Well, a type of a finish anyway. I'll be going to my stitching retreat shortly and figured I'd better get busy and finish my name badge. Each year everyone that comes stitches a name badge to wear. The pattern is provided to us, is simple, and changes each year. The colors and any additional designs from the basic outline are left up to the individual, that way everyone's badge is a little different. In the beginning (I've been going to this retreat for quite a few years) the design provided also gave all the colors and specifications and was more detailed, but so many people changed it to suit their taste that over the years the pattern provided has gotten simpler with less directions. If you're like me and have very little imagination this generally presents quite a challenge. Well this year after brainstorming with my DSIL we came up with some ideas, and then yesterday I spent the day at her house and we both stitched on our badges. This year the pattern supplied was the outline of a tent, a flag for the tent with the year on it, and the word Camp Stitchalot done in backstitch at the bottom, no color choices or anything else.
In years past I have turned my badge into a pouch I can wear. This way it can hold my room key, some change for the vending machine, etc... and I'm not having to dig for them all the time in my stitching basket. So here is what I came up with from the outline of just a tent, flag, and the campstitchalot backstitch graph. The second picture is of the material I used to back it and create a pocket. (Since blogger is being difficult and won't let me move the coding, they are both showing at the top of this.) The tent and flag I left as the chart showed and just selected my own color combinations. However, the word Camp Stitchalot I liked better using full cross stitch rather than the smaller backstitch that it originally showed. The placement of name, adding the I Heart on the tent, the buttons to accent, and all the various colors I picked. It is on 18 ct Fiddler cloth. The green cord is so I can wear it around my neck. I think it turned out pretty good. I wish you could see some of the badges people do for this, some are soooo elaborate, lots of detail, and the finishing is lovely.
I don't have really any specific goals for the year, mine are pretty general.
1 - Finish one more project than last year. Last year I finished 12 cross stitch projects and knitted one scraf, so this would mean I need to do either 13 or 14 projects this year.
2 - Finish a couple larger pieces this year, as most of mine last year seemed to be smaller ones. This one got off to a good start with my finish of my Jack and His Cat tabletopper in Jan.
3 - Finish at least one (and hopefully more) of the several WIP's and/or UFO's that have been hanging around for quite a while.
So, while my badge for camp really isn't a "project" I think I'll go ahead and count it as a finish for the above. It did have stitching, and I did spend a fair amount of time trying to think of what to do with just a plain tent outline, and the biggest reason, if I don't I won't have a finish to post for Feb., LOL.