Sunday, January 29, 2023

Tulip Scissor Fob

I made this Tulip Scissor Fob from Sue Hawkins as a gift for a friend. Finished 12th July 2022, started in April the same year.

Sunday, January 22, 2023


I had thought I'd just stop doing this blog since I wasn't making that many posts, so I tried just writing in a journal. Let's just say I'm even worse with pen and paper. So back to this blog. Maybe less talking though and just posting milestones. I'll also do only one piece per post So here is Firebird by Riolis - finished on 9 October 2022 (wow I'm already so used to 2023 that I wrote 2023 first).

Friday, February 26, 2021

Getting back on track

I'm starting to get back on track with my stitching. A stitching retreat in Wellington, a few visits to The Embroiderer and Ribbon Rose, a new project, a bunch of organising of my stash, and now I want to stitch everything in my stash and in the shop and everything else I see on the internet. Actually doing the stitching is still sometimes a bit of a challenge, but even that is improving. Anyway - far more important - the new project. I picked this up and started it on the 17th of October last year. It is the Firebird/Pheonix from Riolis.

Oh - and looking at the last couple of posts - I don't think I ever showed you my Queen's Crown from Amy Mitten. I started this a couple of years ago - before I got sick anyway - and haven't really stitched on it since I got sick, so it's basically just some outlines on the fabric at the moment. I really should get back to it. Maybe after Firebird is finished - although DD wants me to stitch her some wolves too - she rescued the pattern from my recent sale and found fabric and threads for it and basically told me to get moving (lol). I think perhaps the wolves for simple work, and taking places, and this for at home when my brain is working.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Well that didn't go as planned...

I had got back to my stitching, and was planning my monthly WIPocalypse posts when I got told I had cancer. Then followed surgery, chemotherapy that almost killed me (apparently it disagrees with me - once again I'm a strange outlier lol), and radiotherapy. Through it all God was with me as always, and although I've still got 10 years of tablet taking to go, the worst is over.

Then just as I get back to work and start fitting back into my schedule, COVID-19 comes along and we're all in lockdown. I'm told my job is essential (guess they want to make sure the fuel keeps flowing so other more essential people can make it to their jobs), although at reduced hours as with lower demand less bits break meaning less fixing, so I'm still working instead of stitching.

I was looking back over my WIPocalypse posts to see where I got to and what the heck I was doing, and I found my very first post where I listed three projects and said I'd update the list. Clearly that never happened. So I think I'll redo my list now. At least I can cross off two of the projects that were on there - Bargello Fun, and Beetle-wings and Bling. Allure though, poor thing, has had no love. This has not stopped me from adding to my 'projects to do' list.

So now my top three projects to do are:

1) Queen's Crown (Amy Mitten)
2) Allure (Carolyn Mitchell)
3) Red Square (Joni Stevenson)

I think. I reserve the right to change my mind :)

Plus of course I want to finish all my WIPs - hey, I heard that thump as you hit the ground laughing :)

Now on to the interesting part - what I've been doing all this time. Well, as it turns out, not much (because chemotherapy...). BUT - I did get my piece that I'd been planning for this years Great Escape exhibition finished. Unfortunately Great Escape has been one of the many casualties of the virus, so poor Mr Peacock won't be on display for a while, if ever - I do hope I find another exhibition for him, but who knows - he was created for this one with its theme 'My View'. I have titled the piece 'Look At Me!' and I'm really pleased with how he turned out. So is the cat if his grooming of the feathers around the outside is any indication lol. (And sorry - I've just realised I didn't clean the mirrors before I took the photo).

And while that was a big one to finish (so much so that I have decided designing isn't for me, I'd much rather stitch other peoples designs) it wasn't the only thing I did. While on reduced brain power and off work I started sorting my stash. I am still going, but I have seven (so far) boxes of items to trade. Then I have a huge pile of magazines and magazine pages that will be looking for a new home eventually - I'm hoping I can find someone near(ish)by in NZ who is willing to come and pick the lot up in one go - but I'll worry about sorting that out once I've finished sorting the magazines out (see all the empty boxes that used to have magazines in them).

Saturday, July 06, 2019

June WIPocalypse

My June update starts with another finish - St Nicholas Cathedral from Mill Hill.

So then I started on the Queen's Crown from Amy Mitten - I'm not far enough into that to take a photo yet as all that can really be seen so far is Amy's pattern on the fabric. But never fear - there will be photos in the future as I get more actually stitched. I've also done a bit more on the piece I'm designing myself - that's one slow process - it makes me really grateful for other people's patterns :)

Yesterday I took a short 90 minute introductory needle felting class at Auckland's Woolfest Aftermath. Here is the little kitty head I made. It still needs work - but I think I got the basic idea down. Maybe now I'll get on with those projects that have been sitting on the shelf for a while (cue laughing).

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Some Finishes

I finished the quilt top, and sent it off to my mother who finished it for me and gave it to the recipient. Thanks Mum :)

I also finished a beaded bug class with Julie Hennessy and the North Shore Embroidery Guild.

I started a class at Great Escape with Anne Marie Moorhead called The Catnapper.

And I finished the gift I was stitching - His Name is Jesus from Joyful Expressions.

I'm almost finished Mill Hill's St Nicholas Cathedral.

And I got framed for the guild exhibition Mr Gecko, Flyways, Bargello Fun, and Hot Air Balloons.

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.