Border Rug Finale

None of my other rugs have taken this long to complete – 11 months, 7 days. I started with 3 morning a week and then changed to 5 mornings a week the end of October, trying to get the rug completed by the end of the year. I was starting to think I would never get it done. But here it is – all stitched up!

Border-finale

The final size is 20″ wide by 34″ long on 13 ct. canvas. I’m glad it’s completed and I really like how it turned out. I didn’t keep an exact count of the number of skeins of Silk & Ivory I used (since I was using partial skeins left over from other projects as well as full skeins), but it’s about 35 skeins total.

You won’t find a Moroccan rug exactly like this one anywhere. I used patterns for borders that I liked and created my design using cross stitch software. As I stitched on the rug, I had to decide what stitches to use for each of the bands. This has lots of specialty stitches and caused quite a few problems along the way. But this rug is just for me, so mistakes and problems along the way don’t need to be mentioned. I’m sure I’ll never do another rug with a large X in the middle of a motif though. That motif was the most difficult.

The large frame upstairs will now be used for the mandala (which has been waiting patiently for its turn) and the Peru Rug which doesn’t seem to want to be finished. I’ll whip him into shape over the next few months. And I have the Persian Nain Rug started and I work on that one only on Saturdays (for right now).

As usual, I have too many projects going at once and my mind is in one of those “Let’s design a few more projects” mood as well. One new cross stitch design completed this last week already. Does anyone have a few extra hours per day that I could have? Or turbo needles? I sure could use them.

Happy stitching everyone.

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.

 

 

Jim Wurth’s Coronation – Finale

With the ornaments for my granddaughters completed, it was time to get the last of Jim Wurth’s Dodecagons done too. And here it is:

Coronation Finale

This was supposed to be done on red canvas and I mixed up the last two ornaments. So this is done on the black canvas. I’m upset with myself for mixing them up since you really can’t see the red Kreinik 4-Way stitch that fills in the center section and the Smyrna Crosses that fill in each Jessica. But it is still dramatic as it is. So I’ll live with it. LOL

Many have asked how these will be finished and now that all 12 are done, it’s time to work that out. While my DH and I were talking about it yesterday, I had a great idea! We don’t do a big tree anymore – no kids around at Christmas and we live in a small townhouse. That means that these 5 inch ornaments can’t go on the tree. So what about making a tree out of the ornaments and putting it up on the wall for everyone to see? I did a rough cut around each ornament this morning and laid them out on the floor for a quick photo.

Wurth tree

I’m going to finish them myself as “round” ornaments and no hanger. Looking at the photo, I think the two ornaments that are white/gold/silver should be the trunk of the tree. But that decision can be made later. We’ll also have to figure out how to hang them – mount them on a cloth and hang, wood tree-shaped piece, etc. But I do like the idea. What do you think?

Jim Wurth’s Hearts & Flowers – Finale

I had a photo that I took before I started the last 10 steps of this piece, but it got erased when the computer crashed a week ago. So here we are with the finale.

The zigzags were created by layering Grandeur, Frosty Rays, Kreinik braid, and Fyre Werks – each thread laid next to the last one. The rectangles around that are Gobelin with dark red Grandeur every other rectangle and then silver and dark red Kreinik braid for the rest of them. The last area around the tassels was done with laid Grandeur and Kreinik braid that were tacked down with stitches over two threads using Kreinik and Marlitt. The 48 Jessicas around the center now have 5 silver beads per Jessica. That was the last step.

HeartsFlowers-finale

So number 11 of this set of 12 dodecagons is complete. I didn’t notice until I was half done that THIS one was supposed to be stitched on black canvas. Since no canvas is visible now that it’s done, I don’t think that is a problem. Coronation is the last of the set – supposed to be stitched on red and will now be on black canvas. I’ll start on that one in a week or two.

 

Cat Tree Ornament – finale

I received the Kreinik braid I needed on Saturday and got right to work. The background is stitched in Alicia’s Lace. The first layer was stitched in # 194, Pale Blue. The second layer was stitched using # 198, Pale Green. In the light, it has a slight glow surrounding the tree.

Cat Tree-3

I outlined several of the cats to make them show up a little better. The silver ornaments on the tree were stitched in Rhodes stitch with Kreinik silver braid. The bows on the tree were stitched in Lazy Daisy dark green Kreinik with a tiny red stitch in the middle of the two Lazy Daisy stitches. This can now be put in the growing stack of things waiting for finishing. I need to get started on that task soon.

Koshga by Gitta – Finale

I started this project in 2009. When I completed the borders along the left side, they didn’t meet up, so I put it away. In April of 2011, I got it out again. I decided that ripping out everything that I had done to correct the counting error would not be a good idea on Congress Cloth. I threw it away and got out a new piece of white Congress Cloth and started again. This is as far as I got before I put it away again – too many other projects going on at once.

Koshga-2011

Now I’m trying to work my way through my stash – and as part of that, I need to complete some of my WIPs. In February of this year I got it out again and I’ve been working away on it. For the last 4 days, I haven’t worked on other projects for more than a few hours – total. But I can finally show you Koshga all finished!

Koshga-finale

It’s just under 9″ wide and 6″ tall. I think it would make a great pillow insert. So I need to gather my courage, buy the fabric, and get this finished for good.

At least I’ve gotten one thing out of my stash. I’d like to work on some smaller projects this month to help put a dent in that stash – so look for a few new, small things over the next couple of weeks. Plus I’ll be working more on the Peru Rug a lot more too.

Antique Locomotive – Finale

Things seem to take a lot longer than I think they will. The background at the bottom of this train piece would be quick and easy – I thought. And it’s taken me many days. I’ve even brought it downstairs last week and worked on it in the afternoons for 4 days. But I finally got it done! I used two different overdyes – one beige and light brown and the second light brown and gray – to represent the gravel that is found along side the tracks and between the railroad ties.

The first photo is part of the background and the cow catcher at the front of the engine. I love the first part with the long ribbons laid carefully to form the catcher with black in the background for the spaces between the pieces of steel. The right side is more difficult since the pieces of steel fade away to the right and appear closer together. Then the artist Anne Cram had the steel in the center form a V in the middle – divided into top and bottom parts. I did the best I could but I’m not really pleased with the right side. I didn’t stitch them as painted – sets of stitches that gradually worked to make a slanted line. Using the ribbon worked much better – but challenging to get the black covered so when I laid a silver or red ribbon all the spaces would be covered in black. On the right, the light shows through the steel since it isn’t against the rest of the engine. It looks unbalanced to me.

Catcher&gravel

But it is completed and overall, I really do like it! It was just a painting of a locomotive, but I’ve added backgrounds and smoke, filled in the railroad ties, and outlined the numbers so they are more visible. I think he’s ready for the museum now, as soon as he chugs down the track just a little farther.

Loco-11