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.

Toy Shop-2

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.

 

Cat Tree

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

Cat Tree-1

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.

Mosque2-done

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.

Band5-2

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.

Toy Shop-1

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.

Koshga by Gitta – Finale

I started this project in 2009. When I completed the borders along the left side, they didn’t meet up, so I put it away. In April of 2011, I got it out again. I decided that ripping out everything that I had done to correct the counting error would not be a good idea on Congress Cloth. I threw it away and got out a new piece of white Congress Cloth and started again. This is as far as I got before I put it away again – too many other projects going on at once.

Koshga-2011

Now I’m trying to work my way through my stash – and as part of that, I need to complete some of my WIPs. In February of this year I got it out again and I’ve been working away on it. For the last 4 days, I haven’t worked on other projects for more than a few hours – total. But I can finally show you Koshga all finished!

Koshga-finale

It’s just under 9″ wide and 6″ tall. I think it would make a great pillow insert. So I need to gather my courage, buy the fabric, and get this finished for good.

At least I’ve gotten one thing out of my stash. I’d like to work on some smaller projects this month to help put a dent in that stash – so look for a few new, small things over the next couple of weeks. Plus I’ll be working more on the Peru Rug a lot more too.

Chatelaine’s Persian Iris Mandala – Progress 23

I didn’t get the dome and minarets finished. I haven’t had as much time to stitch upstairs. I finished the dark blue Woven stitch above the front panels, added rows of gold and turquoise cross stitches, and completed the dark teal Rhodes stitches above that. The top of the dome goes quickly. I only have the very top left to do and then add a dark gold around the edges of the dome.

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It won’t take long to get the dome finished, maybe an hour or so. The minarets have a LOT of color changes and that takes time. I’m trying to do the little bits of minaret as I finish using each color on the dome. I should still be done in just a few more days. Then I can start working on the buildings on the right side of the mosque.