Sunday, 10 January 2016

My first finish of 2016

Hello everyone!

Hope you're all enjoying a good start to the new year.  I'm not doing Crazy January Challenge this year, having still got projects left over from 2014 and 2015, but I'm really enjoying cheering on several fellow bloggers with their new starts.  It seems there has been a trend this year to choose smaller projects, and hopefully there will be lots of finishes to admire later in the year!

My goal for 2016 is to reduce my WIPs/UFOs.  I was honest with myself last year and got rid of 3 or 4 projects that I knew I would never stitch, which left me starting the new year with 11 started projects.  I know this is a lot less than some stitchers, but most of them are medium to large projects (for me) and I often find the list quite overwhelming.

Anyway, I'm off to a great start with my first finish!  This was started back in September 2013 just after I started blogging, and just before I started stashing!  It was pushed to one side in favour of new starts, but I'm pleased to say it is finally finished.

Here it was last time you saw it...


And here it is hot off the needles!


History Timeline by Bothy Threads
Stitched on 14 count white aida
with threads included in kit
Started 13 September 2013, finished 10 January 2016

This was an absolute joy to stitch, particularly when I picked it up again just after Christmas and became a one at a time stitcher again!  I'm so pleased with how it turned out and am planning to have it framed so we can use it as a history reference.

I am treating myself to a little new start now, but just a little ornament so that I can quickly go back to my WIP list and choose one of the ten remaining projects to finish!  My ultimate goal is not to have any UFOs, and for all started projects to be stitched on regularly.  It may take me a year or two but I will get there!

I wonder which project to pull out of the WIP pile next?

Until next time

Justine

53 comments:

Shelly said...

Great finish, Justine! I would say you earned the right to start something new :)

Linda said...

Congrats on the gorgeous finish Justine. Such a great design.

Linda

Barb said...

What a lovely finish! Good luck with your goal of finishing WIPS.

Renee said...

Justine, what a great finish! I look forward to seeing the next WIP!

Kaelyn Angelfoot said...

Great finish! So glad you had fun with it.

Mabon Stitcher said...

Congrats on your finish. Doesn't it feel great to have a piece finally completed? :)

Debbie said...

Well Done on ths beautiful finish Justine...What a lovely design. x

Rachel Tomkins said...

Yay, it's Happy Dance time! I know you've enjoyed working on this project so must be sad in a way that it is finished. But now you can move on to another WIP. I wonder which one it will be? :)

Heather said...

Congrats on the awesome finish Justine! I'm curious what you pick up next :D

butterfly said...

Congrats on such a lovely design, have fun with your WIPs and UFOs

Anthea said...

Justine this is a fab finish well done! Are you going to get it framed? Can't wait to see what you pick up next

Preeti said...

Congrats on the lovely finish, Justine!! :)
I am also doing the same thing, keeping less WIPs. I am trying to keep 5 cross stitch and 5 crochet WIPs at any point of time and mostly I stitch one at a time for many days. I don't feel satisfied to work on another piece until a substantial part is done on one.

Brigitte said...

Congratulations on finishing this great project. Great job!
I'm not doing any Crazy Challenges either this year, I just want to focus on my big projects and maybe get one or two finished this year. Maybe. And I want to start some new projects, big ones of course, lol.
I'm looking forward to seeing what WIP you picked from your list. Mine would have been the first, the village design. Or maybe one of the Cut-Through pieces.

Miamina said...

Gorgeous finish! Well done :) I look forward to seeing the new start and the next WIP to get some love!

Vickie said...

Congratulations Justine! Have fun with the ornament stitching.

Mii Stitch said...

Woohoo!! Happy dance & a wip crossed off your list :) Well done, it looks splendid!!
Can't wait to find out your next project

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Congratulations on your first happy dance of the year and a big one too!
This is an awesome design, I love all the details.
I'm also focusing on some of my larger projects this year. Seems to be a trend.

