Thursday, 31 December 2015

Plum Pudding - Glendon Place - 31.12.15 - FINISHED

Plum Pudding by Glendon Place - stitched on 28 count Jazlyn in Candytuft from Crafty Kitten fabrics.  Stitched with recommended Dinky Dyes threads and Mill Hill Beads.

Started 01.03.15 - finished 31.12.15

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Plum Pudding - Glendon Place - 30.12.15

I am very happy to say I achieved my goal of finishing the stitching on Plum Pudding in 2015 - I just need to get the beading done.  This will be the biggest project I've ever beaded so I am a little apprehensive but will just take it one bead at a time.

I've also come up with a rotation for 2016.  I intend to have one piece that is my focus piece which to start with will be the model I am stitching for KLT Charting - it's a new SAL featuring owls which starts on 13th January.  I will then stitch 10 hours on the focus piece and 10 hours on one of my WIPS I will repeat this until I have stitched on all my WIPs and then I get to have a new start then just repeat.  Hopefully it means important pieces will get more time spent on them but each piece will get some attention.  Let's see how long the plans last anyway!

Hope you all enjoyed Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year.

Keep stitching and smiling

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Plum Pudding - Glendon Place - 13.12.15

I've been focussing on this piece for the last few weeks as I would really like to finish the stitching this year.  Here's where I am at today.

After my last post I have had a think about how I am going to work through my WIPs and new starts.

My plan is to work 10 hours on a project before rotating.  I will then work on a focus piece, a SAL, a new start and a WIP.  I will have more time on the focus piece than the other pieces and will work on my SAL pieces for as long as it takes to complete that month's part.

I've made big plans in the past before and never really stuck to them so all this is subject to change!

Keep stitching and smiling

Saturday, 12 December 2015

General Update

It feels like a long time since I last posted.  I've been trying to spend less time on social media and more time actually stitching and I think it's working.  While I am stitching though I am watching flosstube and being enabled a lot!

I have had quite a few new purchases over the last few weeks and with Christmas coming can see more in my future.

The year of starts that a lot of people are talking about is really tempting me.  There's no way I can start a new project every day but I could possibly do one a month or even one a fortnight.

On the other hand for the past couple of weeks I have only stitched on one project - Plum Pudding by Glendon Place.  I would really like to get the stitching finished this year and then only have the beading to finish.

I've signed up for two SALs for next year, Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and Mabel Figworthy's Hardanger SAL and I am model stitching a new SAL for KLT Charting.  There may also be a model stitch for another company's SAL in the pipeline.

I had made a decision a couple of weeks ago that I was going to make Spirit of Christmas by Lavender and Lace my focus project so that I could get it finished for next Christmas for my mum.  But now I'm thinking about new starts and having bought lots of new stash recently there are a lot of things calling me.

My latest impulse purchase was some of the months of the year by Cross Eyed Cricket. A stitcher on floss tube mentioned them and I looked at them and fell in love with them instantly.  So I am thinking of starting one of those each month.

The problem is I have just too many projects shouting at me at the moment.  Do you think if I sat down and worked out what fabric to stitch them on and put a few hours in on each one that would stop the shouting?

I don't know if it's the prospect of a New Year or what but I am feeling extremely unsettled in my stitching at the moment.  I spend all the time I am stitching on a project thinking of another one.  I know it is a ridiculous problem to have but sometimes having too many charts can be very distracting.

I am also spending time sorting through my stash and I wonder if this is what is making me remember forgotten projects.  I have quite a few WIPs which are very close to being finished and I had thought about making 2016 the year of finishes for me rather than starts!

Anyway I just wanted to get this all down to hopefully get it out of my head so I can concentrate on other stuff.

If you managed to read all this rambling thank you.

I hope to start blogging more regularly and will let you see all my new acquisitions and progress soon.

But if I don't post again this year I hope you all enjoy the festive season and get lots of time to yourself for stitching.  Peace, goodwill and health for the new year ahead.

Keep stitching and smiling