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.

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Needlepoint 2017 Roundup

Where has the year gone? I did get 3 WIPs completed this year – My Anatolia rug, Ghiradelli Square, and Tumak. And I completed 6 ornaments and Laura Perin’s Country Cabin Panel. Here is the progress on the 3 projects I am currently working on (some good progress for a change).

My Persian Qum rug – I was here on December 1st:

And I finished here on Friday:


The arch is filled in a little more and I’ve started adding a few leaves on the left side. And I started the vase – about half done now.

My second project is ASOW Tall Ship. I did more of the sky and scrolled up a little more to see the bottom of the canvas, finally.

Almost all of the sky on the left side, behind the rigging, is done and it’s all done in the middle between the masts. I still need to fix the two cross beams (spars?) but I won’t do that until I get the rest of the blue finished. I’m hoping there will be some blue thread left to redo a little of the sky and fix the spars properly. Once I have the sky behind the rigging on the right side, the rest should be easy and finished (hopefully) by the end of the month.

The last project is the ABC for the future granddaughter. I left off on December 1st:

And I finished here last night:

I’m doing the bottom two rows at the same time, working left to right. I know this will be finished by the end of January. Then I can get it framed and sent to DS and DIL for the baby’s room before she arrives the end of February.

Needlepoint Plans for 2018 will be posted tomorrow.

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ASOW Tall Ship – Eureka!!

Yesterday I finished another couple of inches of the sky and rigging. So I scrolled down a little to take a photo of all that is done so far.

This is 9.5 inches all finished. So I scrolled up again. Eureka!  I found the ship at last!

You can now see the next 5 inches. I’ve moved the long threads for the masts and rigging out of the way to make it easier to see the ship. There is only an inch or so still on the scroll bar. I’ll scroll one more time after I do about 2 more inches of the sky and finish the masts. So only about 6.5 inches to go. I can’t believe how many rigging lines have to meet in various places at the boat level.  Just a little at a time – I’ll get this done.

Swans Intro

It’s nice to have a quiet, basketweave project for when I’m frazzled and not willing to work on projects that require counting from charts.

Swans

This is a penelope canvas from Gobelin. It will eventually end up in the guest bathroom, so I wanted to tone down the colors a little. I took a drawer of Silk & Ivory threads to the bathroom and matched up the greens and browns with the new towels and shower curtain. I don’t work on it very often, just an hour or two each week. I’ve just started working from the left side.

Swan-1

Working just a little at a time also gives me lots of time to contemplate the reflections in the water. I’ve tried a few ideas already and haven’t been too happy with any of them. What stitches and threads do you use for water and reflections? I’d love to hear your suggestions. Thanks in advance.