Needlepoint 2017 Roundup

Where has the year gone? I did get 3 WIPs completed this year – My Anatolia rug, Ghiradelli Square, and Tumak. And I completed 6 ornaments and Laura Perin’s Country Cabin Panel. Here is the progress on the 3 projects I am currently working on (some good progress for a change).

My Persian Qum rug – I was here on December 1st:

And I finished here on Friday:


The arch is filled in a little more and I’ve started adding a few leaves on the left side. And I started the vase – about half done now.

My second project is ASOW Tall Ship. I did more of the sky and scrolled up a little more to see the bottom of the canvas, finally.

Almost all of the sky on the left side, behind the rigging, is done and it’s all done in the middle between the masts. I still need to fix the two cross beams (spars?) but I won’t do that until I get the rest of the blue finished. I’m hoping there will be some blue thread left to redo a little of the sky and fix the spars properly. Once I have the sky behind the rigging on the right side, the rest should be easy and finished (hopefully) by the end of the month.

The last project is the ABC for the future granddaughter. I left off on December 1st:

And I finished here last night:

I’m doing the bottom two rows at the same time, working left to right. I know this will be finished by the end of January. Then I can get it framed and sent to DS and DIL for the baby’s room before she arrives the end of February.

Needlepoint Plans for 2018 will be posted tomorrow.

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Cross Stitch Update – December 2017

I’m creeping along on 3 projects I would really like to finish.

First up is Norfolk Diligence Sampler. I’ve almost finished the first of the 5 octagons with designs done over 1 thread. There are 3 more little flowers to go. I’m hoping to get another octagon finished and turn the corner on the outer border before the next update.

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The second one I need to finish is the Cat Stocking for myself. It won’t be done before Christmas, but I need to keep working on it and get it done so I can start on the stockings for the two new granddaughters.

The striped present has been backstitched and I’ve been adding more background so I can backstitch the orange cat sleeping on top of the present (he’s facing away from us). The brown step to his left has a cat sitting up tall on it and another cat just above the orange cat as well.

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And lastly, I’ve made good progress on Love You Still. Two of the large words are done and I’ll start the last one (Still) this weekend. The smaller word above will be “yesterday” by the time I finish stitching today. That’s being stitched with a subtle overdye from Gloriana. The hearts are stitched with dark gold DMC Satin floss. Another week and I’ll be able to start working on the rest of the design and get some more of the golds and overdyes going.

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I hope all of you are enjoying some wonderful stitching and have a Very Merry Christmas!

Needlepoint Update – December 2017

You’ve already seen the Tall Ship, so here are the other two projects I’ve worked on this past month.

My Qum Rug is slowly progressing. I worked mainly on the right side this past month.

I have two repeats of the blue motif up the right side now. And I’ve worked on the arch area, adding to the edging and working on the first branch of flowers which are now completed. On the left I’ve added the edges of the border but need to add another blue motif to match the right side and more flowers in the arch area. Here is the whole rug so far.

I’m also hoping to begin work on the center section during December, starting the vase in the center.

On the ABC piece for the new granddaughter, I’ve more or less finished the first three rows. I’ll start the next row this evening. Two more letters to be at the halfway mark. Since she isn’t due until the end of February I still have a lot of time.

My hands were much worse last weekend, but I’ve figured out what I did wrong that caused so much pain. I was trying to open a jar, something I’ve never had trouble with before. I finally asked DH to open it for me. Today I ordered a gadget that will help me open jars from now on. I’m also using my wax bath for a few nights, since that usually helps ease the pain for several weeks. I’m now stitching 3 hours a day – one hour at a time with lots of time in between. I’m really taking it easy but miss the stitching if I have to put it away for days at a time.

 

ASOW Tall Ship – Eureka!!

Yesterday I finished another couple of inches of the sky and rigging. So I scrolled down a little to take a photo of all that is done so far.

This is 9.5 inches all finished. So I scrolled up again. Eureka!  I found the ship at last!

You can now see the next 5 inches. I’ve moved the long threads for the masts and rigging out of the way to make it easier to see the ship. There is only an inch or so still on the scroll bar. I’ll scroll one more time after I do about 2 more inches of the sky and finish the masts. So only about 6.5 inches to go. I can’t believe how many rigging lines have to meet in various places at the boat level.  Just a little at a time – I’ll get this done.

Cross Stitch Update – November 2017

The last month has not been kind. With the fires early in October, we didn’t feel like doing anything except worry and plan an exit if we needed it (thankfully, we didn’t need to leave).

I wasn’t interested in working on any of the projects that I had been working on, so I started a new one – Love You More. I was happily stitching away, starting in the middle with the word “you” and then started on the word “Love” that was just to the left. As I started on the Capital L I noticed that I was running out of room and wouldn’t have room for the borders. So I stopped to figure it out. I guess I assumed that the piece was a square and it wouldn’t matter which way I started my stitching. But it is wider than it is tall and I had started stitching in the wrong direction. So I spent several days frogging it all out – ove you. So now I have restarted and here is my progress so far:

The little piece on the left is the start of the letter “e ” in love.

