managed to complete all 4 of my WIP that I wanted done and out of my list of 15 hopefuls I completed a third of them. In addition I stitched another 16 projects. I'd say that was a pretty good amount of stitching done! 
Anyone who has seen my lists and completions over the past WIPocalypse years knows that I tend to veer off course of my list and stitch whatever strikes my mood or fancy and that's okay. My list of hopefuls is only a guidance as far as I'm concerned. I usually don't have that many projects left to complete from the previous year so the new year is wide open for choice.

So far I've already managed to complete one of the WIP on my 2017 list that I wanted to complete. Here is Stacy Nash Blackwater Hollow.

This design is an interpretation of Stacy Nash's visit to Lori Brechlin's farm, Notforgotten Farm. I made my first visit to this farm in 2015 for Lori's fall open house so I stitched this year into the design. In addition I my initials along with the initials of some dear stitching friends who accompanied me on that first visit...... Nan Lewis, Theresa Meloon and Pat Simon. They are very dear friends and this piece brings a smile along with the memories of the fun we shared there that day. I chose to leave off the Blackwater Hollow stitched at the bottom of the piece.

My list of hopefuls for this year is rather ambitious and more than likely it will be tweaked her and there but I look forward to a year of most enjoyable stitching either way! You can see my list by following the link just below my header.  Looking forward to seeing all your plans and finishes.