Cross Stitch Update – November 2017

The last month has not been kind. With the fires early in October, we didn’t feel like doing anything except worry and plan an exit if we needed it (thankfully, we didn’t need to leave).

I wasn’t interested in working on any of the projects that I had been working on, so I started a new one – Love You More. I was happily stitching away, starting in the middle with the word “you” and then started on the word “Love” that was just to the left. As I started on the Capital L I noticed that I was running out of room and wouldn’t have room for the borders. So I stopped to figure it out. I guess I assumed that the piece was a square and it wouldn’t matter which way I started my stitching. But it is wider than it is tall and I had started stitching in the wrong direction. So I spent several days frogging it all out – ove you. So now I have restarted and here is my progress so far:

The little piece on the left is the start of the letter “e ” in love.

And that didn’t end the problems either. I pick up the Norfolk Sampler on the weekends, trying a little at a time to get it completed. So I pulled it out one Saturday and it didn’t look quite right. The last thing I worked on the last time it was out – the border on the right side. Then I figured out what was wrong – the blue background was a different shade of blue that had to be frogged out and restitched. I have finally finished the band I was working on!

So I’m now starting on the last band and the border which will run across the bottom too. The first octagon is outlined. There will be more colors around each octagon and then they will be filled in with designs done over 1 thread like the verse that was stitched last year. This will be slow going.

The last piece is the cat stocking that I’m doing for myself – it will NOT be done in time for Christmas this year. But I’ll keep working on it and get it done, hopefully before I have to start on the two stockings for new granddaughters next year.

I had the toe done last month and the heel is almost done but needs backstitching. The blue and green gift box is done and I’ve just started the top of the box. The cat will look better when the back stitching is done. I love these two kitties – just like Julius and Daisy who died. When this section is done, then I’ll start working my up the stocking, with more kitties to come.

Then the last “bad” news. My right hand is hurting again. I’ve done a wax treatment for 3 evenings now, but if I try to stitch it makes my hand hurt again. So I haven’t stitched since Friday evening. It’s driving me crazy to see all my projects and know I can’t do any stitching on them. I tried yesterday and gave up after about 20 minutes. So I need to take a few more days off before I try again.

So I’ve been reading, pulling threads for the cross stitch stocking for little Emmi next year, ordering thread for the needlepoint stocking that I showed in the post about Barbara Fox that I’ll stitch for little Penelope next year, finding some new pasta recipes to try, getting my To Do list for 2018 stitching ready, etc. But I’m bored!!!! I’ll try a little stitching on Wed. and see how things go.

The rest of this year will be much better – I’m sure of that!! Happy stitching everyone!

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Barbara Fox Needlepoint Closing

This is a 21″ stocking by Barbara Fox on 13 ct mesh. I bought this for our new granddaughter Penelope. I’ll be stitching it for next year.

While I was browsing the web last week, I decided to visit Barbara’s website again to see what other canvases she had. I love the two trees that are shown on her New page. I saw a note at the bottom of her home page that says she is closing her needlepoint business. I wrote to her to see if she had one of the tree canvases that I really liked (she didn’t) and another Christmas stocking (which she had on 13 and 18 ct). I bought the 13 ct. one! She no longer has time to do the needlepoint designs – too busy with other projects. I hate to see her go.

Her website is:      http://www.barbarafoxneedlepoint.com

She is selling all the stock she has on hand, so do a little browsing and see if you can pick up some beautiful, new canvases at a discount.

She has a lot of flower, garden, teddy bear, and Christmas canvases (ornaments and a few stockings). Just send her an email with the number and name of the canvas you would like to purchase and she’ll get back to you and let you know if she has it in stock and what the cost will be. I paid with PayPal.  (This was written with her permission.)

Hope you find something you’ll love to stitch!

Needlepoint Update – November 2017

I’ve worked on the same 4 projects this month as last month. I finished the stitching on the little gingerbread house ornament, but haven’t made it into a house yet. The ornaments that go along the bottom and around the door had little dots of white in the center. I stitched them as Jessicas and put a white bead in the center. The round windows were also done with Jessicas.

I continued to work on the ABC canvas for the granddaughter due in Feb. I’ve gotten a few more letters and matching items done. I’d like to finish these top 3 rows this month, which is really pushing it.

It doesn’t look like I got a lot done on the ASOW tall ship. I worked on the masts first, getting the one on the left done and half of the center one. The two crow’s nests are done (brown and white) and you’ll also notice that there are smaller ones higher up (golden brown and black). I’ve also completed 5 more rows of the sky on the left and a little extra work on several rows to the left of the masts to make way for more of the rigging.

Checking the photo of the entire piece, I found that I’m actually about half done now!! Here is the whole piece so far (minus a tiny bit of the top):

And finally the Persian Qum rug. The bottom right corner is finished and I’ve started working up the right side of the outer border. I’ve also started the next two parts of the design – the archway and it’s border. The branches have been started on both sides and the first two repeats of the arch border are done. I’ve added a few leaves on the left and one flower. I need to decide if the flower stitch (Jessica with a Smyrna Cross center) will work and if it is the right size. There will be 5-6 of them along this branch to be repeated another inch or so up the branch and in a different color. Just stitched this flower today so I can look at it as I work on other areas to see if I like it. The rug is 13.5″ wide and will grow to about 20″ when done.

This month I want to get two repeats of the blue motif up both sides and get about 2-3″ of the arch done on both sides. (That might be wishful thinking on my part)

Cross Stitch Update – October 2017

I haven’t stitched all week because of concerns with the wildfires here.

