2013 WIPocalypse

(archiving as an older blog entry for just-in-case reference)

Basic Info & Signup Page

This will be a Stitch-a-Long (SAL) for fun, not a contest.  Everyone stitches at a different pace, on different sized projects, with different goals and concepts of accomplishment, so a standard set of one-size-fits-all rules simply won’t work.  So whether you’re a one-at-a-time stitcher or an insane rotationer like me,  gather up the UFOs and WIPs on which you’d love to make good progress (or finish) and join us!

Here are the rules for the 2012 Wipocalypse:

1)  To sign up, add your name to the auto-link at the bottom of this post, or leave a comment at the bottom of this page. Unlike the WIPocalypse in 2012, there will be no deadline to sign-up… so whether you’re returning from the WIPocalypse in 2012, or stumble across this page in October of 2013… come join us!

2) Whenever you join us, make a list of the projects on which you wish to make progress. Add to and adjust this list throughout the year as you desire.  There are no restrictions regarding new starts for this SAL.  If you feel the desire to start a piece in 2013, add it to your list! The list is recommended so you can set goals for yourself (and relish in the accomplishment… and let us relish with you).

3) On each full moon (or thereabouts), post your progress photos to your site – even if your progress was slower than you hoped.  Label that post with “WIPocalypse” to make it easy for readers to find – whether in the title, or however you categorize or tag entries.

4) Once you’ve posted, come over to my blog and find my full moon post, and comment that you’ve updated.  I will create a check-in list of URLs each month for easy blog surfing so fellow participants and readers can cheer you on.

So What’s New for 2013?

No Official Giveaway Drawing:  Unlike in 2012, there will not be a giveaway at the end of the year. This is entirely due to my own circumstances. As readers of my blog know, my husband and I are awaiting the birth of our first child in March 2013, and of course… our lives are going to change in ways that neither of us can comprehend right now. I don’t want to risk over-extending or over-promising something that I simply won’t have time to adhere to at the end of 2013.

Monthly Themes for posts:  I’d debated doing these last year, but was overwhelmed by the interest in the project and didn’t really sit down to properly outline them. These themes are completely optional – use them if you want to add some more variety (or challenge!) to how you select the pieces to stitch that month. If the themes don’t interest you (or nothing you have to stitch fits the theme), that’s okay too. Listed next to each Full Moon Date are the “themes” for that month’s posting. Each month will have a designer, a general “style” (define that however it speaks to you) and two colors to focus on.

Full moon dates and Themes for 2013:
January 26 – Theme: Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!
February 25 – Themes: Designer – Little House Needleworks, Style – Love/Family, Colors – White and Red
March 27 – Themes: Designer – Chatelaine, Style – Springtime, Colors – Green and Yellow
April 25 – Themes: Designer – Mirabilia, Style – Samplers, Colors – Blue and Orange
May 24 – Themes: Designer – Blackbird Designs, Style – Humor, Colors – Purple and Brown
June 23 – Themes: Designer – Teresa Wentzler, Style – Summer, Colors – Black and Green
July 22 – Themes: Designer – Glendon Place, Style – Animals, Colors – Red and Yellow
August 20 – Themes: Designer – Long Dog, Style – Smalls, Colors – Blue and Red
September 19 – Themes: Designer – Heaven and Earth Designs, Style – Specialty Stitches, Colors – Brown and Green
October 18 – Themes: Designer – Ink Circles, Style – Autumn, Colors – Black and Orange
November 17 – Themes: Designer – Allessandra Adelaide, Style – Ornaments, Colors – White and Purple
December 17 – Theme: Recap your accomplishments for the year! (Your finishes, your final before/after photos, etc).

Other Helpful Things...

Reminder Mailing List:  If you’d like to receive an email reminder about the posting dates, please go HERE and fill out this form. Please note that if you were on the 2012 mailing list, you will need to resign up for the mailing list in 2013. I do my best to send out a reminder once the Check-in post is up on my blog (warning: this may get wonky in 2013 due to the aforementioned incoming baby!)

