These are the UFOs I have lying around awaiting my attention but I haven't managed to finish yet. The list is in no particular order.

Mike's Mushrooms

This is a "large" and complicated cross stitch project 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 18ct coffee dyed 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!

Teresa Wentzler's Castle Ridge

This was my Christmas present to myself which I started just after midnight on January 1st 2015. I did some stitching on it before setting it aside to work on the Ornament of the Month ornaments I made. I bought a kit as I wanted to do this the way Teresa planned. It's 18 ct Antique Aida, 90 x 126 stitches and will be 5" x 7" / 12,7 cm x 17,8 cm when complete. There are only 24 colours of DMC in the kit but Teresa has, as she always does, made that stretch to create 32 colours.

The cutlery sampler

 This is a Lanarte kit I got for myself last November
It will be 6 x 7 3/4"/ 15 cm x 20 cm and is made on a 27 ct (according to the packet) cotton evenweave. So far I have done 2 of 6 pieces of cutlerry and then there is a border - it should have "Forks and Spoons" backstitched at the top and bottom but I don't see me doing that - I am probably going to use the side borders at the top and bottom instead.

The border of the week sampler

In The Netherlands "randje per week"  has become a bit of a thing. It was a SAL where you are given 2 borders a week to add to a long strip of fabric - or a length of edging fabric. It started in 2014 and really took off with a fb group being made and even meets. The 2014 and 2015 patterns were made into books you can buy from the shop linked to the blog. They are continuing this SAL this year (2016) but are doing an alphabet sampler instead of a border sampler.

I will be making my version of the 2015 border sampler on a larger piece of light brown Jobelan, Thread Worx variegated thread 1044, along with DMC colour variations 4045 and 4130 and  some DMC solids to balance it out in the colours 301, 319, 3012 and 3777. My plan is to continue to add sampler type motifs to the embroidery to keep things interesting and add my own stamp to the end result.

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  

Pattern is from the DMC website. Embroidery is 1/2 finished.

Sagittarius star sign  

Pattern/kit by Lanarte. I had this as  a UFO earlier this year but i've not worked on it for some months so am classing it as a UFO again. Only have to do the border and some of the corners and the backstitching.


In 2013 I joined in with the Take A Stitch Tuesday project where every Tuesday (or almost every Tuesday) a wonderful lady shows how different embroidery stitches are done. Since I wanted to expand my stitch knowledge this seemed like a good thing for me to join in with and hopefully it will be fun to do. One of my many UFO's was a partially finished frame that I couldn't remember what I had started it for. I realised that this would make the perfect frame for me to try and do all the TAST stitches in, hopefully also creating a pretty picture in the process.

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