Plans for 2022

Plans? Jemma has plans!? Yes, I do! I do not know if I will be able to keep up with them, but I am going to have a try anyway!

Some of you may already know, but I am involved in some groups on Facebook and if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that in October, at the MK Stitching Retreat, I started my first ever HAED – “Mini Small Magellanic Cloud” in Max Colours (177 colours!!). It was my “New Start Saturday” piece.

As it is currently the only HAED I am stitching on (there are a few that I have on my wishlist!), I am going to be using it for some stitching challenges.

The groups that I am a member of are:

“Mini Small Magellanic Cloud” has 62,500 stitches and one of the challenges in Full Coverage Fanatics is 22,000 Stitching in 2022; if I complete this challenge I will have completed 35% of the piece at the end of this year-long challenge – it is doable, right?

I have decided that I need to make monthly FlossTubes to help me with my accountability; as this year I have not really done many videos.

Until the next row…

A simple first finish of 2020…

Woot woot! My first finish for 2020 has just been completed!

It is the Luggage Tag from Cross Stitch Crazy – Issue 258 (July 2019). I picked this little kit up at a Retreat from the “Freebie Table” last year.

Designer: Emma Congdon

Stitch Count: 16 (h) x 33 (w)

Fabric: 14 Count White Aida (came in the kit)

Started: January 4th 2019

Finished: January 4th 2019

I used this piece as a part of the 24 Hours of Cross Stitch challenges for January:

  • January Acrostic – I used it for the “!” section (one of eleven sections)
  • January Holidays – I used it for the “Make Your Dreams Come True Day” (one of twelve sections)

Until the next row…

Happy New Year & Year in Review

Happy New Year and welcome to 2020!

Today I have decided that 2020 is going to be a good year – much better than last year!

I have filmed a FlossTube (FlossTube discussing my Year in Review; but here are the questions for you all! I found them on Kim’s stitchy blog (My Life in Stitches) and the original ‘tag’ was done by Jessie Marie (Jessie Marie Does Stuff). The post was posted in 2017, so I just edited for my 2019 year:

Favorites (F) / Least Favorites (LF)
1. WIP: F – “Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble” & LF – “Class Schedule” SAL
2. Finish: F – the three mandalas from Ink Circles & LF – my grandfather’s Christmas card
3. FFO: F – My “Happy Camper” banner & LF – my grandfather’s Christmas card
4. New Start: F – SYOA SAL from Cunning Cross Stitch & LF – Class Schedule SAL
5. Tool: F – Needle minder & LF – my green ‘tension’ hoop
6. Technique: Not tried a new technique
7. Material: I love my 14 count Aida as usual but I have struggled with 20 count…
8. Pattern release of 2019: ooh so many! I have fallen love with Alyssa’s designs at Stitchonomy

How Many…
9. WIPs at the start of year? Five
10. WIPs at the end of the year? Seven
11. Starts during the year? 15 – 25, list count!
12. Finishes during the year? 30+ as I’m counting my ATCs
13. FFOs? 30+ as I’m still counting my ATCs
14. UFOs – temporary? Yeah, my ‘green swirls’ piece, but I will be restarting it soon!
15. UFOs – permanent? None
16. Full coverage pages complete? Zero, almost though – “Road to Emmaus” piece that I designed!

First and Last
17. Start: ‘Harry Potter House Banners” by Cloudsfactory
18. Finish: ‘Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble’ by Ink Circles

Regrets
19. Purchase? Class Schedule SAL, sorry – I should have waited
20. Starting? Class Schedule SAL
21. Stopping? My ‘green swirls’
22. Not participating? The Tiny Modernist SALs

New / New to You
23. Tool: no e
24. Technique / Stitch: None
25. Designer: Stitchonomy
26. Fabric: 20 count Aida
27. Thread: Cottage Garden Threads
28. Vendor / Shop: Stitchonomy
29. Terminology: none
30. FlossTube Channels: so many! I’ve been working my way through my list!

