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.
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.
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.
I stitched one or two cats each time I picked it up and now all the cats are completely stitched.
I’m working on the tree itself now and trying out something a little different. You’ll see how that goes next time.
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.
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:
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.
Here is the rug so far.
I’ll try to get more done before the next posting.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
This first photo is the 5 large vowels that are in the center of Band 1. That’s the strangest A I’ve ever seen. LOL These were stitched with the Algerian Eye stitch. I’ve done lots of Algerian Eyes before, but not like this. You do the first stitch to the center and then the opposite stitch to make a long slanted line. You can’t pull the thread, like I’m used to, to make a hole in the center. But they look nice.
I’ve also completed the first repeat of the border that will go down the sides and across the bottom.
I’ll complete the first band by stitching the other cluster of leaves and rosebuds. I’d like to add the first repeat of the outer border on the right side as well. Then I need to figure out the stitch that is used to separate the bands before I can start on Band 2. Right now this piece is 10 inches wide and just over 2 inches long. I have a long ways to go, but I’m enjoying it very much.
I wanted to give you a progress report so you could see how the pattern develops. You saw part one of the border last week. Here is part 2.
The shorter row now has the second layer of stitching in the same color as the outline. The two longer rows have the first layer done in Toasted Almond and the inside layer done in Gingersnap, the darker color. That means that I’m done with all the stitching with Gingersnap. The next row, moving out to the left and right, is a short row again (only 6 diamonds) so it will have the inner and outer layers in the same color – Toasted Almond. I have part of this done already so you can see how it will look.
I’ll continue with Toasted Almond and get these two shorter rows done this week. Then I’ll start on the next two longer rows of 7 diamonds. These will have an outside layer stitched in Cafe Au Lait which is a little lighter than Toasted Almond. The inner layer will be Toasted Almond. Then I can put all the Toasted Almond thread away too.
This pattern will continue until I have ten diamonds across the top and bottom in the longest rows. Right now there are only two diamonds in the longer rows. I definitely have a ways to go with this, but it’s an easy design to pick up and stitch while watching TV for an hour in the evening. I’m alternating this with Koshga right now in the evenings so I can get Koshga finished. Then I’ll have more time for this one.
Not a lot of progress over the last two weeks, but I have completed Band 4 and turned the rug around so it will be easier to work with.
I did one more repeat of the outer border motif of the left side and then turned it around so I can work on the right side. I’ve turned the photo, but the canvas is actually rotated 90 degrees. The start of Band 5 is right on the edge of the canvas and I’ll be working across the bottom outer border.
I’ve practiced stitched the new motif so I know it will work out well. I stitched the outline of the first one to make sure the spacing on the row will work out. The pale blue/gray line in the photo above is there to mark where each of the motifs will start and end and the spacing between them is exactly right. Nice! Here’s a close-up of the motif for Band 5.
It’s fun coming up with stitches for each of these motifs. I’m using a lot of Ray, Rhodes, and Sprat’s Head stitches. I’ve been looking through stitch books trying to find more variations on these stitches that I will be able to use. There are some new ones coming up in this new band. I hope they work out well. The background will be Nobuko again. It’s a quick stitch and always looks nice. I’ll be trying the lighter burgundy for this band. There’s a lot of it and I worry about it overwhelming or “clashing” with all the dark burgundy (Cabernet) in the last band. I’ve also decided to use a different blue on this band, not the lighter blue from Bands 1 and 3. This one is a blue/gray. I think it will look better.