Sunday, March 11, 2012

WIP... Not so MUCH!

WARNING: Long a** post, but lots of pictures.


Before I roll this out I would like to wish my super MIL a happy, happy birthday today.

So I was working in my stitching closet last night organizing, filing patterns, putting away floss, etc., etc., and decided to open the specially assigned drawer for my Works in Progress (WIP). Well I think whoever created the acronym WIP (hubby uses it at work too) meant that it was whooping your butt, so it weren't done yet! So I thought I would crack my WIP, so to speak. Oh boy am I behind. I can remember when I started these and what GIFT got started  or situation that deverted my attention.
And then there are some that are just plan kicking my butt and needed a Looooonnnnngggg break from. So here are some snap shots with the Ipad camera of what has been lurking in the WIP draw.  Ooo, that could be missintepreted.

Starting with the oldest.

Fruit Bell Pull - Teresa Wentzler

I have four and a half more blocks to go.
Love working on it, WHEN I am working on it.
 Lots and lots of blended colors. She will be gorgeous when she's done.

Tiny Flag - Shepard's Bush

 Picked this up on our first S-n-B trip to The Silver Needle in Tulsa, OK.
Almost broke the bank that trip. Remember that girls? We were beside ourselves.
I added a new page for my S-n-B Sisters, love you girls!
Anyway, what's not finished you ask...
I need to stitch the back and have put that off as I have a fear of finishing.
Yep, I said it.
What if the machine CHEWS up my beautiful stitching and
my hand sewing is disgraceful. Again one of the traits I did NOT pick up from my mother.

Witchy Washy - Raise the Roof
(You ladies are a HOOT!)

Was still living in Kansas when I bought and started this one.
Still laugh every time I pull it out.
 Just need to finish it. Again, working it over-one.
Love the bra!

Erica Michaels - My Winter House

This pattern was a gift from my GF when she learned we would be moving to Maine (2005).
I can tell you exactly what side tracked me on this one.
In my Wrought By Me page you will see the house and tree done up in a frame for a gift exchange.
Seriously all I have left to finish is the snow on the bottom.
Guess what P.J.'s working on today.

Picked this pattern up as a souvenir at Just Cross Stitch in Limerick, PA.
We  had spent a day in Philidephia seeing the sights
while we were down for hubby's cousin's wedding at Valley Forge (2006).
My hubby is awesome! He will scope out stitching stores when we go on road trips. Even planned a roadtrip from Derby, KS to Fargo, ND with a surprise stop at The Nordic Needle. I know we can order online, but I so enjoy finding local shops on our adventures.

The Pearl Sampler - Barbara Jackson
Celebration of Needlework 2007 Class
Nashua, NH

Really enjoy pulled work.  It is a sweet project.

Quaker Motif Sewing Box

So this one was a simple pattern, but life had it's priorities.
Took two years to complete, yea really.
I added the '10 down in the crook of the branch to document it.
 So now I just need to get the gumption up to FINISH it
as the topper for the already purchased sewing box.
Where is my mother when I need her!?
 If you recall from my pin cushion post (need to learn to link) I have already stitched and finished the matching pin cushion.

Bunny Run Around - Teresa Layman

I still remember the moment I came across these little lovelies! At the Celebration of Needlework in Nashua, NH 2007. These were on display right as you walked into the shopping area. I was awe struck, but assumed it was punch needle. I was corrected by one of the ladies doing demonstrations, these are french and colonial knots, she says. I was in heaven! I have completed my first knotted rug, Bees and Trees, but Bunny Run Around is still a WIP.

Speaking of my mother, could not resist popping this in as a segway to my Two Owls Sampler.
 Mom made this when I was little, with black walnut shells, pinecones petals, acorn caps and a twig. Isn't it just the cutest thing! We do like our owls.

Ok so the year is 2009,
 but I have had this in the WIP drawer as I struggled with adding the satin stitch border.
You see, I stitched this over-one, my favorite, so the satin stitch border needed to be modified.
Then it just did not look satin-y. So last night while I was organizing, I frogged what I started and voila this cute couple is ready for a frame.
I could stitch this one again. Loved every minute of this project.

So this concludes my trip down WIP-ing Lane.
 I have been in here all morning, (7:00 pre-spring forward) down two cups of coffee and still need to make breakfast. Mind you, I pulled everything out this morning to photo and post.
 Heaven's to Murgatroyd!!  It is 10:41 spring forward time. Guess we are having brunch today.

Exit, stage left!


Margaret said...

Ok, this is a fun post!! I love seeing all your WIPS! You have good taste in projects. Now get cracking and finish them all. lol!

P.J. said...

Thanks for the positive motivation!

Catherine said...

Fabulous wip's!! The owls look wonderful as they are! And as Margaret said, get crackin'! ;)

Anonymous said...


Just found your blog.

You have some beautiful WIP's! I love the owls.