Saturday, 29 August 2015

August WIPocalypse

Summer's end is near. I can feel it. The evenings are getting dark sooner and the days have been a little bit cooler. Already I'm spotting trees that are changing colour. As the season gets ready to change I feel the urge to get into some autumn stitching. I'm browsing my stash to see what I can come up with.

In the meantime I have some progress on This IsThe Day although it is meagre. I'm working on background fill and outside borders.

 Here's a closeup of the background. I had thoughts of not stitching this portion but in the end I pulled out needle and thread and got started on it. It's very time consuming and boring!

The other piece I worked on this month was Heartstring Samplery Stitchers Resolution. If you remember I had started this one at the tail end of July when I realized that I had the fabric going in the wrong direction as I was stitching. I was too annoyed at myself to start frogging and I was anxious to get started on it again so I pulled another piece of the same linen out and restarted. The frogging on the other can wait until a rainy day. I was just lucky that I had more of the same linen in my stash!

I'm about a third of the way through this one now. I'm working on the top half and then I have a border all around the piece to complete. The colours are predominately neutrals but they look good on this fabric and I'm happy with the results so far.

I did a bit of antique shopping on my recent vacation. I'm looking for other ways of displaying my needlework besides framing it.

I purchased some rather interesting pieces including an old bread board with the inscription "Staff of Life" along the top. I have a Blackbird Design piece in mind for this one. The child's slate has slate on both sides so I can display the needlework on one side and still have the slate showing on the other. The large file drawer in the first pic has a felt bottom and I plan on displaying some of my work inside the drawer or using it as I would a dough bowl, displaying some of my small finishes. I'm hoping I can use the frame I purchased for one of my smaller finishes.
I'm really starting to enjoy these antique hunts!

Now I'm off to check out  those autumn themed charts again. See you next month!


  1. I just love your antique finds! And, This is the Day looks so pretty. I did that one a couple of years ago and I didn't stitch the background around the letters. I just couldn't bring myself to do it! I was ready to move on to something else by then!

  2. Lovely progress on both your wips, and superb antique finds :)

  3. You have some nice finds that you can use for your finishings. I particularly love the tray.
    Nice progress on your stitching.

  4. Both samplers are looking good.
    Background is always boring, but worth the time in the end.
    You found some great treasures!
    Can't wait to see what you do with them.
    Have fun Autumn stitching. :)

  5. Great finds, really looking forward to seeing what you display on them.

  6. Lovely stitching progress on both. Looking forward to see how you display your stitching on your new finds. :-)

  7. Wonderful progress - and those antique finds!!! WOW! Can hardly wait to see how you display them - and what lovely pieces of your stitching will grace them all -

  8. Keep faith with your background, result will be nice. Love all your lucky finds very interesting WIP post.

  9. You've been busy doing fun things, so I assume you are all recovered? Love your projects especially the saying on the last one. That is so me. Start another project? No problem!

  10. This Is The Day is beautiful, love the vintage looking colors.
    Love your finds, they are wonderful.


  11. Your two samplers are lovely. I do like your vintage finds too. You'll have some unique framed pieces using them.