WIPocalypse 2015 – June

I haven’t done as much this past month on my projects. But here goes…

1. Persian Iris Mandala – the carpet has all the beads sewn on. The mosque #3 has about half of the cross stitches done. The small triangle sections on each side of the light turquoise is done over one thread instead of over two like all the others. I hope to have this mosque completed by the end of this month.

Mosque 3-2

2. Norfolk Diligence Sampler – I have completed the fourth band of the sampler, but I still have to finish a little of the border on each side.

Band 4

I’ll do the divider next and then start on the largest band – the manor house! Yeah! When I have 11 rows done on that band, I’ll be at the halfway mark. It’s taken a year to get to this point and I hope that it won’t take that long for the second half. Here is the first half all done. I want to finish pages 5-6 by the end of the month. I’m half done with those pages.

NF Sampler 11

3. Chapter Tiles from Modern Folk Embroideries is coming along very slowly. I guess I’m not working on it as much. I’m still in the second quarter of the design.

Chapter 2-2

4. Bright Sea Express by Elli Jenks is also one that hasn’t had a lot of attention. This first side of the car has 3 windows, which are now there but not all filled in. Then I’ll have to finish the part below the windows. I want to be working on the roof of the car on the right side by the end of the month.

Express-4

5. Santa Train Stocking for my DH. The second car has all the red for the side and front completed. The roof is almost complete and then I can fill in the windows and the door. I want to have the tender full of coal done by the end of the month and maybe a start on the engine.

Train Stocking-2

Lots to do here and of course my needlepoint as well. Keep stitching everyone!

Introducing the Madagascar Rug

I’ve just started on a new, small rug. It’s being stitched on Congress Cloth with #8 Perle Cotton. The original is shown below:

Madagasar Original

This is a full-sized rug, but mine will only be 6.5″ X 8.5″ when it is done. Rather than try to keep up with a million color changes, I’m using solid colors and two overdyed colors. The two shown below are from Lorraine of Colour Complements (www.colourcomplements.com from Canada). She hand-dyes all her threads in various sizes and types of threads. You can find her on Etsy – Colour Complements. In the photo below, I’ve undone one skein so you can see that Lorraine’s threads change colors over a much shorter length than many overdyes.

Overdyes

I’ve only started, but wanted you to see how things are going. I’m going to use the same overdye all the way up the column and change the solid color as I work my up the column. My design is not very close to the original design, but I’m hoping it will have a similar feel. (I forgot to take the needle out before I took the photo. Sigh)

Madagascar Start

 

BIG Thank you & a New Project

Over the last weekend, my blog reached 250,000 hits!! Thank you all so very much. You don’t know how much it means to me to have you all visit, like, comment, and follow my efforts at stitching and designing. I really appreciate each and every one of you!!

ThankYou

Now that Santa on a Brown Bear is completed, it’s time to start a new needlepoint project. This one is a bit silly, but is a Christmas present for one of my sons. It will be hung on the door to the guest bathroom and goes very well with the two prints already in that room. I won’t be showing this very much on the blog. I don’t think my sons read the blog, but I really don’t want him to know ahead of time (if I can help it). It will be done with Silk & Ivory and will be mostly Basketweave.

Occupied

It should be easy and a lot of fun.

Santa on a Brown Bear – the final finale

I woke up this morning with one thought in mind. I forgot to put a ribbon on the rabbit! That’s now done. And I didn’t like the finished piece with nothing behind the legs of the bear. So I spent time this morning getting both of those things done. Now I’m happy with the piece (and still love the tassels!).

Santa 2nd finale

Stofft’s Santa on a Brown Bear finale

I ran out of thread Sunday while working on the background. But I worked on it all afternoon after getting more thread and it’s finally finished.

Santa finale

The fur trim on Santa’s suit was stitched with two plies of dark brown Wisper and one ply of floss.  Then I stitched the tree with Gloriana Florimell and I added gold beads for ornaments.

On to the rabbit – The two shades of gray are Wisper and the white is Angora. I used simple straight stitches for the white since the Angora is a very thick thread.

