I want to redesign my website so I’m starting with a page I’d like to delete for now.
Until the end of the month, all the small designs on my website will be half price. These are the coasters designs and tile designs on the Charted Designs page. This will be your last chance to purchase these designs.
Next year that page will contain the small rug designs like the Mini Maroc Rug that I just finished. I’m working on the instructions for that one now and will be on sale in January.
Just finished up this little 5″ X 7″ rug on Congress Cloth. A variety of stitches make it a fun stitch. I did my version all in silk – Splendor, Needlepoint Inc. and Kreinik Silk.
Now to get the stitch instructions written up so some of you can try it out too. I hope to have it available by the end of the year.
I’ve been writing this blog for 5 years and I’ve shown how I adapt antique rugs from around the world to needlepoint. I’m now designing the last rug that I’ll be stitching on 13 ct. canvas using Silk & Ivory from Brown Paper Packages. At least I think it will be. I don’t have room to put them up any more. So I’ll work on 18 ct canvas or Congress Cloth from now on.
So I’ve been thinking. Would you like to come along for the design process of this new rug? Would you like to have a Yahoo group where you could see how it all works, a little step at a time? You could try your hand at adapting along the way with a design that you’d like to adapt- ask for advice, show your work, get encouragement, etc. If you would like, you could stitch the new design along with me – as a class. These are ideas that we can discuss if you are interested.
This is something that will start next year if you are interested. But there will be a lot of planning involved so I’d like to get started.
I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment or send me an email with thoughts and ideas.
It’s taken 2 weeks to get this far on the house, so it’s looking like this will be next year’s gift…
I still have 9 rows of the blue-green on each side of the peaked roof to do and a small chimney. Then lots of backstitching for the second story.
When the house is done, I still have to add little blue snowflakes, then start the top two sections. The name will be done last.
A Little Bit of Happiness by Peggy Carstens was the program for CyberPointers this month. We were to do the outlines for the areas first and I got about half of it all done when I decided I wanted to work on something else for a change of pace. I did the center section using Fiesta Watercolors, DMC floss #3776 and Kreinik #4 in color #094. With that done, I went back and completed the outlines.
The area around the center was stitched with the same Kreinik #4 and DMC floss #3809. The next step is to finish the area around the dark turquoise. Stay tuned.
I feel like I’m really getting somewhere now! The last square of the Patchwork Rug is now complete and there isn’t much more to do.
And here is Row 4 with all 3 squares done.
All that is left to do are the 3 borders along the bottom of the rug. That’s just over 5 inches but it goes across all 4 feet of the rug. That’s the equivalent of another square, so I’m not sure I can get it done this year with just 6 weeks left. But I’m going to work on it as much as possible and see if I can’t complete it in those 6 weeks. Then you can all help me do the biggest Happy Dance ever. We’ll do a flash mob dance! LOL
I finally got brave and did the finishing on the train. I got the instructions from the Little House Needleworks website. I’m stitching Diane’s Hometown Holiday and she has posted step-by-step instructions for finishing the little pieces when they are done. They are shown by clicking on the Hometown Holiday Tutorial on her website http://www.littlehouseneedleworks.com There is no sewing involved, just pinning as you work through the steps.
I wrapped the canvas around the styrofoam and pinned it. Then covered the back with red Christmas fabric, and pinned it down. Then I cut the band to cover all the edges and ironed a hem along both sides so that it was the width of the styrofoam and just pinned it on the bottom. I couldn’t find a ribbon that I liked to wrap around the sides and then make a bow on top, so I bought a wide cream ribbon with glitter and a thin fancy red ribbon and layered them around the outside.
The bow on top isn’t the greatest and I may do something different when it’s time to put them out for Christmas, but this is first attempt at finishing and I’m content with it. I’ve also learned that buying beads online, no matter what the size you need, is impossible. I ordered cute with red, white, and green glass beads that sounded like they would large enough. They’re small enough that you can’t even see them. But there are 4 on the bottom of each one. Sigh…
When I finish the next Hometown Holiday piece, I’ll do the finishing for the first 4 pieces so they will available for Christmas this year as well. They’re smaller and will have different fabric on the back but will follow the same steps to get them finished.