Work in Progress Wednesday

Here I am, sitting  in my twirly chair waving to all four corners of the globe with my own mini challenge work in progress report. This week I started working on the large outer wrap of the  sewing caddy hussif. It is enjoyable to settle to larger piece after working the the fiddly pockets. I have started to embroider a few sections but as yet have not added beads to them.

To be honest I managed only a small bit of stitching this week as I am working on writing a book and my head has been La-La book land and its turned my brain to mush. Now I know talking about LA-LA book mush brain is probably not a good thing write about when describing writing a book but that is the truth of it.

Work in progress

Anyway here I am sharing my stitching progress as promised and I hope folks find watching the process interesting. The branch of  flowers is created by using a perle #5 cotton in up and down feather buttonhole which was a Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST)  challenge stitch.  Follow the link if you want to know how to work it.

The roses are created in hand dyed variegated perle # 5 cotton using another TAST stitch called Raised Cross stitch flower. These are quick effective and easy to do.

The next little motif is a spray. I marked out the stems using my Crazy Quilting Templates and then stitched the lines in stem stitch. The silk ribbon flowers and leafs are both created in leaf stitch.

They need to have beads added yet. I always work most of my embroidery first then add the beads later otherwise I have the constant frustration of catching my working thread on beads and buttons! It means things always look half done until the end when there is a flourish of beading and its done!

Work in progress

What have you done this week towards your stitching goals?

Leave a comment and let us know.

As a side note for those interested in the mini challenge:

The idea is that people design their own sewing caddy or hussif in any style of quilting or embroidery. The is no deadline.  I presented some informal guidelines here.
One of the challenges this year on CrazyQuilting International is to create a hussif you may want to combine the two challenges. If you are a crazy quilter and working a hussif dont forget my give away tutorial on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams

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14 Responses to Work in Progress Wednesday

  1. Marci Hainkel says:

    I love seeing everyone’s progress.
    I should get back to my own CQ soon. I did finish a block for my CQ group’s round robin. Marcia pieced the block and asked for a “flora and fauna” theme.

  2. Janie says:

    You are a busy woman, Sharon, gorgeous colors.
    I managed to finish a sewing bag, here, .
    Remember to enjoy something beautiful !

  3. Maureen says:

    Sharon it IS interesting to see how your hussif is progressing and also it reminds me of stitches I forget to do, The Raised Cross stitch flower is one of them.
    I haven’t done anything lately on my hussif as I goofed with the inner and outer size. The first was made at home, the outer at my DD’s place where I guessed the size needed and later found it is narrower than it should be.
    I’m almost caught up with my projects and hope to get back to the hussif next week.

  4. Ooooh, some very pretty trims there, Sharon!

    I’m making slow progress on my current piece, but I’m short on time just now. Here’s my update anyway:

  5. Angela says:

    I am feeling a little more myself and glad to be back on track. You can see my stitched project at

  6. Beth in IL says:

    I have made progress on my Elizabeth but am up to my ears in veggies and fruit!!! If I can, I will post a picture of my progress.
    Love what you have done so far. I want to start a new project that is surface embroidery but I must finish something first!

  7. Allie Aller says:

    We all want you to stay in LA LA book mush land as long as it takes, Sharon.

  8. Renee says:

    Sharon, your work is gorgeous!

    I made a bit more progress on my Winter/Christmas Wall Quilt.

  9. Jackie says:

    My cross stitch is finished you can see it here
    Thank you for inspiring me to get on and complete this Sharon

    Jackie x

  10. Annet says:

    Lot’s of progress here! I like the up and down buttonhole with the flowers. I totally forgot about the raised cross stitch, it produces such lovely flowers. Thanks for the reminder!

    Not much progress on my WIPW:

  11. Hi Sharon,
    it is good to see your progress. my small progress on tunic embroidery and others are here-
    Thank you,

  12. queeniepatch says:

    I really like the curvy lines on you spray; those stencils really are useful!
    My WIPW report:

  13. More thinking than stitching this week. I have posted on my blog.
    This coming week looks a bit crowded as well.



    • Renee says:

      Carolyn, I was unable to comment on your blog. I just wanted to say your TAST sampler should make a beautiful bag! I hope your kids are feeling better.

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