Tuesday, 31 January 2023

January Stitch from Stash and Pie

Regular followers will know I produce a delicious home-made pie to illustrate my focus projects for the month.  I don't record minutes or stitches so this gives an approximate idea of how much time each WIP got.

I think you can tell that this is going to be a Focus Year already, with 14 days on one project - Halloween at Hawk Run Hollow.  Here's where I started the year:

Working on Block 9

Which I finished:

and then started Block 10:

Here's where I finished the month:

stitched over 1 on 25 count Cassia Rose from Chromatic Alchemy

So far the number of days is:

Block 7 - 13 days
Block 6 - 16 days
Block 2 - 19 days
Block 3 - 20 days
Block 4 - 15 days
Block 1 - 19 days
Block 5 - 25 days
Block 8 - 15 days
Block 9 - 27 days
Block 10 - 4 days and counting

Next up was Joan Elliott's Faces SAL and then Kustom Kraft's Little Snapdragon.  I'd really like to finish this one this year,  I completed the dragon itself last year and now just have the actual snapdragon flowers to do.

stitched on 32 count Evening Sky Murano from Crafty Kitten

I do love this design but it reminds me why I dislike CGI charts so much.  There must be 5 shades of green in those stems.  Is that really necessary?  It's not like they are used to add definition.

Here's my evening pie:

I'm saving the Stitchonomy project for Rachel's FFO Gallery, as it was my first Finish of the Year.  The Amanda Butler's Harrogate House is my second!

stitched on 28 count grey evenweave

This is a series of houses from different parts of the country that I am stitching individually and will make into a long concertina to be displayed like a whole street.  These are fun but there is a lot of backstitch as you can see!

I have the magazine with the next one already so I will start that tonight.

I also signed up for Stitch from Stash again.  This is my 9th year, I skipped 2016 as it was my Big Birthday and I didn't want to restrict myself.

The fabric was bought in the Chromatic Alchemy sale at the start of the month, I need a piece for my Year in the Woods but couldn't decide on what count to do, so bought two pieces!  One 25 count and the other 32 count.  I'll make my decision when the number comes up on WIPGO.

The mag sub is annoying, I started my subscription last April.  So why take the renewal payment in January, 3 months early?  Greedy.

Finally, I will be running the Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop on Valentine's Day.  Just email me if you want to be involved.


Vickie said...

Wow! Amanda Butler's Harrogate House is gorgeous!

Mylene said...

Hawk Run Hollow is looking great, a very good progress you've made on the piece. The fabric you used, i love it!
Snapdragon coming along great too.

Rachel said...

Glad I'm not the only one doing lots of backstitching this month (my next finish included over eight hours of backstitching) but the difference is amazing and the house is lovely. Congrats on finishing the house, and on already FFOing a project for the 10th if I read correctly.

diamondc said...

Hi Jo: Nice progress on your designs, I do not keep a pie chart but
like seeing how yours progresses.


Astrids dragon said...

HRH for the win! You know I love this one.

butterfly said...

Jo love all your work,
You are always so organized .
Have a lovely week , hugs June.

Cathy said...

Lots of nice stitching last month. My favorite is the Harrogate House, but Hawk Run Hollow is a close second.

Solstitches said...

Fabulous stitching on your Hawk Run piece. Love your calorie free pie too 😀

jocondine said...

Well done on your progress, those three guys look great and pleased to be here...HRH will be amazing. How big are those lovely houses? xxx

Katie said...

Beautiful work on everything.

Leonore Winterer said...

Great pie this month, and great stitching! HRH will be a grand finish this year, but the snap dragon will also be a huge accomplishment. Exciting times!