Sunday, 29 January 2023

January WIPocalypse Retreats


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.  Since 2011 I have chosen a number of projects to focus on that year, starting with my "11 in '11" and increasing to "23 in '23" for this year.  This month I stitched on 7 of them.

1. Joan Elliott Faces SAL

2. Kustom Krafts Little Snapdragon

5. Carriage House Samplings Halloween at Hawk Run Hollow

13. Mani di Donna Halloween Stitching Basket

17. Stitch it Picasso Temperature SAL

18. Circle Cross Blackwork Tarot

19. Amanda Butler Harrogate House

The full list can be seen here - WIPocalypse and "23 in '23"

Measi always gives us a topic to discuss too.

January - If you have been to retreats, what are your must-bring items and supplies?

I have been to a couple of retreats in the past and I travel pretty light to be honest.  I stitch in hand, I have a project bag with a thread card inside for most projects.  Obviously I have my nice embroidery scissors and an ORTs tin but that's about it.  No fancy lights or magnifiers.

I did attend a sort of mini-retreat this weekend.  A day's Slow Stitching in my local library.  A friend was running it, two more friends wanted to go and we met another friend there!  The inspiration was the Paula MacGregor's Dangerous Pockets exhibition which has been at the Library for a while now.  You can find out more about it here - Paula MacGregor - Dangerous Pockets Project 

Part of the Dangerous Pockets exhibit

The theme of the day was "Puffs and Pockets".  

A Suffolk Puff is not a pastry, but a circle of fabric made into a little puffy item which was stuffed with sheep's wool and used for a variety of purposes.  There is a lovely quilt made from them in our local museum.  You can imagine how warm and cosy that would be on a cold Suffolk night.

There is more information here:
The Unbroken Thread

The display put together by two of the librarians featuring their own work on the table

Some of the books we could borrow

The slightly wonky pocket I made.
It's a triple pocket to carry scissors and other items in.

Some of the projects made by my friends.
A heart-shaped Suffolk Puff, a collaged pocket with small puffs and embroidered lace and a pomegranate pincushion puff with mini puff on top.

Finally, I will be hosting the Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop again this year.  Do let me know if you'd like to join in.


Carol said...

Nice progress on your many projects, Jo! The Puffs and Pockets exhibit looks very interesting. I, like you, travel lightly since I stitch in hand and don't have a lot of fancy doo-dads :) I do need my Ott light, though--old eyes :) Enjoy your week! ♥

butterfly said...

I love all your UFOs ,some lovely works there there Jo.
Oh yes I am just carry a small bag with all my bits a small hoop frame , but also a small light .Enjoy your new week.

Katie said...

Beautiful stitching and what a fun get together. Thanks for sharing.

Astrids dragon said...

Ooh, nice to see the Snapdragon again.
Your wonky pocket looks good, it's an original! Nice gifts from your friends too.
I always end up bringing way too much when on retreats, like I think I'm going to be stitching everything I brought! I do bring all my floss in its container in case anyone needs a colour.

Leonore Winterer said...

Oh, love to see Snapdragon again! Great variety of projects this month, and I hope you had a ton of fun on your mini retreat.