Happy New Year! Isn’t it exciting when the calendar reboots? I know a lot of people consider the New Year as merely a mark of time passing, another year older and deeper in debt, as the song goes. However, I like to look at the New Year as a chance to start over, a clean slate upon which you can design the life you want and write your story anew. That’s what I am doing this coming year, writing a new story, or rather a new chapter in the book of my life. Hopefully, it is a good one.
New Year also means a time for new starts, cross stitching starts! In fact I have never been more excited with my New Year stitching plans than I am with my 2018 plans. Let’s get into it.
2018 Stitching Plans
Into The Jungle
Once again I have joined The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery in their year long stitch along Into The Jungle. This past year I had so much fun and enjoyment stitching the Happily Ever After SAL, that I asked for the 2018 kit for Christmas. The email arrived Friday saying my kit was in the mail and it all kicks off on January 15th, 2018!
Fabulous Women in History
Last year I purchased the 2017 Stitch Along from Cloudsfactory, called Fabulous Women in History, but unfortunately did not work it into my stitching rotation. However, I now have the project kitted up and ready to go for 2018. My plan is to work through it as I would have during the SAL, starting with January and going month by month.
For my last birthday, I was able to make my very first purchase from Heaven And Earth Designs, three of my top favorite patterns from my wish list, one of those was Ex-Machina. Admittedly, I did not originally have Ex-Machina on my wish list, however, I watched another stitcher’s progress on Instagram and fell in love with it. The choice to go Mini was to use this pattern as a dipping my toes into the waters of HAED and I used some Christmas money to order the materials pack which should hopefully arrive not too long into the new year.
Mirabilia’s Raven Queen
This pattern by Nora Corbett has been in my stash for two years, along with the accessory beads, but this past summer is when she began calling to me. Something about her is captivating to me and I can’t wait to start to bring her to life. Raven Queen is 90% kitted up, I only need a few specialty threads for it to be complete.
Over the years I have spent many summers in Cape May and much time in Stitch By Stitch. During that time I have collected the Victorian Home collection by Nancy Spruance. The architecture is so beautiful that I couldn’t help but have the collection of patterns in my stash. But what good is having patterns if you never stitch them? Thus I have kitted up Roseland Cottage and look forward to starting “construction” on this house in 2018.
Of course, I also have a few mini projects in the plans. I shared on Instagram that I started a new Mill Hill mini kit this past week: Love Potion No 9 from the Autumn Harvest Collection. That will stay in my small project bag. In addition to that kit, I have the final Busy Bees animal, Zebra and another Mill Hill small kit, Kiwi from the Owlets Charmed Ornaments Collection, in my small project pouch.
Also, because I am so in love with Mill Hill now, I am including tow additional Mill Hill kits in my plans for next year: Ice Castle and Moonstruck.
Naturally, there are a few projects that I’m carrying over from 2017: Stormtrooper Sugar Skull, Five Seasons Of Quilts, and Year of Celebrations. In my Wednesday post, I shared my progress on all my current WIPs, but the plan for 2018 is to just carry over these three to start.
There you have it, my 2018 stitching plans. Here’s hoping I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew. That’s all, for now, I hope you have a great New Year and thanks for taking the time to read my post.