Thursday, 31 December 2015

D.E.S.I.G.N. Round-Up and Some Pie


The idea of this Blog Hop was to choose a different designer each month and do a post focusing on a piece of their work you have stitched on during the month.  The hosts of D.E.S.I.G.N asked us to answer a few questions on our chosen designer.  I featured a number of my favourite designers and some new to me, a nice mixture.  To read those posts, click on D.E.S.I.G.N. in the labels.

This month I thought I'd look at some of the designers I didn't feature.  I have a stitching diary where I jot down which projects I worked on that day.  At the end of the month I tranfer the data to a spreadsheet and produce a pie chart to show how I spent my time.  I don't bother counting hours because I tend to pick up pieces through the day and grab ten minutes here and there.

I stitched a total of 38 different designers in 2015!  The Top Ten were as follows:

Primitive Hare 35
Satsuma Street 31
Brooke's Books 30
Blue Ribbon Designs 26
Scarlet Letter - Elizabeth 22
Joan Elliott 21
Plum St 12 Days 20
Just Nan 19
Goode Huswif Spell Book 17
Mme Chantilly On the Beach 13

Three new designers in the top spots there - Goode Huswif who designed the Book of Spells which has been taking a break to make way for Plum Street Sampler's 12 Days of Christmas (another new-to-me designer).  The third spot goes to Madame Chantilly for Albert's Birth Sampler.

I will definitely be stitching another Madame Chantilly design in the future, I have Hallowe'en Town in my stash.  Plum Street Samplers have some nice ornies in the JCS Christmas magazines so another yes there.  The Goode Huswif charts don't seem to be readily available so a "probably not" there.

I've also been stitching a CCN design, only my second from this designer.  Another one of my DUCJC pieces, this is Poinsettia Place which was a prize from Gaynor of Stitcher Anon:

stitched on 32 count Permin Twilight Blue linen

I substituted the dark green for the side wall but I think I've gone a shade too dark.  I should have used 937 not 936 with hindsight.  I also subbed a brighter yellow for the windows.

Here is the December Pie chart, I spent a lot of time on the Brooke's Book's Alphabet because I actually stitched two blocks in December.  The E for December's Alphabet Club post and the F for January's post.  The idea is to stitch the block in advance of the post so you get to see a finished block on the first Saturday in each month.

Here is E which you haven't seen completed yet:

stitched on 28 count afghan

I also spent a lot of time on the Plum Street Sampler's 12 Days of Christmas.  I actually stitched on them every day at bathtime but only logged it if I didn't stitch anything else that day.  So mostly work days when I don't get a chance to stitch during the daytime.  Here are Tenth and Eleventh Days:

Stitched over 1 on 25 count linen.
The purple is still looking very blue and the orange is very bright!

And for lovers of Pie, here are two more charts:

This is the entire year by design!

And this one is by theme:

I only chose one category for each piece with Hallowe'en or Xmas taking preference over GG if an item fitted into both categories.  The numbers refer to the number of days spent stitching on each category.

So finally (if anyone is still reading!)  

Have a very Happy Old Year's Night 

and a very Peaceful New Year's Day


Claudette497 said...

What a productive year you've had! Your stitching is so vibrant, and the pies look great too!

Lesley said...

Interesting stitchy statistics, great stitching in 2015 and a lot of colourful pie.
Happy New Year to you,Jo.

gominam said...

Wow, with all those WIPs/designers, you still manage to chart the time spent on them, you are super-organized! Here's to another fruitful year, Happy New Year!

Shebafudge said...

Love the pie charts!!! I love pie charts!!!

Happy New Year Jo. I hope you and your family have a wonderful 2016 xx

Vickie said...

Rats! I was hoping for chocolate cream pie. ;)
Happy, Blessed New Year!

Deb said...

Beautiful stitching!
Interesting charts. I don't keep track of designers. Do have my favorites and try to keep WIP's moving along.
Happy new years!

Julie said...

What a round up post, it was lovely to read.
Wishing you a year filled with happy and fun times and lots of stitching too! Happy New Year.

Carla Eldridge said...

My inner nerd just went NUTS! Love the PIES! Serious accomplishments for this year. Im also proud to announce that you are also a BERSERKER STITCHER in case you had no's nice to know I am not alone!

Deborah Richardson said...

Happy New Year, I look forward to the hops of 2016.

cucki said...

Your stitching is so sweet always :)
Happy new year x

Bea said...

Wonderful round up post and I LOVE the pie charts!

Have a very happy and healthy 2016 Jo!

Justine said...

Happy New Year! Loved seeing the birth sampler again, it's so cute.

AnaCristina said...

Happy New Year Jo!

Linda said...

Great post Jo. Congrats on the cute finishes.

Happy New Year,

Preeti said...

Happy new year to you !! Wish you lots of stitching in 2016.

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Give me your secret for super organisation and productive use of time please! Do you have some kind of dark magic?
Happy new year!

Anthea said...

Happy New Year Jo! I love reading your blog even though I don't often comment... super-organised of you with the pie charts!... if GG is happening again for 2016 I'll be playing along

Christine said...

Happy New Year! Love all the pies

Anthea said...

ps I found the GG sign-up, so I'm on the list now!

♥ Nia said...

You wrote: "I stitched a total of 38 different designers in 2016!" wow! you were one year ahead of us ;) hahahahhahaha :D
Happy new year to you and your family! :)

Heather said...

Happy New Years jo! You had a great year :)

Katie said...

Love your recap. Those pie charts are just beautiful. You are awesome! I look forward to cheering you along in 2016!

Brigitte said...

Not bad, 38 designers on whose pieces you stitched in 2015. That's a lot. I also have a stitching diary but haven't made my statistics yet. Just busy to choose and kit up this year's projects.
Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy New Year!

Rachel Tomkins said...

I love looking at any visual representations of statistics and am glad you keep records of your work. It's so interesting looking back to see how we have "wasted" our time during the year!! I look forward to seeing what 2016 holds in store for you. :)

Leonore Winterer said...

Happy new year! I love yor pie charts, they are so colourful and interesting. I'm glad to hear you discovered a few new great designers this year ^_^

Mini said...

It has been fun reading your DESIGN posts ,introducing new to me designers.
38 designers that's a lot.
I would have to look how many did I stitch .

Sarah in Stitches said...

Love reading about "new-to-me" designers! Poinsettia Place looks gorgeous too. Great stitching in 2015! :D