The three cross stitched stockings are now finished. First is for DH
and for my youngest son and his bride
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.
Father Christmas and Cats
I was here last month –
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Let’s start with the finishes. Gentle Elephant is completed and ready to be made into a stocking by the end of the month.
Batman is also completed and ready to be stitched up.
I started and finished a small piece – Schoolhouse in the Hometown Holiday series. I have two more to stitch in the series by the end of the year.
I got out a WIP that I want to work on as well – Father Christmas and Cats. Page 1 is all background except for 4 stitches of the coat. I hope to have that page done by the next posting, but it may not happen. Page 2 I know I’ll have completed by next time. The orange/red colors of his coat have reached the bottom of the page. There are more dark reds to come. Page 2 ends about 15 stitches to the right of the tassel. I stitch on this each weekend only.
I have one more project that I have just started. It’s the Delta Queen paddleboat. I’ll do a post about the project later in the week. Here is the start:
The pressure is off now that the Christmas stitching is done. I’ll get the sewing part done in the next week or two. My stitching has slowed down and I’m reading a little more. I stitch when I’m in the mood and no schedule on what to stitch when like I’ve done for years. I’m definitely more relaxed and enjoying the stitching more. Trying to live a lot more stress free – and feeling better.
This is going to be challenging, but I promised my new DIL that I would make an elephant stocking for her and this is the pattern she fell in love with. (She loves elephants even more than I do!) This is Gentle Elephant from Just Stitching.
See what I mean? What I’m going to do is stitch the elephants only. I’m stitching it on beige Aida, 18 ct. When it’s finished, I’ll add a little grass, etc. along the bottom to make it a little more interesting. Here’s where I got in the last couple of days.
I started with the tusk on the left and then started working on the trunk (barely) and the darker stitches as the start on the left ear. I changed a couple of colors though. I refuse to put purple and nave blue on this elephant. I substituted another dark and very dark brown instead. The elephant is all browns, grays, and black. It should stand out nicely on the beige Aida (which doesn’t look very beige in the photo).
I’ve got a long way to go. Wish me luck!
I posted a progress photo of this project in January of 2015. It was on my 2015 WIPocalype list of projects I wanted to complete and I didn’t even get one stitch done on it that year. Here’s the last photo.
I finally pulled it out of my stash last week and over the weekend I tried to complete the 3 columns that were started. Here’s how far I got – one column completed, most of the second column, and a little on the third one.
The little running stitches at the top and on the left show the center of the design. I’m looking forward to the two large areas of mostly whites and off-whites on each side. They really move along quickly.
I’m going to keep this one downstairs and work on it each weekend. I actually enjoyed working on it this weekend, so doing it in small doses is the way to go. I’ll post again for WIPocalypse 2016 later this month and I hope to have made some decent progress by then.
I said I was taking some time off from stitching. Part of that time was spent heading to Arkansas for my youngest son’s wedding over the weekend. The highlight of the wedding was watching the beautiful bride arrive at the very old stone chapel (we were seated outside) in a 1902 Mercedes! Just beautiful – as was the ceremony with modern updated vows. We’re exhausted, but home again and catching up on sleep.
Since we were stuck in LAX for 3 hours, I took a small cross stitch piece to stitch in the airport. I didn’t get very far though, stitching only the top part of the fire station.
I’ll get back to this later in the month. I have other things that I need to work on first – like my Nain Rug! I’m slowly picking up projects again, but I need to limit myself to only 2-3 projects at a time. I can then add a project to finish as I get those 2-3 done. Staying calm and things are going well for these 2 days – so far. LOL