WIPocalypse 2015 – September

Very little progress this month and I’m stressing that I’m not getting things done. So I’m taking a two week stitching break. Life has been getting in the way and I’ll be spending a few days with family as well. I need to relax and find other things to do for a while. Then I should be ready to go again.

  1. Persian Iris Mandala – some of the buildings are beginning to appear, but not the gold top stitching yet.

3rd corner-2

2. Polar Express – a few trees in the car to the left but not the trees above the car.


3. Playful Snowmen – the second snowman is now on the sled, but the sled isn’t there yet. And no backstitching either. It’s half done with two more in this set to do yet.

Snowman 1-2

4. Train stocking – just started the front of the engine. Really wanted the locomotive done this month…

Train st 6


Swans Intro

It’s nice to have a quiet, basketweave project for when I’m frazzled and not willing to work on projects that require counting from charts.


This is a penelope canvas from Gobelin. It will eventually end up in the guest bathroom, so I wanted to tone down the colors a little. I took a drawer of Silk & Ivory threads to the bathroom and matched up the greens and browns with the new towels and shower curtain. I don’t work on it very often, just an hour or two each week. I’ve just started working from the left side.


Working just a little at a time also gives me lots of time to contemplate the reflections in the water. I’ve tried a few ideas already and haven’t been too happy with any of them. What stitches and threads do you use for water and reflections? I’d love to hear your suggestions. Thanks in advance.

Persian Nain Rug – Progress 10

Time for a monthly update on this rug. Still going quite slowly…

Last month, I was here:


Today, I’m here (and I’ve turned it around again):


The side on the top now – a lot of the border has been filled in and I’ve started the outline of the two square motifs.

In the center, I’ve completed the outlining of the medallion. Now I can slowly start to fill in the areas.

The side on the bottom has the second square motif filled in and the pineapple is half done.

This month I’m going to finish filling in the pineapple, start the outline for the other two square motifs (so the two sides match), and then work on the border.

By next month, I want the entire outer border stitched, have some of the medallion filled in, and be working on one of the large corner motifs. I need to pick up the pace if this is going to be done this year.

I have a small tile design waiting for my attention and I’ve started working on a Persian pillow design in jade green and pale golden browns as well. My hands can’t keep up with all the designs floating in my head right now.

Happy stitching everyone!


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.


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.