Santa on a Brown Bear – the final finale

I woke up this morning with one thought in mind. I forgot to put a ribbon on the rabbit! That’s now done. And I didn’t like the finished piece with nothing behind the legs of the bear. So I spent time this morning getting both of those things done. Now I’m happy with the piece (and still love the tassels!).

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Stofft’s Santa on a Brown Bear finale

I ran out of thread Sunday while working on the background. But I worked on it all afternoon after getting more thread and it’s finally finished.

Santa finale

The fur trim on Santa’s suit was stitched with two plies of dark brown Wisper and one ply of floss.  Then I stitched the tree with Gloriana Florimell and I added gold beads for ornaments.

On to the rabbit – The two shades of gray are Wisper and the white is Angora. I used simple straight stitches for the white since the Angora is a very thick thread.

I love the tassels!! I had an Anchor variegated thread that exactly matched the painted tassels. I did straight stitches over the area first in case the tassels didn’t cover completely. They turned out perfectly!

Last is the background. This background is from Ann Strite-Kurz’s book Backgrounds: The Finishing Touch. I used white Petite Sparkle Rays for the vertical lines, tied down with #8 perle in DMC B5200 and then the perle again to create the diamonds between the lines. Lastly, clear beads were sewn in the center where each diamond crosses. The finishing touch was gathering white Flair with a single strand of white floss and tacking it down here and there to give the impression of snow.

It’s been a long time coming, but he’s finally finished. Can’t wait to get him framed and ready for the holiday season!

Stofft’s Santa on a Brown Bear

Things are moving along fairly well right now.

Santa’s coat was completed in Brick stitch using a ThreadworX overdye – moving around as the color changed. At the end I had to cut the thread to use just the lighter color to finish it up. The blue mittens were stitched with one strand of Watercolors and one strand of blue Wisper. Then I roughed it up just a little with tape to make it look a little more like wool. I still have the fur trim on the hat and the coat and pants.

Santa’s beard was done with light tan Impressions and Santa’s Beard threads.

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The hat was stitched with white and red Splendor, Kreinik braid and then outlined with two strands of pale gray floss to even out the edges a little. The bell on the end of the hat was done in Basketweave using gold Satin Floss from DMC and copper Light Effects from DMC.

Then I decided to try an idea for the tassels. The gold reins for the bear were stitched with Tent stitches along the face of the bear and up to the mittens. From there, I wanted them to be hanging “free” with tassels on the ends. I’ve started one of them. I used the same Kreinik braid as the rest of the reins and tacked it down in a few places with gold Accentuate. I’m using Lazy Daisy stitches to create the tassel, since I can’t cut the threads and fluff them like floss. 3-4 of those stitches have gone through the large gold bead. I need to add more stitches there. When I get it just right, I’ll start on the other one. I will use floss for the two striped tassels.

I still have the little tree to do, the rabbit, and the trim on Santa’s suit. I decided how I want to do the background – White Sparkle Rays, floss and beads. And the final touch will be white Flair – you’ll have to wait for that too. I’d like to finish up by next weekend….

WIPocalypse 2015 – June

I didn’t have as much stitching time this month, especially the first week or so. But I have some progress to report.

1. Persian Iris Mandala – I have the carpet leading to the next mosque about half beaded now and will finish that in June. The mosque is started and I hope it will move along well this month.


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2. Norfolk Diligence Sampler – I’ve started the 4th band. There are 5 flowers in the band, so not quite halfway done. And of course there is always the side borders to work on. 3 flowers were added on the left side in May.

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3. Chapter House Tile 1 – I’ve moved on to the second quarter of the design and hope that as I stitch it, I’ll find where the error is in the first quarter. Hoping to finish this second quarter this month.

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4. Bright Sea Village Express – Didn’t get very far on this. I’m still working on the first side of the car. This month I want to finish this side and go back to the piece on the right, adding the roof of the car.

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5. I’ve added another project – another train. I’m stitching a stocking for my husband. It was on the cover of a magazine and I HAD to order it.

Santa Stocking

I’ve started in the middle of the piece, and have just over half of the middle car – carrying Christmas trees. I’m going to work my way down the stocking and then go back to the middle and work my way up to his name.

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Since it’s June already, I also need to get busy on Christmas ornaments and other Christmas projects. I’m sure some of these projects above will get less stitching – but the mandala and the train stocking will get a lot of attention.

The question for the month – Do you find yourself more productive in stitching in the winter or summer? I’m retired and live in Northern California, so I stitch year round. It doesn’t make any difference to me what the season is. I do stitch outside more when the weather is nice in the afternoons (in the 70s) so I’ve been outside most days the last week.

Persian Nain Rug – Progress 7

Slowly, slowly. A couple more days of background and I’m going to turn the rug around and work on the other side.

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The border across the bottom is now complete for the first half of the rug. The center medallion now has one quarter of the outline done. The octagon on the top right is the center of the whole rug. I’ll start filling in some of the areas now so you’ll have something new to look forward to by the end of next month. One more motif and a repeat have been added just before the center though they are not complete yet. So you have seen all the pieces now, but there is a long way to go. At five hours a week, he will get done (hopefully by the end of the summer).

Now Something Completely Different

When I was 3 or 4, I remember going to Quilting Bees with my mother. I usually played under the table while they stitched. By the time I started school, Mom had quit quilting and I never learned how to quilt. I still want to do a quilt, so……

I bought a book Log Cabin Quilt in a Day by Eleanor Burns. I’ve read all the steps at least 3 times now and decided to go out and buy some fat quarters to try just one block. So here it is:

Quilt test

I’m not happy with the lightest of the brown fabrics, but the rest are good. I’ll need to do more practice squares before I feel confident enough to try a “real” one for a quilt for the bed in our master bedroom. I think I’ve got the sequence all right, but keeping it square is going to take some practice! I also messed up one seam on the back, where one side is folded up and the other folded down.

Then I ordered some fabric online (since it wasn’t in the brick and mortar store) that I might use in the center instead of the copper color in the square. It’s covered with all kinds of cats on a gold background. When I practice with another square, I’ll use that fabric just to see how it looks.

It’s a start and hope to get better as I work on this each Sunday. By the end of next month, I hope to be ready to start the real quilt. Nice as easy does it….

Stofft’s Santa on a Brown Bear – Progress 3

I put this away last February when I couldn’t get the edges of the blanket to work out the way I envisioned it. It’s on my list of WIPs that I want to finish this year, so I got it out about a week ago and started working on it again. This is where I left it last year. The bear is stitched, the blanket is done except for the edge.

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Now I have the light purple bridle and the candy canes done. The edge of the rug was stitched sith Brick Stitch in gold and dark purple Kreinik ribbon. The beads have been added along the bottom of the blanket (sewn down so they don’t move around). The basket for the rabbit is stitched with Splendor and a touch of Kreinik gold braid. The bag for the candy canes was stitched in Basketweave with Splendor and Kreinik gold braid. That’s good progress for one week. Here is a close-up of blanket and baskets.

Santa 3 Close-up

And here is the whole piece so far.

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I don’t want to do the rabbit yet, since he will be done with Wisper (and Santa’s fur trim too). So I’ll work on Santa and the little tree next. A little at a time, he will get done in the next month or so.