Monday, 9 January 2017

2017 stitching aspirations

A belated Happy New Year to everyone. It's hard to believe that we are already a week into 2017.

I don't tend to make New Year resolutions so I've titled this post 'aspirations' which is a more accurate description. I've been reading the plans of other stitchers and quilters for 2017 and I think 'Oh, I'd like to do that' but there isn't enough hours in the day for me to follow up on each of these ideas. As my Granny used to say when I tried to do too much or eat too much "Your eyes are bigger than your stomach".

I'd like to make a start on this kit that I received as a Christmas present. However, If I do, I know that won't be until the latter part of this year.

I've now bought each of the 'Little Sheep Virtues' from Little House Needleworks and 'Sheep in the Meadow' from Country Cottage Needleworks. During the year I plan to stitch these on a single piece of linen as Giovanna and many other stitchers have done.

Of course, I hope to finish 'Alpine Seasons Garden'. Well the stitching at least but I've been saying that for the past two years. I haven't touched it in a few months as I was on a course of treatment that meant my ability to concentrate was poor so I set it aside for a while. Now that I'm feeling alot brighter, I have no excuse for not stitching on it. This is where I last left it.

Alpine Seasons Garden - Chatelaine
Fabric: 32ct Belfast Sand line
Threads: Recommended silk threads

I'm also toying with the idea of stitching 15 scissor fobs; one for each of the ladies in my sewing group. They keep admiring the ones I have (example below) and I thought it would be a nice little gift to give each one next Christmas. We'll see, as that might just be one stitching plan too many.

Tiny beaded heart - Just Nan
Fabric: 28ct Cashel white linen

I have done a little stitching over the past two weeks. This is The Primitive Hare's 'I Believe in Santa'. All I need to do now is finish it as an ornament.

I Believe in Santa - The Primitive Hare
Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament issue, 2012
Fabric: 28ct hand-dyed fabric from Madame Chantilly

I've also been keeping up with the Ten stitches a day SAL. This is quite hard for me at the moment because when I start something, I either keep going with it until it is finished or until I feel I need a break from it.
Here are my first eighty stitches. I'll probably only post on this again when I feel there is some progress to be seen.

Mermaid Heart - Just Nan
Fabric: 32ct Rue Green Belfast linen
Threads: Recommended Au Ver a Soie

Well, that is more than enough for now and I didn't mention quilting at all. I have two doll quilts that I am in the process of hand quilting so I'll post on those when they are finished.


  1. I think aspirations are better than resolutions, we can all relate to aspiring to something.
    Love the sheep virtues stitched as one piece, something similar popped up on fb for the LHN snowy ones that are on my list for stitching this year. I think I'd like to do that but it would be buying the other charts because those 2 are the only ones i've got at the moment.
    Good luck with Alpine Seasons, that will be a beauty! and the 10 stitches a day, i'm like you though, once i start something i want to carry on until i loose interest, but it's a great idea for getting something done.
    Love the Primitive Hare ornament, i haven't seen that one before.
    Have a great week x

  2. These plans look really good. There is a lot of variety so that you won't get bored throughout the year. Alpine Garden looks like you could get it finished this year.
    I think I would have the same problem with Ten Stitches a day. I just can't put a project down after ten stitches - ten stitches is just the start of my stitching session, lol.

  3. I too hope you can finish Alpine Seasons Garden. What a treat that will be! I have seen Giovanna's finish. It is so wonderful. That is a great plan for you. :D

  4. Good luck with your stitching plans. I love the I believe finish

  5. I'm not a resolutions person either, Mary! I love your choice of words :)

    I so love your Alpine Seasons Garden so I (selfishly!) hope that makes a lot of appearances on your blog this year.

    Your first finish is so cute!

  6. I Believe it a wonderful finish, I don't remember seeing that one in the magazine.
    Nice new kit, that will be a lovely project.
    Alpine is growing beautifully

  7. Gorgeous stitching. I also like the idea of Aspirations and your Grandma is very wise. There is definitely an "over eating" culture in certain parts of the internet!
    We seem to have very similar tastes, I have my first Chatelaine start this year, I love Just Nan (my 10 a day is a JN) and also the Primitive Hare although I don't have a piece in my current rotation.


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