February D.E.S.I.G.N. – Modern Folk

What project are you talking about this month?

I’m stitching Chapter Tiles from Modern Folk. Jacob, the designer, put two tiles together in one set of directions. Though Jacob usually stitches his designs in red thread on white linen, I decided to stitch mine using DMC floss #3809 and #3810 on Golden Sand linen. Most of the design is being stitched with the darker color and only the leaves in the design will be stitched in the lighter color. I’m currently working on the one pictured on the left.

ChapterHouse

 

Jacob lives in England and his website is: modernfolkembroidery.com

You can also find him on etsy: etsy.com       Search for Modern Folk Embroidery

He has many designs to choose from and also sells linen and thread for his designs (including his own hand-dyed wool thread).

Have you stitched a design by this designer before?

No, I haven’t. I heard about him from a friend who was working on one of his designs.

Would you stitch another design by this designer?

Yes, I would. He has several I would like to do, including one in the February issue of Cross Stitch Collection Magazine.

What made you decide to buy this design? Any special things about it?

Like last month, I love things that have been adapted from other forms of art. This time, the design was taken from tiles in the Minster Chapter House. I look forward to seeing what new designs he will create from his trip to Scotland recently.

Here is my progress so far:

Chapter 1-2

The pattern is just a quarter of the design and you rotate the pattern and repeat it until you have completed the whole design. I’ll need to order another piece of linen for the second tile, but I think they’ll make beautiful pillows, about 15″ square – eventually. (The fabric looks beige on my screen, but is actually a gold color.)

 

WIPocalypse 2015 – January

This is my first time doing an SAL and I’m looking forward to it. I’m Jan from Thread Medley and I do both needlepoint and cross stitch. I started cross stitch about 3-4 years ago when I bought the Persian Iris Mandala from Chatelaine. The mandala and several other projects are listed below on the list for WIPocalypse 2015. I’m hoping with encouragement from all of you that I can get some of these pieces done this year. (I’ve already listed my needlepoint projects for 2015 on my blog on Dec 31st.)

1. Persian Iris Mandala from Chatelaine – not quite halfway done

PI-Prog26

2. Gossamer Fractal – about a third done. This one has been driving me crazy, so I do a little at a time. I’d like to finish it this year.

Gossamer-9

3. Father Christmas and Cats from HAED – restarted and now moving along slowly. I’ve reached the left side edge of the piece and the right side is 27 stitches short of the edge. There are two very narrow bands going down the right side and a set of triangles to stitch in those 27 stitches. I’ll get to them next week, I hope.

FatherC - Prog 4

4. Norfolk Diligence Sampler from Heart’s Ease Examplar Workes – I love this but am terrified of the next section which is the three lines of words.

NF Sampler - 5

5. Hometown Holidays by Diane Williams (Little House Needleworks) – I have the charts for the Village Church and the Fire Station to do. Just started.

Church-1

6. Bright Sea Village Express by Elli Jenks – This is a 3D train and I just love the details on it. Can’t wait to start this soon.

7. Chapter House Tiles from Modern Folk (Jacob de Graaf) – not started

8. Frosty Forest by Country Cottage Needleworks – not started

9. Two Mill Hill Bead kits for next Christmas – not started

10. NOEL Quadrille by The Sweetheart Tree – not started

I think I’d better get stitching!

Heron Cross Stitch – Progress 4

Making good progress on this. The heron cross stitches are all done, but I still have to do the top stitching. I’ll do that last after I’m finished with all the cross stitches.

Heron-4

The darker shade of blue is complete on the left side of the heron and I’ll work today to complete the lighter blue as well. On the right side there are still a few flowers to stitch and then all the blue around it. The frame needs to be finished and then you’ll be able to see that there is a lot of white space above the heron. I hope I have it completed by the end of the year. I’ll post as soon as it’s done.

Father Christmas – A New Start

Thank you all again for helping me get started once again on this project. And thanks to Jennifer from Needlework Plus for finding and shipping over dyed threads that I can use for the background and the triangles down the right side of the design. We settled on Harvest Moon from GAST (Gentle Arts Sampler Threads) for the background and I really like it!

Several people suggested that I start in a more exciting place this time, rather than work on background forever. So I’m starting in the middle of the top with the hat on Father Christmas. Here’s a clip of the section I’ll be working on for a while.

Father Christmas - hat

And here is how far I’ve gotten after about 4 hours of work. Not much, but you can see the over dyed thread and the black triangles from the sides of the hat.

