Wednesday, March 23, 2016

March WIPocalypse

Hello again!

This will be a rather iterative post as I've just posted progress for IHSW this weekend, but more pictures can't be a bad thing, I think. :)

This month, I've managed a page (and row) finish on Moon Indigo . . .
Another page finish on Euphoria (featuring part of a flower) . . .
And some progress on Cassiopeia (almost to the edge of her dress).
The decision to stitch another page on Euphoria was a bit impulsive, but I'm glad I did it. Now I finally have more than a pink blob to show as progress! :) Since February is over, I can now report that my total stitches for that month was a staggering 16,327! Half of that was on Euphoria, as those tent stitches go really quick (especially when two of those pages only had 3 colors). I forgot to mention it last post, but January was also a good stitching month (since I was lounging around in my jammies the whole time) with 13,048 stitches. So I'm already a third of the way toward my yearly stitching goal! Now let's hope I can keep it up. :)

This month's question is: Do you use hoops, stretcher bars, lap stands or Q snap frames and why?
First: yes, no, yes and yes.
Second: I use whatever tools make it easier to stitch, which varies depending on my project and my mood. When I first started Luna (and Scale, and Wisdom) I used a hoop so I could stitch in my room at my desk. For a while, I switched Scale to Q snaps, along with a floor stand to hold her. When I stitch on Favorite Bird, that is also done in my Q snap, because the fabric is too large for anything else. But my preferred method by far is stitching on scroll frames. I like having the whole project neatly rolled onto the bars, not bunched up like on my Q snaps or hoops. I also like having a whole section of my piece visible and easy to work on, so I can range across a whole row if I want without having to stop and readjust. And, because I generally work strait across, there is that special moment when you get to roll the fabric further. :)

I haven't used stretcher bars because I'm too lazy to deal with all the pins, and I don't like square pointy frames. I've never stitched in hand either, as I'm too worried I'll mess up the tension. But I would encourage everyone to try different methods, and stick with what works for you.

I'm going to stop there, as I could wax on about stitching styles for days, and that would be tedious to read, I think. Can't wait to see what everyone else is stitching! Until next time. :)


  1. Lovely progress Angela! What's your thoughts on stitching HAEDs? Do you stitch them in tent stitch or full cross 2x2, 2x1? What's the coverage like?

  2. Thanks Jan! I don't have any strict rules about stitching HAEDs, but I do stitch them over 1. I've got wips on 18, 20, 25, 26 and 28 ct, full and tent stitched. (My Wips page has more info on that.) Personally, I like the look of full crosses, but some of my larger projects are tent stitched just because it's quicker. As for coverage, that's also up to individual tastes. For me, I think 2x1 for full crosses is fine on 14-20 ct fabric. For 25 and 28 ct, I stitch 1x1 full or 2x1 tent. I think the best coverage is 2x1 on 20ct or on 28ct, either 1x1 or 2x1 tenting. But truthfully, once a piece is finished, those tiny little gaps don't matter all that much. :) Hope this helps!

  3. Great work on all your projects =) I think Cassiopeias dress looks amazing, I really love those colors!
    I also love my scroll frames, but fabric size can truly be a problem. I had to switch to 32ct to fit my supersize on my 36" bars. I think I will get used to the count, but if I would start another supersize right now, I would switch to a Qsnap (which would mean a ton of leftover fabric hanging around) or stitch it sideways to be able to use 28ct ;-)

    And oh, I also love that moment when you can roll the fabric up because you finished a row... :D I'm so much looking forward to a few row finishes this year (I think I can do 3).

  4. Great post that's amazing progress!

  5. Great progress. I love the colors in Moon Indigo. Might need to try a qsnap for my large HAED. I prefer scroll frames, too.

  6. What a great group of stitching!!!! Progress on all is coming on very well.

  7. Hi Angela, it's so beautiful WIPs! Happy stitching!

  8. Thanks for your comment on my blog. You are a "no-reply" commenter (thanks Googleplus!) so I've hopped over here to reply.
    Love Cassiopeia so much. As you know I'm a big Nora Corbett fan. No-one does dresses quite like her.