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.
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 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.
Finally got this little piece finished and isn’t it lovely! Joni packed a lot of detail and new techniques into this 5 x 7 design.
We started the little Congress Cloth piece during the workshop and then finished it up on our own. We got brave and pulled a few strands away from the edges to form a fringe before we secured it to the 18 ct. canvas. No problem at all. Adding the pieces of cording across the Congress Cloth was a little more difficult, but I finally got it done yesterday. We used Seed beads and Bugle beads to secure the little gold square to the canvas.
On to other areas – the area to the left of the Congress Cloth was slow to start, but once I got into the rhythym of the stitch (which imitates cathedral windows) it went a little faster. I love the look of it too. The border stitched up quickly and a bead was added to center of each diamond.
Then on to the final section – the three diamonds toward the bottom. I had one Jessica done in my last post and quickly stitched the other two. Then on to the last new thing to learn. Joni used Lutrador (which she color-washed) to make the flower petals. Lutrador looks a lot like pellon, but doesn’t tear. Using a sharp needle, I sewed it to the canvas and placed a large bead in the center of each flower. I found the material slippery so my flowers are not as neat and pretty as the ones Joni did. But I can see how Lutrador can be used in a lot of different ways in needlepoint designs. I just need more practice using it.
I want to thank Joni Stevenson for designing this lovely piece and also for allowing me to post it on my blog. See more of Joni’s designs on her website http://www.jonisdesigns.com and learn more about needlepoint stitching on her blog http://creative-stitch.blogspot.com.
I also got Baluchi framed and picked it up yesterday. Again, it’s a touch fuzzy because of the glass. The pale gold mat really lightens it up a lot – it matches the lightest shade of gold in the stitching. Since he’s so tall, I think we’ll have to hang him on the landing.
Almost nine months! I never thought it would take this long. But I’m pleased with the results and glad to have it completed at last!
If you want to see the original rug that was my inspiration, you can click here.
Approximately 13″ X 22″
25 skeins of thread – 16 of Vineyard Silk, 7 of Trio, and 2 of Impressions
I’ve lightly pressed it after having it on scroll bars all this time. It still needs a little more before I can take it to be framed. Now to work on the smaller projects that I have downstairs that need to be completed and one that I’ve just started.
All finished! The first step for the center was creating all the Jessicas with Kreinik Braid. The center of the section was done with Frosty Rays using the Amadeus stitch, then the gold Kreinik was filled in. The background of the center was done with Patina, a rayon thread that I do not care for. I don’t plan on using it ever again. But I finally got all those little stitches done. The last step was to put 5 beads in each of the little Jessicas – a bead stack. Some of mine don’t look as neat as Jim’s, but I did the best I could. Some of those beads just don’t want to sit up straight.
With this project completed, I’ve mounted the caboose for the Christmas Train by Raymond Crawford. I’ll start that tonight.
There is another Jim Wurth ornament using the same colors that I will stitch when the caboose is completed.
Finally finished – the gifts are wrapped and be-ribboned. the tree is trimmed and the background complete.
All sorts of thread used for ribbons and bows. The green package in the middle on the bottom was just an invent-as-you-go stitch using Fyre Werks Hologram. The red package to the left was done with Frosty Rays – I anchored the thread on the back then came up and then back down one thread over, leaving a large loop. On the back I grabbed the metallic thread and pulled it out of the Frosty Rays while holding just the Flair on top. Kept pulling until I had this large blob on top, then tucked the end until other threads on the back. Then I could pull the blob here and there to make it look better. The red/green package on the left was done using Memory Thread curled around my laying tool.
I sewed on the large red matte beads, the gold beads, and the red diamond cut crystals. I thought about putting on smaller beads to help fill in the space a little but decided against it. I like the look of the Leaf stitch in overdyed greens. Then I used #12 Kreinik braid to make the garland zigzag.
I’m going to take a break and do another small project before I start on the caboose to finish the train set.
It didn’t take long to finish up this ornament and I really like the colors and threads I chose.
I’m going to make the other 3 ornaments for my granddaughters for Christmas. I will be changing the colors to match the girls’ favorite colors. I’ve also decided to try Congress cloth to make them a little smaller. This ornament is a little over 4″ square. On Congress cloth they should be about 3″ square and I think that would be better. We’ll see how that works out. I’ll start the next one in a couple weeks.
I don’t have a lot of stitching time this week, so I decided yesterday afternoon to skip stitching on my other projects until this train station was completed. In order to stitch the last two trees, I would have to take the canvas off the stretcher bars and move it over. So I put together a smaller set of stretcher bars and tacked on the first side I stitched and then rolled up the rest of the canvas and took the one thread I needed and the beads and headed downstairs. I finished the canvas about 9 last night. So here is the canvas all finished, including all the beads on the trees.
The only disappointment I have about this canvas is the beads. I should have used smaller beads but don’t have the time to take them all off and order new ones. I have a hard time ordering beads online when I can’t see them and don’t know if the size and colors are right. The other problem was the gold beads – they looked so nice in their little tube. But when I started sewing them on, I found that they are clear beads with only the lining of the tube the threads goes through was painted gold. So I don’t think they show up very well on the trees.
The small roof for the clock tower was already stitched when I received this piece. I stitched the larger roof before I started on the rest of the station because I knew I wouldn’t want to go back to that after the station was stitched. And I was right.
I’m glad all the pieces are now completed and the challenge now is getting it put together. I probably won’t get to that for a few weeks, but when it’s done I’ll post photos of the finished piece.