Monday, September 28, 2015

September WIPocalypse

Hello, stitchers! Time again for WIPocalypse, where I get to tally up my stitches for the month. But first, I would like to thank those who replied to yesterday's post. It seems like the Reading List is the way to go if you don't have Google+. Please let me know if you have any more problems though. (And I hope I didn't just jinx myself...)

Alright! Stitching! I didn't get quite as much done as I'd hoped, thanks to a large quilting project I'm doing at the moment, but still, not bad. I managed a page finish on Moon Indigo, and have started page 5, though nothing worth a picture at the moment. And of course, I started Cassiopeia! Began on the 18th, here's what she looks like now:
Cassiopeia, Sept. 28th
That border has the oddest color scheme to my eyes, but I'm going with it. This was actually the first time I've gotten to stitch with silk, and it was so awesome! This one is a beatiful Waterlilies variegation called Espresso. It changes from gray-brown, to green, to deep red and bright red. There's not much of it in the border, but it did make me nervous putting silk next to Kreinik, which is so rough. I'm starting not to like Kreinik very much, as it is so difficult to work with, but I do love the effect of the metallic. Perhaps one day I'll experiment with some different brands...

I don't really have a goal for my New Season, New Start projects other than to work on them for at least 10 days, and I actually met that goal with Cass today. (Two days to spare, yay!) Total stitches so far: 3,095. Not bad at all. I have no idea how many stitches there are, but I'm guessing it's somewhere around 35,000. So almost a tenth done? :)

This month's question is: Where do you buy most of your stitching supplies?

I buy almost everything online, as local stores just don't have the patterns nor the fabric I'm looking for. I had been buying most of my floss locally, until I realized how much cheaper that is online as well. So, yeah.

As for specific sites, there's only a few. These days, I mostly shop at I love their fabric selection, as I usually stick to plain off white jobelan or linen for projects. Their floss is a good price, easy to pick out, and they have almost everything I'm looking for. Before I found 123, I always shopped at Julie's X-Stitch, but 123 is a bit cheaper. I really like the customer service at Julies, though, as I've had to order a few special cuts. They also have kits for all the Mirabilia patterns. I also occasionally stop by Nordic Needle. They were one of the few sites that had Rainbow Galleries Whisper, a mohair thread I need for Cass. (It's in the feathers.) And they have a few patterns that I've only seen on their site. Definitely worth a look.

Of course there are others, but I'll keep it short for now. Perhaps I'll make a links section at some point. Until next time. Happy stitching!


  1. Great progress :) It does look a bit odd but I think it will be fine. I haven't stitched with silks yet but I hear they're great!

  2. Cassiopeai looks very interesting, I'm keen to watch it grow.