August WIPocalypse progress

Looking at my original list, I should be showing the progress I made on Spring Carousel Horse.  And the answer to that would be none!  I did get it out of the sewing room and up on the stand though.  I have,  however, been working on stitching things.  I finished Winter and he’s now at the framers so he’ll be ready to compete in the State Fair.  He got his own blog post.  I also finished Black Swan’s Fire and Ice.
I started this  back in December 2010 when I was in the mood for something small and had money to buy silk.  It’s stitched in silk and metallics.

I also avoided a mis-step.  After finishing F&I I was in the mood for a new start since I was still horsed out and not ready to work on Spring so I kitted up La-D-Da’s The Raven but before I could start it, the kids reminded me that this is the WIPocalypse and I should be working on completing things not starting new things.  The goal was to pare the list down and it’s been good to see things move from the stitching category to the finishing or framing category.  This has not made the list go from 69 projects to any smaller number though.  I do have a great arrangement with my framer.  I send him pieces and a monthly amount.  He tells me when my hostages have been ransomed.  I have 5 pieces there and Winter is paid for and my next payment should also free another.  I got Red Thread Sampler back from him this year.  It’s an odd size so it was expensive ($253) – I don’t think I’ve posted it before.

Here is the full framed piece. Here is the detail of the corner cuts  – and finally a close up of the center cut design, A needle

And a bow to help tie together the French lines and mimic the Red Thread.

I can’t wait to see what he does with Winter Carousel Horse – he’s doing the frame in a manner so I can pop out the piece and the mat in order to put a different season in the same frame.  It’s the same way businesses do their advertising frames.

So enough tangent, back to the original topic –

In order to cure my desire for a start, I worked on a piece for an exchange I joined.  The mailing date is next week so after the recipient gets it, I’ll post pictures.   So all in all a productive month.

See you again at the next full moon.

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July WIPocalypse post

I must have done more reading than stitching but looking at the pictures I do see some progress.  But considering how little there is of it, I think I probably spent more time on Zynga than I should have .

TW's Winter Carousel Horse July 3, 2012

Winter really should have been finished by now.  I can see the progress now that I look at the picture and compare it to last month but looking at the graph, I feel that I haven’t made any progress at all.

Fixed but not finished....

The loom saw some love, although it looks much the same as last month.  However, the error in the harness has been fixed and now it’s an issue of do I split the last diamond and do a half on each edge or do I pick one side and add a 4th diamond.  I’m  leaning toward the split pattern just because I tend to like patterns with an odd number of repeats.

Black Swan's Fire and Ice

What’s surprising is how much love and attention this little guy got.  I took him to the primary elections with me and worked on him in between chapters of Deadlocked.  He’s the next piece which should be getting time and attention but I think he’ll get alternated with the Pony.  It will be interesting to see how much stitching time I get with the Olympics coming up this month.