Happy Wednesday everyone! I know it’s been a long time since I last did a work-in-progress Wednesday post, but I’ve started a big new project and I’m gearing up for May’s #30for30crafting challenge, so I thought today would be a good day to start posting my WIPs again!
Introducing my latest cross stitch project, the Helix Nebula:
This is just (part) of page one (out of 12).
The finished piece is going to be as big as my X-Files cross stitch, 270 stitches tall and 234 stitches wide on 18 count Aida (that’s 63,180 total stitches). It uses a lot of colors. Not sure exactly how many but this is my box with threads just for the project (and there’s about 6 more that I have out on my worktable and not in the box):
The pattern is self-made, based on this image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX).
As you can see, I’m still working on the outer edges and haven’t made it to the nebula yet. Here’s a close up.
Lots of confetti stitches!
Happy last Wednesday of 2015, gentle readers! I thought we could ring out 2015 with a round-up of my as-yet-unfinished cross stitches:
First, more progress this week on the Simpsons on the couch.
And an update on the flower of the month project. Just January and February to finish in the new year!
And some older projects I’ve been working on a while, like this sleeping fox.
And the Steotchalong, which I obviously abandoned two weeks in. The half and quarter and blended stitches just got to me too much!
My new year’s resolution is to finish all of these in 2016, and of course to start new projects, too! Do you have any resolutions for 2016, crafting or otherwise?
Today’s work in progress Wednesday update showcases a new project, the Simpsons on their beloved couch!
This is actually one of two cross stitch projects I’m working on, the other being a small hoop, but that one is a gift for a friend, and I don’t want to ruin the surprise!
Eventually the Simpsons are going to take up most of the 15 by 18 inch piece of aida cloth I’m stitching on. You can see the silhouette of Homer emerging on the left, particularly his belly. The two straight vertical lines on the far right are going to be a floor lamp. You can probably tell that I’m working this a page at a time. Except for a few stitches on each page that are far away from everything else, I’ve finished three of the six pages.
What are you working on this Wednesday?
I missed WIP Wednesday last Wednesday because I was busy seeing the sights of Portland with my parents who were visiting (OK, we really only saw one sight, the Portland Japanese Garden, but then we got really nice matcha lattes downtown).
But I’ve still been working hard on the signal flag sampler. I finished the cross stitching on the alphabet flags and started on the little flags that will eventually read “England expects that every man will do his duty.” Then there’s just a lot more backstitching and more cross stitching to go!
And then today I also went to the quilt shop and got a ‘quilter’s dozen’ of fun patterned fat quarters. I do have an idea for some of them, but some I just got ’cause they’re so darn pretty.
That’s all for work in progress Wednesday! What are you working on today?
I took a picture of my work in progress cross stitch this morning, but then I kept forgetting to post it when I was at my computer. There are still a few hours of Wednesday left here, so here it is!
As you can see I have added a few more flags since last week, and I fixed the mistakes I made on the “Z” flag. Tonight I’ll work on the “K” while we watch some new television. We finished up Buffy the Vampire Slayer last night, and now we’re starting Angel.
In other news, the Malcolm Tucker cross stitch chart is now available on Craftsy, so go buy it!
I want to apologize in advance for the dark photos, but the sun in Portland has decided to take a vacation. I’ve finished five of the flags on my signal flags sampler:
And since people have been asking for an explanation:
Each flag represents a letter. Now you may be wondering why I say that I have five flags finished. Well, obviously, the Y isn’t done yet, and even though the Z looks done, I actually made it two squares too short and I have to go back and pick out all the red and redo it. I literally threw this piece across the room when I discovered that last night. I’ve had to do too much unpicking on this project! But I like how it is turning out.
I don’t have a very exciting progress shot to share with you this week, but I did make some progress on a signal flag sampler that I designed:
I should be getting started on May’s flower of the month, since May is nearly over, but I haven’t started it yet. Maybe this week coming up.
I finally finished the X-Files cross stitch! Pictures will be forthcoming, but until then, I have started a new project. It is just a simple hoop of a quotation from Malcolm Tucker, a character in the British TV show The Thick of It. As you might imagine if you’re familiar with the show, the piece contains some strong language, so click through to see it (but not if you’ve got easily offended persons looking over your shoulder):
Because I am nearing the end of the X-Files cross stitch (and the progress is seeming less and less dramatic) there is no big progress shot for today’s WIP Wednesday. Instead, I invite you to check out the #30for30crafting tag on the PDX-Stitch Tumblr, where I’ll be posting a WIP picture every day through the month of May! The #30for30crafting tag is part of a challenge to craft for at least 30 minutes a day, for 30 days. May has 31 days, but #30for31 is not as catchy.
I lied when I said there would be no pictures of the X-Files stitching. Here is a beautiful, completed corner:
Another Wednesday, another progress shot of my X-Files cross stitch:
A few days ago I calculated how finished I was: 55,572 stitches complete out of 63,180 total (that’s 88.2%!). I’ve done at least a thousand stitches since then, so that puts me over the 90% mark! Sometimes I need numerical reassurance that it will be done at some point.