Wednesday WIP report – end of the month…

And here is a full finish, not only is the stitching is done I’ve framed it too.

Circus Carousel by Threaded Treasures

Circus Carousel by Threaded Treasures

This was a kit someone gave me and I held onto it for quite sometime. Then when I was doing some cleaning, I noticed some bug had left me a present on the fabric. I washed it and started the kit hating every moment of it because the fabric was cut so that I had to work with the weft on the vertical instead of on the horizontal. There is a reason that they tell you to stitch with the selvage on the side.
Anyway I got close to the end and realized that the kit only came with 2 buttons for the carousel animals instead of three and to add insult to injury the two buttons the kit did have faced different directions. Any Carousel fan knows that all the animals face the same direction. If they didn’t people would be riding backward. So I went to the Craft Center to get a replacement for the one that I didn’t have and they had an elephant which was facing the direction I needed. The shop owner was nice enough to trade the button from the kit for the one which was facing the correct direction.
This now means that I have no small projects going at all. Everything is medium or large.

Time to report on the Stitch from Stash

So this month I was really good because I knew that I have a group stash enhancement experience (yea, Group S.E.X) coming up in March with some friends, we’re driving up to Shepherd’s Bush and Needlepoint Joint. I wanted to have more than $25 to spend there so I have been saving up. However, we got the announcement that we had a weekend to spend $100 because of Nashville Market. I decided to put together my list of beads and get some beading thread but I couldn’t find the beads I wanted but I did find the beading thread. So with a weekend to spend $100 – I spent a grand total of $2.12 including tax for a spool of clear thread.
As for the entire month, I couldn’t find the final button for my Circus Carousel which is almost done so I went in to replace it. While I was there I realized that the elephant button was facing the wrong direction (after all, the animals on a carousel should all face the same direction so the shop owner let me trade the Mill Hill Debbie Mumm elephant for a no name (but cuter) elephant button facing the correct direction. So my total for the month is $2.50 for a tiger button. As for the Circus Carousel, I’m hoping to have it finished in time for the Wednesday WIP report but if not, I’m sure I’ll be done by the end of the month.

Wednesday WIP – Not as much as last week…

So I feel I haven’t done as much this week as last week but I did find a frame for my Circus Carousel.  And I seem to be missing one of the buttons for the carousel.  I’ve found the Elephant and the Giraffe but I’m not sure I remember what the 3rd animal was, I think it may have been a tiger.  Anyway here is the progress – I’m hoping to have it done by the time the Olympics are over.

Circus Carousel - Threaded Treasures

Circus Carousel – Threaded Treasures

I’m trying to decide if I should do the castle in gray DMC or a steel Krenik. Opinions?

I also did some work on my Autumn Queen by Mirabilia but I don’t feel like I got much done.  Here she is tonight.

Autumn Queen by Mirabilia 2/19/14

Autumn Queen by Mirabilia


Mirabilia’s Autumn Queen on 2/12/14















Compared side by side with where I was last week, well you can see that I’ve put in more time on the circus carousel. I won’t have much time to stitch this weekend since I’ll be teaching hunters’ education and doing some side contract work.

Thoughts on WIPs, WI(s)Ps and UFOs

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!

I cannot ever remember being a one at a time stitcher. The day my grandma drew my first sampler on gingham, we also got a small needlepoint kit at Kmart. I finished the needlepoint kit but never the sampler. I really wish I had kept the sampler but it was binned when I did a UFO clean-out about 18 years ago because I was losing my stash area. I’ve been lucky in almost always having space for UFO’s or WI(s)P’s or WIP’s and supplies everywhere I’ve lived. With space for stash, comes the ability to kit lots of things. This works for me since I tend to be an ADD crafter. I bounce from project to project as the urge hits. This does not help with getting things finished. I’ve had a subscription to Just Cross-stitch since it started in 1987. At some point I actually started reading the articles as well and one year there was an article about why projects become UFOs. The writer suggested that we quit working on things when we either run into something we don’t feel comfortable doing, a technique that bores us, or a stitch we don’t know. I would like to add to that, knowing you made a mistake and not being able to find it.
The author suggested creating a list (pronounced multiple tab spreadsheet in my case) of the unfinished projects and what is the next step toward completion. I found that most of my pieces had one of two issues – they either needed back-stitching or frogging. For the non-stitchers or beginning stitchers – it’s called frogging since you have to “rip-it, rip-it” to remove the floss you just put in to get back to where the error was made.

