Tag Archive | 2012 WIPocalypse

WIPocalypse 31 Dec 2012

Well, the world didn’t end after all.  I hope you all had a good Christmas and will have a good New Year.

Warning, this is going to be VERY picture heavy!

This is what I said I wanted to get done in the WIPocalypse for 2012 – updated statuses are in bold:

Finish:

Classic Embroidery – Tallulah – framed 5-Feb-2012 ??????????????????????????????? I apologise for the poor quality of the picture – it’s very difficult to photograph a black picture!

Sunset – A Gracious Era – framed 19-Feb-2012 DSC00048

Feltworks – Woodland Santa Stocking – finished 23-Dec-2011 DSC00006

DMC – Blackwork World Map – not finished, but had some work

Before: DSC00027

Dimension’s Gold Collection Petites – Tiger Reflection – not finished, but had some work DSC00013  After: DSC00035

Heritage Stitchcraft – Golden Pavilion – no work

Lanarte – Virgo – no work

Scarlet Quince – Circe Invidiosa – no work

Maia – Wild Westies III – no work

Cross Stitch Collection – Fairytale Castle – almost finished a quarter of the design

Before:IMG_0130 After: ???????????????????????????????

Miniature Textiles Company – Floral Needlework Carpet – no work

Fine Arts Heritage Society – The Kiss – no work

Lavender & Lace – Emma’s Garden – no work

Cross Stitch Collectibles – The Last Judgement – no work, now contemplating unpicking and re-using the fabric

Finish finish (the stitching was finished, but they needed finishing into a proper item):

The Mark Twain Silhouette – no work

Nicola Mascall – Fire Screen – no work

Roses card – no work

Margaret Sherry cat – no work

Running Horse – no work

Deer in the woods – framed 27-Aug-2012 DSC09842

Bay window – no work

Country scene – no work

3 Jeremy Fisher scenes – no work

Fletcher 901 class train – framed 27-Aug-12 DSC09841

Blue and Scarlet Macaws – framed 27-Aug-12 DSC09840

Christmas Angel – framed 19-Feb-2012 DSC00045

Posy Collection – Yellowstone Bison – framed 19-Feb-2012 DSC00044

Valerie Pfeiffer – Lady in Red – framed 19-Feb-2012 DSC00046

Valerie Pfeiffer – The Blues – framed 19-Feb-2012 DSC00047

Then of course there were the starts:

Lavender & Lace – Christmas Tree 2008 – finished 29-Jan-12 DSC00023

My Big Toe – Dog Hair – finished 12-Jul-12 DSC09827

My Big Toe – Give Me the Cookie – finished 14-Jul-12 DSC09826

SK Forest Walk – finished 10-Jul-12, framed 25-Aug-12 DSC09844

Yellowstone patchwork bag – finished 10-Apr-12 DSC00058

Bucilla – Cardinals felt stocking – finished 24-Nov-12 ??????????????????????????????? DSC01173

RICO – Squirrel Christmas hanging – finished 24-Nov-12 ??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? I brought the kit back from Austria this year – this could be the first time I’ve ever completed a holiday piece in the same year as the aactual holiday!

Tower of London – finished 24-Nov-12 

Batman – 3 pages finished, 6 to go DSC09768

HAED – Euphoria – four pages completed, 56 to go! DSC01176

Ro Pace – Solar Flare – should be finished tonight DSC01170 DSC01180 Yay, finished 1-Jan-2013

So, I started the year with 14 WIPs (Works In Progress) and 18 FUPPys (Finished Unfinished Project Pieces).  I finished 15 pieces completely, including 7 bonus start-and-finish pieces, and I now have 14 WIPs and 14 FUPPys.  I’m pleased with that – although it’s the same number of WIPs, there are some different ones from last year. (Don’t try and figure out the numbers – I couldn’t!)

For 2013, my WIPocalypse – the Revenge! (see link to Measi’s blog on the sidebar) goals are to:

Finish: Solar Flare; Blackwork World Map; Tiger Reflection; Batman

Start (and possibly finish): Tony Minieri – Stars For a New Millenium

Work on: Fairy Tale Castle; Circe Invidiosa; The Kiss; Euphoria

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.

