My synapses were firing away on design ideas one night last week. At 2-4 AM!!! It seems I want to do designs from ceramics along with rugs now. Don’t ask – I don’t know why. So I’ve been browsing the web and saving photos of some inspiration. I’ve decided to start with Hopi pottery after finding photos like the two below.
Since we are desperate for rain here in Northern California, I’ve put together a design what will represent my rain dance, hoping that we’ll get some rain soon. We’re 18 inches behind the normal for this time of the year.
Then to complicate things just a little more, my mind has decided that it needs to be a cross stitch design! I’ll get the threads that I don’t have already when I go to Needle in a Haystack in another week. So stay tuned….
Kitty’s Gift is a Mill Hill bead kit about 2″ square. Since we don’t do a big tree anymore, this will be perfect on our little tree next year. My first finish for 2014.
All the cross stitch is done first and then the beads are added. There are two pieces and they are stitched side by side on the heavy perforated paper. I got the bow done correctly, but it just doesn’t want to look as nice as the one in the photo. Still, I had no problems with the beading so my confidence is growing in that department.
This morning I just had to carefully cut around the two pieces, attached a leaf charm to the hat and then attach the hat to the cat’s head – at a tilt. No, there isn’t any brown on the ball of fluff on the end of the hat – it’s just the shadow from the flash on the camera.
Isn’t he adorable? I enjoyed this so much that I’m going to order two more to do later in the year. Who knew I could enjoy beading?
I seem to be moving in slow motion, but I just finish the Sweet Shop and wanted to show you. This will be my last finish for the year, making it 26 projects completed.
I love these little pieces by Diane Williams. They are fun and quick to stitch. I look forward to more of them to stitch next fall. I’ve decided not to take the time to finish them as boxes right now. They won’t be done for Christmas so I’ll wait till next month to do that.
Now for a few days off while I decide what to work on next. I know it will be needlepoint, but I have quite a few things waiting for me.
Happy Holidays to everyone!!
This is the last piece of this series that I will stitch this year. There will be more in the series next fall.
I’m close to half done right now, and love the striped awning on the shop windows.
The shop obviously need a door and a roof, so I’ll work on those next. Then I’ll need to add the tree to the left side and lots of snow here and there. I hope to have this done by the end of the week.
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.