Monday, August 27, 2018

August Wipocalypse Update

Sorry - back to almost nothing this month. I'm still trying to catch up with myself after all the running around I've been doing for the last few months.

After finishing Mr Gecko (Beetlewings and Bling) I have only stitched on a gift (which I'm not showing), and only thought about my piece for entry into the Great Escape exhibition (which I also won't be showing off until after). So no photos again this month - must try harder lol. Incidentally, if you didn't see Mr Gecko's finish last month - take a look - he really is stunning and I'm so pleased with how he turned out. The pictures really don't do him justice.

I have also moved my sewing room around again - this time DH needed a computer space, so I put my sewing desk (all my stitching stayed where it was) upstairs in the bedroom where I'll get beautiful sunshine, and he's set his desk up where it was in the darker back room. I reckon that's a pretty good trade.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

July Wipocalypse

Whoops - I seem to have missed a couple of months there. Nevermind - I do at least have semi-good excuses. The last half of May and the first half of June I was doing an online course in Software Testing - trying to see what a new career might look like :) - although now my fixed term contract has been turned into a permanent job, so I may not have to worry about career changes for a bit. Then the rest of June I was madly scrambling to get myself sorted for July - finishing off my notes for the project I was leading for Cyberpointers, sorting out our trip down country for my Grandmothers 90th birthday, and sorting out my trip to the biannual ANZEG conference (Association of New Zealand Embroidery Guilds). So not much stitching in there, but a lot of other things going on.

Finally last week, in the middle of writing this post, I had to take a trip to my other grandmothers funeral - it was good seeing family and getting to spend time with Mum and Dad, even if the reason for seeing them all was sad. But I'm back now, and trying hard to get back on track.

Which brings us to July. July is exciting. First there was Bargello Fun, designed by Carol Algie Higginbotham - the chapter book project I led for the Cyberpointers chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild. You may remember I was stitching it earlier in the year, but didn't feel I could share pictures until the meeting was over - well, now it is, so I can now show you the finished product.


Then we have the biannual ANZEG conference and embroidery school. This was my first time at conference and I really enjoyed myself. Nelson is a lovely town right in the center of NZ (so yes, I walked to the center and took a photo to prove I was there). I took two classes - Folded Boxes from Gary Clarke, and Peacock Splendour from Maree Talbot. Unsurprisingly neither of these is finished.

The Center of New Zealand

Folded boxes - see how the pattern is on the back and we're stitching from the back to make the pattern on the front.

Her finished casket was just stunning - I'd love to do the whole thing one day, but realistically, don't think I would as it's not my favourite type of stitching so can't see myself spending that much time on it.

And some photos from the gardens in Nelson - those textures and patterns...


Finally (I think, hopefully I haven't missed anything) is an update on Beetlewings and Bling. The best update of all too. It's finished!!!!

(one trying to show the 3D shape)

Oh - and the other project I'm looking at starting is a knitting one. I visiting Woolfest at the end of May and purchased 8 balls of the deliciously soft Bohemia Gothic wool from Outlaw Yarn, in a beautiful wine colour. It's 45% Polwarth, 45% Alpaca, and 10% Possum. I did have a pattern in mind when I purchased it, but now I'm not sure if it's the right wool for it, so I'm still browsing patterns and thinking.

Just to finish off I'll give you some photos from the bottom of the South Island - after Grandma's funeral we did a little bit of sightseeing so I'll share some of it with you.


In sorting these photos I discovered I've developed a very bad habit of putting my finger over the lens. In my defense, on the boat I was trying not to drop the phone - there would have been no retrieving it from the bottom of Milford Sound. And as always (at least in my case) the reality is so much better than the photos.

Monday, April 30, 2018

April WIPocalypse Update

Here we have Beetlewings. He's looking really good, except that he doesn't photograph very well (at least with my skills). I had hoped to have him finished, but oh well, there is always next month.


I've also started on the gift I planned, but I'm not showing that one off here.

And - don't faint - but I finally pulled out the quilt top I was doing for DD, only she's too old for it now, so I'll do it for my niece instead. Hopefully I'll finish it before she's too old for it too. Although I have got further than I remembered, so there is that :)

Friday, April 06, 2018

March WIPocalypse update - with photos even!!!!

