I have missed two check-ins but I have been stitching in between all the tests and appointments, so I do have things to show.
The first check-in is for which is hosted by Melissa at Measi's Musings. She created and has been hosting this SAL since 2012 when she decided that she should finish, or at least make a dent in her WIPs before the world ended in December. Well, as far as I know, the world is still here (although I suppose in some parallel universe it did end) and, unfortunately, so are most of the WIPs on my list. Three projects on my stitching list/plan for this year are in my current rotation and I do have progress on all three. Before I get to the pictures, Melissa gives us a discussion topic each month and this month's is: Do you use hoops, stretcher bars, lap stands or Q snap frames and why? For anything larger than very small pieces or those done on perforated paper, I use scroll bars. My hands cramp if I stitch in-hand for too long. I have used hoops, Q snaps, and stretcher bars, but I always come back to scroll rods. I like the tension and the fact that once the fabric is squared off and mounted, I don't have to worry about it wracking or going off square, so no blocking is required once the piece is finished. I stitch "in the ditch" so I am only touching a very small portion of the piece so don't worry about dirt or grime but just to sure, I do cover my pieces with a clean tea towel when I'm not stitching. For smaller pieces, I have an Elan lap stand from Artisan Designs and for my larger pieces a Needlework System 4 floor stand. I love them both as they allow me to stitch two-handed, are easy to flip to the back to finish off ends and keep my piece within easy reach at all times.
And what has been on my scroll rods since my last WIPocalypse check-in?
Christmas Presence from Heaven and Earth Designs. At last month's check-in, it was here:
And today it is here:
|More stained glass.|
to here today:
and my final WIPocalypse project is Secret Victorian Garden from Chatelaine. It was here last month:
and here is the beading of the center portion that is finished:
here is a close up of one corner:
Unfortunately, my kit was short on the dark blue beads, so I have to wait a bit before I can finish the final checkerboard and corner, but there are plenty of other beads that need adding.
The other SAL I am late checking in for is the . Heather at Stitching Lotus hosts the SAL. This SAL celebrates smalls in all their sizes - yes, you get to decide what is small. All you have to do is post a picture on the last Thursday of the month. This SAL really motivates me. I have been using the blocks from The Sampler Life's mystery SAL for my monthly pieces. Each one is no larger than 50X50 so a very nice size. For March, I finished Susanne's Samplerlife Ornament from Susanne Schmidt Farbenfroh. I used one of the new variegated DMC for it and like how it turned out.
|The photo is very washed out.|
I have one more piece that I have worked on that does not belong to either SAL - well it will fit into next year's WIPocalypse... It is It's About Time from Heaven and Earth Designs.
It was here last time I showed it:
Not much time for stitching this weekend as I leave early Sunday morning for Alexandria, Louisiana for work. I'll be back late on Tuesday, but I am teleworking on Wednesday and took Thursday and Friday off, so it shouldn't be to bad a work week (and I hope to get a LOT of stitching in next weekend!!).