This is taking much longer than I had planned, but so many things have been happening.
A front door key was mailed to us from a service we no longer use. The envelope arrived with no key in it (but of course the envelope had our address on it). A quick call to a locksmith got the locks rekeyed the same day.
The garage door decided not to go all the way up – but enough that we can get the car out. DH checked online and found out how to unlock it. We raised and lowered it by hand, then locked it again. Most of the time it is now going all the way up. We’ll see if that continues.
Had to have a plumber out because the kitchen sink wasn’t draining sometimes – that got fixed along with two loose handles on a sink and the shower. We need a new garbage disposal – he’ll install that next week.
And so on – we didn’t know that the house would have so many problems at just 10 years of age.
But the paddleboat is making progress. The section on the right with the keel in black is completely done – water and all. I’m working on water in the paddle wheel now. There is still a tiny bit of the boat to stitch on the left side as well.
I’m hoping to have this completed this week.
Finishing the needlepoint stockings was harder than the cross stitch ones. But they are no completed.
I only corded the top of the stocking, since I had so much trouble with it last year. But I’ve learned a little over the last year – thanks to the finishing book my DH bought me last year and by reading Sudukc’s blog. The cording is fastened securely and doesn’t move at all. I know how to cross the cording in order to finish it off neatly. It just isn’t as long as I wanted. I checked it after I finished making the cord and it was more than long enough. So I still have more to learn.
All the stockings will be mailed next week. I’ll finish up the ornaments this week and mail them soon after. Christmas will just arrive early for my family this year. That will be a first!
The question for this month is What design or designer is on your must-try-to-stitch bucket list. I have said several times this year that I’m done stitching for my family. I want to do things I’ve been looking forward to for a while – just for me and DH. So here are 4 (yes, large and complicated) things I want to stitch in the next couple of years.
Chatelaine mandalas –
Serengeti – all kitted up and ready to go
Moroccan Lace – not yet released
and 2 by other people –
Blue Venice – I tried to needlepoint this and gave up. I’m going to buy an overdyed linen or Aida and cross stitch it
Cathedral of St. Petersburg
I will also buy an overdyed linen for this one, but probably blue with lots of clouds instead of the dark background shown here.
I’ll start two of these early next year.
I think I’ll be as busy as ever next year!! And this is just the cross stitch projects.
Boy, I’m getting slow… This is where I was on Oct. 10th:
You remember that the center motif was off by one stitch and I had ripping to do. I finally got that all done and started filling in the center, the black around it and some background. Then I turned it around to work on the other side – starting with the outer border of the Keyhole medallion. Here it is today:
It’s looking better. After I finish the last of the stockings – 3 completed and 2 to go – I’ll be able to spend more time on this. It would be nice to finish this by the end of the year, but I’m not going to hold myself to that.
I’ve been working away on the center section of the rug, trying to get one side of it done so I can turn it around again. Today as I started to work on the smaller center medallion, this is what I saw.
Why didn’t I see that it wasn’t centered days ago?!?!?! So I didn’t stitch on it today. I hate the thought of having to rip out all those stitches, including some of the black! By Friday I should be over the hating part and will rip it out and start over.
Here is the whole rug so far:
I’ve also come to the conclusion that I can’t sell this pattern. The border is perfect. The outline of the keyhole medallion is perfect. BUT, working with cross stitch software, you can’t show where threads share the same hole. So when it’s time to fill in the medallion, you don’t have enough space for the motifs the way they are shown on the chart. I’ve been putting in the motifs and then just filling in the background for most of the areas. It gets more complicated for some parts though. If it’s frustrating for me at times, how can I expect someone else to figure it out? I will complete the design though. It’s so different from what I’ve designed before and I love it. I’ll just have to put up with its idiosyncrasies.
Hope your stitching day is going better than mine. I think I’ll cross stitch this afternoon.
The first part of the Keyhole motif is now complete. It will be repeated at the bottom of the rug.
I can now turn the canvas so the long edge faces me and work on the center section of the rug. You can see the narrow path to the center part of the motif has been started. I need to do the borders for the center rectangle so I can continue to work on the background. I’ll start with the left side in the photo and then turn the rug again and work the right side.
This will be my morning project for 4 days each week. This Saturday I’ll get back to work on the Purple Heron. That bird needs feet so I can finish the bottom of the water and land areas. I also need to get busy on the right side of the bottom border. Never a dull moment here.
Quick Gwen Update: After a rather bad attack on me last Tuesday, Gwen has been returned to the vet. I hope they can find a good home for her. I miss her somewhat, but I was too scared to keep her. So it’s quiet around here now.
Tumak by Gitta is on the list of goals for the year – hoping to get half of this small rug done by the end of the year. It’s only 6″ X 10″ in size. So right now, it’s 6″ across the left side and I’ve outlined a few more areas that reach the center across the bottom. I’ll be filling in those areas this week so I can turn it around and do the other side to match. Then it will get put away until next year.
I’ve changed the colors from the original rug. The colors match my version of From Molehill to Mountain that I stitched in 2006, which you can see here. I want to make this little rug into a pillow for the couch near From Molehill to Mountain.