Sunday, 24 June 2018

June WIPocalypse Stitching Retreat

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 all my outstanding projects because of the Longest Day Marathon!  Here's a little collage of all the projects:

That was easy to post!

I also got a finish from my list of 18 earlier in the month.  Satsuma Street's Libra:

stitched on 28 count black Jobelan

This weekend I have continued with my focus piece for the month which is Chatelaine's Gardens of London.  I have completed the inside of the top left Garden and just have the Rhodes, Queen and Rice Stitches in the border.  Beading will be done at the end.

Here's the whole piece:

stitched on 32 count Cotton Clouds Belfast by Crafty Kitten

Measi always sets us a discussion topic:

June - Tell us what you think the ideal stitching retreat would include. 

I have been on two quite different retreats.  The first was a Re-Treat with the emphasis on the treat.  Two sisters owned a converted barn where they held the retreats for only 6 other ladies at a time.  One sister taught the stitching and the other sister did the cooking and also the pampering in the evenings.  I had a wonderful time!  We spent three days just stitching, chatting, eating, having our nails done and shopping in the pop-up shop they had there.

The second was more formal, based in London at the Imperial College in Kensington, I signed up for a goldwork course.  This was fascinating but sadly I never finished the project.  I have sent it to Dima as she has more chance of completing it than I do.

So my ideal retreat would be a combination of the two; time to chat and a class to learn a new technique or a special class project with a designer I admire.  I would love to get together with more stitchers, especially my blogging friends but that just isn't possible at the moment.  But if anyone is passing this way do get in touch and come round for coffee and stitching!

Finally, there will be a Summer Blog Hop this year.  I will be returning to the Postcard theme.  Each person emails me a photo of something they have stitched which is suitable as a postcard to a fellow stitcher along with a short message of the kind you write on a postcard.  I will forward the photo to another participant who shows it on their blog.  The photo can be anything Summer themed, beach themed, holiday themed, you get the idea!  If you'd like to take part then leave a comment or send me an email.

Edit to add - the Hop will run over the whole of the Summer with a few cards going out each week.  Final deadline will be the end of August, just in time for Back to School!


Ariadne said...

I'd love to take part but would love to know the dates of the deadlines of this bloghop to see if I can take part. Thanks.AriadnefromGreece!

Linda said...

Amazing stitching and with such speed as always Jo.


Julie said...

You are amazing (and so organised) with all the lovely projects on the go at once.

Barb said...

Well, I hope the end of the world does not come too soon! You have so many pretty designs you are working on!!

Vickie said...

I will take part! :)

Justine said...

You crammed a lot into the Longest Day! Congratulations on your lovely finish. I have some black aida in was gifted so must try one of these designs, they're so colourful.
The first retreat sounds more my style!

Carol said...

Oh, my! That is a lot of projects and how wonderful that you got so much done on the longest day of the year, Jo. I am in awe of how you juggle all of these :)

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Goodness, you are busy. I love all your projects....but those eyes in the middle are haunting. What design is that? Seeing that duck from Satsuma Street makes me want to pull my pattern out and start....yes, I sadly haven't even started on it yet....I do love Satsuma Streets designs. I have never been on a retreat, but I to one day. I think it would be lovely. Wishing you a great day. :)

Katie said...

Please include me into your blog hop of course. I love participating in them. Love all your projects. Congrats on having a finish too.

Rhona said... many projects! Love the Satsuma St design....such pretty colours and so vibrant on the black fabric.

RJ said...

Way to go Jo!!! You did such a great job stitching so many lovely things. I don't know how you get so much done but I love it. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

Debbie said...

Goodness so many projects....I love the Satsuma Street design, such beautiful colours. x

Bethan said...

So many amazing projects - as always Jo! I can't believe you are patient enough to have 18 progressing; I have to do one at a time to see enough progress to satisfy me! Please can I be included in the blog hop? x

Leonore Winterer said...

Lovely progress - how convenient that you worked on everything this month!
I'v never been to a stitching retreat, but I'd love to go to one someday, and possibly try out something new too. I never knew you tried your hands on goldwork - do you have a picture of the project?
Finally, do count me in on that blog hop! I have no idea whether I'll find the time to stitch something new or just raid my previous finishes, but I am determined to finish your five Hops challenge so I will make it happen haha :D

Suz said...

Beautiful work and progress!

I saw a finished Snapdragon (I think that's the top right photo in your bottom collage), and I look forward to seeing yours - it's so pretty!

The Crafty Princess said...

Super lovely finish and awesome progress on all your projects. Chatelaine is coming along really well too. I love your retreat in the barn. Stitching in the day and pampering at night. Sounds amazeballs. I hope one day to travel to your neck of the woods and have a good old meet and stitch. One day!
xo Alicia

Kaisievic said...

Your Gardens of London is looking amazing, Jo, as does all of your stitching - I am a fan, as you know. Please count me in the for the Summer Postcard Blog Hop - sounds like more fun for us all!

Astrids dragon said...

Libra looks great, so colourful. Your Gardens of London is off to a good start, that will be fun watching it come together.
Yes, to the summer blog hop!