Sunday, 7 January 2018

WIPocalypse 2018 Intro

So we're at the start of another year with all its promise which leads us all to the hope of another year of great stitching. I'm so pleased to see that so many new members are joining us on our journey. For those of you who don't know me, my name is Lynn, I'm from Canada and I've been stitching for almost 40 years. Wow, I can't believe that but it's true! 

My stitching has waxed and waned over the years as other priorities emerged but I've always returned to it as it has soothed my stress and left me with lovely family heirlooms. My goals have started to slow down over the past couple of years. When I first retired from my job as a medical lab technologist I went at full speed just enjoying the fact that I could stitch whenever and wherever I wanted. Now though I get restless sitting for too long so I'm learning to shorten my list of goals.

I've listed my goals on the WIPocalypse 2018 page on my blog. Just follow the link and you'll find them all there. Now for me to head to your blogs and see what you've planned for this year! 

Sunday, 31 December 2017

December Smalls and December WIPocalypse

Most of December's stitching was accomplished in the first few days and the last few days of the month. Early in the month I came down with a bout of vertigo due to a sinus infection which meant that stitching was out of the question. I'm feeling much better now but I'm still unable to lie down with my head flat without feeling off balance. So I continue to elevate my head with 2 pillows for sleeping. I'm just starting to feel like picking up my needle again. Thank goodness that of my stitching gifts the actual stitching was complete and only the final finishing remained. That took place in the last few days before Christmas. 

Here are my name trees which have now been gifted with resounding success.....Robert, Chris and Violet!




These were designed by Helga Mandl. In addition I completed the final finishing on a design I had stitched a couple of years ago by The Primitive Hare called I Believe in Christmas. I did an easel finish and gifted this to a close friend, Trish.





I also managed to squeeze in one final small finish for 2017. This is a sweet little design by Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks called Potted Poinsettia.



For my December WIPocalypse I managed to finish off a piece which I started early in the year or it might even have been last December. This is Joy by SubRosa Designs.





I stitched this with a Gloriana silk called Winter Woods. I love how the variegation turned out! I'm on the look now for a box on which I can display it.This will be my final finish for 2017. 

In addition, I managed a small bit of time on Heartstring Samplery Sing We Then Merrily. I'm hoping to complete this one in early January, ready for next Christmas.



A few days before Christmas I picked up a piece of my stitching from 2016 which I had framed for display this winter. This is by With Thy Needle & Thread and is called Paper Snowflakes.



The frame on this complements another piece by the same designer which my husband framed for me a couple of Christmas' ago, Heaven & Nature Sing.



So another year is coming to an end and 2018 looms on the horizon with all its promises and possibilities. Looking over my WIPocalypse list I'm pretty pleased with what I accomplished this year. I completed 4 of my original list and started 2 others. In addition I stitched 18 other pieces not on the original list. That's usually how it goes though. I always change my mind and start something other than what I originally chose. Here's a link to the page with pics of all this year's finishes.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

November WIPocalypse and a Find

November's overcast weather has encouraged me to stay indoors and stitch more. At the beginning of the month I started stitching on some Christmas name trees which will be finished as ornaments and gifted. You can see them on my previous post. When I'd finished with them I felt the urge to start on a new, larger Christmas piece. However, after browsing through my stash, I'd narrowed things down to 3 or 4 charts but I couldn't make up my mind. In the meantime I picked up my recent Halloween stitch by The Primitive Needle, Annie Hyssop's Harvest Moon. Here's where I am at this point.



With Halloween done and over with I just wasn't feeling it for this piece so I dug through my charts and decided to go with Plum Street Samplers Yuletide Welcome. I spent the morning stitching the windows for the house and once again my mood changed. The piece was larger than I wanted to work on at this time and I was looking for something with more of the reds and greens. I knew exactly what I was needing to start......Heartstring Samplery Sing We Then Merrily



I love working on this one and put it down only recently to start another Christmas ornament for a friend. I can't stay away from it for long though and I plan to pick it up again tomorrow. That's it on the stitching front for this month.

Saturday I made a trip into Ottawa to attend our church bazaar. I wasn't looking for anything in particular and was actually browsing through the books when I noticed something. That thing was what appeared to be a set of transfer ware plates. My friend Gwen was just pricing them. I picked one up to have a look and on the reverse was a stamp from Colonial Pottery in the UK and the words Togo which I now know is the pattern name. I looked up and Gwen had priced them at $5 for the four. "Sold!", I said. 

Now I have admired transfer ware in the past but never had any of pieces of my own. Most comes in a blue, red or brown colour but these plates are a teal green. 






