I started this project about two weeks ago and work on it occasionally in the evenings. Here is what it will look like when it’s done.
I’ve started on the outer border first and it’s a little farther than the pictures shows below. Now I have the first panel completed and I’ve started on the next small band. The threads are mostly #5 perle with two colors of ribbon floss and one Kreinik braid. The goldish band that is started was stitched with ribbon floss.
It’s a good start and I’m really enjoying it. I’ll show you this again when I have a few more bands completed – before the end of the year.
This is taking much longer than I had planned, but so many things have been happening.
A front door key was mailed to us from a service we no longer use. The envelope arrived with no key in it (but of course the envelope had our address on it). A quick call to a locksmith got the locks rekeyed the same day.
The garage door decided not to go all the way up – but enough that we can get the car out. DH checked online and found out how to unlock it. We raised and lowered it by hand, then locked it again. Most of the time it is now going all the way up. We’ll see if that continues.
Had to have a plumber out because the kitchen sink wasn’t draining sometimes – that got fixed along with two loose handles on a sink and the shower. We need a new garbage disposal – he’ll install that next week.
And so on – we didn’t know that the house would have so many problems at just 10 years of age.
But the paddleboat is making progress. The section on the right with the keel in black is completely done – water and all. I’m working on water in the paddle wheel now. There is still a tiny bit of the boat to stitch on the left side as well.
I’m hoping to have this completed this week.
Early this morning I headed for the post office and was first in line when they opened at 9 am. These little ornaments for my granddaughters left for Missouri. I wasn’t able to find little flat boxes to put them in, but I found tiny tote bags in their favorite colors to put them in to match the ornaments. How neat is that! I told DIL to hang them on the tree when they arrive. The tiny tote bags are only 3″ x 4″.
The Moroccan stocking are on their way to Kansas City. The Elephant and Batman stockings are on their way to Tennessee. So all my Christmas mailing is done. What a relief!
The last of the gifts for here at home arrive tomorrow – so Christmas shopping is also done. I’m going to relax and read for a while.
I’m only stitching 1-2 hours a day now, but will have a new needlepoint project to show you next week.
This was a nice, quick stitch since it’s only 6″ X 6″. Easy to work on in the evenings while watching TV.
I used blue and yellow #5 perle, Vineyard Silk, and El Molino rayon and just #5 perle for the while. The outer border is Mosaic stitch and the stack of yellow and blue squares was stitched using the rayon thread and Scotch stitch.
DH loves it and I’ll make it into a pillow for him. And his Paddleboat piece is over half done too. I’m enjoying some small projects for a change.
Finishing the needlepoint stockings was harder than the cross stitch ones. But they are no completed.
I only corded the top of the stocking, since I had so much trouble with it last year. But I’ve learned a little over the last year – thanks to the finishing book my DH bought me last year and by reading Sudukc’s blog. The cording is fastened securely and doesn’t move at all. I know how to cross the cording in order to finish it off neatly. It just isn’t as long as I wanted. I checked it after I finished making the cord and it was more than long enough. So I still have more to learn.
All the stockings will be mailed next week. I’ll finish up the ornaments this week and mail them soon after. Christmas will just arrive early for my family this year. That will be a first!
The three cross stitched stockings are now finished. First is for DH
and for my youngest son and his bride
I didn’t notice until they were all done and I was pressing them that the hangers should be on the other side. I’ll let these two stay as is, but will do it correctly on the two needlepoint ones that I will be finishing this week.
Delta Queen Paddleboat is coming along. I need to add a little red to the smaller flags and outline the yellow decoration at the top with red. Then I can continue with the boat itself. I hope to have this project done by the end of the year.
Father Christmas and Cats
I was here last month –
and I got here yesterday. Almost finished Page 2 and did a lot of the background as well from Page 1. The goal by the end of the year is to finish the background on the left and finish Page 3 which will complete his face.
The question for this month is What design or designer is on your must-try-to-stitch bucket list. I have said several times this year that I’m done stitching for my family. I want to do things I’ve been looking forward to for a while – just for me and DH. So here are 4 (yes, large and complicated) things I want to stitch in the next couple of years.
Chatelaine mandalas –
Serengeti – all kitted up and ready to go
Moroccan Lace – not yet released
and 2 by other people –
Blue Venice – I tried to needlepoint this and gave up. I’m going to buy an overdyed linen or Aida and cross stitch it
Cathedral of St. Petersburg
I will also buy an overdyed linen for this one, but probably blue with lots of clouds instead of the dark background shown here.
I’ll start two of these early next year.
I think I’ll be as busy as ever next year!! And this is just the cross stitch projects.