It’s been a couple months since you saw this piece, and I still haven’t finished Page 6. The top floor of the mansion is finished. I have backstitched the three chimneys and added two rows of light brown from Page 7 so I could outline the first window and its shutters. I just couldn’t wait to see how it would look. The rest will get done when the house is finished – when Pages 7 and 8 are done. I’ve also stitched most of the flowers on the right side border. I have one more white flower to stitch. I have to put the white petals on another one as well.
I’m working on the night sky and moon too. The moon is done and I hope to get the rest of that done this weekend.
Besides finishing the night sky and one more white flower, there are still a couple more little details to the right of the small roof – plants, but a little different from the ones on the left. This panel with the house is all I’ve worked on this year so far and I can’t believe how slow it’s going. I just don’t have as much time to stitch right now.
I finally have another ornament completed. This is the last of the ornaments that have been in my stash for several years waiting for me to get to them.
The body was stitch in Basketweave with black Fyre Werks. Frye Werks was also used for the blue and white parts of this hat and scarf. Neon Rays + for the red parts and outlined with dark red Grandeur thread. His tummy is Petite Sparkle Rays. The hat is French Knots and the shoes are Basketweave using Pebbly Perle.The skis are #5 perle cotton, outlined with a darker brown. A little silver Kreinik did the spots on the ground and the gray to separate his arms from his body. The snow across the bottom wasn’t there on the canvas, but I felt there should be a little snow -stitched with white Frosty Rays. The background isn’t very visible, but it’s stitched with pale blue #8 Kreinik braid using the T Stitch.
The next ornament to be stitched is one my DH asked for. I’ll let you try to figure that one out (no, it isn’t a train!)
Each animal is so cute and that makes this fun to stitch! But I haven’t had as much time to stitch lately. This may not get done until after the baby is born.
I’ve been very careful with the backstitching, but some parts just don’t look all that great. I outlined the A twice. This second time looks better, but I’m still not loving it.
5 down and 21 more to go!! I’m hoping that there are a lot of smaller animals coming up so it will move along a little faster.
I’ll move across the top now and then down the right side to finish the top half of the design. OK bird – you’re next.
It’s been a month, and while I didn’t stitch on this often, I did make some good progress.
I finished the beige and brown building on the far right. Today I completed the terra cotta building to the left of it as well. A part of the terra cotta building sticks up on top of the brown building and evidently the Griradelli sign is attached to its roof. I won’t be stitching the sign until I can scroll up again.
Next up is to finish the sand colored building to the left and above the terra cotta one, the light gray building, the brown one on the very left and the first section of the bell tower. When all that is done, I can scroll the canvas and start the top third – bell tower, sign and sky. I’m getting there, 3 hours per week.
With a new granddaughter due in July and my youngest saying he wants to start his family this year, I’ve been on a bit of a spending spree this month. I want to be able to give the new grandchildren an ornament each year, like I’ve done for the 3 granddaughters I already have. They got their last ones this past December.
These two ornaments I’ve had in my stash for years – since 2012. I wanted to kit up some smaller pieces to stitch while I wasn’t able to get around much the end of that year (hip replacement surgery). The red and white one was stitched then, but the black cat was just barely started. It’s now finished. Both of these ornaments are from Kathy Schenkel.
I wasn’t sure how I would feel in the weeks following surgery, so I stitched this with #5 perle cotton and mostly Basketweave.
I stitched this companion piece with #5 perle and Basketweave as well. I felt this one needed whiskers so I added them with white #4 Kreinik braid. The thread has a metallic filament in it, so it looks greenish. I really like how that turned out.
More ornaments are here and waiting their turn with the needles. And I have 6 more on order from various shops that had trunk sales this month. I’ll stitch them up, probably one a month. As I get the finishing done, I’ll tuck them away in a box until Christmas each year. Then I can select one for each of the new grandchildren. I also want to do some cross stitch ones and Mill Hill beaded ones. I think I’ll be busy for quite a while on this project!
I’ve been working on the Ripples stitch on the sky yesterday and today. I’m stitching with the canvas turned upside down so it’s easier to reach, working right to left. I anchor the threads in the unstitched gray border using an L stitch. They’ll be covered up with the gray border when I get around to stitching it. And look how nicely it goes around the heron’s head! (Purely by accident too)
Next Friday and Saturday, I’ll continue by going down the right side (as you’re looking at it) and filling in all of that side. The next week I’ll work on the left side. I’m stitching right over the tall grasses. I’ll stitch on top of the Ripple stitch when I get to them (probably the last thing I’ll do on this canvas.) I’m using two plies of Waterlilies (one from the old skein and one from the new skein) to give a light touch to the sky – not something heavy. I want the colors painted on the canvas to show through. Here is all the sky that is done, not a lot but it’s going faster now that I know the pattern.
I wanted this done by April 15th, but put the final stitches into the border last night. Not bad.
Here is a photo of the original color scheme by Gitta.
And here is my version:
This was stitched on Congress cloth using #8 perle cotton. I used up two balls completely and about half of the other colors. The overdye was Needle Necessities – one skein was completely used and I needed just one more thread from the second skein to finish it up last night.
I’m thinking that a rectangular pillow would be great on the living room sofa. (I really need to start tackling that stack of finishing!)