Friday, May 03, 2019

WIPocolypse (3) - April 2019

Hello Dear Reader,

This is a fun SAL (Stitch-A-Long) to help us finish some of those neglected projects that may be lurking in some forgotten corner! You can read all about the SAL over at Measi's.

But before you disappear off to visit Measi, and maybe even join in?! let me show you what I've been up to since my last update: HERE

By the way, Measi, if you are looking in, I haven't been able to link up on your blog previously, but I will try again today, and hope I am successful this time.

See who is joining in this month : HERE (on Measi’s blog)


These are two projects I started last year and finally finished last month, which I can now cross off my WIPocolyspse list.

Camper Van:
Pattern: CrossStitcher Issue No: 332

On a previous post I said I would make some buttons for this bag from Fimo, unfortunately that never happened, but I will make them one day! ..... I had to finish the bag without the buttons so that I could show it at my handicraft group's recent exhibition (sorry no photos).


Name Badge

I was really pleased to finish my name badge ..... not bad, but maybe the name itself should have been slightly larger! It was a test piece really, and I was trying out reverse applique which I had never attempted before, after seeing Queenie's Mola reverse applique.

The binding was tricky! The first 3 sides were fine, then I had to think of a way to finsh the top ..... which was difficult because I had added a pocket on the back and the binding at the sides were in the way for binding the top. Still with a bit of tweaking it was done! Yay!


Each month Measi asks us to answer a question and this time the question was:

“ Talk to us about your longest-running WIP or UFO.” 

This has to be my Cocoa Sampler, started: 5.4.2004, at a time when I really wanted to start blogging!

Hard to take a really good photo as it is quite large!

I found some nice photos here on my blog which show the sampler very clearly.

This is a project I never intended to finish quickly. I always thought I'd add a few stitches ..... as and when I felt like it. I have to admit it's taken longer than I imagined!

The next photo shows where I picked up again this week. Every time I look at this sampler I'm encouraged to add a few more stitches, but the frame it is in makes it so awkward to hold and makes my hands hurt after a while! So I start off each time with lots of enthusiasm but then my hands start hurting and back it goes into one of the "Dreaded Cupboards" (my husband says I'm taking over the whole house ..... well, yes, of course!)

The stitches on the left of the heading were stitched previously ..... and I'm working on the right side, err, right where the needle is sticking out!
Oops, sorry the photo is a bit dark
I 've also written about my Cocoa Sampler over at Kitten Stitching and the Friday Frolics: HERE.

I think its high time I finished this one so I'm determined now to try to finish this year. We'll see!

I don't suppose any of you have this pattern by any chance? I only have a photocopy ..... my sister had the original and I think it went out in one of her "clear outs" ..... trouble is the back stitch is in more than one colour but there is no way of telling from the photocopy where each colour should go!

I'm sure I can work something out but it would be interesting if I could use the right colours.


Thank you for visiting today ..... it's always nice to hear from you! I'm off to visit a few blogs via Measi to see what everyone else is finishing off! Oh, and my old friends at The Endeavourers have just posted their interpretations of their latest project "Rain", so if you have a few minutes why not come and visit with me.

But, before you go I've got a little story on the subject of buttons! I have finally gotten round to making a jacket of DH's wearable again! Some years ago (and that must be at least five years)  I stole brass buttons from a jacket of his because I needed them on my own jacket to play bowls for the county and comply with their strict dress code! From time to time over the years DH said how nice it would be if his jacket had buttons and he could wear it again. This month, after further pleadings and finally threats to withdraw all labour in the kitchen, and shopping duties (not to mention cat poo duties ..... which he is very good at!) I finally succumbed to putting the buttons back on. Unfortunately the weather has now changed and he can't wear it until next year!

Hey ho, never mind eh, another job done!


Look forward to seeing you again in a month ..... for another WIPocolypse, let's see if I can tick some more projects off the list then.

Polka Dot Lady has had a couple of visits, perhaps I can think of a few ideas how to finish her! Tee hee!


But I do have another post almost ready to go, about a few new things I'm working on. So that should be here before the next WIPocolypse!

Have a great weekend!

See you soon!

Barbara xxx


cheryl said...

Love your beautiful finish! It looks so perfect on the bag. I really like you Cocoa Sampler, too. I look forward to seeing your progress.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

That camper van stitching, which I've always loved, is perfect on your bag. That really is a wonderful finish. I also like your name badge. The reverse applique must have been very tricky on those small letters. Good luck with making some more progress on your sampler. It's coming on beautifully and it will be nice to have it finished so you can display it :)

Lin said...

I love the button story Barbara. Two lovely finishes. xx

Christine B said...

Some lovely finishes Barbara and I loved hearing the story of the brass buttons!! Hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend! Christine xx

Lilly's Mom said...

I loved seeing your completed WIPs. Your sampler is so pretty. I believe this is your same pattern:

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your camper van stitchery is so cute! I love how you made it into a tote such a great idea!

Queeniepatch said...

What a great idea to put a pocket on the name tag - perfect for keeping name cards to give out, or collect from others you meet at a workshop or show. Nice to see the reversed appliqué!
Your cocoa sampler is charming. If you want to finish it as soon as possible but without apin, then time yourself to see how many stitches you can work before the discomfort begins, then set that number of stitches (or amount of time) as a daily goal. Before you know it the WIP will be finished.
Have fun, and leave your husband's buttons alone! You don't want to loose your domestic help, do you?

White Rose said...

Hi Barb beautiful work my friend,love the camper,well done xx

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Great finishes. I love the camper on the bag. And the name tag is such a clever idea to make it a pocket. Love your sampler. I have issues with my left thumb 3rd joint and sometimes it becomes difficult to hold my work while I stitch with my right hand. Old age can be an evil enemy!
xx, Carol

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Lots of lovely stuff!!

Faith... said...

Great projects Barbara! Glad you got to mark something off your list with the camper and the bag you made for it is very cute! Love your sampler. Maybe you should take it off its large frame and use a smaller and stitch it in small sections instead?

Celtic Thistle said...

Good to know that I am not alone in having lots of long-term UFO's :) Can't help with the pattern I am afraid.

Sheryl said...

Love your camper embroidery and bag, what a lovely finish. the name tag is very clever, great work Barbara.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

The camper van looks great on that bag and I love the name badge too.
I am pleased to see that someone else has a WIP nearly as old as mine!

MARIELA Inspirada said...

Hi Barbara!!! All your project are so beautiful! The camper van stitching is gorgeous and looks amazing on this bag. Love the colours!!!
And the embroidery case with your name is a lovely idea, very pretty.
You have a very nice blog, besitos...

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Your camper van turned out so cute and the colours are perfect together. Definitely a winner! And the name badge is really cool - I can't imagine binding anything that small.

Bethan said...

Your name badge is very neat! Very cleverly done. Fingers crossed someone is amazing and has the pattern for you - is it worth trying to email the company? I had a pattern page fall apart and Bothy Threads sent me a digital version of it for free (which was amazing of them). It's a lovely sampler x

Julie said...

The camper van and its delightful bag is so lovely.

Astrids dragon said...

Your Camper Van finish looks fantastic, what fun colours.
Great job on your name badge, perfect for holding a CC for shopping purposes?!
I hope you get to finish your sampler soon, it's adorable.
How nice of your DH to share his buttons, too bad he remembered he wanted them back!

Eli R. said...

Que bonita Van, en todas sus formas me gustan
Una buena organización la de iniciar y terminar algo en un tiempo trazado