Cross Stitch Update – November 2017

The last month has not been kind. With the fires early in October, we didn’t feel like doing anything except worry and plan an exit if we needed it (thankfully, we didn’t need to leave).

I wasn’t interested in working on any of the projects that I had been working on, so I started a new one – Love You More. I was happily stitching away, starting in the middle with the word “you” and then started on the word “Love” that was just to the left. As I started on the Capital L I noticed that I was running out of room and wouldn’t have room for the borders. So I stopped to figure it out. I guess I assumed that the piece was a square and it wouldn’t matter which way I started my stitching. But it is wider than it is tall and I had started stitching in the wrong direction. So I spent several days frogging it all out – ove you. So now I have restarted and here is my progress so far:

The little piece on the left is the start of the letter “e ” in love.

And that didn’t end the problems either. I pick up the Norfolk Sampler on the weekends, trying a little at a time to get it completed. So I pulled it out one Saturday and it didn’t look quite right. The last thing I worked on the last time it was out – the border on the right side. Then I figured out what was wrong – the blue background was a different shade of blue that had to be frogged out and restitched. I have finally finished the band I was working on!

So I’m now starting on the last band and the border which will run across the bottom too. The first octagon is outlined. There will be more colors around each octagon and then they will be filled in with designs done over 1 thread like the verse that was stitched last year. This will be slow going.

The last piece is the cat stocking that I’m doing for myself – it will NOT be done in time for Christmas this year. But I’ll keep working on it and get it done, hopefully before I have to start on the two stockings for new granddaughters next year.

I had the toe done last month and the heel is almost done but needs backstitching. The blue and green gift box is done and I’ve just started the top of the box. The cat will look better when the back stitching is done. I love these two kitties – just like Julius and Daisy who died. When this section is done, then I’ll start working my up the stocking, with more kitties to come.

Then the last “bad” news. My right hand is hurting again. I’ve done a wax treatment for 3 evenings now, but if I try to stitch it makes my hand hurt again. So I haven’t stitched since Friday evening. It’s driving me crazy to see all my projects and know I can’t do any stitching on them. I tried yesterday and gave up after about 20 minutes. So I need to take a few more days off before I try again.

So I’ve been reading, pulling threads for the cross stitch stocking for little Emmi next year, ordering thread for the needlepoint stocking that I showed in the post about Barbara Fox that I’ll stitch for little Penelope next year, finding some new pasta recipes to try, getting my To Do list for 2018 stitching ready, etc. But I’m bored!!!! I’ll try a little stitching on Wed. and see how things go.

The rest of this year will be much better – I’m sure of that!! Happy stitching everyone!

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WIPocalypse 2016 – May

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that the Fractal is gone. I really disliked working on it and it looks like it will be abandoned. Right now it is back in the stash. But progress on several other projects is going well.

Gentle Elephant – still working on page 3, trying to finish the ear on the right. I know the trunk isn’t finished at the bottom and the top of the ear is rough, but the same colors are used for the elephant and the background in many areas. I’ll try to even things out after I finish the rest of the ear and body. I went from here:

GElephant-3

to here:

Elephant-4

On the Persian Iris Mandala, I’m really moving. I really want to finish the last corner so I can get the the triangles that will finish the project. So I went from here:

PI mosque 4-2

to here this month! One whole side of buildings done. Only 1 more set to go until the main part of the mandala is done. Then the 4 triangles at the corners and the rest of the beads. I can’t wait!!!

4th corner-1

Then, because I’m not doing the fractal anymore, I have two other cross stitch pieces to work on for the weekends. The first is the Florist from Hometown Holidays and this is how far I got before I ran out of the brown thread (more arrived a couple days ago). When this one is done, I still have two more to do. The schoolhouse arrived yesterday.

Florist-2

And lastly, I picked up Patchwork Sampler Serenity. I only stitched a tiny bit of it last year. Here is the first motif completed. I started the second motif in the darkest teal – hardly visible in the photo.

Serenity-2

This is a large Quaker piece in teal and purple. My hope is to get the first 3 pages done this year.

D.E.S.I.G.N. – Stickideen von der Wiehenburg

Time for my last post for the DESIGN SAL.

What project are you going to talk about? I saw this piece -“Patchwork Sampler Serenity” – on a website while browsing one day over a year ago. I fell in love with it and looked everywhere to find shops that sold patterns from this German company. I finally found it on the website for a shop in Massachusetts.

Have you stitched a project from this company before? No, I haven’t.

Would you buy another pattern from this company – why or why not? I saw several projects by the company that I liked, so I might do more of them.

Did you notice anything different about this designer? I wanted to do a Quaker piece, and I liked the layout of this one and the colors. I know you can change colors on any pattern, but I didn’t have to think about this one. I had the fabric and all the floss colors in my stash so it was an easy decision.

I’ve only just started it to show you the design and introduce you to a new designer, if you don’t already know about them. Their patterns are not plentiful in the U.S., but you can find a few here. I’m sure they are more available in Europe.

Here is how it will look when it is complete:

Patchwork Sampler Serenity

And this is my very small start of the motif at the top left:

Serenity-1

I will obviously be working on this a lot more next year.

If you’re interested in their designs, here are some links:

www.wiehenburg-online.de

www.123stitch.com

bushmtnstitch.com/   This is where I bought the pattern