Needlepoint Update – June 2018

A needlepoint update at long last! I’ve made progress on three projects, one a finish.

Fancy Hat Snowman #2 – finished last night. No fancy stitches, since I’m still working my way back after a long break. This is by C.A.Huckaby.

And I’ve been working on the Teddy Bear Stocking. I finished the bottom section, except for the candy canes. Since I’m working on a scroll frame, I can’t do the beads on the candy canes until the rest of the stocking is done. I tried several different stitches for the bear, but his feet and legs are so small that I gave up, tore everything out and just used Basketweave.

Then I started on the middle section. The bear is being stitched with Interlocking Gobelin over 2 threads. One leg is completed already and it moves along well. The rocking chair showing on the right side is done and there is a little more to do on the left. I’ve started the background using Nobuko stitch. I decided to just do all of it in one color of blue, easier for me since I’m behind schedule on this.

And, finally, I’ve made some progress on my Persian Qum rug. It’s slow going, but is now getting about 3 hours of attention each week. In the rust colored arch, I’ve added another set of small flowers and filled in more background. The border for the arch is taller as well. In the center, I have one set of flowers done (leaves still to stitch) and will start on the right side this week. You won’t see him again for a couple of months – that’s how long it take to make visible progress.

 

A final word – I started this blog 10 years ago, come October. So I feel it’s time to let it go. I’ll be shutting it down in October. Thank you for 10 wonderful years!

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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.

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.