This is the last piece of this series that I will stitch this year. There will be more in the series next fall.
I’m close to half done right now, and love the striped awning on the shop windows.
The shop obviously need a door and a roof, so I’ll work on those next. Then I’ll need to add the tree to the left side and lots of snow here and there. I hope to have this done by the end of the week.
Here’s the finish of Happiness (no pun intended). For someone who has never been fond of beading, I have to say that I love the corners with the diamond of beads!! No problems at all and I love the look!
The panels in the middle of the top and bottom were stitched with two shades of turquoise floss and two colors of Kreinik #4 braid – pale aqua, and peach. The middle of the sides were stitched with two shades of rust with Watercolors Fiesta in the middle. I decided that the flow of colors should be going in opposites directions – just a whim. There is a stitch of copper Kreinik #4 braid between each change of thread in those areas. After I stitched the first corner, I wondered if I should use a slightly darker shade of turquoise that would more closely match the beads, but I really do like it the way it is.
This project took longer to stitch than I thought, but I’m very glad I signed up for this CyberPointers project. And a Thank You to Peggy Carstens for designing this lovely piece.
This post didn’t post when I scheduled it to, so here is today. The finale will be posted in about 15 minutes – you’ll have two posts in one day!
The next part of the design is done. The empty spaces left in the center of this piece will be filled in last, since those areas have a lot of beads.
The rust border around the dark turquoise diamond was stitched with floss for the first and last part. The middle part was rust Kreinik couched with the Watercolors. Watercolors was used for the zigzag portion. Then it was back to the lighter rust floss for the four corners.
I’ll work on the areas around the outside now and post again when they are done. Then I’ll have the beads in the corners and the center to do last.
I finished the cross stitching yesterday and today I got the stocking made up and ready to go. I already had some green fabric that had tiny white Christmas trees on it, so that was used to line the stocking. Cross stitching finishing is so much faster than needlepoint finishing!
Tomorrow I’ll sew the cording around the ornaments for the girls and then I can get them all in the mail by the end of the week. Yeah!
If you are a member of CyberPointers, join me in January for a program called Young Man’s Fancy Quilt Square. It’s free for members but you need to sign up for it. The program runs January 2-6.
This is a small project and can be stitched from your stash. This is the original that I did a few years ago, but I’m currently stitching a version using other colors that you will in January during the class. Hope to see a lot of you there.
If you’re not a member of CyberPointers, you can join up at this page - http://www.cyberpointers.org The page also tells you about the programs and workshops coming up in 2014. Sounds like an exciting year ahead!
I’m getting there…
The house is finished and the snow around it is done.
Then I scrolled up a little and added the next section of the design.
Now there is only more section left to stitch – the top. The name needs to be stitched and a small design on each side of the name. Hope to have it done by Monday. Then I need to make it into a stocking so it can be shipped to my DIL.
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.