Finishing the needlepoint stockings was harder than the cross stitch ones. But they are no completed.
I only corded the top of the stocking, since I had so much trouble with it last year. But I’ve learned a little over the last year – thanks to the finishing book my DH bought me last year and by reading Sudukc’s blog. The cording is fastened securely and doesn’t move at all. I know how to cross the cording in order to finish it off neatly. It just isn’t as long as I wanted. I checked it after I finished making the cord and it was more than long enough. So I still have more to learn.
All the stockings will be mailed next week. I’ll finish up the ornaments this week and mail them soon after. Christmas will just arrive early for my family this year. That will be a first!
First, thank you to all who commented or emailed about Julius. We’re slowly coping – still not much stitching yet, but a little more each day.
I finished the last of the background Monday evening – as easy stitch that I was able to handle. The pattern includes three fall items – acorns, apples, and fall leaves.
I think the leaves should have been larger. When I do the instructions, I’ll try to make them larger and see if that is better.
Last night I was working away on the area surrounding Malik’s name on the stocking. And I ran out of thread (just to the right of the letter K)!! I only need a few more yards to finish it up, but here it is right now:
I looked in my stash and in projects that are kitted up, but no more Kreinik of the color and size I needed. So I sent a quick email to Michelle at Come to the Point. She pulled one for me and I’ll pick it up on Wednesday when I visit her shop. She has all the canvas and Pepper Pot Silk I need for my new rug and I had already planned on picking it all up Wed.
I’ll spend my evening stitching around the edges of both stockings this coming week so they are ready to be made into stockings soon.
I’ve worked hard on this all week and finished it last night! This has been so much fun to work on and it went quickly as well.
It’s stitched on 18 ct. canvas and is about 16″ tall. I used mostly Pepper Pot Silk but used some Sparkle Rays and Neon Rays + in the triangles row, Neon Rays + and Sprinkles for the pink/green borders around the name, and white Sprinkles in the second thread in the Alicia’s Lace background for the name.
I think I need to add another row of white Gobelin over 3 threads at the top to make a better finish. And I need to add several rows of white Basketweave all around it as well. But I still consider it a finish and I’m happy with it! (Waiting to hear from Heather…)
I’ll start the second one in about a week – done in blues and copper.
Finally!! After a year and two weeks of stitching, this rug is finished. I worked on it each week for 3-5 hours, and 8-10 hours each of the last two weeks. I used 28 skeins of Pepper Pot Silk.
Here is the original rug:
And here is my adaptation:
Persian Nain Rug designed and stitched by Jan (ThreadMedley)
13.75″ X 19.5″ on 18 count canvas (approximately 250 stitches X 350 stitches)
Charted with cross stitch software and can be stitched in needlepoint or cross stitch
I hope to have it up on my Etsy shop the end of next week. I’ll let you know when it’s available.
My first finish for 2016! This was a fun stitch – quick and easy all the way.
The dark green along the bottom was supposed to be two strands of Vineyard Silk, but I have several cards of Silk & Cream in my stash and decided to use that instead.
Now to decide what to work on next.
The pillows for my granddaughters are finally finished. I was really stressing out waiting for the pillow forms to arrive – over two weeks until they showed up yesterday. I quickly got them put together and put them back in the original plastic for shipping. Forgot to take a photo.
This morning, we had to go out early, so I got up and quickly took them out of the plastic and took a photo. Then we headed out to run errands – first stop was a small packaging store who took all the things I had to mail, boxed them up and we were out of there in about 20 minutes. So much easier than going to the post office at this time of year.
Here are the pillows with the Gardener’s Alphabet initials I did for each of my girls.