***Now updated with pictures!***
Hmm, I see that the topic for this month’s WIPocalypse entry is to: ‘Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!’
I also see that stupid Multiply no longer has my old posts, so I’ll have to introduce myself again. So, here goes:
My name is Emma. I live with my partner, OH (other half, or he who does not wish to be named), and my Jack Russell terrier, Max. Max is 10, going on 50, and I have been with the OH for 10 years now.
I am 38 years old, and have been stitching and doing various other crafts since I was very little. My mother runs her own business making historically accurate costume dolls for display and dolls houses. She taught me to sew when I was very small. I remember her taking an out-of-hours sewing class when I was at primary school, and teaching me to cross-stitch on binca. Both of my grandmothers were also keen sewers, although arthritis has forced one to give up embroidery. The other is still a keen knitter. My father made and painted models all the time I lived at home, and switched to model boat building about 7 years ago.
Cross-stitch is my primary obsession, although I can do almost every other form of counted embroidery and sewing. I’m less good at crewel embroidery, mostly because I don’t especially enjoy it. I also recently re-discovered knitting, and enjoy making miniature teddy bears. I also have a large collection of dolls houses in various states of completion: a large Edwardian American house, an 1870s saloon/cathouse, a cake shop, a teddy bear shop, a Christmas shop, and a 1920s dress shop, all in 1/12th scale (one inch scale if you’re American, I think). I have dabbled in 144th scale, but generally find that a little too fiddly. I also enjoy miniature embroidery, although I have started to suffer from eye problems which mean that I can’t do quite such small scale as I used to.
I really, really like enormous projects. Or perhaps, I should more realistically say, I like starting enormous projects. I’m not so good at finishing them. And once the stitching is complete, I tend to lose all further interest and leave them languishing, unfinished. I have way, way more projects, charts and kits than I can ever possibly finish in my lifetime.
So, for 2014, my WIPocalypse (see link to Measi’s blog on the sidebar) targets are to:
Finish: Hill Hay Farm; Blackwork World Map; The Dark Knight; Canyon Santa (finished 4-Jan-2014)
Work on: Fairy Tale Castle; Circe Invidiosa; The Kiss; Euphoria; Kabuki Dancer
Finish finish: Christmas Tree 2008; The Mark Twain Silhouette; Fire Screen; Roses card; Margaret Sherry cat; Running Horse; Bay Window; Country Scene; 3 Jeremy Fisher Scenes; Tower of London; Orange butterfly; Solar Flare; Tiger Reflection; Stars For a New Millenium.
I also want to get more done on my doll houses; the Saloon needs wallpaper finishing (done 29-Dec-13), windows adding and etching (done 2-Jan-14), furniture adding and populating. The 1920s dress shop needs priming, wallpapering, windows adding and etching, furniture adding and populating. The teddy bear shop needs some more shelving, teddy bears making up, and the little girl shopper making up. The Sticky Bun cake shop needs a platform adding behind the counter. The Christmas shop needs the roof finishing, tablecloths making, snow adding, a sign written, filling with Christmas goodies, and populating. There is also at least one, maybe two, over shop room boxes which need building, decorating, furnishing and populating.
Hill Hay Farm, about half way through:
The Saloon, exterior decorated:
The exterior stairs, and their little diorama (I’m really pleased with this bit):
And the two attic rooms, decorated (the pictures are a bit blurry, sorry):