Sunday, 31 May 2009

May be I should go away more often!

This is my latest progress report on the Teepee Bears Door Hanger. I have been away for a few days and took this a long with some other stuff with me. The backstitch on one side is finished as is all the cross stitching on the other side. I now know why this became a UFO. There was not enough of the pale yellow floss provided. You can just about make out the slight difference in colours in the 'box' as I had to use a DMC equivalent to finish it. Now it's more backstitching. I an hoping to get this finished (made in to a door hanger) by the end of June. Then what do I do with it? The baby it was intended for is almost 13!

Sunday, 24 May 2009

New Here and a UFO!

Hi everyone! I'm new here. Thanks for letting me join! I would like to work on one of my oldest UFO's... Chatelaine Indian Summer Reflections. It was Mystery VI when I started it. I'm on part 4 and I can't remember why I put it down. Probably the Marlitt but perhaps it was to work on something new and exciting. I haven't picked it up since because it really needs 30" scrollbars and my Ergo had a really hard time holding the weight (since it only holds scrolls from one side). I ended up getting a second floorstand so that I can work on the big projects. I got a K's Creations Stowaway Floor Frame with a conversion kit for the big scrolls. It works great and is able to hold my 30" scrolls on both sides.

I would like to try to work on Indian Summer Reflections 5 times a month.

I had the same experience as GrannyAnne... I thought I had more of this done! LOL....

Anyway, thanks for letting me join!

Stacy (who has 18 UFO's.... most of which are Chatelaines....)

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Poppies 2

I was away from home for 9 days, and strangely enough, having avoided doing any sewing for months before joining this blog, I really missed doing it.

It might not looks as though I've done an awful lot, but the bottom right side had masses of different colours in it and took just ages.

Secret Garden or Mystery X

This is a Chatelaine design which I put to one side over a year ago. I got quite a shock when I unwrapped it because I thought I had done more of it than this. I put it away because I wanted to start another design by Martina Weber(Chatelaine). I think her designs are lovely but they are expensive if you use the silks rather than DMC. They are also large. One end is practically finished and one of the reasons I stopped was because I began to think the borders were a bit OTT. I am sure that with all your support I will finish it. At the momect I am planning on spending a couple of afternoons a week on this probably not starting till June.

Beach hut

You have all inspired me to finish this project. It is complete and ready to go to the framer. Then it will hang in the bathroom. Thank you all for your support. I'll need even more with the next one.

French Stitch Tuesday

Here's an update on my French sampler--Quaker a Six Mains. I only had an hour to stitch last night, so not much progress. But it's progress all the same and it fulfilled my promise to myself (of stitching at least one hour every Tuesday on this sampler) so I'm happy! This piece will be traveling with me this weekend so I hope to have more progress to show next week.

5/18 TW The Storyteller

Last night I stitched some more on this. With all of your help and another online friend I am moving along and looking forwards to Monday nights with this.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Progress on UFO

SB "Herb Gatherer"....
I was able to stitch Friday night and have finished the lady with the exception of the beading. Now on to the herbs and border. Everyone is making great progress and it is certainly motivating! Keep up the stitching....
Karen T

Sunday, 17 May 2009

On the Gallop (TW Carousel Horse)

Here's my progress. The garden won over stitching this week Gasp! Shock! the sun was shining(not for long). Not as much frogging this time perhaps I'm getting better. I've decided to try and keep on top of the back stitching so that it doesn't drive me crazy. Although must say the chart is really hard to read and decipher what's what. I could do with it having a separate back stitch chart.
I'm enjoying seeing other progress pics. I think it is a great help watching your work grow as well. Keep stitching.

Peacock Tapestry Update

I have been working on this off and on all this week, so I thought its about time to post an update.

I am so glad to be working on it again. (And so is my DH.) It is a fussy piece but I know it will be worth it in the end.

Love looking at everyone`s updates. They are looking fantastic!!!!!!!!!!! Keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, 16 May 2009

more progress

I stitched more on Monday night but just took a pic tonight. Now that I have a couple of groups that I have to answer to on this UFO I am starting to enjoy getting this done.

Friday, 15 May 2009

Blog Award!

Today Mel passed this award on to me.

I have decided to pass this on to all members of this blog. Click HERE to go to my other blog to find out more information.

Congatulations to everyone for their progerss so far, keep up the good work!

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Hello, my name is Susan and I currently have 34 WIPs. This is Jane Longstreth, a sampler from the Vassar Collection that I started 1/5/05. It became a UFO when I got seduced by a number of other projects and because it will require some resizing of the chart to finish. Those branches over on the left will need leaves that were to be traced from the chart and then stem stitched. Except that I did not use the same count as the chart called for and I'll need to re-size them. I finally decided that I'm up for the challenge and that this will be in my rotation. I'll put in about 10 days a month on it with the goal of finishing by the end of the summer.

Progress Report

Well, I stitched for an hour on Quaker a Six Mains, just as I planned. I didn't get much done--linen floss is a slow floss. But I'm just happy to be back working on this one! I won't get to touch it again until next Tuesday. I've got a RR to stitch, and then I want to finish the little red letter sampler from the Blackbird Designs blog.

