WIP Introduction – Angel of Hope by Lavender and Lace

Today I want to share with you one of my many, many WIP’s which as the title of this post suggests is a Lavender and Lace pattern.

The late Marilyn Levitt Imblum, the artist behind Lavender and Lace, was a prolific and incredibly talented designer. Her portfolio includes everything from angels and Santas to ladies and children. Her figures are wistfully graceful often draped in flowing robes or gowns. While I am generally not a big fantasy buff, her angels certainly captured my heart. I was smitten at first sight and before I knew it, I was slowly but surely building up my collection.

One of the first angels I acquired was the Angel of Hope. Of all the L&L angels she is still one of my favorites. When I bought the pattern I was just getting my feet wet in the stash acquisition world. I was very careful about the purchase and thought long and hard before I committed to it. It was one of my very first online purchases and I lived in dread until the package finally reached me safe and sound a few weeks later. I was beyond thrilled when I received it and I distinctly remember some cooing and cuddling of the pattern before I put it away.

Angel of Hope by Lavender and Lace
Angel of Hope by Lavender and Lace

Another haul at roughly the same time had left me with a piece of 28 count Cashel linen that was big enough for this pattern if stitched over 1. It was not the color called for in the pattern but was dark enough that I felt all the white in the design would stand out more. I was also being very careful at the time about stash acquisitions because:

A) Lack of local options – I have no local stores I can visit and browse. There is only one store in my area that sells fabric in very limited counts and colors. But they are ridiculously over priced. I would much rather spend all that extra money on buying a few more patterns.

B) Unreliable online fabric swatches – I had to rely on online pictures of fabric swatches to judge the true color of the fabric. I wasn’t confident enough that anything I did pick would wind up looking the same in real life.

C) Astronomical shipping rates – The most reasonable source of supplies for me is the US. The rates there are far cheaper for me than any other country after factoring in the currency conversion rates. But often the shipping would cost more than the item thereby negating any savings I was making. Not to mention the shipping takes FOREVER! My larger packages from the US have taken up to 2 months to arrive! (I kid you not. You may now pick your jaw up off the floor). I’ve also had a package lost in the mail twice! O, the horror!

All things considered and being the cautious shopper I was back then, I wasn’t too keen on purchasing any new fabric for my Angel. I didn’t want to waste the fabric I already had and so decided to stitch the Angel of Hope on it rather than buy a whole new piece.

I put my first stitches in on the 20th of October, 2014. She is being stitched on 28 count cashel linen, full cross 1 over 1.

Fresh off the hoop after stitching on Day 1
Fresh off the hoop after stitching on Day 1

Much time has passed and since then I have turned over to the dark side and become a serial starter. My best (worst?!) day was when I started four (yes FOUR!!!!) projects in a single day. But more on that later.

Pretty soon my multitude of projects started to weigh on me. I felt like I was stitching and stitching but not making any progress. Most of my WIP’s were larger pieces and since I was switching back and forth so much I didn’t really have much progress to show on any one piece. I finally decided to make the Angel of Hope my focus piece. She was among my first starts and one of the smaller ones so hopefully I could manage a finish with her relatively soon. Once I made that decision and started concentrating on her it was like a weight had been rolled off my shoulders. It felt good to see how steadily she was growing and I was delighted to mark minor milestones like a wing or a neck or a sleeve. She is far from done but I do intend to keep working on her steadily. Here is my progress as of today.

Progress as of 06 June 2015
Progress as of 06 June 2015

Do you get overwhelmed too with multiple projects? How do you manage to keep the lack of finishes from bogging you down?

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35 thoughts on “WIP Introduction – Angel of Hope by Lavender and Lace

    1. Hehe… cross stitch is really easy. If you can count, you can pretty much cross stitch. I’ve stocked up on some supplies for crochet. Hope to learn someday soon 🙂

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  1. Gorgeous!! She is going to be absolutely stunning over one! I have quite a few large charts on the go so I like to throw a smaller one in between so I can have a quick finish and I also feel like I have a finish every time I finish a page so that doesn’t bother me too much.

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  2. The pattern is lovely. I think I may have this in my stash. My friend, Maria, gifted me a few Lavender and Lace charts.

    I tried stitching one over one on 28-ct once (or was it 25-ct?). In any event, it was incredibly difficult for me. I felt like I was cross-eyed. LOL! I had to abandon it, but do plan to restart it on a larger piece of fabric at some point.

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  4. I do believe that I have Angel of Hope in my stash also. L & L patterns are really beautiful and I have a couple of finished ones under my belt and quite a few that I would love to start and finish some day. You are making great progress on Hope, and over 1! Wow! I don’t think I could ever do over one again. I applaud you for taking on the entire design over 1. She will be fabulous! I was always a one at a time project kind of girl. Until a few years ago when I read about doing multiple projects in the round. So I started one project a week until I had quite a few going and then I couldn’t stand it. So I have been working on getting them all finished up, and since then I have added more to my WIP pile! I think I currently have 7 projects in the process. Some day I will get back to 1 at a time.