Oh, and as a bonus now that Christmas is done, I can post a picture of the Christmas present I made for my Mum:

DSC01165 Yes, it is Cousin Itt.  I think he came out really well.

Happy Stitching!  I’m off to finish Solar Flare. Edited on 1-Jan-2013, because I have indeed finished Solar Flare.

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WIPocalypse 27 Aug 2012

Well, this time I’m a little early, since I won’t be around for the actual WIPocalypse date.

Page 3 of Euphoria is complete.  Now I can get onto page 4, which has a birdie on it.  At last, something interesting!  It’s working up nice and quick, though.

And I got some framing done this weekend:

     

With the exception of Forest Walk (the dragon), all of these have been languishing in boxes and drawers for anything up to 20 years, so it’s nice to finally have them mounted and framed.

For TUSAL, the picture is pretty identical to last time, all pale greys and blues, so I haven’t bothered taking another picture.

Until next time, happy stitching!

WIPocalypse on time – well, mostly. 6 July 2012

Yay!  Almost on time for WIPocalypse this time!  Late for TUSAL again, though, boo.

Mostly browns again.  The strips of linen are from the joining I’ve been doing on Forest Walk.  It hasn’t been going well – it’s taken 3 attempts and the intervention of my DH, but it’s finally on and seems to be ok.  I made a stupid mistake, cutting the fabric waaay too short.  I’ve never done that before, for anything.  DH says he’s going to measure every piece of fabric I start on in future.

Now that the joining issue’s resolved, he’s coming along well.  He’ll be finished this month,

Well, there’s nothing else to report at the moment.  The weather is helping with stitching – it’s just too wet to do anything else.

Happy stitching!

17 June 2012, VERY late TUSAL & WIPocalypse

Oh, look, late again!  Evidently I can’t keep a date for anything.

Here’s my ORT bag:

 Mostly browns and greens, because I’ve been working almost exclusively on Forest Walk:

 I’m really pleased with how this is coming along, although I was in such a hurry to start that apparently I didn’t measure my fabric properly, and will now have to add on another 6 inches or so at the bottom.  I’ll let you know how that goes when I’ve done it.  Boo.

I haven’t stitched on any other WIPocalypse pieces at all this month, but I have done some significant stash enhancement.  ‘Cos, you know, I really didn’t have enough stuff.

I stocked up on DMC colours while we were in the US:

And The Silk Mill just had an awesome 10 year anniversary sale, where I got these lovelies:

I also had a busy crafty day yesterday, and finally finished my 144th scale dolls house (the pen is for scale, so you can get an idea of just how small it is):

I also completed a patchwork square, Quartered Star, that I also got while we were in Jo-Ann’s in the US.  I have another square to make up, and a couple of fat quarters of matching fabric, and some bias tape.  I haven’t decided yet what to make with them – they’re actually from a quilt of the month thing – maybe a bag or a cushion.  Actually, probably a bag…who knows?  We’ll see what takes my fancy.  It was as much to see how I did with machine piecing as much as anything else.

Well, that’s all for now, I think.  Happy stitching!

13 May 2012 TUSAL, WIPocalypse and holiday

Late again with both TUSAL and WIPocalypse, but this time I have a really good excuse – we were on holiday in the US (more on that in a little bit).

So, TUSAL:

 Mostly greens this time, because while we were away I worked on this:

 This is (or will be!) a Heaven and Earth Designs (HAED)chart, Storykeep Forest Walk.  I must say, I’m very impressed with this.  HAED don’t use blended threads, and I wasn’t sure that the shading wouldn’t be rather blocky, but I think the graduation of colour is excellent.

Because we were away, not much else has happened in sewing terms since my last post.

 This is how the Dark Knight looked at the last post.

 This is it now.  As you can see, the Joker is started on the left hand side.  I’m keeping on with Forest Walk for a little while longer.

The next section is going to be about our holiday, and it’s going to be in German, for the benefit of my German class.  Translations will be after the pictures.

Wir haben zweieinhalb wochen in Amerika verbracht.  Wir sind zuerst nach New York gefahren.

We spent two and a half weeks in America.  We first went to New York.

