Wednesday, March 23

It's like a WIPWednesday, WIPocalypse twofer!

So WIPocalypse, with a bonus of being on a Wednesday.  #SUPERWIPWEDNESDAY!!!

I had to look back to see what I've done since the previous one, and wow, am I proud of my progress!

First off, I finished the March installment of Zodiac mystery, and I did a little extra - filling out the zodiac symbols in the frame, and starting on the planets.  I started Mars, though I did not quite finish Earth; our home planet is missing its moon and has a bit of a global warming/missing ice cap/Antarctica problem.   I really do think I might end up stitching 2 signs per month when I'm happy with it, I'll do the current month & whatever the last month is - in April that would be Aries/Sagittarius, which would bump up my finish date a bit:


Moons are done!  Poor Earth.  Poor Mars

I have made TONS of progress with #WWCKD, in fact, I'm almost done!  (I briefly contemplated delaying my WIPocalypse post in favor of posting a finished piece, but that's probably "cheating" right?)


After, just that bit of corner left!  woot woot!:

I think the hardest part of this is the black on black - all of that black in Capt Kirk (hair, collar, etc). isn't unstitched, it's stitched in black (the only negative/unstitched space is where he isn't, so on his other arm, there's a small splotch that doesn't get stitched).   Stitching black on black is such a total pita, I have a choice between light above, so I can see my stitches or light below so I can see the freakin' holes.  Ew.  Lesson learned.

This month's question:

Do you use hoops, stretcher bars, lap stands or Q snap frames and why?

I use QSnaps.  I have since I first discovered them way back in the day (I have some dated to the early 2000s, so I'm not sure when I found them, but it was definitely a long time ago).

I have never used a hoop.  I tried and I had a lot of issues holding it - I never found it comfortable.  I went through a stage of using scroll frames (I think of stretcher bars as the stationary frames that one would use for canvas work), because that's what was available (and I was not stitching in hand).

I love QSnaps, they're light, easy to use, interchangeable, and adjustable.  I have an entire drawer of them and just grab what I need in the size/s I need them in.  I also like the way they store - as I'm working through my WIPS, when I'm done with them, I just zip them into their bag and move on to the next.  I've never had a problem with them staying in the Qs for too long, and I use a strip of batting so I don't worry about them squishing any beads or specialty stitches.   Since I wash everything, my stitches always floof back up and I have yet to see any lasting impact.

I don't think I'll be stitching much this weekend.  It's a holiday weekend and on Sunday I'll be hanging out at friends' house to help them unload stuff from a trailer (kit Cobra).   Friday and Saturday I plan on working on some DIY stuff - I'll try to mostly finish (get the wood and clean up done and start painting) my retro-TV liquor cabinet and finish a wood pallet wine bar.   Since I'll have the tools out, I'm thinking of cutting some bottles to make some vases and my new ort jar out of some  (empty) liquor bottles that have been hanging around the house for far too long.


  1. I'm glad Zodiac wasn't a pain this time and fantastic progress on CK!!

  2. Beautiful progress!

  3. Great progress! And an almost finish even, wooo!
    I totally agree with you on the qsnaps. I am a bit worried about designs using hand dyed stuff though, since I'm scared they will bleed if I wash them :/

    1. I have to admit, I wash everything, even hand dyed stuff, which has bitten me in the end. I think I do more harm by forgetting to turn off the steam setting on my iron, honestly.

      If I am too worried, I'll use quilt batting to cushion, because no matter what, it's going to need to be in some sort of frame, right? ;)

  4. I too love the Q-snaps and find them perfect for my uses!!! Great work on your horoscope.

  5. Hi Suz, your progress is so great! Happy stitching!

    1. Thanks! I appreciate it :)


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