Friday, December 30, 2016

2017 Plans

It's that time of year to think about what we're stitching next year. I'm going to try and keep my new starts to a minimum, but I would like to start something new this weekend. A lot of stitchers have a New Year's Day tradition, but I'll likely start on December 31st because of how the weekend is this year. :)

It's been a busy holiday season, but I have a decent update on AAN's Spider Banner. Here's where it was a few months ago:

And now:

I have a few plans for 2017 too. I'm going to try and stick with ideas I planned out in October in this post. The first week of the month will be for BAPs/HAEDs, and that includes any partial weeks to start the month. I'm debating about what to work on first in January. I would like a new start, so I think I might pull out one of my new HAEDs. 

or maybe this older one. 
I won the chance to buy Realgar fabric from Chromatic Alchemy and I think this would look really good with this one and take out a huge chunk of the stitching, maybe 2/5? 

I chose a couple nice hand-dyed fabrics for the others as well, so I'm not sure which one will get the call tomorrow. All three need some background removal sort of... so I'll have to figure that out tonight. 

The second week of the month will be for SALs. I have the frog SAL from KLT Charting, the Fantasy SAL from Lakeside Needlecraft that I'm stitching with Kate, plus the Under the Sea one from Lakeside that I haven't purchased yet, and the See Ya Later Alligator SAL from Jodyri Designs. I think that's it, although I'm thinking about trying to stitch a small monthly design to send to my Grandma, and ideally it should only take 1-2 days, so this might be a good place to put that project too. 

I haven't decided if I'm going to stitch the monthly patterns from Palko-Lap, or maybe some Durene Jones designs. I bought a few several from her Etsy store, but most of them are Xmas-themed. :)

The third week will be WIPs, and I currently have slightly over 50...!!! But 2 are really small and almost done, so I'm saying 49 real, will take multiple days, WIPs. I have 3 focus WIPs to complete first:

AAN Spider Banner - see above

Somebunny to Love - aiming for Valentine's Day

and letters S,H, and G:

That takes us to the 4th week of the month and that will be anything I want. I already have a few new starts I'm interested in, and I'm not sure if I'll start one in January or not, depending on how well Somebunny is going by the end of week 3. 

Here are some of the new starts I'm considering:

Stained Glass Butterflies - Cross Stitch Gold December 2016

I have a piece of fabric called Bridget's Garden from Chromatic Alchemy that almost matches the background. That would make it a little faster. Plus, DH dislikes the purple border, so I'll try and do blue on the border like the blue butterfly. 

Bugs for DD - Cross Stitch Crazy February 2017:

Moon Hare - WOXS Sept/Oct 2015

So no set plans, no marathon of starts, mostly working to get my WIP pile down in 2017 and not buy too much more stash. I'd like to organize what I have and start printing some of the digital files to put in binders as a backup copy. 

I hope you all have a very Happy New Year! 



  1. Sounds like a plan. Nothing to make you feel locked in, variety and flexibility. I'm looking forward to seeing how you do.

  2. Great plans! Is anyone doing CJC this year?! I think we are all craving some simplicity this year.
    I love the fabric for that Wolf- it's perfect!
    Hope you have a happy new year weekend and look forward to seeing which of your charts becomes a new start!

  3. What a lovely selection of projects. The hare is fabulous.
    Wishing you a happy new year

  4. Great plans and great WIPs. I look forward to cheering you along in whatever you pick and enjoying the wonderful updates from you. Happy New Year!

  5. I see you have plans I do not have but a couple.
    Like the choices you have going.
    Good luck on your 2017 plans, I will check in again to see how you are doing, I like visiting other Blogs.
    Happy New Year

  6. Happy New Year! I like your plans for 2017. I didn't know you had a lot of WIPs. I thought my 31 was a lot! Your new HAEDs are very cute. Have fun!

    1. Yes, after 2 rounds of the Crazy January/February Challenge I have far too many WIPs hanging around and I need to finish them off soon. :) Thanks!

  7. A lots of beautiful projects you have!! Time to sleep sometimes:)) I'm looking forward to see your progress. A Happy New Year 🎈🎊🎆

  8. Happy new year!! I like making plans and I enjoyed reading yours. Good luck with your projects :)

  9. Great plans Tiffany. Looking forward to seeing your progress on them this year.


  10. Lovely plans. I especially like the Moon Hare, really cool pattern. I also rotate weekly and it works for me.

  11. It sounds like you have a great plan and your projects and potential projects are all lovely. I look forward to following your progress!

  12. Your plan sounds like a fun rotation - you can make decent progress, but still won't get bored. I'm looking forward to seeing how it will work out :)

    1. Thank you, I definitely hope so, although the first week of the month didn't go so well. :)

  13. Planning is such a lot of fun. Your plans sound very feasible and also promising - they promise a lot of fun stitching. I will also try to keep the new starts down to a reasonable number, there are too many WIPs that I really love. I'm looking forward to seeing your future projects grow.
    Happy New Year!

  14. I love that moon hare one so I hope you choose that! I shall be watching intently xx

    1. Thanks! I did want to start that one last night, but my tablet wasn't working, so I started gridding the fabric instead. It will be set to start tonight. :)

  15. Spiders, dragons, wolves, fairies, moons - you can't go wrong!

  16. Looks like very few are going to do the CJC this year :)
    Great plans!! I have started Moon Hare, I will have to make sure I work on it a bit too this year.


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