Wir sind zu Freiheit und Ellis Inseln, und Wall Street gegangen (wo wir haben die Besitzer, aber ich bestätigen habe wollen ihren Protest durch Nehmen keines Bilds von ihnen gesehen),

 

We went to Liberty and Ellis Islands, and Wall Street (where we saw the occupiers, but I didn’t want to validate their protest by taking a picture of them).

Wir sind das Reichstaatgebäude gestiegen, und haben das Chrysler Gebäude gesehen.

   

We went up the Empire State Building, and saw the Chrysler Building.

Wir sind zu Zeiten Quadrat gegangen, obwohl wir irgendeine Schauen auf Broadway nicht gegangen sehen sind. Sie waren zu teuer!

We went to Times Square, although we didn’t go to see any shows on Broadway.  They were too expensive!

Zentraler Park war besonders schön, weil die Kirschbäume in Blüte waren. Es ist erstaunlich groß, und ich bin meine Füße ab gelaufen.

     

Central Park was especially beautiful, because the cherry trees were in bloom.  It is amazingly large, and I walked my feet off.

Wir sind zum Kreuzgängenmuseum gegangen, die berühmten Einhornwandteppiche zu sehen, und das Hauptstädtische Museum der Kunst.

  

We went to the Cloisters Museum to see the famous unicorn tapestries, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Wir haben in der New York Bibliothek gesessen, haben Mittagessen in der Rockefeller Mitte gegessen, und haben eine Fahrt in der einzigen Drahtseilbahn von New York gehabt.

   

We sat in the New York Library, ate lunch in the Rockefeller Center, and had a ride in New York’s only cable car.

Wir haben Yankee Stadion bereist, haben das Bügeleisengebäude gesehen, und sind über die Brooklyn Brücke gelaufen.

   

We toured Yankee Stadium, saw the Flat Iron Building and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Nächste woche, Philadelphia und Washington!

Next week, Philadelphia and Washington!

TUSAL & WIPocalypse 10 Apr 2012 – late again!

Well, here we are, late again for TUSAL (VERY late).

 Mostly blues again.

And late with WIPocalypse also!  I’ve been very bad.  Although it’s because I’ve been busy stitching and sewing, so that’s a good thing.

First of all, the Dark Knight (sorry about the blurriness):

It’s going well!  Harvey has the lower part of his face.  I’ve moved over to the left side now, to start on the Joker.  The chart’s in 9 parts, and I’m doing the middle row of 3 first.

I would certainly have got more done, but I’ve been working on this:

I got these cotton printed patches while we were in Yellowstone last year, and decided to make a new holiday bag with them, since my old one has started to wear out.  I’m pleased with it.  It’s quilted throughout, with a double layer of batting, and the back has a log cabin patchwork.  There’s 2 large compartments in zingy colours with zip closures, and the blue one has two pockets inside, one with a magnetic snap, for my phone.  The leafy fabric on the end is actually an elasticated pocket for my water bottle.  All the fabrics and notions came from Jo-Ann’s  on the same trip to the US.  I got a new sewing machine for Christmas, and played with it on the bag.

While we were at Miniatura in March, I got a lot done on a long-standing WIP, Fairytale Castle.  It’s actually Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.  This is it when I pulled it out of the bag:

 I apologise for the poor picture, I had to take it with my phone when I realised I didn’t have a picture of it.

When I came home, I decided to carry on for a bit:

It’s actually a mixture of cross stitch and tent stitch.  The tent stitch is supposed to only be one strand, but I didn’t like the coverage, so I’m using two.  No doubt I’ll suffer towards the end when I start to run out of thread.  (It’s a kit.)  I decided to stop there, as all that’s left on this quarter now is sky, and that’s ideal for doing while waiting for planes, trains and so on.

There’s been no progress on Tiger Reflection or World Map this month.

Two of my Amaryllis decided to flower.  They’re all about 10 years old, and most people throw them out after just one flowering, so I’m always pleased when they decide to flower again, especially given the level of care they get (ie, not a lot).  The red one produced 4 flowers, and the pink one 3, so very pleased with that.  Big trumpety things, about 6 inches across.

  

Happy stitching!