I finally finished the dome on the second mosque yesterday and started on the next set of buildings today. Didn’t get very far though. I think I’m the Queen of Miscounting – I had to rip out the section you see in two shades of dark blue because I can’t count to five. I only did 4 rows of the darkest blue and then everything else was off by one row. Now it has been ripped out and redone correctly.
Since this project is moving so slowly, I’ve decided to only post the mandala once a month. The same will probably be true for the Border Rug as well. I’m trying to work on the outlines for the Peru Rug upstairs as well right now, since it’s easier on the larger frame. So the Border Rug is being ignored this week while I try to make some good progress on the Peru Rug.
Here is the whole mandala so far:
I taking a break from the larger projects for a few weeks and am working on smaller things that can be done in a short time. First up is the Toy Store from Hometown Holiday. I have the building done now. It looks like it’s tilting a little – probably from my counting wrong on the top floor of the building and having to rip it all out and redo it over the weekend.
I’ve started on the first of the upstairs windows so I will get them done next. Then on to the rest of the store and trees around it. I hope to finish it by the end of the week.
I also have the newest addition to the series – the Village Church. So that might be the next next little project.
I didn’t get the dome and minarets finished. I haven’t had as much time to stitch upstairs. I finished the dark blue Woven stitch above the front panels, added rows of gold and turquoise cross stitches, and completed the dark teal Rhodes stitches above that. The top of the dome goes quickly. I only have the very top left to do and then add a dark gold around the edges of the dome.
It won’t take long to get the dome finished, maybe an hour or so. The minarets have a LOT of color changes and that takes time. I’m trying to do the little bits of minaret as I finish using each color on the dome. I should still be done in just a few more days. Then I can start working on the buildings on the right side of the mosque.
This first photo is the 5 large vowels that are in the center of Band 1. That’s the strangest A I’ve ever seen. LOL These were stitched with the Algerian Eye stitch. I’ve done lots of Algerian Eyes before, but not like this. You do the first stitch to the center and then the opposite stitch to make a long slanted line. You can’t pull the thread, like I’m used to, to make a hole in the center. But they look nice.
I’ve also completed the first repeat of the border that will go down the sides and across the bottom.
I’ll complete the first band by stitching the other cluster of leaves and rosebuds. I’d like to add the first repeat of the outer border on the right side as well. Then I need to figure out the stitch that is used to separate the bands before I can start on Band 2. Right now this piece is 10 inches wide and just over 2 inches long. I have a long ways to go, but I’m enjoying it very much.
All the little boxes for the checkerboard section of the outer border have been completed. Yeah! The sampler is 17 inches long, and the rest of the border along the sides and across the bottom will be a dark blue with flowers. I’ll have some of that done by the next time I show you the sampler. The little rosebud on the left was stitched last week as an incentive to get the checkerboard section done so I could start on the first band of the sampler.
The first band has a group of leaves and rosebuds on the left and right. The center is a set of large letters done in Algerian Eyes. That’s what I’ll be working on for the next couple of weeks. And I’m very happy to say that I am having NO trouble at all stitching over 2 on 40 ct. linen. Linen no longer intimidates me. LOL
Along with cutting down on projects, I still need to get some WIPs done. So I got out the fractal to see if I could get it completed this year. This is where I was the last time I showed it to you – February of last year.
And this is where it is today – with the top of the piece completed!
I still don’t like the brown and white lines on the right – just before the large section of dark browns. I keep thinking I should tear out part of it and redo it so it looks better. We’ll see. I’ve started the next section of the middle of the design. By the time I show this to you again, I’ll have part of the off-white ring that goes around the center of the design done. It’s going very slowly since this is a section that has no more than 3-4 stitches of any one color together. Lots of colors that have just 1 or 2 stitches in the square. But I’m working on it two mornings a week and am determined to get it finished.
Still making progress. The carpet leading up to the mosque now has all its beads.
Buildings on the left – top stitching done between the arches and windows just above that are started, purple dome is done, little square where the two sets of buildings meet now has beads
Mosque – minaret on the right is done to match the one on the left, and the area above the tiled doorway is being stitched.
I want to finish all the gold top stitching on the buildings to the left of the mosque before I show you this piece again. I’m also hoping to have the bottom of the mosque done and maybe the gold top stitching. I doubt that I’ll have time to get to the dome, but I’ll try. Here is the whole piece so far.
This is one of the projects I’m working on – a new project. This sampler is designed by Theresa M. Baird. I’ve looked at hundreds of samplers in the last year or two and this is the one I fell in love with.
I’m stitching it with one strand of Needlepoint Inc. silk – over two threads on 40 ct French Vanilla linen by R & R.
The checkerboard section across the top of the sampler is now half done. It’s just over 5 inches wide right now. The little dotted line at the top, right marks the center of the design. So I treated myself with a few stitches in another color – the outline of the main part of the sampler. I only work on this a little at a time so you won’t see it too often.
Time consuming though it can be, some parts of the mandala are just gorgeous when they are done. I did the mosaic tiles at the top of the mosque door without any trouble at all this time. Yeah! (Sorry it’s a little fuzzy.)
The door and the stairs leading up to the door are also done. The dark blue dome to the left of the mosque is completed and I need to finish the purple one. I did some work on the minaret on the right. I also worked on the carpet leading up to the mosque, sewing on almost half of the beads.
Over the next two weeks, I want to finish the beads on the carpet, do the purple dome and then do all the gold top stitching on the buildings to the left of the mosque, and get some work done on the mosque as well. I’m glad to be getting work done on this each week. I know I need to keep at this so it will get completed – probably next year. I really want this.
This is as big to me as the Patchwork Needlepoint Rug. It’s getting close to 3 years that I’ve been working on it – about 30 months is my best guess. I took about 15 months off when I had surgery and then decided to finish the Patchwork Rug first.
Update: Since Jane at Chilly Hollow has posted about this, I feel I should add a comment here. I’m working on a needlepoint version now. Overdye for the border instead of brown and specialty stitches to fill in the various areas. I’ll be posting it here as I work on it, but not for another week or so.
It’ s taken some time since my computer loves to fight with me about everything. Sigh… But the pattern is now a PDF and is available on my website for $5.00.
The chart itself is 4 pages, including the center marks and an overlap area from page to page. I use colored squares and symbols on all my charts. A small sample of the chart is shown below. The design is 197 x 197 stitches.
You can find the chart on the Charted Designs page of my website here.