I finally got brave and did the finishing on the train. I got the instructions from the Little House Needleworks website. I’m stitching Diane’s Hometown Holiday and she has posted step-by-step instructions for finishing the little pieces when they are done. They are shown by clicking on the Hometown Holiday Tutorial on her website http://www.littlehouseneedleworks.com There is no sewing involved, just pinning as you work through the steps.
I wrapped the canvas around the styrofoam and pinned it. Then covered the back with red Christmas fabric, and pinned it down. Then I cut the band to cover all the edges and ironed a hem along both sides so that it was the width of the styrofoam and just pinned it on the bottom. I couldn’t find a ribbon that I liked to wrap around the sides and then make a bow on top, so I bought a wide cream ribbon with glitter and a thin fancy red ribbon and layered them around the outside.
The bow on top isn’t the greatest and I may do something different when it’s time to put them out for Christmas, but this is first attempt at finishing and I’m content with it. I’ve also learned that buying beads online, no matter what the size you need, is impossible. I ordered cute with red, white, and green glass beads that sounded like they would large enough. They’re small enough that you can’t even see them. But there are 4 on the bottom of each one. Sigh…
When I finish the next Hometown Holiday piece, I’ll do the finishing for the first 4 pieces so they will available for Christmas this year as well. They’re smaller and will have different fabric on the back but will follow the same steps to get them finished.
Slow going still. I didn’t do any practice stitching before I started this rug and boy do I regret that. I’ve been changing colors and trying stitch after stitch trying to get things to look like I pictured this rug in my head.
The center band is now complete. I did the lavender stitches, leaving one thread between each of the Hungarian stitches. Then used the medium purple to make the long cross stitch through the center. The triangle was stitched with the darkest shade of teal. Between these two sets of stitches I did Basketweave in white Splendor. That left the open triangles to fill in. I wanted a lacy look and tried about 10 stitches and didn’t get the look I wanted. I settled for Oblong Cross stitches (though I’m not thoroughly pleased with the result).
I’ve started working on the 8-pointed star band again. You can see I’ve used my laying tool to open the canvas a little in the five places where I’ll stitch the Eyelets next. Since there are no more decisions to be made, I hope I can work faster now and get this little rug completed soon.
Moving right along – the “street” in front of the house is now complete and the wrought iron fence in front of the house has been completed. The two green blobs above the fence are the start of the bushes to the right of the house steps.
Just 5 rows above the bush on the left is the halfway point in this stocking. I need to get busy and get the house done next week. Above that, things are more spread out and easier to complete. Still want to finish by the end of the month, so back to work.
Just a quick note to let you know that WordPress has changed a few things over the last week or so. With my app on the mobile devises, I can no longer access your email addresses so I can send you a personal thank you for your comments.
So I went online just now, and it’s the same thing there. If I want to thank you and answer your questions, I now have to do it right below your own comments to my posts. So check back a day or two after I put up a new post so see my comments, etc. I always thought the personal touch was better, but that isn’t an option anymore right now.
Decided I needed to get back to this and put in a lot of stitches since I need to mail it early next month. The bottom third of the stocking is now done, so I took a photo and then scrolled it up so I can continue to work.
I’ll add the trees and the horse to pull the sleigh next. Then I’ll be able to start the large house that takes up most of the center of the stocking. Since I’m working on 14 ct Aida it should move along quickly now that I’m able to stitch at least 3 hours a day (sometimes a little more).
Stitching is starting to pick up a little here, at last. I’ve finished the band with the 8-pointed stars. I decided not to do any background on the area around the Eyelets but did a simple background for the top and bottom of the band with Basketweave Twill. This is done on the diagonal like Baskektweave but you stitch every other row. On the top of the canvas, it looks like Skip Tent stitch which is stitched horizontally on the canvas.
I’ve started the next band, which will be the center band of the rug. I’ve started with the darkest shade of teal and the lightest shade of purple so far. I’ll be back with this rug when the center is done and I’ve started the band with 8-pointed starts again. Then it should move along quickly since all the decisions about colors and stitches have been made.
I love these little scenes and they are quick to finish as well.
The ladies have muffs to keep their hands warm – so cute! The next one is the sweet shop, but I won’t start that one for a couple of weeks. I need to get caught up on other projects first.