WIPocalypse 2015 – August

As I said in the last WIPocalypse post, I’ve put away a lot of the larger pieces to go back to later. I haven’t gotten a lot done this month since I decided that as long as I was putting away things, I should go through everything and get rid of materials that I know I won’t need anymore. I now have 3 boxes of craft materials to give away. My closet looks a lot better now, even though I haven’t finished going through of it.

So the projects for this month, and until they are done, are:

  1. Persian Iris Mandala. I didn’t get very far on the new set of buildings. I did the dark blue dividing line between the portals and the buildings and discovered that it was one thread lower than needed – so out it came. It’s been restitched and the portals have been started.

3rd corner start

This month we’re supposed to talk about the journey we’ve taken for one of the posted pieces. This mandala was my very first cross stitch purchase in 2011! I worked on the center section and was really enjoying it, beads and all. Then I was having arthritis problems and had to slow down drastically, so it got put away. I had hip replacement surgery in 2012 and slowly got back to my larger projects once again. It’s slow going for me with all the gold top stitching, but I work on it two mornings a week and hope to get it done next year.

2. The Train Stocking for DH. I haven’t added many cross stitches since I posted this earlier this month, but I have started the backstitching. Santa is now visible. I hope to finish the bottom of the stocking in September so I can move to the upper half.

Train St 5

3. Polar Express – You can easily see the curve of the heart on the left side now. The second car is stitched, but needs its cargo of fir trees. I also need to finish the clouds and other trees in the background in the center section of this half. Then I’ll start on the right side with the engine. I doubt that it will be completely finished in Sept, but I can always hope.

Polar-3

4. I’ve started the first of 3 Playful Snowmen ornaments. I want to get at least two of them done by the next report. There are two snowmen on this first ornament – the first one now has a hat and a scarf. These have lots of changes in color so it’s slow work.

Snowman 1-1

I’m hoping to get started on the Hometown Holidays pieces in Sept as well. I now have 3 waiting to be stitched. So maybe one will get done in Sept.

Occupied Finale

I finally have a finished piece to show you – seems like forever!

This will be a Christmas present for one of my sons. It goes with the theme of the guest bathroom (really!). I hope he loves it. I’ll be finishing it as a wall hanging so he can hang it on the door. It won’t rattle that way when the door is opened or closed.

Occupied finale

The hair was done with Vineyard Silk in straight stitches and then sprinkled with lighter colors for highlights. The feathers were stitched with two shades of teal Flair and the veins were stitched with teal Fyre Werks. The hat was painted with pale blue and lavender highlights but I changed them to grays, which I think look better. The background is a Woven stitch in white Stardust from Brown Paper Packages which has a metallic thread running through it. I’m pleased with the results, sort of. Not thrilled with the feathers on the left (not painted well so I had trouble with it) and the bead centers for the flowers.

So the decision of what to needlepoint next – the Madagascar rug needs to be finished, I have a swan canvas for our guest room to stitch, or maybe a charted design called Deconstructed Log Cabin by Jeff Kulick. Stay tuned.

 

Train Stocking – Progress 4

I haven’t been doing a lot of stitching over the last week or so, but this is on the list to be done for Christmas this year so he’s getting a lot of attention.

The first page is just about finished now. There’s just a little of the ground around the bottom to do – and then a lot of backstitching. I’ll work on that as well as the smaller page with the front of the engine for the rest of the month.

Train Stocking-4

The Glissen Gloss blending thread doesn’t show up in the photo, but the dark gray, silver and gold on the wheels is all glittery. I love how it looks. Santa is hanging out the window of the cab. He’ll look better when the backstitching is done. I hope to have a lot of that done for the next WIPocalypse report at the end of the month.

Answers and a Hard Decision

First, I want to thank all of you who have commented on my projects over the last few weeks. I haven’t been good about thanking you or answering  your questions.

Occupied piece – it’s coming along well and I hope to finish it in another week or so. It will eventually end up in a bathroom, but not mine. It’s a Christmas present for one of my sons. He’ll get a kick out of it, I’m sure. I’ll post when it’s done.

Many projects – I do keep a schedule for all the projects, sort of. 5 mornings a week, I work on my two largest projects upstairs on a large frame. The Persian Nain Rug and the mandala take turns. I usually work an hour and a half each day I’m up there. Afternoons are usually cross stitch time downstairs and evenings are needlepoint time while I watch (listen) to TV. I have too many things going right now, and I’m doing my best to focus on just two at a time and try to get some of them completed.  I need to work on Christmas projects first and then get back to the others.

