Thursday, July 2, 2015

WIPocalypse 2015 – July

This month's topic: Reality or Fantasy. Which do you prefer to stitch? Figures or Abstract? (this question comes to us via Jo) I like both, but I do admit I'm more choosy when it comes to figures. My religion doesn't "allow" us to decorate our homes with art that portray people or faces. So I tend to lean more towards faun and flora. Which is really hard for me, because that limits me on the type of patterns I buy (for now, i.e. until I move out and get my own place). Some of you will ask: What about the Mirabilias you're stitching? I argue that those don't count since you can't really distinguish their facial features (kind of like Amish art if you've ever seen it). As for abstract, I love geometric/symmetric patterns. I don't have any patterns in my stash like that but I still love it. In any case, for me, what really drives me towards a pattern is COLOR. I love bold and bright, pastels, dark. It doesn't matter, if it's well used it will attract my attention. It's too bad I don't know enough about color theory to do it myself.

Still nothing on Bramble and the Rose.

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Ink Circles - The Bramble and the Rose

I finally finished stitching all the leaves. I've been really neglecting this piece because of them. Now I have just one more color to stitch on the tree and I can finally move on.

Mirabilia - Tree of Hope
Update: Due to the fact that it was Canada day yesterday, I ended up working a little bit more on Tree of Hope.

I want to thank Marcy for her suggestion on how to stitch with Waterlilies. Here it is for those who would like to try it:

I cut 2 of the same length of my over dyed floss. Pull off one strand from each length and combine the 2 for stitching. It makes a soft tweedy effect that I like better and doesn’t take any extra thinking or planning.

I still haven't touched Tracery Dragons.

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Teresa Wentzler - Tracery Dragons

I worked on Fantasy Lace at the beginning of the month and then neglected it for the rest of the month. But then on Saturday, I took it out and powered through all those button holes to finish them in time for this post (by the way, at the time when I'm writing this it's Monday and I haven't actually finished them. Let's see if I can make it happen). It's very tiny (sorry for the bad picture, it was cloudy yesterday), but you can see the stray thread. Unfortunately, I ran out of the #5 perle cotton and wasn't able to finish the border. I'll be getting some more this Friday (I hope).

Satin Stitches - Donna's Fantasy Lace

Pretty Little San Francisco took up much of my stitching time. It went from being my take-away WIP to my main WIP. I have about two hours of stitching time during the weekday and I think I spent pretty much all of it on San Fran, but as a bonus last Wednesday was a holiday for us in Quebec. That's an entire day off work to stitch. Despite that, I can't believe how much I got done since the last WIPocalypse post.

Satsuma Street - Pretty Little San Francisco

All in all I'm very satisfied this month :)


  1. Good work on everything! Tree of Hope is beautiful, so is Fantasy Lace. A nice variety of stitchings!

  2. Great progress this month. Tree of Hope is wonderful!

  3. You did really well. Great variety of projects.

  4. Your projects are all so wonderful. I admire anyone who can do hardanger. My dyslexia just won't allow me to do button hole stitches that hold!

  5. You made beautiful works, Dima :) I love your very much Tree oh Hope progress !!
    Have a lovely week-end;

  6. Lovely stitching! Tree of Life is my favourite - so colourful!

  7. The "Tree of Hope" is just breathtaking. Now that's a lovely stitch.

  8. What an interesting answer to the question. What religion are you that doesn't allow pictures of people? I've not heard that before, is it a false idols thing?
    Are you allowed photographs of family members?
    Anyway, Tree of Hope is looking gorgeous!