Monday, 5 January 2015

2015 - Let the Stitching Games Begin!

Happy Monday to you! As we slide back into routine after the Christmas season, I bet a lot of you have been thinking about stitching goals, especially since there have been a lot of blog posts doing year-end wrap-ups and setting goals for 2015. 

I usually don't set stitching goals, especially quantitative ones.  I find I can easily change my mind during the year when I see someone else stitching something I GOTTA have! You know the feeling!  I didn't name it but I like Mary's TYRA - The Year of Reckless Abandon is the spirit of her stitching this year! Pop over to Mary's blog and have a read, and then you can ogle her beautiful samplers too! 

OK, so after having said that, I do want to continue to stitch smalls, especially Christmas ones. I might stitch the Birds of a Feather Santas, or Prairie Schooler Santas, or just some man in a funny red and white suit!  I do want to get back to stitching at least one big sampler this year but I think I will wait till Spring/Summer when there is more light and therefore, it's easier on the eyes to stitch on a bit higher count (35/36ct for me). 

In the meantime, I have something small on my scroll frame. I will show you a sneak peek. 
I am just doing a lot of filling in on the house so hopefully I can show you this small sampler finished next week.

I have loved the new setup in my "studio". (Yes I have finally ventured to call this my studio, rather than just "the Blue room".)  The IKEA picture rail, originally intended for holding artwork is now working really well for showcasing my smalls. I put a bulletin board underneath and now I can put my unframed samplers there too! It's really a good, inexpensive but temporary solution for my samplers.
Oh, one thing I really want to do is to try framing my own pieces. I have a small frame for my Noah's Garden so I hope to get that done this month! If you frame your own work, I would love to know about your experience with it!

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate that you take time to say hi with your comments. Have a great week! 

30 comments:

valerie said...

Love the idea of posting your unframed samplers on a bulletin board. Brilliant! I'm all for reckless stitching abandon. I've decided to not set goals because I never stick to them! :)

Ellen Whitlock said...

I have been stitching with reckless abandon for a while now. Thanks for sharing Mary's name for it. I love the bulletin board idea.

Frances N said...

Your stitching is gorgeous and I love your display ideas!!!! Fun!

Barb said...

I never have set specific goals. I love the idea of calling it reckless abandon. Your displays are wonderful. Can you tell me the names of the two beautiful samplers?

Margaret said...

I love how you have your wall arranged. The IKEA thingie and the bulletin board are both brilliant. Maybe I should get a bulletin board too. I always say I should learn to frame my own pieces. But I never have. If you learn, you will have to report on how it is. Whether you use lacing or pins, etc.

Jackie said...

What a cute idea for the Ikea book wall shelf! Looking forward to seeing what you get into this year!

Robin said...

Love your smalls and their shelf! What a wonderful use for a bulletin board! I would love to see photos of your studio (maybe a future blog post).

Robin in Virginia

Theresa said...

I love your smalls display and the temporary sampler wall!!!!

Marilyn said...

That's a cute way to display your smalls.
Your Samplers are pretty.
Happy New Year!
Marilyn

moosecraft said...

Great idea with the bulletin board! I tend to take my finished samplers and lay them flat between pieces of tissue paper (in a box) and then forget about getting them framed? lol! I framed one prim piece (no glass) and thought it was a fun process.... but, some pieces I put so much time into them I pay to have them framed under "glare-free museum glass"...

Vickie said...

Your studio looks great! I don't set goals either.

Syd said...

You have such wonderful ideas. I love the picture rail and may have to borrow that idea for my stitching room.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

I'd love to try framing my own pieces (and hopefully save some money) but I am a coward. My framer has spoiled me with her excellent work

Mii Stitch said...

The bulletin board idea is fantastic! So many beautiful finishes :)

Maggee said...

Until I get my 'carpenter' husband to try making frames, I should invest in a setup like yours for larger pieces--hmmmmm... Have fun with TYRA--that is going to be the way I go also! Hugs!

Mary said...

Melissa, what a fabulous, easy way to display all your finished and smalls!! Hmmmm. I'm sensing a trip to IKEA in my future....now just to track down some wall space....

Thanks for the shout out - let TYRA careen!

Lois said...

That shelf is perfect to display your stitching smalls and I really like the idea of pinning the larger pieces underneath. I'm still sitting on the fence as regards my plans for 2015. Having a heavy cold isn't helping though as all I want to do is curl up under a quilt and hibernate!! Off to check out Mary's blog!

Lana said...

What a great way to display your beautiful samplers and smalls!

Mmanka said...

Love your smalls and their display! Happy stitching for the whole year!

Annette-California said...

LOVE your display! They look sooo beatuiful! Now you got me thinking -LOL! Very pretty new start your stitching. love Annette

Joy said...

I want to get back to stitching and blogging! Wow...have you ever inspired me. I to have a "studio" as I now do finish work for others stitching. I have framed professionally for over 30 years and find it easy....lacing my preferred method. Feel free to email me if you would like additional info. Happy 2015!

Joy said...

I want to get back to stitching and blogging! Wow...have you ever inspired me. I to have a "studio" as I now do finish work for others stitching. I have framed professionally for over 30 years and find it easy....lacing my preferred method. Feel free to email me if you would like additional info. Happy 2015!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I like your new display idea - I think the smalls are set off to advantage this way. I never set goals in stitching or knitting - I like to be a "free spirit" - in other words I'm the proverbial butterfly:-)

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

I've never been one to set stitching goals, too much. I may decide that I want stitch something in particular and divide it up into months or some schedule to ensure completion but overall, I'm a reckless abandon type girl, myself! Love the display of your smalls and it's always a joy to see your big smaplers! I often hang mine in my craft room too, until I get them framed, so that I can enjoy them.

Carol said...

Happy New Year, Melissa! I'm so happy to see that your new year's plans include stitching more smalls--yay!! Maybe we can stitch some of those said PS Santas together?

The Ikea shelves are just perfect for displaying those little beauties and how nice to be able to display your samplers until they get framed. Great idea!!

And a studio!! How nice is that--my stuff is scattered all over the house and I know I would be more productive if I had it all in one room. Just can't seem to stop procrastinating and turn one of the guy's old bedrooms into a proper workplace... sigh...

Hope you're weather is warmer than ours--at least the sun is shining today :)

Andrea said...

A wonderful way to display your smalls and larger unframed projects.

barbara said...

Oh, I love your studio!! And your sneak peek is very intriguing!

Brigitte said...

These smalls are looking so good on your new shelf And it's a gorgeous idea to present the unframed samplers on a buuletin board.

I should do some framing too this year. I have already framed two smaller pieces myself but that was years ago and they were sent away as gifts. I really should try it again as it's such a pity to have boxes full of finishes but nothing on the walls.

I tried to find out what your new little project is but couldn't. So I just have to wait until your next post to see it finished.

Have fun with your stitching this year.

Beth said...

The Ikea rail and board is an inspired idea! Will be watching to see how the framing goes. Moonraker Lampworks has a tutorial available.

Deb said...

Absolutely gorgeous display!!
I do frame my own. Too lengthy to explain here. I do have a "framed finishes" tab on my blog page. Need to add pictures and will do that next framing. If you want to tap on my name, to check it out, it will take you to my blog. Just be sure to check fabric and threads before using the rubbing alcohol.