Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Full Moon WIPocalypse update March 2015

This month's topic set by Measi who organises the


March 5  – Topic: If money – and time – were not limiters, what projects would be on your stitching bucket list?

Because I have been stitching for decades I have accumulated far more stash than I can ever hope to complete so time rather than money is the main limiting factor for me.

Probably top of my list would be to complete all of the alphabet band sampler by The Victoria Sampler

I love band samplers anyway and these have such a variety of stitches and threads that they are an absolute joy.  I don't have all of the charts and embellishment packs so this would be where the "money no object" part comes in as they aren't cheap.  I have collected most of them in sales, off eBay etc and have a list in my phone of the ones I am missing "just in case"

This is L for Librarian

Other designs which make my bucket list are some of the Mirabilia designs I have in my stash and a few I don't have but would love to make

It's very hard to choose but these are probably my top 5 at the moment

Moon Flowers (latest release)

Dressmaker's Daughter 


Red Lady Pirate

Peony Garden

I would also like to make some more quilts (and finish some of my UFOs) and make more Shepherd's Bush Christmas stockings.

And then of course there is my wish list (see separate page if you are interested)

Well that would keep me busy for a while...............................

So back to  the present and an update on my current WiPs

I will start, appropriately enough, with the Mirabilia design I am stitching as part of the You Tube/Floss Tube SAL.  Everyone chose their own Mirabilia design and mine is At the Met

I haven't had much time to spend on it this month which is a shame as I really enjoy stitching it

There is lots of black but also some lovely Caron Waterlillies which are wonderful to use.

I collected Christmas Village from the framers and am really pleased with the job they did on.   I had decided not to stitch the border from the pattern so I knew I wanted at least a single and probably a double mount and some kind of wood frame.  I just love this one which looks old and slightly rustic so is in keeping with the design I think.

The completed piece ready for display this December

Close up of the frame

I definitely want to stitch more Prairie Schooler designs but perhaps some of the smaller ones might be next.

I completed the February section on the Frosted Pumpkin Story Time Sampler which was The Secret Garden and I'm looking forward to starting March's (Sherlock Holmes).

I am however behind on the CloudsFactory Zodiac Sampler SAL.  I just finished January's installment (Capricorn) on 28 February so now have Aquarius and Pisces to complete before the end of the month

I have a couple of small finishes to report

This little ballet dancer was a quick stitch from an old magazine

And I finished the lavender sachet by Itchin to Stitch and it will be part of my Mum's presents on Mother's Day.   You can read more about the talented designer of the piece here because I chose to write about her in the DESIGN project

The kit came with the linen, the Liberty style backing fabric, threads, ribbon for hanging  and a sachet of dried lavender.  I decided to add stuffing around the lavender bag and I'm very pleased with the way it turned out.  I may be making more of these as I think they are nice for gifts.

Finally this month I made a start on Blackbird from Blackbird Designs 

I'm using a hand dyed thread from Jodyri Designs called Nevermore which is a blue/black very reminiscent of blackbird feathers.

My other WiPs haven't been worked on but March is another month.

Thanks for popping by and I look forward to reading what progress everyone else has made and what is on their bucket list


  1. Vry nice projects you are working on at the moment. And your bucket list if there were no restrictions is really gorgeous. I'd also love to stitch some of the Mirabilia designs, they are nearly all appealing to me.

  2. Great stitching Hazel! I love The Victoria Sampler patterns too, but like you they definitely fall into the if money was no object category lol!

  3. Wow, that's a lot of stuff you have to show there! Nice progress on everything, and great framing on the christmas village :)

  4. Great post, you have very similar taste in designs to me! Maybe we should share our unlimited money when we get it?
    My friend Nicola has stitched all 26 letters of the Victoria Sampler. You can see it here.

    1. Thank you Jo for the link to Nicola's blog. She is an amazing stitcher. Seeing her framed version means that I will continue to add to my collection of these wonderful charts

  5. I love the rustic frame you chose for Christmas Village. So pretty. Your stitching is very pretty and very diverse.

  6. The frame and mat choices are so perfect for Christmas Village! I imagine you were just thrilled to pick it up from the framer.

    All of your projects are lovely and CathieJ is right, so diverse! Keeps things fun. :D

  7. Lovely stitching and your finished pieces lookgreat

  8. You have lovely projects you are working on and a great bucket list. I look forward to seeing your progress in the upcoming months.

  9. The frame job looks fantastic with your village. And I love that sweet, little ballerina.

  10. Love your Prairie Schooler finish, Hazel!! I definitely need to stitch that one myself some day. And the L is For Librarian is darling--I hope you do continue to add to your collection of those VS charts :)

  11. Christmas Village is beautiful - I love the mats and frame you chose. Your needle must have beeen flying this month. Great work!

  12. I love the framing on Christmas Village, very rustic and perfect for the design