FatherC-New start

I’ve started to fill in a few of the other colors on the left part already and I know it will take a while to get this done. But it will be nice to have a recognizable part of the design done first. I think I got ahead of myself a little on the background though. I think the top point on the hat extends up to the top of the piece and I will have to rip out some stitches to make it fit. I think I’ll work up from the black triangles next Sunday when I get it out again and try to figure that out. The green line going up at the top is the center of the design.

Things are moving along very well now with just one strand of floss at a time. It’s going much faster and I don’t have any trouble filling in colors at all. It’s easy to see where they all go. Yeah!

Norfolk Diligence Sampler – Progress 5

And now for a project that is moving along delightfully!

This is on 40 linen over 2 threads. It’s my first time on 40 ct. and I’m finding it slow going but I’m not having any difficulty. Thank goodness for these good eyes. I’m working on Page 2 now and the bottom of the second band. Here is the first pansy all finished. I’ll continue across the row – two sets of stems and leaves and two more pansies.

Pansy

And here is the whole project so far. I had to scroll up a little so you don’t see all of the checkerboard section now.

NF Sampler-5

I’m really enjoying this and love the design.

Is there anyone out there who is working on this (or have completed it)? I have a question about the section with the verse to stitch. Thank you in advance.

Many thanks to cross stitchers

I’ve had quite a few comments and emails about my dilemma with Father Christmas and Cats. Thank you all for taking the time to advise me on my options.

Has anyone tried an overdye thread for these large backgrounds? I’m afraid of the striping of colors – that happens with needlepoint too. I’ve decided not to do this.

What about a colored canvas? I could stitch the rest of the design and not worry about stitching the background at all. I’m not sure I would like the look, but I’ve done small pieces without the background being stitched, so why do I have a hangup about it for a larger piece… I found a linen that is the exact color of one of the background colors, but it would cost me $57 to buy a large enough piece. I think I’ll pass on this one as well.

Several people said I could start over and use one strand of floss on 32 count even weave or linen. I like the idea and I would have to order the fabric, but this would enlarge the project quite a bit. On the 25 count, over one thread, it’s 14″ x 20″. If I do over 2 on 32 count, it would be 22″ X 31.5″. Way too big for me. On 40 count over two, it would be 17.5″ X 25″.

Currently, I have the mandala on 32 count linen, stitching over 2 threads. The sampler is 40 count linen, stitching over 2 threads. I think that’s enough linen to be working on at any one time. (I’m not counting any needlepoint projects that are also being worked on right now.)

I have another piece of Lugana the same size. I’ve played with using one strand over one thread on the margin of the current piece and it looks good. So I’m going to work on the grid this afternoon and start over on that. I’m also taking the advice of about 3 people and starting with Father Christmas himself. Then I can do a little of the background each time I work on the piece and eventually get it all done. ONE more thing I’m going to do. I’m not going to use so many colors for the background. I’m going to cut that in half, using one color for two different symbols. That should help eliminate constantly starting and ending threads.

Another person mentioned working across one row for a while so you always have an open row below where you are working. That way there would be no open little spaces to try and fill in later. I might try that too.

One more comment on all the other services available online – I love all my tech devices but I’m not into online services very much. There just isn’t enough time in the day with all my stitching, reading about 100 blogs, and reading books (not to mention occasional housework, etc.) to deal with Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. I know about Needlepoint Nation, etc. but I just don’t have the time. Remember, besides all the stitching I do from other designers, I also design my own small rugs and stitch them. I’m getting old and I have a million more things I want to design and stitch. So it’s just this blog and the website (which is terribly out of date too). That and two emails keep me more than busy……

Thank you all once again! Super people everywhere……

Cross Stitchers – Advice Please

I started an HAED design last year and didn’t get very far.  I’ve only been cross stitching for two years and haven’t completed lots of designs. But there are so many beautiful designs out there and I want to continue buying and stitching them. Here’s the design:

Father Christmas

And here’s where I am today – about 4.5″ X 1.5″ of background on the top, left of the design.

FatherChristmas-2

I’m using two plies of floss on 25 ct. Lugana. I’m finding it frustrating to fill in all the little holes when I get to the last 4-5 colors. There are about 12 shades of rust and orange to do the background. So I have questions and I’m seeking your advice.

1. Should I be using just one ply of floss?  It would make the project easier to handle, but would it cover well?

2. If I want to change to one ply, what do I do with this piece that is started – start over with a new piece of fabric or rip it out? Would the fabric be okay if I rip out that much?

3. If I continue with two plies, what advice do you have for me to keep going and not get so frustrated. You can see that the last four squares are not completed yet. I just couldn’t force myself to continue today.

I love the design! I want to get it done so I can hang it up each December. Help…..

Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me. I truly appreciate it.