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

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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

 

Norfolk Diligence Sampler – Progress 19

I’m back to my regular projects now. I haven’t worked on this for two weeks, so it obviously won’t be done this month.

Since the last band is also a large one and starts on the page with the bottom of the manor house and then on to the whole last page, I’ve decided to break things up a little. I’m going across the top of the band, working on the smaller motifs first. This still means I have to switch back  and forth between two pages, but it’s working okay so far.

Page 7 has the crown and the bird’s head and the top two colors of the tree. The rest of the bird and tree are on Page 9. This is what I’ve completed since Sunday. I’m also working on the side border a little each day. When this much of the last border is done, I’ll be back to show you. There are several more kinds of motifs in this row that I need to figure out.

The bottom of the last band is 5 octagon medallions – 4 of which have designs done over 1 on this piece of 40 ct. linen. The words that were stitched months ago took a long time and this will be no different. I’m already having a little trouble working on the 40 ct. with over 2 stitches. I guess this is the last thing I’ll stitch on this count of fabric.

 

Norfolk Diligence Sampler – Progress 17

It has taken a full month, but the left side of the manor is now complete!

The last 4-5 stitches on the right side of the front door are actually on the next page, but I wanted to be able to do the backstitching on the whole door, so finished enough to accomplish that. The left side of the grass is stitched using the Closed Herringbone stitch and an overdyed dark green thread. And all the steps are completed – again some from the next page.

I’ll work on the right side now and then I’ll have just one more band to do and the bottom border. I can’t wait to have this one completed. I love it and want to get it framed and hung up somewhere in my home – not sure where just yet.