I Googled Colonial Pottery when I returned home and found out that Togo referred to this particular pattern and that it was circa 1890! I couldn't believe my luck. Not only did I purchase some beautiful transfer ware but a pattern that is quite old and quite rare.
With the exception of one plate, they are in very good shape with some minimal ware on the gold plated edging. The fourth plate has a small chip but it is on the reverse of the plate. It also has a small spot which appears darker and looks almost like a tiny burn mark. It is such a small area though that it is difficult to notice and not something I am worried about. I was just thrilled with my purchase! I love the roses on it. Perhaps someday I'll stumble across more of this particular pattern.

Today I spent the afternoon putting together an outdoor winter planter. I did this for the first time last winter and I had hung on to some of my materials such as the birch logs and pine cones. I picked up some greenery at the local grocer and set about to tackle this again. When I'd finished it looked like something was missing. I wasn't happy with some of the cedar and pine which just weren't draping the way I wanted them to.

 I hopped into the car and went searching for some incense cedar which I had spotted earlier but neglected to buy. I also found some boxwood and added a bundle of it to my purchase. The incense cedar was perfect! It drapes so nicely and smells wonderful. I added a bit of the boxwood to the back of the arrangement, watered everything and pulled the planter out of the garage and settled it in front of the house. As I was doing this the snow began to fall and before I knew it I was in the middle of a snow squall! Things settled down a bit later but the snow fell softly for a couple of hours. Here's a pic of my arrangement in the morning light.


See you all next month and happy stitching!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

November Smalls

November's smalls look more like December since I have been concentrating on some Christmas stitching. So far the stitching is complete but the ornament finishing is yet to be completed. 
These are name trees, designed by Helga Mandl. I ordered them from her 3 years ago and tried to contact her again to order more but I have not had any response. Does anyone know if she has retired from designing?

These trees are fabulous because when turned on their side the branches of the tree spell out a name. 







In case you haven't figure them out they're Violet, Chris and Robert! I also have some Mill Hill treasure stars to add to the top of these. A Christmas tree has to have a star, right?

I have a few other charts of name trees to stitch in the future. Some are Helga's designs and some are from M Designs which I ordered years ago. I'll have some pictures of the finished ornaments on next month's Smalls post. See you then!

Monday, 30 October 2017

October WIPocalypse

October has been a very busy month at our house but fortunately most of my stitching took place in the first week. It really is a relaxing therapy when one is stressed, lol! 

I finished up my Stacy Nash Tribute to Summer. I took her idea and used my maternal grandparents' initials on it. 



Following that I worked a bit on With Thy Needle & Thread Acorn Gathering Sewing Roll. Love those squirrels!


Then my stitching took a back seat to my son's wedding. I picked up my gift for them from the framer and was thrilled with the lovely job they had done on it. Chris and Violet loved it and displayed it with their guest book at the reception.


I'll post some wedding pics later this week.

Now that everything has somewhat calmed down I was free to make a new start. I chose The Primitive Needle Annie Hyssop's Harvest Moon. I've waited a long time to start work on this sweet stitch! Since Lisa's patterns are now out of print, it was difficult to find this one at a reasonable price. I'm stitching it on 32ct Weeks Dye Works Tin Roof using the called for floss.


It won't be long before I put this down and get started on some Christmas stitching. I've already started in on a small project for Violet for Christmas. See you soon!


Saturday, 28 October 2017

October Smalls

It won't be long before fall is on its way out and you know what is right behind it! I can't believe that things have moved so quickly. We have been blessed with wonderful weather this fall. It seems it was the summer that wasn't! I had a few days of quiet before my son's wedding settled in so when I picked up my needle it was just following our Thanksgiving. I chose to stitch this piece as a reminder of our many blessings. This is Threadwork Primitives Give Thanks.


I haven't had the opportunity to finish it off yet but when I do I was thinking of mounting it on this board. What do you think? If it doesn't work out then I will do a small pillow finish.


A year has passed since Chris' wedding proposal in pumpkins.



Now we have been blessed to receive Violet into our family. I have a daughter-in-law!! Here is a sneak peek from the wedding. I'll post more pictures in a separate post next week. See you then!




Thursday, 5 October 2017

September Small

There has been very little time over the last month for my stitching. I managed to finish this little small just a day before the deadline. This month's stitch is Pineberry Lane Old Black Cat & Friends #2. 



I missed the deadline for posting last month's small. Actually I went to post it by the deadline but the link wasn't up yet and then I forgot to go back and add it later. So for those who haven't seen Old Black Cat & Friend #1 you can follow this link to see it.

I also realized that I 'd never posted a picture of my small stitch by Heartstring Samplery. It's called With My Needle and I finished this one at the end of our summer holiday in August.



See you next month!

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