Cross Stitch Update – October 2017

I haven’t stitched all week because of concerns with the wildfires here.

I haven’t made a lot of progress on cross stitch projects over the last month. I’ve only worked on two projects (after I finished a wedding gift and got it in the mail). The Norfolk Diligence Sampler still isn’t getting much attention. It was here last time you saw it:

I was hoping to have this row completed by now, but haven’t worked on it this week at all. Here it is now:

I’m hoping I can get back to stitching next week and finish this row. The green lines across the bottom are the tops of the 5 octagons that will finish the sampler. I also have to stitch the border across the bottom. All the work inside the octagons is done over 1 thread and I know that will be slow going for me.

I also worked on my stocking. Here it is today:

The toe is now finished and all the backstitching is done except for the cat’s blue collar. I’ve started moving to the right toward the heel now. The red at the bottom is a large red gift box that will have a sleeping cat on top.

Yesterday, when things looked and felt better around here concerning the fire, I decided I should try to do some stitching. Nothing grabbed my attention, so I pulled out something new. It’s called Love You Still from Glendon Place.

I’ve changed all the colors and it will be stitched in blue for the lettering and rust/gold/golden brown colors with the decorations around the outside. I decided to start in the middle and stitch Love You Still first. I didn’t get very far – for the word you – the O is done and the start of the U.

It’s being stitched on 32 ct sandcastle from Silkweaver.

My mind is so scattered by the fire, emails from my sons, etc. every day – but I’m starting to get 15-20 minutes of focus on stitching a couple times a day. It’s a start.

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Update on Northern California Fires

I’m okay and it looks like we’ll be able to stay in our home without threats of fire – unless the wind changes direction over the next 24 hours or so. The wind will be increasing in strength as well, but not the 70 mph winds that ripped through northern Santa Rosa Sunday night into Monday morning.

over 2800 homes destroyed so far in Santa Rosa and many more in other cities and counties nearby

Sonoma and Napa counties are home to hundreds of wineries and are a tourist destination for people all over the world. Some wineries have been destroyed and many more damaged. It’s harvest season and some types of grapes have not been harvested yet. Those that have been picked are now in large fermentation vats to start the process of becoming wine. But these vats are carefully heat controlled and electricity is off in large areas of the two counties. Very bad news for the industry.

And it hasn’t stopped yet either. The fires are burning up to the north now from Santa Rosa to Calistoga, Geyserville, etc. The city of Napa is threatened by fires to it’s east and west. Overnight 5 smaller fires joined together to form a larger one, but the firefighters say that’s good since there aren’t as many perimeters to deal with. So it’s not over. They’re hoping to have the fires contained and “out” by Nov. 1st.

Firefighters from other states have arrived and from Australia even! So containment of the fires has begun and will hopefully continue a little more each day.

My hope is that all our friends and neighbors in these two counties (and others counties where fires have expanded) are safe and unharmed.

Northern California Fires

Things have been very stressful here yesterday and today. Just to fill you in –

I live in Santa Rosa, CA which was hit by a massive, very fast moving fire Sunday night into Monday. This effected the north side of the city since it was moving south from Calistoga, CA. Over 500 homes destroyed, over 20 businesses – two huge hotels, K-Mart, lots of restaurants. No containment at this time, but it is actively being worked on.

A new finger from a Napa fire is now spreading to Oakmont, an older adult community. Overnight hundred of firefighters moved to that area, hoping to prevent those homes from being destroyed.

I live 4-5 miles south of the main fire and 4 miles west of the Oakmont area, so we’re safe so far. The air is still very smoky and we have been told to stay inside as much as possible and keep doors and windows closed.

Also, there are fires in Mendocino and Napa counties. They are spreading with no containment. This is devastating, so lots of positive thoughts for everyone is appreciated.

Needlepoint Update – October 2017

I didn’t work on the Purple Heron this past month at all. I was focused on the ASOW Tall Ship.

I finished most of the sky around the top of the rigging. So I scrolled the canvas to see what was next. Oh dear – this is a VERY tall ship.

What I thought was the poop deck of the ship itself is evidently the crow’s next (two actually) and the next four inches is lots more masts, crossbeams, and rigging. You can see a tiny man standing on one of the crossbeams on the right side. This boat is huge!!

