Monday, January 09, 2012

January WIPocolypse progress

Well I brushed off the cobwebs from my American Sampler and worked on it this week a bit.  Sadly, it hasn't been out of its project bag in a few years! It's overwhelming me a bit to see how much there is to do but I will keep plugging away at it.   I got most of the lavender flower on the right border done and started the tree in the middle.  Those border flowers take forever - this one is not even done yet but it has well over 100 queen stitches in it so far - I worked on the tree in the center of the sampler just to get a break from queen stitching - they get a little tiresome especially when stitching at night.  


I only picked 6 of my projects to be part of the WIPocolypse project - old UFO's that have been years in the works.  Only worked on the one this month so far but hope to maybe get another out later in January.   Other projects I worked on this month below are recent starts but I made some progress on them too.   Hoping to get most of them done this month so I can do some more new starts in February!

This is Blackbird Designs' Home of the Brave.  I'm not enjoying this one very much....like the pattern but having a tough time for some reason with the 40-ct stitching even though it's over-2 threads.  I'll be glad to put this one behind me but I'm only about halfway.

I bought the supplies for a lovely hornbook years ago and finally got working on it this month - this is Quaker Hornbook by With My Needle. It's a shame I let this sit in my stash so long!  I have a row of numbers to do under the alphabet and then can work on the little Quaker motifs which will be more fun.  This is being stitched over-1 on 32-ct linen and it's giving me less trouble than Home of the Brave for some reason  - go figure!


Lastly I'm still working on Lizzie Kate's Dog Rules for People that I started the end of December. This is a gift for our nephew so I'd like to get it to the framer by February.  It's a quick stitch for the most part, just juggling it while I work on all the other projects. 


I joined up to the 2012 Year of Smalls blog that Laura is running and looking forward to starting the February project as soon as they announce it and I get it ordered.    I picked out an ornament to get started on too as I want to do one per month this year. 

Being back at work after the holidays is such a drag!  All I want to do is sit home and stitch!   I'm loving seeing all the new starts and what everyone is working on.  I did some January organizing in my sewing room this past weekend, I always seem to be needing more room so was shifting things around and sorting out a few things for a craft yard sale later this year.  

28 comments:

  1. OMGosh, I'm so excited to see someone stitching the American Sampler! I can't wait to see more of your progress. It might just urge me to start one of my own! =) Love your other wips too!

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  2. Your sampler looks stunning as do all the other wips. You've made great progress already. Xx

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  3. Your American Sampler is stunning!! Love the L*K--too cute, and of course BBD--one of my all time favorites. Lovely progress on everything, Jeanne!

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  4. Beautiful stitching for this year. The American Sampler is beautiful and I really like the BBD piece.
    It would nice to be able to sit home and stitch :)

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  5. Your American Sampler is amazing! So gorgeous! Queen stitches are a right pain, but they are worth it, right? :D Love your other WIPs too. Good luck tackling those WIPs!

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  6. Funny how some linens just seem to suck the joy right out of a project, isn't it? Good luck with the BBD piece. All your WIPs/UFOs are lovely and I'm looking forward to seeing more of them.

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  7. Oh golly the American Sampler...I have it all kitted, not a stitch has been done on it though. I am anxious to see yours!

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  8. Queen stitches are my downfall! Good Luck - they do make a piece look so special!

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  9. I love your progress so far on all the projects. I especially love the American Sampler. The queen stitches are beautiful but I know they do get tiresome after a bit. Keep pluggin' away at it! It's looking so good.

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  10. Your American Sampler looks great! Good to see that I am not the only one working on it - now I can shamelessly use you for inspiration! :-) Maybe I should pull mine out and have a look at it tonight... I started in the center and it is coming a long nicely, but I am not looking forward to all the over-one stitching.
    Love your Lizzie*Kate and the BBD looks fabulous! Just hang in there and you can cross it off your list soon!

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  11. Nice wips, I especially like the colors in the American Sampler.

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  12. 6 projects are more then enough to finish, right? I love the dog rules!

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  13. Wow, American Sampler has beautiful colors! That purple flower is amazing...I think the queen stitches will be worth all the effort in the end.

    I am totally with you on being back at work after the holidays. =(

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  14. Your stitching is gorgeous and I think my favorite is the sampler! Love the colors!!!

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  15. American Sampler is lovely, and I really admire your Queen Stitches, they're my stitching nemesis!

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  16. Great pieces I hope you finish by Feb!

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  17. Your sampler is beautiful! Love your other WIPs too.

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  18. Am. Samp is just beautiful - lovely projects!

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  19. Who's the designer for Am. Samp.? Thanks!

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  20. American Sampler is so pretty - the colors are gorgeous! The Dogs Rules for People is great! I have the BBD to stitch as well.

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  21. I love the colors in American Sampler! I also really like Dog Rules for People, and just might add it to my wish list. The WIPocalypse can be dangerous! Seeing everyone's gorgeous WIPs makes me want to add them all to my stash!!!

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  22. The American Sampler is beautiful. I love the look of the different stitches, but I am not sure I would have the bravery to try them!! Home of the Brave is going to be beautiful as well, sorry you are not enjoying it. I am showing my ignorance in not knowing what a Hornbook is, but what you have started it very nice. I do love me Lizzie*Kates so I love this one.

    Good luck in your stitching goals!

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  23. Stitching is looking good - I love queen stitches, but agree, they can get tiresome when you've been at it for the day! Nice pics for your WIP projects.

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  24. Oh my, Jeanne, such great projects for the WIPocalypse. I love them all, particularly the American Sampler. Looking forward to seeing your next progress picture.

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  25. Great progress on your wips, American Sampler is looking stunning.

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  26. Your American Sampler is absolutely gorgeous!

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  27. For what I can see in your pic Jeanne , the American Sampler is GORGEOUS!! Lots of pretty colors :)

    Nice progress on the other pieces you started this month :)

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