Message Board: Want to chat more extensively about your projects, about other crafty things you have going on, or just have more interaction with your fellow WIPocalypse stitchers?  We have a discussion forum!  It’s free to join and all are welcome.  Non-participants are welcome, too!

Sidebar Buttons:  Thanks to the amazingly talented Rahenna, we have linky buttons! (If you’re not familiar with the piece featured in the buttons, it’s Dragon Rampart from Teresa Wentzler).  You’re not required to have one of these on your blog, but please feel free to grab one of them for either your sidebar or your check-in posts!

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To use the button to the left (88 wide x 31 high), copy and paste the following code:

<a href=”http://measi.net/measiblog/2012-wipocalypse/”><img title=”wip_button1 by measi, on Flickr” src=”http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7149/6644711553_6bc27952c9_o.png” alt=”wip_button2″ width=”88″ height=”31″ /></a>

 

 

wip_button1To use the button to the left (100 wide x 35 high), copy and paste the following code:

<a href=”http://measi.net/measiblog/2012-wipocalypse/”><img title=”wip_button1 by measi, on Flickr” src=”http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7010/6644711485_4902e0c2f9_o.png” alt=”wip_button1″ width=”100″ height=”35″ /></a>

 

wip_button3To use the button to the left (100 wide x 100 high), copy and paste the following code:

<a href=”http://measi.net/measiblog/2012-wipocalypse/”><img title=”wip_button1 by measi, on Flickr” src=”http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7017/6644711627_d9b446a19b_o.png” alt=”wip_button3″ width=”100″ height=”100″ /></a>

2013 Participants (so far…) .

2013 FAQ

What is the WIPocalypse and what is its goal?

The WIPocalypse is a stitch-a-long playing up on the joke that the world will end in 2012.  It’s short for Works In Progress Apocalypse.

The goal of the WIPocalypse is to make progress on your projects.  How you go about this is your choice.

How did the WIPocalypse start?

In the first half of 2011, I made a completely off-the-cuff joking post (while undoubtedly rather bouncy on a combination of sugar and/or caffeine) that I was going to reserve 2012 to stitch as if the world was going to end and cut back some of my ever-increasing work in progress pile. I called it the WIpocalypse, playing on the Mayan Calendar “Apocalypse” that the world would end in December 2012. The play on words (apparently I was punnier than I thought I was) actually excited a LOT of other stitchers, and by the end of 2011, I had over 300 people who also expressed interest in joining “The WIPocalypse.” So here we are! Perhaps the name is now out of date for 2013, but hey, I like the name. It’s distinctive and easy to remember, right?

What do I have to do for the SAL?

Stitch.  First and foremost, enjoy working on whatever pieces you wish to put stitches into.

Each Full Moon, post your updated status on your blog.  How you organize that post is up to you – if you’re someone who posts updates frequently, a list of the pieces and links to your updates works great if you’d rather not repeat posts.  Please make sure to tag or label it with Wipocalypse so I can find them easily.  Then come to this blog (www.measi.net/measiblog) and post the link TO your update.

When is the deadline to sign up?

There is none! Simply go over to the basic info page and add your blog to the participant list.

Wait – I thought there was a registration deadline. I’m confused!

For the original version of the WIPocalypse in 2012, there was a registration deadline because there was a stash drawing at the end of the year. For 2013, there will be no stash drawing, so there’s no need to set any deadlines. It’s completely open-ended.

What are the important dates to remember?

For this SAL, posting dates are for the Full Moons in 2013.  You can find those dates over on the Basic Info Page.

Do I qualify to participate in the WIPocalypse?

The two requirements are that you have a blog, and that you like to do stitchy crafty things.  Your skill level or the type of stitching you do does not matter.

What types of projects can be counted toward the WIPocalypse?

Current Works in Progress (WIPS), long-abandoned Unfinished Objects (UFOs), new starts in 2012, Round Robin portions, pieces for organized exchanges, etc.

I may not have any WIPs carrying over into 2013.  Can I begin with fresh starts in the new year?

