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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Father Christmas and Cats – Progress 12

I only work on this piece on weekends during (American) football season. With the Super Bowl taking place later today, it’s time to put it away until September. This is where it was when I started working on it in Sept 2016:

Father C 8

At the end of 2016, I had gotten to this point:

Father C 11

So for the last month or so I’ve been working on the right side of the design. This is where I’m stopping for now:

Father C 12

I was trying to fill in areas on his face, alternating that and filling in more background. Then I found that I couldn’t do any more of the background until I started stitching the steam rising from the goblet in his hand. The top half of pages 1-5 are completed. The bottom half of pages 1-2 are done and a little more is needed on page 3. Page 4 is background and steam and page 5 is the orange and brown stripes (now completed) and the maroon and brown triangles that run down the right side. And that is where I’ll start again in September.

In the meantime, I have quite a few cross stitch WIPs from 2015 that I didn’t work on last year because I had the mandala and 5 stockings to get finished. One of those projects will come downstairs tomorrow so I can get back to work on it. Stay tuned.

Mill Hill Ornament – Polar Bear

I’ve had this little ornament in my stash for at least 3 years.

I started it just before Christmas since I had another week before the end of the year. I finished the cross stitching yesterday. So today was adding beads and cutting it out. Here he is all finished.

I completed 22 projects this year. Not a bad year at all.

Polar Bear

I saw this on another blog earlier today. I guess he is a popular fellow.

WIPocalypse 2016 – December

This month we show where we started the year on projects and the progress or finish of each. I’ve had a good year with 13 finished projects and 1 that was added and completed.

I finished 1 the train stocking and then stitched 2 more stockings –

Train St finale

stockings finale

 

 

 

 

 

Polar Express when from this:

Polar Express 5

to this completion:

Polar Finale

The Persian Iris Garden Mandala went from this:

Persian Iris 3rd corner-4

to this finish:

PIG framed

I wanted to get 4 more pieces done from Hometown Holidays. They are now done and I have two more from this year to do. I’m working on the Tree Lot now and it will be finished before Christmas.

Fire Station 3

Pet Store 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

School 2

Florist Finale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I finished the ornaments for my granddaughters – their last set (and one for myself too).

2016 ornie finale

Patchwork Serenity Sampler – I wanted to finish the first 3 pages (actually 2.5 pages)

It went from here:

Serenity-2

I almost finished page 2 and didn’t get to the small section on page 3. It’s here right now:

Serenity 4

Father Christmas and Cats – It’s 4.5 pages across the top. I’ve gotten 2.5 pages done – only half of page 3, but at least his face is almost complete right now.

It started here this year:

Father C 6

to here today – with all that background done!

Father C 11

The Delta Queen Paddleboat was added this fall and is now complete:

Paddleboat finale

Norfolk Diligence Sampler – no progress. I’ll pull this out again next month and will get it completed.

NF Sampler 12B

Chapter Tiles – no progress this year.

Chapter 2-3

Bright Sea Express – no progress this year.

Express 5

I’ve enjoyed being a part of WIPocalypse for several years, but I won’t be joining for 2017. I’ll keep working on projects at my own speed and post my progress – just not at a specific time each month.

I hope 2017 will be a super stitching year for everyone!!

 

WIPocalypse 2016 – November

The three cross stitched stockings are now finished. First is for DH

Train St finale

and for my youngest son and his bride

stockings finale

I didn’t notice until they were all done and I was pressing them that the hangers should be on the other side. I’ll let these two stay as is, but will do it correctly on the two needlepoint ones that I will be finishing this week.

Delta Queen Paddleboat is coming along. I need to add a little red to the smaller flags and outline the yellow decoration at the top with red. Then I can continue with the boat itself. I hope to have this project done by the end of the year.

Delta Queen 4

Father Christmas and Cats

I was here last month –

Father Christmas 9

and I got here yesterday. Almost finished Page 2 and did a lot of the background as well from Page 1. The goal by the end of the year is to finish the background on the left and finish Page 3 which will complete his face.

Father Cr 10

Delta Queen Paddleboat – Progress 3

I’m not stitching as much as I used to, but I’m still making progress on my projects.

I’ve been working on the top of the paddleboat and will work my way down the pattern.

Delta Queen 3

The decoration on top is done but needs backstitching. The top floor is done and I’ve started adding the railings. I’ve also started the flags and banners. I’m hoping to get those things done today. Then I’ll continue work on the second floor – the front is done but I need to add the side part. The sections beside the sign will be the third floor and finish the sections that people actually get to walk around on. I’ll have all that done when I show you the paddleboat again.

Then it will just be the paddlewheel itself and all the water. And there isn’t much backstitching once the three decks are done. I hope to have enough done to post again next week.

Delta Queen Paddleboat

I haven’t stitching much over the last week, but am now on track again.

I’ll try to keep this short – the story behind the paddleboat. DH and I met online 26 years ago. When his vacation time arrived, he drove from California to Tennessee with his two kids so we could meet in person and the kids could meet as well. My youngest was living with me at the time and decided that we should have an evening to ourselves. He stayed home with DH’s two kids and cooked them dinner (he’s a super chef!) He arranged for us to take a diner cruise on the Southern Belle paddleboat that went through the locks on the Tennessee River. A memorable evening.

Since then, now in California, we have been on a paddleboat in Lake Tahoe and one in Sacramento. The one is Sacramento was a smaller one and during the cruise we passed the Delta King paddleboat which is permanently moored there – and is a hotel and restaurant (photo below). The twin boat, Delta Queen, was originally in California as well. The Queen was towed through the Panama Canal and then used as an excursion boat on the Hudson River for several years. She also spent time in Chattanooga TN as a hotel for 5 years before being moved to Louisiana. It is listed as a National Treasure.

delta-king

I found this chart online and it’s an old one (drawn by hand on gold paper, 1984 by KD Artistry), but it’s fairly accurate on details so I wanted to stitch it for DH. I have quite a ways to go but here is the progress I’ve made this week.

Delta Queen 2

There is a second story to add plus the side going across the right. You can see the beginning of the paddle wheel on the left. I want to do all the cross stitches for the  white and gray parts of the boat first, then add the paddlewheel and water after that. And there is a ton of backstitching to do to add all the railings, etc. as well