My very faithful friend, Vickie, invited me to join this bloghop, so here I go! I love blogging and sharing with all my stitching friends, new and old! So without further ado... I am going to answer a few questions to share with you:
First: What am I working on? What a LOADED question! Because my life has changed so dramatically with my husband's health, I cannot seem to really concentrate on any one thing! But, I have put in a few stitches on... lots of WIPs! And I have dragged a lot of them out, because I WANT to work on them... So here are some pictures of a few of them! I have MORE... but they haven't been touched of late, and I would have to dig to get to them...
Here is the latest snapshot of Camping at Pine Lake. The green part is giving me a fit, thus not very much progress... which made me move on to...
Jingle by Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. But for some reason, I felt inclined to move on to...
Lo How a Rose Ere Blooming by Brightneedle... I plucked out some parts that were not pleasing to my eye, replaced them and started stitching... for just a little bit... then the bug hit me again, and I pulled a NEW project out by Little House, called...
Simplicity. It is so dang cute! If only I had stayed with it... I may work it this week again...not much to it. But, I had a really strong urge to stitch an alphabet. So... I dug into my smalls by Lizzie Kate and...
STUCK with this one, called Autumn ABC's, and finished it in two sessions of night stitching! It is on a piece of 40-count fabric too! Yay! I plan to make it into a cube finish... LOVE those!
But, I thought I would show you the rest of my WIPs, that I have at least TOUCHED this year...and that I HOPE to make into finishes NEXT year! (as long as no one ELSE comes out with terrific new designs or SAL's!!)
This is my progress on the Jardin Prive SAL of 2014. I love her designs, and fully intend to finish this baby this coming winter! It is gorgeous so far... one more installment to come, and we will see the completed piece done by all those faithful stitchers who kept up!
And this is the Tulip SAL. I love flowers and borders, in case you couldn't tell... Many people all over the world finished this one right away. It has been done in a multitude of colors... I chose purple as my dominant color for this.
Here is one I started years ago, and thought I MIGHT finish in time for Christmas... hah! Maybe 2015! It is Jenny Bean's Christmas by Shakespeare's Peddler. A really nice piece... just keeps getting put off to the side...
I also did not complete all of the selections from the first year of the Ladies Prim Society. I always do the border first, and am so GLAD when it matches up!
And here is another cute Christmas one I have been struggling to complete. Last time I worked on it was a YEAR ago, at the PALS retreat... But everyone KNOWS you never get anything done at a retreat!
Last summer I thought I would try my hand at a Quaker ball. Started to get low on my thread, and found out it is discontinued... so I put it aside to contemplate how to complete it. I know what I am going to do now, but... have not put it into action!
I love this Lizzie Kate one... but, unfortunately, after stitching it a while, it became apparent that I started it way too high on the fabric! So, I put it aside... (do you see a pattern now??) to again contemplate whether I should continue or start over. I have decided to start over. Eventually! I also seem to have lost the thread for the current lettering... so, just as well...
Then one day I was in a mood to do repetitive stitching... and brought this little gem out. It is The Rose in Morning by Little House Needleworks. But after an hour or so of repetitive stitching, I was over it.
If you notice, three of these WIPs have their project bags by them... I have lots of those! Sure keeps me organized! I may just start making my own... I used to sew a lot, way back when... I might be able to do it again.
How does my work differ from others? Well, you tell me... do I win a prize for the most WIPs yet??? I have more, I promise!!
Third Question: Why do I create (stitch) what I do? I have NEVER been a creative person. This was just a whim one day, and it stuck! Despite the fact that I am like an autumn leaf floating on the breeze right now, I have created a lot of great pieces for others and also for me! And I have received many great pieces as gifts, exchanges and RAKs. I think it keeps me SANE!
Fourth Question: How does my creating (stitching) process work? Cross stitch is multi-faceted. Besides actual STITCHING, there is also the fun of 'COLLECTING the stash', 'ENABLING others to collect their own stash', 'HUNTING down a particular pattern', 'SHARING progress and finishes on a blog and/or FB', to name a few. I partake in ALL of it!
So, the second part to this Blog Hop is to pass the baton on to others, and I invited my friend Beth, who shares her stitching and the nature all around her , with so many beautiful pictures; and Gaynor, who also stitches, but has so many other crafty skills, you just need to go read her blog! Gaynor is a fellow Breast Cancer Survivor, and is raising funds to donate to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute in Ireland. She is holding a raffle for participants, with all kinds of crafty prizes, not just cross stitch! Please be sure to visit their blogs for their posts next Monday!
Thanks for visiting!!