Slowing down – Though many of you comment on how much I get done each month, I’m not making as much progress as I used to on things. I’ve never had a rug take a year to stitch before, so it’s discouraging to me to have the Nain rug going so slowly. But I know it’s  basketweave and lots of detail, so it’s going much slower than I want. I also am beginning to have problems with my hands – they get tired and hurt frequently so I’m trying not to stitch more than 45 minutes at a time and that slows me down as well.

Website – Since I don’t sell many patterns for my designs, I’ve decided that it isn’t worth keeping the site up anymore. I don’t need the expense. So the website will be shut down at the end of the year. That also means that the email address will disappear. Over the next few months, I’ll get everything switched to my personal email address so you can still contact me, if you wish.

Have no fear, the blog will still be around for a long time, I hope. If I sell patterns in the future, I’ll find another way to do it.

Take care everyone. Keep stitching.

Persian Nain Rug – Progress 9

I can’t believe a whole month has gone by already. The lower, right corner is about done – just a tiny bit of background to finish.

I’m going to continue along the bottom side to complete the outer border. You can see that I’ve outlined the motifs and turned the corner. Over the next month, I want to finish the border along the bottom, start the large corner motif and get one more quarter of the medallion outlined.

Nain-9

I started this in January! It certainly is a slow-moving piece. It’s 13.75 inches tall and will be 19.5 inches long. Feels much larger as I work on it.

WIPocalypse 2015 – Blue Moon Edition

I have two questions or instructions for the posting this time. One says to answer the question – “What makes you pick up a long-abandoned UFO rather than beginning a new piece? I hate to abandon a piece and do want to finish each piece in my stash. I have several of my own design that have been put away for several years now, but I’ve had new ideas to get past the problems I had the first time around. That’s one reason. Many of my projects are rather large and I definitely need a break from them sometimes. But I always pick them up again, in order to get them finished.

1. The other says to show a piece that has a lot of blue, since this is the Blue (second) moon of the month. That’s easy – my forever project, the Persian Iris Mandala by Chatelaine. Here’s the progress this month – the third mosque is now complete. I’ll start on the buildings forming the next corner when I pick it up again next week.

Mosque 3 done

And here is the progress on the whole piece so far.

PI Prog 28

2. Chapter Tiles from Modern Folk Embroidery – I’ve decided how to proceed on this. I’m going to do the outside border and the corner leaves on the bottom two corners. When that is all done I’ll start working my way to the center and see if I can find the error that prevented me from completing the first part of the center.

Chapter 2-3

3. Polar Express from Madame La Fee – You can see the start of the heart shape now. I’ve haven’t gotten very much done since I showed you this piece earlier in the month.

Polar-2

4. Norfolk Diligence Sampler – Not too much on this one either. A few more flowers and the start of the manor band. One cloud is done, the sky is started and the beginning of the sun.

NF Sampler 12

5. Bright Sea Village Express by Elli Jenks – This has been going so slowly no matter how much I work on it. But the first side of the car is now completed. So when I work on it again, I’ll be stitching the top of the car. Once that is under way, I’ll be able to start the second side of the car as well.

Express 5

6. Train Stocking from Stoney Creek – this is coming along very well. The car I had started is now complete. The tender full of coal is part of the engine – the coal is done and the side of the tender is also complete. I just stitched the top of the cab of the engine and you can see where Santa will be stitched next, leaning out of the window of the cab.

Train Stocking-3

Unlike many of you in this group, having so may project to work on each month just isn’t working for me. So for the month of August I’m going to work on just the two train pieces and try to get as much done on them as possible. I also have several Christmas presents and some ornaments to get done for this year. I will get back to everything else again in a month or two. I won’t abandon any of them. I just need a break from some of them. And I miss my needlepoint projects – so I will get busy on a few of those as well.

Occupied – Progress 2

It’s been a month and I’ve been working on this about 4 evenings a week. So it’s time to show you how things are going.

Occupied-2

I used Splendor for the butts and Silk & Ivory for everything else. His nightshirt is all done and I should be able to finish her nightshirt this weekend. The word Occupied was stitched with black Silk & Ivory.

I’ve also started on the background. I’m using white Stardust (Silk & Ivory with a metallic thread running through it) and the Woven stitch. I started at the bottom so I could work my way up the right side. When the   other nightshirt is done, I’ll be able to start up the left side as well. This is moving along nicely. It’s a fun stitch.