Cross Stitch Update – May 2018

I’ve actually made progress on some things this month. Yeah!

The small box that I started last month now has a finished top. It’s just over three inches square. The overdyed thread around the edges will be folded back and stitched to make the top. The bottom is mostly the overdyed thread with a small rectangular design. I’ll try to do a little of that each evening while I’m watching TV. No pattern to refer to for most of it. Nice and easy.

The Christmas stocking for Emmi is slowly coming along. I’ve started the black bear cub that will be the heel of the stocking. The little bits of blue you see will be the long, blue scarf on the bear. Long ways to go, but I’d like to finish the heel of the stocking by the next cross stitch post.

The chaos at our home will finally go away Tuesday after doctor appointment. Hopefully, we’ll get lots of good news then. And our normal, quiet life can get back to normal (with more needlepoint stitching, I hope).

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Cross Stitch Update – April 2018

Things are slowly getting back to normal and I’m able to stitch for a few hours each week now.

When I went to Tennessee to meet my newest granddaughter, I took a small cross stitch kit from Whiskey Creek. This little 3″ box is called Main Street Box. I have the top about half done now. There will be some top stitching when it’s all competed. Then I’ll have to stitch the bottom of the box as well. Here’s what it look like today.

The overdyed rows on the top and sides are to be folded down and stitched to create the top of the box. All the threads for this project are from my stash.

The other project I’ve been able to work on is the stocking for the new granddaughter, Emmi. I had just started the small stocking on the toe of the stocking last month. The little stocking is now done, the two chipmunks are done, but their scarves are not finished yet.

I’ll finish their scarves, do more of the leaves around the top and then do the back stitching to make everything easier to see. Then I can move to the right and do the design on the heel of the stocking.

I also hope to get time to work on the Norfolk Sampler, so I can get it completed.

If all goes well, life should be back to normal and boring in another 4 weeks. Each week has been packed with too many things to do and we hope that eases off soon.

Cross Stitch Update – March 2018

Only worked on two projects over the last month. The first is Norfolk Diligence Sampler where I completed another page and only have 1 more page to go. I need to add my name on the top half of the center octagon and then stitch the last two octagons facing them in the opposite direction. I will get this done this year! It’s taking me forever.

The other project is the stocking for Emmi, who is one month old now.

This is the stocking that I am making for her. I started in the middle of the stocking and I’m working my way down the left side to do the little stocking. Then I can do the bear on the right side. Here is where I am today:


While you are reading this, I’m visiting my new little granddaughter. I hope I get to spend a lot of time cuddling her. Also want a bunch of photos to bring home with me. I wish they lived closer so I could see her more often.

When I get home, another event is happening. Just two days later my DH is having a knee replacement. So it’s going to be a busy month. Not sure if any stitching will get done this month. We’ll see.

Cross Stitch Update – February 2018

Progress, but not a lot this past month.¬†I had hoped by this time of the year, I would have both of these projects done, but it’s just not happening. I finally have my hands feeling better, but can’t stitch for more than an hour in the morning (needlepoint) and afternoon (cross stitch).

I worked on Norfolk Diligence on weekends and completed another octagon and a little more of the bottom border. I finished outlining the other 3 octagons – the middle one is almost ready for me to add my name and date. The other two will repeat the two that are completed, but reversed.

My cat stocking I work on about 4 afternoons a week, but it just doesn’t get me very far. I’m about 2/3 of the way done with only two more cats to go. This is being put away now so I can start the stocking for Emmi (who was born this week). When that is done, I’ll get back to the cat stocking.

Things have been so busy around here, but I picked up a small project to work on once in a while. This is a Mill Hill bead kit. I have several more of these to work on as I find time.

I have a stack of ornaments to work on and some already finished. This summer I want them to be made into ornaments and put away. When the two new granddaughters are a little older, I will start giving them one each year. I’m just not sure how long I’ll be able to keep stitching, so I’m planning ahead.

I’ve also started something new to keep me busy that is not related to stitching. I’ve always wanted to write, so I’m reading and planning and outlining my first book – a cozy mystery. I’ll let you know about it when I get it figured out. LOL

Cross Stitch Update – January 2018

Staying with the promise to myself to only have two projects going at one time, here is the update for the month.

