Hometown Holiday Schoolhouse – Progress 1

There have been 12 releases in this series and I have them all. I’ve decided that I won’t get any more. Nine have been stitched, which leaves me with 3 to do. Since they are small, I’m going to do one each month and get them done.

Here is the start of the Schoolhouse. It still needs the cupola, door, and windows.

School 1

I hope to have it completed with the trees and swings to show you next week.

I’m taking things easy now that all the Christmas stitching is done. I’ll start putting the 5 stockings together next month and will show them to you as they are completed.

I’m also going back to WIPs, cross stitch and needlepoint, that I want to complete. Posting may be less for the rest of the year. I’m learning to relax a little more and not stress about completing all my projects.

Persian Iris Mandala – Framed

The question for WIPocalypse this month was to tell the story of one of our pieces. I’ll try to keep this short. I had never done cross stitch until I decided in 2011 to buy a mandala by Chatelaine. I was moving along quite nicely until I fell and had hip trouble – couldn’t get up and down stairs easily.So it got put away for two years.

I read about WIPocalypse and decided to join with the hope of getting this beautiful piece completed. In 2014 I started on the mosques and buildings around the outside and slowly got it all done this year. Thank you to all of you who encouraged me along the way!

And here it is all framed up – 30″ square!! (It’s masterpiece glass so it’s almost impossible to get a good photo without a little flash in it.)

PIG framed

Antique Locomotive Framed

With my Christmas stitching almost done, it’s time to decide what to do for the rest of the year. Yes, I have tons of projects that I’d like to work on and get some finished, but finishing is on my mind.

Over the next month or so, I’ll be finishing the 5 stockings and 4 ornaments that I stitched this year . But I have a lot of things that need to be framed  as well. I’m hoping to do a lot of that myself. Here is the first one completed

Antique Train Framed

I didn’t want mats for this. He shines so much on his own with all the metallic threads. I found this large, simple black frame half off at Michael’s and laced it up myself. I did have to add one more row of the white background to fill in the frame properly. Now to find just the right place for him.

The mandala is being framed right now, by professionals. Should be ready early next week.

WIPocalypse 2016 – September

I’ve only worked on two cross stitch projects over the last month – the stockings that need to be done.

Gentle Elephant – the elephants are done! Whew! I’m going to add some grass around their feet and then do the name at the top. Both of these tasks are for next week.

Gentle Elephant 9

Batman – Pages 1 and 3 on the left side are completely done. Page 2 is almost done, just the cape to do. Page 4, I did the rest of his body. Most of what is left is the hand and the rest of the cape. A lot of blue and black to go. I hope to have it done and the name stitched at the top by the end of next week.

Batman 2

With these two projects out of the way in about 7-10 days, I’ll have time to go back and pick up other projects that need to be finished. I have a lot of projects to choose from and several small pieces that I want done by the end of the year, so you’ll see something different next month.

The question for this month is to tell the story of one of my projects. The mandala is at the framer’s right now and should be ready for pick-up next week. I’ll tell the story of that project when I post the photo of it framed.

Anatolia Rug – Progress 5

The first part of the Keyhole motif is now complete. It will be repeated at the bottom of the rug.

Anatolia 5

I can now turn the canvas so the long edge faces me and work on the center section of the rug. You can see the narrow path to the center part of the motif has been started. I need to do the borders for the center rectangle so I can continue to work on the background. I’ll start with the left side in the photo and then turn the rug again and work the right side.

This will be my morning project for 4 days each week. This Saturday I’ll get back to work on the Purple Heron. That bird needs feet so I can finish the bottom of the water and land areas. I also need to get busy on the right side of the bottom border. Never a dull moment here.

Tumak – Progress 5

Quick Gwen Update: After a rather bad attack on me last Tuesday, Gwen has been returned to the vet. I hope they can find a good home for her. I miss her somewhat, but I was too scared to keep her. So it’s quiet around here now.

Tumak by Gitta is on the list of goals for the year – hoping to get half of this small rug done by the end of the year. It’s only 6″ X 10″ in size. So right now, it’s 6″ across the left side and I’ve outlined a few more areas that reach the center across the bottom. I’ll be filling in those areas this week so I can turn it around and do the other side to match. Then it will get put away until next year.

Tumak 5

I’ve changed the colors from the original rug. The colors match my version of From Molehill to Mountain that I stitched in 2006, which you can see here. I want to make this little rug into a pillow for the couch near From Molehill to Mountain.

Anatolia Rug – Progress 4

It’s been 3 weeks of working on this 5 mornings a week. Time to show you some new parts of the design.

The outer border has now reached the middle of the rug (the middle of those last red motifs is the actual center). Things are moving along quickly, though the photo is a little dark.

Anatolia 4

I’ve been working on the inside of the medallion a little each day, filling one little area at a time. I end each morning with at least one long length of the variegated red thread for the background. When this section of the medallion is filled in, I’ll once again turn the canvas and work on one side at a time, working my way down to the smaller, middle part of the medallion. I’m glad it’s moving along so quickly.

Another couple of weeks, and I’ll switch to just 4 days a week and spend Saturday mornings working on the purple heron canvas.