I’m finally happy with the smoke. Anne Stradal (http://thecapestitcher.blogspot.com) suggested that I try needle blending to create the smoke. She is the master of needle blending and I had never tried it. I was only using two plies of Splendor, but I tried it on scrap fabric and it didn’t look good. But I tried again using 3 plies of Splendor and you can see the result below. Thank you for the push Anne!
I got enough white around the smoke this morning to take a photo to share with you. Friday and Saturday I will work on the bottom of the piece again. I’ll alternate between the top and the bottom next week. I’ll be pushing myself to get this one completed. I’m going to try to start the Border Rug this weekend so I will have two projects upstairs again for a week or two.
I’ll finish the two small wheels on Friday and then decide what to work on next. I’ve started the rail that the train is on and will work on that a little more. Maybe the railroad ties and decide how to approach the cow catcher on the front. I’m getting close.
I moved my trip to Needle in a Haystack to yesterday instead of next Tuesday. I did get this finished this last night but didn’t have a chance to upload the photo until now.
All the ornaments on this piece now have the bead stack in them – five gold beads stitched with red thread. These bead stacks are better than the last two ornaments I did, but I still am not fond of them and wish the red thread didn’t show so much. I’ve also added the bronze star near the top on each side and gold Kreinik braid in cascades along the sides. This one is so different from the others in the series. The little gold flecks in the canvas also made it difficult at times to make sure I had the stitches in the correct place – I kept getting the wrong count with the gold braid because of the flecks.
This is my least favorite of the Jim Wurth Dodecagons. It is all completed now and it will join the others. Until I finish the last two in the series I won’t decide how to do the finishing for them.
This is moving along quickly. I’ve finished the tree branches and added the Jessicas as dangling ornaments and candles on the inside of the branches.
I’ve done a few more things since this photo was taken. And I hope to have it done by Friday, so I will post the final photo on Saturday.
The outline was done in Grandeur silk. The peace symbol was filled in with Petite Very Velvet and the tree branches were done in Flair. Everything else in this design is Kreinik braid and ribbon – 11 spools in various colors and sizes. I’ve been going slowly, just a few steps each day. I don’t want to make mistakes and have to rip out any of those stitches. Off to do a few more Jessicas.
My synapses were firing away on design ideas one night last week. At 2-4 AM!!! It seems I want to do designs from ceramics along with rugs now. Don’t ask – I don’t know why. So I’ve been browsing the web and saving photos of some inspiration. I’ve decided to start with Hopi pottery after finding photos like the two below.
Since we are desperate for rain here in Northern California, I’ve put together a design what will represent my rain dance, hoping that we’ll get some rain soon. We’re 18 inches behind the normal for this time of the year.
Then to complicate things just a little more, my mind has decided that it needs to be a cross stitch design! I’ll get the threads that I don’t have already when I go to Needle in a Haystack in another week. So stay tuned….
I’ve been working on the second wheel, but took a break the other day to start the background on the top. I decided last year that I would stitch this with a darning pattern - Dots from iStitches, volume 2. I had the wonderful idea of doing those above the smokestack in black and then slowly change to dark, gray, light gray, and then white to represent the smoke. I can’t do lots of smoke above the train because there isn’t a lot of room – I need to leave two inches all the way around for the mat and framing. Now I’m not sure it’s working….
I’ve decided that I need another gray halfway between the dark gray and light gray in the photo above. Maybe that would make it better. I can still work down the right side in white.
I’ll be going to Needle in a Haystack in Alemeda on Feb 4th to shop and have lunch with a friend. In the meantime, I’ll work on the wheels, track, etc at the bottom of the canvas.
I love so many of the Brenda Stofft Santas and it was hard to choose which one to buy and actually stitch. I bought this one -
I decided to stitch the bear in three shades of brown Petite Very Velvet. I finally finished that first step last night.
He’s so soft! LOL I needed to buy two cars of the medium shade of brown Petite Very Velvet. Everything else for this piece is being pulled from my stash (I hope). Now I have to decide what to work on next. I’m thinking the purple blanket should be done next and I do have everything that I need for it.
I wanted to finish off the small triangles at the bottom of the Peace Symbol next. The three small Jessicas were stitched first and then the large one in the center of each part. A small bow was added with Kreinik Gold Ribbon. The background was filled in with 4-way Continental. Above and below the large Jessica, the 4-way was stitched with Kreinik #4 braid in Copper/Gold. To the left and right of the large Jessica, it was stitched with Gold Kreinik #4.
At the top you can see two Crescents that were stitched with green Flair. These are the first two branches for the tree. Two more sets will be stitched, each set longer than the one that is already done. I’ll continue with those branches and then add the rest of the decorations. It won’t take long to finish this piece.