This taught me I need to backstitch as I go because I don’t like to backstitch, which is odd because I do enjoy blackwork. Maybe it’s the thought of piercing the threads which are already there that makes the difference. Anyway, that started the analytical part of my stitching. I now keep an excel sheet of my projects, my rotation, my finished work, the WIP and FUP lists and a separate inventory management system which crashed and new options are needed.

2014 Project List  (this is an excel file if you would like to see it)

When I started tracking I would have said I felt over 60 projects would be too many and made me panicked.  However, as I’ve worked on bring it under 60 I’ve found myself trying to justify new starts.  The goal is to lower it to a total of 30 WIP’s counting only those items on the FUPpy list that I can do myself.  [FUPpy is a finished unfinished project – the stitching is done but it needs to be framed, pillowed or ornamented).  I really don’t think I should count items where the only reason it’s on the list is I haven’t budgeted the cash to send it to a framer, finisher,  or machine quilter.  In fact as I write this post I made that change and added a tab called Cash Needed and while I was at that, I carried over the tab from 2 years ago for the old WIP Killers list.  I eliminated some things off it but I still have far to go.  It did feel good to see that a piece which was only 24% completed 2 years ago is now over 54%.  I also added a list of items which I have fully kitted and ready to start.  I thought this might be helpful as I consider more stitching from stash this year.  The interesting thing is that as I look at the list of things that I really wanted to start during the year of the TW Carousel horses, a couple of them don’t appeal to me anymore.

Anyway to get back on topic, the reorganization leaves me with 40 items on my WIP list which is a lot closer to where I wanted to be.  I’m itching to start on Spring Queen by Mirabilia but I have about 3 smalls I should start and complete first.   I currently have no small pieces at all on my WIP list – they’re all completed.  I really do want to complete at least 2 of the large pieces that I have going.

I tend to reorganize my rotation every year and this year, I’m using a category system.  You can read about it here or you can check out the link to the Stitch from Stash 2014 page at the top of the blog. It seems to be working for me.  One of the other new things I’m trying is a stitch journal where I record the amount of time and the project I worked on each day.  I have a ton of empty notebooks and this seemed like a good use for one and I think it’s helping.  I just quake at the thought of having to admit that I didn’t do anything for myself on a day.  So we’re two months into the year and I’m making progress and the rotation seems to be working for my short attention span.  Here’s to keeping it up for a full year…

Mid Olympics Wednesday update…

The stitching time during the Olympics is good to me.  I’m totally upset today about not getting to see any of the women fly for the first time because NBC decided to rebroadcast the luge.  I’m totally upset about after all the fights to get the sport into the Olympic games and NBC doesn’t broadcast the historic event.  I’m going to take it that NBC hates that women are finally allowed in an all male sport.  Yep, NBC hates women ski jumping.

So here is my progress this week.  I got 12 hours in on Fire and Ice…Image
I finished pages 2 and 3 and got quite a bit done on page 6.
And here is my circus carousel. This was my travel piece for forever but I’ve had puppies want to stitch with me and that means working in hand instead of using the frame.
And I got 5 hours done on my Autumn Queen. It doesn’t look like much got done but I put in a solid 2 hours of beads and metallic threads. Next week we should have much more progress.

Wednesday WIP pre-Olympic post

It’s Wednesday and the night before the Olympics which means I should have a ton of progress to report next week.

Kustom Krafts Fire and Ice

Kustom Krafts Fire and Ice

I’m at about halfway through the 10 hour rotation slot on F&I and I’m coming pretty close on my goal to finish pages 2 and 3.
Normally my travel piece, the Circus Carousel has received some love this week since I went to the phlebotomy class of my daughter by another mother and we had the boy scouts over to watch movies which meant I didn’t have access to my stitching stand.


I love the Olympics. Before I blew out my knee, I used to love doing moguls and ballet but that sledding accident ended my skiing since I can’t take the side pressure anymore. But I love watching them. I looking forward to seeing the competition and although I know that NBC is going to screw the pooch on the coverage, I’m hoping there is enough posted on the Internet from other country’s media to help me see what I want to see. So, just so you know, I hope you are doing something fun for the next two weeks since I’ll be glued to TIVO.