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!
What’s New this Year?
In years past, the WIPocalypse check-in post has been done on the full moon. Unfortunately, that often follows on weeknights, and I’m finding it increasingly difficult to sit down and set up the posts on weeknights due to juggling work and motherhood (and I feel weird doing it in advance). Going forward, it will be on the final Sunday of every month, with an added kick-off post on January 1st to start the year.
The WIPocalypse now has a Facebook group! We want you to share your blog posts as you always have, of course, but community over on Facebook is now a huge thing, and it’s long past time we started a group there for those interested. All are welcome.
Here are the “rules” for the 2017 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 2017. Jump in whenever you find 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 2017, add it to your list! The list is recommended so you can set goals for yourself (and celebrate your accomplishments – and let us celebrate with you).
3) On the final Sunday of every month (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 the check-in post and comment that you’ve updated. There will be an auto-link provided so you can add your entry, which will be open for two weeks after the entry is initially posted, and the standard blog comments will remain open for another two weeks. If, for some reason, you cannot add your post – either add it to the comments or send me an email.
Question of the Month: For several years, there were various bloggers who had incarnations of the “Stitcher Blogger Questions.” Since 2015, we provide 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. 🙂
Posting dates and Topics for 2017:
January 1 – Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!
January 29 – What SAL’s are you participating in this year?
February 26 – What is your favorite stitch other than the standard cross stitch? (bonus points if you provide a how-to link or diagram it on your blog post!)
March 26 – What stitchy blogs, groups, or flosstubes do you follow and why?
April 30 – What projects are in your UFO pile?
May 28 – Which designer’s projects do you absolutely love, but are too intimidated to try?
June 25 – Show us your stitching space! Where do you sit, and what is going on around you while you stitch (TV, audiobooks, etc)?
July 30 – What are your oldest and your newest WIPs?
August 27 – How do you get yourself out of a stitching drought?
September 24 – Which floss (or color of floss) do you absolutely adore and want to stash constantly?
October 29 – How did you begin stitching?
November 26 – What finishing style have you never tried but would love to do?
December 31 – Recap your accomplishments for the year! (Your finishes, your final before/after photos, etc).
Other Helpful Things...
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