A New Toy

Sorry, no cross stitch today. Dealing with a difficult situation right now.

This arrived today – a belated birthday present from DH. This is the new tablet holder from K’s Creations. In the photo below, I have opened a cross stitch pattern for a Christmas ornament. This is going to be wonderful for stitching.

There is an app called ezPDF Reader than enables me to highlight the areas that I have stitched, so I always know where I am in a pattern. I’m going to play with all this tomorrow. It should be a lot of fun! I really needed something good to happen at the end of this very rough week.

It only took about 5 minutes to take the stand apart, install the tablet holder, and put things back together again. Maybe you could use one too.

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Needlepoint Update – March 2018

As I said in my last post, lots going on here. I haven’t done any needlepoint for over two weeks, but hope to get back to work on the stocking on Monday. (A week with my new granddaughter was wonderful!!)

Before I left, I did get a little more done on the stocking – very little. I finished the second ornament o the left side and I started on the darker, shaded section of the floor on the right side. I’m playing with beads for the candy canes – not sure about it yet.

I’d like to finish the candy canes and ornaments along the bottom in April and start on the chair on the left and the teddy bear on the right. I really hope I’ll have lots of time to work on this over the next month.

I haven’t shown you the Persian Qum rug at all this year! I work on it one week each month and that doesn’t make a lot of progress. After 3 months now, I feel there is enough done to show you.

I’ve added more to the branches and flowers in the rust archway on each side. I finished the vase and started the background in the center section. The pink French Knots to the left of the vase will be 4 pink flowers. Stems and leaves will be stitched on top of the cream background once the flowers are done. There will also be a sprig of flowers on each side at the base of the vase.

I completed the white background on the C piece by Cheryl Shaeffer, but didnt’ take a photo. I want to stitch the yarn that is hanging down on the C and start working on the cat during April.

I’ve started cross stitching over the last two days, so there will be things to show you in the next post on the 15th of April.

Granddaughter #5

Checked my phone in the middle of the night, don’t know why…

But found out my youngest son and his wife were at the hospital waiting the arrival of their first child. She’s two weeks early too (He was 10 days early himself).

Meet Emmi!  She was born at 4:32 pm Eastern Time Zone

Better photo sent this morning – cuter too!


 

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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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Cross Stitch Update – December 2017

I’m creeping along on 3 projects I would really like to finish.

First up is Norfolk Diligence Sampler. I’ve almost finished the first of the 5 octagons with designs done over 1 thread. There are 3 more little flowers to go. I’m hoping to get another octagon finished and turn the corner on the outer border before the next update.

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The second one I need to finish is the Cat Stocking for myself. It won’t be done before Christmas, but I need to keep working on it and get it done so I can start on the stockings for the two new granddaughters.

The striped present has been backstitched and I’ve been adding more background so I can backstitch the orange cat sleeping on top of the present (he’s facing away from us). The brown step to his left has a cat sitting up tall on it and another cat just above the orange cat as well.

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And lastly, I’ve made good progress on Love You Still. Two of the large words are done and I’ll start the last one (Still) this weekend. The smaller word above will be “yesterday” by the time I finish stitching today. That’s being stitched with a subtle overdye from Gloriana. The hearts are stitched with dark gold DMC Satin floss. Another week and I’ll be able to start working on the rest of the design and get some more of the golds and overdyes going.

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I hope all of you are enjoying some wonderful stitching and have a Very Merry Christmas!

Needlepoint Update – December 2017

You’ve already seen the Tall Ship, so here are the other two projects I’ve worked on this past month.

My Qum Rug is slowly progressing. I worked mainly on the right side this past month.

I have two repeats of the blue motif up the right side now. And I’ve worked on the arch area, adding to the edging and working on the first branch of flowers which are now completed. On the left I’ve added the edges of the border but need to add another blue motif to match the right side and more flowers in the arch area. Here is the whole rug so far.

I’m also hoping to begin work on the center section during December, starting the vase in the center.

On the ABC piece for the new granddaughter, I’ve more or less finished the first three rows. I’ll start the next row this evening. Two more letters to be at the halfway mark. Since she isn’t due until the end of February I still have a lot of time.

My hands were much worse last weekend, but I’ve figured out what I did wrong that caused so much pain. I was trying to open a jar, something I’ve never had trouble with before. I finally asked DH to open it for me. Today I ordered a gadget that will help me open jars from now on. I’m also using my wax bath for a few nights, since that usually helps ease the pain for several weeks. I’m now stitching 3 hours a day – one hour at a time with lots of time in between. I’m really taking it easy but miss the stitching if I have to put it away for days at a time.

 

Needlepoint Update – November 2017

I’ve worked on the same 4 projects this month as last month. I finished the stitching on the little gingerbread house ornament, but haven’t made it into a house yet. The ornaments that go along the bottom and around the door had little dots of white in the center. I stitched them as Jessicas and put a white bead in the center. The round windows were also done with Jessicas.

I continued to work on the ABC canvas for the granddaughter due in Feb. I’ve gotten a few more letters and matching items done. I’d like to finish these top 3 rows this month, which is really pushing it.

It doesn’t look like I got a lot done on the ASOW tall ship. I worked on the masts first, getting the one on the left done and half of the center one. The two crow’s nests are done (brown and white) and you’ll also notice that there are smaller ones higher up (golden brown and black). I’ve also completed 5 more rows of the sky on the left and a little extra work on several rows to the left of the masts to make way for more of the rigging.

Checking the photo of the entire piece, I found that I’m actually about half done now!! Here is the whole piece so far (minus a tiny bit of the top):

And finally the Persian Qum rug. The bottom right corner is finished and I’ve started working up the right side of the outer border. I’ve also started the next two parts of the design – the archway and it’s border. The branches have been started on both sides and the first two repeats of the arch border are done. I’ve added a few leaves on the left and one flower. I need to decide if the flower stitch (Jessica with a Smyrna Cross center) will work and if it is the right size. There will be 5-6 of them along this branch to be repeated another inch or so up the branch and in a different color. Just stitched this flower today so I can look at it as I work on other areas to see if I like it. The rug is 13.5″ wide and will grow to about 20″ when done.

This month I want to get two repeats of the blue motif up both sides and get about 2-3″ of the arch done on both sides. (That might be wishful thinking on my part)