Wednesday, January 15, 2014

WIPpocalypse January 2014

Welcome to my first WIPocalypse post of 2014.

Right now my primary project is a pilot stitching project which I started January 1st.  I can't post pictures of my progress on this project since it is an unannounced design. However, I have completed 3 sections out of 41 in the design. I have 16 other WIPS which are all listed on the WIPocalyse page of my blog (see the tabs above). The only one I have worked on this month besides my mystery project is a free Christmas ornament called Bargello Pine Trees and is pictured below. I got the design from Caron Designs. I have modified both the colors, the specified fibers and the design a bit. I used Caron WaterColors for the outline and the snow , DMC for the trees and Caron Impressions for the night sky. I am not sure if I will add stars but if I do I will use Petite Treasure Braid.

I hope to have this one finished by the end of January.

My Stitching Goals for 2014: 

  1. To complete 12 of my existing 17 WIPs 
  2. Of the 12 one must be a TW ( I have 4 on my WIP list)
  3. Stitch on everyone of my 17 WIPs at least once during the year
  4. Select up to five new projects from my stash to start
  5. Stitch only from my stash except if I need specific fibers
  6. "Finish" the projects and give them away or display them.
  7. Design & stitch a Christmas ornament for each of my children 
I have been a dedicated stitcher since 2002. I learned to cross stitch  when I was 10 years old and stitched  occasionally over the years on little kits. In 2002 I met TW's brother who saw me stitching at a faculty retreat and gave me a copy of TW's free design called "Stretch". I joined her BB that evening and kitted and started Stretch soon after. I have stitched almost daily since then. I have learned to do needlepoint, both painted canvas and charted, as well. 

Not satisfied that I had enough to do, a couple of years ago I took a sock knitting class in order to learn to knit. While the socks still aren't finished I have knit lots of shawls, dishcloths, scarves, hats, and fingerless mittens  in the last two years, all of which except one shawl have been gifts. When my eyes are too tired to stitch I take out my knitting. 

I am fortunate enough to have a craft room. I used to share the room with my kids and we dubbed it the "Commons" in tribute to the Harry Potter series. While the kids are all grown I still haven't removed all their stuff from the room. This will be one of my goals for the year. However, even with the luxury of that space I have my stitching chair and light set up in our (DH's and my) bedroom where I stitch most of the time.  I use the Commons mainly for storing my ever growing stash, to sew (my sewing machine is set up in there) , or if I have to do projects requiring me to hook my laptop up to an additional monitor which I have on my craft table/desk.

Happy stitching to all of you and I look forward to reading all your progress updates. See you again next month. 


  1. I LOVE Bargello - what a cool project! You have a great list of goals - and I love the "Commons!" LOL

  2. I love TW designs also. I have stitched Stretch and own quite a few others. I will enjoy watching your progress.

  3. Great goals and great job on Bargello Pine Trees.

  4. Those are great goals for 2014, Sylvia! How nice that you have your own room for stash! All the projects on your WIPocalypse page will be amazing!