I wanted this done by April 15th, but put the final stitches into the border last night. Not bad.
Here is a photo of the original color scheme by Gitta.
And here is my version:
This was stitched on Congress cloth using #8 perle cotton. I used up two balls completely and about half of the other colors. The overdye was Needle Necessities – one skein was completely used and I needed just one more thread from the second skein to finish it up last night.
I’m thinking that a rectangular pillow would be great on the living room sofa. (I really need to start tackling that stack of finishing!)
I finished this on Friday evening – two needlepoint finishes in one week!
The Watercolors I used is a little lighter than the one from the pattern, but it still works well. I also substituted Anchor colors for all the #5 perle cottons. Everything was in my stash except the ribbon floss, so lots of threads are now out of my stash.
Laura’s patterns are always a joy to stitch. And I love getting another project out of my stash too!
I’ve picked two unfinished projects – one cross stitch and one needlepoint – to work on next downstairs. You’ll see them over the next week or so. And tomorrow I’ll start another needlepoint WIP upstairs as well. There will be lots of new things to see soon.
I wanted to complete this by the middle of this month, so here it is:
18 ct. canvas
11.5″ X 19″
23 skeins of Pepper Pot Silk from Planet Earth Fibers
I love this rug but I have no idea what I’ll do with it. It doesn’t go with anything in my house. But when I design and stitch these rugs, I do my best to keep them close to the original in design and color. I guess I need to set up my stitching room as a rug display room with a rotating schedule of all my rugs.
No idea what I’ll do next. I know the rug I’d like to do next but the design stage is going to take quite a while.
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.