Monday, 2 February 2015
DUCJC 2015 - completed!
The DUCJC is a very special challenge in memory of a very special lady. SoCal Debbie was a prolific stitcher, blogger and commenter. Sadly she passed away very suddenly last year. One of her favourite challenges was the CJC:
CJC = Crazy January Challenge, one new start for the first 15 days of January
UCJC = Ultimate Crazy January Challenge, one new start for all 31 days of January
DUCJC = Debbie's Ultimate Crazy January Challenge, stitch 31 projects one per day for January
Linda Stitchin' with my Furbabies organised this all via a FB group. Thankfully Linda is not making us all attempt the SDUCJC (Super Duper Ultimate Crazy January Challenge) or 60 starts throughout January and February which she did with Debbie in 2012.
I did it! I stitched 31 different designs on the 31 days of January! Here is a little collage of them all:
And details of the final four days you haven't seen before:
Day 28 - Anchor - Kingfisher (designer not credited - how rude of them!):
Stitched on 28 count blue evenweave.
I am only stitching the bird from this design and giving it to the Small Boy's teacher and TAs at the end of the year. All the classes in his mainstream school are named after water birds and the Reception Class are Kingfishers so this will look good on their wall.
Day 29 - The Sweetheart Tree - Tudor Rose:
Stitched on 32 count Light Mocha Belfast Linen
I used DMC 223 for the border instead of the Caron Waterlilies which I don't have.
Day 30 - Nora Corbett - J is for Joanne:
Stitched on 32 count Love-in-the-Mist Murano evenweave by Crafty Kitten
Day 31 - Madame Chantilly - On the Beach:
Stitched on 32 count Kynance evenweave by Sparklies
This was a WIP I started last year to be a Birth Sampler for my cousin's baby. Thankfully I noted the thread changes on my blog because I could not remember what they were when I picked it up again! The colours listed are nothing like the cover picture. Much more dull and muted so I am changing quite a bit.
A few stats -
23 New Starts
5 Gifts for other people
22 Gifts from other people
25 count eveweave - 1
28 count evenweave - 10
28 count linen - 2
30 count linen - 1
32 count evenweave - 5
32 count linen - 9
35 count linen - 1
40 count linen - 2
stitched over 1 - 6
So right now I am stitching away On The Beach because it's nice to OAAT again! I did enjoy the challenge more than I thought I would once I got over the first few days on wanting to continue with each project. Moral - save your favourites until last. It was a good idea to spend the time in December getting everything together in one place. It was also a good idea to keep a list of the fabrics too.
My plan now is to stitch on the 15 which are in my WIPocalypse "15 in '15" and then fit the others in around them as we go through the year. I also want to Giveaway a few charts as part of my Gifted Gorgeousness SAL so watch out for those posts throughout the year.
Would I do this challenge again? I will have to see how many I manage to complete this year. If I have several left I won't want alot more new starts in 2016 so I may just rotate the unfinished projects. On the other hand it is a good way to actually start some much-wanted designs which have sat in my stash for too long. We shall see....
Finally, I will be hosting the annual Valentine's Day Blog Hop this year. See this post for more details. Just send me a photo of your lovely stitching to be sent to another blogger on Valentine's Day, I've added the Heart to my sidebar, please feel free to copy it onto your blog to link back here.