I didn’t stitch much this month, but I did get a lot done….

Business first:

Spent: $0  Earned: $0

I didn’t stitch much this month.  Life got in the way.  I had two kids move out of the house one of which was a permanent move and one was off to college and so he’ll be back.  Anyway with the one leaving for good, the younger son decided to move out of his room and I got his room for my new craft room.  Which meant I did over 20,000 steps moving everything from the main floor, up the stairs to my new room.   I have 12 square feet more and a 2nd closet.  Here are pictures at the end of the first night before everything was moved in.

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I’ve unpacked more since these pictures were taken.  I don’t want to take final pictures yet though because I don’t have pictures hung yet.

Oh and to add to the reason I’m not stitching… after the move, I had a lot of hand pain. So I went to a hand surgeon who told me I was getting old so now I’m looking for someone else to give me a 2nd opinion and might actually take an x-ray.

Once upon a time I created a website….

I took a class on a program that I don’t remember except that it was wysiwyg and everything came together easily.  But I haven’t managed the website in forever.  It’s not optimized for mobile, the focus piece on the cover is one I’ve actually finished ages ago.  The PHP code from the gallery is long gone. So it’s time to learn something new and re-vamp it.

My hosting company does have a WordPress app which would allow me to migrate what I’ve done here over to there (or I would hope so).  So now I have a new non-stitching project…

First check in for the second half of the year – Stitch from Stash

And we are now in part B of this year’s Stitch from Stash experience.  Business first – Spend $20.44 Earned $6.00 Total $14.44

The items I bought were beads and wisper for Raven Queen and the JCS Halloween issue.

The earn is for finishing the Lauren Sauer Basket of Roses Scissor Fob

Lauren Sauer fob

I found the monogram in a book I had in my stash.  It does look better from a distance than up close.  The current rotation slot is Summer Carousel Horse by Theresa Wentzler.  I’ve finished the first page of the working copy and I’m working on the 2nd page.  I would like to finish about 1/2 of this page during this rotation slot.


I need to put the electronics down and stitch more.

Angst over the WIP list…

Several years ago I followed the advice of an article in Just CrossStitch magazine and pulled out all my started but incomplete stitching projects and made a list of where I was on stitching them and what the next step was.  I discovered that when I had all the stitching done and just needed to backstitch, I would quit the project. So I started backstitching as I go and that has helped.  But since then, I’ve kept a spreadsheet of my Works In Progress (WIP list).  Over the years I’ve added additional information such as stitch count; if it’s a small, medium, or large project; how many hours I’ve dedicated to stitching it; and where it is currently stored if it’s not on the stitching stand.

The largest my list has been is 68, the smallest since I started keeping track is 32.  I find that I’m comfortable with 36 projects on the list and if it goes any higher I get anxious.  This leads me to my current dilemma.  As an officer in my local EGA chapter, I participated in our class from a visiting teacher, Lauren Sauer, and started two of the projects she taught the class.  I finished the first 2 rows of the Anniversary Rose sampler and I finished over half of the Basket of Roses scissor fob.  I should add that both of these projects are over 1 thread projects and I definitely needed magnifying to work on them.  Both projects added to my list brought me to a total of 36 projects.  Normally, this would be fine but I had told myself and my kids earlier this year that once I finished over 50% of Mirabilia’s Autumn Queen, then I would start one of the other queens.  I have both Spring and Summer kitted up and ready to go.  They have been ready to go since 2004 when I got a yard of Silk/Linen to work with for them.

Maybe it’s the talk at work of enforcing WIP limits but I hit 69% on Autumn Queen this weekend and although I really want a new start, I look at the list and think, not going to happen until something else comes off.   So do I work on the over one stitches to finish the monogram and design on the scissor fob or do I work to finish off Autumn Queen before I start the next queen?  Maybe I work on OverDyed Dragon which has under 10,000 stitches left.  OR I could work on Tide Pools which has about the same number of stitches left as Autumn Queen but goes quickly once I get in the groove of working on it.

But as I get close to a finish, I also have to take into account my track record with completion anxiety.  Just so you know, when I get close to finishing a large or medium piece, I slow down or find excuses not to stitch. (Facebook and associated games have become a great distraction). In trying to analyze this, the best analysis I have found is I have worked so long on the pieces that they have become friends and it hurts to end the friendship even if it means they will be moving to the walls. I end up bribing myself with such things as, if I put one strand in the almost finished piece, then I can work the rest of the evening on a piece that excites me.  I usually end up putting 3 or 4 strands in the anxiety piece before moving on so that works well.

So to help with the decision, I added a new column to my spreadsheet called stitches remaining.  Interestingly, there are fewer stitches left on Fruit Bellpull by Teresa Wenztler than I have left on Autumn Queen. But the scissor fob is definitely the piece with the fewest stitches remaining to do before it’s done.  Maybe I should look at getting a stronger pair of magnifying glasses and just finish it so I can start a new queen.  Now just to focus on the seasonal queens and put thoughts of Mirabilia’s Raven Queen to the side.

