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.
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.
I only work on this one day a week, so progress is slow. But I’ve completed the first band and wanted to show it off. This band will repeat on the right side of the rug as well.
The gray stripes between the small bands were stitch with gray Splendor using two plies. The stitch is Skip Tent with the stitches slanted down on the left side and up on the right side. This now measures 6.25″ long and 1.25″ wide. Now to move on to the other overdyed thread from Colour Complements – a purple/blue thread. This will be back when the next band is done.
Time for another designer that I love and maybe some of you don’t know about – Madame La Fee from France. Her website is: http://www.madame-la-fee.com
What design and designer are you presenting this month? I’ve just started stitching Polar Express by Madame La Fee. Here is the design:
This is Pole Express (in French). Many of her designs have phrases in French. If you look around at the cross stitch sites in the States, you will find some of them with English translations for the words. I have a pattern that is completely in French and I haven’t had any trouble with it. The charts are in full color.
Have you stitched a project by this designer before? No, I haven’t but I know there are a couple others I would like to buy.
Would you buy/stitch a design by this designer again? Yes, I would. The designs are delightful!
What made you choose this particular design/designer? Originally I found this designer because I was looking for train designs and couldn’t pass this one up! I want to do a second heart design that has deer, as a companion piece. It’s about 8 inches tall, so not a huge project (for a change)
Did you notice anything that distinguished this designer from others? Most of her designs are small scenes or items relating to a specific holiday, etc. that are presented in an array of small boxes. This seems to be something new in the States and I’m beginning to see the same format in cross stitch and a few in needlepoint too. The photo below is from her PDF collection with instructions in English. Just scroll down on her site’s opening page to find the PDF link.
I’ve started the Polar Express and have completed the middle car and a few trees just above it. Here’s how it looks so far:
I’ve happy that this designer doesn’t have a lot of backstitching in her design. That will speed things up a lot.
I last posted this rug at the end of May and it looked like this:
I’ve turned the rug around so I can work on the other side now. I’ve finished the last two small motifs and the last pineapple motif now. Plus some other things – here it is today:
Half of the outline for the center medallion is now done. And I’ve filled in the center of the medallion to help me keep track as I work my way around the other half of it. I need to add the two larger square motifs on this side, continue the outer border, and add a lot more background. This is a very slow project.
I now need to decide how I want to proceed once the last two motifs on this side are added. Shall I continue moving along to the left until I get to the corner, leaving the medallion until the end? Or shall I fill everything is as I go (the medallion before I get to the corners)? I probably have another month before I need to make the decision – I’m always worried that the motifs and the borders won’t match up correctly at the other end.
I haven’t done as much this past month on my projects. But here goes…
1. Persian Iris Mandala – the carpet has all the beads sewn on. The mosque #3 has about half of the cross stitches done. The small triangle sections on each side of the light turquoise is done over one thread instead of over two like all the others. I hope to have this mosque completed by the end of this month.
2. Norfolk Diligence Sampler – I have completed the fourth band of the sampler, but I still have to finish a little of the border on each side.
I’ll do the divider next and then start on the largest band – the manor house! Yeah! When I have 11 rows done on that band, I’ll be at the halfway mark. It’s taken a year to get to this point and I hope that it won’t take that long for the second half. Here is the first half all done. I want to finish pages 5-6 by the end of the month. I’m half done with those pages.
3. Chapter Tiles from Modern Folk Embroideries is coming along very slowly. I guess I’m not working on it as much. I’m still in the second quarter of the design.
4. Bright Sea Express by Elli Jenks is also one that hasn’t had a lot of attention. This first side of the car has 3 windows, which are now there but not all filled in. Then I’ll have to finish the part below the windows. I want to be working on the roof of the car on the right side by the end of the month.
5. Santa Train Stocking for my DH. The second car has all the red for the side and front completed. The roof is almost complete and then I can fill in the windows and the door. I want to have the tender full of coal done by the end of the month and maybe a start on the engine.
Lots to do here and of course my needlepoint as well. Keep stitching everyone!
I’ve just started on a new, small rug. It’s being stitched on Congress Cloth with #8 Perle Cotton. The original is shown below:
This is a full-sized rug, but mine will only be 6.5″ X 8.5″ when it is done. Rather than try to keep up with a million color changes, I’m using solid colors and two overdyed colors. The two shown below are from Lorraine of Colour Complements (www.colourcomplements.com from Canada). She hand-dyes all her threads in various sizes and types of threads. You can find her on Etsy – Colour Complements. In the photo below, I’ve undone one skein so you can see that Lorraine’s threads change colors over a much shorter length than many overdyes.
I’ve only started, but wanted you to see how things are going. I’m going to use the same overdye all the way up the column and change the solid color as I work my up the column. My design is not very close to the original design, but I’m hoping it will have a similar feel. (I forgot to take the needle out before I took the photo. Sigh)
Over the last weekend, my blog reached 250,000 hits!! Thank you all so very much. You don’t know how much it means to me to have you all visit, like, comment, and follow my efforts at stitching and designing. I really appreciate each and every one of you!!
Now that Santa on a Brown Bear is completed, it’s time to start a new needlepoint project. This one is a bit silly, but is a Christmas present for one of my sons. It will be hung on the door to the guest bathroom and goes very well with the two prints already in that room. I won’t be showing this very much on the blog. I don’t think my sons read the blog, but I really don’t want him to know ahead of time (if I can help it). It will be done with Silk & Ivory and will be mostly Basketweave.
It should be easy and a lot of fun.