Katie said...

Wohoo Congrats!!! What a neat design. As long as you are happy that's all we care about girl. Glad you are enjoying working on your WIPs. Good luck with your next one!!

Pull the other thread said...

Fantastic finish, congrats. Well done on sticking with this to the finish and best of luck with getting the UFO list down to a more manageable size.

cucki said...

Beautiful finish..well done dear xx

Christine said...

Congratulations on a great finish

Sarah said...

Congratulations on the finish.

Keebles said...

That's fantastic! Congrats! I am excited to see it framed!

Andrea said...

A wonderful finish. Congratulations on the first of many.

Jenn M said...

Oh wow, you were busy! I just love the design, and it looks like it would be a fun stitch. On to the next one!

Happy Days!
Jenn @JEnnsCraftyWorld

Julie said...

Stunning finish Justine, sounds like a great plan you have to stitch a 'small' inbetween your bigger projects.

Justine said...

Thanks Linda! I'm definitely more of a finisher than a starter ;-)

Justine said...

It certainly does! Thanks for your comment.

Cross Stitch Claire said...

Looks great! Good luck with your next WIP !

Dani - tkdchick said...

Congratulations on your first finish of 2016 and getting a WIP off of that list!

Tiffstitch said...

Congrats on finishing! It's a very cool piece of course being Bothy, and great to finish it off. I think this will be my last year for the Crazy challenge, but we'll see.

Faith... said...

Whohoo! You did a lot of stitching on that piece to finish it up! Congrats on your first finish of the year - looking forward to seeing many more from you.

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Oh my... you did a very great stitching
Congratulations is magnificent

Carol said...

Good for you for whittling down your WIP list and turning them into finishes, Justine--this first one is wonderful! Have fun choosing a little ornament to stitch--I never tire of ornament stitching :)

Astrids dragon said...

Wow, great finish! Onto the next one, have you picked it yet?

gominam said...

Congrats on your first finish for the year, looks great with all the details . Can't wait to see what you choose next:) Good for you for finishing your beautiful WIPs.

Beth said...

Congrats on the finish Justine! Like you I too have several WIPS I need to get finished up...but new starts continue to sing their siren call!

Joan said...

Congratulations on your finish Justine. It looks fab. I am just stitching something small to go in a little heart frame. Joan Jepson.

Ariadne said...

Congratulations!It's absolutely gorgeous!AriadnefromGreece!

sharine said...

Great finish Justine!

hookedonstitches said...

Congrats on a fabulous finish!

Emma/Itzy said...

Your off to a great start this year Justine! Can't wait to see what you have lined up next :)

Lesley said...

Congratulations on a lovely finish,a great start to 2016:)

Shebafudge said...

That is TOTALLY gorgeous!!! Congratulations on the lovely finish. :)

Sarah in Stitches said...

Yay! Congrats on the finish!

Jan Gartlan said...

Well done on a fabulous finish

Sheryl S. said...

Congrats on the finish, beautiful work and good idea to get those UFO's finished.

Lumiruusu said...

Well done- You are very busy stitcher ! Lovely finish !

Kaisievic said...

This is a wonderful finish, Justine, I love this design and you have stitched it beautifully! Well done!

Sally said...

Congratulations on a fantastic finish Justine.

Stitching Noni said...

Congrats on a fantastic finish! Such a great achievement - ticking off the UFO's is a great plan :o)
I am doing the Crazy Jan challenge again but this time I am trying to be smart and do lots of little ones.... mostly the magazine freebies that I have been hoarding which I can then finish quickly and turn into birthday for this year! Then I hope to be able to focus on the UFO's from last year..... :o)
Good luck with knocking off those other UFO's
Hugs xx

Esmeralda said...

Congrets on your beautiful first 2016 finish
One down a few more to go :)

Suz said...

Congrats on your finish! I love the Bothy Threads patterns, they are all so adorable. You've done a great job with it :)