Here's a photo of my progress. I stitched the heart and the two motifs on each side of it, as well as the numbers 4-0 on the far right:

Ann in Baton Rouge

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Back to Oz

Here's my first update! It's not much to look at...the little bit of moon and the start of the castle. I hope to finish the castle for my next update. I think you've all inspired me to do the outlining as I go along. Then maybe it won't be such an onerous task at the end.

I really like this design. When finished it really does look like Margaret Hamilton.

Hello, my name is Ann...

...and I have a UFO. This is Quaker a Six Mains, which was a freebie from Gigi R. and Carrine several years ago. I've had it sitting around for at least a year, maybe a year and a half. Earlier this year I tried to get into a routine of working on it, I think that lasted for maybe a week or two!

I'm stitching it on linen that I love, using the DMC linen floss. I suspect that the linen floss is the reason that this has become a UFO! I love the look of the linen floss, but it's a bit of a bear to work with.

I'll be stitching on this for at least 1 hour every Tuesday until it is finished. As you can see from the photo, I've got a long way to go!

And this isn't my oldest WIP, I'm ashamed to say. I have a needlepoint WIP that is...drumroll, please...38 years old. Maybe after I finish this one I'll drag out the needlepoint and get it finished.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Travel Sampler Update

I worked a small amount on my Travel Sampler - slow and steady as she goes. Frogged all the stitching on DT's Souvenir Sampler, but I'm going to change fabrics now, so it'll be awhile before I start back on it.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Hockey Rivalry Update

It has been about 2 weeks since I publically announced "I am Lisa, I have a UFO and I am going to finish it by (or before) the end of the year)" I have created the policy that whenever I am home and stitching, I will bring out the Hockey Rivalry first and stitch on it. My other projects currently are smaller ones for exchanges (which are great projects to throw in my bag to do on field trip buses, when I sit in hockey rinks while the boys practice or on airplanes). The Hockey Rivalry is harder to tote around because I have a floss pre-threaded on a needle organizer - which is wonderful for switching colors for this, but makes it hard to tote along. is the progress report:
There is where Hockey Rivalry was when I stated my declaration...

Here it is after a couple of weeks...
Now there is part of the goalie that the other little boy is shooting against and the beginning of the goal net. I hope to get the goalie finished by the end of next week.

Hope everyone is having a good week! And Happy Mother's Day for all mothers and child caretakers out there!

Lisa in CA

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Racing Along (TW Carousel Horse)

Well I seem to have been re-energised with this UFO and am enjoying it. Back stitching still a night-mare though. I did some and then as normal 'frogging'- I'd used two strands instead of one. Thanks for your encouragement folks, it really is a help.

It's good to see other UFO's appearing and how they are getting on.

UFO The Storyteller

I stitched for 2 hours tonight on my UFO. I may finish it some year lol.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Beach Hut Progress

I am going on holiday so knew that would stop progress on this. I have spent more time than usual on it. Must confess that now I have started it again I really want to get it finished and framed. It is the back stitching which really makes these designs come alive. Looking forward to seeing everyone else's progress when I return from holiday.

UFO progress....5/1/09

Well....Friday nights are my UFO stitching night and I did make some progress this week on the skirt. I just can't seem to get into this design, but will trudge ahead thanks to this group!
Many of you were unfamiliar with this SB design so I am posting a pic of what it will look like one day...hopefully soon!
This kit was published in 1990. There were four Gatherers kits in all, and all are beautiful.

Karen T

Saturday, 2 May 2009


Hi Everyone

I am so glad I found you all!!

This is my UFO - I started it at least 5 years ago, probably longer. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it, so I have no idea why it has become a UFO, because I still love it.

It is Heirloom Christmas Sampler by Victoria Sampler. I'm going to make sure I give it at least one night a fortnight.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Poppies 1

Hello everyone,

I'm determined to finish this.

I'm hoping this blog will force me to do it!


PS It's by Thea Gouverneur.

Disney - update

Thank you to everyone for your comments on my Disney piece.
As you may (or may not know) there was a discussion about what I should do with this UFO. I have decided to try my hand at finishing it. But rest assured, my B/F has told me he will not put up with sulking or miserableness because of this project. So if it just makes me feel too rotten I will see who would like it, pattern, supplies and all to perhaps finish. But for now, let's hope I can make it through.

I have taken a new picture of it so that you can see the full piece. I am going to try and stitch on this twice a month. And we'll see how it goes.

Again, thank you to you all for your comments.

Another TW UFO


I read about this blog last on Karen's Blog last night and immediately e-mail Jen for a invite to join. I have several UFOs and the one I chosen to work on first is my oldest. I don't know exactly when I started it but I know it was more than 10 years ago. It is Teresa Wentzler's Peacock Tapestry. I love the design and look forward to one day have it hanging on my DR wall. It became a UFO for 2 reasons:

1. As Shelleen mentioned in her post - it's a TW design - the size, the many colour changes, the blending of threads, the half stitches, and the backstitching can be a bit overwhelming.
2. I am always starting new projects and end up having way to many on the go than I actually have time to work on so eventually one or two fall by the wayside.

Here is a photo of my progress to date:

My intention is to work on this UFO one evening a week until it is finished.