Absolutely! (and we’re envious if you’re able to start completely from scratch, by the way!) This SAL is as flexible as it can be – if you stitch on it in 2013, you’re free to count it on your list.  After all, anything you stitch on technically is a Work-in-Progress, right?  🙂

I have no idea what I’m going to stitch on in 2013.  Does that matter?

Nope.  Feel free to add to your list as you start/work on things next year and allow your list to develop organically.  (Trust me… I’m going to be doing this due to my lack of restraint!)

Can I count knitting/crochet/quilting projects toward my progress post?

Yes – but please try to get some cross stitch or embroidery done too!

Do I have to keep a list of what I work on?

No, but it will probably help keep you motivated to see goals, accomplishments, etc. through the year.  If you’re someone who works better without lists, that’s cool too.

Is there a minimum/maximum number of pieces I need to work on for the year?

No – this is not like one of the Crazy Challenges which have a set number of pieces.  Whether you stick with one piece throughout the year or work on a bunch, you’re fine.

I’m committed to a Round Robin/another SAL/etc.  Can I count these pieces?

Yes!  If you stitch on it, feel free to count it toward your progress.   If you’re getting involved in one of those “Crazy SALs” starting in January like the massive one that is going on this year, you can count those pieces toward this SAL too.

My sole intent with this SAL is to celebrate stitching progress.  Work it around your current commitments/events/SALs.  It’s simply a way to connect stitchers together who might not otherwise meet each other because they simply tend to stitch in different styles, in different countries, on different designers’ works, etc. and have a good time cheering on the progress that fellow stitchers are making on their projects.

(Warning: There may be an increased volume of stash lust.  Don’t blame me for this, please!)

I am a (insert here: one-at-a-timer/rotationer/round robin/newbie/less experienced stitcher/etc.) stitcher. Does this matter?

Nope, not at all.  This Stitch-a-Long is for fun.  If you’re a less-experienced stitcher, if you’ve never stitched before but want to give it a try and have a cheering section, if you’re super slow or super busy and don’t make much progress every month, or if your stitching interests seem to be different than a lot of the people on this blog – you’re just as welcome as the person stitching the most “in fashion” designers right now.

Will you be sending out a reminder about the SAL postings?

On the Basic Info and Signup Page, you’ll see a link to be registered for an email reminder. Simply click that link, add your email address, and I’ll add you to the list. Once I have the check-in post up for the month, I’ll send a generic email out to everyone on the reminder list. And if you’re worried – no one but me (Measi) will have your email address. I send the reminder out as a “blind copy” email.

I don’t currently have a blog, but I really want to join.  How do I do that?

If you’ve never blogged before, I recommend either Blogger or Livejournal  for  an easy, “free 10-minute setup and you’re ready to go” site that doesn’t require any previous experience with websites.  They have designs ready to go, so all you have to do is choose one, start typing, and you’re off!  As you get more comfortable with the program you can adjust and tweak settings as you need.

I am self-hosting my blog running WordPress, which also provides blog hosting, but I think it’s a bit more involved.  I highly recommend it, but not necessarily to someone who’s less interested in tinkering and more interested in just getting started.

I heard there was a giveaway in 2012. I don’t see info on one for 2013, though. Help?

As an incentive to check-in for the original WIPocalypse, I added a stash drawing to be held in January 2013 after the WIPocalypse was completed. It caused a lot of excitement, but it also caused some frustration as some posters were angry they missed check-ins (and therefore lost one of their 13 chances at the drawing). Since the drawing was never the real intention of the WIPocalypse, AND because I’m expecting my first child in the spring of 2013, I’ve decided to scale it back to just being a relaxed Stitch-a-Long, where participants can cheer each other’s progress, feed off of that joy, and feel more energized to get progress made on their own pieces. That’s what I wanted the WIPocalypse to be anyway – so I hope it’ll return entirely to that vision for 2013.

I’m thinking of hosting a drawing on my own blog – can I promote it through the WIPocalypse?

Sure! Advertise away. 🙂

So what about 2014?

I’m pretty certain the SAL will continue again for 2014, but of course… you never know what will happen over the course of a year. If the project continues, I’ll post an update about it in October or November 2013, and signups for 2014 would once again start in early December.