I’ve added all the little details and here is the final version of Hearts & Flowers.
It is 175 x 220 stitches and was stitched with Splendor Silk from Rainbow Gallery on Angel Blush Lugana. The instructions also give equivalents for DMC floss.
The instructions and chart are also complete now, so it is up for sale on my website for $5.00. Just click on the Charted Design tab.
I didn’t have as much time for stitching in March, so I don’t have as much to show you. No progress on Norfolk Diligence Sampler, but my goal for April is to finish the rest of the verse. Father Christmas only got about an hour or so of stitch time, mainly on background and a little on the tassel. I hope to have the tassel done this month and to finish the face (plus a lot more background).
The Chapter Tile from Modern Folk Embroidery is coming along. You can see the straight edge on the right where the page ends. I still have about 3 inches to go to reach the bottom of the page. My goal for April is to finish this first time through the page. Then I can turn the pattern and repeat the page to complete the top half of the design. Well, I hope to start the second time through and I know I won’t get all of that done a second time.
The Persian Iris Mandala by Chatelaine is slowly progressing as well. I’ve turned the piece so I have a whole new side to work on. The windows and portals are stitched on the new corner section now. As I work on the buildings above them, I’ll also do the back stitching and top stitching in gold. My goal for April is to get the buildings stitched on this section and get the gold top stitching done as well, so this corner is completed.
My own Hearts & Flowers design is almost done. Below are the four hearts with the large rose buds all done. In the next few days I’ll finish all the little details and do another post so you can see the finale.
Our question for the month is – What stitches do you enjoy working on and which ones do you dread. Since many of the special stitches used in cross stitch are also used in needlepoint, I enjoy working stitches like Algerian Eyes and Rhodes stitches. My back stitching is getting much better but I dread back stitching and top stitching with metallic threads (like the mandala). I also dread the Queens stitch.
I keep working on this but it goes slower than you would think. You have to decide what stitches you want to use and then the colors and the threads. But here it is so far:
The body is about half done now. I hope to get close to finishing the “mosaic” part next week. Then it will be a quick finish with the cream color to match up with the face that is completed. That’s the plan anyway.
It’s exciting when a new rug is moving along well. I tend to work on it more and other things get pushed aside though.
The second corner is now done and I’ve started on the first motif – a pineapple- in the center area. There will be 10 of these pineapples around the center area of the rug when it’s all done. The tiny motif next to it will be repeated many times as well. As I complete motifs, I will fill in the background with Cream color from Pepper Pot Silk. That will give me some relief from all the busy motifs.
I’m finding the Pepper Pot Silk very easy to work with and I’m enjoying the stitching a lot. I’ll probably put the rug on the larger stretcher bars in another week, so I will only be able to stitch on it while I’m upstairs in the morning. The outer border will go faster when I’m able to turn the canvas so I can work on the border from left to right.
If I could count properly, I’d be farther along on this new design. Sigh.
Like my needlepoint, I like to do adaptations for cross stitch as well. And sometimes things don’t work out like I envision them. This project is one of those. I started with a photo of an Orfeo Jacquard Persian motif from a rug.
I was working with MacStitch, a cross stitch software for Mac, trying to get the feeling for the design and making it simpler, less crowded. The more I worked on it, the less it looked like the rug fragment shown above. But I kept going and it gradually became Hearts & Flowers and looks nothing like the original piece.
I now have two of the four hearts stitched. Miscounting required me to rip out almost two thirds of the second heart. Notice that the two roses are not the same at the top. The two hearts on the top and bottom will be the same and the two on the left and right will be the same when it is completed.
I decided to try out one of the roses to see how it would look before quitting last night. I know most people would start with the darkest color on the outside and get lighter as they stitched toward the center, but I wanted to try the opposite. Our anniversary was last month and DH bought be a bouquet of pale pink roses (my favorite) and lilies. The lilies hadn’t even started to bloom when I got the bouquet. As they started to open, they were pale pink and we assumed that they would match the roses. But when one of them finally popped open, it was brilliant pink with light pink and white along the edges. This was the inspiration for the rose that is now stitched on Hearts & Flowers.
I want to get all four hearts stitched before I go back to the flowers and other small details that are needed to complete the design. I want the hearts done by the end of the month and then can work on the details the first week of April.
I haven’t worked on this for a while and decided to pick it up this week and see how far I can get by the end of the month. I’ve been working my way down the right side, below the very large Rhodes stitch that was the start of the body design. I’ve used most of the stitches that Dakota Rogers had in the instructions, but she encourages you to let the design “talk to you” and create as you go. So I’ve been adding some stitches – Diagonal Mosaic, Sprat’s Head, Arrowhead.
I liked the way she stitched the center at the bottom, so I did it her way and changed colors as I went along. I added stair steps in blue/violet on the left side so I can plan where to put some of the larger stitches. Once the larger ones are in, I can start playing with stitches to fill in areas.
The last thing I did last night was the two crescents at the bottom to form a square. I added a Vault stitch inside it. I’ve also started added a border of Mosaic stitches so I can make it a stand-up cat when it’s completed.
It’s been very quiet at Thread Medley for the past week (at least online). No stitching at all.
I’ve been to Kansas City to visit my 3 sons and their families. Since we haven’t been all in one place at the same time in several years, I made a flash drive of all the family photos for each of my guys – photos from my parents’ photo albums, photos of my brother, sister and I growing up, and my 3 sons growing up. We had a wonderful laugh session with the photos displaying on a big TV. Lots of family memories, lots of good food. Here’s a photo of me with my guys – my youngest on the left, middle son in the middle, oldest on the right. There were also 3 wives and/or girlfriends, and 3 granddaughters. A wild 4 days – but SOOOO much fun.
I’ll get back to a little stitching tomorrow. I promise some photos by the end of the week.