I finally have some pieces I can photograph for you. Ok, so the first one isn't much - I didn't get anywhere near as far as I wanted on Allure (I blame work and chores for getting in the way of prime stitching time :) ). But progress on my class that I took at the weekend is going great. So I've put Allure to the side for now and want to finish Beetlewings, Beads and Bling first.

I've also decided that when I get a chance I'm going to add a new list to the side of my blog - all my WIPs and finished projects listed by designer - because I was trying to find the name of a design this afternoon and it took a long time scrolling through the list to find it. It would have been much quicker if I could have gone straight to that designer. But that's a project for another day and will probably just go underneath the lists already there, not replace them or anything. Not that that is probably of much interest to anybody but me :)

So onto the important things: Stitching!!!

Allure (Carolyn Mitchell):


I haven't got very far, but I think once I get going properly it will go quite quick. The class is only up to lesson 2 as well, so I'm not too far behind (says me hopefully).

Beetle-wings and Bling (Julie Clemett):


My class piece from The Great Escape. Doesn't s/he look good? (I still haven't made up my mind whether this is a girl lizard or a boy lizard, and their name keeps changing too). I'm hoping to get this finished quite quickly - I'm going to concentrate on this until it's finished I think.

I've already put in my registration for next years Great Escape - my number one choice is The Catnapper.

Oh - and I found a picture of this little Mill Hill kit on the camera - it doesn't appear that I've shown this to you before. OK, full disclosure - I didn't stitch it. I picked it up prestitched at the guild auction one year, and I finally put it together back in November. Found the instructions - it's called Everygreen Stocking and it's from their Charmed Stocking range.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

February WIPocalypse Update

It's that time again, where I tell you I didn't achieve much. Except that this time I can say I finished the piece I'll be leading for Cyberpointers. Whoohoo - although I'm still not going to show a photo of it. I finished that on Saturday evening, and have been moving furniture around and finding the bits to set up Allure and Beads, Bling, and Beetlewings. I think I have everything together now, and only one piece of furniture left to move, so hopefully I can get started on setting both of them up, and on the actual stitching for Allure tonight.

Then maybe next month (or earlier) I might even have photos for you again.

On the other hand maybe not as many as you might want, as I also had a brilliant idea for a gift over the weekend, and if I start stitching that too I won't be showing it on here until it's been given (and hopefully the recipient also thinks it's a brilliant idea).

Sunday, February 04, 2018

January Wipocalypse update

Well, not much to report here. I have finished section two of my piece for Cyberpointers. And I have had notification that my kit has reached my US postal address, so will soon be winging its way to NZ and I should have that within the next two weeks - a deadline for finishing the Cyberpointers piece perhaps? Unlikely to happen as this section seems to be the most time consuming, but hey, you never know.

I am also halfway through sorting my craft room - we moved in September to a house with a spare bedroom. The original plan was to have a spare bedroom with some sort of fold up bed so the room could serve duel purpose. But it turned out that the fourth bedroom was really too small for that sort of thing (especially as it has one corner cut off on an angle, and too small for a office (we have a computer and a desk each, so we need a little bit more room than the normal home office - so our dining room does double duty, as it has done for the last few houses - good thing we only have a small dining table).

Anyway, after discussion we decided I could turn the fourth room into my craft/sewing room. So for the first few months it was just the dumping ground for stuff we wanted to get out of the way while we rearranged other rooms. But once those were mostly done, or at least looked presentable, at Christmas I pulled everything out of the room and started setting it up. I got my nice IKEA pine table from where it had been stored at my PIL's, and set it up - I am still looking for the screws to hold the extension flap on, but the main part is done. But that was half the room taken up. Then I managed to squeeze three IKEA Billy bookshelves in there - two were English Billys so they are a bit narrower than the US ones and fitted in the angled wall corner. The other is a deep US one, which fits 64L and 84L Really Useful Boxes perfectly - I've mostly used smaller ones though as handling the larger ones can get awkward sometimes. Then I put my chest of drawers with all the quilting fabric in there and the room is pretty well full. And I still have two pieces of furniture I should be fitting in there somehow.

