Cross Stitch Update – September 2018

We’ll start with a finish!! Forest Friends Stocking for my new granddaughter is completed. This is from the Stoney Creek Magazine. This is the second stocking I’ve done from their magazine and I love their designs. They’re hard to see, but there are tiny red beads on the top border, the wreath, and the holly here and there. And the tiny star sequins are from my stash.

I decided I needed to finish my own stocking next. I put it away in February when I started the stockings for the two new granddaughters. Here’s where it was when I put it away.

I worked on the newel post and with the large red bow this week. The 7th cat is sitting on top of it and I’ll stitch that this coming week. There’s only about 4 inches to do including the name, so I will get it done by the next cross stitch post. Here’s my progress the last 3 days:

The last piece is Love You Still from Glendon Place. I finished the word Still and then started on the large border on the right and worked up to the top, right corner. It’s not completed yet, but I’m getting there. I had to order the lighter blue subtle overdyed floss since I didn’t have anything I could use for that part of the design. All the other threads are from my stash. My husband (who this is for) really likes it.

 

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Needlepoint Update – September 2018

2 finishes this month!

First is the last of the Fancy Hat Snowmen ornaments. I didn’t have enough white Neon Rays to do the band of the hat, so it’s stitched with Planet Earth stranded silk. The face is Brick Stitch using white Kreinik ribbon. The pink cheeks are Splendor and the nose is a rust ribbon that didn’t have a label. I’ll need to get with it and start finishing some of these ornaments soon so they are ready for Christmas.

The other finish is the C in CAT by Cheryl Schaeffer. I couldn’t finish the cat until I bought more black and white Whisper. It was stitched with the dreaded Long/Short stitch. The eyes are green Kreinik.

Next I decided to quickly get a start on the A for CAT. I didn’t like the really dark color for the holes of the cheese, so I used a shade darker than the cheese. Kind of hard to see but I don’t want to tear it out again. The first try was the overdyed Pepper Pot that was used the ball of yarn in the letter C above. The mice are being stitched with the overdyed Pepper Pot used for the darker sections of floor in the Bear Stocking. The background for all three pieces is Nobuko.

The Bear Stocking is driving me crazy right now. I’ve tried two different ways of stitching the white tree branches and they looked horrible! The branches are being stitched on top of the background. So while I play on some practice canvas trying to figure out what to do, I’m stitching all the background in blue and stitching the lights and ornaments when I get to them. You’ll notice there is no space for a name, so I’ll create one by making two white bands in Gobelin over two threads with the name in gold Kreinik ribbon between them. Then I can fill in the background around the name with the dark blue background thread using Basketweave. That will be the top 2 inches. So next week I’ll turn the canvas around and stitch the rest of it upside down so it’s easier to reach. I want it done this month.

And finally, the Qum rug. The center panel now has the first set of completed flowers. The pink flowers were stitched with two shades of rose Splendor. At the bottom, I did two shades of purple beads for a little more color. The heart-shaped (sort of) brown branches are for the next set of flowers. Once the background has been filled in around the branches, I’ll add the flowers. Most of the flowers are being stitched on top of the background.

It’s also time to add more of the border and arch, so I’ll turn the canvas so I can stitch one side at a time. I’m going to do two more repeats of the outer border motif on each side. Then I add two more inches to the arches before going back to the center. You probably won’t see this project again until the December 1st post. Right now it’s only about 5 inches tall and the rug will be about 21 inches tall when it is completely done. I imagine a 2020 finish. Can you believe that?

I lightened up the photo this time. This is more like the actual colors.

I’m worn out just thinking about all of this, but I spent some time this past week getting two more needlepoint projects ready to go. That’s my incentive to get busy and finish the stocking so I can start something new next month.

Happy stitching to all of you!

Cross Stitch Update – August 2018

Let’s start with a big finale. Norfolk Diligence Sampler, stitched on 40 ct. linen is finally finished! I started it in 2014 and got about halfway done, then put it away in 2016 since I had 5 Christmas stockings to do. It came back out early 2017 and I’ve been working on only on weekends. Once I finished the octagons along the bottom (all stitched over 1 thread), it was easier to make progress.

Here is the bottom all completed.

And here is the whole project. I’m thrilled to have it done!

I also finished stitched to bottom of the Main St. Box. I have the bottom sewn together, but am having problems with the top. It’s so hard to hold onto the tiny corners and try to do any cross stitches.

I’ve made progress on Emmi’s stocking as well. About 4″ to go. I’m glad I’m able to backstitch around things as I go. Looks nicer and I don’t have to worry about doing it all at once.

