This month, I worked the most on 99 by Ink Circles. I am enjoying working on it; I am a beer drinker and it’s fun trying to recognize the bottles or seeing new ones. I’m working it on 32 count natural linen. I did make a couple of changes: the brackets holding up the shelves were in two parts and I connected them, and one of the bottles had a bottle color in the label part (I think it was the last one on the first row).
I only finished eight projects this year (seven cross-stitch and one needlepoint): five bookmarks (one needlepoint), one card, one planet (55×55 stitches), and one larger piece (163×163 stitches). I currently have no idea where some of the bookmarks are; I need to check my library books before I return them.
The one needlepoint bookmark was Fireworks. I really enjoyed working on this, and I think I should do more needlepoint.
I completed this Water Garden for a birthday card for my sister; it only took me a year to finish.
I completed Neptune; someday, I will have all of the planets (assuming that he continues designing them; he has Mercury, Venus, and Uranus to go).
The one larger piece I completed was Geometric Dreams No. 1. I am happy I finished something larger than a bookmark, but I still need to wash it, iron it, and turn it into a pillow.
I was a week into December before I realized that I hadn’t done a November WIP post, and decided it was too much trouble to add one that far into the month. I didn’t get that much stitching done in December as I would have liked; I started another job at the very end of November (which distracted me from the WIP post) and my hours seem to have settled into the time I usually spend stitching (evening family time). I’m pretty sure I only worked on the same two unfinished projects in November that I did in December.
I’m putting some effort into Earth by SpaceNavid on etsy; I’d like to finish it before starting anything else, but I don’t know if I’ll succeed in waiting. I have what feels like an infinite amount of freebies and works in progress floating around, and about six weeks ago, I purchased Seba Designs Colorplay Bookmarks and Ink Circles Blue Morpho; I also have Seba Designs Mahjong that I’ve been thinking of as my next larger project.
I worked some on Ornaments (Mid Century Modern Christmas) from Misty Hill Studio. It was intended for a Christmas card, but I didn’t finish it before Christmas. I need two Christmas cards, so I’m going to go ahead and finish this and either do another one or something different (I’m looking at the Aluminum Tree right now, though that may change).
I worked on a few smaller things this month: two for bookmarks, one for a Christmas card, and one just because I wanted to do it. I completely forgot about doing a WIP post until today; I think the only thing I’ve worked on in the last few days is the Klimt silhouette.
I started one of the Klimt Silhouettes from Jill Oxton’s Cross Stitch and Bead Weaving #96; I am disappointed that issue 97 will be the last one. I’m doing this on 14-count plastic canvas; I probably should have used three strands, but I used two. It’s worked up very quickly; I will probably finish it in the next few days.
This is part of the water garden from Oriental Cross Stitch Favourites (Spring 2012); it’s going to be a birthday card for my sister. I started it last year, but didn’t finish it in time. I made a serious push this week to finish it and made it. It had a lot of backstitching; I haven’t done anything with it since last summer and forgot how much I don’t like it. I made one small mistake in this; I was working the branches on the left up so that I could get to the top cross stitch part (I didn’t think I could count it accurately) and went over one instead of over two for one stitch. I found that out when I worked the other branches down and had one hole left where it met up (the last stitches I did), but just went over one instead of over two there as well. I need to go back and check that I made that stitch since for some reason, that stitch does not show up well in the picture. I need to figure out what to do for my other sister; I was originally thinking of doing another part of the water garden for her, but that style is not really her thing. I know this sister likes it because she commented on it when I first got the magazine.
I worked on eight unfinished projects this year: six cross-stitch, one needlepoint project, and one latch hook. Out of the cross-stitch projects, one was a picture, four were for cards, and one was a bookmark.
My main work in progress for the year was Alphonse Mucha’s Moon:
I failed to finish several cards this year; I had one for my sister’s birthday (and planned on one for my other sister, but didn’t even start it when I realized I wouldn’t finish the first one). I also had three different starts for Christmas cards and kept giving up on them when I thought I wouldn’t have enough time to finish them.
I started a bookmark from a chart that came with a pack of satin floss, but didn’t get very far with it; I like the way satin floss looks, but I don’t like working with it very much. I’m not even sure where it is right now.
I worked a tiny bit on the Bokhara needlepoint pillow; the outside is the most tedious part and I’m finding it hard to get motivated to work on it.
I think I did one row on the Floral D’Vine latch hook:
I finished eleven items this year: two large pieces, one medium-sized piece, three cards, two bookmarks, two other small things, and part of something that is technically a work in progress, but I’m counting it as a finish. Two of these were blackwork and the rest were cross-stitch.
The medium-sized piece was Charles Voysey Flowers:
The other item was block eight of Save the Stitches blackwork; I’m counting it as a finish because I could be done with it here:
This is a Valentine that I made for my niece; I’m going to do an identical one for my nephew, hopefully, which I probably won’t post. The heart is from au-fil-du-temps.over-blog.fr and the alphabet is from maurer-stroh.com. It’s done on 14-count Aida with two strands of DMC 321. I wish people would put their sites on their patterns; it makes it much easier to credit and link to them.
This is from the Cross Stitch Collection Christmas 2012 issue; it’s one of the retro Christmas cards and is intended for one of my sisters. I used the colors mostly as given; the backstitched snowflakes were all supposed to be orange, though. The card itself came from Michael’s. It is a trifold card; however, the edge across from the fold and the bottom edge were glued together, so I had to trim the piece down oddly to get it to fit and stay where it needed to be.