I’m getting there…
The house is finished and the snow around it is done.
Then I scrolled up a little and added the next section of the design.
Now there is only more section left to stitch – the top. The name needs to be stitched and a small design on each side of the name. Hope to have it done by Monday. Then I need to make it into a stocking so it can be shipped to my DIL.
It’s taken 2 weeks to get this far on the house, so it’s looking like this will be next year’s gift…
I still have 9 rows of the blue-green on each side of the peaked roof to do and a small chimney. Then lots of backstitching for the second story.
When the house is done, I still have to add little blue snowflakes, then start the top two sections. The name will be done last.
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.
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.
Small cross stitch seems to be the easiest on my hands right now, so I pulled out the next piece of the Hometown Holidays series to work on. This is the third one in the series by Diane Williams and shows a large tree with four carolers getting everyone into the holiday spirit.
The tree is stitched using overdyed floss by Crescent Colors, one for the tree and one for the dark red ornaments. I need to stitch the container that it sits in and I’ll work on that tonight and then start the carolers, one at a time.
These are such small little designs that I should have it done next week to show you. I have #4 in the series waiting it’s turn. And #5 should be sent out next month. Then I’ll have to wait until next year to add to the series.
Sorry that I’ve been so quiet. I’ve talked to my doctor about my thumb tendonitis and she agrees I’m doing all the right things, but the only way it will “heal” is to not use the thumb for a week. So how do I get dressed, shower, stitch, etc.? I’m wearing a wrist and thumb brace and it helps with the wrist part and the tendons that attach to the thumb, but moving the thumb around to do things and pick things up causes pain and sometimes PAIN. So I’ve wrapped my thumb too so it can’t move either and after just one day, I can really tell the difference. I’m going to try to keep this up until Monday and then see how the thumb is. In the meantime, I don’t see how I can get any stitching done.
I’m almost done with the Joni Stevenson piece from her workshop.
I’ve pulled out stitches on my Mini Rug so I can change one of the colors – didn’t like the look of the pink I was using and it’s now gone.
I’ve worked on the fractal but no where near done with a page yet.
And I’ve started a cross stitch stocking for my DIL. I started just below the middle and I’m trying to work my way down to the bottom, doing a little from each row to get the line spacing done correctly. When I get to the bottom row, I’ll get one row at a time completely finished and then scroll up to work on the top half. Eventually, there will be a horse pulling the sleigh, Season’s Greetings will be added to the row with the dark green leaves and gold trim, etc. I’m hoping to continue the scroll section that has been started in blue/green over the next few days with just my right hand and a floor stand to hold it tight. Wish me luck.
In the meantime, I’m playing a few games on the mini iPad and doing a ton of reading – no left hand required for either one. Never thought I’d get tired of reading, but I think it’s getting close right now.
This is my first time stitching on 25 ct Lugana over 1 thread. It really took me a while to get used to it and get a strategy going. I got very little done the first 1-2 Sundays I worked on this, but things are getting better. Two Sundays in a row now, I’ve been able to complete 3 little squares of 100 stitches. So I have my first update to show you.
This little square of 40 stitches by 40 stitches measures just over 1.5 inches square. That’s tiny but it’s a start. There are 14 different colors in the background for this piece and I’m hoping it will be a real knockout when it’s all done. It’s 140 stitches across the top, so I have a ways to go.
I won’t show this piece very often, since it will be just the background for quite a while. I’d like to be able to get these four squares done all the way across the top by the end of the year, but I’m not sure that will happen. A little farther to the right I’ll be able to start the hat. Looking forward to that since it will use different colors. Here’s a photo of Father Christmas and Cats from Heaven and Earth Designs to remind you of what it will look like when it’s done. You can see how much background I still have left to stitch!
Just over two months and this little project is complete. It’s 12″ wide and 9″ tall.
I finished the passenger car and the beginning portion of the second one. Then I started on the top stitching, finishing windows, signs, lightening rods, and the walkway around the top of the water tower. That left the small branches and the tons of French Knots for the two trees. I finished everything just before lunch.
One thing off the To Do List. I’ll have two more finishes for you over the next couple of days. They’re both very close to being done. Hope to finish one tonight. The challenge now is NOT to start something new right away. I need to get a few more things done before I start any new projects.
I’ve been alternating between stitching the train and getting some of the top stitching done this past week. The fence on the left side has been stitched, the Barber poll and sign are done, the wood planking along the front of the stores is almost done and the bookstore is complete. The train engine and tender are now complete as well.
I hope to get this completely finished by this time next week, so I’ll have to put in a little extra time each day. There is a passenger car and part of a second one to stitch, the top stitching for the ticket office, the stairs and a few other little details. Then I can scroll back up to the top. I’ll have some stitching to do on the windows, two signs, and then the small branches and French Knots for the two large trees.
I’ve finished another page and notice that some of the curved lines are more jagged on this side of the middle line – so I’m not too happy. I may get the courage to rip out a few stitches here and there and try to fix it up a little. Maybe.
I’m going to finish going across the top now – only about 65 stitches left to complete the top. I’ll do 40 stitches going down to match the section that I just finished. This project doesn’t move very fast since I only work on it once or twice a week.