No Crazy 15 January Challenge for me, but I am working on my WIPs. And I thought it would be fun to keep track of what I work on in 2011 in the beautiful Sampler Enthusiast’s Book of Days gifted to me by dear Tanya. I keep track of my starts and finishes in a spreadsheet, but it’s fun to see what all I’ve worked on.
On New Year’s Day I had a traditional new start, Paradise Lost. I began it while watching the Rose Parade. I am normally a center-starter. But after all the problems I had trying to start Garden of Eerie in the center, I decided I’d better hedge my bets and start on the bottom right.
Nothing very exciting, but I always love putting the first stitches into a new project. I thought I’d just work my way across stitching the grass and the words at the bottom. Love how it’s turning out though!
On Sunday, I worked on And They Sinned which is our usual day for the SAL. No photo to show on this one because I am determined to get that dang cloud finished before I update. Not long now. I’m close.
Monday night I decided to pull out CHS’s A&E to work on after seeing Siobhan’s finish (and you know I have to do everything Siobhan does). Mine, however, is being stitched on black fabric over one. And yes I am insane. But, it moves along pretty quickly when I actually decide to work on it. I’m busy filling in Adam’s torso.
Tuesday was guild night (as you can see on the calendar), so I decided to bring my Anniversaries of the Heart with me. I’m still plugging away on Snow Garden. I’d like to get Snow Garden finished up in January, so that I can move onto the next block. My little peacock friend is in dire need of his house though – maybe I’ll start building that next.
On Wednesday I pulled out Camille’s French Sampler by The Sampler Girl. I haven’t worked on this since last January, I think. I had that green vine just barely started, so you can see how much progress I’ve made. When I pulled this out on Wednesday to work on it, I realized that all this switching of projects was creating a huge mess in my stitching area. I was doing more switching in and out of q-snaps and trying to dig to find my thread, etc. that I was adding to the crazy. So, I decided that I would just keep focusing on Camille for awhile. So she got attention on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
And I’ve got a new thing I’m trying out. Robert and I were talking about stitching the other night and when he gets bored with stitching something, he just moves to another area in the piece. That keeps his interest going. Well, I tend to be very methodical in how I work through a piece, so if I get to a part where I lose interest, I set the piece aside. (This is how I have so many WIPs!!!) So I thought I’d give that a try with Camille. When I got bored of stitching the pink band, I moved onto the band below it. When I finished that up, I was ready to get back to the pink band. I also jumped over and started work on the left urn. So, I think this trick may work to keep me from abandoning a project. So thanks, Robert! I’ll let you know how it goes! (Robert’s been suggesting I do this with AOTH too because I’m so bored with Snow Garden…so you may see me start block two sooner rather than later.)
So, that’s all I’ve got to show, but for the first week in January, that’s not bad! I think I’ll feel like I’ve gotten more accomplished if I stick with something rather than switching out every day. Plus that will keep the mess down. I spent a long time yesterday straightening that all up. But, I’m really enjoying my stitching and I’m enjoying writing in my Book of Days. I am hopeful I’ll have a finished cloud to show you soon. It is imminent. Until next time, enjoy your stitching! Oh, and if you’re interested I’ve posted a couple of book reviews for recent reads on the other blog as well as a post on our annual Eggnog and Dessert Party.
I am grateful for finally understanding what the issue is with trying to shoot photos of black fabric.