Not as much stitching time lately, so things are moving slower than ever. I have finished the motifs on the bottom right and turned the corner on the outer border. That was a goal a couple weeks ago. I did have everything outlined for that deadline, but getting them all filled in and doing the off-white background has taken much longer.
There are two small motifs that haven’t been filled in yet. I’ve decided to wait until the matching motif in the top right area is outlined and then fill in the two matching motifs.
I really need to work on this 5 evenings each week so I can get it completed. There are now two projects kitted up and waiting for me to start – one of my own designs and a Christmas ornament for the new granddaughter due in July.
My goal for this project last year was to get it half done. Now I want it done by mid-April. I’ve only work on it a couple evenings each week, so I’ll have to switch to working on it about 5 evenings a week to get it done.
Here’s where it was at the end of December:
And it’s here today:
The second large motif is done and I wanted it to look a little different from the other two. The middle is stitched with the overdye instead of the medium solid green and a darker rose in the center. I’ve completed two more motifs along the bottom edge and outlined a third one. The outer border is longer as well. Two more small motifs along the bottom edge and I’ll be able to turn the corner. That’s the goal for this week – two motifs and the border done along the bottom and the corner completed. The part that takes the longest on this project is filling in the off-white around every motif and border.
When this is done, I have a new project that’s ready to go. More incentive to get busy and complete this one.
Looking at this photo – all I can do is smile. When I’m stitching in the evenings, Daisy is always on my lap and Charlie has taken to sitting on the top of the chair. Last night, we went out to eat and when we got home, this scene greeted us. (The bump on the left side of Daisy’s head is a cyst and isn’t causing any problems. We don’t think she’d survive the surgery, so we just monitor her and let things stay as they are.) Daisy still hisses his Charlie, but only late at night – then they are quiet for the rest of the night. We’re almost there…
My list of things to do this year said I should get half of this Tumak piece done this year. It’s a small project (6″ X 9″) that I pick up as a change of pace from all my larger projects. I reached the halfway mark last night and it has now been put away – it will be finished sometime next year.
I haven’t filled in the center of the large motif which is the center of the piece on the left because I’m thinking of changing the colors so it will be different from the one on the right (which is also repeated on the left side.)
I’ll start a new, small size piece tonight and will post when I’ve made a decent start on it.
I bought two patterns by Gitta from Canada about 2-3 years ago. I completed the first one last year – Koshka.
I decided to start the second pattern, called Tumak as a fill-in project while I work on the colors and stitches for my new Modern Tile design. It should be ready to go in a couple weeks. (The photo is on a slant because the title page is on shiny paper and it was the only way I could get a mostly decent photo.)
Both of these patterns are stitched on Congress Cloth and are about 6.5″ X 9″. I’ve decided to change the colors since I didn’t want the olive green colors and I wanted to use an overdye in the border. So my inspiration for colors was a project I did about 9-10 years ago called From Molehill to Mountain. My version is shown below.
I showed the very beginning of the border on my Needlepoint Projects for 2016 post about 10 days ago. I’ve continue to work on that border and have now added the edges of the border – done in Gobelin stitch over two rather than in Basketweave. You can see how the colors have changed. I’m using the dark green for all of the outlining for the piece. The background is Anchor 926 (DMC 3866), which is a little lighter than the beige Congress Cloth. All the threads are #8 perle cotton.
Today I decided to outline the first motif so I can have a change of pace from stitching the same thing over and over on the outer border. I’m stitching from my stash as much as possible this year and only had to buy the 3 shades of green to stitch this design.
Once I have the Modern Tile ready to stitch, this will be put away for a while. The goal is to stitch only half of it this year, but you never know…
Everything seems to be going too slow right now. I got to the corner with the large border, just the outline. Found a mistake at the beginning of the day’s work and had to rip it all out. Got that finished and restitched the border outline again. Then I started the small red border and got part of that one around the corner as well. Then I noticed another error in the next border – the small black and white border next to the center design area. I only had to rip out an inch this time, but it’s done and I hope things will move along better over the next week.
Hope your stitching week is running smoother than mine.
I feel like I’m really getting somewhere now! The last square of the Patchwork Rug is now complete and there isn’t much more to do.
And here is Row 4 with all 3 squares done.
All that is left to do are the 3 borders along the bottom of the rug. That’s just over 5 inches but it goes across all 4 feet of the rug. That’s the equivalent of another square, so I’m not sure I can get it done this year with just 6 weeks left. But I’m going to work on it as much as possible and see if I can’t complete it in those 6 weeks. Then you can all help me do the biggest Happy Dance ever. We’ll do a flash mob dance! LOL
Really getting excite about finishing this rug!! Only took 6 weeks to finish this square, a new record. There were no borders along the sides so it did go a lot faster.
Now on to the last square, which does have the borders along the left side. That will slow me down a little. When I started working on this only 5 days a week in August, I decided I needed to do more strands of the Paternayan each day so I could get things moving a little faster. I used to do 6 strands a day and I’m now up to 10 stands a day – going from 36 strands each week to 50. I’ll keep up that pace for the rest of the rug now. I might even be able to finish this by the end of the year. That would be wonderful!!!