And that didn’t end the problems either. I pick up the Norfolk Sampler on the weekends, trying a little at a time to get it completed. So I pulled it out one Saturday and it didn’t look quite right. The last thing I worked on the last time it was out – the border on the right side. Then I figured out what was wrong – the blue background was a different shade of blue that had to be frogged out and restitched. I have finally finished the band I was working on!

So I’m now starting on the last band and the border which will run across the bottom too. The first octagon is outlined. There will be more colors around each octagon and then they will be filled in with designs done over 1 thread like the verse that was stitched last year. This will be slow going.

The last piece is the cat stocking that I’m doing for myself – it will NOT be done in time for Christmas this year. But I’ll keep working on it and get it done, hopefully before I have to start on the two stockings for new granddaughters next year.

I had the toe done last month and the heel is almost done but needs backstitching. The blue and green gift box is done and I’ve just started the top of the box. The cat will look better when the back stitching is done. I love these two kitties – just like Julius and Daisy who died. When this section is done, then I’ll start working my up the stocking, with more kitties to come.

Then the last “bad” news. My right hand is hurting again. I’ve done a wax treatment for 3 evenings now, but if I try to stitch it makes my hand hurt again. So I haven’t stitched since Friday evening. It’s driving me crazy to see all my projects and know I can’t do any stitching on them. I tried yesterday and gave up after about 20 minutes. So I need to take a few more days off before I try again.

So I’ve been reading, pulling threads for the cross stitch stocking for little Emmi next year, ordering thread for the needlepoint stocking that I showed in the post about Barbara Fox that I’ll stitch for little Penelope next year, finding some new pasta recipes to try, getting my To Do list for 2018 stitching ready, etc. But I’m bored!!!! I’ll try a little stitching on Wed. and see how things go.

The rest of this year will be much better – I’m sure of that!! Happy stitching everyone!

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Barbara Fox Needlepoint Closing

This is a 21″ stocking by Barbara Fox on 13 ct mesh. I bought this for our new granddaughter Penelope. I’ll be stitching it for next year.

While I was browsing the web last week, I decided to visit Barbara’s website again to see what other canvases she had. I love the two trees that are shown on her New page. I saw a note at the bottom of her home page that says she is closing her needlepoint business. I wrote to her to see if she had one of the tree canvases that I really liked (she didn’t) and another Christmas stocking (which she had on 13 and 18 ct). I bought the 13 ct. one! She no longer has time to do the needlepoint designs – too busy with other projects. I hate to see her go.

Her website is:      http://www.barbarafoxneedlepoint.com

She is selling all the stock she has on hand, so do a little browsing and see if you can pick up some beautiful, new canvases at a discount.

She has a lot of flower, garden, teddy bear, and Christmas canvases (ornaments and a few stockings). Just send her an email with the number and name of the canvas you would like to purchase and she’ll get back to you and let you know if she has it in stock and what the cost will be. I paid with PayPal.  (This was written with her permission.)

Hope you find something you’ll love to stitch!

Needlepoint Update – November 2017

I’ve worked on the same 4 projects this month as last month. I finished the stitching on the little gingerbread house ornament, but haven’t made it into a house yet. The ornaments that go along the bottom and around the door had little dots of white in the center. I stitched them as Jessicas and put a white bead in the center. The round windows were also done with Jessicas.

I continued to work on the ABC canvas for the granddaughter due in Feb. I’ve gotten a few more letters and matching items done. I’d like to finish these top 3 rows this month, which is really pushing it.

It doesn’t look like I got a lot done on the ASOW tall ship. I worked on the masts first, getting the one on the left done and half of the center one. The two crow’s nests are done (brown and white) and you’ll also notice that there are smaller ones higher up (golden brown and black). I’ve also completed 5 more rows of the sky on the left and a little extra work on several rows to the left of the masts to make way for more of the rigging.

Checking the photo of the entire piece, I found that I’m actually about half done now!! Here is the whole piece so far (minus a tiny bit of the top):

And finally the Persian Qum rug. The bottom right corner is finished and I’ve started working up the right side of the outer border. I’ve also started the next two parts of the design – the archway and it’s border. The branches have been started on both sides and the first two repeats of the arch border are done. I’ve added a few leaves on the left and one flower. I need to decide if the flower stitch (Jessica with a Smyrna Cross center) will work and if it is the right size. There will be 5-6 of them along this branch to be repeated another inch or so up the branch and in a different color. Just stitched this flower today so I can look at it as I work on other areas to see if I like it. The rug is 13.5″ wide and will grow to about 20″ when done.

This month I want to get two repeats of the blue motif up both sides and get about 2-3″ of the arch done on both sides. (That might be wishful thinking on my part)