I received the Kreinik braid I needed on Saturday and got right to work. The background is stitched in Alicia’s Lace. The first layer was stitched in # 194, Pale Blue. The second layer was stitched using # 198, Pale Green. In the light, it has a slight glow surrounding the tree.
I outlined several of the cats to make them show up a little better. The silver ornaments on the tree were stitched in Rhodes stitch with Kreinik silver braid. The bows on the tree were stitched in Lazy Daisy dark green Kreinik with a tiny red stitch in the middle of the two Lazy Daisy stitches. This can now be put in the growing stack of things waiting for finishing. I need to get started on that task soon.
I’ve been stitching each day but not making enough progress on things to show you. Finally got the center finished and started the next step so I could show it to you.
Around the center from last time, I stitched 8 points stars in pale gray Elegance and then did a Ray stitch over them with red Marlitt. The four corners were padded with Grandeur and satin stitched over that with red Splendor. The last step in the middle was to do Four Way Continental in the space between the center and the stars with Kreinik silver braid #8.
I have just started the next step – 48 Jessicas done in #8 Kreinik braid in dark red. Next will be to fill in the open areas between the Jessicas and the completed center with Sprats Heads. I haven’t looked ahead to see what comes next. I only pull out about 5 pages at a time. There’s quite a ways to go still.
I still have two of Jim Wurth’s dodecagons left to do, so I’ve decided that they will be done this year. The two that are left are both red and silver – this one on red canvas and the last one on black canvas.
As always, there is the Smyrna stitch outline to do first. This time is was done in Grandeur silk and Kreinik braid. The center was also done in Grandeur silk with a Jessica in the middle and a Smyrna stitch in the center of that. Circles inside of circles inside of circles. The swirl pattern around the center was done with two needles and two #4 Kreinik braids. I needed to pay attention as I worked it, but the stitches themselves were easy. Now I can pull out the next 5-6 pages and see what Jim has in store for me next.
I’m waiting for the Kreinik that I need to finish the background for the Cat Tree ornament. It’s on backorder. So I’ll continue to work on this until the thread arrives.
This cross stitch is from the August 2012 issue of Cross Stitch Collection Magazine. I subscribe to this magazine for several reasons. There’s always at least one design each month that I want to stitch and this is the only magazine that I know of (digitally read on my Mini iPad) that allows me to print the charts. They print beautifully on standard printing paper and are easy to read.
The bottom 30 reads are solid stitching – flowers and water – and after that there will be a lot of open space. The Blue Heron will appear on the right side after I get the bottom stitched. As you can tell by the dark blue across the bottom, I have stitched half way across the bottom now.
When it’s done, it will about about 7″ tall and just over 6″ wide. Hopefully, the blue heron will start to appear by the next time I show this piece.
I love this sampler, but I’m taking it slowly. And enjoying it a lot. I have finished the first band completely. And I’ve started the second band, which has three sets of green stems and two red and off-white flowers. When this band is complete I will have finished pages 1-2 of this project. When I start pages 3-4, I will get to finish the second band – the pansy flowers under the stems and stems under the red and off-white flowers.
I also need to do the first repeat of the outside border on the right side. I’ll be back with this project when this top half of the second band is complete and the first two motifs you see here are completed from Page 3.
I’ve gotten a few more rows done on this rug now. I’ve finished Ginger Snap (the darkest color) and the Toasted Almond – the next color going out from the center. The last rows on the left and right are now Cafe au Lait.
The differences in the colors are very subtle now, but they are getting lighter. Then I decided to start working on the triangular areas along the bottom. Since they are at the bottom of the shorter rows, I used the same colors as the diamonds in those rows. These shorter rows have both layers of the diamond stitched in the same color – Ginger Snap in the center and Toasted Almond next. I decided to use Sprat’s Heads in those areas.
I’ve also started the next shorter row using Cafe au Lait for both layers. The next color will be Vanilla, slightly lighter in color, for the outside and Cafe au Lait for the inside stitches..
So here is the rug so far – 12″ tall and about 9″ from side to side. It will be 12 X 18 when it is done.
I have completed the green parts of the tree this time. I used an overdye floss from Needle Necessities. I used 4 plies with two plies reversed for my stitching. I still got areas that were all light colors and some that were darker colors. So I decided to try something different. I had to do longer slanted stitches going in all different directions in order to do the little needles sticking out around the edges. So I did more slanted stitches on top of the basketweave to break up the areas that were all one color. Here’s how it looks now.
I’m thinking that backstitching around some of the cats will keep them from disappearing into the tree – especially gray, purple, brown and blue ones. I’m going to try it out. I had to order Kreinik to do the background, so I’ll do the ornaments and the cross while I wait. Hopefully I’ll be able to show you the finished ornament by the end of next week.