Sunday, 29 April 2018
April WIPocalypse Oldest WIP
WIPocalypse is hosted by Measi's Musings
Each month we have to share the projects we want to complete before the End Of The World. For me, this will be my "18 in '18". Many of them are part of SALs so I will be working on them each month.
This month I have stitched on 8 of the 18 projects!
1. Bande des Dragons by Dessins DHC:
stitched on 14 count aida from Hell
2. Enchanted Alphabet by Lavender & Lace:
stitched on 32 count Tiger Lily by Sparklies
3. Gardens of London by Chatelaine:
stitched on 32 count Cotton Clouds Belfast by Crafty Kitten
4. Zodiac by Donna Kooler:
stitched on 32 count Millenium Blue linen
5. Happy Hallowe'en Night by Jardin Prive:
stitched on 32 count Cognac linen
6. 12 Days of Christmas by Just Nan:
stitched on 32 count Vintage Grain linen
7. Alice and Flamingo by Mrs Peggotty:
stitched over 1 on 25 count blue evenweave
8. Diamond Bouquet by Just Nan:
stitched on 28 count lilac evenweave
Measi always sets us a discussion topic:
April - Talk to us about your longest-running WIP or UFO
When I read the topics at the start of the year I knew which piece I had to include in April's stitching, one of the oldest WIPs I have. I have 11 projects which could come under the heading UFO. All started prior to 2015 and only worked on recently during my Longest Day SAL for 20 minutes. I have decided to pick one a year to focus on and actually finish them.
This year's choice was Bande des Dragons by Dessins DHC, here is the cover photo that I fell in love with back in 2001:
An alphabet and dragons, what's not to love? Answer - the fabric. I bought some 14 count aida and some variegated Anchor threads, a gorgeous dark red (1206) at 50p a skein from my LNS. Price has doubled in the last 17 years.
The aida is awful; hard, scratchy and coated with something weird. I struggled on, getting a friction burn on my wrist and complaining all the time. Last time I moaned about the piece Christine had the brilliant idea of finishing the part of the border I was doing and calling that a finish. Which is what I have done.
So this is it:
The plan is to cut off the top border, find a round wooden box with a circumference of 14 inches and make it into a useful box with a dragon border. The letters I will cut out individually and make cards.
Then I can start again on some gorgeous fabric and not feel guilty for abandoning this quarter-finished.
Finally, busy preparing for Maynia and the Just Nan-athon!