Saturday, 29 August 2015

August WIPocalypse Stitching Journey

WIPocalypse is hosted by Measi's Musings

The focus of my WIPocalypse will be my "15 in '15"which are 15 charts I want to stitch in 2015 (following on from my "11 in '11", "12 in '12", "13 in '13" and "14 in '14" - imaginative, eh?)
Over the last month I have stitched on 3 of my 15 designs and completed one.

Here is the finish which I showed last post:

JBW - Hobby Horse
stitched on 32 count Antique White linen with DMC 115

Another one you've seen before is the ongoing Hallowe'en Cube project by Primitive Hare:

stitched on 32 count Vintage Grain linen.

The third project from my 15 is this adorable little cottage from The Nutmeg Company.  The lovely Susan from Yellow Flower Meadow sent me the charts and leftover threads for three of these cottages.  The link goes to the page on her blog where this one is finished.

This is the Sugared Almond Cottage by The Nutmeg Company.  I started it back in January for the DUCJC and managed a good chunk of very boring white snow on the roof.  Well in just two days I have finished the roof (including beading), outlined the four walls and stitched everything except the fiddly little diamond almonds and the gold thread.  Mind you, they were two very long days with not much else happening!

Close up of roof and beading: 

The roof is stitched on 28 count pink evenweave and the walls are stitched on 36 count white evenweave.  The beads are all Mill Hill gold petites.  I have even ordered a special curved needle for sewing up the walls because everyone says it makes life so much easier.

Measi always sets us a topic for discussion and this month we have:

August – Pick one of the WIP pieces you’ve stitched on this month, and tell us about your stitching journey with the piece.

Those three are all quite small so there's not really much of a journey so instead I will show my journey on a larger piece which is always very popular; Goode Huswif's Book of Spells:

January, April and May:

 June, July, August:

And today:

I do hope to finish this piece by the end of the year.  Several people have asked me how I intend to finish it.  The chart suggests making it into a book cover but I would be concerned about wear and tear.  Then I had the idea of printing off a photograph of it and using that as a book cover!  If it gets worn or ripped, just print off another one.  Brilliant!  So that's my new plan.

Finally, we are approaching the end of the Summer Postcard Blog Hop, there are only a couple more cards to be sent:

First postcard from Cheryl goes to Noni at Fireflies and Cats in the Garden
Second postcard from Vickie goes to Katie at Jeremiah's Mom
Third postcard from Noni goes to Julie at Julie's Stitchyknitter Journal
Fourth postcard from Katie goes to Anna at Stitch Bitch
Fifth postcard from Julie goes to Bea at Thoughts and Musings
Sixth card from Narita goes to Kaye at Kitten Stitching
Seventh card from Anna goes to Vickie at A Stitcher's Story
Eighth card from Kaye goes to Jocondine at Jocondine
Ninth card from Jocondine goes to Cheryl at Today I Found (sent today)


Linda said...

Amazing stitching and progress as always Jo. They are all so pretty.


Heather said...

Great post your stitching is awesome :)

gominam said...

Lovely finish and WIPs. That roof beading is fabulous! Looking forward to see that cottage grow;) Great progress on Book of Spells, it'll be another beautiful finish!

Brigitte said...

This little cottage is a very special project. I'm looking forward to seeing it finished on your blog.
Great pictures of your journey with the Book of Spells.

Mii Stitch said...

Can't wait to see the little cottage all made up! Looks fantastic already :)

Christine said...

Looking forward to seeing the cottage taking shape. The Book of Spells is fabulous

Mini said...

Lovely finishes. The journey of book of spells is mesmerizing.

Julie said...

The little house is going to be gorgeous, the roof beading is exquisite.

Leonore Winterer said...

Great progress! I especially love the little cottage, I'll have to look for these myself. And your journey with Book of Spells is really impressive, I didn't realize you started this only this year, you'Re going so fast!

Rhona said...

What great stitching! I love the book of spells design and what a great idea you have for making sure nothing bad happens to the stitching!

Tiffany Pincombe said...

Beautiful stitching and good luck getting it together!

jocondine said...

This cottage is amazing, two great projects with Book of Spells.Good idea with the pic to keep safe your cover. It's always a dilemma to decide to use a work as a bag, a cushion, a towel but can't hang everything on the walls!

Preeti said...

Great stitching !! The beaded embroidery on the cottage piece is very beautiful:)

Susan said...

Love Book of Spells, of course, there weren't many of her designs that I didn't. I have the fourth cottage sitting here staring at me and yelling to get it in the mail to you.

KimM said...

Love your stitched pieces.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful stitching! The beading looks wonderful :D

Barb said...

Great stitching! You have a really good idea for the Book of Spells. I don't think I would want to put it on a book either. But a photo.. great!

Mrs Milkybar Kid said...

I can't wait to see that cottage all stitched up - it will be adorable!

Justine said...

There's always so much going on on your blog, I never know what to comment on first! So I will just say that it's all gorgeous and I really enjoyed seeing all your progress pics of Book of Spells in one place.

D1-D2 said...

I love seeing the nutmeg company houses made. They're so cute.

Jan Jones said...

Lovely finish and WIPs. So much bead detail on that lovely cottage, can't wait to see it finished.

Sheryl S. said...

Love the hobby horse and the gorgeous cottage

Carla Eldridge said...

the sparkly! and I LOVE WIP SHOTS!! Seriously...watching something be created over time is incredibly fun!