A Return to Stitching

I know many of you come to my blog searching for information about Weight Watchers because that’s been the primary focus of my blog over the past couple of years. Prior to that, my blog was actually more focused on my love of needlework. Sadly, I haven’t actively done much cross stitching or needlepoint over the past couple of years. I hit that *ahem* certain age where my eyesight was shifting a lot which made stitching pretty difficult. Thankfully, my eyes seem to finally be settling, so I’ve been able to figure out the right combination of glasses vs. readers vs. magnifiers to actually start stitching again. Yay!!

I briefly considered starting a separate blog since the focus of this one has morphed. Since I already have another blog, Mel’s Card Corner, for my card making adventures, I decided I just don’t have it in me to try and maintain three blogs. Since this blog was the original home of my stitching, I’ve decided to introduce my stitching hobby back into this blog since I know many stitchers still follow me here.

For those of you who are more interested in WW content, don’t worry. I’ll still be posting that info as well. My current plan is to post a weekly weigh in update each Sunday and a weekly stitching update each Wednesday. I’m a day early this week since I had Monday off due to the holiday.

I haven’t posted any weigh in updates recently because I haven’t been to a meeting since the week the new Freestyle plan was introduced. Sadly, between having a bout of strep throat and a couple of very nasty colds, I spent most of December sick and was unable to attend my meeting. I’m definitely looking forward to getting back to my regular meeting on Sunday!

New Year Stitching

The Daily Mel | Eiffel Quaker

I did get in a bit of stitching on New Year’s Day to kick my stitching year off right. I also watched part of the Harry Potter marathon on HBO which pretty much made a perfect day for me. 🙂 Rather than starting a new piece for January 1 which has been my habit in the past, I decided to pull out one of my WIPs instead since they’ve all been neglected for far too long.

The WIP I selected is Eiffel Quaker from Jardin Privé. I’m stitching it using the recommended DMC fibers. The fabric is  from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie. It’s 32-count Jobelan in Brigid.

I’m kind of out of the habit of taking stitching photos, so I didn’t think to take the one above until after I had been stitching for about an hour or so. Here’s another photo I took at the end of the evening to show the progress I made. It’s not a whole lot, but it’s far more than I’ve made in a long time, so I’m thrilled! My hope/plan is to finish the vase/flower motif I stopped with last night while I watch TV tonight. If I get that done and still have time, I’ll work on the inside of the larger half motif to the right.

The Daily Mel | Eiffel Quaker

2018 Stitching Plans

I still need to pull out all of my WIPs and go through them to see what I’ve got going. It’s kind of sad to realize it’s been so long since I’ve stitched regularly that I don’t actually even remember what I’ve got started. Oops!

I would like to make some significant progress on the WIPs I already have going. However, since many of them are BAPs, I may pick up and start a few smalls to work on initially just to help get me back into the swing of stitching so I don’t get completely overwhelmed. One design I picked up recently from Bobbie at Stitching Bits & Bobs which might be a contender is the Coffee Time chart from Lizzie*Kate.

I’ve started a Works in Progress page with a few of the projects I have started which I can remember off the top of my head. I know my WIP list is actually *much* longer than this. As I stated above, these are just some of the projects I can remember off the top of my head. Once I have time to actually go through everything to inventory what I have started, kitted, etc., I’ll update the page to include everything. I’ve also created a 2018 Finishes page (it’s empty for now). As I finish things, I’ll move them from the WIP page to there.

Thanks for stopping by!

The Daily Mel | Signature Image


  1. Jackie says:

    So glad to see you are stitching again! I’ve never stopped reading your blog but did miss seeing your stitching!

    I hope you’re feeling back to 100% now. Being sick for a month or more is no fun at all!

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks! I really love it, too. I originally started it the year I went on the transatlantic cruise. I figure it’s beyond time to actually finish it. 😉

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