I love it when a plan comes together! I needed another way to stitch the sky behind all those rigging lines. It was making me ignore the canvas completely. After a month of not stitching on it, a plan began to form.
I finished all the masts down to the next level and then added the rigging lines, LONG lines. I started below the next cross beam and went up one line and then down another line, leaving long threads hanging off the bottom of the canvas. When all the rigging lines were in place all the way across, I started working on the sky by pulling all the lines on the left side up a little and moving them out of the way.
This made it very easy to get all the sky stitched without the hassle of all those threads in the way. When the section of sky behind the rigging was completed (all done this morning), I just pulled the threads at the bottom and it’s all done!
You can see that some of the threads are still pulled a little in the middle. I’ve left the hanging threads quite long because I don’t know where these rigging lines go next. I’m hoping that I have enough thread to finish them up when I scroll the piece up.
Next Friday and Saturday I’ll move all the threads from the middle and the right side and get all that sky stitched. Then it will be on to the rest of the sky, which will move quickly.
I haven’t looked at the photo of the whole piece in quite a while, so I’m looking forward to scrolling the canvas up and seeing what else needs to be done. I can see the beginning of the actual boat at the very bottom. I think that is the beginning of the Poop Deck.
I did 5 stockings last year and now have two to do next year. So this is MY year and I’ve started a stocking for myself.
This is an old Dimensions kit that I bought several years ago because: 1. I love cats 2. We have a staircase like this in our home, 3. The two cats at the bottom look like our cats Julius and Daisy. Unfortunately, Julius and Daisy are no longer with us.
Starting at the center, I decided to work the bottom, left part of the stocking working down to the toe. Then I’ll do the heel and work my way up to the top. I work on it several times a week for about an hour at a time. Here is where I stopped last night:
I’ve spent several evenings working on the Julius look-a-like but I don’t have the tail done or the front paw yet. The outlining of the ornaments and edges of the newel post have been done. The stripes are the wall paper and there’s more of that to come.
I’ll need to spend more time on it starting next month if I want it done for Christmas this year. After a week, the first cat still isn’t done and there are 8 cats on the stocking! LOL
I have 12 pieces from this series. I waited a long time for the fabric to come for this last one. But I worked on it this past week and finished it quickly.
With all the large projects I have going (and more waiting in my stash), I’m glad I have some smaller projects to work on from time to time. I want to make a banner from them to string across a part of the living room at Christmas. I have all the materials that I need so it’s time to play with some ideas and get this done!
This is another item removed from my stash and makes me feel like I’m making progress. Another small piece is a wedding record for DH’s son and fiance who are getting married the beginning of Nov. I started it yesterday and hope to have it done by the end of the month.
No stitching upstairs for a week on any of the 3 large canvases – it was 111 degrees on Friday and Saturday (but we’re finally in the 80s again).
But I did work on the Qum rug the last 3 days. This rug is going to be a very slow rug. This is where I stopped today.
This corner is now complete and the finished part is only about 3 inches wide! The rose and off-white flower on the left will appear only in the four corners of the rug. The blue motif will repeat all the way around. There are 5 repeats across the bottom. I’m using mostly Splendor silk, 3 ply. The outer brown border is old Needle Necessities and I have two skeins which should be more than enough. The inner border is Gloriana #077 in fall colors that I love. There is one skein and I hope it’s enough since I doubt that I could match it.
The small yellow and rose flower in the center of the blue motif is overdyed Threadworx in shades of yellow. I’m cutting out the lightest shade and using the medium and darker yellows only.
I’ll continue to work on the borders only for a while. I want to get all the way across the bottom and get at least one motif up each side before I start working on the center parts. So I’ll wait to show you the rug again for about 4 weeks.
I was still waiting to find out if my youngest son and his wife were expecting a girl or a boy. Thought I would have heard by now. So I sent a text to them and was told to expect something in the mail that day. They used a very unique way to tell everyone the sex of their baby.
We each got a card in the mail where you had to scratch off the silver circles and match 3. The card had 2 “boys” and 3 “girls”, so another granddaughter is on the way – due in February! This will make it 5 granddaughters! And they’ve already got the name too – Emberlee and will call her Emmi (DS) or Emmy (DIL). I’ll let them decide which spelling and let me know. LOL
In case others are interested in using this announcement, they are from Penguinpartypress.etsy.com
I’ve ordered an ABC canvas by Alice Peterson to needlepoint for her. I’ll also make a cross stitch stocking for next year – using the one on the cover of the latest Stoney Creek Magazine (which arrived the same week they called to tell me they were expecting.
Plus I’ll be needlepointing a stocking for little Penelope next year too.
Busy, happy Grandma!!
Yesterday we had to say good-bye to our girl kitty – after 16 years.
She always curled up in my lap while I was stitching. I miss Daisy so much.
So I went online and ordered this ornament to remember her by….
When I picked up threads for the new rug last week, I also picked up another skein of Bubblegum (dark pink) Pepper Pot Silk. I had run out and I wanted to get this project completed. Here is side 4 – the front of the house with it’s pink trim and bannisters:
Then on to the last side:
I did the little lamb pull toy in tiny French knots – just plain white floss. The pacifier isn’t too easy to figure out, but I love the safety pins, even though we don’t use them anymore.
And here is the entire piece:
I really like all the little details – pull toys, baby bottle, rattle, etc. This piece has a lot of personality. I’m hoping to find the time to get it made into a house over the weekend. If I get that done, I’ll post it next week.