My plan for 2014 is to take part in the Stitch from Stash challenge so I'll be limited to a budget of how much I can spend on new stash during 2014. It's about time I have some finishes from the stash I have rather than keep buying new stuff.
So here's my review of 2013.
Perpetual Calendar - Samsarah Designs
This is the eight designs which I have completely finished.
Sleeping Beauty's Castle - Chatelaine
Dragon Dance - Paine Free Crafts
Not worked on this for a long while. It's harder than I thought stitching on black aida but will hopefully get chance to pick it up again in the New Year.
Merry Christmas by the Letter - Lizzie KateAnother one that didn't get much attention during 2013.
Black & White - Maggi Co's Village
Started this as a present for a friend but it got lost in the world of UFOs!
Learning Sampler - Northern Expressions NeedleworkThis is one I started this year but having completed quite a few sections in my colour selection I decided I didn't like the colours I'd chosen. The first picture is where I got up to with my first colour choices - the majority of which is now unpicked and the second picture is where I'm up to with my new colour choices which I like much more.
Gerbera Daisies - Just Cross Stitch Magazine
This was a very long-term WIP that I have been stitching. My favourite flowers are gerberas and as soon as I saw this design I loved it. The colours are amazing and so vibrant. I've not decided how to finish this yet but I can see it being made into a cushion - hopefully during 2014!
Friends Heart - Alessandra Adelaide
This was a free design for the Alessandra Adelaide Facebook group. When I saw this design I instantly loved it and had to start it straight away. I think it was one of the quickest designs I have ever finished as I stitched on it everyday. I also knew straight away that I was going to give it to a good friend and this inspired me to keep stitching on it.
Heartz SAL - Thread Pickerz Silkz
This was another free design from the Thread Pickerz Silkz Facebook group. One heart was released each week and it was great fun. I enjoyed picking the different colours for each heart. I added the border myself from a book I had already. I'm still not sure how I'm going to finish this one off but again could see it being a cushion.
Damask - Jodyri Designs
I was delighted to stitch a model of a design called Damask from Jodyri Designs for my good friend Michelle. I tried to add different texture with the variegated threads by stitching the different sections in different directions. I can see this one hanging on the wall in my bedroom someday.
I Still Do - Ink Circles
This year it was my parents 40th Wedding Anniversary. I am so proud that my parents are still married after 40 years as so many of my friends parents have split up. My sister and I stitched this together and I think that makes it even more special. We would each spend a week stitching on it and then swap over. We gave it to my parents in August on their anniversary and I am delighted to say they loved it. Every time I go round to there house I spend a little time looking at it on the wall and love the memories of stitching it.
NEW STARTS NOT PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ON MY BLOG
Model - Northern Expressions Needlework
This is a model I am working on of an as yet unpublished design from Northern Expressions Needlework. I am stitching over 2 on 40 count linen for the first time and have been surprised at how easy I am finding it.
Christmas Mystery 2013 - Lizzie Kate
I completed part 2 on 19.12.13 - this will definitely be finished and framed for Christmas 2014.
Promise Me - Lizzie Kate
I stitched this for a friend as part of a Secret Santa exchange and forgot to take a photo of it before I wrapped it up. I haven't finished it yet as I want her to decide if she wants it framing or making into a cushion or something like that. So once I get it back I will take a picture of my stitching but for now this is a stock photo from the internet.
Keep stitching and smiling