Peru Rug – Progress 3

I’ve gotten a few more rows done on this rug now. I’ve finished Ginger Snap (the darkest color) and the Toasted Almond – the next color going out from the center. The last rows on the left and right are now Cafe au Lait.

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The differences in the colors are very subtle now, but they are getting lighter. Then I decided to start working on the triangular areas along the bottom. Since they are at the bottom of the shorter rows, I used the same colors as the diamonds in those rows. These shorter rows have both layers of the diamond stitched in the same color – Ginger Snap in the center and Toasted Almond next. I decided to use Sprat’s Heads in those areas.

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I’ve also started the next shorter row using Cafe au Lait for both layers. The next color will be Vanilla, slightly lighter in color, for the outside and Cafe au Lait for the inside stitches..

So here is the rug so far – 12″ tall and about 9″ from side to side. It will be 12 X 18 when it is done.

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Cat Tree Ornament – Progress 2

I have completed the green parts of the tree this time. I used an overdye floss from Needle Necessities. I used 4 plies with two plies reversed for my stitching. I still got areas that were all light colors and some that were darker colors. So I decided to try something different. I had to do longer slanted stitches going in all different directions in order to do the little needles sticking out around the edges. So I did more slanted stitches on top of the basketweave to break up the areas that were all one color. Here’s how it looks now.

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I’m thinking that backstitching around some of the cats will keep them from disappearing into the tree – especially gray, purple, brown and blue ones. I’m going to try it out. I had to order Kreinik to do the background, so I’ll do the ornaments and the cross while I wait. Hopefully I’ll be able to show you the finished ornament by the end of next week.

Hometown Holiday’s Toy Store – Finale

He’s still a bit tilted, but he is finished. I love the light posts with the garland wrapped around them and the big tree. And check out the horse in the window too.

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I have the Village Church for the series already, but I have another small cross stitch I want to do first. So stayed tune for a water bird scene in a week or so – the start of one at least.

Cat Tree Ornament

This cute little ornament is from Winnetka Stitchery. I fell in love with it the first time I saw t it. It’s only 5.5 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide. The four little X’s show the corners of the piece.

 

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I stitched one or two cats each time I picked it up and now all the cats are completely stitched.

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I’m working on the tree itself now and trying out something a little different. You’ll see how that goes next time.

 

Chatelaine’s Persian Iris Mandala – Progress 24

I finally finished the dome on the second mosque yesterday and started on the next set of buildings today. Didn’t get very far though. I think I’m the Queen of Miscounting – I had to rip out the section you see in two shades of dark blue because I can’t count to five. I only did 4 rows of the darkest blue and then everything else was off by one row. Now it has been ripped out and redone correctly.

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Since this project is moving so slowly, I’ve decided to only post the mandala once a month. The same will probably be true for the Border Rug as well. I’m trying to work on the outlines for the Peru Rug upstairs as well right now, since it’s easier on the larger frame. So the Border Rug is being ignored this week while I try to make some good progress on the Peru Rug.

Here is the whole mandala so far:

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Border Rug – Progress 11

Note: This post was supposed to be posted last Wed. Somehow it didn’t happen, so today you get two posts!

Not a lot of progress over the last two weeks. I had to rip out part of the outer border today when I noticed a mistake. But I have started on Band 5. The background is Burgundy Mosaic stitches. The motif has several stitches with the blue ones being my favorite. They are Amadeus Triangles done in Slate Blue Silk & Ivory.  The center is a variation of a Ray stitch, but not all the stitches go into the center hole. I’ve reversed the colors in the two motifs that are stitched and will continue to alternate across the row.

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Here is the rug so far.

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I’ll try to get more done before the next posting.

Hometown Holiday’s Toy Store – Progress 1

I taking a break from the larger projects for a few weeks and am working on smaller things that can be done in a short time. First up is the Toy Store from Hometown Holiday. I have the building done now. It looks like it’s tilting a little – probably from my counting wrong on the top floor of the building and having to rip it all out and redo it over the weekend.

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I’ve started on the first of the upstairs windows so I will get them done next. Then on to the rest of the store and trees around it. I hope to finish it by the end of the week.

I also have the newest addition to the series – the Village Church. So that might be the next next little project.