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.

 

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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)

Cross Stitch Update – October 2017

I haven’t stitched all week because of concerns with the wildfires here.

I haven’t made a lot of progress on cross stitch projects over the last month. I’ve only worked on two projects (after I finished a wedding gift and got it in the mail). The Norfolk Diligence Sampler still isn’t getting much attention. It was here last time you saw it:

I was hoping to have this row completed by now, but haven’t worked on it this week at all. Here it is now:

I’m hoping I can get back to stitching next week and finish this row. The green lines across the bottom are the tops of the 5 octagons that will finish the sampler. I also have to stitch the border across the bottom. All the work inside the octagons is done over 1 thread and I know that will be slow going for me.

I also worked on my stocking. Here it is today:

The toe is now finished and all the backstitching is done except for the cat’s blue collar. I’ve started moving to the right toward the heel now. The red at the bottom is a large red gift box that will have a sleeping cat on top.

Yesterday, when things looked and felt better around here concerning the fire, I decided I should try to do some stitching. Nothing grabbed my attention, so I pulled out something new. It’s called Love You Still from Glendon Place.

I’ve changed all the colors and it will be stitched in blue for the lettering and rust/gold/golden brown colors with the decorations around the outside. I decided to start in the middle and stitch Love You Still first. I didn’t get very far – for the word you – the O is done and the start of the U.

It’s being stitched on 32 ct sandcastle from Silkweaver.

My mind is so scattered by the fire, emails from my sons, etc. every day – but I’m starting to get 15-20 minutes of focus on stitching a couple times a day. It’s a start.

Update on Northern California Fires

I’m okay and it looks like we’ll be able to stay in our home without threats of fire – unless the wind changes direction over the next 24 hours or so. The wind will be increasing in strength as well, but not the 70 mph winds that ripped through northern Santa Rosa Sunday night into Monday morning.

over 2800 homes destroyed so far in Santa Rosa and many more in other cities and counties nearby

Sonoma and Napa counties are home to hundreds of wineries and are a tourist destination for people all over the world. Some wineries have been destroyed and many more damaged. It’s harvest season and some types of grapes have not been harvested yet. Those that have been picked are now in large fermentation vats to start the process of becoming wine. But these vats are carefully heat controlled and electricity is off in large areas of the two counties. Very bad news for the industry.

And it hasn’t stopped yet either. The fires are burning up to the north now from Santa Rosa to Calistoga, Geyserville, etc. The city of Napa is threatened by fires to it’s east and west. Overnight 5 smaller fires joined together to form a larger one, but the firefighters say that’s good since there aren’t as many perimeters to deal with. So it’s not over. They’re hoping to have the fires contained and “out” by Nov. 1st.

Firefighters from other states have arrived and from Australia even! So containment of the fires has begun and will hopefully continue a little more each day.

My hope is that all our friends and neighbors in these two counties (and others counties where fires have expanded) are safe and unharmed.

Needlepoint Update – October 2017

I didn’t work on the Purple Heron this past month at all. I was focused on the ASOW Tall Ship.

I finished most of the sky around the top of the rigging. So I scrolled the canvas to see what was next. Oh dear – this is a VERY tall ship.

What I thought was the poop deck of the ship itself is evidently the crow’s next (two actually) and the next four inches is lots more masts, crossbeams, and rigging. You can see a tiny man standing on one of the crossbeams on the right side. This boat is huge!!

I also worked on the new Persian Qum Rug. I didn’t quite get all the way across the bottom of the rug. I still have some of the small motifs that need to be finished and lots of background. I want to get two of the blue motifs done on each side before I start on the center of the rug. I should have some of that for you next month.

I always have an ornament going – something to pick up easily when I’m not in the mood for the larger pieces. This one is a tiny gingerbread house that I should be able to finish this month and add it to the pile to finish off before Christmas.

And finally I picked up a new canvas that Michelle at Come to the Point was able to get for me. This is an Alice Peterson ABC piece for the granddaughter who will arrive the end of February. I hope to have it done to ship to them before the baby is born.


I still haven’t decided how to approach the canvas. It’s mounted on stretcher bars that are 16″ X 20″. The design is actually 12 X 16. I’m using #5 perle cotton for the entire design. Easy stitching for when I’m watching TV in the evenings.

I started with some of the dark yellow border, did the balloons on the left corner, then started the A. I spend a little time each evening filling in the white background. The As and apple are now finished. I did the Ds on Sunday evening but needed to decide on the colors of beige and brown for the duck, so I gave up for the night.

I’m not liking the lighter yellow balloon and the As – I’m thinking that I should outline the pale items with a darker yellow and see if that looks better. Once I start outlining letters, I’ll probably have to outline all of them – still thinking about it.

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My Turn – a Christmas Stocking

I did 5 stockings last year and now have two to do next year. So this is MY year and I’ve started a stocking for myself.

This is an old Dimensions kit that I bought several years ago because: 1. I love cats 2. We have a staircase like this in our home, 3. The two cats at the bottom look like our cats Julius and Daisy. Unfortunately, Julius and Daisy are no longer with us.

Starting at the center, I decided to work the bottom, left part of the stocking working down to the toe. Then I’ll do the heel and work my way up to the top. I work on it several times a week for about an hour at a time. Here is where I stopped last night:

I’ve spent several evenings working on the Julius look-a-like but I don’t have the tail done or the front paw yet. The outlining of the ornaments and edges of the newel post have been done. The stripes are the wall paper and there’s more of that to come.

I’ll need to spend more time on it starting next month if I want it done for Christmas this year. After a week, the first cat still isn’t done and there are 8 cats on the stocking! LOL

 

Persian Qum Rug – Progress 2

No stitching upstairs for a week on any of the 3 large canvases – it was 111 degrees on Friday and Saturday (but we’re finally in the 80s again).

But I did work on the Qum rug the last 3 days. This rug is going to be a very slow rug. This is where I stopped today.

This corner is now complete and the finished part is only about 3 inches wide! The rose and off-white flower on the left will appear only in the four corners of the rug. The blue motif will repeat all the way around. There are 5 repeats across the bottom. I’m using mostly Splendor silk, 3 ply. The outer brown border is old Needle Necessities and I have two skeins which should be more than enough. The inner border is Gloriana #077 in fall colors that I love. There is one skein and I hope it’s enough since I doubt that I could match it.

The small yellow and rose flower in the center of the blue motif is overdyed Threadworx in shades of yellow. I’m cutting out the lightest shade and using the medium and darker yellows only.

I’ll continue to work on the borders only for a while. I want to get all the way across the bottom and get at least one motif up each side before I start working on the center parts. So I’ll wait to show you the rug again for about 4 weeks.

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