Boy, I’m getting slow… This is where I was on Oct. 10th:
You remember that the center motif was off by one stitch and I had ripping to do. I finally got that all done and started filling in the center, the black around it and some background. Then I turned it around to work on the other side – starting with the outer border of the Keyhole medallion. Here it is today:
It’s looking better. After I finish the last of the stockings – 3 completed and 2 to go – I’ll be able to spend more time on this. It would be nice to finish this by the end of the year, but I’m not going to hold myself to that.
I’m not stitching as much as I used to, but I’m still making progress on my projects.
I’ve been working on the top of the paddleboat and will work my way down the pattern.
The decoration on top is done but needs backstitching. The top floor is done and I’ve started adding the railings. I’ve also started the flags and banners. I’m hoping to get those things done today. Then I’ll continue work on the second floor – the front is done but I need to add the side part. The sections beside the sign will be the third floor and finish the sections that people actually get to walk around on. I’ll have all that done when I show you the paddleboat again.
Then it will just be the paddlewheel itself and all the water. And there isn’t much backstitching once the three decks are done. I hope to have enough done to post again next week.
These little 6 inch squares from the Meredith Collection are showing up all over the place now. My DH graduated from CAL Berkeley a long time ago… So I ordered this to stitch for him. I’ll make it into a pillow when it is completed.
I had DH choose the shades of blue and yellow/gold to use. Then I headed to my stash. I have #5 perle cotton, Vineyard Silk, Pepper Pot silk, Trio and El Molino rayon. I started with the bear and the rest of that little section – all done in #5 perle.
With that section done, I worked the little border along the bottom and the left side – blue Vineyard silk, white perle, and yellow Trio. Now I’m working on the Golden Bears along the left side in perle but will probably use the rayon for the blue letters.
It moves along quickly so it should take long to complete. It gets about an hour each evening.
I’ve been working on this for the last week, trying to get the water and ground finished. I did try several different ways to do the feet on the larger heron, and nothing looked right – color or stitches. Then it dawned on me that it’s 13 ct canvas and I could use Silk & Ivory and Elephant and Mouse were exact matches for the way it was painted. So here is the water, ground and feet all done! I outlined the feet with a very dark gray to make them show up better and to add the talons.
The top of the legs haven’t been done yet, but I’ll be using an overdyed floss for them. I also need to finish the border along the bottom of the canvas. I’ve been avoiding the frog so it’s time to get it done when I get back to this piece once again. Here is the piece so far…
Right now it’s back to the Anatolian Rug for a while.
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 haven’t stitching much over the last week, but am now on track again.
I’ll try to keep this short – the story behind the paddleboat. DH and I met online 26 years ago. When his vacation time arrived, he drove from California to Tennessee with his two kids so we could meet in person and the kids could meet as well. My youngest was living with me at the time and decided that we should have an evening to ourselves. He stayed home with DH’s two kids and cooked them dinner (he’s a super chef!) He arranged for us to take a diner cruise on the Southern Belle paddleboat that went through the locks on the Tennessee River. A memorable evening.
Since then, now in California, we have been on a paddleboat in Lake Tahoe and one in Sacramento. The one is Sacramento was a smaller one and during the cruise we passed the Delta King paddleboat which is permanently moored there – and is a hotel and restaurant (photo below). The twin boat, Delta Queen, was originally in California as well. The Queen was towed through the Panama Canal and then used as an excursion boat on the Hudson River for several years. She also spent time in Chattanooga TN as a hotel for 5 years before being moved to Louisiana. It is listed as a National Treasure.
I found this chart online and it’s an old one (drawn by hand on gold paper, 1984 by KD Artistry), but it’s fairly accurate on details so I wanted to stitch it for DH. I have quite a ways to go but here is the progress I’ve made this week.
There is a second story to add plus the side going across the right. You can see the beginning of the paddle wheel on the left. I want to do all the cross stitches for the white and gray parts of the boat first, then add the paddlewheel and water after that. And there is a ton of backstitching to do to add all the railings, etc. as well
Let’s start with the finishes. Gentle Elephant is completed and ready to be made into a stocking by the end of the month.
Batman is also completed and ready to be stitched up.
I started and finished a small piece – Schoolhouse in the Hometown Holiday series. I have two more to stitch in the series by the end of the year.
I got out a WIP that I want to work on as well – Father Christmas and Cats. Page 1 is all background except for 4 stitches of the coat. I hope to have that page done by the next posting, but it may not happen. Page 2 I know I’ll have completed by next time. The orange/red colors of his coat have reached the bottom of the page. There are more dark reds to come. Page 2 ends about 15 stitches to the right of the tassel. I stitch on this each weekend only.
I have one more project that I have just started. It’s the Delta Queen paddleboat. I’ll do a post about the project later in the week. Here is the start:
The pressure is off now that the Christmas stitching is done. I’ll get the sewing part done in the next week or two. My stitching has slowed down and I’m reading a little more. I stitch when I’m in the mood and no schedule on what to stitch when like I’ve done for years. I’m definitely more relaxed and enjoying the stitching more. Trying to live a lot more stress free – and feeling better.