And now for the progress report:
I have worked on a mammoth 7 out of 16 projects since my last WIPocalypse, plus 4 from my series list.
7. Strawberry Sampler by The Sampler House - Finish
11. Elizabeth Shephard by The Scarlet Letter - WIP
15. S by Nora Corbett - Finish
16. Counting Bats by Just Nan - WIP
1. Christmas Cubes by The Primitive Hare - WIP
6. The Stitcher's Alphabet by Brooke's Books - WIP
11. Mini Samplers by Shepherd's Bush - see above.
15. Alphabet Fairies by Nora Corbett - see above.
March - Do you use hoops, stretcher bars, lap stands or Q snap frames and why? (via CathieJ)
None of the above! I am a strict "in hand" stitcher. When I first started stitching I tried hoops and didn't like them, they got in the way and were cumbersome. My method is to roll the fabric with the stitched side inside so my hands are only touching the back of the fabric. I start in the centre and work upwards then the bottom right and finally the bottom left (as you can see on Elizabeth Shephard). That way the part that is handled the most is the last part to be stitched so I minimise the amount of handling those stitches will get.
I used to stitch on my daily commute to work and any kind of frame just isn't practical on a train. I also worry about hoop marks and squashing the stitches. At the moment I stitch at the kitchen table so a large frame wouldn't work there. And of course, with multiple WIPS I don't have to have multiple frames or keep swapping them around. With a limited budget I tend to view accessories as something to waste valuable stash money on!
Finally, the emails went out for the Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop this afternoon so watch out for Bunnies Galore on Good Friday! I will post the links in the morning my time zone but some of the Australians will be up already and some of the Americans won't post until later in their day. The phrase is a doozy I must say!