Cross Stitch Update – February 2018

Progress, but not a lot this past month. I had hoped by this time of the year, I would have both of these projects done, but it’s just not happening. I finally have my hands feeling better, but can’t stitch for more than an hour in the morning (needlepoint) and afternoon (cross stitch).

I worked on Norfolk Diligence on weekends and completed another octagon and a little more of the bottom border. I finished outlining the other 3 octagons – the middle one is almost ready for me to add my name and date. The other two will repeat the two that are completed, but reversed.

My cat stocking I work on about 4 afternoons a week, but it just doesn’t get me very far. I’m about 2/3 of the way done with only two more cats to go. This is being put away now so I can start the stocking for Emmi (who was born this week). When that is done, I’ll get back to the cat stocking.

Things have been so busy around here, but I picked up a small project to work on once in a while. This is a Mill Hill bead kit. I have several more of these to work on as I find time.

I have a stack of ornaments to work on and some already finished. This summer I want them to be made into ornaments and put away. When the two new granddaughters are a little older, I will start giving them one each year. I’m just not sure how long I’ll be able to keep stitching, so I’m planning ahead.

I’ve also started something new to keep me busy that is not related to stitching. I’ve always wanted to write, so I’m reading and planning and outlining my first book – a cozy mystery. I’ll let you know about it when I get it figured out. LOL

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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.

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.

Cross Stitch Update – November 2017

The last month has not been kind. With the fires early in October, we didn’t feel like doing anything except worry and plan an exit if we needed it (thankfully, we didn’t need to leave).

I wasn’t interested in working on any of the projects that I had been working on, so I started a new one – Love You More. I was happily stitching away, starting in the middle with the word “you” and then started on the word “Love” that was just to the left. As I started on the Capital L I noticed that I was running out of room and wouldn’t have room for the borders. So I stopped to figure it out. I guess I assumed that the piece was a square and it wouldn’t matter which way I started my stitching. But it is wider than it is tall and I had started stitching in the wrong direction. So I spent several days frogging it all out – ove you. So now I have restarted and here is my progress so far:

The little piece on the left is the start of the letter “e ” in love.

And that didn’t end the problems either. I pick up the Norfolk Sampler on the weekends, trying a little at a time to get it completed. So I pulled it out one Saturday and it didn’t look quite right. The last thing I worked on the last time it was out – the border on the right side. Then I figured out what was wrong – the blue background was a different shade of blue that had to be frogged out and restitched. I have finally finished the band I was working on!

So I’m now starting on the last band and the border which will run across the bottom too. The first octagon is outlined. There will be more colors around each octagon and then they will be filled in with designs done over 1 thread like the verse that was stitched last year. This will be slow going.

The last piece is the cat stocking that I’m doing for myself – it will NOT be done in time for Christmas this year. But I’ll keep working on it and get it done, hopefully before I have to start on the two stockings for new granddaughters next year.

I had the toe done last month and the heel is almost done but needs backstitching. The blue and green gift box is done and I’ve just started the top of the box. The cat will look better when the back stitching is done. I love these two kitties – just like Julius and Daisy who died. When this section is done, then I’ll start working my up the stocking, with more kitties to come.

Then the last “bad” news. My right hand is hurting again. I’ve done a wax treatment for 3 evenings now, but if I try to stitch it makes my hand hurt again. So I haven’t stitched since Friday evening. It’s driving me crazy to see all my projects and know I can’t do any stitching on them. I tried yesterday and gave up after about 20 minutes. So I need to take a few more days off before I try again.

So I’ve been reading, pulling threads for the cross stitch stocking for little Emmi next year, ordering thread for the needlepoint stocking that I showed in the post about Barbara Fox that I’ll stitch for little Penelope next year, finding some new pasta recipes to try, getting my To Do list for 2018 stitching ready, etc. But I’m bored!!!! I’ll try a little stitching on Wed. and see how things go.

The rest of this year will be much better – I’m sure of that!! Happy stitching everyone!

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Baby Girl House Ornament by Painted Pony – Done!

When I picked up threads for the new rug last week, I also picked up another skein of Bubblegum (dark pink) Pepper Pot Silk. I had run out and I wanted to get this project completed. Here is side 4 – the front of the house with it’s pink trim and bannisters:

Then on to the last side:


I did the little lamb pull toy in tiny French knots – just plain white floss. The pacifier isn’t too easy to figure out, but I love the safety pins, even though we don’t use them anymore.

And here is the entire piece:

I really like all the little details – pull toys, baby bottle, rattle, etc. This piece has a lot of personality. I’m hoping to find the time to get it made into a house over the weekend. If I get that done, I’ll post it next week.

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Fancy Hat Snowman #1 by C.A. Huckaby

I’ve been working on this on and off for a while and decided Saturday that I should just get him finished. Here is Fancy Hat #1.

The beige is Soy Luster, the turquoise band is Neon Rays and all the Mosaic stitches on the hat are Kreinik braid. The white Daisy stitches and Mosaic stitches on the face are Petite Sparkle Rays, the cheeks in Satin stitch are regular Sparkle Rays, the nose is Diagonal Mosaic stitched with floss. The eyes and the mouth are large black beads (size 8, I think). I have larger black beads and maybe should have used the larger ones for the eyes but I don’t want to change them now. I’ll keep that in mind for the others.

I bought 3 of these, so I still have one that is all blues and one that is red and green. Those two will be stitched and put away for grandchildren. This one is MINE! LOL

I’ll have another piece finished and ready for hanging by the end of the week. And the wedding shower gift was mailed today so I’ll be able to show that to you next week. I’m slowly getting a few things done.

Baby Girl House Ornament – Progress 3

I promise that I have been stitching, just not getting a lot done. For the past week, after finishing the ABC Sampler, I’ve been working on a gift for a wedding shower. I can’t show it to you yet, but it was completed yesterday. Yeah!

In the evenings, I’ve picked up the Baby Girl House to work on it for an hour each night. I have now completed side 2.

I want to add a small stitch in Kreinik to the windows and found just the right one this morning. I’ll get that done tonight and continue on the roof of the next section.

There are so many cute little pieces to stitch on this – the rattle hanging from the roof (don’t know why, but okay), the cup and the baby blocks. The cup was stitched with silver Kreinik, everything else is Peper Pot Silk for the details. The pale yellow for the house itself is Vineyard Silk. I needed to buy one more skein of the Vineyard Silk, but all the other threads are from my stash.

I want to continue with this project in the evenings, so I hope I can show you the next side in a week or so.