Sunday, 16 January 2011

WIP Update

I have noticed quite a few people listing all their WIPs on their blog. I have created a special page on my blog for my 2011 WIPs. I think that I have all of them on there, but there may be a few lurking about that have escaped my search.

These are all the pieces I have been working on on the last few weeks. The first two are the ornaments I had kitted up to be stitched as the girls 2010 ornaments. I hope to have these finished in the next month or so, then I can begin stitching the ones for this year, although this year I will have three to stitch up.

Heart In Hand - Little Angel In The Clouds
Country Cottage Needleworks - Visions Of Sugar Plums
I decided this year I have to absolutely finish my Bent Creek Red Thread piece. I have eight of the blocks completed and only four and the border to go. I suppose this block is my first finish for 2011. When I purchased my fabric for this, there was a slight miscalculation in the fabric I required. I have a massive fabric border on the top and bottom. As I have stitched in the middle of the piece and the extra fabric is too narrow to stitch anything on, I have decided to use it to make the piece into one very long pillow and the extra fabric can be the backing of the pillow.

Bent Creek - Ocean Voyage
Bent Creek - Red Thread Series
I have picked up Hannah Lancaster again after neglecting her for many months. I spent quite a few nights on her and added the top border, the lion, pine tree and flower basket. I really love stitching on her.

The Porcupine Collection - Hannah Lancaster
Next is a small pincushion kit from The Scarlet Letter and stitched over one using silks. There many not look like a lot of progress, but this many, many nights work.

The Scarlet Letter - c.1800 Gift Pincushion
I pulled out my second piece of hardanger that I have been working on. It's a kit I purchased from The Gift Of Stitching Magazine and follows a series of classes in the magazine. At the moment I am working on the bars and dove's eyes around the outside.

Meg Shinall - Beginner's Hardanger Course - HC202
I just couldn't resist starting the third of the Blackbird Designs mystery sampler series. I found that once I had started I just couldn't put it down. So here is my progress so far.

Blackbird Designs - Mystery Sampler #3
Here is a piece I have been stitching on for some time, but for whatever reason, I have never shown it on my blog. It's an Icelandic biscornu design and I have completed the first side of it. It's all stitched over one on white and then the other side is stitched in a ecru variegated thread on red fabric.

Linda Björk Eiríksdóttir - Icelandic Biscornu
This is a biscornu I started a long time ago, I think not long after Amelie was born. I had completed the first side, but for whatever reason I put aside and forgot about it. It's a design by Casey Buonaugurio and it's very cute.

Casey Buonaugurio - Frog Biscornu
Finally I picked up Margaret Pence by The Goode Huswife again. I had completed the fig tree until I discovered I had miscounted with one leaf and a bird, so I frogged it out, but had not had time to stitch it again.

The Goode Huswife - Margaret Pence

Monday, 3 January 2011

A Catch Up On Last Year

I have been pretty slack with updates of what we have been up to in the last few months. This is a bit of a long post with lots of photos, so please bear with me.

First of all I would like to show you some photos of Amelie's 2nd birthday party way back in October. I feel kind of bad not having posted this earlier, considering I posted Aurelia's a few days after her birthday.

My DH decorated the cake again this year and we chose The Hungry Caterpillar as the theme. I think he did an awesome job with the decorating.

Later in the year my DH was presented with his Long Service Medal for 16 years of voluntary service with the NSW Rural Fire Service. There was a nice formal presentation held at our fire brigade. Later that evening along with the children and my parents, we celebrated at a wonderful Swiss restaurant. My DH had the cheese fondue and absolutely loved it.

Finally, here are some photos of the girls at Christmas. As you can see from the last photo Aurelia received a whole lot of Lego. It was the toy of choice by all concerned.

A new year has begun, so it's a time to reflect on what I achieved with my stitching over the previous year.
  • 12 Blessings of Christmas by Lizzie Kate - still not finished but one square closer
  • Red Thread by Bent Creek - only just over halfway there, so very little change from last year
  • Angel of Winter by Lavender Angels - not a stitch was put in her for another year
  • Two exchanges for Hooked On Exchanging
  • Two exchanges for Friends Through Thread
  • Put a little more stitching into finishing the Little House Needleworks RR
  • Completed the Emblem Of Love RR
  • 21 finishes
  • 12 finishes for myself
  • 9 finishes for others
  • 15 WIP's
Sadly I didn't stitch anywhere near what I had hoped, but I did stitch more for myself that I did for others which is a good thing. I also stitched some larger pieces than usual, but now I have more WIP's than I did this time last year. I did finish stitching my PIF's, so those waiting on them, I am so very sorry and will get my act together and post them out this month.

Here is a detailed list of my finishes:

The Sampling - Bent Creek

Flax Fields - Carriage House Samplings
My Needle and My Floss - Waxing Moon Designs
The Red Thread Snappers - Bent Creek - Picnic
An Emblem Of Love - With My Needle - Edgar's RR
Alphabet Tree - Blue Ribbon Designs (FTT Pinkeep exchange)
An Emblem Of Love - Wendy Jo's RR - With My Needle
Savoir Faire - Blackbird Designs (Gift)
Rites Of Spring - Blackbird Designs
An Emblem Of Love - With My Needle - Maragret's RR
Sweet Baby - Shepherd's Bush Printworks
Running Stag - Carriage House Samplings
An Emblem Of Love - With My Needle - Carol's RR
Where My Heart Blooms Mystery Bonus #1 - Blackbird Designs
Five Birds - Barrick Samplers (HoE ABC exchange)
Noel - Prairie Moon
Wee Rooster - Heart In Hand (HoE For The Birds exchange)
Beginner's Hardanger Course - Meg Shinall
Rites Of Spring Mystery Bonus #2 - Blackbird Designs
Necessities Sampler - Little House Needleworks (FTT LHN exchange)
12 Blessings Of Christmas - Lizzie*Kate - Hope

I have begun stitching again, so my next post will have lots of stitchy pictures.