Ghiradelli Square by Peter Ashe – Finale

When I showed this to you at the end of May, I had a ton of sky to stitch, the clock tower, and the sign. I finished it all this morning. Here’s the top:

It took 4 skeins of floss to stitch all the Woven stitch. I estimate that I used about 10 full skeins of Vineyard Silk and Pepper Pot Silk to stitch the entire piece. The partial skeins that I still have will be used when I get around to stitching Lombard Street by Peter Ashe (not any time soon unfortunately).

Here is the entire piece:

This is 14″ square. It was started in February of 2014 and then put away after I had stitch the striped awning, the roof of the gazebo and the small light terra cotta building just above it. I pulled it out the beginning of March of this year and it is now completed.

For those who have not been to San Francisco, this is a “collage” of Ghiradelli Square. It’s a very large block of buildings, but they are all represented here. The look and feel are very San Francisco. The sign is actually done in white!


Ghiradelli Square by Peter Ashe – Progress 5

For two weeks now, I’ve had little time in the mornings for stitching. Things are settling down now though. The few mornings that were available, I worked exclusively on this project. I’ve decided to get it done and then go back to the Purple Heron.

The buildings in the middle are completed and both trees in that area are also done. Whew! Only that small, dark green tree on the left to go (getting tired of small leaf stitches).

I had started the sky using a light blue Vineyard Silk and ripped it out. I only have two skeins and the odds of getting matching thread after 3 years seems slim. So back to the stash – I have a lot of skeins of a light aqua floss that will look good – and I can use just 3 plies to give it a lighter touch for the stitching. I’m using Woven stitch (from iStitches Vol. 1 by Ruth Schmuff). I’m using very long strands so I can get across the whole canvas twice before I have to start a new thread.

I’ve started stitching the top of the clock tower so I can continue to work on the sky each day. I’ll also have to do some of the Ghiradelli sign before I get to that part of the sky. The very light lines on the canvas (to hold up the sign) will be stitched with #8 perle cotton. The letters will be stitched with black Pepper Pot Silk.

Hopefully, I can get this finished in June and move on to other things.

Ghiradelli Square by Peter Ashe – Progress 4

It’s been a month, and while I didn’t stitch on this often, I did make some good progress.

I finished the beige and brown building on the far right. Today I completed the terra cotta building to the left of it as well. A part of the terra cotta building sticks up on top of the brown building and evidently the Griradelli sign is attached to its roof. I won’t be stitching the sign until I can scroll up again.

Next up is to finish the sand colored building to the left and above the terra cotta one, the light gray building, the brown one on the very left and the first section of the bell tower. When all that is done, I can scroll the canvas and start the top third – bell tower, sign and sky. I’m getting there, 3 hours per week.

Ghiradelli Square by Peter Ashe – Progress 3

I wanted to have the bottom half of this done by the end of the month, and I almost made it. LOL

On the left side, I completed all the building sections on the bottom half of the canvas. The plants in front of the brick wall were stitched with French Knots in Pepper Pot silk. The windows were all stitched with Nobuko. The lightest blue is Pepper Pot silk and the other two blues are Vineyard silk.

On the right side, the big tree is completed using a tiny leaf stitch. I wanted to finish the lower half the this building by the end of the month and didn’t make that goal. I finished the windows and wall, etc. at the bottom, but only just started on this section. I did the small section of wall in Cashmere stitch using the same Vineyard silk as the small wall on the left section. I couldn’t do French Knots for the plants this time because there is a small iron railing that needs to go over the stitching. The plants are being stitched in Diagonal Mosaic using Pepper Pot silk. And I couldn’t resist trying a little of the railing to see how it would look. I’m using black #12 perle cotton for that. I think the railing will look a little better when it’s up against the peachy color of the building.

And here is the whole piece so far:

Next week I’ll continue stitching the building on the right and then move over to the left side. I need to decide on a stitch for the sky, since there is a tiny strip of blue on the left. The other 3 large trees on the left side will also be stitched using the tiny leaf stitch – some in Pepper Pot silk and some in Vineyard silk. I am sooooo enjoying stitching on this.

Ghiradelli Square by Peter Ashe – Progress 2

This is Ghiradelli Square in San Francisco. I only posted about it once – in February 2014. Here’s what it looked like then:


I had stitched the top of the gazebo, the small wall above it, and the striped awning. I had a tiny bit of the tree done as well. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve worked on it about 10-12 hours. Here’s where I am now.

Ghiradelli 2

I’m using simple stitches – mostly Basketweave, Slanted Gobelin, and Nobuko. And I’m keeping the threads simple too – no threads that need to be plied or laid. I’m using Vineyard Silk and I bought most of the colors right after I got the canvas. Any colors I’m missing are being pulled from my stash of Pepper Pot Silk. So far there are only two exceptions -one is the silver that I’ve started on the gazebo – it’s El Molino rayon and is the same thickness as the silks. I didn’t have time to finish all the silver on the gazebo this morning, so it will get done next Monday. The other exception is yellow Water n’ Ice for the light on the pole beside the gazebo. I don’t like how it looks right now, so I think I’ll pull it out and redo it.

That tree is taking forever – tiny leaf stitch that is stitched in every direction to get the branches done that stick out everywhere.

I want to finish all the parts below the steeple and then scroll up to work on the other half. I’m hoping to have this first half done by the end of the month.

I’ll take a break each week to work on the Purple Heron on Fridays and Saturdays starting this week.