I’m still working on this just one day a week, so progress is slow. But I’m pleased with my progress I’ve made in the last three weeks.
There are just a few more stitches to do to complete the top of his hat. And I’ve started filling in the background around it so you can see how it all looks. On the lower left of the hat, you can see the beginning of the band that will go across the bottom of the hat as well. I hope to have that all done by the time you see this again.
I”ve also decided that if I’m not in the mood for the complicated stitches in my needlepoint projects, I’ll pick this up once a week or so and just work on background while I watch TV. You know I have miles of that to do to the left of the hat. So maybe a few extra lengths of background thread each week will help get that done.
I’m finally working on the last of the 12 dodecagon ornaments by Jim Wurth. And would you believe – the first thread it told me to use was Grandeur G-822, the thread that is has been discontinued. So I pulled out my Splendor silk in the same number and went to work. It worked just fine. After doing the outline in Splendor and silver Kreinik, I started on the next 3 steps, all using gold and red Kreinik braid in various sizes.
This is the one that was supposed to be done on red canvas, but I used that on the last one. So this is on black and will be a little darker because some of the canvas shows through. I think it will still turn out well, with lots more gold and red. The photo doesn’t show how bright the gold is.
Lots more to do in the center next. I’ll be back with this one next week. On to the purple Threedles ornament tonight.
I’m getting a little more time on this now that I’m not working on the mandala for the rest of the month. I have half of Band 6 done and I hope to have the other half done by the end of the week. It takes time to outline all the little diamonds, but they fill in very quickly using Triple Double Cross stitches. The lighter red along the edges is a variation of Sprat’s Head – used earlier in the band with olive and orange. The next section will be the middle band which is larger than any of the others. At the top, left you can see a few long stitches. That how much space the middle band will cover. The pale yellow triangle on the left (that isn’t filled in yet) marks the center of the rug at exactly 16.25 inches. I have the center band charted for 75-80 threads, but the space available now is only about 67 threads. Some of the bands ended up being a thread or two wider than originally planned. So I will have to practice stitch and make some adjustments before I can start that one next week.
So I still have a lot of work to do. I want it done this year, so I really need to get to work on it. I have other rugs planned for next year and I don’t want to put them off. So here is the rug so far.
I’ve finished the first of the three ornaments – sort of. All of the 3 squares have an Amadeus dagger, but they are oriented differently in each one. Here is Square 2 all done. You can see how the daggers stitched in dark teal are facing in different directions.
And this is where I ran out of the Kreinik #4 braid that I was using. It’s a very light green and was used for the Ray stitch on the first square and the crescent hearts on square 2. So I tried a silver for square 3 since it will be on the top and bottom. Might be okay.
Then I read how to sew it all together to make a cube. I have to use the same Kreinik #4 braid to sew it together! Okay, time to order another spool of very light green. But before I did that, I pulled out the threads for the other two color versions I’ll be stitching as well, and ordered another spool of each of those as well. When they arrive, I’ll pull out the silver Ray stitches on this one and redo them. Until then, I’ll get the lavender canvas onto stretcher bars and start working on that one. Hopefully the additional Kreinik will be here by the time I need it for the purple version. If not, I can start on the black and pink version. I won’t be sewing any of them together until I have all 3 done, so I have lots of time.
I’ve been missing needlepoint the last few weeks. I’ve spent a lot of time on cross stitch projects. So I’ve put them away for a couple of weeks (except for Father Christmas tomorrow). So I’m working on these ornaments, the last Jim Wurth ornament, the Border Rug and hopefully this coming week, the Peru Rug. Let’s see how much I can get done by the end of this month.
This Christmas ornament by Kurdy Biggs is made up of 3 square designs – each 2 inches square. Each square is stitched twice, so you have 6 sides that are then folded into a cube to hang on a Christmas tree. I’m making 3 of these for my granddaughters. I need to get with it, since it’s already October. This one is teal and I’ll make a second one in purple and the last one in black and pink. This last one is for the girl who likes black, pink and zebras (remember the ornament from Laura Perin last year when I did zebra stripes around the edge?).
This is Square #1 done in 3 shades of teal and a very light green Kreinik braid. Kurdy did hers as a monotone, but I like the different shades better. I’m working on Square #2 now and will post it when it’s done. I hope to have this one done next week so I can start the second one. I’d like to have them all done this month so I can get them sewn up and ready to go early.
I haven’t worked on this much, but need to get busy and finish filling in all those diamonds. I’ve only done 6 so far. My color scheme is yellow, turquoise, and bright blue. There will be a little off-white and white, but not very much. Here are the ones I’ve done so far.
I’ve used Fyre Werks Holigram turquoise straight stitches on the very top one, then large cross stitches over that in yellow. Below that is Framed Mosaic using #4 Kreinik braid for the Mosaic stitches and an over dyed yellow thread. The bright blue to the right is the Arrowhead stitch, using El Molina rayon thread for the bright blue, and light yellow floss for the other stitches. The next row has the Ashley stitch on the left, done with Kreinik ribbon and Sparkle Rays. To the right of that is Vertical Wave stitch using an over dyed turquoise thread and bright yellow Vineyard Silk. The last one on the bottom is Twisted Cross and Ray stitches. The Twisted Cross is done in yellow Flair and the Ray stitch is done in El Molino rayon thread in blue. I have a long way to go, and I know that I won’t be using 124 different stitches – there will be a lot of repeats. This is great way to use up lots of small amounts of thread from my stash. I have a large bag of threads, many of them with just a few yards. I hope to use up at least half of all those colors.
Here is the rug so far. You can see that I have a lot to do. See you next month with this rug – hoping to have at it half done by then.
Thank you all again for helping me get started once again on this project. And thanks to Jennifer from Needlework Plus for finding and shipping over dyed threads that I can use for the background and the triangles down the right side of the design. We settled on Harvest Moon from GAST (Gentle Arts Sampler Threads) for the background and I really like it!
Several people suggested that I start in a more exciting place this time, rather than work on background forever. So I’m starting in the middle of the top with the hat on Father Christmas. Here’s a clip of the section I’ll be working on for a while.
And here is how far I’ve gotten after about 4 hours of work. Not much, but you can see the over dyed thread and the black triangles from the sides of the hat.
I’ve started to fill in a few of the other colors on the left part already and I know it will take a while to get this done. But it will be nice to have a recognizable part of the design done first. I think I got ahead of myself a little on the background though. I think the top point on the hat extends up to the top of the piece and I will have to rip out some stitches to make it fit. I think I’ll work up from the black triangles next Sunday when I get it out again and try to figure that out. The green line going up at the top is the center of the design.
Things are moving along very well now with just one strand of floss at a time. It’s going much faster and I don’t have any trouble filling in colors at all. It’s easy to see where they all go. Yeah!