Sunday, December 31, 2017

The stitching year of 2017

Thank you for the lovely comments and warm welcome back to blogging.  I wanted to post again before the end of 2017 with a round-up of the different pieces I stitched through 2017.  Overall this has not been one of my better years for stitching and finishing but, I do have a couple of pieces to share so….here goes…..

I think this has been my favourite stitch in 2017, The Drawn Thread’s Welcome Winter.  I started this in October and finished it at the beginning of this month…..my final finish for 2017.

I loved this one and plan to have it framed rather than left in the finished pile.  I used fabric that was in my stash (it’s Wichelt/Permin and I think it’s 32ct  light sandstone) and most of the suggested overdyed threads.  I did sub the green for the tree, changed that to a stronger green and used Crescent Colours Broccoli.

Another Winter/Christmas one was With Thy Needle & Threads Snow for Christmas…

I stitched this as a SAL on IG which was a lot of fun.  There’s no doubt, having others stitching along with you is a great motivator to keep stitching.  I did sub the fabric, went with a blue that was in my stash and used a mix of the suggested colours, the couple of colours I didn’t have I changed to DMC.  The little jingle bell was another sub, again it was in my stash. 

Earlier in the year I stitched BBD’s Spring Song from their booklet Mary Ann Blackburn (Loose Feathers Spring 2012).

This is one I’d on my ‘must stitch’ list ever since the booklet was released.  Again, I used fabric from my stash (are you noticing a theme here……trying to make a dent in my fabric stash……I’ve a long way to go on that though!) but used the suggested overdyeds. 

Another one that I stitched was Winter Heart from La-D-Da’s Three Sweet Hearts booklet. 

This one was stitched on the suggested WDW Parchment fabric (30ct), which was in my stash, with the suggested Gloriana Rosewood silk.

Finally, I had hoped to be able to report Blackbird Designs Garden Club series as a finish in 2017 but…no.  I’ve been working on this series for almost 2 years now (started January 2016!) and have been very hit and miss with it. 

Here we are at the end of December 2017 and I can tell you that I’m almost there.  I’m currently working on the12th square.  I haven’t stitched these in order which maybe wasn’t the wisest move.  The inevitable happened, as I gradually added the charts to my stash I stitched the ones I liked best of all leaving my least favourites to the end.  This last square (which will remain nameless for now!) is taking me forever.  Yes, I could call it a day at eleven squares but there’s that part of me that can’t do that.  Even though I’m not fond of this one I feel the need to stitch it so I know the series is complete.

So, there we are, finishes in 2017, 2018 right around the corner.  I do have a project in mind to start on January 1st , I’ll reveal that next time round.  I’m not making a definite list of charts to stitch in 2018 but I do have a couple that I’m keen to work on. They’ve been in my stash for a while and it’s about time they were stitched.

Happy New Year! 


Until next time……

12 comments:

LaNelle said...

Lois, what you have accomplished is truly beautiful thank you for sharing..I loved them all♥️ I too start out going great on a series only to get sidetracked in between 😂 so my someday basket has a few to finish....Blessings in the New Year may it be filled with much stitching time...

Vickie said...

Oh such pretty finishes Lois. I just love the BBD Garden Club series. If I had eleven done, I also could not leave the last one off. ;) Happy New Year!

Margaret said...

Love seeing all your finishes! So close on the BBD Garden Series. I do love that aeries. Happy New Year!

Barb said...

You have stitched so many beautiful designs this year. I just love the winter design.

Halland House Gifts said...

I can completely relate to forcing myself to stitch. Fortunately, this challenge will be over soon. You can do it :-). I love sheep, and how adorable Santa looks riding one. Happy New Year! Judy

Marilyn said...

Seems like you've gotten a lot done though.
All very pretty finishes.
Love those La D Da hearts, I'll have to check that out.
Happy New year!!
Marilyn

Karen said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful finishes. I particularly like BBD's Spring Song.

Von said...

Love all your 2017 finishes! Looking forward to more lovely stitching in 2018.

Beth said...

Enjoyed your 2017 stitching review - so many wonderful finishes. Here's to a wonderful 2018.

Brigitte said...

A lot of great stitching, Lois.
I'm not making lists either for this year. Looking forward to seeing what you started on the first of January.
Good luck with your plans!

Carol said...

I'm always so happy to read a blog post from you, Lois--I know I'm in for a treat! I so love Welcome Winter and that sweet Snow For Christmas finish... Both are adorable and I need to get busy and start one or the other!

I wish you luck in finishing all 12 squares of the BBD Garden Club--I know you can do it :) Really looking forward to sharing another year of fun stitching time with you, my friend!

Andrea said...

Love all of your finishes especially the DT piece.