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 2016 WIPocalypse:
1) To sign up, simply blog about your WIPs and add your post about your WIP projects to the most recent check-in post here at measi(dot)net. There will be no yearly sign-up registration for 2016. Just jump in and post whenever you’re able to join us each month. I will keep a sample in-links post on this information page (see the bottom of the post) so you can “test” your posts there before hopping to the current month’s check-in page if you’re not familiar with how InLinks works, or want to test a new image to attach to your posts. Don’t worry about multiple postings over there… that’s what it’s for. Give it a test run. Every once in a while I’ll go through and clean it out (and I’ll announce in the monthly posts before doing so, in case anyone needs to recover a photo from there for some reason).
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 2016, 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. If you skip a month, just jump back in when your life and schedule allows.
4) Once you’ve posted, come over to my blog and find my full moon post, and comment that you’ve updated. There will be an auto-link provided so you can add your entry. If, for some reason, you cannot add your post – either add it to the comments or send me an email.
Olympic Stitching! The Summer Olympics will be held in Rio and will run from August 5th to 21st. We’ll be hosting a challenge for everyone stitching on their WIPs to run for the length of the Olympics with three different “competitions”: a rotation challenge (for those who like to work on a bunch of different pieces), a distance challenge (for those one at a time stitchers, or anyone else who wants to do some serious focusing on a particular piece), and a color challenge (stitch only in the colors of the olympic rings on your WIP pieces, OR… your nation’s flag).
Question of the Month: For several years, there were various bloggers who had incarnations of the “Stitcher Blogger Questions.” As with 2015, we’ll be hosting a monthly question to get to know our fellow stitchers. As always – this is optional. If you prefer to just share your progress, that’s just fine. 🙂 If you want to go further and suggest some additional topics to me, please do! Every question received will be used, and the person who suggests it will get a linkback credit. 🙂
Full moon dates and Topics for 2016:
January 24- Topic: Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!
February 22- Topic: If you have any of your pieces on display in your home which attracts the most plaudits? (via Hazel)
March 23- Topic: Do you use hoops, stretcher bars, lap stands or Q snap frames and why? (via CathieJ)
April 22 – Topic: What do you listen to while stitching? (via Jo)
May 21 – Topic: What were you stitching this time last year and have you finished it? (via Jo)
June 20 – Topic: Do you find yourself more productive with stitching in summer or winter?
July 19 – Topic: (two options) If you are participating in the Olympic Challenge, tell us about your plans – which type of challenge you’ve selected, the pieces you’ll be stitching on, etc. If you are not participating in the challenge, tell us how this year’s stitching is going for you so far, and if you’re meeting your stitching goals so far for the year.
August 18 – Topic: Have you ever read any fictional books that involve embroidery? If so, give us some recommendations?
September 16 – Topic: TBD
October 16 – Topic: TBD
November 14 – Topic: What pattern (or designer) is on your must-try-to-stitch bucket list?
December 14 – Theme: Recap your accomplishments for the year! (Your finishes, your final before/after photos, etc).
Future topics for 2016 and beyond (to be assigned later):
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2016 Testing Thread…