Thursday, July 21, 2016

my July WIPocalypse Update

It's time for another WIPocalypse update!  I managed quite a bit of stitching last month - I showed several projects in my last post ... here are the remaining projects I stitched on this month.

I made some good progress on "Gathering Honey".  I finished the beehive, added the bees and planted a couple of rows in my garden.  I am completed the back stitching as I work on each section.

This is how it looked last month:

I also pulled out Teresa Wentzler's Castle Sampler:
I stitched on the left band and filled in here and there on the castle.  I made good progress on the clouds ... UNTIL ... I realized that the cloud area was supposed to be done in 1/2 cross stitch!!  GRRR!  It's hard to tell from the photo, but each cloud has between 4 and 6 different colors in it, and each was a blended color.  I'm not sure yet if I will frog it or leave it be.

This is where I left off last time ... very slow progress on this one.

I made some progress on my Halloween Pumpkin:

You can see my progress from the last photo:

Topic of the Month: the Olympics Stitch-along Challenge
I plan to join in on the Olympics Stitch-a-long.  I have so many big projects to work on ... so I think I will participate in the "Rotation Challenge".  There are 17 days of the Olympics, so I will attempt to work on a different project each day.

That's all I have for this update.  Happy Stitching!


  1. Great work on Gathering Honey. I am finding the backstitch instructions a nightmare! They are not clear at all. So I am making it up as I go. The instructions suggest different lines are used for the different colours but mine are all the same on the chart.
    Shame about the clouds, I would leave them in two strands, no-one will know, I won't tell!

  2. Gathering Honey looks great. Lots of people seem to be doing this one.

  3. Wow great progress! I would leave the clouds and just finish them all as full cross. With blended threads it'll make them more blended

  4. Lovely work on all you projects =) I love the bee hive on the gathering honey sampler, such a beautiful design =)

  5. Gathering Honey looks great - I do like this design.
    I stitched the Castle sampler many years ago, in fact it was one of my first finishes. I had a good look at mine and if you can bear it I think you should restitch the clouds as it does look really effective the way it was charted. It's a beautiful sampler and there is a lot of stitching in it but I'm sure you will enjoy it.

  6. Gathering Honey is so nice looking! I do live your little row of turnips.
    The Castle Sampler is the first cross stitch piece I ever tried, which was a bit much, so I backed down and I should re-start it. Your piece is looking nice :) No help on whether you should restitch it or not, that's up to you, but the consolation is that at least half stitches shouldn't take quite as long?


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