WIPocalypse 2015 – March

I feel like a got a lot done in February, so here is my progress on my cross stitch projects. I did a post on the mandala a few days ago, but I wanted to show you that I finished the last two buildings on this side on Monday so I can turn the piece and start on a new side.

Bldg 3-3


The Chapter Tiles from Modern Folk Embroidery has the final leaf in the corner now. The curved lines show where the circle starts so I know I’m making progress.

Chapter 1-3

On Norfolk Diligence Sampler, I have finished the long line of text, over one thread. Halfway across the line, I noticed that it was not centered because I started over a little too far. To make up for the mistake I change the word “my” to “a” – I ply a thread… I’ve started the backstitch design on the left side. The last two lines of the verse will each be centered between the backstitching on the left and right side. I hope to have all that done this month.

NF Sampler-8

Father Christmas & Cats – I’ve been working on the left side, filling in background and starting the tassel on the left side of the hat. A little more on the face as well.

Father C 6

And I’ve started a new piece called Hearts & Flowers – one of my own designs. I’m stitching it with Splendor Silk on 28 ct. Angel Blush Laguna – over 2.


I’ve got a busy March schedule, so I don’t think I’ll get as much done, but I’m working on it.

Leonore always has a question to answer each month – this month was about our Bucket List. Because of all the photos, I did a separate post about that which will be up in a few minutes.

Persian Nain Rug – Progress 2

Since I only work on this on Saturdays, the progress is slow. But I finally have enough done to show you today.


This is the narrow end of the rug and it is 13.75″ wide. I’ve started the corner motifs but there is still quite a bit of work to do to fill in the triangle shapes. That’s a busy section. The area outside the triangles will be more open, with some motifs and lots of cream background. Hopefully in another month I’ll have lots to show you.

Border Rug Finale

None of my other rugs have taken this long to complete – 11 months, 7 days. I started with 3 morning a week and then changed to 5 mornings a week the end of October, trying to get the rug completed by the end of the year. I was starting to think I would never get it done. But here it is – all stitched up!


The final size is 20″ wide by 34″ long on 13 ct. canvas. I’m glad it’s completed and I really like how it turned out. I didn’t keep an exact count of the number of skeins of Silk & Ivory I used (since I was using partial skeins left over from other projects as well as full skeins), but it’s about 35 skeins total.

You won’t find a Moroccan rug exactly like this one anywhere. I used patterns for borders that I liked and created my design using cross stitch software. As I stitched on the rug, I had to decide what stitches to use for each of the bands. This has lots of specialty stitches and caused quite a few problems along the way. But this rug is just for me, so mistakes and problems along the way don’t need to be mentioned. I’m sure I’ll never do another rug with a large X in the middle of a motif though. That motif was the most difficult.

The large frame upstairs will now be used for the mandala (which has been waiting patiently for its turn) and the Peru Rug which doesn’t seem to want to be finished. I’ll whip him into shape over the next few months. And I have the Persian Nain Rug started and I work on that one only on Saturdays (for right now).

As usual, I have too many projects going at once and my mind is in one of those “Let’s design a few more projects” mood as well. One new cross stitch design completed this last week already. Does anyone have a few extra hours per day that I could have? Or turbo needles? I sure could use them.

Happy stitching everyone.

Border Rug – Progress 17

It’s the end of the month and I haven’t been able to get this done. It’s the never-ending rug. LOL  Here is what’s left to do;

Almost Done

When the band I’m working on is done on Monday, I’ll have less than 3 inches to go. So maybe another week or two to finish.

Here is the whole rug so far:


I’ll post as soon as I have it completed. And no, I won’t be doing instructions for this one. This one is just for me, like the first one was just for my DH. I’m in a hurry to get this done as there are other projects that need that large floor frame upstairs – I’ll be alternating the Peru Rug and the Persian Iris Mandala soon.

Persian Nain Rug – A Quick Peek

Couldn’t resist starting this new rug. This is the 13th rug I’ve designed. This one is on 18 count canvas and is being Basketweaved with Pepper Pot Silk. Since I have two other rugs still being worked on, this one will only get attention on Saturdays. By next month, I’ll be able to do more work on it. I hope to have the Border Rug done by then (wishful thinking perhaps).

