Thursday, 2 August 2012

July Theme-a-licious and 1st August WIPocalypse

First of all a big welcome to all my new followers and a big thank you to everyone who comments.  I do try to reply to comments via email but not everyone has an address provided.  So if I done't respond, hopefully it isn't just me being ignorant, it's because I can't.

Well.......I've had a bit of a finishing frenzy over the last week.  I thought I would get some of my WIP's ermm that would probably be UFO's if I'm truthful.

First up is a Country Companions design from DMC which I think is called It Never Rains...  This may well be my oldest UFO.  I started this in our old house and as we've been here for 10 years, that makes it pretty old!  Anyway IT IS DONE!
It Never Rains...   DMC
finished 23rd July 2012
Next is a Mouseloft penguin.  Now seriously, who could EVER leave a Mouseloft kit as a UFO?  It's no bigger than 2" square.  Honestly!  Anyway it is done and will probably be made into a tree ornie.

Mouseloft Penguin
finished 23rd July 2012
Another long standing UFO but not as bad as the Country Companions one.  This is a little blackwork owl from X-calibre designs.  This was the first one I bought to learn how to do blackwork.  I believe that if you do it properly the back looks like the back...a bit like hardanger I suppose.  I obviously didn't do it properly as the back looks nothing like the front.  Thankfully the front looks ok though!!

Blackwork Owl - X-calibre
finished 25th July 2012
And finally, well for finishes at least, is this little anniversary card.  The writing was red but I thought I would change it so I can use it for Colin's mum and dad's wedding anniversary, which is obviously their golden one...hehe.  Again it was one of those pieces that should NEVER have been a UFO as it just wasn't big enough.
Anniversary card
unknown designer
I then used the random generator to choose my next WIP to work on.  It landed on this one.  I spent a little bit of time working on it but it is 18ct aida which is definitely NOT my favourite fabric to work on.  I am going to leave it out and put 1 strand a day in it to keep it ticking over.

Garden Tools
Fleur de Lis
I have been working on She Sells Seashells as well and hope that will be my next finish.  Watching the Olympics at the same time is not a good idea.  I am doing nearly as much frogging as stitching.

Other news....

********I PASSED********

I got my Open University module exam result on Tuesday.  I got a Grade 2 pass.  As the OU had already admitted that one of the questions was 'unusually difficult' and were 'standardising' the results, I knew it wasn't my imagination that it was a hard exam.  Now I am trying to decide whether or not to continue my degree or not.  I worked really hard with studying and revising for my last module and felt that the exam didn't allow me to show my knowledge.  There were many students who put in a complaint about the exam so it's good that the OU listened and investigated but it left me really demoralised.

That's it for now...Happy Stitching!!


Shirlee said...

Congratulations on passing your exam! You should feel very, very proud ... even more so since it was such a difficult exam! Hooray for you : ) Good luck with you decision on whether to continue your degree or not. Your stitchings look great!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Congrats! And wonderful stitching! Good for you to finish up older WIP's and UFO's. After a few years of "Crazy January Challenges" I have more than enough of them myself!!

Happy stitching!

Denise SA said...

Congrats on passing your exam. Wonderful finishes

Monique said...

Wow congrats on the pass and all those finishes. You must be feeling very pleased with ita all.

geeky Heather said...

WOW...that's a lot of finishes! Congrats on them all, but especially with PASSING!! =)

By the way, blackwork does not HAVE to be reversible. In fact, some pattern cannot be done reversibly (I have some on my Blackwork Band Sampler that can't). I think the owl looks great. =)

Anonymous said...


Congrats on your OU result!

Your finishes are lovely and your new start looks good too.

Claire said...

Well done on all your finishes.

SoCal Debbie said...

Great job on all those finishes! The blackwork Owl is adorable! I'm thinking of using the Random Number Generator to choose what to stitch next too.

ricketyjo said...

Congrats on passing your exam! And I love your finishes. I also bought that little black owl to try out blackwork, and stitched him in blue for my dad. It was quite a nice intro to blackwork I thought and nice and quick to stitch. The others are all lovely too!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Congrats on the exam and on all the great finishes! Especially the enormous penguin LOL.

How much more is there to do until you get your degree? If you're more than half way then I say push on through and complete it.

Glynis said...

Congratulations! I am impressed by your UFO's. I have one that is 20yrs old. I add a bit every now and then. It is a row of five cats, and tough to keep inspired. Thanks for visiting my blog. Glad you liked the funnies.

Lee-Ann said...

Congratulations and well done on passing your exams. i am in awe of you with that..
and what great stitching ..well done too..

Mangogirl said...

Great progress! congrats on your pass!