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Carol Harper


  • WIPocalypse Check-in, July 28, 2019

    - 3 weeks ago
    July 24 post ER Visit
    The question for the month is: “How do you get yourself out of a stitching drought?” Good question. Since I was in such a drought for nearly two years because fo try aftermath of a broken left wrist, I’m not really a good source for a solution. I managed to “force” myself into a finish back in April and even that didn’t have a permanent effect. I tried to use the second stitch-a-day challenge with new pieces and it seemed to be working until… ~~~~~ July 16 (I missed a day because of…

  • A Completion!

    - July  9, 2019
    Michael Powel Beach Hut Twinchie#1
    I finished a little 2x2 square designed by Michael Powell. It's meant to be one side of a scissor keep but I think I'll make it into an ornament instead and stitch the other side as another ornament. OK, I shouldn't brag but it's been so LONG! Two strands of Anchor floss over one --- in an 18 ct (I think) canvas. A bear to frog so there is one mistake I simply fudged around. Luckily, Powell designs are wonky enough to make fudging invisible! ​On to the other side --- this is where it…

  • WIPocalypse Check-In, June 30, 2019

    - July  1, 2019
    Michael Powell Key Fob:Scissor Tag
    This month's topic for discussion is: "Half-year recap: How are you doing with your goals so far this year?" Well, I'm stitching and that is definitely an improvement after two years hiatus! I finished one WIP ("Palm Tree Elegance") in April and dithered about for a month Finally, I decided to get my hand in practice for smaller stitches than called for on that needlepoint canvas so I took out a Michael Powell kit of key fobs and scissor keeps (Beach Huts Scissor Keep X131). It is four pa…

  • WIPocalypse Check-IN, May 26, 2019

    - May 26, 2019
    This moth's topic for discussion is: "Where do you love to shop for stash?" Well, given my lack of stitching in the past two years, adding to stash seemed somewhat uncalled for. However, I did buy a few pieces that stuck my fancy - all from Michael Powell Art in the UK. I really love his pieces and have tried to collect all of them, especially when they come out in chart packs instead of kits (cheaper postage, for one thing). I have only stitched two my "collection" though: one ("Greek Win…

  • WIPocalypse Check-In: April 28, 2019

    - April 28, 2019
    January 2007
    This month's topic for discussion is: "Talk to us about your longest-running WIP or UFO." I had to go back into my files to find the longest running WIP... it is a round robin I participate in on Cross Stitch Crazy, a long gone forum on the now defunct iVillage. I started in January 2007. I stitched it on full yard of Silkweaver's 28-ct Jobelin, in the "Carol's Meadow" color. It is a 12" x 12" square stitched with a knot garden in "blackwork" from Stitchin'spirations ("Brandon", designer Sall…

  • WIPocalypse Check-in, March 31, 2019

    - April  1, 2019
    Start - March 1
    This month's question for discussion is: "What newer designers and product creators (fabric or floss dyeing, etc) out there have you discovered and recommend?" Well, given I have taken over two years "off" from stitching, I have to say I am not really following designers/stitching products these days so I haven't discovered anyone/anything new, nor would I dare to recommend any. ~~~~~ In March, we were challenged to do one stitch a day minimum, every day and I decided it would be one…

  • WIPocalypse Check-In: February 24, 2019

    - February 24, 2019
    This month's discussion topic is: "What do you listen to while stitching? Well, I may be strange, but I usually have the television on as more-or-less background noise. I stitch in my bedroom where I have a television/DVR set-up and I have found I simply cannot focus on stitchery if there is no background noise. I only pause in my stitching when something catches my attention on the program (kind of defeats the purpose of DVRing a program but...) ~~~~~ Again, no stitching this month.…

  • WIPocalypse Check-In - January 28 2019

    - January 28, 2019
    A day late and a dollar short, as usual. I should have posted this yesterday. Anyway, this month's question is: "What SAL’s are you participating in this year?". ​Well, not exactly participating but, like in the past two years (2017 and 2018), I am collecting the monthly patterns for the sampler SALs at Linen & Threads. And of course, once I get my motivation going and confidence revved up, this WIPocalypse. But, sadly, the motion vacation/confidence part isn't going yet so I didn'…

