Mini Train of Dreams – Progress 2

I forgot to mention in the first post that this is the Mini version. That’s why it will be 4″ X 13″. I could never get the larger version done by July.

Here is the first 8 square completed (except for about 5 individual stitches that I’ll fill in this coming week. Each column is 8 squares tall plus 5 stitches. So I’ve done 41 rows of the 85 so far. There are some sections where they are a lot of stitches in the same color and they help me move along a little faster.

Dream Train 2

The green book will be easy to complete this week (down the first column) and then I can start on the rest of the section. My hope is to get 8 squares done every two weeks. We’ll see how that goes with stitching 5 afternoons each week – 1 or so hours per day.

Train of Dreams – a Start

Here we go again! I’ve finished stitching for my family and up pops a list of things for DH’s family. There will be 2 weddings this year – I’ll stitch Wedding Records for them.

And at age 75, DH will be a grandfather for the first time! So I’m stitching a piece to be framed for the baby’s room – The Train of Dreams from ¬†Heaven and Earth Designs (HAED). I’ve had this in my stash for years. I love it but didn’t have a reason to stitch it.

train-of-dreams

Since it’s an HAED piece, you know there is a lot of changing colors so progress will be slow. I have until July to get this done.

Here is my first progress, a very small section of the red and green books on the left. I’m working two columns at a time. It’s only 8.5 squares tall and I’m working the top half right now. It’s one strand of floss over 1 thread and will be 4″ X 13.5″ when it is done.

Dream Train 1

Mill Hill Ornament – Polar Bear

I’ve had this little ornament in my stash for at least 3 years.

I started it just before Christmas since I had another week before the end of the year. I finished the cross stitching yesterday. So today was adding beads and cutting it out. Here he is all finished.

I completed 22 projects this year. Not a bad year at all.

Polar Bear

I saw this on another blog earlier today. I guess he is a popular fellow.

Hometown Holiday – Tree Lot Finale

I finished this last Monday and forgot to post it. Guess I’ve been busy with other things. LOL

This is the 11th piece from this series to be completed. I have one more, but do not have enough fabric to stitch it. It’s been moved to the 2017 list.

Tree Lot Finale

I love the little red truck!!

On to other projects, including two new cross stitch projects that I will show you when I’ve made some progress.

 

Hometown Holiday Tree Lot – Progress 1

Since these little pieces don’t take a lot of time to stitch, I’m trying for one more finish for 2016. This is the Tree Lot – top row only. I still have a tiny tree on the left and lots of snow to stitch under the trees.

Tree Lot 1

I’ll be able to get the bottom half done this week. I have one more to stitch, but I don’t have enough fabric on hand, so it will be stitched sometime next year.

WIPocalypse 2016 – December

This month we show where we started the year on projects and the progress or finish of each. I’ve had a good year with 13 finished projects and 1 that was added and completed.

I finished 1 the train stocking and then stitched 2 more¬†stockings –

Train St finale

stockings finale

 

 

 

 

 

Polar Express when from this:

Polar Express 5

to this completion:

Polar Finale

The Persian Iris Garden Mandala went from this:

Persian Iris 3rd corner-4

to this finish:

PIG framed

I wanted to get 4 more pieces done from Hometown Holidays. They are now done and I have two more from this year to do. I’m working on the Tree Lot now and it will be finished before Christmas.

Fire Station 3

Pet Store 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

School 2

Florist Finale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I finished the ornaments for my granddaughters – their last set (and one for myself too).

2016 ornie finale

Patchwork Serenity Sampler – I wanted to finish the first 3 pages (actually 2.5 pages)

It went from here:

Serenity-2

I almost finished page 2 and didn’t get to the small section on page 3. It’s here right now:

Serenity 4

Father Christmas and Cats – It’s 4.5 pages across the top. I’ve gotten 2.5 pages done – only half of page 3, but at least his face is almost complete right now.

It started here this year:

Father C 6

to here today – with all that background done!

Father C 11

The Delta Queen Paddleboat was added this fall and is now complete:

Paddleboat finale

Norfolk Diligence Sampler – no progress. I’ll pull this out again next month and will get it completed.

NF Sampler 12B

Chapter Tiles – no progress this year.

Chapter 2-3

Bright Sea Express – no progress this year.

Express 5

I’ve enjoyed being a part of WIPocalypse for several years, but I won’t be joining for 2017. I’ll keep working on projects at my own speed and post my progress – just not at a specific time each month.

I hope 2017 will be a super stitching year for everyone!!

 

WIPocalypse 2016 – November

The three cross stitched stockings are now finished. First is for DH

Train St finale

and for my youngest son and his bride

stockings finale

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.

Delta Queen 4

Father Christmas and Cats

I was here last month –

Father Christmas 9

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.

Father Cr 10