August WIPocalypse Check-In

WIPocalypse ButtonHello everyone!

This morning was a clear, beautiful day here in New England.  With the warm temperatures and no humidity, Erich and I decided to make it a family morning at the beach.  Max got a couple hours of playtime in before the afternoon crowds showed up, met a very large horseshoe crab wandering around the shallow water, and we spent a relaxing morning enjoying the outdoors.

Now that Max is down for a nap after we wore him out (parenting success!!), it’s time to get this post up.  🙂  I first made sure to sit down and actually MAKE MY OWN update post, since it’s been months.  So often I tell myself I’ll get to it in the afternoon and don’t – so I did that one first.  I have been stitching.  Honest!

This month’s blogging question is apt, though – because I’ve been in a bit of a stitching drought myself.  I find that if I push myself through it too hard, I get resentful.  The best way for me is to simply do what I can, try not to beat myself up for not getting more done, and know that eventually I’ll be able to be more productive.  I know it’s not meant to be a race, even if I have this need to push myself as if it were!

I hope that you have been productive this last month!  Looking forward to seeing all of your projects!

Happy stitching,

Mel.

 

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Important SAL Announcements…

Question of the Month – How do you get yourself out of a stitching drought?

Next posting date: September 24, 2017

Topic for next time: Which floss (or color of floss) do you absolutely adore and want to stash constantly?

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Please remember that this stitch-a-long is intended to be fun – so if you’re too busy to post, too busy/ill/etc. to stitch – no worries. Post when you can and share what you have going, even if you’ve only been able to toss a single stitch into it. If you miss a few months, not a problem – just jump back in when you’re back with us! It’s not a race or a competition – we’re all just here to cheer each other on with our progress.

Due to different browsing software, some bloggers have found it difficult to check-in with their posts. There are three different ways to check in:

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Measi stitching updates – August 2017

WIPocalypse ButtonIt’s been several months since I updated my own stitching. As always, life is getting away from me due to the chaos at work. (sigh)

I haven’t done a whole lot of stitching this summer. I always slow down with it in the summertime – I want to be outside, going to the beach, enjoying the sunshine, and my stitching isn’t always that portable. This year I’ve had several weekends of driving long distance to PA and to NH, too. But I have made some progress, and I’ve focused on a small piece that’s easy to pick up and put down. I figure any stitching is a good thing, whether it’s on my current WIPs or not. Eventually life will allow me to get back to paring through some of the projects I have started.

That said, I admit to being frustrated.  I love to stitch, and I simply don’t have the time to lose myself in it like I used to.  Parenting does that, of course.  As Max gets older, I figure I will have more time again.  I see several of my online friends bringing their stitching to their kids’ sports practices.  Maybe that’s when I’ll finally have the opportunity to get stuff done.  I enjoy my get-togethers with my friends on Saturday.  Sometimes I spend more time chatting than I do stitching, though.

I’m trying not to beat myself up about it… I think my frustration is just a symptom of some overall life balance issues I’m facing these days.  I need to start making some decisions to improve things, and just need to kick myself in the butt about it.

ANYWAY…here’s what I’ve been up to since my last personal update:

Dear Rine BordurenDear Rine Borduren is a free SAL pattern being released over the course of the year on Facebook. Each week is either a geometric or an animal design. There are 49 circles in all. Each stitcher is doing the project in their own interpretation, so colors and circle arrangements vary. This is a very relaxing piece to work on, and since the actual circles and filigree between them is the same throughout, it’s an easy piece to travel with… no pattern needed for those circles! Just take and go. Mine is on an old piece of 32 ct evenweave from Silkweaver called Poltergeist. I’m using DMCs – 839, 841, 924, and 926. Animal circles are with both blues.  The geometric circles will be solid, one light then one dark. Until this summer, this was the piece I was keeping in my work commute bag… it’s easy to throw some stitches in to build out those circles on the train with no pattern to follow.  With the piece of fabric I chose, I will have to lose a few of the circles.  Thankfully I’m now so many circles “behind” on the releases that I’ll have the variety to select from as I develop this further.  My piece will end up about a row’s worth short of the total.  I’ll just select my least favorites.

To Have a ChildTo Have a Child by Rosewood Manor is the birth sampler I’m stitching for Max. I’d been stuck for a couple years because the alphabet to personalize within the pattern booklet is not the same as the name alphabet on the model picture. I was trying to sketch it by hand and kept putting the project away out of being paranoid I was doing it wrong. Turns out that Karen had published the actual alphabet as errata on her website (duh!). I could have solved this problem a long time ago! But the interesting thing? I actually did do a really good job sketching those letters by hand!  So much so that I actually preferred my K to the one in the official alphabet… so I’m doing a little of both.  Max’s name is now on it.  I have the rest of his details sketched, but have not added them.  This photo was from my last round of stitching on it, in early May.  I was working at it for a good chunk of the weekend at Celebration of Needlework up in Nashua, NH.  If you want to see the bands above my name section, it’s over here in my Flickr album.  Once I get past the personalization part, I expect this piece will begin to fly again.  The backstitching just goes a lot slower since I need to make sure I have things centered and spaced properly.  I do have it drawn out… but even then, the drawing doesn’t always look right when finally put to fabric.  I’ll happily just take the time to get it worded correctly!

