Sunday, January 15, 2017

Flosstube Year In Review Tag

(Hosted by Jessie Marie from JessieDoesStuff on YouTube)

Favorites / Least Favorites
1. WIP: My favorite WIP was Postcards From The World by Cloudsfactory.  My least favorite was Deep Sea Fishes by Dimensions.
2. Finish: Favorite was Postcards, least favorite was Cliffside Beacon by Dimensions
3. FFO:  Favorite was Ginger Friends by Mill Hill, least favorite was the Dragon Card.
4. New Start: Favorite was Red Velvet Cake by Glendon Place, least favorite is the Lakeside Fantasy SAL.
5. Tool: Favorite was needle minders, can't think of a least favorite that I used...
6. Technique: Favorite is the loop start!
7. Material: Favorite is jobelan, least favorite is stiff aida
8. Pattern release of 2016: Favorite is Postcards or Brave by DoNaStitch

How Many...
9. WIPs at the start of year? 5
10. WIPs at the end of the year? 12
11. Starts during the year? 22  (counts all the Star Wars characters as 1)
12. Finishes during the year?  16 (all Star Wars count as 1)
13. FFOs?  8 + 22 Star Wars ornaments (with 7 still waiting FFO)
14. UFOs - temporary? Lakeside Fantasy SAL & Blackwork Cross bookmarks
15. UFOs - permanent? None
16. Full coverage pages complete? One for A Victorian Christmas Eve

First and Last
17. Start: First was Red Velvet Cake, last was Ghostly Mandala by Ink Circles
18. Finish: First was Cliffside Beacon, last was Deep Sea Fishes

19. Purchase?  Lakeside Fantasy SAL...should have waited to see the characters
20. Starting? Nope
21. Stopping? None
22. Not participating?  No regrets

New / New to You
23. Tool:  Needle minders, snag nab it
24. Technique / Stitch: None
25. Designer: DoNaStitch, Cloudsfactory, HAED, Satsuma Street
26. Fabric: 2016 was the first time I tried jobelan and I love it.
27. Thread:  First time I used silk floss!  Red Velvet Cake uses Dinky Dyes.
28. Vendor / Shop:  Lots
29. Terminology: Flosstube! And I discovered Stitch Maynia!!!
30. FlossTube Channels: I discovered Flosstube in 2016 and LOVE it...I think I subscribe to about 50 flosstubers!

A Mix of Questions
31. What did you learn this year?  How to sew my own pillow ornaments thanks to Vonna! And thanks to Stitchmania for all the SAL events to teach me that more WIPs is not a bad thing and my stitchy bug likes rotations shorter than a week.
32. What did you teach someone this year?  I spread the word about Flosstube and Maynia...
33. Did you become real life friends with any stitchers you only knew via social media previously? in previous years, but didn't meet any new folks in 2016.
34. Are you happy with what you accomplished this year? Yes.
35. Similarly, what were your goals for 2016? How do they measure up to what you accomplished?  I had a baby in 2015 so I just wanted to get back stitching in 2016, finish a baby piece for my friend (Cliffside Beacon) and enjoy my hobby, which I did!
36. Has your stitching style or organization changed during the year? If so, how? If no, are there any changes or improvements you’d like to make?  Yes!  I rotate more frequently and certainly have had more starts than ever before but a variety of WIPs helps keep the stitchy bug happy.  
37. Did you fall victim to FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)? Were there any projects that you would pass on starting if you were given the chance to go back in time and do all over?  I didn't join the CF Postcards SAL until the Jan-Mar designs had been released and I loved it, so when the Lakeside Fantasy SAL was announced, I bought it right away because I usually like Durene's designs and love Fantasy but I haven't been completely happy with the monthly designs. 
38. Did you participate in any SALs? If so, which one was your favorite?  Postcards!
39. What did you learn about yourself through your stitching this year?  A variety of WIPs that are rotated between 3-7 days works best for me. 
40. What was your favorite event that you participated in this year?  The Stitch Maynia Olympics SAL
41. Were there any 2016 "Stitching Fads" that you didn’t jump on the bandwagon for but you’re still considering?  No, not tempted by Death By Cross Stitch or some of the other SALs.

42. What project are you most looking forward to starting?  HAEDs (2 started already in the first 2 weeks of 2017) and my Guardian Angel by Lavender & Lace as a remembrance piece for my angel babies.
43. What project are you most looking forward to finishing?  My focus on a finish piece for 2017 is A Victorian Christmas Eve which is now my oldest WIP.
44. Do you intend to be more determined or laid back in your stitching in the coming year?  Determined!
45. What event are you most looking forward to participating in? All the Stitchmania monthly SALs
46. What are your stitchy resolutions for next year?  Enjoy! Try not to start too many new things in hopes of finishing some WIPs, and I'm also doing Stitch From Stash. 
47. Will you be participating in any SALs?  I'm considering the CF Fabulous Women in History and the Stitchrovia Charity MIND SAL but I'll wait to see more before purchasing them. 
48. Are there any materials / stitches / techniques you’d like to try in the new year? Nope

49. What was the best thing that happened to you this year?  The best thing that happened I can't discuss because of a Non-disclosure agreement I signed!
50. What are your resolutions for next year?  Enjoy life & my family.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

December update

I only worked on 3 pieces in December.  First, I finished the Dec Postcard which brought Postcards From The World as a FO!  December's location was the North Pole:

After finishing Postcards, I decided to take my oldest WIP and stitch ONLY on it to try to finish it before the end of the year.  Deep Sea Fishes (a Dimensions kit) is finished! I worked on it for 18 days straight and got burned out for sure.  I don't want to look at it for awhile.

