Hometown Holiday Tree Lot – Progress 1

Since these little pieces don’t take a lot of time to stitch, I’m trying for one more finish for 2016. This is the Tree Lot – top row only. I still have a tiny tree on the left and lots of snow to stitch under the trees.

Tree Lot 1

I’ll be able to get the bottom half done this week. I have one more to stitch, but I don’t have enough fabric on hand, so it will be stitched sometime next year.

WIPocalypse 2016 – December

This month we show where we started the year on projects and the progress or finish of each. I’ve had a good year with 13 finished projects and 1 that was added and completed.

I finished 1 the train stocking and then stitched 2 more stockings –

Train St finale

stockings finale

 

 

 

 

 

Polar Express when from this:

Polar Express 5

to this completion:

Polar Finale

The Persian Iris Garden Mandala went from this:

Persian Iris 3rd corner-4

to this finish:

PIG framed

I wanted to get 4 more pieces done from Hometown Holidays. They are now done and I have two more from this year to do. I’m working on the Tree Lot now and it will be finished before Christmas.

Fire Station 3

Pet Store 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

School 2

Florist Finale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I finished the ornaments for my granddaughters – their last set (and one for myself too).

2016 ornie finale

Patchwork Serenity Sampler – I wanted to finish the first 3 pages (actually 2.5 pages)

It went from here:

Serenity-2

I almost finished page 2 and didn’t get to the small section on page 3. It’s here right now:

Serenity 4

Father Christmas and Cats – It’s 4.5 pages across the top. I’ve gotten 2.5 pages done – only half of page 3, but at least his face is almost complete right now.

It started here this year:

Father C 6

to here today – with all that background done!

Father C 11

The Delta Queen Paddleboat was added this fall and is now complete:

Paddleboat finale

Norfolk Diligence Sampler – no progress. I’ll pull this out again next month and will get it completed.

NF Sampler 12B

Chapter Tiles – no progress this year.

Chapter 2-3

Bright Sea Express – no progress this year.

Express 5

I’ve enjoyed being a part of WIPocalypse for several years, but I won’t be joining for 2017. I’ll keep working on projects at my own speed and post my progress – just not at a specific time each month.

I hope 2017 will be a super stitching year for everyone!!

 

Delta Queen Paddleboat Finale

The last of the water has been stitched. There are a few slanted lines down the water that were stitched with Glisson Blending thread to add a little sparkle to the mix.

Paddleboat finale

It’s only about 5″ x 7″ so I’ll be able to frame it myself, probably next month. I don’t want to go into stores at this time of year. I think a small, black frame would be great.

Now on to  the last two pieces of Hometown Holiday – the Tree Lot and the Diner. I hope to have them both done before the end of the year.

Country Cabin Panel by Laura Perin – Progress 1

I started this project about two weeks ago and work on it occasionally in the evenings. Here is what it will look like when it’s done.

country-cabin-panel

I’ve started on the outer border first and it’s a little farther than the pictures shows below. Now I have the first panel completed and I’ve started on the next small band. The threads are mostly #5 perle with two colors of ribbon floss and one Kreinik braid. The goldish band that is started was  stitched with ribbon floss.

Cabin-1

It’s a good start and I’m really enjoying it. I’ll show you this again when I have a few more bands completed – before the end of the year.

Delta Queen Paddleboat – Progress 5

This is taking much longer than I had planned, but so many things have been happening.

A front door key was mailed to us from a service we no longer use. The envelope arrived with no key in it (but of course the envelope had our address on it). A quick call to a locksmith got the locks rekeyed the same day.

The garage door decided not to go all the way up  – but enough that we can get the car out. DH checked online and found out how to unlock it. We raised and lowered it by hand, then locked it again. Most of the time it is now going all the way up. We’ll see if that continues.

Had to have a plumber out because the kitchen sink wasn’t draining sometimes – that got fixed along with two loose handles on a sink and the shower. We need a new garbage disposal – he’ll install that next week.

And so on – we didn’t know that the house would have so many problems at just 10 years of age.

But the paddleboat is making progress. The section on the right with the keel in black is completely done – water and all. I’m working on water in the paddle wheel now. There is still a tiny bit of the boat to stitch on the left side as well.

Paddleboat 5

I’m hoping to have this completed this week.

 

And they’re off….

Early this morning I headed for the post office and was first in line when they opened at 9 am. These little ornaments for my granddaughters left for Missouri. I wasn’t able to find little flat boxes to put them in, but I found tiny tote bags in their favorite colors to put them in to match the ornaments. How neat is that! I told DIL to hang them on the tree when they arrive. The tiny tote bags are only 3″ x 4″.

2016 ornie finale

The Moroccan stocking are on their way to Kansas City. The Elephant and Batman stockings are on their way to Tennessee. So all my Christmas mailing is done. What a relief!

The last of the gifts for here at home arrive tomorrow – so Christmas shopping is also done. I’m going to relax and read for a while.

I’m only stitching 1-2 hours a day now, but will have a new needlepoint project to show you next week.

Happy stitching.

CAL Berkeley Teenie – Meredith Collection

This was a nice, quick stitch since it’s only 6″ X 6″. Easy to work on in the evenings while watching TV.

CAL teenie finale

I used blue and yellow #5 perle, Vineyard Silk, and El Molino rayon and just #5 perle for the while. The outer border is Mosaic stitch and the stack of yellow and blue squares was stitched using the rayon thread and Scotch stitch.

DH loves it and I’ll make it into a pillow for him. And his Paddleboat piece is over half done too. I’m enjoying some small projects for a change.