Cross Stitch Update – March 2018

Only worked on two projects over the last month. The first is Norfolk Diligence Sampler where I completed another page and only have 1 more page to go. I need to add my name on the top half of the center octagon and then stitch the last two octagons facing them in the opposite direction. I will get this done this year! It’s taking me forever.

The other project is the stocking for Emmi, who is one month old now.

This is the stocking that I am making for her. I started in the middle of the stocking and I’m working my way down the left side to do the little stocking. Then I can do the bear on the right side. Here is where I am today:

While you are reading this, I’m visiting my new little granddaughter. I hope I get to spend a lot of time cuddling her. Also want a bunch of photos to bring home with me. I wish they lived closer so I could see her more often.

When I get home, another event is happening. Just two days later my DH is having a knee replacement. So it’s going to be a busy month. Not sure if any stitching will get done this month. We’ll see.


Needlepoint Update – February 2018

I’ve worked on these two projects this month:

Teddy Bear Stocking by Barbara Fox

– I finished stitching the light colored wood floor and worked on Christmas lights and ornaments. The Christmas lights are stitched with Sparkle Rays. The red ornament on the left was stitched with red Snow and flowers are Lazy Daisy stitch with Kreinik #12 braid. The ornament on the right was stitched with green ribbon floss and silver Kreinik ribbon, using the Scotch stitch – I used the Kreinik ribbon for the longest stitch.

I’ll try to complete all of the things on the light-colored floor in March, work on the darker section of the floor, and hopefully start the first teddy bear.

The other project is C A T by Cheryl Schaeffer. This is moving along well now. The three balls of yarn were a challenge to figure out. I finally decided to Basketweave them with variegated Pepper Pot Silk (very subtle shading) and then “wrap” long strands around to imitate a ball of yarn. Finished the pink one last night. I still have the strands that fall down the letter, but I want all the white background filled in first. Then I can stitch the cat.

This one reminds me of holding skeins of yarn while my mother wound up the yarn into balls. I did that a lot! I want to get this one finished in March and then I can start on the letter A. (just noticed a problem just to the left of the cat – I’ll get that fixed tonight)

I’ve also decided to work on the Qum rug upstairs one week each month, but I didn’t get enough done to show you this month.

ABC Framed

I finally got this back from the framer’s. Supposed to be two weeks and was over 3 when I got it. Took it to UPS and sent it little Emmi! She’ll have it tomorrow.

Sorry about the little white thing under the Y. It’s hard to get a good photo of a piece with Masterpiece glass.

I love the pale lavender mat – nothing else seemed to work with all the colors (and it’s Mommie’s favorite color so I know she won’t mind at all!). Her room will be painted a light gray with white, pale pink, and pale green. Don’t know what pattern they’re using. I hope to see it next month when I go to visit for a week.


Cross Stitch Update – February 2018

Progress, but not a lot this past month. I had hoped by this time of the year, I would have both of these projects done, but it’s just not happening. I finally have my hands feeling better, but can’t stitch for more than an hour in the morning (needlepoint) and afternoon (cross stitch).

I worked on Norfolk Diligence on weekends and completed another octagon and a little more of the bottom border. I finished outlining the other 3 octagons – the middle one is almost ready for me to add my name and date. The other two will repeat the two that are completed, but reversed.

My cat stocking I work on about 4 afternoons a week, but it just doesn’t get me very far. I’m about 2/3 of the way done with only two more cats to go. This is being put away now so I can start the stocking for Emmi (who was born this week). When that is done, I’ll get back to the cat stocking.

Things have been so busy around here, but I picked up a small project to work on once in a while. This is a Mill Hill bead kit. I have several more of these to work on as I find time.

I have a stack of ornaments to work on and some already finished. This summer I want them to be made into ornaments and put away. When the two new granddaughters are a little older, I will start giving them one each year. I’m just not sure how long I’ll be able to keep stitching, so I’m planning ahead.

I’ve also started something new to keep me busy that is not related to stitching. I’ve always wanted to write, so I’m reading and planning and outlining my first book – a cozy mystery. I’ll let you know about it when I get it figured out. LOL

Granddaughter #5

Checked my phone in the middle of the night, don’t know why…

But found out my youngest son and his wife were at the hospital waiting the arrival of their first child. She’s two weeks early too (He was 10 days early himself).

Meet Emmi!  She was born at 4:32 pm Eastern Time Zone

Better photo sent this morning – cuter too!



Needlepoint Progress – January 2018

Happy dance! HAPPY DANCE!!! The first finish for the month was posted a little while ago. Alice Peterson’s ABC that is now at the framer’s.

The shouted happy dance is for the ASOW Tall Ship, which was finished this afternoon. Here is the bottom of the canvas:

The water was stitched with Bravo, using two plies, in a zigzag pattern.

I used up 1 card of Bravo, 7 skeins and 2 partial skeins of floss, 2 full and 4 partial skeins of old Needle Necessities thread. All of this was in my stash!

This was quite a challenge and took 6 months to finish. (I still have about 4 threads for rigging that need to be tightened.)  Here is the finale:

With two projects done this month, I’m now free to start two new projects. For downstairs, I am going to stitch the C A T by Cheryl Schaeffer. I’m still waiting for a couple threads, but I’ve start the background for the C using white Pepper Pot Silk in Nobuko stitch. The letters are about 8 inches tall, which is smaller than most of my projects. I’ve only worked on it one evening so far.

Upstairs, the new larger canvas is the Teddy Bear Stocking by Barbara Fox for DH’s granddaughter. Again, only one hour of stitching so far. Marshmallow variegated Pepper Pot Silk was used for the floorboards, stitched in Beaty stitch.

When I need a change of pace upstairs, I can work on the Qum rug for a few days.