 

Floral BellpullIn April, I finally finished the cross stitches in Floral Bellpull by Teresa Wentzler. My two last squares are reversed, so Peony (pictured) is square 5, and Pansies will be Square 6. This will be going back into my rotation come October after some life craziness with travel calms down. I’m hoping to complete the backstitching to this point by the end of the year, and then only have the final square in full to complete in 2018.  Right now there’s this square to backstitch, plus about half of the Morning Glory square above it. I love my Wentzler patterns – I just haven’t had the mindset to focus on them in recent years, so they’re going very, very slowly.  It didn’t help that I’d raided my supply box for Floral Bellpull for band sampler round robins and such a few years ago, and never replentished… so I’ve stumbled across some missing colors at times.  I’m one of those stitchers who keeps a full supply for each project.  At the end of the projects, all remaining floss goes back into a master pull for future things.  I have no idea what happened to the threads I pulled out of these bins, though!

NEI Love New England is an obscure pattern put out by the now defunct Sampler Needlework store in Plymouth, MA.  I came across the model piece on the wall of the shop many years ago (2000?  2002?  somewhere in there), and fell in love with it.  Aside from that model, I honestly haven’t seen any other finished copies of it… ever.  I have no idea how many copies of the pattern were printed, and I don’t think it was ever offered beyond the shop’s walls.

Mine is on 28 ct antique white with the called for DMC threads.  It’s a large piece, comprised of a text list with the simple flower and leaf border you see here and a large flower basket motif at the bottom. By the end of the year I’d like to be done with page one of six – which will essentially complete everything within this photo.  I know the heart at the top is the center of the pattern, and I believe my lines on the left side go about to the bottom edge of this page of the pattern.  There are no specialty stitches in this pattern – just straight cross stitches with light backstitching on the corners and the vines.  No outlining.

 

 

StarWarsMy final piece is Bless This House – Mos Eisley Edition by Hardcorestitchcorps on Etsy (I call it “Bless This Hive.”) I started it for the annual “May The Fourth” Star Wars celebration and have worked it through the summer.  I will be personalizing mine with our last name and “Est. 2007” to mark our 10th anniversary at the bottom of the piece.  At the rate I’m going, this will be done by the end of September – for our anniversary. 🙂 It’s been a fun, easy stitch. All straight cross stitches.  I am doing mine on 36 count Truffle from Picture This Plus, which is a very light pinky-brown.  Due to the color, I did have to change the flowers in the yellow row to one shade darker (mine are 3045) because the originals disappeared into the fabric.  The others are exactly what the pattern called for (including that blue on the top row – perhaps that’s a pattern typo?  Every other version I’ve seen has orange flowers.  I like my blue, though, so they’re staying.)

This is a small sampler – on 36 count it’s about 4 1/2 inches wide.   Quick, fast stitch.

For those not immediately familiar with the play on the quote – its origins are from the original Star Wars movie, where Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker are looking over Mos Eisley before entering the city.  Obi-Wan identifies Mos Eisley, and then says to Luke:  “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”  The perfect reference for a geeky household!

And that’s my update… hopefully I’ll keep on top of it through autumn!

Happy stitching everyone!

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July 2017 WIPocalypse Check-in

WIPocalypse ButtonHello everyone!

It’s a cool, cloudy Saturday morning here in Rhode Island.  Once done with this entry, I’m going to be packing up my car and heading down to my mother’s in PA for the weekend.  We’re going to be handling some of my grandpa’s affairs and just catching up.  Max and Erich are remaining here this time… it’ll just be me.

Since my access at my mom’s is always a little iffy, I’m getting this post up early.  🙂  (it’s also an excuse to let my coffee do its magic!)

My stitching in the last several weeks has been at a bit of a lull.  I will be photographing my progress and posting it on Monday when I get back, but there’s not really that much to share, sadly.  Between work and some crazy weekends, I’ve missed most of my stitching get-togethers with the New England Stitching Sisters.  That’s where I get almost all of my stitching done these days, so sadly it’s been taking a bit of a nap.  I know I’ll get back to it, though.  By autumn, the cozy weather will have me curled back up on the couch under a quilt.   Summertime for me always seems to be the lull, since the weekends are so busy with family outings and such.

(Next month’s stitching question is appearing to be VERY applicable to me, by the way).

