Cross Stitch Update – August 2018

Let’s start with a big finale. Norfolk Diligence Sampler, stitched on 40 ct. linen is finally finished! I started it in 2014 and got about halfway done, then put it away in 2016 since I had 5 Christmas stockings to do. It came back out early 2017 and I’ve been working on only on weekends. Once I finished the octagons along the bottom (all stitched over 1 thread), it was easier to make progress.

Here is the bottom all completed.

And here is the whole project. I’m thrilled to have it done!

I also finished stitched to bottom of the Main St. Box. I have the bottom sewn together, but am having problems with the top. It’s so hard to hold onto the tiny corners and try to do any cross stitches.

I’ve made progress on Emmi’s stocking as well. About 4″ to go. I’m glad I’m able to backstitch around things as I go. Looks nicer and I don’t have to worry about doing it all at once.

Since the Norfolk Sampler is done, I needed to pick a new project to work on for the weekends. I have about 5-6 that I want to work on, so it wasn’t an easy choice. But I decided to pull out Love You Still by Glendon Place. I’m changing all the colors to blue and copper. Here’s where it is today:

When I finish the word Still, I’ll be able to start on the borders around the piece, working my way up to the top. Should have some good progress to report next month.

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Cross Stitch Update – July 2018

I’ve worked on 4 projects this month and completed one of them.

The Main Street Box bottom is just over half done now. I know the stitching will be done by next month. Here’s hoping I can figure out how to make the box when the stitching is done.

I’m also past the halfway point on the Forest Friends stocking for Emmi. This is really a cute pattern and I love working on it.

I decided that I really wanted to finish the Norfolk Diligence Sampler, so I’ve been working on that weekends. I want to have it completed next month. And you can see how close I am to actually getting it done.

And I finished the Queen Anne House. I couldn’t believe how many beads I had to sew on this piece! But I really love it now that it’s done.

I’ve told you that I’m writing a cozy mystery. The main character of the book moves to a small town on the California coast and buys a Queen Anne house that has been partially renovated. This is my inspiration to keep working on it. I’m enjoying the writing and even waking up some mornings with a complete scene in my head. It’s fun too.

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 – February 2018

Progress, but not a lot this past month. I had hoped by this time of the year, I would have both of these projects done, but it’s just not happening. I finally have my hands feeling better, but can’t stitch for more than an hour in the morning (needlepoint) and afternoon (cross stitch).

I worked on Norfolk Diligence on weekends and completed another octagon and a little more of the bottom border. I finished outlining the other 3 octagons – the middle one is almost ready for me to add my name and date. The other two will repeat the two that are completed, but reversed.

My cat stocking I work on about 4 afternoons a week, but it just doesn’t get me very far. I’m about 2/3 of the way done with only two more cats to go. This is being put away now so I can start the stocking for Emmi (who was born this week). When that is done, I’ll get back to the cat stocking.

Things have been so busy around here, but I picked up a small project to work on once in a while. This is a Mill Hill bead kit. I have several more of these to work on as I find time.

I have a stack of ornaments to work on and some already finished. This summer I want them to be made into ornaments and put away. When the two new granddaughters are a little older, I will start giving them one each year. I’m just not sure how long I’ll be able to keep stitching, so I’m planning ahead.

I’ve also started something new to keep me busy that is not related to stitching. I’ve always wanted to write, so I’m reading and planning and outlining my first book – a cozy mystery. I’ll let you know about it when I get it figured out. LOL

Cross Stitch Update – January 2018

Staying with the promise to myself to only have two projects going at one time, here is the update for the month.

I’m still working on my Cats on a Staircase stocking. It was here last month”

I’ve finished two more cats and some of the spindles on the staircase have been started. Just above the siamese cat will be just the head of a cat that is peeking around the spindle that will be stitched just to the right of the siamese cat. There are still two more whole cats to go after that.

The other project I want to get done is the Norfolk Diligence Sampler. It was here last month:

The border on the left side is just about done – only about 3 more rows of blue to finish it off. And I’ve added a few blue  stitches so you can see where the border fits across the bottom. The first octagon is completed and I’ve been outlining the next two octagons so I can get the second one started. Here is it today:

I’m hoping my hands feel better and I’ll get more done over the next month. I’d like to have the stocking finished by then and one more octagon finished on the sampler plus more of the bottom border. The over one stitching inside the octagons is very difficult for me and I’m sure I’ll never do another project on 40 ct that has parts stitched over one thread. That’s what is really slowing me down on this project.

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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Norfolk Diligence Sampler – Progress 19

I’m back to my regular projects now. I haven’t worked on this for two weeks, so it obviously won’t be done this month.

Since the last band is also a large one and starts on the page with the bottom of the manor house and then on to the whole last page, I’ve decided to break things up a little. I’m going across the top of the band, working on the smaller motifs first. This still means I have to switch back  and forth between two pages, but it’s working okay so far.

Page 7 has the crown and the bird’s head and the top two colors of the tree. The rest of the bird and tree are on Page 9. This is what I’ve completed since Sunday. I’m also working on the side border a little each day. When this much of the last border is done, I’ll be back to show you. There are several more kinds of motifs in this row that I need to figure out.

The bottom of the last band is 5 octagon medallions – 4 of which have designs done over 1 on this piece of 40 ct. linen. The words that were stitched months ago took a long time and this will be no different. I’m already having a little trouble working on the 40 ct. with over 2 stitches. I guess this is the last thing I’ll stitch on this count of fabric.