I’ve already shown you the Persian Nain Rug that I found online, but here is another quick look at it.


I’ve only gotten the threads inventoried and opened one skein of each color. You can see that I didn’t get far with the actual stitching. But I’ve started the outer border. The little square will only appear in the four corners. The other two motifs will be repeated around the outside edge.


As usual, I’ll be simplifying the design. The background won’t be as full of motifs, so more of the cream background.

Needlepoint Plans for 2015

Hard to believe that 2014 will be over in a few short hours. I didn’t get as much done as I planned, but that’s okay. My major finish was completing the huge Patchwork Rug. I’m really pleased with that as the largest of my 17 finishes for the year.

For 2015, I need to complete 5 WIPs and I have several others on the list for the year as well.

1. The Border Rug – I worked over two hours this morning to finish two more bands on this rug. I would really like to finish it in January. I’ve finished the outer border along the top and will continue that on the bottom next. And I can turn the rug now so the narrow side is across the bottom and it will be easier to do the stitching. Here it is as of today:


2. The Peru Rug – forgotten over the last month. I did the diamonds in the middle and then started stitching 3 more of each stitch in 3 other places on the rug. When that’s done, I’ll do 4 new stitches and then repeat them 3 more times. I need to get back to this and get it done in January as well.


3. Grieg by Dakota Rogers – I started it and will now try to work on it at least once a week so I can get it done. No progress has been made since I first showed it to you.


4. Brenda Stofft’s Santa on a Brown Bear – I started this last year and stopped when I couldn’t get my vision of the edge of the blanket to work out. I’ll try some new things this year and get it stitched and framed before next Christmas.


5. Snowman from Lee NeedleArts – I’ve just started this, but it will be at the top of the list until it is done. I want to see it on the new tote as soon as possible. The background is done and I’ll start on the snowman next.


6. I have the design for the next rug all worked out and it will be a Basketweave project like the Baluchi that I did two years ago. I showed you the rug earlier in the year when I adapted the Persian Nain Rug center into a cross stitch and a needlepoint design (Nain Diamond). I’ll start it soon.

7. Merry Kitty Christmas by Gay Anne Rogers – I have the chart and want to finish this ornament for next Christmas.

8. Baster from Tapestry Fair. I know this has been shown on several blogs over the past year, but I have some ideas of how to stitch mine to set it apart from other versions. (I will not bead the cat!)

9. 3D Cat – artist unknown – I’ve had this canvas since 2000 and I want to stitch it this year. (Trying to stitch things from my stash only this year.) It’s purple, pink and gray and will only be about 5″ tall.

10. Continue work on Ghirardelli Square if I have time.

More might be added as the year goes on. I haven’t decided what ornaments to do for my granddaughters yet – needlepoint or cross stitch, I don’t know.

What plans do you have for 2015?

Grieg by Dakota Rogers – Progress 1

I’ve started a new project (and I know I shouldn’t since I have so much going on already). I’ve wanted to do this piece for years so I’m happy to get it underway. I actually had everything in my stash except the Watercolors. The colors will work well with our master bedroom and I’m going to finish it as a stand-up piece when it is done. I’m outlining it brown as I go and will back it with brown fabric.

You start by tracing the shape of the cat onto your Congress Cloth and then stitching the head.

Grieg -1

Then you start to work on the body of the cat. Your first stitch is a very large Rhodes stitch in Kreinik braid – in the center of the body, but off to one side a little. The diagrams for stitches are excellent, and she starts you out telling you the first few steps. You decide which thread and color you want to use for each step. That way your cat doesn’t look exactly like anyone else. After you’ve done about 6 steps, she turns you loose to design and stitch on your own. I’ve been looking at the large photo of the body to decide how to proceed so far and I’ve changed colors from those she chose for each of the steps so far. I’m using the colors she has listed but changing things up a little. The large Rhodes stitch was done in blue in the model and I’m chosen to use a bronze color instead.


It’s going to be a fun stitch, but I’m putting it away for a few weeks now. I have other things to finish up and this will be my incentive to get things done so I can get back to it.