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.
A Little Bit of Happiness by Peggy Carstens was the program for CyberPointers this month. We were to do the outlines for the areas first and I got about half of it all done when I decided I wanted to work on something else for a change of pace. I did the center section using Fiesta Watercolors, DMC floss #3776 and Kreinik #4 in color #094. With that done, I went back and completed the outlines.
The area around the center was stitched with the same Kreinik #4 and DMC floss #3809. The next step is to finish the area around the dark turquoise. Stay tuned.
Not a lot of progress on this piece. I started the next band, but decided that I didn’t like the color at all! It looks too red and doesn’t go well with the pale rose in the band below it.
I search my stash and couldn’t find any other purple shades that I could use. So I went to the Internet and searched for conversion charts for Needlepoint Inc silk and found one that gives DMC color equivalents. I took the numbers of several colors from that chart and then went to a conversion chart for DMC to Splendor, and wrote down some colors that should work. Amazing how each chart didn’t have all the colors from any of the companies though. But I got 2 numbers to work with.
Looking at the Splendor color family charts, it was hard to really make a decision for a lighter and a darker shade using only online charts – colors can vary a lot. So I placed an order for 4 cards of Splendor from Come to the Point, a shop in San Rafael, CA that is about 45 minutes south of me on Tuesday and they were here yesterday (Thanks Michelle!). Two of the colors looked a little too blue and the other two look great. I pulled out the stitches above the dark teal line and restitched it with the new color below.
Then I started the next part of the new band to make sure everything would look okay. I have three shades of Purple Pansy family from Needlepoint Inc Silk but there isn’t enough distinction from one number to the next and there isn’t a very light shade available for this family, so I’m having to work around the middle shade that I have a lot of in my stash. I’m hoping that I can move along a lot faster now and have another update for you at the beginning of next week.
After the ANG Seminar last month, Joni Stevenson made a stop in Santa Rosa to do a workshop with our local chapter. We spent a great day with Joni, learning some new techniques for our stitching and starting her small piece called Medieval Medley. As usual for a workshop, we talked about a lot of the areas to be stitched, got started on many of them, and learned how to complete the piece on our own.
Joni painted the two canvases that we will use to finish this design. If you look carefully, you can see that we sewed a piece of tinted netting onto the canvas behind the three diamonds that have been stitched just below the center of the canvas. That was one new technique we learned. Now that I’ve completed some projects, this piece is one I try to work on each day. I’ve completed several of the sections that we started, added the green Scotch stitches around the sides and bottom and added the Mosaic stitches using Stef Francis Spun Silk with Flames overdyed thread. Now I’m working on the section at the bottom that was started with a violet Impressions.
When the Impressions stitching is done, I’ll work on the empty spaces. You can see that I’ve started on Step 1 by stitching a + in Kreinik green braid. Lots more to come.
I’ll show you this piece again when I have it completed – about two weeks I think. It’s a pretty piece and I look forward to each section of the design as I get to it. More things to learn…..
Thank you Joni for allowing me to show your Medieval Medley on my blog.
I corrected the problem with the first crescent and quickly got the other 3 done in white Flair as well. Then it was on to Jessicas – lots of them. I’ve never stitched a Jessica over another stitch before and when I had the two finished over the Crescents in the center, they didn’t look right. So I ripped them out carefully and redid them. They look great this time. The rest of the area was filled in with 4-Way Continental in silver Kreinik braid. I added the beads Monday afternoon and like the Arcadia ornament in the same colors, my bead stacks just don’t look like Jim’s. Sometimes after they are sewn on, you can pinch them with your fingers and they’ll look better. That didn’t seem to work this time either.
I’ve never been fond of beadwork, and I obviously need more practice. This is the last of the three projects I finished over the weekend – this, Riverbank, and Square 11 of the big rug. I’ll be quiet for a few days now while I get back to work on other projects that have been started.
I’m making good progress on this ornament. I finished the Sprat’s Heads on the other “corners.” Then I moved on to other areas. The third area from the left on top and the second area from the left on the bottom are stitched exactly the same, but the layers are reversed. On top, silver lines of Kreinik braid were laid down and then stitched over with gold Kreinik cross stitches. On the bottom, gold was laid down first and then stitched with silver. The other two areas were stitched the same, but the bottom was turned 90 degrees.
Then I moved to the areas on the left and the right. One set was stitched like the top, using silver first on the left and using gold first on the right. The other two areas were stitched the same but slanted differently.
You can see that I started the center too, but it’s wrong. I messed up somewhere and will take it out tonight and start over. If my threads hold out, I’ll have this finished in a few days. I know I’m close to running out of several threads and don’t have a LNS nearby. Cross your fingers.
Since these ornaments are quick to stitch, I decided to get another thing off my To Do List. This is Monrovia and it’s done in the same colors as Arcadia that I did a few months ago. This is my 9th one in the series.
Though it’s only 5″ around, it took me 3 tries to get the outline correct. You’d think I could do it in my sleep by now. When the outline was done in Smyrna Crosses, I continued to work the divisions on the inside with Smyrna Crosses. The last stitch in each Smyrna done in the center was done with #12 Kreinik gold braid.
The last ornament Arcadia had pairs of areas that were done the same, but with different threads. This one has more area divisions. The next step was to create 4 identical areas. Rows of parallel lines where stitched with #12 Kreinik gold and then couched down with pale gray Elegance. The four areas all have this part done. The last step in this set is to do a Sprat’s Head over each area with white Neon Rays. I have one of those completed. I’ll finish the other three and then move on to the next set of four small areas to be done.
I’ll post again next week when I’m farther along with the piece.
I spent the last two evenings doing French Knots for the three wreaths in the caboose windows. But it’s worth it. The little caboose is now finished and can join the engine and gift car. The windows were stitched with pale blue Water N’ Ice and the bows were stitched with red Flair. I stitched the dark red decorations with red Snow and sewed on the red crystals before I did the French Knots so that I could fill in over any red that wasn’t covered by the decorations. Like the wreath on the Engine, the French Knots were stitched with two colors of Wildflowers. I did most of the knots with the darker green and then went back and filled in spaces with the lighter green.
Now I have to decide how to do the finishing. All three pieces of the train are the same size – 7.5″ wide and 6″ tall. I think I’d like them done as stand-ups so I need to get busy soon. I wanted to get a lot of finishing done myself this summer and I haven’t done much. For the next few weeks, I might take some time off from stitching each day to get some of that done.
Moving along now. Just a few more stitches and I’ll have two of the wheels done. The background has moved along as well.
Then I did the bows on the three wreaths using Flair and started on the window background using Water ‘N Ice. I’ll finish the wreaths as soon as I have the wheels and background done this evening. So I should have it all done by next week. I can’t wait to have this three piece train completed.
Making a little progress each week now. The windows have been edged in black Splendor so I can start working on the background for the windows. And I’ve finished the bottom of the car as well. Pale beige Neon Rays for the design in the middle, red and black Neon Rays for the bottom and Kreinik #12 braid for the gold lines in the center using the Van Dyke stitch.
A little more background was also completed, but I need to work on those wheels before I can go much further. (I forgot to end that last thread before the photo was taken. Sorry.)