Baby Girl House Ornament – Progress 2

Evenings have been too warm lately for much stitching. It was 106 on Sunday. But I finally finished the last few details on the back side of this house ornament.

Last time, I had the roof done and had just started on the yellow walls using Brick stitch. The baby carriage was stitched using Tent stitch. The wheels are black Kreinik ribbon and the spokes are Kreinik silver #8 braid.

The heart is dark red Grandeur and it took at least 5 tries to make it look like a heart using a Rhodes Heart stitch.  The balloon is Tent stitch using bright pink and white Petite Sparkle Rays. The teddy is done in all silk threads, except for his green bow which is Mandarin Floss.

I’ve started the first of the two sides now. They are smaller and should go a lot faster. There’s no hurry for this so I try for just 1-2 hours a week.

Ghiradelli Square by Peter Ashe – Finale

When I showed this to you at the end of May, I had a ton of sky to stitch, the clock tower, and the sign. I finished it all this morning. Here’s the top:

It took 4 skeins of floss to stitch all the Woven stitch. I estimate that I used about 10 full skeins of Vineyard Silk and Pepper Pot Silk to stitch the entire piece. The partial skeins that I still have will be used when I get around to stitching Lombard Street by Peter Ashe (not any time soon unfortunately).

Here is the entire piece:

This is 14″ square. It was started in February of 2014 and then put away after I had stitch the striped awning, the roof of the gazebo and the small light terra cotta building just above it. I pulled it out the beginning of March of this year and it is now completed.

For those who have not been to San Francisco, this is a “collage” of Ghiradelli Square. It’s a very large block of buildings, but they are all represented here. The look and feel are very San Francisco. The sign is actually done in white!

ABC Sampler – Progress 3

This definitely will not be finished before the new granddaughter is born, but I’m making progress. The top half of the design is complete – 12 of the 26 animals. There are more smaller animals coming up on the lower half.

Each one is cuter than the last one. I did the Ladybug last night and just had to do the black outlining and the name today. I need to spend more time on this and get it done.

We were in the 90s today and this will be our weather for the next week (possible 100+ on Sunday.) We talked with the mother-to-be today and told to head over here if it gets too hot at her place. Only about 3 weeks to go. She’ll be more comfortable here during the day.

I know how hot weather effects you when you’re pregnant since I had two of my boys while living in Morocco (a million years ago). Without air conditioning there, it was miserable.

If they do come over, I’ll be able to show them the Christmas stocking I bought recently. It’s 21″ tall, so I want to be sure they like it before I buy the threads and get it onto my list to start early next year.

Blue/Green Pillow

I showed you my practice stitching for this project here. That was last August!!

It’s based on a Moroccan tile, but I’ve added green and some special stitches to make it more interesting. I finally have started the actual stitching.

The pillow will be about 11 inches square when it’s done. I’ve made it across the first row and will continue to work my way up the design. The light blue center squares are done in Brick stitch. The “wings” are stitched in Slanted Gobelin. All the threads are Pepper Pot Silk.

After I’ve completed a few more rows, I’ll start filling in the diamonds. I won’t do any of the design inside the green border until the rest of the pillow is completed. I hope to be well on my way before the end of the month. I’ll do an update on the project then.

Christmas Ornament #4

When I was working on Hometown Holiday pieces, my DH said he loved the little red truck parked at the Christmas Tree lot. So when I was browsing for Christmas ornaments, I found this little red truck and had to buy it!

I pulled all the red threads from my project bag and handed them to DH and let him choose the red thread he wanted me to use. He passed by all the shiny metallics and went for #5 perle cotton. The wheels are black Pepper Pot using a circle stitch I found on Pinterest, with Kreinik silver Rhodes squares for the centers. The sky is Sparkle Rays using Diagonal Mosaic. The ground was stitched with Terra Cotta silk from Gloriana using Nobuko stitch. The window of the truck was stitched with gray Flair, just simple Satin stitches. The tree was a Needle Necessities green overdye and then  a few white stitches for snow. The clear beads were used for snowflakes.

The canvas is from Marcy on Etsy, stitched on 13 ct.

I”ve already chosen the ornament for June and gathered threads for it. I’ll start on it later in the week.

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Norfolk Diligence Sampler – Progress 16

Finally finished Page 6!

I’ve pulled out Pages 7-8 and will work on the top half of these pages to finish the manor house, the steps leading to the front door, and the grass across the bottom of this large band. The rest of the plant on the left has been started – just need to finish the flowers. I’ll alternate stitching the border on the left with the first section of the first floor of the manor below the small roof on the left. The bottom of the manor is even with the bottom of the plant. That’s my goal for this week.

When the manor house is complete, I’ll be able to start the final band and the bottom border. Still quite a ways off – 6 pages done and 4 to go.

Ghiradelli Square by Peter Ashe – Progress 5

For two weeks now, I’ve had little time in the mornings for stitching. Things are settling down now though. The few mornings that were available, I worked exclusively on this project. I’ve decided to get it done and then go back to the Purple Heron.

The buildings in the middle are completed and both trees in that area are also done. Whew! Only that small, dark green tree on the left to go (getting tired of small leaf stitches).

I had started the sky using a light blue Vineyard Silk and ripped it out. I only have two skeins and the odds of getting matching thread after 3 years seems slim. So back to the stash – I have a lot of skeins of a light aqua floss that will look good – and I can use just 3 plies to give it a lighter touch for the stitching. I’m using Woven stitch (from iStitches Vol. 1 by Ruth Schmuff). I’m using very long strands so I can get across the whole canvas twice before I have to start a new thread.

I’ve started stitching the top of the clock tower so I can continue to work on the sky each day. I’ll also have to do some of the Ghiradelli sign before I get to that part of the sky. The very light lines on the canvas (to hold up the sign) will be stitched with #8 perle cotton. The letters will be stitched with black Pepper Pot Silk.

Hopefully, I can get this finished in June and move on to other things.