Sunday, October 29, 2017

my October WIPocalypse Update

Her Majesty's Carousel
It's time for another WIPocalypse update.  WIPocalypse projects are all of the projects that I have in progress, that I would like to finish before the world ends. 

I am attempting to stitch (at least a little bit) on ALL of my WIPs this year.   

I finally pulled out "Her Majesty's Carousel" after not touching it for about 2-1/2 years. (shame!)  It appeared to be nearly finished ... however, I now see that there are many parts left to complete.  Aside from finishing the cross stitching and back stitching, there is the gold border to finish, a lot of beading throughout, and some twisted cording to make for the horses reins.  So, I do have a ways to go AND it starts with a single stitch - so I filled in here and there with some of the cross stitching, and I completed the back stitching on the horse's pole.  

I then moved on to Teresa Wentzler's "Summer Carousel Horse".  Oh Boy.  My stitching on this one moves as slow as mud.  I worked for hours on the tail ... here is what I have to show for it:
 Here is where I was last time:
Oh well.  Any progress is good.

I also stitched a bit on "Ride to Dreamland":
It may be hard to tell, but I did make some progress on the flowers from the top center towards the right.  Here is my before shot:

The most enjoyable stitching I did this month was on Sandy Orton's "American Sampler".
I added an entire bird!  lol.  I also worked a bit on the background filler "Alternating Half Cross Stitch", which basically changes the look and color of the linen behind the other stitching.  This project is barely begun ... but I love working on it!    

I did work on a few other projects this month - with one finish, which will be revealed during the upcoming "Halloween Blog Hop".   Stay tuned.

Topic of the month: How did you begin stitching?

I have my Grandma to thank for that.  She was very crafty with sewing, crochet, embroidery, etc...  I remember going with her to a sale (most likely a church sale), where I found some printed floral pillowcases & just had to have them to stitch on.  Never mind that I was very young and had never done any type of stitching before.   Of course, my Grandma bought them for me.  I do have the finished pillowcases tucked away somewhere - I ended up removing my clumsy first stitching and restitching them years later.  

In the 80's I moved on to cross stitching - as it was quite popular and easy to find.  I stitched through the 80's and 90's (hence all the Carousel projects - very popular back then).

That's all for my WIPocalypse update this month.
Happy stitching!



  1. American Sampler is beautiful, very colourful.

  2. One of the first books I saw was the Carousel Horses by Donna Kooler! I have also loved Teresa Wentzler since those days too. Her designs do take a LOT of stitching but are absolutely worth it.

  3. Wow you got alot done this month. Lovely projects

  4. Wow, you work on the Carousel Horses looks fantastic! =) Great stitching =)

  5. Amazing stitching on these difficult designs with so many colour changes.

  6. Beautiful progress! And I feel you with the TW - whenever I stitch on one I feel like I have very little to show for my time, but the end result is so amazing!

    Your goal to stitch on all of your WIPs is awesome. I'm trying to get to most of mine. I have this fantasy that one day I won't have 10 year old wips - haha :)


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