Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Finish it in 2013 project: January overview and WIP update post

It's the beginning of February and high time I made an update on where I am in the Finish it in 2013 project! I've copy/pasted the first post and will be adding updates for each item so you can see before and after pictures :)

New Project:

I am also going to start a "large" and complicated new cross stitch project this year based on a photograph by a really talented Alaskan photographer who was incredibly kind and said I could make a cross stitch of it. The photographer is Mike Gates, go check out his site - his work is amazing!

The pattern was made for me as a prize for winning a competition on dA. It's 10 inches wide  x 14 1/2 inches high = 180 x 261 stitches on 18 ct Aida and it uses 147 colours. I am truly intimidated but I did ask for the pattern to be as close to the photo as possible and didn't limit size or colours and I certainly got what I asked for!

Update: I have dyed the fabric for this using coffee.

The Current WIP's:

Sagittarius star sign by Lanarte - central area complete
Update: No progress made on this.

Air and Earth Biscornu -  1st colour (of 4) of the air side done. 
Update:  I finished all 4 sides to make 2 biscornu. This is on hold till I have buttons to finish them with.

8th century tile floor embroidery in greens and blues.  
Update: I have managed to complete 2 sides of this now

Sampler - barely started
Update: I decided to use for the TAST SAL(see sidebar for a link to the project blog) and see if I can make some sort of picture with all the different stitches have done the first 3 weeks so far.

The UFO's:

2 sleeping bunnies - a Priscilla babyland embroidery - about half done but I *so* hate doing 1/4 and 3/4 cross stitches.

Dog embroidery (portrait) made from a photo years ago by a company - about 1/5th done.

Dog embroidery (standing) made from a photo years ago by a company - barely started.

Autumn leaves needle book WIP - embroidery is 1/2 finished.

The Finishes can be found if you click the tab "2013 finishes" at the top of the page.


  1. I am really excited to see how the TAST project comes out, I love the colors so far :D

    Of course, ALL of your projects are lovely, but I have particular interest in that one ha ha!

    1. Me too - it's a huge uncertain project and I'm not even sure I'll be able to do what I want lol. It's fun being able to look in my boxes of threads and just grab what I fancy :) I'll be going to the town where the shop is that has every single DMC product known to woman (well men know nothing about embroidery mostly ;) ) and I'm going to pick up some perle to try as well :)

      Thanks :D

  2. Your projects are coming along. I wish you all the best stitching! I love perle cotton for adding some depth to a project! :)

    1. Indeed they are :) Thanks :D I've been trying out some stuff on a sample with my new perle and it's really nice :)

  3. The way you are doing the TAST project sounds good; it is nice to just let the needle do the work and forget all about plans and diagrams. Happy free design!

    1. I do like the occasional free form project - lets my imagination flow and lets me try new stuff :) Thanks! I am actually doing another free design... wile trying out new threads :D

  4. Hi,

    It's possible to have a copy of the grid cross-stitch ? We are swiss and my mother research this one. You can send by email please ?(

    1. Hiya,

      I'm not sure which pattern you mean but if it's the earth and fire biscornu you can find the pattern for free here: Elements biscornu patterns