Sunday, January 3, 2016

And Sew Begins 2016

Happy New Year!

I just love "firsts"...the first of the year, the first day of school, the first day of a new job, having your first baby (hm...maybe that's why I only had one?  LOL), their first steps, their first...well you get the idea.  There is something so unique and exciting about the first time you accomplish something new!   I guess that's why I always start the New Year with a new project.  This year I set two aside to work on just for this particular year.  Luckily for me, I can consider them Gifted Gorgeousness patterns because one was a kit that was gifted to me, the other is a Needlework Casket that I bought, but when looking for a pattern, a dear friend (Thank you so much Ms. P!!) gave me the book the pattern that I had settled on was printed in.  I bought the fabric, but the threads were bought with a gift card I had received from DH. is a picture of London by Thea Gouverneur

And the Needlework Casket from the book Sampler and Antique Needlework Vol. 1

I started the casket on the first day of the year...and here is what I've accomplished so far.  There are all kinds of specialty stitches, a few you can see here are the Queen stitch, French knot, and the Satin stitch.  I am excited to see how this one progresses, and I will be personalizing it as I go, I just need to think how I will make this one "my own".

I will be posting my goals for this year under 2016 Goals tab at the top.  I tried setting goals for myself last year, and am pleased to report that I was able to finish a good many of them.  I ran into issues when my Mother took ill and needed surgery and some constant help and attention at the end of October.  I was there with her (with the exceptions of a few days when I traveled home) until the middle of December.  I put around 4,000 miles on my van with all the traveling!!  Whew!  I am so happy to be home, but I will say I hit the ground running when I returned leaving all the holiday prep work until I was here to take care of things.  It's been a wild ride!  I am finally now getting back into stitching.  I will admit, I was beginning to twitch from withdrawal!  I did get the last two months of the Cottage Garden Samplings series finished before the end of the year!  They were also one of the goals I set!

Here is November's Chrysanthemum by Cottage Garden Samplings

And here is December's Holly by Cottage Garden Samplings

I tried choosing two projects last year, and although I did finish one of them, the other is still a work in progress.  I do hope to finish Aurora Cabin this year.  I nearly made it half way through last year. is where I'm starting this year...

I attribute my goal accomplishments to participating in the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL last year.  I tried to reach my monthly goals by the 15th of each month so I could post in a timely manner.  I think that helped keep me on track, so I chose to sign up again this year.  If you are interested in participating you can click on the picture here or in the sidebar.   It's been a challenge and a lot of fun looking through my stash to find things that qualify.  I hope you'll join us!

Here's to a less hectic and enjoyable year for all of us!


Justine said...

What a great start to the year! I love Aurora Cabin though I will probably never stitch it, I'll enjoy the updates on yours!

Astrids dragon said...

Looking forward to our first stitching date of the new year! Can't wait to see everything in person, they look great so far!

Emma/Itzy said...

Good luck with you goals for this year!

Jo said...

Absolutely LOVE the casket, your stitching is so detailed. Good luck on this years goals xx

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

You've made amazing progress on the casket, I love the skirt details.
I also love your Cottage House Samplings series. They are on my wish list along with so many other series!