I worked on 5 projects over the last month and did fairly well.
1. Father Christmas and Cats – Did more background and finished the tassel on the hat. Did a little more on the face as well. He has now been put away for a while so I can focus on the other projects that have a chance of being completed this year. I’ll get him back out later in the year.
2. Persian Iris Mandala – I have completed the second corner of buildings now. Yeah! I will bead the carpet leading up to the next mosque and get the mosque started this month.
3. Norfolk Diligence Sampler – I have completed all of the verse and the blackwork, so Band 3 is complete. I need to work on the side borders a little and start on Band 4. Hopefully, things will move a little faster with no more words to stitch.
4. Chapter Tile – I wanted the first quarter completed and a small start on the second quarter but ran into problems. When I got to the center (lower right), the design was off by one stitch. I need to find the error, if possible, and get it corrected. Or I can start the next quarter and deal with the center when I get to it next time. Maybe I can alter the center of the design to make it work?
5. Bright Sea Village Express – I’ve started on one side of the car now. I’m working on the side of the car and the back/top/front side by side on the fabric. So far the side only has a door, but it’s a start. I would like to finish the first car this month. We’ll see how much stitching time I can find.
I drive myself crazy with about 7 projects going at once. I don’t know how you all keep 20 or more projects going. I need to work on my needlepoint projects too – Christmas presents need to be started soon!
I’m still working along the bottom edge of the rug. The second pineapple is almost complete and I’ve added 3 more of the small motifs ( the two on the right don’t have the cream color yet).
Another two inches to the right of the last started motif at the bottom and I’ll be at the middle of the rug. It isn’t a really large rug, but it moves along slowly because of the Basketweave stitch. I alternate between adding smaller motifs and details and relax a little with stitching the background.
If you’ve been reading my blog, you may recognize the start of the center design in brown. This is the third time I’m stitching the same center from the original rug. This one has even smaller hexagons and diamond shapes and I’ve created a third set of designs to fill them in. I want to get a lot more of the center borders completed before I start to fill any of the shapes in though.
I have finally finished the instructions for the Nain Diamond Needlepoint. It is 10″ x 10″ in size. You need a skein of Watercolors for the borders. Though I used Vineyard silk and Impressions for the rest of the design, you can use whatever you have in your stash. It is now for sale on my website for $8.00. Just click on Charted Designs.
I hope you will enjoy stitching it as much as I enjoyed designing and stitching it.
Just over two weeks since the last post and I have made some progress, slowly. I’ve also put the canvas on longer stretcher bars so I can turn the canvas and work along one side at a time.
The first two (of 10) pineapples are done and the first of the smaller motifs between them is completed as well. You can see the outline of two more of the smaller motifs and the start of another pineapple now as well. I’ll work along this lower side now, doing the border as well as the other motifs. And, of course, I’ll continue to work the background as I go. There is a lot of it until I get to the center of the rug.
The centers of the crosses in the pineapple don’t show up well in the photo or when you see it in person. I really don’t want to tear out the centers and try another color, so I think I’ll leave them as they are. There isn’t much difference between the blue and burgundy in the middle right now and the next shade anyway.
Doing all basketweave is slower than other stitches, especially when you have to go around all those tiny motifs. But I find this type of rug relaxing, taking my time and in no hurry to get it done. It will be back here in another 2-3 weeks – about 5 hours of stitching each week.
I’ve added all the little details and here is the final version of Hearts & Flowers.
It is 175 x 220 stitches and was stitched with Splendor Silk from Rainbow Gallery on Angel Blush Lugana. The instructions also give equivalents for DMC floss.
The instructions and chart are also complete now, so it is up for sale on my website for $5.00. Just click on the Charted Design tab.
I didn’t have as much time for stitching in March, so I don’t have as much to show you. No progress on Norfolk Diligence Sampler, but my goal for April is to finish the rest of the verse. Father Christmas only got about an hour or so of stitch time, mainly on background and a little on the tassel. I hope to have the tassel done this month and to finish the face (plus a lot more background).
The Chapter Tile from Modern Folk Embroidery is coming along. You can see the straight edge on the right where the page ends. I still have about 3 inches to go to reach the bottom of the page. My goal for April is to finish this first time through the page. Then I can turn the pattern and repeat the page to complete the top half of the design. Well, I hope to start the second time through and I know I won’t get all of that done a second time.
The Persian Iris Mandala by Chatelaine is slowly progressing as well. I’ve turned the piece so I have a whole new side to work on. The windows and portals are stitched on the new corner section now. As I work on the buildings above them, I’ll also do the back stitching and top stitching in gold. My goal for April is to get the buildings stitched on this section and get the gold top stitching done as well, so this corner is completed.
My own Hearts & Flowers design is almost done. Below are the four hearts with the large rose buds all done. In the next few days I’ll finish all the little details and do another post so you can see the finale.
Our question for the month is – What stitches do you enjoy working on and which ones do you dread. Since many of the special stitches used in cross stitch are also used in needlepoint, I enjoy working stitches like Algerian Eyes and Rhodes stitches. My back stitching is getting much better but I dread back stitching and top stitching with metallic threads (like the mandala). I also dread the Queens stitch.
It’s exciting when a new rug is moving along well. I tend to work on it more and other things get pushed aside though.
The second corner is now done and I’ve started on the first motif – a pineapple- in the center area. There will be 10 of these pineapples around the center area of the rug when it’s all done. The tiny motif next to it will be repeated many times as well. As I complete motifs, I will fill in the background with Cream color from Pepper Pot Silk. That will give me some relief from all the busy motifs.
I’m finding the Pepper Pot Silk very easy to work with and I’m enjoying the stitching a lot. I’ll probably put the rug on the larger stretcher bars in another week, so I will only be able to stitch on it while I’m upstairs in the morning. The outer border will go faster when I’m able to turn the canvas so I can work on the border from left to right.