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Works in Progress

I always have several projects in progress. These are some of my WIPs. Some of them are so old that they almost count as abandoned projects, but I do intend to finish them.

I'm finishing another two sets of hotplates like the ones I made for my parents in 2004. I used the "Tidings of Joy" patterns from the Leisure Arts book Something for Every Season. Three hotplates
I feel in love with Deep Peace from Forget-Me-Nots in Stitches the first time I saw it. Sam and two other dear people surprised me with the materials for it as a birthday present. It's a joy to work on it.
I'm sure I'll finish the Tri-Puzzle from Y-Knot Designs by Deb Davis. I don't know when, but I'll finish it. It's very small, so it shouldn't take too long. TriKnot
What's Your Sign, Baby? A Witches Stitches pattern, What's Your Sign, Baby? for Rhianna Nixie, who was born in April 2002. I'm afraid I've procrastinated really badly about finishing this one, but I'm doing it! Really! See?
This lighthouse was begun for my first husband, Scott. We divorced in 1987, and it's been folded in various drawers and boxes since then (hence that crease, and I don't know if it'll come out). Yes, I've still got the book. It was a Pat & Gloria design. I'd just about decided to dump it when Sam said that he liked it, so I suppose I will finish it after all. Lighthouse
Celtic Blessings Sampler II I fell in love with one of Vickey Brickle-Macky's designs, the Celtic Blessings Sampler II, when I met her at a local fair. I'm doing it on a pinkish linen (I think Zweigart calls it "apple blossom") rather than the mossy green she calls for in the design, which I like more with the colors in the threads. The design uses a lot of the Caron Wildflowers line, as well as DMCs flower thread. The shading you get with them really makes the design much more than it looks like on paper! That's my excuse for including the close-up of the detail in the lettering. As you can see from the picture on the left, I've gotten most of the lettering and a little of the top border done. The finished piece will have a lot more border on top and bottom. Blessings Detail
Heart of Roses I started Heart of Roses from Country Cross-Stitch for my sister back when it was suitable for the house she shared with her first husband, and it isn't her style now. Or anyone's that I'm close to, now that I think about it. It isn't terribly far along, so I might rip out the stitches I've done and use that huge piece of fabric for something else-unless someone I know wants to take it on for themselves, of course.

I have other WIPs, but I don't have photos of them at the moment. I'm trying to work through all of them as part of my decluttering project, though, so hopefully I'll be able to add them to the Finished Projects page before too long. Here's a bit about most of them, I think.

  • A long time ago I started stitching a simple ballerina piece designed to fit on a switchplate from Fond Memories for Katie. It doesn't honestly fit her style now - she's much more of a goth chick than a traditional girly-girl. She is still a dancer, though, so I guess I should ask her about it.
  • I did a very little work on Celtic Christmas by Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum six or seven years ago, got bored, and put it away. And there it still is, waiting. I like the piece, but I'm not sure I like it enough to finish it. The odd-colored fabric isn't really useful for anything else I'm likely to do, so I may give this one to someone who would finish it.
  • I have one silk gauze piece in progress. I need to get a picture of it.
  • Finally, I have two different series of Yule ornaments in progress. One is all kittens, the other is polar bears.