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WIPocalypse 2014 targets

***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.

So, pictures:

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):

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WIPocalypse – the Revenge! 30-Dec-2013

Well, this year hasn’t gone very well in terms of updating the blog.  I kind of lost interest in it, to be honest.

So, I started the year with 14 WIPs (Works In Progress) and 14 FUPPys (Finished Unfinished Project Pieces).  I finished 8  pieces completely, including  5 bonus start-and-finish pieces, and I now have 7 WIPs and 16 FUPPys.  I can’t say that I’m pleased with that, I had hoped to get much more done.  I did have some eye issues through the year, which slowed me down a lot, and lately I’ve been working on a paid piece for a second cousin, so everything has taken a back seat to that.  I’ll add a couple of pictures later, when I can, but most things have pictures in previous entries.

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

Finish: Solar Flare finished 1-Jan-2013, not yet framed; Blackwork World Map not finished; Tiger Reflection finished 15-Mar-2013, not yet framed; The Dark Knight not finished

Start (and possibly finish): Tony Minieri – Stars For a New Millenium started 1-Jan-2013 finished 27-Feb-2013, not yet framed

Work on: Fairy Tale Castle nope; Circe Invidiosa nope; The Kiss nope; Euphoria ooh, actually, it looks like I worked on this a bit!

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 didn’t finish any of these!

Unplanned: Roses bookmark started 17-Feb-2013 finish-finished 2-Mar-2013; Pineapple welcome finish-finished Dec-2013; knitted hat finished Dec-2013; knitted hat for Mum finished 24-Dec-2013; Cardinal Felt Stocking finished Mar-2013

I’ll be setting myself some more targets for 2014, but not measuring myself particularly hard against them.

TUSAL 29 Jan 2012

So, a little later than I should be with this, but here’s my TUSAL (Totally Useless Stitch A Long) post:

For those who don’t know what the TUSAL is all about, here’s a link: http://itsdaffycat.blogspot.com/2011/11/totally-useless-stitch-long.html.  TUSAL is where you post a picture of your ORTs (old raggy threads) to date.

As you can see, unlike almost everyone else, I don’t use a jar, I use a froggy bit bag.  He was a Polstitches kit: http://www.polstitchesdesigns.co.uk/polspetitedesigns.htm.

I emptied him out at the start of January, so he’s not very full yet.  There’s a lot of blue, red and sparkly thread from my Christmas Tree, of which more in a moment.  What you can’t see is the oodles of invisible thread ends left over from attaching beads to the same Christmas Tree!

Happy dance, because the Christmas Tree is finished! Yay!

This is a design by Nora Corbett of Mirabilia, stitched with all the recommended Crescent Colors Silks and Mill Hill beads and treasures on 32 count Permin linen.

Here’s a close-up of the beading; I’ve stitched the small beads on diagonally with a half cross stitch, because I find it’s the only way to get the long strings of them (that Nora seems to like) to lie properly, but the big beads are attached with a whole cross stitch so that they lie horizontally.

So, in the interests of reducing my works in progress, I’ve picked up this, DMC’s Blackwork map:

This is how it is now.  I’ve not worked on this one for a long time, I seem to remember getting bored with doing the long line of little ships.

I may start another new one from the extensive stash when I’ve done this one, we’ll see.

Tiger Reflection is going well.  I’m doing this one exclusively at work, during my lunchtime.  I only get half an hour for lunch, so it’s usually only two or three threads, but it seems to be coming along.

At least now you can see the tiger!  I discovered a hideous counting error, but it’s far enough back that I’m not going to frog it, and I think I’ve managed to cover it up.

My cold didn’t last very long, which was good, although I was enjoying the lemon and honey tea.   Thanks to everyone who wished me well.

8 Jan 2012, WIPocalypse

Well, more good news.  I finished Sunset – A Gracious Era on Thursday night:

I’m taking Dimensions Gold Petites – Tiger Reflection to work to work on during lunchtimes, this is how it was when I picked it up:

And, since I’ve had such a roll with finishing WIPs (7 since just before Christmas), I treated myself to a new start on Thursday night.  Nora Corbett’s Christmas Tree 2008 (part of the epic stash).  This is how it stands as of tonight:

It’s going really quickly, partly because while I was fighting a really nasty eye problem recently, I discovered the value of enlarging charts and using a highlighter pen to mark off what’s done.  Twenty years of cross stitch, and I only discover this now!  I haven’t made a mistake since I discovered this (obviously I will now…)

In other news, I have a stinky sore throat, courtesy of the other half, so now I’m off to see what honey throat treatments I can find (we have sooo much honey in the house, I might as well use some.)