The three cross stitched stockings are now finished. First is for DH
and for my youngest son and his bride
I didn’t notice until they were all done and I was pressing them that the hangers should be on the other side. I’ll let these two stay as is, but will do it correctly on the two needlepoint ones that I will be finishing this week.
Delta Queen Paddleboat is coming along. I need to add a little red to the smaller flags and outline the yellow decoration at the top with red. Then I can continue with the boat itself. I hope to have this project done by the end of the year.
Father Christmas and Cats
I was here last month –
and I got here yesterday. Almost finished Page 2 and did a lot of the background as well from Page 1. The goal by the end of the year is to finish the background on the left and finish Page 3 which will complete his face.
I’m not stitching as much as I used to, but I’m still making progress on my projects.
I’ve been working on the top of the paddleboat and will work my way down the pattern.
The decoration on top is done but needs backstitching. The top floor is done and I’ve started adding the railings. I’ve also started the flags and banners. I’m hoping to get those things done today. Then I’ll continue work on the second floor – the front is done but I need to add the side part. The sections beside the sign will be the third floor and finish the sections that people actually get to walk around on. I’ll have all that done when I show you the paddleboat again.
Then it will just be the paddlewheel itself and all the water. And there isn’t much backstitching once the three decks are done. I hope to have enough done to post again next week.
I haven’t stitching much over the last week, but am now on track again.
I’ll try to keep this short – the story behind the paddleboat. DH and I met online 26 years ago. When his vacation time arrived, he drove from California to Tennessee with his two kids so we could meet in person and the kids could meet as well. My youngest was living with me at the time and decided that we should have an evening to ourselves. He stayed home with DH’s two kids and cooked them dinner (he’s a super chef!) He arranged for us to take a diner cruise on the Southern Belle paddleboat that went through the locks on the Tennessee River. A memorable evening.
Since then, now in California, we have been on a paddleboat in Lake Tahoe and one in Sacramento. The one is Sacramento was a smaller one and during the cruise we passed the Delta King paddleboat which is permanently moored there – and is a hotel and restaurant (photo below). The twin boat, Delta Queen, was originally in California as well. The Queen was towed through the Panama Canal and then used as an excursion boat on the Hudson River for several years. She also spent time in Chattanooga TN as a hotel for 5 years before being moved to Louisiana. It is listed as a National Treasure.
I found this chart online and it’s an old one (drawn by hand on gold paper, 1984 by KD Artistry), but it’s fairly accurate on details so I wanted to stitch it for DH. I have quite a ways to go but here is the progress I’ve made this week.
There is a second story to add plus the side going across the right. You can see the beginning of the paddle wheel on the left. I want to do all the cross stitches for the white and gray parts of the boat first, then add the paddlewheel and water after that. And there is a ton of backstitching to do to add all the railings, etc. as well
Let’s start with the finishes. Gentle Elephant is completed and ready to be made into a stocking by the end of the month.
Batman is also completed and ready to be stitched up.
I started and finished a small piece – Schoolhouse in the Hometown Holiday series. I have two more to stitch in the series by the end of the year.
I got out a WIP that I want to work on as well – Father Christmas and Cats. Page 1 is all background except for 4 stitches of the coat. I hope to have that page done by the next posting, but it may not happen. Page 2 I know I’ll have completed by next time. The orange/red colors of his coat have reached the bottom of the page. There are more dark reds to come. Page 2 ends about 15 stitches to the right of the tassel. I stitch on this each weekend only.
I have one more project that I have just started. It’s the Delta Queen paddleboat. I’ll do a post about the project later in the week. Here is the start:
The pressure is off now that the Christmas stitching is done. I’ll get the sewing part done in the next week or two. My stitching has slowed down and I’m reading a little more. I stitch when I’m in the mood and no schedule on what to stitch when like I’ve done for years. I’m definitely more relaxed and enjoying the stitching more. Trying to live a lot more stress free – and feeling better.
Here is where I left this project on May 2, 2015.
My goal for this project was to have the first 5 pages done this year – that won’t happen. The bottom of the page is 14 rows below the tassel. For the rest of this year, I’ll work on Pages 1-2 and get them completed. If time permits, I’ll work on Page 3 which would complete Father Christmas’ face.
Most of Page 1 is background, so I’ve been adding many rows of overdyed orange thread. One more row on the left will be 40 rows (half a page) completed.
You can see some light colors just to the left of the tassel. That’s part of his hair. It’s supposed to be stitched with Ecru, an ultra very light tan, and two shades of light sand. I haven’t done the darkest color of sand yet and I don’t think I’ll use it at all. I don’t think it will show up well at all, so I’ll use one of the lighter colors instead so it will be more visible.
The tiny section of red to the right of tassel is the beginning of his coat. There will be a lot more of that just below the tassel, when I get to it. I’m looking forward to something other than orange.
Stitching for this project will be mostly on the weekends. I did a lot of background this past week, but I have several smaller projects to work on during the week now.
There have been 12 releases in this series and I have them all. I’ve decided that I won’t get any more. Nine have been stitched, which leaves me with 3 to do. Since they are small, I’m going to do one each month and get them done.
Here is the start of the Schoolhouse. It still needs the cupola, door, and windows.
I hope to have it completed with the trees and swings to show you next week.
I’m taking things easy now that all the Christmas stitching is done. I’ll start putting the 5 stockings together next month and will show them to you as they are completed.
I’m also going back to WIPs, cross stitch and needlepoint, that I want to complete. Posting may be less for the rest of the year. I’m learning to relax a little more and not stress about completing all my projects.
I’ve only worked on two cross stitch projects over the last month – the stockings that need to be done.
Gentle Elephant – the elephants are done! Whew! I’m going to add some grass around their feet and then do the name at the top. Both of these tasks are for next week.
Batman – Pages 1 and 3 on the left side are completely done. Page 2 is almost done, just the cape to do. Page 4, I did the rest of his body. Most of what is left is the hand and the rest of the cape. A lot of blue and black to go. I hope to have it done and the name stitched at the top by the end of next week.
With these two projects out of the way in about 7-10 days, I’ll have time to go back and pick up other projects that need to be finished. I have a lot of projects to choose from and several small pieces that I want done by the end of the year, so you’ll see something different next month.
The question for this month is to tell the story of one of my projects. The mandala is at the framer’s right now and should be ready for pick-up next week. I’ll tell the story of that project when I post the photo of it framed.