  • WIPocalypse Check-In: January 6, 2019

    - January  6, 2019
    In the event that you are not familiar with WIPocalypse, it is a yearly challenge by Measi's Musings where Melissa, the blog owner states: "The WIPocalypse was a stitch-a-long playing up on the joke that the world will end in 2012. It’s short for Works In Progress Apocalypse."The goal of the WIPocalypse is to make progress on your projects. How you go about this is your choice." Since then, there have been WIPocalypse SALs each year and this year is the start of WIPocalypse 2019. Each…

  • WIPocalypse Check-In, December 2018

    - December 30, 2018
    The topic for December is to " "Recap your accomplishments for the year!" ​Well, if you have followed me at all this year, you will know that my only accomplishments for the year were a few months of organization, which fizzled out when it came time to sort floss...The progress reports are in the following posts: January: The before pictures and starting to clear cutting table surface and floor space. This was my most productive month when it came to organizing. Beads, yarns, tools, fabr…

  • WIPocalypse Check-In, November 25, 2018

    - November 25, 2018
    Oops! I almost forgot! Question of the Month: What new stitches or techniques did you learn this year? Sadly, none. Can't learn much new stitchery when one isn't stitching! Maybe next year.

  • WIPocalypse Check-In - October 2018

    - October 30, 2018
    The question for the month for WIPocalypse is: " Do you prefer to stitch on a rotation or one project at a time?" I really don't have a preference. I have done both and both have their advantages. Rotation removes some of the boredom that can arise when stitching on a single LARGE project. It is particularly helpful to intersperse stitching on a large BAP with smaller pieces (which might give on the felling of accomplishment when the small piece is finished), a piece with different…

  • WIPocalypse Check-In - September 30, 2018

    - September 30, 2018
    The topic for discussion this month is: "How do you keep your stitching stash organized?" ​Well, I'm not sure it IS organized, at least not completely I posted several times this year about my organizational attempts, starting in January and fizzling out in May. I have gotten quite a bit put away where it belongs but there is probably just as much that needs doing. Especially floss --- my DMC is untouched and needs a massive amount of time to put right and teh contents of my two embroid…

  • WIPOcalypse Chek-in, August 26, 2018

    - August 25, 2018
    This month's topic for discussion is: "Which is more satisfying to you and why – the process of stitching a piece, or the finish?" ​That's a tough question for me to answer... it's almost like those polls which don't give an answer that is right for you! For me, the satisfying part is the beginning: the picking of the chart, the floss, the fabric and embellishments (if any) and setting up for stitching. (can you tell I'm a stash builder? I love browsing the designer sites and the need…

  • WIPocalypse Check-In, July 29, 2018

    - July 29, 2018
    The discussion topic for this month is: " Half-year recap: How are you doing with your goals so far this year?" ​I'd laugh if it weren't so sad. No progress. Not a stitch. Even my attempts at organization ave stalled out at the bin of DMC floss that needs putting away. I'm really having difficulty getting motivated. Heck, I have even spent several hours this weekend updating out financial records, which I absolutely HATE to do. And in two days, I have brought six months of arrears in my en…

  • WIPOcalypse Check-In, June 24, 2018

    - June 24, 2018
    The question for the month is: "Tell us what you think the ideal stitching retreat would include." ​Well, I have been to a few quilting retreats and paper crafting retreats but never an embroidery retreat so I can't say for sure that I know what such a retreat would require. Like I said, I can't speak from experience other than three quilting retreats, two or three paper-crafting weekends, a card-making cruise (Yes, a cruise, to Alaska!), and a few local guild-sponsored quilt workdays, a…

  • WIPocalypse Check-in, May 27, 2018

    - May 28, 2018
    The WIPocalypse question of the month is: Where do you love to shop for stash?when I can't find what I need in my stash, I shop online for anything needlework-related - we don’t have any needlework shops within driving distance so online is really my only option. I have a few places I do like to shop… tops on my list is Needle in A Haystack in Alameda, CA. I have read that others aren’t happy with the service there but I never have had issues. It’s been a while since I did any shopping for s…

  • WIPocalypse 2018 check-in, April 29, 2018

    - April 29, 2018
    Well, I did it, I beat the flu - finally, after three weeks - with only a residual scratchy throat to show for it. But... and it's a BIG one For two weeks before the flu, my right shoulder and forearm were really painful. I woke up with this pain and though it was to do with sleeping wrong but it didn't go away in two ro three days like my usual shoulder spasms have done. However, when I had the flu, the pain was gone. (or maybe the flu was so bad I didn't notice it...). Anyway, once teh flue…

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