I also worked on the new Persian Qum Rug. I didn’t quite get all the way across the bottom of the rug. I still have some of the small motifs that need to be finished and lots of background. I want to get two of the blue motifs done on each side before I start on the center of the rug. I should have some of that for you next month.

I always have an ornament going – something to pick up easily when I’m not in the mood for the larger pieces. This one is a tiny gingerbread house that I should be able to finish this month and add it to the pile to finish off before Christmas.

And finally I picked up a new canvas that Michelle at Come to the Point was able to get for me. This is an Alice Peterson ABC piece for the granddaughter who will arrive the end of February. I hope to have it done to ship to them before the baby is born.


I still haven’t decided how to approach the canvas. It’s mounted on stretcher bars that are 16″ X 20″. The design is actually 12 X 16. I’m using #5 perle cotton for the entire design. Easy stitching for when I’m watching TV in the evenings.

I started with some of the dark yellow border, did the balloons on the left corner, then started the A. I spend a little time each evening filling in the white background. The As and apple are now finished. I did the Ds on Sunday evening but needed to decide on the colors of beige and brown for the duck, so I gave up for the night.

I’m not liking the lighter yellow balloon and the As – I’m thinking that I should outline the pale items with a darker yellow and see if that looks better. Once I start outlining letters, I’ll probably have to outline all of them – still thinking about it.

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Thank you! (and a change in schedule)

Thank you all for reading and commenting on my blog over the last 9 years!!! Today starts year #10 and a few changes are being made.

Life keeps getting in the way and I’m slowing down too. So for this 10th year, I’m going to post all my needlepoint progress in one post around the first of the month. All the cross stitch progress will be in one post in the middle of the month. There may be a few extras thrown in from time to time, but you can count on two posts (at least) every month.

The first needlepoint post will be up sometime on Tuesday afternoon. It’s hard for me to keep up with the blog at times and I know I’ve gone several weeks without a post quite often. See you on Tuesday for the start of a new blogging year.

iPhone iOS 11 Advice

The new update on iPhone and iPad software came out today. Learned a few things. You’ve probably seen warnings when you open some of your apps saying “This app needs to be updated.”

So I decided to do the Mini iPad first and see what no longer worked. I figured that some games wouldn’t work, and that is okay. But I was worried about my Needlepoint stitch apps. The Stitch Landscape app says it won’t work anymore. Tried it on the iPad after I updated to iOS 11, and it won’t even open now. Bummer.

But the reason I did it on the iPad first – if it didn’t work at all, I could still go through the app on the iPhone and take photos of the stitches I knew I wanted to keep and use. I took 38 photos – then updated the iPhone.

If you don’t know how to take a photo of your iPhone screen – press the button on the side for putting the phone to sleep AND the Home button at the same time. Hold both for just a second or two and let go – you’ll hear the photo app click. The photos are saved to your Camera Roll.

Thought you might like to check apps out before you upgrade and loose something important. There were about 10 or more app updates each of the last few days, so they’re trying to get them ready for you before you update.

To see what Apple says will not work after you have updated, Go to SettingsAbout, then Applications.

Good luck!

ASOW Tall Ship – Progress 4

I love it when a plan comes together! I needed another way to stitch the sky behind all those rigging lines. It was making me ignore the canvas completely. After a month of not stitching on it, a plan began to form.

I finished all the masts down to the next level and then added the rigging lines, LONG lines. I started below the next cross beam and went up one line and then down another line, leaving long threads hanging off the bottom of the canvas. When all the rigging lines were in place all the way across, I started working on the sky by pulling all the lines on the left side up a little and moving them out of the way.

This made it very easy to get all the sky stitched without the hassle of all those threads in the way. When the section of sky behind the rigging was completed (all done this morning), I just pulled the threads at the bottom and it’s all done!

You can see that some of the threads are still pulled a little in the middle. I’ve left the hanging threads quite long because I don’t know where these rigging lines go next. I’m hoping that I have enough thread to finish them up when I scroll the piece up.

Next Friday and Saturday I’ll move all the threads from the middle and the right side and get all that sky stitched. Then it will be on to the rest of the sky, which will move quickly.

I haven’t looked at the photo of the whole piece in quite a while, so I’m looking forward to scrolling the canvas up and seeing what else needs to be done. I can see the beginning of the actual boat at the very bottom. I think that is the beginning of the Poop Deck.

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