I’m still working on my Cats on a Staircase stocking. It was here last month”

I’ve finished two more cats and some of the spindles on the staircase have been started. Just above the siamese cat will be just the head of a cat that is peeking around the spindle that will be stitched just to the right of the siamese cat. There are still two more whole cats to go after that.

The other project I want to get done is the Norfolk Diligence Sampler. It was here last month:

The border on the left side is just about done – only about 3 more rows of blue to finish it off. And I’ve added a few blue ¬†stitches so you can see where the border fits across the bottom. The first octagon is completed and I’ve been outlining the next two octagons so I can get the second one started. Here is it today:

I’m hoping my hands feel better and I’ll get more done over the next month. I’d like to have the stocking finished by then and one more octagon finished on the sampler plus more of the bottom border. The over one stitching inside the octagons is very difficult for me and I’m sure I’ll never do another project on 40 ct that has parts stitched over one thread. That’s what is really slowing me down on this project.

Cross Stitch Update – November 2017

The last month has not been kind. With the fires early in October, we didn’t feel like doing anything except worry and plan an exit if we needed it (thankfully, we didn’t need to leave).

I wasn’t interested in working on any of the projects that I had been working on, so I started a new one – Love You More. I was happily stitching away, starting in the middle with the word “you” and then started on the word “Love” that was just to the left. As I started on the Capital L I noticed that I was running out of room and wouldn’t have room for the borders. So I stopped to figure it out. I guess I assumed that the piece was a square and it wouldn’t matter which way I started my stitching. But it is wider than it is tall and I had started stitching in the wrong direction. So I spent several days frogging it all out – ove you. So now I have restarted and here is my progress so far:

The little piece on the left is the start of the letter “e ” in love.

And that didn’t end the problems either. I pick up the Norfolk Sampler on the weekends, trying a little at a time to get it completed. So I pulled it out one Saturday and it didn’t look quite right. The last thing I worked on the last time it was out – the border on the right side. Then I figured out what was wrong – the blue background was a different shade of blue that had to be frogged out and restitched. I have finally finished the band I was working on!

So I’m now starting on the last band and the border which will run across the bottom too. The first octagon is outlined. There will be more colors around each octagon and then they will be filled in with designs done over 1 thread like the verse that was stitched last year. This will be slow going.

The last piece is the cat stocking that I’m doing for myself – it will NOT be done in time for Christmas this year. But I’ll keep working on it and get it done, hopefully before I have to start on the two stockings for new granddaughters next year.

I had the toe done last month and the heel is almost done but needs backstitching. The blue and green gift box is done and I’ve just started the top of the box. The cat will look better when the back stitching is done. I love these two kitties – just like Julius and Daisy who died. When this section is done, then I’ll start working my up the stocking, with more kitties to come.

Then the last “bad” news. My right hand is hurting again. I’ve done a wax treatment for 3 evenings now, but if I try to stitch it makes my hand hurt again. So I haven’t stitched since Friday evening. It’s driving me crazy to see all my projects and know I can’t do any stitching on them. I tried yesterday and gave up after about 20 minutes. So I need to take a few more days off before I try again.

So I’ve been reading, pulling threads for the cross stitch stocking for little Emmi next year, ordering thread for the needlepoint stocking that I showed in the post about Barbara Fox that I’ll stitch for little Penelope next year, finding some new pasta recipes to try, getting my To Do list for 2018 stitching ready, etc. But I’m bored!!!! I’ll try a little stitching on Wed. and see how things go.

The rest of this year will be much better – I’m sure of that!! Happy stitching everyone!

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My Turn – a Christmas Stocking

I did 5 stockings last year and now have two to do next year. So this is MY year and I’ve started a stocking for myself.

This is an old Dimensions kit that I bought several years ago because: 1. I love cats 2. We have a staircase like this in our home, 3. The two cats at the bottom look like our cats Julius and Daisy. Unfortunately, Julius and Daisy are no longer with us.

Starting at the center, I decided to work the bottom, left part of the stocking working down to the toe. Then I’ll do the heel and work my way up to the top. I work on it several times a week for about an hour at a time. Here is where I stopped last night:

I’ve spent several evenings working on the Julius look-a-like but I don’t have the tail done or the front paw yet. The outlining of the ornaments and edges of the newel post have been done. The stripes are the wall paper and there’s more of that to come.

I’ll need to spend more time on it starting next month if I want it done for Christmas this year. After a week, the first cat still isn’t done and there are 8 cats on the stocking! LOL