That was the easy part - now I'm on the hard part of sorting stuff and where it should all go. Again, I've done all the easy bits, and have a shelf of WIPs in the wardrobe. The larger Billy has fabric and thread, and the smaller ones all my books and charts. We won't mention the extra boxes of charts and kits that just have to sit on the floor until I can sort and cull my collection. Or the boxes of magazine pages (I've even got rid of most of the magazine and only kept the patterns I liked and I've still got piles) that are stuffed under the desk until I can figure out what to do there. So now I just have random things to deal with - unfortunately there is still way too much of that and I'm going to slow. I blame work for getting in the way of fun things.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Joining the WIPocalypse

I found a new group to join. OK, so I've been aware of their existence for a while, but I didn't really do much except read a few blogs here and there. Well, now I've decided to join in. Hopefully it'll help me get through a few more WIP's and start blogging a bit more again.

The info for the group is here

But basically it's a monthly check-in to see what progress you've made on your WIPs (new or old), and a way to encourage each other. So I'm going to try it, and I'm going to see if I can make some progress.

Therefore - in the spirit of the WIPocalypse I'm going to list the top three projects I'd like to finish. I don't want to list more than that as then I'll be switching the list around so often it'll do my head in. But as I finish one project I'll add another to the bottom of the list. That should hopefully keep me on track, while still allowing me lots of room to change my mind about what I want to do.

1. The piece I'm leading for Cyberpointers at the July meeting. There won't be photos of this until after the meeting, as although it's a chapter book project and so not secret or anything, I just don't feel right posting it since I am doing it for an event. Good news though - it naturally divides into three parts, and I am almost finished the second part.

2. I was going to put Heart/Echoes of Elizabeth here, but well, you know me and new projects. So I signed up for another class. It's a Cyberworkshop with ANG called Allure (about a third of the way down this page), and is supposed to start on Feb 1st. But due to me being on the other side of the world, and things being a bit snowy in the US, I don't have my kit yet, so I don't think I'll be starting it then - and of course I want to finish project 1 first anyway.

3. And I'm guessing that will take me to March easily - whereupon I'm signed up for another workshop here in Auckland called the Embroiderers Great Escape and I'm doing a project called Beetlewings, Beads and Bling (class 4 in the list).

What are the chances I'll actually finish all those three before the next shiny thing comes along and not get distracted?

Friday, November 03, 2017

Flyways finish

Flyways is finished. OK, so I finished it a month ago, but it's still a finish.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

A finish and some framing

I finished Hot Air Balloons. Maybe one day I'll sew some binding around the edge, but probably it will just go in the drawer with the other things.


I framed Irresistible Iridescents (and it looks much better in real life)


And Desert Diamonds


And Winter Scenery. This one looks a bit funny as the picture was taken with it flat on a chair, but I've rotated the photo so you can see how it's supposed to hang to make the 'lollipop'

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Desert Diamonds and other progress

I finally finished this class. I actually finished it back on the 13th of December, but I didn't get around to posting it on the blog. So here it is now.


In the evening sun.

Trying to be clever and get the stitches to show up - not sure it worked, but I still like the photo.

Before it was finished, showing the difference between having the background and not having it.

I also had a new year start (or two). I chose Echoes of Elizabeth by Gay Ann Rogers as it's been sitting in my stash calling to me for a while. And since I was doing that I also pulled out Heart of Elizabeth as the two go together. I don't have and aren't interested in the Portrait of Elizabeth, so I think these two are all I'll do of the Elizabeth pieces.

Echoes of Elizabeth

Heart of Elizabeth

I'm thinking I might finish the border on Echoes and then finish up the heart before returning to Echoes.

There has also been more progress on Hot Air Balloons by Audlem Mill too. I'm hoping to have this finished before long, and then I'll work on the third old WIP I pulled out before choosing another group of three.


And I started on the next (and last) round robin which should probably be the first thing I concentrate on stitching.

Last of all, here's my finished by others, but not me yet, round robin :) I have a plan for the corners and borders, and then I guess I'll fill in any gaps that look obvious. But I could still change my mind on what I want to do.