Christmas Ornaments – 1 & 2

With a new granddaughter due in July and my youngest saying he wants to start his family this year, I’ve been on a bit of a spending spree this month. I want to be able to give the new grandchildren an ornament each year, like I’ve done for the 3 granddaughters I already have. They got their last ones this past December.

These two ornaments I’ve had in my stash for years – since 2012. I wanted to kit up some smaller pieces to stitch while I wasn’t able to get around much the end of that year (hip replacement surgery). The red and white one was stitched then, but the black cat was just barely started. It’s now finished. Both of these ornaments are from Kathy Schenkel.

I wasn’t sure how I would feel in the weeks following surgery, so I stitched this with #5 perle cotton and mostly Basketweave.

I stitched this companion piece with #5 perle and Basketweave as well. I felt this one needed whiskers so I added them with white #4 Kreinik braid. The thread has a metallic filament in it, so it looks greenish. I really like how that turned out.

More ornaments are here and waiting their turn with the needles. And I have 6 more on order from various shops that had trunk sales this month. I’ll stitch them up, probably one a month. As I get the finishing done, I’ll tuck them away in a box until Christmas each year. Then I can select one for each of the new grandchildren. I also want to do some cross stitch ones and Mill Hill beaded ones. I think I’ll be busy for quite a while on this project!

Purple Heron by Melissa Shirley – Progress 6A

I’ve been working on the Ripples stitch on the sky yesterday and today. I’m stitching with the canvas turned upside down so it’s easier to reach, working right to left. I anchor the threads in the unstitched gray border using an L stitch. They’ll be covered up with the gray border when I get around to stitching it. And look how nicely it goes around the heron’s head! (Purely by accident too)

Next Friday and Saturday, I’ll continue by going down the right side (as you’re looking at it) and filling in all of that side. The next week I’ll work on the left side. I’m stitching right over the tall grasses. I’ll stitch on top of the Ripple stitch when I get to them (probably the last thing I’ll do on this canvas.) I’m using two plies of Waterlilies (one from the old skein and one from the new skein) to give a light touch to the sky – not something heavy. I want the colors painted on the canvas to show through. Here is all the sky that is done, not a lot but it’s going faster now that I know the pattern.

 

Tumak by Gitta – Finale

I wanted this done by April 15th, but put the final stitches into the border last night. Not bad.

Here is a photo of the original color scheme by Gitta.

And here is my version:

This was stitched on Congress cloth using #8 perle cotton. I used up two balls completely and about half of the other colors. The overdye was Needle Necessities – one skein was completely used and I needed just one more thread from the second skein to finish it up last night.

I’m thinking that a rectangular pillow would be great on the living room sofa. (I really need to start tackling that stack of finishing!)

ABC Sampler and Post 1,000!!

It’s taken over 7 years, but I have finally reached post number 1,000! I obviously don’t post as often as some other people do.

Here is what I have decided to stitch for our new granddaughter (since Train of Dreams didn’t work out). This is ABC Sampler from Design Works. It’s cute and just filled with animals and lots of colors. The photo of the project is printed on shiny paper and I had to take photo at a slant to prevent the flash from hiding a lot of it.

Every kit has its own little quirks and this one is no  different. The thread is sorted through holes punched in light weight cardboard (that is normal), but there are no symbols to tell you what color it is. The instructions say that the colors are placed in the holes in the same order they are shown on the chart – left to right on the top row and then it curves down to the second row which is in order from right to left! I knew that would drive me crazy, so I picked up a pen and wrote the symbols above each hole. Then I got to work.

Starting in the middle of fabric, I stitched the jaguar. And here he is!

Now this is more child friendly and I can’t wait to pick it up each afternoon and work on it for an hour or so. I still have to stitch the large capital J above the word, so I’ll start there tomorrow and then start the iguana next.

Baby Girl House ornament – Progress 1

This little 3D house is going to be our new granddaughter’s first Christmas ornament. I think it’s a little big, but that’s okay. There are no canvas numbers or signatures on this, so I don’t know the designer.

The canvas beyond the edges of the house is actually white. I have no idea why it photographed as pink. I’ll be using Pepper Pot Silk and Vineyard Silk to stitch the piece.

I started with the roof on the right side. Using two shades of turquoise I used tent stitches to outline the tiles using the darker shade and then filled in the tiles with straight stitches using the lighter shade. The house itself is pale yellow and I have one unopened skein of light yellow Vineyard Silk (hope that is enough) and started stitching the walls with Brick stitch. Here it is so far:

I’m working on this on Sundays, along with the first of two wedding samplers (cross stitch). Each one gets about one and a half hours of time. Tonight I’ll be working on a needlepoint Christmas ornament for an hour or so. I like having one day that is just super fun stitching. Then I put them away until the next Sunday. A nice break from larger projects that I’m working on.

Saying Goodbye to Mini Train of Dreams

I’ve worked hard on this and for the last few weeks, it’s been a chore to work on it. I could have finished Page 1 today if I kept going for another hour. But I’m so disappointed in this…

Here is the photo of what it should look like:

And here is my stitching so far:

There just seems to be a lot of detail that is missing in this Mini version. I can’t see wasting my time for the rest of the year working on it. So it’s goodbye. I won’t throw it away, but I’ll put it away for now.

I’ve ordered a different project to do for the baby’s room – an Alphabet with colorful animals. It will be here this week and I’ll show it to you next week, after I’ve completed 1-2 letters.

Purple Heron by Melissa Shirley – Progress 6

Very little progress actually. I have the gray borders stitched along the right side. My first idea for stitching the flowers failed, so I’ll have to try a couple other ideas.

Today, I decided to turn the canvas again so I can stitch the gray borders along the top of the canvas. But I got side-tracked. I wanted to try out some open stitches to see what I could do for the sky. I tried out 3.

I tried to darken the colors so you might be able to see them better. On the left is Ripples from Sheena’s Sweet Stitches (blog and on Pinterest), On the right is Darning Pettern G from iStitches Vol. 2 from Ruth Schmuff. Very hard to see is the third one underneath, to the right of the grass. It’s Darning Pattern Lg Wave from iStitches Vol 3 from Ruth Schmuff. I’ve ruled out Pattern G already, since it would waste a lot of thread going all the way across the sky covering one thread in every 6-7 threads.

I like Ripples and Lg Wave (which waves left and right going down the canvas). The stitches for Lg Wave are done over 1 and 2 threads, so they are smaller and very hard to see in the photo. They could give the impression of rain – which would work. Ripples waves up and down across the sky and is done over 3 – 6 threads (varies a little from row to row).

At the top of the photo is the thread that I will be using – Sunglow Waterlilies. It has the white, yellow and lavender that matches the painted sky. I have one old skein and one new skein and will stitch the sky using one strand from each skein. I want to get all the sky done and then stitch the grass over it.

It’s not going to be very visible, more of a little texture to add to the piece. Which stitch would you use to stitch the sky?