A Mix of Questions
31. What did you learn this year? That stitching from stash goes work for me and destashing helps a lot!
32. What did you teach someone this year? How to attend and pack for retreats
33. Did you become real life friends with any stitchers you only knew via social media previously? Yeah, Donna who I “met” before a retreat
34. Are you happy with what you accomplished this year? Yeah I am
35. Similarly, what were your goals for 2019? How do they measure up to what you accomplished? I wanted to finish as many projects as possible
36. Has your stitching style or organization changed during the year? If so, how? If no, are there any changes or improvements you’d like to make? Yes, I bought a large bobbin box to hold all of my DMC threads
37. Did you fall victim to FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)? Were there any projects that you would pass on starting if you were given the chance to go back in time and do all over? I wish I taken part in the SALs organised by Tiny Modernist
38. Did you participate in any SALs? If so, which one was your favorite? I did – Winter and Halloween SALs by Stitchonomy were my favourites
39. What did you learn about yourself through your stitching this year? That when I organise myself I can achieve it
40. What was your favorite event that you participated in this year? Halloween SAL
41. Were there any 2019 “Stitching Fads” that you didn’t jump on the bandwagon for but you’re still considering? The Tiny Modernist SALs

2020
42. What project are you most looking forward to starting? Homely Houseplants // Year if SALs
43. What project are you most looking forward to finishing? My Class Schedule and SYOA SALs
44. Do you intend to be more determined or laid back in your stitching in the coming year? More determined
45. What event are you most looking forward to participating in? #24HOCS
46. What are your stitchy resolutions for next year? To fully finish some more items!
47. Will you be participating in any SALs? Yes! Year of SALs SAL, Nerdstitchalong SAL, SYOA SAL to name a few!
48. Are there any materials / stitches / techniques you’d like to try in the new year? Nope

Non-stitching
49. What was the best thing that happened to you this year? Going on retreats and meeting new people!
50. What are your resolutions for next year? To attend 4 retreats – 2 at Crewe and 2 at Milton Keynes – and to start streaming three times a week

Until the next row…

2018 – what a start to the year!

cropped-21248426_352985481818798_512589887364767204_o.pngI cannot believe that I have not told you all about my stitching since November 2017! I am so so sorry about that! I have so much to tell you!

I now have a Facebook page – which is where I have been sharing all my projects; it is very active. My Instagram account is also very active, as I have been posting many on my projects there recently.

My Twitch Channel is now up and running! I am still trying to get a Streaming Schedule all organised, but it all depends on my work schedule – both for Online and Offline work.

The Etsy shop is now back open for business; I will be uploading my Cross Stitch charts soon!

I have been binge watching FlossTube; there are many channels I am getting my way through. The channels that I am now up to date with are:

However; I do have to catch up on Lindy Stitches, Bendy Stitchey Michelle and…well, there are a few! Today; while writing this post – I am currently at 146 subscribers and I need to post a FlossTube video later today – so keep your eyes peeled for that! I would love to have many more subscribers!

I made a “goal” for 2018 (I am not going to say ‘Resolutions’) to stitch more –  a lot more stitching! So; I had the bright idea to do as many ‘stitchy events’ as possible! Are you ready to see what I have signed up for?

Stitch Maynia has ‘one day SALs’ which I have signed up for most of the; the Winter Olympics Challenge (which ends today) and Tour de Designers. There are so many!

As for The Ultimate Cross Stitch Group; there are two monthly SALs – one counting stitches and the other is just a “show and tell” type of event. I sign up for them every month. There are also extra events that occur; for example another Winter Olympics challenge; I try to take part in them too!

I am in the process of creating photos albums on my Facebook page to keep a record of everything; from my finishes to my TUCSG ‘badges’

I will stop there; so until the next row…

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#30For30Crafting Challenge is complete!

Yes, my #30For30Crafting challenge is complete! Tomorrow I will be starting a new challenge.

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I have been inspired! #TheStitchingHour2017 hosted by @ambitiousstitches; bring on June 1st! I am already doing an hour at time, let’s make it two! Hee hee! I will be taking my stitching with my on my holiday with my Tribe – I am very excited! There is WiFi where we are staying, so I will be able to keep you all up to date on everything!

I want to complete The Story Time Sampler by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery as soon as possible; as the girls have created a dinosaur themed piece that will be perfect for my nephew!

I have also started A Very Merry Christmas Town by the girls; I felt that I will do this project for this challenge – I have got the evening off today; so I see stitching in my future!

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Until the next row…

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