I’ve started a new project (and I know I shouldn’t since I have so much going on already). I’ve wanted to do this piece for years so I’m happy to get it underway. I actually had everything in my stash except the Watercolors. The colors will work well with our master bedroom and I’m going to finish it as a stand-up piece when it is done. I’m outlining it brown as I go and will back it with brown fabric.
You start by tracing the shape of the cat onto your Congress Cloth and then stitching the head.
Then you start to work on the body of the cat. Your first stitch is a very large Rhodes stitch in Kreinik braid – in the center of the body, but off to one side a little. The diagrams for stitches are excellent, and she starts you out telling you the first few steps. You decide which thread and color you want to use for each step. That way your cat doesn’t look exactly like anyone else. After you’ve done about 6 steps, she turns you loose to design and stitch on your own. I’ve been looking at the large photo of the body to decide how to proceed so far and I’ve changed colors from those she chose for each of the steps so far. I’m using the colors she has listed but changing things up a little. The large Rhodes stitch was done in blue in the model and I’m chosen to use a bronze color instead.
It’s going to be a fun stitch, but I’m putting it away for a few weeks now. I have other things to finish up and this will be my incentive to get things done so I can get back to it.
My Kreinik thread came earlier this week and I got right to work. I pulled out the silver on two squares of the teal version and restitched with the same Kreinik as the others – a pale green.
Then I completed the last square on the purple version.
I had started the pink and black one, so that got finished next. (Just noticed that one square is missing a bright pink filler. Will get that done after lunch. Don’t you hate it when you post photos and then find a mistake?)
Then I decided that I wanted one myself, but we don’t do a big tree anymore. So I chose to stitch on Congress cloth and make just two squares. It will be finished as a small pillow with just a tiny bit of stuffing. I used overdyed floss for the Amadeus Daggers, silver Kreinik for the shiny stitches, and #12 red perle for the little fillers.
I hope to have them all make up as squares and my little pillow next week. I’ll be sure to post them when they are all done. Which is your favorite? I certainly can’t decide which one I like best!
I’m finally working on the last of the 12 dodecagon ornaments by Jim Wurth. And would you believe – the first thread it told me to use was Grandeur G-822, the thread that is has been discontinued. So I pulled out my Splendor silk in the same number and went to work. It worked just fine. After doing the outline in Splendor and silver Kreinik, I started on the next 3 steps, all using gold and red Kreinik braid in various sizes.
This is the one that was supposed to be done on red canvas, but I used that on the last one. So this is on black and will be a little darker because some of the canvas shows through. I think it will still turn out well, with lots more gold and red. The photo doesn’t show how bright the gold is.
Lots more to do in the center next. I’ll be back with this one next week. On to the purple Threedles ornament tonight.
I haven’t worked on this much, but need to get busy and finish filling in all those diamonds. I’ve only done 6 so far. My color scheme is yellow, turquoise, and bright blue. There will be a little off-white and white, but not very much. Here are the ones I’ve done so far.
I’ve used Fyre Werks Holigram turquoise straight stitches on the very top one, then large cross stitches over that in yellow. Below that is Framed Mosaic using #4 Kreinik braid for the Mosaic stitches and an over dyed yellow thread. The bright blue to the right is the Arrowhead stitch, using El Molina rayon thread for the bright blue, and light yellow floss for the other stitches. The next row has the Ashley stitch on the left, done with Kreinik ribbon and Sparkle Rays. To the right of that is Vertical Wave stitch using an over dyed turquoise thread and bright yellow Vineyard Silk. The last one on the bottom is Twisted Cross and Ray stitches. The Twisted Cross is done in yellow Flair and the Ray stitch is done in El Molino rayon thread in blue. I have a long way to go, and I know that I won’t be using 124 different stitches – there will be a lot of repeats. This is great way to use up lots of small amounts of thread from my stash. I have a large bag of threads, many of them with just a few yards. I hope to use up at least half of all those colors.
Here is the rug so far. You can see that I have a lot to do. See you next month with this rug – hoping to have at it half done by then.
I had a photo that I took before I started the last 10 steps of this piece, but it got erased when the computer crashed a week ago. So here we are with the finale.
The zigzags were created by layering Grandeur, Frosty Rays, Kreinik braid, and Fyre Werks – each thread laid next to the last one. The rectangles around that are Gobelin with dark red Grandeur every other rectangle and then silver and dark red Kreinik braid for the rest of them. The last area around the tassels was done with laid Grandeur and Kreinik braid that were tacked down with stitches over two threads using Kreinik and Marlitt. The 48 Jessicas around the center now have 5 silver beads per Jessica. That was the last step.
So number 11 of this set of 12 dodecagons is complete. I didn’t notice until I was half done that THIS one was supposed to be stitched on black canvas. Since no canvas is visible now that it’s done, I don’t think that is a problem. Coronation is the last of the set – supposed to be stitched on red and will now be on black canvas. I’ll start on that one in a week or two.
I’ve been stitching each day but not making enough progress on things to show you. Finally got the center finished and started the next step so I could show it to you.
Around the center from last time, I stitched 8 points stars in pale gray Elegance and then did a Ray stitch over them with red Marlitt. The four corners were padded with Grandeur and satin stitched over that with red Splendor. The last step in the middle was to do Four Way Continental in the space between the center and the stars with Kreinik silver braid #8.
I have just started the next step – 48 Jessicas done in #8 Kreinik braid in dark red. Next will be to fill in the open areas between the Jessicas and the completed center with Sprats Heads. I haven’t looked ahead to see what comes next. I only pull out about 5 pages at a time. There’s quite a ways to go still.
I want to show you the final three areas before I show the whole piece. I love the little Theresicas in medium turquoise Impressions with a small X in Kreinik braid. This stitch is from Suzie’s Stitches volume 2. The Rhodes stitches in the diamonds were stitched with two shades of turquoise Impressions, a signature stitch of mine. The last set of hexagons around the outside of the piece are Ray stitches that meet in the middle done in Vineyard Silk, Jessicas stitched with Elegance and a copper bead inside each Jessica. I can’t believe how fast this stitched up – and how much fun I had choosing the stitches and getting it all finished up! I’ll get started on stitching instructions right away and hope to have them ready for purchase in a week or so. My only regret on this design is that the overdye only had two colors. I love the way it turned out since I love rust and turquoise! But I wonder if it would be better with an overdye that had 3 colors – more variations in colors to use. Also – if you are a person who wants everything to be exact and balanced, this design might not make you happy. The hexagons are not exactly “true.” They appear to be correct, but can be off a little. The stitches I chose for the hexagons help to keep the illusion of being exact. Just to let you know ahead of time. Update – I had promised that I would show you the two versions (cross stitch and needlepoint) side by side. Here they are.
Nain Diamond Cross Stitch – 2014