Works in Progress

Here are my current WIPs and their progress as at 10th April 2016
(due to most of my stitching time in 2015 being taken up by smaller pieces
most of these have hardly been touched. Oops!)


Heaven and Earth Designs
Design Size 185 x 250
Stitched on 16ct Antique White Aida 2 over 1
Started - 15th July 2013
Total hours to date - 60

My daughter is purple mad and loves this style of drawing so chose this design for me to stitch for her. I am really enjoying stitching this young lady, although do need a break after 20 hours as there are only so many shades of pink or purple I can deal with at once!!!


Heaven and Earth Designs
Design Size 287 x 229
Stitched on 16ct The Big Bang hand-dyed Aida from Polstitches Designs 2 over 1
Started - 31st July 2013
Total hours to date - 50

My daughter is an absolute bookworm and can devour them like I devour chocolate so this chart seemed perfect for her. As charming as it is, there was no way that I was going to spend hours stitching the background so chose this hand-dyed fabric. It's probably going to be more subtle than I would have liked, but I think it will still be very effective. I need to get more colour into the fairy before I decide.



Heaven and Earth Designs
Design Size 250 x 357
Stitched on 16ct Platinum Aida 2 over 1
Started - 8th October 2013
Total hours to date - 30

When this design was released by HAED it was one of those heart-stopping moments. I cannot explain why I love this old man so much but the colours, the candles, the atmosphere - in fact everything - just falls into place and I could stare at him for hours. I knew I would not be able to stitch the full-size project, so asked Michele to make the mini version. What a joy to stitch so far!


 Heaven and Earth Designs
Design Size 225 x 318
Stitched on 16ct Cream Aida 2 over 1
Started - 1st May 2014
Total hours to date - 30

She looks so lonely I just had to stitch her. So far it's all been two colours so progress is quick. I love projects with so little confetti!!!


Rabnann (ebay)
Design Size 223 x 288
Stitched on 16ct Light Blue Aida 2 over 1
Started - 16th November 2014
Total hours to date - 40

When I saw this chart I just HAD to buy it and move it to the top of my WIP rota! I love the "Lost City of Atlantis" feel, with the sunlight streaming in and the rippling effect on the marble columns and dolphins' backs. Not to mention that I also adore dolphins! I am a bit wary that this is from an individual designer and not an established company but the mock-up appears to show that it will stitch up like its picture. Fingers crossed!


UnconventionalX (etsy)
Design Size 162 x 200
Stitched on 16ct Pewter Aida 2 over 1
Started - 16th December 2014
Total hours to date - 10

Another chart I just HAD to have and probably the most expensive chart I have ever purchased. But that doesn't matter as I love it so much! The colours might look be drab to work with but it will be well worth the effort in the end.


Shinysun's Cross Stitching
Stitch Count 400 x 532 (260 x 470 without background)
Stitched on 16ct custom-made over-dyed aida by 2 over 1
Started - 22nd March 2016
Total hours to date - 20

This was a got-to-have-and-got-to-stitch-it-now chart that I fell in love with straight away. The colours are vibrant, the pose is fantastic and I just love everything about it!

Thank you for taking time to look through my Works in Progress. I hope you like my projects and are inspired by or get some ideas from them.

Rachel x


  1. Your WIP's are beautiful. I have some of Fairy with Butterfly Mask done but have put it away for a little while. Looking forward to seeing more of your projects.

    1. Thank you. I've got a good selection on the go and choose which one to work on next by the colours I fancy stitching with.

  2. What a lovely selection of WIPS!

  3. Wow what a lovely and rare projects
    Most of them i have never seen
    I dont know how you deal with so many at once !
    I have 5 wips wich include 1 haed and it looks if i never get one finished.
    My head takes up so much time
    I probably allso choose a too big one
    I stitched all ready more then 1000 hours on it and it will need another 3000
    I wish you a lot of happy stitching hours with these beautiful pieces
    If you wonder what i am making take a look at my recent blog


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