Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Review of my 2015 embroidery achievements

Thank you for all the kind comments on my last post about my quilting achievements in 2015.  Back in December 2014 I also made a list of all the embroidery projects I wanted to complete in 2015.  It's nearly the end of the year, so it's time to see how I got on with my embroidery.  

1. The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Christmas Celebration Sampler. Finished and framed.

2. Mill Hill beaded ornaments. Finished what I had planned plus a few more.

3. Your Place or Mine? Finished - this is a quilt, but there was a lot of hand applique required so it appeared in both my quilting and embroidery lists.

4. Northern Expressions Needlework Celtic Snow. Finished and framed.  I think this is my major embroidery achievement of 2015.  There were soooo many tiny beads to sew onto this piece. It was my first time using hand dyed linen and I loved the colours in this fabric.

5. The Victoria Sampler Gingerbread Etui. I'm working on it frantically now, and still hope to have it ready for Christmas this year.  Three sides and the base are finished - just one more side to go now, plus assembly of course.

Etui with only two sides attached - who would know?

6. Elizabethean Sweet Bag. No progress. I think I should officially give up on this. I know it's 90% done, but it's just so hard to get motivated outside of the classroom.

7. The Victoria Sampler Haunted House. Finished in time for Halloween and very happy with it.

8. The Victoria Sampler Needlework Shop. Not even started - it will go on 2016 list.

not my photo - from the Victoria Sampler website

9. Wool felt applique bag from Flying Fish Kits. Finished.

10. Needlelace - green. This only saw minimal action in 2014 and deserves better in 2015.

11. Needlelace - purple. I need to work on this again while I still remember what to do.

12. Heirloom Christmas Tree decoration. I've had the book, silk and decorations for 2 years but am still putting off starting. I guess I'm worried about mine not being good enough, but I do have plenty of silk, and the decorations could be recycled if I needed to start again. If this was a class I would have had it finished by now. I think I'm just a bit worried about doing it by myself - silly I know.

13. Sundry other projects:

I did finish one this from this pile - the Blackberry Heart:

And I also finished the Fandango Sky canvas work which had been in the cupboard for two years:

And I made a small start on a needlelace stitch along with a group of Russian ladies I met online.  They've gone AWOL at the moment, but assure me they will return in 2016, so I'll just wait for them to start translating the instructions from Italian into Russian, and then into English for me (thank you Google translate).

So overall it's been a successful year for embroidery too. I've finished some lovely projects, and I've still got plenty to be going on with in 2016.


D1-D2 said...

You had so many amazing projects this year. I can't wait to see more of the CITA SAL. I was wondering what happened to that.

Vagabond Quilter said...

Wow - you have achieved an incredible amount this year. Well done. Love the Christmas Village - just beautiful!

Linda said...

What an amazing role call! So many gorgeous projects you have finished. Please don't give up on the Elizabethan Sweet Bag. It looks marvellous!

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Goodness me, such beautiful work! I think you are the most efficient stitcher that I know! I have a cross stitch that I've been working on for two years now and I've only completed page 1 of 23 ... hmm ... I think the aida cloth might deteriorate before I finish it!

Rachel @ Quiltineering said...

Dang lady, you've been busy! Everything you touch turns out beautifully. I'm especially fond of your Christmas village. Beautiful!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

You put us all to shame with your glorious matter what it is!

margaret said...

Wendy ou have made some beautiful embroideries this year not sure if you eat, sleep etc as you have achieved so much and all the quilts too. Impossible to pick a favourite as they are all wonderful. I am in awe of all these lovely projects

Chris of UK City Crafter said...

You've made some beautiful things this year Wendy, please don't give up on your sweetie bag because it's lovely now so when finished it'll be something to treasure.

Manuela said...

Wow, so many wonderful projects in 2015.
My favourite ist the Celtic Snow. It looks so amazing.
Greetings, Manuela

Wendy said...

you're like a stitching machine! Such beautiful projects. I'm looking forward to seeing your list for 2016!

Your Russian ladies will be busy celebrating Christmas, I think it's December 6th for them.

Granny Maud's Girl said...

Please don't give up on the Elizabethan sweet bag. That is my favourite. I have long wanted to take a class to learn how to do that.
Serena and I met up today and admired your beaded handiwork. So clever!

Sophie Zaugg said...

Wow ! I'm impressed ! You achieved so many beautiful quilts and embroidery this year. I like very much the haunted house. I'm wondering if you sometimes sleep ... ;-)