I haven’t made a lot of progress on cross stitch projects over the last month. I’ve only worked on two projects (after I finished a wedding gift and got it in the mail). The Norfolk Diligence Sampler still isn’t getting much attention. It was here last time you saw it:

I was hoping to have this row completed by now, but haven’t worked on it this week at all. Here it is now:

I’m hoping I can get back to stitching next week and finish this row. The green lines across the bottom are the tops of the 5 octagons that will finish the sampler. I also have to stitch the border across the bottom. All the work inside the octagons is done over 1 thread and I know that will be slow going for me.

I also worked on my stocking. Here it is today:

The toe is now finished and all the backstitching is done except for the cat’s blue collar. I’ve started moving to the right toward the heel now. The red at the bottom is a large red gift box that will have a sleeping cat on top.

Yesterday, when things looked and felt better around here concerning the fire, I decided I should try to do some stitching. Nothing grabbed my attention, so I pulled out something new. It’s called Love You Still from Glendon Place.

I’ve changed all the colors and it will be stitched in blue for the lettering and rust/gold/golden brown colors with the decorations around the outside. I decided to start in the middle and stitch Love You Still first. I didn’t get very far – for the word you – the O is done and the start of the U.

It’s being stitched on 32 ct sandcastle from Silkweaver.

My mind is so scattered by the fire, emails from my sons, etc. every day – but I’m starting to get 15-20 minutes of focus on stitching a couple times a day. It’s a start.

Update on Northern California Fires

I’m okay and it looks like we’ll be able to stay in our home without threats of fire – unless the wind changes direction over the next 24 hours or so. The wind will be increasing in strength as well, but not the 70 mph winds that ripped through northern Santa Rosa Sunday night into Monday morning.

over 2800 homes destroyed so far in Santa Rosa and many more in other cities and counties nearby

Sonoma and Napa counties are home to hundreds of wineries and are a tourist destination for people all over the world. Some wineries have been destroyed and many more damaged. It’s harvest season and some types of grapes have not been harvested yet. Those that have been picked are now in large fermentation vats to start the process of becoming wine. But these vats are carefully heat controlled and electricity is off in large areas of the two counties. Very bad news for the industry.

And it hasn’t stopped yet either. The fires are burning up to the north now from Santa Rosa to Calistoga, Geyserville, etc. The city of Napa is threatened by fires to it’s east and west. Overnight 5 smaller fires joined together to form a larger one, but the firefighters say that’s good since there aren’t as many perimeters to deal with. So it’s not over. They’re hoping to have the fires contained and “out” by Nov. 1st.

Firefighters from other states have arrived and from Australia even! So containment of the fires has begun and will hopefully continue a little more each day.

My hope is that all our friends and neighbors in these two counties (and others counties where fires have expanded) are safe and unharmed.

Northern California Fires

Things have been very stressful here yesterday and today. Just to fill you in –

I live in Santa Rosa, CA which was hit by a massive, very fast moving fire Sunday night into Monday. This effected the north side of the city since it was moving south from Calistoga, CA. Over 500 homes destroyed, over 20 businesses – two huge hotels, K-Mart, lots of restaurants. No containment at this time, but it is actively being worked on.

A new finger from a Napa fire is now spreading to Oakmont, an older adult community. Overnight hundred of firefighters moved to that area, hoping to prevent those homes from being destroyed.

I live 4-5 miles south of the main fire and 4 miles west of the Oakmont area, so we’re safe so far. The air is still very smoky and we have been told to stay inside as much as possible and keep doors and windows closed.

Also, there are fires in Mendocino and Napa counties. They are spreading with no containment. This is devastating, so lots of positive thoughts for everyone is appreciated.

Needlepoint Update – October 2017

I didn’t work on the Purple Heron this past month at all. I was focused on the ASOW Tall Ship.

I finished most of the sky around the top of the rigging. So I scrolled the canvas to see what was next. Oh dear – this is a VERY tall ship.

What I thought was the poop deck of the ship itself is evidently the crow’s next (two actually) and the next four inches is lots more masts, crossbeams, and rigging. You can see a tiny man standing on one of the crossbeams on the right side. This boat is huge!!

I also worked on the new Persian Qum Rug. I didn’t quite get all the way across the bottom of the rug. I still have some of the small motifs that need to be finished and lots of background. I want to get two of the blue motifs done on each side before I start on the center of the rug. I should have some of that for you next month.

I always have an ornament going – something to pick up easily when I’m not in the mood for the larger pieces. This one is a tiny gingerbread house that I should be able to finish this month and add it to the pile to finish off before Christmas.

And finally I picked up a new canvas that Michelle at Come to the Point was able to get for me. This is an Alice Peterson ABC piece for the granddaughter who will arrive the end of February. I hope to have it done to ship to them before the baby is born.


I still haven’t decided how to approach the canvas. It’s mounted on stretcher bars that are 16″ X 20″. The design is actually 12 X 16. I’m using #5 perle cotton for the entire design. Easy stitching for when I’m watching TV in the evenings.

I started with some of the dark yellow border, did the balloons on the left corner, then started the A. I spend a little time each evening filling in the white background. The As and apple are now finished. I did the Ds on Sunday evening but needed to decide on the colors of beige and brown for the duck, so I gave up for the night.

I’m not liking the lighter yellow balloon and the As – I’m thinking that I should outline the pale items with a darker yellow and see if that looks better. Once I start outlining letters, I’ll probably have to outline all of them – still thinking about it.

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