Kay Jones is my internet mum 🙂 She’s on social media, cross stitch groups and has known me for years. She’s never afraid to tell me to pull my head in when I’m being a doofus 🙂 🙂
As she knows I’m on a stash diet this year, Kay has bought me access to the Alessandra Adelaide Christmas Mystery Stitchalong (SAL) for my birthday.
As it is a Mystery – here is the design teaser ….
Kay bought me option 2 for the mystery, which includes the chart, five ceramic ornaments, 1 ceramic button and four jingle bells. All of the buttons and what not will be hand-crafted by Alessandra herself!
I am sooo excited! Thank you Kay mum! Expect to see pictures here as I do floss tosses and choose fabric 🙂
Time for yet another overdue blog post. This time it is the March WIPocalypse check-in. All of the sub-headings are links to the various albums for more photos and information on each project.
New Years Day 2009 I started this kit. I was well on my way to a quick finish (the combination of Holidays from work and Summer Cricket working its usual magic) and then the kit ran out of floss. It was a specialty LANA floss that, like Whisper, fuzzies up after you finish stitching with it. I have finally found the replacement thread, stitched it in and am now waiting for more thread to arrive.
14 Feb 2014 – Vervaco Moscow
I spent the last half of February stitching on this so there’s been some progress 🙂 Cuor di Fiocco (Snowflake Heart) is a great little project to stitch up while watching TV or when you are simply not feeling the best.
- 25 Feb 2014 – AAN Cuor di Fiocco
I love Brodeuse Bressane designs and decided to stitch this quick 7 part, 7 week stitch-a-long Fleur de Lys stitchalong. I finished only two weeks late. So very happy, first SAL begun and completed this year.
6 March 2014 – Brodeuse Bressane Fleur des Lys
Stitchalong SAL – Any Long Dog design
I started Kells Kritters a couple of years ago when I was gifted the chart. However, I didn’t have all of the GAST threads and got a little discouraged as I had nowhere to go with the threads I had. So I joined The FB Stitchalong Long dog Samplers SAL (1 Feb 2014 – 31 Jan 2015) to get this one out and started on again.
7 Mar 2014 – Long Dog Sampler Kell’s Kritters
Topic: Show us your favorite places to stitch.
I have two favourite places to stitch. One is here – my favourite comfy lounge chair, with lamp and footstool. Facing the TV and in the perfect places for the heater and air-conditioner. One of the benefits of living on your own is that you can have the perfect space. The cats share my lap or choose from other spots 🙂
My stitching arrangement
My other favourite stitching spot is the lounge at Julie’s place. Julie has a perfect stitching set up for herself and a guest stitcher – usually me 🙂
Woo Hoo Second WIPocalypse check-in and I’m on time – well I was on-time until the laptop froze taking my post with it. So here I am a day late with a replacement post. All of the sub-headings are links to the various albums for more photos and information on each project.
I’ve found the threads for my WIP of Cuor di Fiocco (Snowflake Heart). I was using “Cranberry” by Gentle Arts Sampler Threads! So in between other projects, I got a couple of good days in on this project!
25 Jan 2014
I love Brodeuse Bressane designs and decided when the Fleur de Lys SAL was announced late last year, that I would stitch this one on black. After a number of floss tosses and false starts I finally got a good start on this one on the 25ct evenweave black. Parts 1-4 complete.
This is a SAL put together by the girls of the Aussie Stitchers FB group. We do one part every two months starting February 2014. Part one is complete. I’ll get back to this in April 🙂
Part 1 Finished
Halloween Town is a Alessandra Adelaide Mystery SAL for 2014. One piece will be released each month starting February. Here is part one complete.
Part 1 Finished
Stitch-a-longs appear to be my kryptonite. I don’t know why I sign up to so many of them especially as I don’t complete *any* on time, but I just cannot resist …. especially Mystery SALs. This was a SAL in 2012 and I somehow stopped after part 3 of 5. I think all the stars did me in. Anyway, a few days of stitching and it is now finished! With the exception of 4 beads. They are supposed to be French knots, but blast it, I’m going to use beads. I need 4 Mill Hill 00347 Garnet beads to really finish this.
24 Jan 2014
Topic: How many projects do you generally feel comfortable having in progress at a time? Tell us about your one-at-a-time or rotation habits!
One at a time?? I don’t think I’ve ever stitched one at a time since I started back in the 1990s. Strict rotations don’t work for me either as I tend to find them restrictive and I chafe and find them a chore and then I lose interest in my stitching altogether. So I tend to stitch on something while it interests me and then change to something else. This year I am focusing on finishing some of my 50 o so WIPs that have come about because of the way I stitch 🙂 🙂 Of course as can be seen, I have also signed up to new SALs too – I never learn. But hopefully I will stick with these and get them finished on time for a change.
First WIPocalypse check-in for the year and I’m already a few days late …. oh well. Here goes:
Stitchalong SAL – Any AAN design
For this SAL I thought I would dig out my WIP of Cuor di Fiocco (Snowflake Heart). Unfortunately, although I found my WIP, it was not in its project bag, so I have no idea what thread I am using to stitch it in. Further investigation is required before I can get back to this piece.
Progress 16 Jan 2014
Brodeuse Bressane SAL – Fleur de Lys
I love Brodeuse Bressane designs and decided when the Fleur de Lys SAL was announced late last year, that I would stitch this one on black. After a number of floss tosses and false starts I finally settled on a mix of ThreadworX threads with a touch of Gloriana here and there. Well I only had 32ct black Belfast in my stash and I’m not happy with the garland of leaves, I think the fabric is too small for such intricate lines to show clearly. So I’m going to start this design again in a few weeks when some 25ct black fabric arrives – courtesy of Julie. I think she had enough of watching me struggle with this piece 🙂
Maggi Co’s Village WIP – Catgirl & Catboy
This is a WIP from 2012. It was originally designed to go into the group house I was in at the time, but as usual the project outlasted the item it was being stitched for. I still love the project and I have now finished it. First finish of 2014.
Topic: Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!
Hi I’m Mel, formerly a librarian but now living on disability due to chronic migraine. I do what I can, when I can and don;t stress about the rest. I live with my two beautiful cats in Melbourne, Australia.
Instead of picking specific projects for this WIPocalyse, I plan simply to work on all of the SALs and whatever of my WIPs that interest me at the time. I have over 50 WIPs so if I can get 1 small one finished each month, I will call it a win!
Some of my WIPs are in the list to the left and the tab above. I will add other WIPs as I unearth them! Planning to shop my stash this year, so the WIPocalype is keeping on path. How about everyone else? How are you going so far this year?
OK less than three days in and my resolution is already being tested ….. At the end of this month, the following Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks charts will be removed from sale:
So if you want any of these designs, you have until the end of the month to order them. Me, I want five, but I’m going to wait until next year and have the fun of hunting them down OOP or asking Alessandra if she can release them in digital form …
AAN – A Drop and a Cat
AAN – Blu Daisy
AAN – Mela (apple)
AAN – Sampler Amore
AAN – Rouge Passion