Cross Stitch Update – June 2018

Actual progress at long last. I’ve started the back of the Main Street Box. There is a small design, but most of it is just the overdyed thread. I know it isn’t centered, but this is the way it is on the pattern. I hope I can get it done and the box put together by next month’s progress report.

I also started another small project – the Queen Anne house from Mill Hill. I have most of the cross stitches for the house done and need to add a tree on each side. When cross stitches are done, I’ll get all the beads added. This one has special meaning for me, which I’ll share when it is complete (Hopefully by next month as well).

Finally, I did a lot on the Forest Friends stocking for Emmy. I’m half done now. The little bear and the branch and needles are done and all the backstitching for these parts have been done as well.

The area on the right above the scarf and branch will be a deer with a wreath around it’s neck. Above the bear’s head is the large snowman. I’m hoping to have those two areas done for next time.

It’s good to be stitching every day again, though only for 2 or so hours. I need to step up on the smaller needlepoint projects now. They haven’t been touched for 3 months. I’ll get there…

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Cross Stitch Update – May 2018

I’ve actually made progress on some things this month. Yeah!

The small box that I started last month now has a finished top. It’s just over three inches square. The overdyed thread around the edges will be folded back and stitched to make the top. The bottom is mostly the overdyed thread with a small rectangular design. I’ll try to do a little of that each evening while I’m watching TV. No pattern to refer to for most of it. Nice and easy.

The Christmas stocking for Emmi is slowly coming along. I’ve started the black bear cub that will be the heel of the stocking. The little bits of blue you see will be the long, blue scarf on the bear. Long ways to go, but I’d like to finish the heel of the stocking by the next cross stitch post.

The chaos at our home will finally go away Tuesday after doctor appointment. Hopefully, we’ll get lots of good news then. And our normal, quiet life can get back to normal (with more needlepoint stitching, I hope).

Cross Stitch Update – March 2018

Only worked on two projects over the last month. The first is Norfolk Diligence Sampler where I completed another page and only have 1 more page to go. I need to add my name on the top half of the center octagon and then stitch the last two octagons facing them in the opposite direction. I will get this done this year! It’s taking me forever.

The other project is the stocking for Emmi, who is one month old now.

This is the stocking that I am making for her. I started in the middle of the stocking and I’m working my way down the left side to do the little stocking. Then I can do the bear on the right side. Here is where I am today:


While you are reading this, I’m visiting my new little granddaughter. I hope I get to spend a lot of time cuddling her. Also want a bunch of photos to bring home with me. I wish they lived closer so I could see her more often.

When I get home, another event is happening. Just two days later my DH is having a knee replacement. So it’s going to be a busy month. Not sure if any stitching will get done this month. We’ll see.

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 moreĀ 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!!