WIPocalypse 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 Perhaps the name is now out of date, but hey, I like the name.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. Due to personal events happening in 2013, there were no stash drawings, so it became open-ended.  Now for the foreseeable future, it will continue to be open-ended.

What are the important dates to remember?

The WIPocalypse check-in post is done on the final Sunday of every month beginning in 2017.  (In previous years, it was on the full moon, but Measi’s having problems with random middle-of-the-week postings now that her son is fully mobile).

Do I qualify to participate in the WIPocalypse?

The two requirements are that you have a blog, and that you like to do stitch/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 2017, Round Robin portions, pieces for organized exchanges, etc.  Basically… anything.  If you’re working on it, it counts!

I may not have any WIPs carrying over into 2017.  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 stitched on it last year, 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 2017.  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/etc. projects toward my progress post?

Yep!  While the WIPocalypse is originally a cross-stitched theme stitch-a-long, we are an equal-opportunity crafting progress celebration party here.  Whatever you’re doing, show off your progress!

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?

If you wish to be reminded about the WIPocalypse check-in, please join my blog’s newsletter.  You can find the form on the sidebar.

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. What’s happening in 2017?

Right now, we’re not planning on a giveaway, but that could change at any minute.  Stay tuned!

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

Sure! Advertise away. 🙂  I’m happy to also put in in a good word for you in the check-in post – I just will need to know about it at least one week in advance of the check-in (in case I have questions I need to ask you).  Please provide the link to the giveaway in your email so I know what I”m linking to!

So what about 2018?

As of now, I plan on keeping this SAL going for as long as there are interested stitchers.  As always, it purely depends on what’s happening in my life at the end of the year.



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  1. Sandie Keeble says:

    Hi Measi – is there a button to post for the 2013 WIPocalypse? I can’t spot one yet? Thanks for the fun in 2012.

  2. Rose Barrow says:

    Since I am so very new to this blogging thing. How do I add your WIPocalypse tag to my blog. Is there button to go to or ?????? Any help is appreciated.

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