Where did the year go?
It appears that I am writing progressively fewer posts each year; last year I posted only 50 times, less than one post per week! I shall have to try to reverse that trend. The excuse I gave myself was that I did less stitching in 2010 and therefore had less to write about. A quick review of my year shows that I actually stitched far more than I’d thought. Below are the projects that I finished during the past 12 months; two of them, Himotaba and Edward, where started the previous year.
Valentine travelling page
Edward Scissor Fish
Drooping Cherry Tree fan
Snowflake travelling page
Blue bead necklace
Black bead necklace
Green bead necklace
Beaded bead necklace
There were a few more completed projects that I have not blogged for some reason, mainly pages for the Travelling Books.
Below are projects that I have begun and hope to complete (or at least progress) in 2011 and some projects that I hope to start.
Embroidery Bridge Between East and West. I can hardly believe that I began this piece in November 2007. Admittedly, I’ve stitched mainly during shows but I had planned to move it up on my to-do list and perhaps complete it this year!
Poppy Pouch – I’ve complete on side of the bag and begun (just) side 2
Double Cherry Blossoms fan – I did the gold leafing in a workshop with Midori, I have yet to begin the embroidery
Floral Melody (Phase IV Japanese bead embroidery) – I have had one class on this phase but want to complete Poppy Pouch before going on with it.
Floral Glove – started then I hit a snag. Thistle Threads have sent some new piece of linen so I can start again.
Goldwork master class – This class has been running for 8 months but I have yet to look at the first lesson!
Travelling Pages – I still 'owe' several people pages in this swap, 2 are in progress.
Travelling Books – despite my best efforts, I could not resist joining in this swap between members of the Oxford branch of the Embroiderer’s Guild
Japanese Embroidery, Phase VII – I have booked my place on the March course in Bournemouth and practically wriggle with excitement whenever I think about it. I must not wish my life away but I so look forward to my week of Japanese Embroidery every spring. Phase VII is, in my view, the most difficult. I don’t convince myself that I can’t do it even before I have tried but this phase teaches long and short stitch and I find LSS amazingly difficult to do. I hope that my tutors can help me finally come to grips with this stitch but I am not at all confident about it.
I am also seriously considering an entry for the Embroiderer’s Guild Members Competition. I have the germ of an idea but it needs fleshing out. I also need to consider if I have time for what I have in mind or if I can adapt the design to be less time consuming!
I dare say that I will be tempted by one or two more things throughout the year and some of this list will fall by the way side but for now, that is what I have in mind for 2011.
Happy Stitching and Happy New Year.