Tuesday, 8 May 2018

WIPocalypse - April Check In

This month I didn’t work in all of my WIPs as I wanted to make a good advance with one of my projects I am carrying over for more than a year. Nevertheless, I worked on few projects and bellow is the update of the project status:

  1. Dreamcatcher: 33%
  2. Banner of the Sabbats: 25%
  3. Sewing Owls
  4. Connie Gee Design SAL: 33%
  5. CrossStitcher SAL: 8%
  6. Seasonal Birds
  7. Green Man
  8. MD69 Cinderella
  9. Phases of the Moon
  10. Wheel of the Year
  11. Monthly Mini Mandala: 25%
  12. Zodiac Pentagram
  13. Queen of Water: 90%
  14. A Year of Flowers: 33%
  15. Zen Garden
  16. 12 Month, 12 Sachets: 33%
  17. Prickly But Cute: 20%
  18. 12 Days of Christmas: 25%
  19. A FOB A Month: 25%
  20. Magical Mystery SAL: 40%
  21. Blackwork Tangram: 17%
As I mentioned before, I advanced in some of my WIP projects. I finished the fourth flower of the A Year of Flower design, a lovely pansy which I showed in the Gift Gorgeousnedd 2018 post.

 For the 12 Days of Christmas I stitched the third owl corresponding to Three French Hens. I know I am a month behind but I still didn’t have time to catch up.

The next one is so cute and I didn’t show before. It corresponds to the Prickly But Cute SAL and it is calles ……… It is a very nice cactus.

Couple of days back I showed in the Small SAL post the fourth aromatic sachet. It is a Vervaco design showing a ladybug in some green leaves. Back of the sachet and the ribbon are red to match with the design.

On the 1st May it was the festivity of Beltane, one of the cross-quarters festivals of the Wheel of the Year. For that occasion I did the Beltane design from CTHdesign as part of my Beltane decoration.

The next two embroideried I am going to show are not part of any SAL but of what I call “Small Occasional Projects (SOP)”. One of them is very simple but I wanted something like that to show near my main door. It is a “Blessed Be” card and it is very nice to welcome people coming home.

The second one is a tree formed by different words related with life. I did it to celebrate the Earth Day which was the 22nd April.

Moving on to blackwork, I did the fourth part of Connie Gee Design SAL. I am not so excited with that SAL at that stage but as it is easy and quick to do I am going to continue.

I started a new blackwork project. It is called "Blackwork Tangram SAL" and it is organized by Lakeside Needlecraft. It is a free SAL consisting in 6 weekly parts (each part will be relesed on Fridays) I am going to change the colours as the call for colours are not my favourites, The first part is done in Christmas red (DMC 666) and the border are in black (DMC 310).

I left for the end the Queen of Water as it is related with the question of the month. I started this project on 2016 and it went through periodsin which I advanced a lot and periods in which I did not touch for long time. But now I have in mind other ladies and before starting them I want to finish this one (my mum insists me as she doesn't want that to be an UFO). So here is my advance. On the left you can see how it was and on the right how it is now.


The Question of the Month Measi's Musing is proposing is to talk about the longest-running WIP or UFO. I need to say that I have plenty of UFOs but I am not going to talk about them. The longest project I have been working on is the HAED "Looking Back" designed by Crystal Dune. I was working on it for 2 years and a half.

The longest running WIP is the Queen of Water I showed above. As I said, I am working on it for more than a year.

And that is all for this month. Looking forward to read your advances.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Friday Frolics – Blackwork Tangram SAL Part 1

For few weeks I am going to join the Friday Frolics with a blackwork design SAL. It is a design from Peppermint Purple and it is organized free by Lakeside Needlecraft. The SAL is divided in 6 parts and each one is released on Friday. That is the reason why I decided to do Friday afternoon. It is quick to do and I prefer to stich it as soon as it is released.

For this project I chose a 14 count white Aida fabric. I am going to stitch the borders in black (2 strands, DMC 310) and the design of each part in a different colour, using only one strand.

I stitched the first part in Christmas red (DMC 666). I will be doing the border as the parts are coming.

See you next Friday.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Beltane Embroidery

1st May was the festivity of Beltane or May Day. Beltane is a pagan festivity in which we celebrate the union of the God and the Goddess. The God, born in Yule, is now a young man and the Goddess is ready to become pregnant again after giving birth to the God. God and Goddess celebrate their union and Goddess become pregnant (she will give birth in Yule). It is one of the fire festivals. In the celtic costumes it was a festivity dedicated to the god Belenus. Fires are lit and people go around and over them as a sign of purification.

The most popular of this festivity is the May Pole. That is a stick or pole (phallic symbol representing the God) in which ribbons are attached to the top. Ribbons are normally red and white representing the transition of the Goddess from Maiden (white) to Mother (red). People hold a ribbon each and dance around the pole, representing the union of the God and the Goddess.

I continued stitching the Sabbat serie I am doing. This time I didn’t have time to finish in time the Primitive Hare’s design and I will be stitching it during the month of May.
The CTHdesign for Beltane was more complicated than the previous I did, it has a lot of “confetti” and colors are very similar, but finally I finished it.

I also stitched something that is not part of the Beltane decoration but it is part of my pagan embroideries and for that reason I would like to show it here. It is small embroidery with the words “Blessed Be”. I finished it with an oval open card in cream color and I am keeping it at the main home entrance to bless people who come home.