Jan 21, 2014

Stitch From Stash - January





This year, I decided to particate in the Stitch From Stash challenge coordinated by Mel at Epic Stitching.  The idea is (obviously) to stitch from our stash to reduce spending.  I also look at it as a way to focus on reducing my accumulation of stash.


For the month of January, I have been stitching on Thinking Positive by Nathalie Cichon at Jardin Prive.  I hope to have it finished by the first week in February.

 
Other WIP photos can be seen HERE.

All of the materials came from my stash:
Fabric: 32ct Opalescent Luguna - Heritage by Enchanting Lair
Fibers: DMC, Weeks Dye Works

I also pulled out Japanese Garden.  With any luck, I hope to have it finished by the end of 2014. 
::Quiet you in the peanut gallery, lol::


I did the purple specialty stitches on the right side and the water/bridge on the right.  I also did the blue sparklies in both crane medallions.  It's been quite a while since I've seen the bottom part of the pagoda!


 
Other WIP photos can be seen HERE.

Since I started this in December 2005, all items definitely have come from my stash.


46 comments:

Lorraine said...

Love the Japanese Garden you are doing great and what a great idea this sal is to reduce stash. I was trying to do the same this year but I have already started new things. I just cannot say no.
Lorraine xxxxxx

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Wonderful stitching! I'm really enjoying the challenge and I love to see what everyone is working on. : )

Tricia

Mouse said...

gorgeous updates ... I am trying to do my best to reduce the Wips pile .... hmmmmm I can here laughing this side of the pond too ..lol love mouse xxxxx

Debs said...

Those sheep look a lot better with a bit of back stitching Meari, they don't blend in as much now.
How do you like your lap frame from K Creations? I have been thinking of ordering the same one for large designs such as Chatelaine's.

Fay and Charlette said...

YOur Japanese Garden is just gorgeous. Your stitching is very neat too...my stitches look different, i.e. each one differs from the other. Anyway, just lovely!Christina

Faith... said...

Positive Thinking is looking great Meari! Hopefully we will both make a good dent in our stash this year.

Katie said...

Beautiful! You can finish it!!

Faith... said...

Positive Thinking is looking great Meari! Hopefully we will both make a good dent in our stash this year.

Dani - tkdchick said...

wow Japanese garden is going to be spectacular!

Annie said...

Japanese Garden is really a special piece. That is such detailed stitching!

I love the Thinking Positive SAL design. Much more relaxing stitching I think. Good to alternate the two pieces!

Anonymous said...


Meari,

SFS is coming along nicely,and the message is inspirational. I can hardly wait to see JG completed, but will be patient! It is an exquisite piece and will be a Masterpiece when it's done - so much detail, so much beauty!

Marina

Shelleen said...

I always love seeing your progress on Japanese Garden. I was going to join that group too but to much time spent online as it is.

Shelleen said...

I always love seeing your progress on Japanese Garden.

Pam in IL said...

I need to check out the Stitching from Stash Challenge. Is it too late to start if I've already purchased new STASH?

You are making great progress on Thinking Positive and I really like how you fixed the sheep.

JG is looking awesome too. I am anxious to see it finished.

Berly said...

Japanese Garden - hmmm. am I part of the peanut gallery?? :)Great job on stitching from your stash! I'm in the same challenge & so far everything I've done has been from my stash with the exception of buying 2 skeins of DMC that I was missing.

Anonymous said...

Everything looks great!!!!
Keep up the great work.
Betty in AZ (ILCS)

Anonymous said...

I am working on the Think Positive also, your look very nice. Your Japanese Garden is looking great.

Marl

Jennifer M said...

Meari-super work! They look great, JG is beautiful. I really need to work on using my stash, I feel strong momentarily, then those darn beautiful pieces pull at my heartstrings! LOL

Kay said...

Making excellent progress on your stitching! Have a great week!

Sue said...

This person in the peanut gallery predicts you will have no problem finishing JG this year! Unlike some of us who procrastinate terribly when it comes to UFOs...LOL

I may just surprise you this year SD! LOL

Love you,
Sue your SM

Shebafudge said...

Lovely progress! Positive Thinking is looking great. I should dig mine out again really!

Chris said...

Gorgeous stash stitching Meari!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your progress, Meari. JG is looking great!

Sandy in NM

CJ said...

I have been trying to stitch form my stash as well, especially my floss stash. Although it is hard not to pick a skein or two when I am out shopping. I am sure you will complete Japanese Garden. It is always a pleasure to visit your blog.

CJ

Meari said...
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Anonymous said...

Thinking Positive and Japanese Garden are lovely. We are having the snow today and I will 'think positive'.

Jackie in PA


Rachel S-H said...

Both gorgeous!

Sharon said...

Wow! You have beautiful stash to stitch from! Cheering you for Japanese Garden to shine in 2014. You can do it, girlfriend!!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Meari,

Good progress on your projects. I love Japanese Garden and will look forward to seeing more WIP pics this year.

HUGS,
Dee in TN

Gillie said...

Wasn't me jeering from up there honest! Love JP! I am with you in Stitch from Stash. Been relatively pain free so far, I don't do much internet shopping unlike some I could mention, lol, no problem with the button! and my LNS is half an hour away. We will have to meet up at Welcome Stitchery one of these days!

SoCal Debbie said...

Positive Thinking and Japanese Garden are both beautiful designs! Good for you for using your stash! I'm in the Stitch from Stash group too, and it has already saved me money since I resisted buying something "just because" even though I didn't need it!

Anonymous said...

Meari,

I've heard a lot of descriptions of Illinois...but never tundra. That cold again?

I'm really glad to see the Japanese Garden is in your current rotation. I loved the close-up pics. It's beautiful.

Stay warm and safe.

Sally

Lonneke said...

Great job!
Love your Japanese garden!

Melinda said...

Been out of the loop for quite a bit, but I love this Stitch From Stash idea -

Your Garden as always so beautiful

Anonymous said...

JG is looking awesome Meari! Doesn't it feel great to move it on the scroll rods?

Karin in MA

Anonymous said...

Lovely work Meari.

Tinna

Anonymous said...

Meari,

I've heard a lot of descriptions of Illinois...but never tundra. That cold again?

I'm really glad to see the Japanese Garden is in your current rotation. I loved the close-up pics. It's beautiful.

Stay warm and safe.

Sally

Anonymous said...

Meari -

Your stitching looks great! I love the idea of that challenge, but that is what I am doing.

Marge

EvalinaMaria said...

Yeah, I decided to join Mel too...
And I'm so glad you're working on Japanese Garden again, It's such a lovely piece.

Anonymous said...

Very pretty, I love your Japanese Garden, it is going to be beautiful when it is all done, can't wait to see it done.

Denise
Utah

Anonymous said...

I agree with Tinna. Lovely work Meari especially those specialty stitches.

Mare

Cathy said...

Japanese Garden is Beautiful! I know you can get it finished this year. I will be stitching from stash this year from necessity not officially participating. Should be fun.

stitcherw said...

Garden is such a lovely piece, enjoyed seeing your update. Love the sampler positive too, nice progress and I like the sheep better with the bit of outline, they don't get so lost on the fabric.
Sue

Bruna Aguiar Melo said...

Hello!
Nice to meet you!
Great work on tha Jardin Privé design!
So cute!
Have a nice week!
xoxo

glenda said...

Love watching JG take shape :)

My only stash for the year will be the new DMC floss colors and any new Disney/Kincade kit that may come out. I just have too much stuff!

Akila said...

Great idea of stitching from stash. I am going to definitely check that one out
Lovely progress, you've finished so much so soon!!