With a new year of WIPocalypse starting, I’m feeling like I’m ready to tackle some real stitching goals this year. I have some good stitching mojo going, and a relatively good schedule set aside for some personal time. (and yes, this entry is some mental pump-up time, can you tell?)
But before all that… for the new WIPocalypse folks stopping by… *wave* I’m Melissa. I’m a few days shy of 40. I’m married to Erich, who respects my love of stitching and is afraid of my stash at the same time, Mom to Max, who’s 22 months old, and owned by 6 very opinionated cats who firmly believe that their fur belongs in everything I stitch.
I learned to cross stitch in 5th grade as part of an art project in school, and was hooked. Although I’ve had a couple years here and there where I haven’t stitched, I’ve never lost my enjoyment of stitching as a whole. Only in the last 10 years or so, though, is when I felt like I truly felt like I’d found a home among stitchers. The internet helped me get there, and helped me find people locally who love to curl up with a hoop or a frame, grumble about the common occasional failure to count to one or two (depending on the fabric), and have a good time.
I’m a self-professed huge project addict. Some (including me) might call it an illness, especially my infatuation with Teresa Wentzler projects. It’s a good illness to have, unless one wants a lot of finishes, of course. And that lead me to kicking off the WIPocalypse in the first place – to push myself to make progress, and to celebrate the journey of creating these pieces.
And in 2012 (the first year of the stitch-a-long), I became pregnant. And that kind of took over all of my planned stitching time.
So in a lot of ways, even though I’ve been part of the WIPocalypse since the very (very!) beginning, this is really my first full year participating. 🙂
About a month ago, I made a list of all of the pieces I could think of that have stalled out in my WIP pile. There’s a lot there, and obviously setting goals to finish everything is unrealistic. Instead, I’ve narrowed it down to the following goals. Anything over these will be a wonderful bonus:
- One Teresa Wentzler piece (most likely Floral Bellpull)
- Blue Jeans & Daisies
- Band Sampler RR from 2014
- Witches Wheel
- Inn at Fox River Mill
- You Were Hatched
- Apache Wedding Blessing
- Max’s Birth Sampler
- Deep Blue Sea – get through at least part 4
- Work at least one 10 hour rotation on each other piece I have listed
- No round robin stitching this year
- Spending money on too many new pieces – I need to stitch from stash
It may look like I’m a bit heavy on the finishes, but with the exception of Max’s sampler and Witches Wheel, they’re all quite far along and very doable. I just need to sit down and commit to them. 🙂
I did allow myself one new start to kick off the new year. This is Freedom from Seba Designs. It’s an interesting blackwork piece where each stitcher gets to choose fabric, floss, and the placement of a number of different patterns within the squares. So each stitcher’s work will be slightly different. This is my progress after about four evenings of stitching:
I’m stitching on an unlabeled piece of opalescent fabric (28 count) from my stash. It’s likely an older dyelot of Silkweaver (Midas Touch, perhaps)? The frame stitching is done in GAST Black Crow, and I’m using a Threadworx overdye for all of the internal squares. So far it’s been a nice, quick stitch, and the blackwork is a nice change since I do want to get a bit more practice with it. 🙂
Until my next update… happy stitching everyone!