Catching Up With WIPocalypse and Other Things

Seems I've been MIA around here for a couple of months or more. The last time I posted I was having problems with my back, finances, not finding any work, and my stitching Mojo taking a vacation to parts unknown.  Well nothings really changed except that last month I had cataract surgery on both eyes.  The left eye is fine but the right eye wasn't done properly and I still have astigmatism and secondary cataract issues that need to be dealt with.  So in the mean time I'm trying to stitch with 3X cheaters (Wal-Mart cheap $5.00 reading glasses) and a 36watt OTT Lite floor lamp that I bought from Jo-Ann Fabrics when they had a 50% off sale last month.

I also haven't been keeping up with reading all my favorite stitching blogs and I was saddened to find out from Linda of Linda K's Stitching Corner that a fellow stitcher and blogger Deborah Bryant (aka SoCal Debbie) passed away suddenly from a heart attack on Aug. 29th.  I always enjoyed reading her blog updates and seeing the progress she was making on all her WIPS.  She always found the time to post comments of encouragement on my blog and I on hers. Rest in peace Deb, I and the needlework blog community will miss you deeply.

Now to catch up on Measi's Stitch-Along monthly questions.

July 12 – Topic:  It’s halfway to Christmas.  Do you start your holiday stitching this early?  If so, what do you hope to accomplish this year?

I'm really not a holiday stitcher. I really haven't been interested in Christmas stuff, except of course to finish Teresa Wentzler's 12 days of Christmas that I started back in 2004 and is part of my WIPocalypse list projects.

August 10 – Topic:  Tell us about your oldest and newest WIPs.

Let's see, my oldest WIP is...

Name: Pegasus and Butterflies
Type: Crewel / Embroidery
Designer/Publisher: Linda k. Powell / Dimensions, Inc. © 1981

I don't have an exact starting date, but I can guess it must have been sometime around the summer of 1999.  As my first update picture is dated Oct. 26, 1999.  Here is my last updated picture on Jan. 27, 2007.

My newest WIP is a biker's patch for my leather vest that I designed myself.  I remember last year when Sharon (aka Daffycat of TUSAL fame) lamented that she couldn't find anything stitching related as a patch to put on her leather biker's vest.  I too ran into the same dilemma.  I wanted to show off my hobby on my vest but could find nothing.  Then I remembered a logo crest that I designed for an on-line stitcher's group on yahoo that is now abandoned.  I simply removed the group's name from the banners and shield, and Voila!!!
It was created with Adobe Illustrator back in 1998.  The picture was printed on Sulky - sticky fabri-solvy using my HP printer.  It's basically a self-adhesive, fabric like water soluble stabilizer.

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So far I've done the shield, spools of thread, and tomato pincushion; currently I'm working on the scissors.  I had an old piece of 14ct. ivory Aida that was in my fabric box so I used that along with DMC thread.

September 9 – Topic:  Who is your favorite person to stitch for, or do you prefer to keep your stitching yourself?

I really don't have a favorite person to stitch for.  My family members and relatives at one time or another have received wedding and birth announcements, anniversary stitching, and the occasional birthday stitching.  This usually meant that stitching for me got set aside for obligation stitching.  Well not anymore.  Now days I work on stitching for myself with a goal of someday finishing all the WIPs on my web site.

Before I end this blog post I'd like to welcome all my new followers and thank the old ones for still hanging around.  I may not have been blog commenting lately but I've tried my best to catch up reading them.


Mii Stitch said...

Glad you're back & hope your eyes issues will soon get sorted!
I love your oldest WIP!!! Absolutely stunning!! Would be great for the stitching mojo to return... I'd love to see your progress on this one :)

D1-D2 said...

Welcome back! Try not to strain your eyes too much :)

What kind of stitching is Pegasus and Butterflies? It's not cross stitch right?

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Sorry to hear about the cataracts, our eyes really are the most precious things we have.

I like the badge you are designing, it looks really good so far.