2012 Stitching Year in Review

As I’m sure many of my long-time readers know, I’m an avid needleworker.  It’s definitely my “go to” hobby of choice.  So, I thought it would be great to do a recap of all of my stitching finishes for 2012 as sort of a stitching year in review.  Ok, so I realize we’re already a quarter of the way through February, but better late than never, right?

The bulk of my stitching year was taken up by participating in a Mirabilia round robin.  For those who aren’t familiar with the concept of a round robin, each participant selects a theme for their piece which is then mailing in a rotating fashion to each of the other participants in the round robin.  By the time your piece returns back home, all of the participants have stitched on your piece.  For my round robin, I selected a theme of pixies.  I stitched the design in the upper left-hand corner and the other seven participants each stitched one of the other pixies.  Here’s how my piece looked when it return home at the end of the year.  (Click image for a larger view.)

My Mirabilia Round Robin

As I mentioned, most of my stitching time for the year was filled with stitching on the pieces for the other seven participants in our round robin group.  Here are thumbnails of the various pieces I stitched for people.  Again, feel free to click the thumbnail for a larger view.

Sweet Pea  - My square on my piece.  My theme was pixies. (Finished 13-Mar-12)

Tracy's Piece – My square for Tracy.  Her theme was mermaid tails. (Finished 21-Mar-12)

Enchanted Mermaid Tail  - Square for Tracy. She didn’t have time to stitch hers, so I did it for her. (Finished 26-Apr-12)

Archangel  - My square for Tanya.  Her theme was angels. (Finished 25-Jun-12)

Bluebeard's Princess   – My square for Sophia.  Her theme was mermaids. (Finished 18-Jul-12)

Ashley's Roses  - My square for Stephanie.  Her theme was ladies with roses. (Finished 4-Sep-12)

Christmas Elegance  - My square for Jocelyn.  Her theme was internal peace. (Finished 10-Oct-12)

June Petal Fairy  - My square for Julie.  Her theme was fairies. (Finished 20-Nov-12)

The Stargazer  - My square for Debbie.  Her theme was stitcher’s choice. (Finished 5-Jan-13)

On top of all of the round robin stitching, I did manage to get in a few more finishes during the year, too.  Here are the photos of the other pieces I finished:

A Stitcher's Box

A Stitcher’s Box by Margaret Bendig – This was a class that I took through the El Segundo Blue chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA).  This is the stitched top for a silk covered box that will contain several stitching smalls.  It’s stitched on 32-count cream Zweigart linen using DMC and Anchor cotton floss.  Completed 12-Mar-12

Lady Alexandra

Lady Alexandra by Mirabilia – Stitched on 32-count Ice Blue linen from Wichelt using DMC cotton floss and Mill Hill beads.  Completed 31-Mar-12.

Petite Christmas Angel

Petite Christmas Angel by Joan Elliott – Stitched on 32-count Marbled Lilac Jobelan from Polstitches using recommended DMC & Mill Hill Beads.  Substituted Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid PB01 in place of recommended Kreinik #4 Braid.  Used Mill Hill 40252 in place of the French Knots on the dress.  Completed 2-Apr-12.

Hannah Beeby 1816

Hannah Beeby 1816 Sampler from Gitta’s Timeless Designs.  Stitched on 36-count Tundra Lakeside Linens using Snoqualmie Falls cotton floss by Needle Necessities (now defunct).  Completed 9-Sept-12.

Moonlit Garden

Moonlit Garden by Blackbird Designs.  Stitched on 30-count Broomstick Brown from R&R Reproductions using recommended Weeks Dye Works floss.  Completed 14-Oct-12.

2012 Orts

By the end of the year, I had quite a nice collection of orts to show off all of my stitching throughout the year. Now it’s on to see how many I can accumulate during 2013!

On the health & fitness front, I’ve been testing out a new online video streaming service called FitnessGlo.  Be watching my blog soon for more information and a giveaway.

Until next time …

Melissa Script Sig

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