Sunday, January 8, 2012

January peeks back at Christmas and forward to WIPocalypse

Well, not as much as I thought I was going to tell you about Christmas.  Somehow I have lost the pictures of the ornaments I made my two grandkids, so I don't have that to share.  However, I do have a picture of what my DIL Becky made me for Christmas.  And for us Stitchers, what could be better than a really cool stitching bag???  And of course my favorite color is blue!  Boy was I thrilled with this!

For my first WIPocalypse update, I thought I should show you my starting point.  This picture was taken just before Christmas, and I didn't stitch on it any during the two holiday weeks - too busy with company, etc.  You can also see that I took it in very poor light.  Not sure what happened with that.  What you can't see with this picture, or for that matter the full updated picture is that it is a coverall, with the "sky" being stitched with one ply very pale blue floss.  I have thought many times since I started this project that I shouldn't have put the first stitch in on the sky, and just left it white.  What was I thinking???  For those of you who are new to my blog, I should tell you that I am  stitching this for my DGD, and I started it sometime in 1999 or 2000.  I have put it down many times, but I am determined to get it finished this time, hopefully before March of this year so that I can give it to him on his birthday. Because of that, I am going to be stitching on this exclusively until it is done.  Here is a closeup of the area which I have been  working on, and you can see that I stitched one of the big leaves on the left, and you may be able to see that I finished stitching the sky around the giraffe, and the right side of the big leaves.  I also did just a little backstitching on  the giraffe.   I am hoping to have some more time for stitching now that the holidays are over, but I am not so sure that will be the case.  It appears that I can not get this second updated picture to be where I want it to be, so here it is following its story - LOL!

Well, I want to thank you all for stopping by my blog, and for those wonderful comments you leave.  They really do make be give me a lot of motivation to keep on stitching.  And I love to "hear" other stitchers because I have not a lot of people around me that stitch.
So, until next time, have a happy, healthy, stitchy time!

30 comments:

Karen said...

Good job Beth! Hope you do get this one finished soon...

happy stitching...

Linda said...

Hi Beth. Great job and it does look like you have made progress.

Linda

Faith... said...

I love that piece Beth!

I can see the progress!

Linda K's Creativity Works said...

Hi Beth

You are doing beautiful on your WIP...I love it...it is going to be so cute and so adorable.

Nancy in IL said...

Gorgeous, Beth! I love this design! Great WIPocalypse progress!

Lynn said...

What a gorgeous bag! I love blue too and these are such pretty shades of blue.
Good progress on your WIP. It's such a cute design. This WIPocalypse just might work on motivating all of us!

Ziggyeor said...

Good luck on that Beth! Yes some pieces just call for background fabric but it looks adorable.

robindefender said...

What a cute project! Here's hoping you finish in time for the special day!

Lesleyanne said...

Great progress. Looks like you have made progress to me.

Jade said...

Great progress, lovely WIP!

Sparkles 'n' Stitching said...

oooo your new bag is lovely, what a great present.

Cant wait to see more progress on your WIPs

Fiona said...

A stitcher can never have too many bags and your gift is gorgeous. Great job on your stitching I'm sure you will meet your target.

Katie said...

Great job on your piece Beth. I remember loving this piece at PALs. It's so bright and colorful. Keep up those x's and it will be done sooner than you think.

Carol said...

I'm so glad you're pushing through to finish this, Beth!! It will be a perfect gift from Grandma :)

Your DILs bag is so pretty, too--I'm a blue lover also, so anything blue always catches my eye. I'm sure you'll put it to good use with your stitching projects!

Alesia Matson said...

Stitchy bags as gifts from friends are the best kind, aren't they? :)

Good progress on the WIP, keep up the great work!

stitcheranon said...

Great stitching Beth, and thank you for leaving a comment on my little eeyore lol. And for sharing. Sometimes knowing we are not alone and there is an end to all this is a good thing and helps us remain focused. Thank you xxx

Siobhan said...

What a lovely bag! Lucky you--I am encouraging my daughters to get into handwork in the hopes that we'll be able to exchange handmade gifts in the future.

Your WIP looks great!

JoAnna said...

That design is so cute - looking forward to seeing more progress pics!

Shelleen said...

That bag is beautiful and I can't wait to see more progress.

Jen said...

What an adorable design, can't wait to see your further progress. :)

Carolyn NC said...

Awesome progress - it's so cool! Love that stitching bag, too!

Mountain Ash said...

Moving along nicely there, Beth. Looking forward to seeing you make progress on your Noah's Ark as well.

SoCal Debbie said...

This is looking great! It will be finished before you know it!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Hi, returning the following.

You're so close to completing the jungle picture, I'm sure you can do it. Loking forward to that Happy Dance this year, and many more!

Raychill Canuck said...

That's a great piece. Good luck on finishing it by March.

Sally said...

Love your new bag Beth. It's a gorgeous colour.

Great progress. We'll all keep cheering you on!

Meari said...

Good luck with finishing it. You can do it!

Patches said...

Love the bag. Great stitching

Patches said...

Love the bag. Great stitching

Barb said...

What a cute piece. I look forward to seeing more of it!g