Needlepoint Update – April 2018

Once again, I have done very little needlepoint over the last month. I’ve only worked upstairs about 3-4 days all month. But I’ve made a little progress on the Bear Stocking. The darker section of the floor is finished, one rocker on the rocking chair is done, and I’ve started on the first teddy bear. The pads on his feet and one arm were stitched with Diagonal Mosaic. Once the feet are stitched, I’ll use Backstitch to go around the pads. I’m using 3 shades in the caramel family for this teddy and stitching it with a variation of the Corduroy stitch. I worked on one arm this morning to see if I like it and hopefully will find a day or two next week to continue.

I didn’t want to mess up the cat on the Letter C, so I picked up the second of the Fancy Hat Snowmen to work on once in a while in the evening if I had the energy. Simple threads and stitches – the greens are Pebbly Perle and the red is Splendor.

 

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Needlepoint Update – March 2018

As I said in my last post, lots going on here. I haven’t done any needlepoint for over two weeks, but hope to get back to work on the stocking on Monday. (A week with my new granddaughter was wonderful!!)

Before I left, I did get a little more done on the stocking – very little. I finished the second ornament o the left side and I started on the darker, shaded section of the floor on the right side. I’m playing with beads for the candy canes – not sure about it yet.

I’d like to finish the candy canes and ornaments along the bottom in April and start on the chair on the left and the teddy bear on the right. I really hope I’ll have lots of time to work on this over the next month.

I haven’t shown you the Persian Qum rug at all this year! I work on it one week each month and that doesn’t make a lot of progress. After 3 months now, I feel there is enough done to show you.

I’ve added more to the branches and flowers in the rust archway on each side. I finished the vase and started the background in the center section. The pink French Knots to the left of the vase will be 4 pink flowers. Stems and leaves will be stitched on top of the cream background once the flowers are done. There will also be a sprig of flowers on each side at the base of the vase.

I completed the white background on the C piece by Cheryl Shaeffer, but didnt’ take a photo. I want to stitch the yarn that is hanging down on the C and start working on the cat during April.

I’ve started cross stitching over the last two days, so there will be things to show you in the next post on the 15th of April.

Needlepoint Update – February 2018

I’ve worked on these two projects this month:

Teddy Bear Stocking by Barbara Fox

– I finished stitching the light colored wood floor and worked on Christmas lights and ornaments. The Christmas lights are stitched with Sparkle Rays. The red ornament on the left was stitched with red Snow and flowers are Lazy Daisy stitch with Kreinik #12 braid. The ornament on the right was stitched with green ribbon floss and silver Kreinik ribbon, using the Scotch stitch – I used the Kreinik ribbon for the longest stitch.

I’ll try to complete all of the things on the light-colored floor in March, work on the darker section of the floor, and hopefully start the first teddy bear.

The other project is C A T by Cheryl Schaeffer. This is moving along well now. The three balls of yarn were a challenge to figure out. I finally decided to Basketweave them with variegated Pepper Pot Silk (very subtle shading) and then “wrap” long strands around to imitate a ball of yarn. Finished the pink one last night. I still have the strands that fall down the letter, but I want all the white background filled in first. Then I can stitch the cat.

This one reminds me of holding skeins of yarn while my mother wound up the yarn into balls. I did that a lot! I want to get this one finished in March and then I can start on the letter A. (just noticed a problem just to the left of the cat – I’ll get that fixed tonight)

I’ve also decided to work on the Qum rug upstairs one week each month, but I didn’t get enough done to show you this month.

Needlepoint Progress – January 2018

Happy dance! HAPPY DANCE!!! The first finish for the month was posted a little while ago. Alice Peterson’s ABC that is now at the framer’s.


The shouted happy dance is for the ASOW Tall Ship, which was finished this afternoon. Here is the bottom of the canvas:

The water was stitched with Bravo, using two plies, in a zigzag pattern.

I used up 1 card of Bravo, 7 skeins and 2 partial skeins of floss, 2 full and 4 partial skeins of old Needle Necessities thread. All of this was in my stash!

This was quite a challenge and took 6 months to finish. (I still have about 4 threads for rigging that need to be tightened.)  Here is the finale:

With two projects done this month, I’m now free to start two new projects. For downstairs, I am going to stitch the C A T by Cheryl Schaeffer. I’m still waiting for a couple threads, but I’ve start the background for the C using white Pepper Pot Silk in Nobuko stitch. The letters are about 8 inches tall, which is smaller than most of my projects. I’ve only worked on it one evening so far.

Upstairs, the new larger canvas is the Teddy Bear Stocking by Barbara Fox for DH’s granddaughter. Again, only one hour of stitching so far. Marshmallow variegated Pepper Pot Silk was used for the floorboards, stitched in Beaty stitch.

When I need a change of pace upstairs, I can work on the Qum rug for a few days.

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!!

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Barbara Fox Needlepoint Closing

This is a 21″ stocking by Barbara Fox on 13 ct mesh. I bought this for our new granddaughter Penelope. I’ll be stitching it for next year.

While I was browsing the web last week, I decided to visit Barbara’s website again to see what other canvases she had. I love the two trees that are shown on her New page. I saw a note at the bottom of her home page that says she is closing her needlepoint business. I wrote to her to see if she had one of the tree canvases that I really liked (she didn’t) and another Christmas stocking (which she had on 13 and 18 ct). I bought the 13 ct. one! She no longer has time to do the needlepoint designs – too busy with other projects. I hate to see her go.

Her website is:      http://www.barbarafoxneedlepoint.com

She is selling all the stock she has on hand, so do a little browsing and see if you can pick up some beautiful, new canvases at a discount.

She has a lot of flower, garden, teddy bear, and Christmas canvases (ornaments and a few stockings). Just send her an email with the number and name of the canvas you would like to purchase and she’ll get back to you and let you know if she has it in stock and what the cost will be. I paid with PayPal.  (This was written with her permission.)

Hope you find something you’ll love to stitch!