Cross Stitch Update – August 2018

Let’s start with a big finale. Norfolk Diligence Sampler, stitched on 40 ct. linen is finally finished! I started it in 2014 and got about halfway done, then put it away in 2016 since I had 5 Christmas stockings to do. It came back out early 2017 and I’ve been working on only on weekends. Once I finished the octagons along the bottom (all stitched over 1 thread), it was easier to make progress.

Here is the bottom all completed.

And here is the whole project. I’m thrilled to have it done!

I also finished stitched to bottom of the Main St. Box. I have the bottom sewn together, but am having problems with the top. It’s so hard to hold onto the tiny corners and try to do any cross stitches.

I’ve made progress on Emmi’s stocking as well. About 4″ to go. I’m glad I’m able to backstitch around things as I go. Looks nicer and I don’t have to worry about doing it all at once.

Since the Norfolk Sampler is done, I needed to pick a new project to work on for the weekends. I have about 5-6 that I want to work on, so it wasn’t an easy choice. But I decided to pull out Love You Still by Glendon Place. I’m changing all the colors to blue and copper. Here’s where it is today:

When I finish the word Still, I’ll be able to start on the borders around the piece, working my way up to the top. Should have some good progress to report next month.

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Cat Tree ornament

I get at least one comment each year asking about this Cat Tree  Ornament from Winnetka Stitchery.

 

Today is your lucky day!!  There’s one for sale on eBay today. Here is the link. Good luck!

Cat Tree

 

Cat Tree Ornament – finale

I received the Kreinik braid I needed on Saturday and got right to work. The background is stitched in Alicia’s Lace. The first layer was stitched in # 194, Pale Blue. The second layer was stitched using # 198, Pale Green. In the light, it has a slight glow surrounding the tree.

Cat Tree-3

I outlined several of the cats to make them show up a little better. The silver ornaments on the tree were stitched in Rhodes stitch with Kreinik silver braid. The bows on the tree were stitched in Lazy Daisy dark green Kreinik with a tiny red stitch in the middle of the two Lazy Daisy stitches. This can now be put in the growing stack of things waiting for finishing. I need to get started on that task soon.

Cat Tree Ornament – Progress 2

I have completed the green parts of the tree this time. I used an overdye floss from Needle Necessities. I used 4 plies with two plies reversed for my stitching. I still got areas that were all light colors and some that were darker colors. So I decided to try something different. I had to do longer slanted stitches going in all different directions in order to do the little needles sticking out around the edges. So I did more slanted stitches on top of the basketweave to break up the areas that were all one color. Here’s how it looks now.

Cat Tree-2

I’m thinking that backstitching around some of the cats will keep them from disappearing into the tree – especially gray, purple, brown and blue ones. I’m going to try it out. I had to order Kreinik to do the background, so I’ll do the ornaments and the cross while I wait. Hopefully I’ll be able to show you the finished ornament by the end of next week.

Cat Tree Ornament

This cute little ornament is from Winnetka Stitchery. I fell in love with it the first time I saw t it. It’s only 5.5 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide. The four little X’s show the corners of the piece.

 

Cat Tree

I stitched one or two cats each time I picked it up and now all the cats are completely stitched.

Cat Tree-1

I’m working on the tree itself now and trying out something a little different. You’ll see how that goes next time.