Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The 2014 Wrap-Up

   It's hard to believe that 2014 is drawing quickly to a close.  Where did this year go anyway??!  It seems to have passed in the blink of  an eye but I suppose that's all relative.  I'm sure for some it was just creeping along!
   When I last posted, I mentioned that I thought I would have a finish for IH&SW but as you might have guessed, that didn't happen.  It got too close to Christmas and I just had too much left to do to be able to spend too much time in the stitching chair.  I did manage a finish the day after Christmas though and here it is!

Beggar's Christmas by Threadwork Primitives
called for linen and threads

   I found one of those dough bowls while on the mountain trip this fall and I want to fill it with the little pin pillows like I've seen on other blogs. I love that look but most people have quite a few of them in their bowls!  Since all of my 'little pillows' are made into ornaments, I'm starting from scratch but I think this makes a mighty fine start!
  After this finish, I dithered a bit not sure what to do next.  I have several other Christmas pieces kitted and ready to go and I don't mind working on them if they are already started but I wasn't really up for a Christmas start after Christmas.
   I finally decided to put a few stitches in some things on my UFO list for EGA.  As a way to encourage us to finish our UFO's we have a little challenge going where we made a list of 9 UFO's and each month a number is drawn and we work on that number.  This month's number is Mary Wigham on my list and I got her out but didn't accomplish much. (I'm almost embarrassed to show this since it has been started for so long and so little  progress has been made.)

40 ct. Lakeside Examplar
with HDF conversion

  My most recent WIP is LHN Winter Plaid.  This is also a long languishing UFO (did I mention I have bags and bags of them!?) and is on the Challenge list to finish this year.  I am making pretty good progress on it and it should soon be my first finish of the new year!!

34 ct. Legacy Plantation Linen
w/listed threads

I think this was originally a 'stitch group' piece but the plaid part required too much attention to detail and I put it aside.  It is just a darling piece and I am really enjoying working on it now!
  That's all I have to report on the stitching front right now.  I have been tweaking my Stitching Goals List for 2015 and I can't seem to make it look any less ridiculous than it really is!  I have signed up for 11 SALs on Facebook for next year!! ( I know, I have totally lost my mind!!!)  In my defense, 3 of those are carry-overs from this year so I guess I really have a head start.  I am going to have to stitch like it's a full-time job to come even close to accomplishing what I have on that list.  But, I state quite plainly that the list is a 'goal' so we'll just have to see what happens.  I have also signed up for the Stitch From Stash Challenge again this year so all the projects I have kitted or started already should help with that!
  On the birthday front, I do have a couple more things to report.  My son and FDIL sent me these lovely flowers so I had fresh flowers in my bedroom too!  Those roses smelled wonderful!!!

Then, my friend Tommye stitched a beautiful sampler for me!  I can't seem to get the picture to download so I will have to show that on my next post.  Gives you all something to come back for!!
  On that note,  I will sign off for the last time this year.  I'm looking forward to some magnificent stitching in the new year and am glad to be sharing it with all of you.

Happy New Year to you all, Laura


  1. Beggar's Christmas is so beautiful. Congrats on a beautiful finish. Lovely wips and I'm looking forward to seeing your projects for 2015. Happy New Year! love Annette

  2. Beggar's Christmas is one of my favorites! A great job. I think I have a Mary Wigham hiding somewhere too! I do like your WIPs

  3. Congratulations on Beggar's Christmas! I look forward to seeing what you fill your dough bowl with in 2015. Wishing you a bright 2015 filled with joy, smiles and many stitches!

    Robin in Virginia

  4. I love your Beggar's Christmas finish, and your WIPs are nice ones! I am looking forward to seeing all of your stitching in 2015!!

    Happy New Year!

  5. What a great wrap-up post for the year! I know there's a lot of wonderful stitching to come in the New Year!

  6. Love the Christmas finish, Laura! Then I had a chuckle when you said you signed up for 11 facebook SALs... and I thought I was crazy with the 4 that I am doing! LOL And now I see another sampler I want to do too. It is wonderful to have so much inspiration around us to keep us busy busy during the New Year! Love the idea of having a drawing for the sampler to work on. Mary Wigham was one of my all-time favorites. Your flowers are just beautiful. Happy New Year!!

  7. A beautiful finish you are showing here. You will love your little pillows, it's my favourite finishing and I always love displaying them in little baskets. Drawing a number for the UFO you will be stitching for a month is a really neat idea. 11 SALs, oh my, but why not, you just have to enjoy them. If I were on Facebook these SALs going on there would be my downfall, lol.
    Have a great 2015.

  8. oh, I love your Beggar's Xmas! and you'll see this as a relief, but I have Mary Wigham started as well and it's not even close to where you left it! :D
    the LHN piece is just as adorable, I love the earthly shades and neatness, but I WON'T look for it. it's part of my resolutions for the New Year ;)
    11 SALs?! now that's something! :D just kidding, I managed to start (or kit up) just as many last year, and feel so embarrassed at the poor amount of finishes I got.. actually, I better do something about it right now and go stitching! ;)
    my best wishes for a Happy New Year ❤️
    hugs, chiara

  9. Can't wait to see this year's projects--will you share the SAL's you're working on? Love Beggar's Christmas and look forward to seeing what goes into your bowl by year's end.

  10. Laura, your work is beautiful. Have fun with the SAL's. Happy New Year!!

  11. Hey Laura, I too would like to know where 2014 scuttled off too as well. It just whizzed passed. I love your projects -- especially Winter Plaid. I've been thinking of doing that one for a while. AFTER I get some other things done. :) I just know you are going to cause me envy with posts of your 11 SALs! Good luck on that front. And Happy New Year and belated Birthday greetings.

  12. I sure do like Beggar's Christmas! Can't wait to see it in your new bowl! Yes, 11 SAL's is a lot, but... at least you will stay out of trouble! I have three from last year I hope to work on in 2015, along with much more... still working on a list! I may give up on that! Happy 2015!

  13. Love Beggars Christmas, it is on my buy list next time I am at a LNS. Good luck with your SALs.


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