Thursday, March 29, 2018

March Wipocalypse Update

Did you notice that I skipped February?  Yeah, it just didn't happen.  "Blog Post" has been written on my to-do list for several weeks. I'm glad that I'm finally sitting down and taking a minute.

I have been on a finishing FRENZY, guys.  I mean, I can't focus on anything BUT finishes, it seems. New starts have been few and far between because FINISHFINISHFINISHFINISH!  I'm up to 10 stitched finishes this year (2 FFO's) and I'm so excited to share them here!

These aren't going to go in order, other than maybe "finishes" first. I'm just shootin' from the hip today, folks. Watch out!

2007 Prairie Schooler Santa
Started: 12/24/2017
Finished: 2/17/2018
Stitched on 18ct Fiddlers Aida. I converted the skin tone and used GAST wool in Portabello and Baby Spinach for all the wooly parts in the chart (scarf, mittens, yarn, stocking).

This stitched up so fast once I got started and I love every stitch! I think I want to make these into flat ornaments for the Christmas tree. I have two finished, a third started (also a Wipocalypse piece), so my hope is to get to FFO'ing soon!

Bee - Prairie Schooler
Started: 1/30/2018
FFO'd: 1/12/2018
Stitched on 32ct linen from XJuDesigns (ornament cut grab bag).  I used the called for gray/brown and used Weeks Dye Works Whiskey for the yellow.

This was a small gift exchange with LyndaJo  (PrettySouthern on YouTube). I stitched this small pillow and she gave me Francois the Fox, which I quilted into a mini wall hanging.  It's not done yet, but as soon as I finish sewing on the binding I'll be sure to share!

Stitched Mail Art
Started: Late January
Finished: Early March
Stitched on 28ct Monaco from a big box store using several hand-dyed threads from Weeks and The Gentle Art. Motif's taken from The Gift of Stitching and Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher.

I joined a stitched mail art group on Facebook and this was my first swap. I had a great time making this for my partner and it was well received. I'll definitely be joining more swaps in the future. I didn't follow a specific pattern or template when making the envelope. Being a quilter helped me with basic construction, but that didn't stop me from having to rip out seams a few times. Hey, I'm not perfect!

Kindred Spirits - The Primitive Needle (OOP)
Started: 3/17/17
Finished: 3/4/17
Stitched on 40ct Murky using HDF silks by Vikki Clayton in 5300 Black, Isle Green and Kodiak Bear.

I was just shocked with myself when I finished this.  Like, I just couldn't believe this project was finished. I DID IT!  I'm not sure why the relief was so intense... it's an enjoyable stitch and not at all difficult. Once I put my mind to it I finished it up within a week, I'd say. I need to find a spooky frame for it. Surely this will hang on my wall for all year.

12 Days - Plum Street Samplers
Started: October, 2015
Finished: 3/19/2018
Stitched on 25ct Jobelan using GAST Cherry Wine, Dried Thyme, Gold Leaf, Onyx, and WDW Gunmetal.

Another huge Wipocalypse finish!  The repetitive motifs did not bother me at all - it made the last bit of stitching go fast and it was enjoyable. I love the colors I chose and I can't wait to turn this into something fabulous for Christmas!

Sow Dry, Set Wet - Prairie Schooler 
Started: 3/19/2018
Finished: 3/20/2018
Stitched on 32ct fabric from XJuDesigns.

I finished this tiny Prairie Schooler in about 24 hours. I will be turning it into a small pillow as a gift. I used all of the charted DMC and it's dainty and perfect.

Forest Snowfall - Country Cottage Needleworks
Started: 12/27/2017
Finished: 3/25/2018
Stitched on 32ct gray/white petit point.

I started this for the #PCForestSnowfall SAL hosted by Priscilla & Chelsea on Flosstube. It wasn't a Wipocalypse piece, but it was one that I definitely wanted to get done.  I had gotten frustrated and put it down because my house was a stitch too wide.  In the grand scheme of things it didn't matter much and when I had finally gotten over being mad, I picked it up and finished it within a week. I did decide to leave off the snowflake and ivy border because the snowflakes compete with the dots on the fabric and really get lost in the background. I think this finish is awesome the way it is and I can't wait to find a cute, vintage-y looking frame to finish it in!

The Birdkeeper - The Goode Huswife
Started: 1/1/2017
Finished: n/a
Stitched on 36ct Vintage Country Mocha linen from Wichelt using a mix of DMC and GAST.

I worked on her cardi, and I stitched the tree and barn behind her. The flowers were so drab in the DMC conversion so I used Fallen Leaves and Sunflower (maybe) from The Gentle Art. I love her. She's calling me.  I may pick her up soon and focus on a finish. She deserves to be finished soon.

One Nation - Bygone Stitches
Started: May 2017, I think.
Finished: n/a
Stitched on 32ct Legacy linen by Picture this Plus, using the charted Classic Colorworks threads. I picked this out to work on during the Stitch Maynia Olympics challenge. I thought I could make a huge dent into the stripes with 20+ days of work. I made it about halfway through the challenge and had to put it away. This is a HUGE piece and the amount of stitching involved is extremely deceiving.  While this isn't a focus piece, I may pull it back out for the Independence day holiday.  In hindsight I wish I had chosen a darker fabric because, from far away, you can't really see the white stitching.  Regardless, it's a gorgeous piece and I enjoyed working on it.

And They Sinned - NEW START!
Started: 2/20/2018
Finished: n/a
Stitched on 35ct linen from Wichelt - coffee/tea dyed by me.

What can I say about this piece? I'm in love and it's going to take me 500 years to complete.  I love the colors (I'm using all of the called for GAST) and I love how it's stitching up.  You can find my progress on Instagram using the hashtag #TuesdaysWeSin.

Coffee Quaker - Heartstring Samplery
Started: April, 2017?
Finished: n/a
Stitched on 40ct Meadow Rue

I got really excited about this piece.  I completed the big brown motif, then the middle smaller one and by the time I got to the third I had burned out. I have a long, long way to go on this one. I do love stitching the quakers, though, so hopefully it will pull me back in soon. I only worked on this for a couple days before I put it back to bed.

I think that's it! This was a pretty massive update. I'm definitely going to aim to NOT skip a month again! HAHA! Thanks for reading!

*Note:  Links to patterns and details I may have forgotten here can be found in my Flosstube Show Notes posts.

1 comment:

  1. What a MONTH!! You weren't kidding when you said you went on a finishing bender! I love it.