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    1. Thank you so much Ginny! Lol… I wasn’t being brave when I decided to do it over 1 🙂 My fabric size simply couldn’t accommodate over 2 stitching. And honestly I think if you can do over 2, you can definitely do over 1. The fabric threads and hole sizes are the same. You just cover a lot less area with every stitch 🙂 My X’s are so tiny that you can barely tell they are X’s! 🙂

      I’m in love with all the L&L angels. I’ve got a few more in my stash eagerly calling out to me for a new start. You must be so proud of your finishes. I’m waiting for the day when I can say I have some L&L finishes too! 😀 😀

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  5. Thank you for following my blog. I love this post about one of your WIP’s. I have recently picked up a UFO that I started early in the 2000’s, I am determined to get it finished and have curbed the urge to work on something else until this is finished. I also have a hummingbird active that is a very long term project. In between I work on many smalls. I love Lavender and Lace but I only have one chart that I have not yet stitched. Of course, I have an incredible amount of stash and probably will never have to buy another stitching them–of course that doesn’t mean I won’t buy more.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m tempted to start up some smalls too. Just for the thrill of a “finish” 🙂 But I also dread the addition to my WIP pile. So for now I’m being good and focusing on ones I’ve already started. Let’s see how long that resolution lasts 🙂

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      1. I have some silly mistakes in my original answer. Meant to say I have a hummingbird afghan that is a long term project… and that I never have to buy another stitching item. I have not found a lot of time for stitching lately, and that has got to change.

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        1. Hehe… I understood the general meaning from the original comment 🙂 I haven’t been stitching much either but hoping that will change in the coming weeks. I’m itching to get stitching 😉

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          1. When I am stitching I find myself thinking through lots of things and solving problems. When I haven’t been stitching my mind gets overwhelmed with incidentals. I am convinced stitching keeps me sane.

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            1. That is so interesting. You must be the queen of multitasking 😀 Usually when I stitch I’m so focused I drown out everything else that’s clamoring for my attention… hungry husbands included! 😉

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              1. I feel I need to offer a bit of explanation. When I am working on an extremely complicated design I do nothing but stitch and count (with the occasional stitch removal). But if I am working on blocks of a certain color that is when I can think through the issues of my life. And if I am particularly troubled by something I make sure I am working on a simple, basic design.

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  6. I agree, having several projects on the go is great for motivation, but even I don’t start four projects in one day. Glad you’ve found a focus to bring a bit more balance now. The angel is beautiful.

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    1. Hehe… yes, 4 starts in a day was a bit much. But some good did come out of it (which I’ll probably mention in a future post). I guess I got carried away by the spirit of the SAL. You know how it is… way too much enabling among us stitchers! 🙂

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  7. I strongly believe having a number of WIPs in the go is healthy! You will always have a project to suit your mood or the situation you are in. First and foremost we stitch for the pleasure of it – the (eventual) end results are, in a way, a happy addition!

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    1. So very true. Now if only I could make my family and friends understand that 🙂

      Even as I type this (having vowed to work on Hope until completion) other projects are calling out to me. Now that I have made some progress on Hope I am tempted to go back to some form of a rotation. Will wait a bit and see if the urge grows stronger 😉

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  8. I can so relate to the high shipping costs, lack of good craft stores locally and having too many WIPs.
    The way I keep myself motivated is imagining what new can I start once I finish the current one 😉

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  9. I am one of those who gets overwhelmed if I have too many WIPs. While I usually have four or five pieces on the go, they all have their different roles in my life. Usually two different projects that are ideal for my commute, a large piece that stays at home and a small project to give me a quick fix when the biggie gets me down. Other than that I have a seasonal to do list which I keep track of with a board in my room, and I have an overall to do list accumulating in my sketch book. It’s all very organized or else nothing would ever get done!

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    1. It’s nice that you’ve managed to figure out a system that works for you 🙂

      So happy to have found your blog. Looking forward to seeing more of your pieces especially the large one 🙂

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  10. Beautiful work! Have this one in my stash.
    Can sympathize with you on out of country shipping cost. Well, in country shipping has gone up tremendously, too. Shipping is expensive and the best hand dyed fabrics are in the UK. Luckily there are many online sources as so many shops have closed down. Miss running my fingers through threads and fabrics.
    I break up my big projects with many smalls for quick finishes. I also have a rotation for big projects, but those are not set in stone. If i feel like working on other projects, or have a SAL deadline, then my rotation goes out the window. Nothing is written in stone and i get to big finishes eventually! Have fun and start what you want. Eventually you will get a finish. Enjoy the process.

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    1. Thank you Deb. That is very good advise. I’m happy to keep plugging away at my WIP’s but it’s the “Haven’t you finished even one piece yet?” questions that get to me 🙂

      I’m so grateful for online stores/sellers. People like me would be completely lost without them. I love browsing online stores – although that does mean my wishlist keeps growing exponentially! 😀

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