For the last 3 days of the year, I worked more on Pretty Little DC by Satsuma Street.

Friday, December 2, 2016

3 Month update (Sep-Nov)

It's well past time for an update on my WIPs!  Here's where they stand:

First, an FO & FFO:  This is Ginger Friends by Mill Hill:

Progress update on Camelot Sampler by Teresa Wentzler:   (I've been focusing on borders.)

Some finished objects (smalls):
 Xmas with Jane Austen, from JCS 2012 Ornaments issue:

Katie Kitty (a freebie) by Brooke's Books

Boggart Snape by tinyneedle on Etsy

Noel, a Tiny Tiding from Lizzie*Kate

Jingle, another Tiny Tiding from Lizzie*Kate

Katie Kitty, Noel & Jingle will be made into ornaments as teacher gifts this year.  

An update on the Lakeside Needlecraft / Durene Jones Fantasy SAL:  I finished the September Wizard first:
Then I finished my color conversion of the August Pegasus

And October was this cute witch:

I worked on the background of QS Ruby by Rachel Anderson / HAED:

Update on Postcards from the World SAL:
September was Toyko:

October was New York City:

November was Vancouver:

I have the top half done on Mickey & the Gang.  Just the huge car remains.

In September, I started Brave by donastitch on Etsy.  Here's my progress:

In November, I started Pretty Little DC by Satsuma Street. My progress:

Later in November, I started Ghostly Mandala by Ink Circles, but I'm reversing it and stitching the negative spaces, not the ghost outlines.  I copied this idea from someone on Instagram.

That's it for now!  Hopefully I will get a couple more finishes before the end of the year, and I need to FFO some xmas gifts.  

Friday, September 2, 2016

July & August Update

I've worked on a lot of different things over the past 2 months and it'd be too complicated to go day by day so here's an update on all of my WIPs:

Camelot Sampler by Teresa Wentzler: worked on the twisted vine section & the left border

A Victorian Xmas Eve: page 3 is finished!  Now I'm a little more than halfway done:

Deep Sea Fishes: I worked a lot on the moorish idol fish (aka Gill from Finding Nemo)

Postcards From the World:  August was Sydney!

Fall Wreath from JCS (Angela Pullen):

Lakeside Needlecraft Fantasy SAL: I finished the circles & outer border and started on August Pegasus:

Star Wars ornaments:  My mom helped me finish a bunch of them into pillow ornaments!  And I stitched more to be finished later: 

Commander Cody

Ahsoka Tano & Bossk

Kylo Ren & Capt Phasma

Ki-adi Mundi, IG-88 & Jango Fett

Mace Windu & Nien Nunb

A new start: Christmas with Jane Austen from JCS 2012 Ornament issue. The quote says "to be fond of dancing was a certain step to falling in love".

And a new start from July: Mickey & the Gang.  Here's my progress.  

Sunday, July 10, 2016

June & 1st week of July update

I finished Hitchhiking Ghosts by tinyneedle on Etsy.  Here's Phineas, Ezra & Gus from the Haunted Mansion at Disney World.  I mailed them off to my uncle and he absolutely loves them.

I've stitched up June & July on Postcards from the World by Cloudsfactory, as well as finished the frames: 

I've completed a slew of more Star Wars characters that will be fully finished into ornaments for my brother's SW xmas tree.  The ones on perforated paper will be cut out and mounted individually.
Grand Moff Tarkin & Chewbacca

Han Solo, Leia & Luke Skywalker from A New Hope 

 Yoda & Lando Calrissian

A stormtropper, Admiral Ackbar, & Wedge Antilles

 C-3PO & R2-D2, and BB-8

Rey added with BB-8, Finn & Poe (labeled to distinguish him from Wedge)

Wicket the Ewok & Greedo

For the Whine & WIPs SAL on Stitch Maynia, I pulled out this UFO.  Deep Sea Fish kit by's the starting point.  

And here's how much I got done in 5 days...everything above the pink & yellow fish.

I also worked on Camelot Sampler and finished the castle medallion and work a bit more on the border.

I also was out of town for a week in June and I worked on 2 Glendon Place pieces: Red Velvet Cake & Cruisin'.  Here's their progress pics:

Here's the FFO of the dragon I stitched in May...put into a card for my cousin's daughter's birth.

An updated pic of Ginger Friends, that I've worked on a bit here & there as it's easy to grab.

And finally, I have started the Lakeside Fantasy SAL by Durene Jones.  I've been working on the circle frames of the border.  The first character comes out 1 Aug.