Since the Norfolk Sampler is done, I needed to pick a new project to work on for the weekends. I have about 5-6 that I want to work on, so it wasn’t an easy choice. But I decided to pull out Love You Still by Glendon Place. I’m changing all the colors to blue and copper. Here’s where it is today:

When I finish the word Still, I’ll be able to start on the borders around the piece, working my way up to the top. Should have some good progress to report next month.

Needlepoint Update – August 2018

I’ve done well with the stocking for DH’s granddaughter. And I’ve tried to work on a couple other projects, but haven’t gotten very far.

Teddy Bear Stocking – The second bear is done completely done with Interlocking Goblin. It really went quickly too, thank goodness. So I’m up to the tree branches now. That will be challenging, but I think I have a plan ready to go.

I wanted to finish the C for the Cheryl Schaeffer C-A-T, but ran out of black Whisper and don’t have any white to finish the face. They’ve been ordered. I’ve finished the background for the letter and started on the cat.

And I’ve started the last of the 3 Fancy Hat Snowmen. I’m using white Neon Rays, lighter blue Fyre Werks, and darker blue Silk Lame Braid. It will eventually get done. Not much energy in the evenings right now.

Trying to get this finished in August so all 3 ornaments can be made into ornaments.

Cross Stitch Update – July 2018

I’ve worked on 4 projects this month and completed one of them.

The Main Street Box bottom is just over half done now. I know the stitching will be done by next month. Here’s hoping I can figure out how to make the box when the stitching is done.

I’m also past the halfway point on the Forest Friends stocking for Emmi. This is really a cute pattern and I love working on it.

I decided that I really wanted to finish the Norfolk Diligence Sampler, so I’ve been working on that weekends. I want to have it completed next month. And you can see how close I am to actually getting it done.

And I finished the Queen Anne House. I couldn’t believe how many beads I had to sew on this piece! But I really love it now that it’s done.

I’ve told you that I’m writing a cozy mystery. The main character of the book moves to a small town on the California coast and buys a Queen Anne house that has been partially renovated. This is my inspiration to keep working on it. I’m enjoying the writing and even waking up some mornings with a complete scene in my head. It’s fun too.

Needlepoint Update – June 2018

A needlepoint update at long last! I’ve made progress on three projects, one a finish.

Fancy Hat Snowman #2 – finished last night. No fancy stitches, since I’m still working my way back after a long break. This is by C.A.Huckaby.

And I’ve been working on the Teddy Bear Stocking. I finished the bottom section, except for the candy canes. Since I’m working on a scroll frame, I can’t do the beads on the candy canes until the rest of the stocking is done. I tried several different stitches for the bear, but his feet and legs are so small that I gave up, tore everything out and just used Basketweave.

Then I started on the middle section. The bear is being stitched with Interlocking Gobelin over 2 threads. One leg is completed already and it moves along well. The rocking chair showing on the right side is done and there is a little more to do on the left. I’ve started the background using Nobuko stitch. I decided to just do all of it in one color of blue, easier for me since I’m behind schedule on this.

And, finally, I’ve made some progress on my Persian Qum rug. It’s slow going, but is now getting about 3 hours of attention each week. In the rust colored arch, I’ve added another set of small flowers and filled in more background. The border for the arch is taller as well. In the center, I have one set of flowers done (leaves still to stitch) and will start on the right side this week. You won’t see him again for a couple of months – that’s how long it take to make visible progress.

 

A final word – I started this blog 10 years ago, come October. So I feel it’s time to let it go. I’ll be shutting it down in October. Thank you for 10 wonderful years!

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Cross Stitch Update – June 2018

Actual progress at long last. I’ve started the back of the Main Street Box. There is a small design, but most of it is just the overdyed thread. I know it isn’t centered, but this is the way it is on the pattern. I hope I can get it done and the box put together by next month’s progress report.

I also started another small project – the Queen Anne house from Mill Hill. I have most of the cross stitches for the house done and need to add a tree on each side. When cross stitches are done, I’ll get all the beads added. This one has special meaning for me, which I’ll share when it is complete (Hopefully by next month as well).

Finally, I did a lot on the Forest Friends stocking for Emmy. I’m half done now. The little bear and the branch and needles are done and all the backstitching for these parts have been done as well.

The area on the right above the scarf and branch will be a deer with a wreath around it’s neck. Above the bear’s head is the large snowman. I’m hoping to have those two areas done for next time.

It’s good to be stitching every day again, though only for 2 or so hours. I need to step up on the smaller needlepoint projects now. They haven’t been touched for 3 months. I’ll get there…

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