I love the tassels!! I had an Anchor variegated thread that exactly matched the painted tassels. I did straight stitches over the area first in case the tassels didn’t cover completely. They turned out perfectly!

Last is the background. This background is from Ann Strite-Kurz’s book Backgrounds: The Finishing Touch. I used white Petite Sparkle Rays for the vertical lines, tied down with #8 perle in DMC B5200 and then the perle again to create the diamonds between the lines. Lastly, clear beads were sewn in the center where each diamond crosses. The finishing touch was gathering white Flair with a single strand of white floss and tacking it down here and there to give the impression of snow.

It’s been a long time coming, but he’s finally finished. Can’t wait to get him framed and ready for the holiday season!

Stofft’s Santa on a Brown Bear

Things are moving along fairly well right now.

Santa’s coat was completed in Brick stitch using a ThreadworX overdye – moving around as the color changed. At the end I had to cut the thread to use just the lighter color to finish it up. The blue mittens were stitched with one strand of Watercolors and one strand of blue Wisper. Then I roughed it up just a little with tape to make it look a little more like wool. I still have the fur trim on the hat and the coat and pants.

Santa’s beard was done with light tan Impressions and Santa’s Beard threads.

Santa-4

 

The hat was stitched with white and red Splendor, Kreinik braid and then outlined with two strands of pale gray floss to even out the edges a little. The bell on the end of the hat was done in Basketweave using gold Satin Floss from DMC and copper Light Effects from DMC.

Then I decided to try an idea for the tassels. The gold reins for the bear were stitched with Tent stitches along the face of the bear and up to the mittens. From there, I wanted them to be hanging “free” with tassels on the ends. I’ve started one of them. I used the same Kreinik braid as the rest of the reins and tacked it down in a few places with gold Accentuate. I’m using Lazy Daisy stitches to create the tassel, since I can’t cut the threads and fluff them like floss. 3-4 of those stitches have gone through the large gold bead. I need to add more stitches there. When I get it just right, I’ll start on the other one. I will use floss for the two striped tassels.

I still have the little tree to do, the rabbit, and the trim on Santa’s suit. I decided how I want to do the background – White Sparkle Rays, floss and beads. And the final touch will be white Flair – you’ll have to wait for that too. I’d like to finish up by next weekend….

WIPocalypse 2015 – June

I didn’t have as much stitching time this month, especially the first week or so. But I have some progress to report.

1. Persian Iris Mandala – I have the carpet leading to the next mosque about half beaded now and will finish that in June. The mosque is started and I hope it will move along well this month.


Mosque3-1

2. Norfolk Diligence Sampler – I’ve started the 4th band. There are 5 flowers in the band, so not quite halfway done. And of course there is always the side borders to work on. 3 flowers were added on the left side in May.

NF Sampler -10

3. Chapter House Tile 1 – I’ve moved on to the second quarter of the design and hope that as I stitch it, I’ll find where the error is in the first quarter. Hoping to finish this second quarter this month.

Chapter 2-1

4. Bright Sea Village Express – Didn’t get very far on this. I’m still working on the first side of the car. This month I want to finish this side and go back to the piece on the right, adding the roof of the car.

Express-3

5. I’ve added another project – another train. I’m stitching a stocking for my husband. It was on the cover of a magazine and I HAD to order it.

Santa Stocking

I’ve started in the middle of the piece, and have just over half of the middle car – carrying Christmas trees. I’m going to work my way down the stocking and then go back to the middle and work my way up to his name.

STrain stocking-1

Since it’s June already, I also need to get busy on Christmas ornaments and other Christmas projects. I’m sure some of these projects above will get less stitching – but the mandala and the train stocking will get a lot of attention.

The question for the month – Do you find yourself more productive in stitching in the winter or summer? I’m retired and live in Northern California, so I stitch year round. It doesn’t make any difference to me what the season is. I do stitch outside more when the weather is nice in the afternoons (in the 70s) so I’ve been outside most days the last week.