May Stitch from Stash Check in

Wow, it’s been a full month since I blogged.  I would like to say that I’ve been busy stitching but I think I spent more time playing games on my tablet than anything else.  Since I was playing games, I didn’t do any shopping…So my May spent amount is ZERO.  But I didn’t earn anything either.  I did actually work on a few things though.  I have pictures to prove it….


I finished up my rotation slot on Spring Carousel Horse by Teresa Wentzler and I started the rotation slot on Memories of Tide Pools.  Just so you all remember what it looks like….


I’ve also been volunteering up at This is the Place Heritage park and when I’m up there I have a scrap quilt that I’ve been working on.  I’m surprised that I haven’t done more on it considering the amount of time I’ve had to quilt between guests.  In addition, I’ve been working on Nora Corbett’s Christmas Elf which is my current travel piece.  I figure if I can do a thread a day I will eventually finish it.

So that was my month…

April Stitch from Stash Check In

Business First

Month: April

Spent: 7.50

Earned: $24.00 – 2 pieces the first worth $16 and the 2nd worth $8

So I was over budget by 4.91 last month which meant I didn’t have the normal budget to spend this month.  I was limited to what I earned after I paid back my overage.  Early on in the month, I finished an original design sampler meant to teach specialty stitches, being mainly specialty stitches It counted double (plus I should get designer credit)

EGA Green and White Sampler

And the rest of the month, I worked on finishing The Raven by La-D-Da using Fibers to Dye For and stitched on Silkweaver’s Parkland and tonight I finished it.


I started this for my son, Light.  I have 2 other La-D-Da pieces for the other children but I won’t be starting those for a bit.  The 7.50 I spent was for the missing fibers and beads I needed to start Christmas Elf by Mirabilia/Nora Corbett and I started her and she’s now my travel piece.  Finishing The Raven means that this rotation slot is done and it’s back to a TW piece – and up on the frame is Spring Carousel Horse.


Let’s see what 10 hours on this will produce….

Wipocalypse April check in

So the topic for Wipocalypse this month is which stitches to you dread and what do you like?

About the only stitch I dread is bullion knots I just can’t get the tension right and they look like sad worms….  As for stitches I like, I enjoy Queen stitches.  I know other people hate them but I find them easy. I haven’t really understood why people find them so hard, for the longest time I thought I must be doing them wrong.  Several  years ago though I had a conversation with a designer who enjoys Queen stitches too and she said I was doing them correctly.  So I don’t understand the fuss.

For a background stitch on Needlepoint canvases, I usually fall back on Queen Anne’s Lace, often referred to as a T stitch. It’s a simple filler stitch that works up quickly.

If you want pictures of what I did this month, check out the blog entry before this one.  I’ve done 2 rotation slots in a short period of time and I’m progressing on The Raven too.   Pictures of that to come next Wednesday. Hopefully it will be finished by then or at least close to being done.

One finished rotation slot…

April 2014 rotation completed

April 2014 rotation completed

And on to the next Theresa Wentzler design on the rotation list – Spring Carousel Horse.

But the rotation list does say that I should work on something in between the TW designs and I went over budget by 4.91 in my stitch from stash challenge. If I finish some pieces then I can earn back the 4.91 and be back on track. I’ve finished one piece – a sampler I designed from a stitch sheet we got in EGA last month and using threads given from the EGA teacher.

EGA Green and White Sampler

This is the sampler… it’s 67×68 and mainly specialty stitches which equates to a credit of $16.  That makes up my deficit and covers the 7.50 in beads and Krenik I need to finish kitting up Mirabilia’s Christmas elf.  However, just to be on the safe side, I would like to finish up one more piece and the only small piece I have which is close to being finished is The Raven by La-D-Da.


I started this one a few years ago for my middle child and it’s been my travel piece but I want to have Christmas Elf as my travel piece so Raven needs to be finished. I should be able to finish it in under 10 hours it’s only 161 x 64 and I’ve done about one out of the 6 rows of blocks.  I can get this finished this month, right?

March Stitch from Stash Report

I knew this month would be a big spending month.   Once a year I go to Logan, UT to teach Hunter’s Education classes for a USU professor who my daughter had 5 years ago.  We’ve been helping teach his classes every year since then.  In Logan is the retail home of Embroidery.com which is a huge seller of Nora Corbett/Mirabilia designs.  They were having a 20% off sale.  I got things off my wish list – Pixies – Holly, Lilac, Wisteria and Lily of the Valley as well as some of the supplies for those patterns and the threads I was missing for Christmas Elf.

So my report for the month –

Spent – $61.64

Earned – $0

But I have been stitching.  I finished up the rotation slot on Autumn Queen and I’m working on the plum block for Fruit Bellpull.  I also put a few stitches in on my travel piece, The Raven.  Hopefully things will get easier to stitch when I pick up my new glasses.  Yes, my prescription has changed again.  The joys of growing older.  I’ll add pictures later.

What’s up next for the year of TW Stitching?


Fruit  Bellpull  by Theresa Wentzler started in 1997. Originally a gift for someone I no longer know how to contact.


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