Border Rug – Progress 17

It’s the end of the month and I haven’t been able to get this done. It’s the never-ending rug. LOL  Here is what’s left to do;

Almost Done

When the band I’m working on is done on Monday, I’ll have less than 3 inches to go. So maybe another week or two to finish.

Here is the whole rug so far:


I’ll post as soon as I have it completed. And no, I won’t be doing instructions for this one. This one is just for me, like the first one was just for my DH. I’m in a hurry to get this done as there are other projects that need that large floor frame upstairs – I’ll be alternating the Peru Rug and the Persian Iris Mandala soon.

D.E.S.I.G.N. Update

For those who want to know more about DESIGN or see what more is happening, here is the update.

Leonore has posted the January report which interviews the Designer of the Month here. Her name is Jody Ellis. At the bottom of the article, there are links to those of us who did a post on our own blogs about a designer we love and want people to know more about.

Read the interview and see Jody Ellis’ tips for cross stitchers.

I’ll have another designer to present to all of you in about two weeks.

Snowman Insert – Finale

I wanted to finish this Friday evening, but ran into problems. I had white and off-white threads all ready to go. I started Basketweaving the snowflakes over the background first. I just didn’t like it at all. I used two threads for the background and trying to do the Basketweave over them either split the threads or moved the nice, straight stitches up and down all over. So I quit while I thought about it and decided how I should proceed. Everything else was all stitched – just needed those snowflakes.

Last night I picked it up again and decided that I would have to make longer stitches and be careful how I handled the bag so I wouldn’t snag them. I used a combination of Double Crosses, Smyrna Crosses and even a Ray stitch. Most on the background section were just white. The ones on the snowman’s face and a few other places along the bottom were done with white and then the off-white (beige) threads. I feel better about how they turned out.

Snowman finale

And this was so easy to finish! Cut out the insert and attach the backing. There were two backings included with the tote so I can buy another insert canvas or design one of my own.

snowman tote

Unzip the pocket where the canvas will be inserted. Peel back the velcro strip that will hold the insert in place. Slide the canvas into the frame. Smooth down the velcro to hold it in place and zip it back up. It only took 10 minutes after I took it off the stretcher bars. Super!

finsihed tote

I used to have three tote bags around my chair where I stitch in the afternoons and evenings. Now I have just this one tote. In the front pocket is the sampler I’m working on. All the instructions and threads are in there and out of sight. The middle, very large pocket, has Father Christmas with instructions and threads – all zipped up until I work on it each Sunday. The back pocket has the canvas for Grieg cat from Dakota Rogers that I will now work on evenings until it is done. LOVE my new tote – and insert.



Hometown Holiday Church – Finale

My first finish of 2015! Here is the Village Church from Hometown Holiday from Little House Needleworks. Just adorable, as usual.


I have the Fire House for this set all ready to go, but I’ll work on larger projects for the rest of this month. This is the sixth one in the series. Haven’t heard of any new ones for this year yet, so I may get all caught up next month.

Update: A friend already tells me that there is another shop announced on Facebook – a Florist. Doesn’t say when it will be out though, so I hope to be caught up before it is released.

Persian Nain Rug – A Quick Peek

Couldn’t resist starting this new rug. This is the 13th rug I’ve designed. This one is on 18 count canvas and is being Basketweaved with Pepper Pot Silk. Since I have two other rugs still being worked on, this one will only get attention on Saturdays. By next month, I’ll be able to do more work on it. I hope to have the Border Rug done by then (wishful thinking perhaps).

I’ve already shown you the Persian Nain Rug that I found online, but here is another quick look at it.


I’ve only gotten the threads inventoried and opened one skein of each color. You can see that I didn’t get far with the actual stitching. But I’ve started the outer border. The little square will only appear in the four corners. The other two motifs will be repeated around the outside edge.


As usual, I’ll be simplifying the design. The background won’t be as full of motifs, so more of the cream background.

January D.E.S.I.G.N. – Heart’s Ease Examplar Works

DESIGN is a new concept this year from Leonore Winterer. Her blog is Needle, Pen & Sword. There is a link on her page to more information about this idea for the new year. D.E.S.I.G.N. stands for the Designer Everyone Should Instantly Get to Notice. People who have signed up will present designers that they love, or have just found, and talk about them and one of their designs. Hopefully, we will all get to know some new designers along the way that we will also fall in love with. This is a monthly format, but you don’t have to contribute each month.

What designer do you want to talk about this month?

I want to talk about Heart’s Ease Examplar Workes – Theresa M. Baird. Her blog is –  I’m working on her Norfolk Diligence Sampler right now and just love it! This is the photo of the design from her blog.

Norfolk Diligence


This is the information she wrote about Norfolk Diligence on her blog in September 2013 before it was released:

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Have you stitched a project by this designer before?

No – this is my very first sampler.

Would you buy/stitch a design by this designer again? Why/Why not?

Yes, I would. In my needlepoint designs I’m inspired by rugs and tapestries from around the world. I adapt those designs into smaller pieces that can be framed or hung like tapestries. Theresa adapts antique samplers into more modern forms. I was drawn to her for that reason. Look at her blog and you will see many types of cross stitch – all quite delicate and beautiful. I’m sure you’ll find something you like as well.

What made you choose this particular design/designer?

I wanted to stitch a sampler and have been reading the newsletters from The Attic in Mesa, AZ. There are so many to choose from and I couldn’t decide on just one. Then this sampler came out last October and it caught my attention. I just loved the borders and the flowers. And the colors really suited me as well.

Did you notice anything that distinguished this designer from others?

The verse! Many samplers have the alphabet or Bible verses, like samplers from the 1700s and 1800s. But Theresa writes her own verses for the pieces she adapts and designs.

Here is a photo of my progress on the piece so far:

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I’m stitching it on 40 ct linen using one strand of Needlepoint Inc Silk over two threads.

Lee’s Snowman – Progress 2

This small piece is moving along very well. I have stitched the snowman with Silk Lame Braid, added the eyes and mouth with Kreinik #8 black braid, and stitched his nose with a rusty orange in Padded Satin stitch. His scarf is done in two shades of Splendor Silk.


I still have to stitch the hat, his stick arm and the trees. When all the Basketweave is done, then I will go back and stitch the snowflakes on top of everything else. I did make a color copy of the canvas before I started stitching so I would know where they all go.