Tuesday, February 7, 2012

2012 BAP Challenge

I am off to a good start keeping my stitching goals for this year.  Unlike the annual lose 10 lb goal that is not to be mentioned ever again, I am sticking to my goals for stitching so far.  Goal number one was to start a new project on New Year's Day.  Let's check that one off!   I know it is now Feb 6, but I had intended to post the information amout the challenge back in December when i decided to participate.

Anyway, my dearest gifted me with the entire kit for Dorothy Walpole by The Scarlet Letter.  I forgot to take a photo of the kit, but it is the overdyed silk conversion done by The Attic and 40 ct Lentil linen by Lakeside Linens.   What a wonderful set of silks to stitch with.  I will try to capture the silks in the next update of this piece.  I was tempted to start it before I even finished opening my other gifts! Then we had guests until Jan 1, so I didn't even get a single stitch in anything until the afternoon of Jan 1.  So here is my January progress on the lovely Dorothy.

Dorothy Walpole reproduction by The Scarlet Letter
40 ct Lentil by Lakeside Linens
 It is a large sampler with a finished size of 9" by 24".  I think that qualifies for the BAP Challenge sponsored by BeckySC.  You can find the details of the challenge here 2012 BAP Challenge.  Besides this wonderful challenge, she does some beautiful stitching.  The number of smalls she finishes is amazing.  I have loved this since last May when it was the sampler of the month chosen by The Attic.  I think this is a good challenge piece for me because it also fits my #3 Goal of stitching a larger sampler.  I plan on stitching about 2 inches per month and that will get me to finish it by the end of the year.  At this time that seems realistic, but I tend to have Stitching ADD, so hopefully the challenge will keep me on track.  The top portion may take longer because of the 3 alphabets, then I can get to the wonderful flowers at the bottom.  I am looking foward to the Bargello area just above the flowers because that is something I have never tried.

Here is a photo of the completed sampler from cover of the pattern.  I am sure a much better photo can be found at the The Scarlet Letter.  Be warned - you may be tempted by many of the wonderful samplers there. 
We have had nothing but cold rain for the last 2 weeks.  Although it isn't snow, it still manages to make my old bones ache.  I am ready for some spring weather.  I miss having a garden of spring flowers so I treated myself to a beautiful pot of daffodils.  They are one of my favorite flowers and I hope they make you smile too.
Have a great stitching day!