The school year began with a bang [more like an explosion], miscommunication and misdirection on the part of the archdiocese creating all sorts of problems for my program. It's been a tense month, one in which the soothing qualities of stitching have been needed very badly indeed. Alas, there simply wasn't enough time. I never get as much stitching done as I hope but this month was a little more than usually disappointing. To complicate matters, half of what I did stitch had to be frogged. It just wasn't a good month for stitching.SEPTEMBER GOALS:
Christmas Gifts: Stitch another pair of tea towels, using the charts for Mint and Sage. No
Current BAP: Work on Piper's stocking. No
UFO/Class Project: Finish work on The English Band Sampler. No, not even close. See photo below.
Town Square SAL: Stitch The Sweet Shop No and The Quilt Shop. Yes
New Start: Finish Hazel's bib. Finished 9/3/14. Start work on The Dragon of the Summer Sky. No.Sewing Finishes: Try to get another three or four projects completed. No.
Off-goal project: one crocheted crib blanket.
Here's hoping that October will be a much better month. Most of my goals will be repeats of last month's goals. Though if time permits, I'd like to pick up a Halloween or Thanksgiving piece
Christmas Gifts: Stitch a pair of tea towels, using the charts for Mint and Sage.
Current BAP: Work on Piper's stocking.
UFO/Class Project: Finish The English Band Sampler and pick up work on The Mystic Smalls projects.
Town Square SAL: Stitch The Sweet Shop.
New Start: Start work on The Dragon of the Summer Sky. This will be my last Dragon Dreams chart from stash, making the 6th chart of Jennifer's [not counting freebies] that I have stitched. The next series that I will work on will be Workbasket's Quaker Animals. I have quite a few of those in stash.Sewing Finishes: Try to get another three or four projects completed.
There has been some progress on The English Band Sampler but not nearly as much as I had hoped. I still need to do some Rhodes Squares and some back stitched curlicues on the left and a whole lot of stitching on the right. And I still have to frog out the side spiral border as well as a piece of the bottom dark blue border. I managed to get a few long slip knots formed on the underside which will probably show through the linen when the piece is framed. I need to frog about two inches of the bottom border and restitch it so that everything is tucked in nicely. Therefore, I am not sure the sampler will be finished in October even if I stitch on it exclusively. This piece is deceptively complex. Individual motifs can take as much as 6-8 hours each. I usually can manage one hour of stitching a day, sometimes two. And I do have a few other projects I would like to be getting on with as well. It's not looking good for an October finish, but I am reasonably certain I can finish it in 2014. I hope to cross it off my WIPs list in the sidebar. It would be so nice to start 2015 with at least one less BAP on my list.