Saturday, February 18, 2017

my February Gifted Gorgeousness update

Time for another Gifted Gorgeousness update.  Gifted Gorgeousness projects are projects that were made to be given as a gift -or- in some way or part received as a gift. 

This month I worked on "Dutch Sampler" (shown above) - (threads purchased with gift card from my Mom).  The photo below shows where I left off last time:

I also made progress on my "Too Much Honey" sampler (gifted to me as a kit from a non-stitchy friend). I finished the checked side border and added a couple rows of text.

 And last but not least, I stitched a bit more on my "Traditional American Sampler" (chart from a book that was part of a prize package I won in a design contest many years ago).

Not too much time for stitching this month, but my work usually slows down in the Spring, so hopefully I will have more time to stitch soon.

Happy Stitching!


Monday, January 30, 2017

Jan WIPocalypse Update

Here I am with my January WIPocalype update.  I am busy, busy, busy with work (again) ... so sadly that means I have much less time for stitching.  I did manage to add another cow to my little "Cow Sampler, so it is moo-ving along.

"Afternoon Nap"
I also picked up my sadly neglected "Afternoon Nap".  The photo above shows my goal.  The photo below shows my current progress:
I had a bit of frogging to do, but I toughed it out and actually made some progress.  The image below shows where I left off last year:
This project, while small, seems to be one of those slow moving projects.  Lots of color changes worked on 18 ct Aida fabric. 

"Too Much Honey" Sampler
Now onto a much quicker moving project.  My "Too Much Honey" Sampler.  I completed stitching the bottom corners and the row of colorful motifs, and began working on the block of text. I am confident that this will be a finish before too long.

"American Sampler" by Sandra Sullivan
This weekend I planned to pick up "American Sampler" by Sandra Sullivan and make some great progress!  ha-ha!  I ended up working all weekend with little time to stitch.  I did manage a bit of progress however.  Here is where I am currently:

Better luck next weekend.
Happy Stitching!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

my January Gifted Gorgeousness update

Time for my first Gifted Gorgeousness update of the year.  Gifted Gorgeousness projects are projects that were made to be given as a gift -or- in some way or part received as a gift. 

Shown above is my first finish of the year.  I stitched this cute little bear from a chart by Durene Jones, which I found in Cross Stitch Crazy magazine.  The magazine was a gift to me from my sweetie -and- I turned the stitched bear into a "get well card" for my Great Aunt.  

I took a little bit of time off over the holidays and was happy to have more stitching time!  So ... lots of updates this month: 

I had neglected my "Butterfly Forest" all year, so I put some stitches into itThis was a kit I received a few birthdays back.

I worked on both of my "Pooh" kits (gifted to me by a non-stitchy friend).  Say hello to Piglet (finally)I also completed all of the back stitching in the central image of my "Too Much Honey" sampler.
I gave Pooh some feet and finished his back stitching, as well as filling in the rest of the fence  color on "a Chirpy Sort of Place".

I pulled out my "Rose Lap Quilt"  (gifted to me by another non-stitchy friend), and finished stitching the central motif - where the 4 panels are stitched together.  This section was stitched with lazy daisy, french knot, and stem stitches.

I put some stitches into my beautiful "Hummingbird and Fuchsias" project.  This was a gifted kit from my Mom.  It is a printed cross stitch/embroidery project. 
I also decided to reboot my "Spanish Sampler" (floss and fabric were purchased with a gift card from my Mom)started over with a piece of "even" evenweave.  "Ta-Da!" Now it is square, as it should be.  

And finally, I added several rows to my "Monterey Sunset" latch hook rug. (Purchased with a gift card.)  This is a great cold weather project - it keeps my lap warm while I am hooking it.  This rug project measures 50" across and 30" high.  It has 98 rows - each of which takes me about an hour to complete.

I think that covers everything!  Whew!  It was so much fun to have time to work on my projects this month.  I hope to continue my progress throughout the year and have several more finishes.

Happy Stitching! 

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year WIPocalypse Kick Off

Dutch Sampler by Sandy Orton
Hi Everybody!  My name is Cheryl.  I live in Atlanta, Georgia USA and have been participating in the WIPocalypse stitch along since it began in 2012. (And still have many of the same WIPs as I did back then. lol.)

I am starting 2017 with 47 WIPs (all WIPs are shown here), which I hope to whittle down over the year.  Last year I began with 51 on my list, I finished 6 of those and added 2 new projects to the WIPs list - so I am making progress.  (I also finished 18 additional projects from start to finish, for a grand total of 24 finishes.)

Here are some of the WIPs that I hope to complete this year:

"Dutch Sampler" (progress shown above)

"To Everything a Season" Sampler:
my progress:

"Rambling Rose" miniature sampler:
my progress:

"Too Much Honey" sampler:
my progress:
I hope to finish the 4 projects shown above (at least), as well as make significant progress on my other WIPs.  I do have a couple of other new projects waiting in the wings, but will hold off for a bit and see how things develop.

I also have been participating in both the "Hallowe'en Ornie SAL" and the "Christmas Ornie SAL" for the past few years, which I hope to continue this year (for at least some of the months).

That sums up my stitching goals for 2017.  I look forward to seeing what all of you other stitchers are planning for the new year.

Happy Stitching!
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