ABC by Alice Peterson – finale

I finished the last stitches on Saturday night (my first finish of 2018). I sent a photo to the soon-to-be-parents and they love it. Now to get it framed and sent to them. Baby due in 5 weeks.

This was stitched with #5 perle cotton on 18 ct. canvas. I needed to buy about 6 colors and all the rest were in my stash (including the 8 skeins of white).

Now to decide what to work on next – probably the needlepoint stocking for DH’s granddaughter. But not until the ASOW Tall Ship is completed by the end of the month. The stocking is too big to handle downstairs while I watch TV.


Cross Stitch Update – January 2018

Staying with the promise to myself to only have two projects going at one time, here is the update for the month.

I’m still working on my Cats on a Staircase stocking. It was here last month”

I’ve finished two more cats and some of the spindles on the staircase have been started. Just above the siamese cat will be just the head of a cat that is peeking around the spindle that will be stitched just to the right of the siamese cat. There are still two more whole cats to go after that.

The other project I want to get done is the Norfolk Diligence Sampler. It was here last month:

The border on the left side is just about done – only about 3 more rows of blue to finish it off. And I’ve added a few blue  stitches so you can see where the border fits across the bottom. The first octagon is completed and I’ve been outlining the next two octagons so I can get the second one started. Here is it today:

I’m hoping my hands feel better and I’ll get more done over the next month. I’d like to have the stocking finished by then and one more octagon finished on the sampler plus more of the bottom border. The over one stitching inside the octagons is very difficult for me and I’m sure I’ll never do another project on 40 ct that has parts stitched over one thread. That’s what is really slowing me down on this project.

2018 Needlepoint Plans

(I scheduled this post to appear this morning. Not only did it not show up, it’s no longer on my computer!! I’ll keep checking and if the duplicate shows up, I’ll delete it. Don’t know what WordPress is up to at this point.)

Projects completed in 2017:

Anatolia Rug – my design

Ghiradelli Square by Peter Ashe

Tumak by Gitta

Country Cabin Panel by Laura Perin

6 ornaments

For 2018 I plan to finish several WIPs:

  1. My blue/green pillow design (I have more done than the photo below)

2. Purple Heron by Melissa Shirley

3. ASOW Tall Ship – posted yesterday

4. ABC piece – posted yesterday

5. Work on Persian Qum rug – though I don’t think it will be completed in 2018 – posted yesterday

And I want to start 3 new pieces:

  1. Teddy Bear stocking by Barbara Fox

2. Tropical Punch by DebBee Designs

3. C A T by Cheryl Schaeffer

4. And I’ll do several ornaments as well

I know I need to cut down on the number of projects I have going at the same time – 6 right now (or 7?). I don’t want more than 2 needlepoint projects to work on at any one time from now on. So I need to finish the tall ship and the alphabet pieces and THEN I can start on the stocking for DH’s new granddaughter. If I get to the point where I want to start one of the other projects, then the Persian Qum rug will be put away for a month so I can work on the new project. Let’s see if I can stick to this one New Year’s resolution.

It’s going to be a busy needlepoint year!! My cross stitch plans for the year will be posted at the end of the week.

Happy New Year to you all!!


Needlepoint 2017 Roundup

Where has the year gone? I did get 3 WIPs completed this year – My Anatolia rug, Ghiradelli Square, and Tumak. And I completed 6 ornaments and Laura Perin’s Country Cabin Panel. Here is the progress on the 3 projects I am currently working on (some good progress for a change).

My Persian Qum rug – I was here on December 1st:

And I finished here on Friday:

The arch is filled in a little more and I’ve started adding a few leaves on the left side. And I started the vase – about half done now.

My second project is ASOW Tall Ship. I did more of the sky and scrolled up a little more to see the bottom of the canvas, finally.

Almost all of the sky on the left side, behind the rigging, is done and it’s all done in the middle between the masts. I still need to fix the two cross beams (spars?) but I won’t do that until I get the rest of the blue finished. I’m hoping there will be some blue thread left to redo a little of the sky and fix the spars properly. Once I have the sky behind the rigging on the right side, the rest should be easy and finished (hopefully) by the end of the month.

The last project is the ABC for the future granddaughter. I left off on December 1st:

And I finished here last night:

I’m doing the bottom two rows at the same time, working left to right. I know this will be finished by the end of January. Then I can get it framed and sent to DS and DIL for the baby’s room before she arrives the end of February.

Needlepoint Plans for 2018 will be posted tomorrow.




Cross Stitch Update – December 2017

I’m creeping along on 3 projects I would really like to finish.

First up is Norfolk Diligence Sampler. I’ve almost finished the first of the 5 octagons with designs done over 1 thread. There are 3 more little flowers to go. I’m hoping to get another octagon finished and turn the corner on the outer border before the next update.

Norfolk 22.jpg

The second one I need to finish is the Cat Stocking for myself. It won’t be done before Christmas, but I need to keep working on it and get it done so I can start on the stockings for the two new granddaughters.

The striped present has been backstitched and I’ve been adding more background so I can backstitch the orange cat sleeping on top of the present (he’s facing away from us). The brown step to his left has a cat sitting up tall on it and another cat just above the orange cat as well.

Cat Stocking 4.jpg

And lastly, I’ve made good progress on Love You Still. Two of the large words are done and I’ll start the last one (Still) this weekend. The smaller word above will be “yesterday” by the time I finish stitching today. That’s being stitched with a subtle overdye from Gloriana. The hearts are stitched with dark gold DMC Satin floss. Another week and I’ll be able to start working on the rest of the design and get some more of the golds and overdyes going.

Love You 3.jpg

I hope all of you are enjoying some wonderful stitching and have a Very Merry Christmas!

Needlepoint Update – December 2017

You’ve already seen the Tall Ship, so here are the other two projects I’ve worked on this past month.

My Qum Rug is slowly progressing. I worked mainly on the right side this past month.

I have two repeats of the blue motif up the right side now. And I’ve worked on the arch area, adding to the edging and working on the first branch of flowers which are now completed. On the left I’ve added the edges of the border but need to add another blue motif to match the right side and more flowers in the arch area. Here is the whole rug so far.

I’m also hoping to begin work on the center section during December, starting the vase in the center.

On the ABC piece for the new granddaughter, I’ve more or less finished the first three rows. I’ll start the next row this evening. Two more letters to be at the halfway mark. Since she isn’t due until the end of February I still have a lot of time.

My hands were much worse last weekend, but I’ve figured out what I did wrong that caused so much pain. I was trying to open a jar, something I’ve never had trouble with before. I finally asked DH to open it for me. Today I ordered a gadget that will help me open jars from now on. I’m also using my wax bath for a few nights, since that usually helps ease the pain for several weeks. I’m now stitching 3 hours a day – one hour at a time with lots of time in between. I’m really taking it easy but miss the stitching if I have to put it away for days at a time.


ASOW Tall Ship – Eureka!!

Yesterday I finished another couple of inches of the sky and rigging. So I scrolled down a little to take a photo of all that is done so far.

This is 9.5 inches all finished. So I scrolled up again. Eureka!  I found the ship at last!

You can now see the next 5 inches. I’ve moved the long threads for the masts and rigging out of the way to make it easier to see the ship. There is only an inch or so still on the scroll bar. I’ll scroll one more time after I do about 2 more inches of the sky and finish the masts. So only about 6.5 inches to go. I can’t believe how many rigging lines have to meet in various places at the boat level.  Just a little at a time – I’ll get this done.