Anyway, I’d probably best get this posted so I can go get things packed up to go.  Happy stitching everyone!

Best,

Melissa

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Important SAL Announcements…

Question of the Month – What are your oldest and your newest WIPs?

Next posting date: August 27, 2017

Topic for next time: How do you get yourself out of a stitching drought?

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Please remember that this stitch-a-long is intended to be fun – so if you’re too busy to post, too busy/ill/etc. to stitch – no worries. Post when you can and share what you have going, even if you’ve only been able to toss a single stitch into it. If you miss a few months, not a problem – just jump back in when you’re back with us! It’s not a race or a competition – we’re all just here to cheer each other on with our progress.

Due to different browsing software, some bloggers have found it difficult to check-in with their posts. There are three different ways to check in:

    • Via Auto-link
    • Via comments (make sure you include your blog address!)
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June 2017 WIPocalypse Check-in

WIPocalypse ButtonHello everyone!

 

So between yesterday and today on the WIPocalypse Facebook group, I start seeing people making their June posts.  And one or two, I’m thinking… okay, people are getting them posted early.  There’s a holiday weekend coming up… they’re just getting ahead of the game.

And a few more post.  And then a few more.

And then tonight I realized that I missed the final Sunday of the month yesterday, while running around my house folding laundry, then taking Max to the beach.

Oh.  whoops.  (sheepish embarrassment).  So… sorry about that!  I fail at how many days June has, apparently.  Did you know June 2017 was supposed to have 32 days?  Clearly that’s what my brain was telling me!  That, or I was reading July’s date for June.  I have no idea.

Since I’m late, I’m just going to get this quickly posted tonight… I’ll chat about things in my own post on Friday, when I have a few minutes to actually think and gather the stitching I haven’t updated in months!

If your nation’s celebrating this weekend, have safe and happy celebrations with family and friends.  For everyone else – have a lovely weekend!

Happy stitching,

Melissa

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Important SAL Announcements…

Question of the Month – Show us your stitching space!  Where do you sit, and what is going on around you while you stitch (TV, audiobooks, etc)?

Next posting date: July 30, 2017

Topic for next time: What are your oldest and your newest WIPs?

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Please remember that this stitch-a-long is intended to be fun – so if you’re too busy to post, too busy/ill/etc. to stitch – no worries. Post when you can and share what you have going, even if you’ve only been able to toss a single stitch into it. If you miss a few months, not a problem – just jump back in when you’re back with us! It’s not a race or a competition – we’re all just here to cheer each other on with our progress.

Due to different browsing software, some bloggers have found it difficult to check-in with their posts. There are three different ways to check in:

    • Via Auto-link
    • Via comments (make sure you include your blog address!)
    • Via email – to measiwitch(at)gmail.com, only if the other two options are not working. Again- make sure you include your blog address! I’ll add it to the auto-link myself when I have a free moment.


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May 2017 WIPocalypse Check-in

WIPocalypse ButtonHello everyone!

I’m writing to you this time through the space-time continuum.  It’s actually May 21st as I type this post up, on a lovely Sunday evening.  Erich, Max and I spent the afternoon doing some yardwork, planting tomatoes and flowers, and just enjoying a lovely spring day.

Just a couple days ago, plans were made to go visit my mom for Memorial Day weekend.  We’re going primarily to spend time with my grandfather, who is very elderly (94!!) and unfortunately very frail as well.  Having family around him seems to give him a bit more energy, and it’s the least we can do after all of the things he’s done for us over the years.

I hope you’ve had a fun month of stitching.  Mine has been a little sporadic, but it tends to get that way in the spring.  Work is very busy for me in the spring to early summer months, and the warmer weather pulls me away from the couch and my stitching at home.  🙂  I suppose everyone has a bit of an ebb and flow to their stitching habits, though.  This is just my downtime.

Have a lovely June with your projects!

Happy stitching,

Melissa

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Important SAL Announcements…

Question of the Month – Which designer’s projects do you absolutely love, but are too intimidated to try?

Next posting date: June 25, 2017

Topic for next time: Show us your stitching space!  Where do you sit, and what is going on around you while you stitch (TV, audiobooks, etc)?

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Please remember that this stitch-a-long is intended to be fun – so if you’re too busy to post, too busy/ill/etc. to stitch – no worries. Post when you can and share what you have going, even if you’ve only been able to toss a single stitch into it. If you miss a few months, not a problem – just jump back in when you’re back with us! It’s not a race or a competition – we’re all just here to cheer each other on with our progress.

Due to different browsing software, some bloggers have found it difficult to check-in with their posts. There are three different ways to check in:

    • Via Auto-link
    • Via comments (make sure you include your blog address!)
    • Via email – to measiwitch(at)gmail.com, only if the other two options are not working. Again- make sure you include your blog address! I’ll add it to the auto-link myself when I have a free moment.


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