It’s January and that’s when I (and I’m sure many others as well) look back at the blogs I’ve neglected of the last year and vow to do better. This, obviously, is one of them.

I’ve learned that hard way that hard and fast goals don’t work for me, but having a general plan I’m allowed to change is a better idea.

We’re moving house from Auckland to Wellington in about 10 days, so one of the things I’ve had to do recently is go through and sort and tidy my stash. I got rid of a lot of charts I’ll never stitch (and kept a good number of others I’ll probably also never stitch) and looked through all my projects and made decisions about what I really wanted to try to finish.

I found that I had 12 stitching projects that fall into that category and one quilt I’m hand sewing. So that’s 13 WIPs I’d like to make some progress on in 2015.

I also have two focus projects, but they are both gifts, so I won’t be naming them or sharing any photos here until they have been given to their intended recipients.

I’m going to try a 10 hour rotation where I work 10 hours on my focus project, then randomly pick one of the others for 10 hours. Back to the focus project (and when I finish one, I start the next), then another random pick etc. Will it work out? I have no idea. But I’m going to give it a try.

Those 13 WIPs are (in alphabetical order and with the most recent photo I can find – headings link to the Flickr album for the project):

Aurora Castle – Pegasus Originals

Aurora Castle

Stitched on 25-ct Confederate Grey Lugana.
This looks amazing, but is totally boring to stitch. If necessary, I’m allowed to do 5 hour rotations on this one.
Photo is dated February 2005

Autumn Queen – Mirabilia

Autumn Queen

Stitched on 32-ct white Belfast linen
She’s the last of Mirabilia’s four season queens I need to stitch. I’ve been working her on a frame and adding beads as I go, so I can’t do any more on her until my floor frame is set up in Wellington.
Photo is dated October 2013. I thought I’d worked on her more recently than that, but maybe I didn’t take a picture. She’s packed for travel so it’s too late to check.

Cinderella – Mirabilia


Stitched on 32-ct Evening Dreams Belfast from Silkweaver
I wanted a change from the queensw and started this one, but the fabric has gone really soft after the dyeing, and I always only manage to stitch a bit before I get annoyed with it and put it away again.
Photo is dated May 2013, which is probably about right.

Dawn Mist at Eilean Donan – Heritage Stitchcraft

Dawn Mist at Eilean Donan

Stitched on 32-ct cream Belfast linen
I’ve had this chart for years and years and got distracted by other, shiny things. But I still love it and would like to do more. I’m also more practised at confetti stitching these days.
Photo is dated February 2005

Dawn Star – Character Creations

Dawn Star

Stitched on 25-ct ivory Lugana.
I charted this for myself with the artist’s permission. I started the next page from what you see here and the pinks didn’t match, so I put it aside in frustration. Jennie persuaded me to go back to it, because it is a lovely design.
Photo is dated November 2010.

Defender of the Kingdom – Heaven and Earth Designs

Defender of the Kingdom

Stitched on 25-ct mocha Lugana.
This one I have continued to work on slowly. Very slowly, as I started it way back in 2005. But I’ll get there eventually.
Photo is dated October 2014.

Dragonfly Quaker – Stickideen von der Wiehenburg

Dragonfly Quaker

Stitched on a South African one off hand-dyed. I think it’s 28-ct.
This was a gift and I’m doing it with HDF silks. However, it is pretty small and I found the fabric a bit fussy to work with. I still love it though.
Photo is dated March 2011.

Hexagons are Cool – Kerry Dustin

Hexagons are Cool

Paper Pieced Hexagons.
I started this in 2013 for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary as it has Doctor Who fabrics scattered through it. I now have 900 hexagons to join together and I’m on to my second strip of 10.
Photo is dated June 2014.

Illuminated Medieval Sampler – Chatelaine

Illuminated Medieval Sampler

Stitched on 32-ct Tiger Eye Belfast linen from Silkweaver (discontinued).
I’m working on this slowly as well. It’s great to have the border done finally. I’m working with this on my floor frame and beading as I go.
Photo is dated February 2014.

Second Chances – Ink Circles

Second Chances

Stitched on 32-ct Starquest Opalescent Lugana from Silkweaver.
The reason I stopped on this one is simple – it is SO small. But I love the motifs and the colours so I’m going to stick with it. I think I’m allowed 5 hour rotation slots on this one if I’m finding it hard to see.
Photo is dated July 2009.

The Dragon Trainer – Character Creations

The Dragon Trainer

I don’t know off the top of my head what this is stitched on. I’ll look it up.
I started this as a model for Character Creations as it’s my favourite design of all. I couldn’t keep up and in the end another model was stitched for me. But I would still like to finish mine because I still love it. (I’ll need to set up a Flickr album for it when I have a moment; I’ll link it once it exists.)
Photo is dated January 2015.

The Ice Dragon’s Kingdom – Dragon Dreams

The Ice Dragon's Kingdom

Stitched on 32-ct white opalescent Lugana.
This is a favourite Dragon Dreams design and I loved stitching it up to this point. But the dragon is stitched with Marlitt and it is so horrible to work with I gave up. I’ve decided to pull out the little bit I’ve done and stitch it with plain old cotton floss because I want to stitch it but not to hate it while I’m doing it.
Photo is dated December 2006.

Too Many Books, Too Little Time – Heaven and Earth Designs

Too Many Books, Too Little Time

Stitched on 25-ct Mushroom Lugana.
I started this in August 2014 due to a sudden rush of blood to the head. It was probably a bad idea, but I love the design, so I’ll work on it if it comes up and just enjoy myself. (I’ll need to set up a Flickr album for it when I have a moment; I’ll link to it once it exists.)
Photo is dated January 2015, but stitching was done in August 2014.

Will I stick to this? I have no idea. But I’m having fun planning things out, so I guess that is a good thing in itself.