Cross Stitch Update – April 2018

Things are slowly getting back to normal and I’m able to stitch for a few hours each week now.

When I went to Tennessee to meet my newest granddaughter, I took a small cross stitch kit from Whiskey Creek. This little 3″ box is called Main Street Box. I have the top about half done now. There will be some top stitching when it’s all competed. Then I’ll have to stitch the bottom of the box as well. Here’s what it look like today.

The overdyed rows on the top and sides are to be folded down and stitched to create the top of the box. All the threads for this project are from my stash.

The other project I’ve been able to work on is the stocking for the new granddaughter, Emmi. I had just started the small stocking on the toe of the stocking last month. The little stocking is now done, the two chipmunks are done, but their scarves are not finished yet.

I’ll finish their scarves, do more of the leaves around the top and then do the back stitching to make everything easier to see. Then I can move to the right and do the design on the heel of the stocking.

I also hope to get time to work on the Norfolk Sampler, so I can get it completed.

If all goes well, life should be back to normal and boring in another 4 weeks. Each week has been packed with too many things to do and we hope that eases off soon.

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A New Toy

Sorry, no cross stitch today. Dealing with a difficult situation right now.

This arrived today – a belated birthday present from DH. This is the new tablet holder from K’s Creations. In the photo below, I have opened a cross stitch pattern for a Christmas ornament. This is going to be wonderful for stitching.

There is an app called ezPDF Reader than enables me to highlight the areas that I have stitched, so I always know where I am in a pattern. I’m going to play with all this tomorrow. It should be a lot of fun! I really needed something good to happen at the end of this very rough week.

It only took about 5 minutes to take the stand apart, install the tablet holder, and put things back together again. Maybe you could use one too.

Needlepoint Update – March 2018

As I said in my last post, lots going on here. I haven’t done any needlepoint for over two weeks, but hope to get back to work on the stocking on Monday. (A week with my new granddaughter was wonderful!!)

Before I left, I did get a little more done on the stocking – very little. I finished the second ornament o the left side and I started on the darker, shaded section of the floor on the right side. I’m playing with beads for the candy canes – not sure about it yet.

I’d like to finish the candy canes and ornaments along the bottom in April and start on the chair on the left and the teddy bear on the right. I really hope I’ll have lots of time to work on this over the next month.

I haven’t shown you the Persian Qum rug at all this year! I work on it one week each month and that doesn’t make a lot of progress. After 3 months now, I feel there is enough done to show you.

I’ve added more to the branches and flowers in the rust archway on each side. I finished the vase and started the background in the center section. The pink French Knots to the left of the vase will be 4 pink flowers. Stems and leaves will be stitched on top of the cream background once the flowers are done. There will also be a sprig of flowers on each side at the base of the vase.

I completed the white background on the C piece by Cheryl Shaeffer, but didnt’ take a photo. I want to stitch the yarn that is hanging down on the C and start working on the cat during April.

I’ve started cross stitching over the last two days, so there will be things to show you in the next post on the 15th of April.

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.

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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