Thursday, October 29, 2015

WIPocalypse and Smalls Check-in

Today has not gone as planned. I normally telework on Thursdays but my work laptop (we have a ton of firewalls and protection so we can't remotely access our work files or network) decided to act up this morning. Tech support tells me that they can't do the updates remotely, so instead of being off tomorrow, I took today off and will be dragging the computer back into the office tomorrow to get it fixed. I would normally have just taken today off as a vacation day, but I have three things that have to be completed this week.  I am a bit out of sorts as I am having trouble switching my brain from work to off, but it is giving me a chance to catch up with my blogging and check-ins and hopefully some stitching.

Heaven and Earth Designs (HAED) had their anniversary sale last week and there were RAKs flying around their Facebook page and I was the lucky recipient of one!!  Thank you, Kate.

Its About Time

This is "It's About Time" by Ciro Marchetti. I have a piece of fabric in my stash that is large enough, have pulled threads (I need to buy a few), and just need to decide how I am going to grid the fabric before I start. I don't really *need* another WIP, but this one is really hard to resist! and I've got most of the supplies, so I'm taking that as a sign.

I am closer to being on time for WIPocalypse and Smalls SAL then I have been in a while, so I guess the day switch ended up being good.

WIPocalypse is hosted by Melissa at Measi's Musings and gives us a bit of incentive to work on, and hopefully finish up, some of the WIPs that plague many of us.  Melissa gives us questions each month and this month's is: "Are there any fibers or materials used in stitching that you're nervous to try?"  That is an easy one for me, no. I have jumped, feet first, into everything since I started stitching with very little thought as to difficulty. The only thing that gives me pause, and it's more due to expense than nerves is gold work. I would love to try it, but my budget just isn't in a place to allow me to try.  I have worked on three projects that are on my WIPocalpyse list since my last check-in.  First is Shakespearean Fantasy. Lots of black stitches were added and there are lots to go, but I am close to a page finish. At the August check-in, it was here:

and today it is here:

I would like to finish that column today.

Another HAED piece Christmas Presence, was here:

 and is now here:
I have been slowly filling in missed stitches. I still hope to have this finished this year.

And finally, Secret Victorian Garden from Chatelaine went from here:

to here:

I have finished through part 11 on the right side and part 9 (and a bit of part 10 and 11) on the left. As I really do want to finish this one this year, I have stopped my rotation and will work on this until it's done.

I also have a piece for the Smalls SAL. Heather at Stitching Lotus is hosting this SAL.  It gives me a break from all the large pieces that I gravitate towards. If it wasn't for my smalls, I would have very few, if any finishes, each year.  This year I am using The Sampler Life's SAL pieces as my smalls pieces.  This month's was Friendship in Bloom from Blue Ribbon Designs.

and here is the entire piece, so far:

I need to do a bit of housework and then onto stitching.


Pull the other thread said...

Stunning progress on all your project, well done. Sorry to hear your day didn't go exactly to plan.

Anjanas said...

I love your smaller pieces combined in one - that's looking really good now, especially with the pieces you chose to add!

I'm amazed by how quickly you stitch one week to the next! You always seem to have so much progress to show.

Sorry about your day being mixed up by your laptop :( All these security protections are great when they work.

Linda said...

Awesome progress on all of them Susan.


Heather said...

Great progress on all of your pieces! At first I read that as backstitches for Shakespearean fantasy and was confused since it doesn't have any then I saw the next picture lol. That is definitely some black stitches!

Kerryp77 said...

Wow, you're such a quick stitcher. Great progress on the HAED's.

Robin said...

Nice progress on your WIPs and your Small finish is adorable.

Robin in Virginia

Kate said...

They all look great!! Cant wait to follow your progress on Time :)

Linda K's Stitching Corner said... sure have been busy with all of your WIP's - they are just gorgeous....I love them. I can't wait til I see more progress on these. Keep it up.

Happy Stitching
Linda K, Railroad

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

That's an awesome new HAED. I like the way you are mixing up solid stitching with the confetti on SF too.

The Sampler Life piece is looking good, it's coming out quite floral which is a nice way to toe each block in.

Leonore Winterer said...

You made some awesome progress, as usual! And there are so many (partly) finished getting closer now - Victorian Garden, a page of SF, and Christmas Presence is making such good progress as well ^_^

Cathy said...

Beautiful projects. You get alot accomplished in a month!

Rose Barrow said...

Your work looks awesome!!!! Lots of great progress on your WIPs