Midyear WIP Parade: Cross Stitch Edition

I know I’m not the only stitcher/knitter/crocheter that feels this way: I have too many WIPS, and that stresses me out. I know I’ve talked about this before, but it’s worth saying again: this is a hobby, a favorite thing; so, let it be. If you want to start a new project, do it! If you want to work on only one project the whole year, do it!  I know this is a “duh moment,” but it’s easy to get caught up. Ignore the numbers, and don’t compare. So this is my post to gain some organization, start my to-do list (for gifts only), and see where I want to go. I had started a crafting journal but fell off the wagon. I love planners/journals, so I’m brainstorming on a system that will work for me, so I can keep up all the details of my crafty escapades (definitely something with a monthly calendar because I like to see the days I stitched and what I worked on).

I just love talking about WIPs, seeing what everyone else is working on, and comparing notes with other stitchers. So without further ado, here is my parade of WIP starting with the oldest (info in caption):

My oldest WIP: “Gypsy Caravan,” by Helz Cuppleditch- The World of Cross Stitch (Issue 205). I have so many happy memories associated with stitching this.

My first (and ONLY) mystery SAL: “Once Upon a Time Sampler,” by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I can’t even find my thread for this project. I would like to pick it back up in August and finish it this year!

“Fauna the Fairy Witch,” by Brooke’s Books. I wish I had a pet owl….

“Pretty Poppies,” by Lesley Teare- The World of Cross Stitch (Issue 220). SO CLOSE! I even started the backstitching so I wouldn’t burn out.

“Dragonfly Sampler,” by Wendy Mosbacher- Just CrossStitch.

“Grief and Sorrows,” by My Big Toe Designs. This small bit took a really long time.

Two years after our wedding….”Your Color Wedding Cake,” by Bent Creek. I have a more formal sampler kitted up, but I’m not touching it until I finish this SMALL piece!

Bane of my existence (jk…kinda): “Halloween Fairy,” by Nora Corbett. Lovely project but I HATE KREINIK. I’m finally so close, and that’s the only thing that stops me from picking it back up. Oh…and this is a present for my sister…like two years ago.

“Winter Window,” by Susan Bates-The World of Cross Stitching (Issue 197). Still loving it! Already received supplies for “Spring Window.”

My Passion Project: “All Creatures Great and Small,” by Barbara Ana Designs.

“The Queen’s Sampler-Elizabeth I,” by Plum Street Sampler.

My pipe dream: “At the Met,” by Mirabilia. This is my number one project I want to finish. I love it so much but it seems like anytime I pick it up I get nothing done on it.

“Miss Fortune,” by Prairie Schooler

“Elizabeth McGuire, 1763,” by Little House Needleworks. SO MUCH BROWN.

“Hannah Purington, 1796,” by Little House Needleworks. I had to take a break from all the brown in “Elizabeth McGuire.” Still in love with this whole series.

“Seven Swans a Swimming,” by Nora Corbett.

“Caroling Quartet,” by Little House Needleworks. Reminds me of a Dickens Christmas.

“Rabbit Run,” by Prairie Schooler. Love the hand-dyed floss I picked out.

“Moon Sicke,” by The Primitive Needle. I don’t have that much to go!

Progress on my most current WIP: “Frida,” by Barbara Ana Designs- Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher (Spring 2018). Love the colors in this one

I also have a secret WIP for my sister but not much progress on it either. AND I did just purchased a new pattern and its supplies (Happy Early Birthday to Me!): “Haunted October Nights,” by Kooler Design Studio.
Moral of the story…stitch what you want and don’t worry about it.

Happy crafting!



New Start: Farm Sampler

Could help myself to a new start on Monday:Farm Sampler by Lizzie Kate//30 ct Straw linen//DMC

My Autumn Mantel & Two FFOs

I’ve finally decorated for Fall, and I put some finishing touches on two finished pieces.


Barbara Ana’s “Sweeping the Garden”: Attached by magnet so I can switch up the displays!


The Sampler Girl’s “A Pumpkin of My Own”


Bunting I knitted a while back


This Week’s WIPs

This week I’m focusing on three projects I have going on:

1. My first punch needle! “Petite Prims Series: Flag,” by The Old Tattered Flag
It’s not perfect, but I’m proud of how it’s turning out. I’ve already “stashed” two more punch patterns, weavers cloth, and a couple of issues of Punch Needle and Primitive Stitch magazine. Man, are my shoulders tensing up from this though!

2. More progress on Nora Corbett’s “Halloween Fairy”! I’ve been working on this one for over a year on and off for my sister, and I’m just ready for it to be framed! I am beading and back-stitching as I go. Cross stitch-wise, I only have the pumpkins and the moon left, then the rest of the Kreinik and beading will follow! I can actually SEE the finish line!

3. Also close to the finish line: “Moon Sicke,” by The Primitive Needle. So far, I don’t regret omitting the alphabet sampler in the middle. There’s only SO MANY alphabets you can cross stitch in a certain time frame and not go crazy. 😛

I hope everyone’s week is going well and that you find some crafty time!
Happy stitching!

Weekend Finish

img_2849It’s been quite a while since I’ve had a finish (cross stitching or knitting). I consider myself to be a slow stitcher, so I’m happy that I have this one to add to my “to finish” pile. I started this project Friday afternoon and just finished (Sunday afternoon).

All the details:
Barbara Ana’s “Sweeping the Garden” from Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine (Fall 2017) | Stitched 2-over-2 on 32 ct Zweigart linen in “Winter White” colorway | DMC colors (used a mix of called-for colors and my own picks)

I’m not sure how I’ll “finish” her yet (I’ve named her Tabitha by the way). I know she’s supposed to be for Fall decor, but I think she’d be perfect to have around all year. I have a huge pile of finishes that I need to frame or craft into some sort of display so I can finally have a home that looks like a stitcher lives here.

Happy stitching!


Picking out colors for a random weekend start: “Sweeping the Garden,” by Barbara Ana Designs (Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher magazine, Fall 2017).

Bought this magazine so I could learn punch needle, but I’m still waiting on my hoop.