I finally got the first corner on the mandala done and started on the second one.
I’ve brightened up the photo a little but you still can’t see the purple iris in the corner very well. The little flowers are quick to do – just a single strand of silk for each part. There were over 40 different threads on this piece, but I’m down to only 10 now plus 2 of the gold threads. I ran into a snag on the second corner and I can’t find my mistake. So I need to start with that problem first on Monday morning and then continue to fill in. I have the four colors to the left and right edges and the little “knot” at the corner. The mistake is in that diagonal gold line that joins the other two multi-colored lines to form the triangle. I hope to get that second corner done by Wed. Fingers crossed.
If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that the Fractal is gone. I really disliked working on it and it looks like it will be abandoned. Right now it is back in the stash. But progress on several other projects is going well.
Gentle Elephant – still working on page 3, trying to finish the ear on the right. I know the trunk isn’t finished at the bottom and the top of the ear is rough, but the same colors are used for the elephant and the background in many areas. I’ll try to even things out after I finish the rest of the ear and body. I went from here:
On the Persian Iris Mandala, I’m really moving. I really want to finish the last corner so I can get the the triangles that will finish the project. So I went from here:
to here this month! One whole side of buildings done. Only 1 more set to go until the main part of the mandala is done. Then the 4 triangles at the corners and the rest of the beads. I can’t wait!!!
Then, because I’m not doing the fractal anymore, I have two other cross stitch pieces to work on for the weekends. The first is the Florist from Hometown Holidays and this is how far I got before I ran out of the brown thread (more arrived a couple days ago). When this one is done, I still have two more to do. The schoolhouse arrived yesterday.
And lastly, I picked up Patchwork Sampler Serenity. I only stitched a tiny bit of it last year. Here is the first motif completed. I started the second motif in the darkest teal – hardly visible in the photo.
This is a large Quaker piece in teal and purple. My hope is to get the first 3 pages done this year.
I made some decisions about my stitching over the weekend.
- I’ve been spending most of my time on stockings for Christmas and two projects that I really want done this year – the mandala and the fractal. Slow progress on most of them so far. But the fractal has been driving me crazy again and parts of it just don’t look good (to me). So it’s out of the rotation for now (and maybe for good). So I needed a new weekend project and looked over my list and then pulled out two projects. I’ve started the Florist for Hometown Holidays and I’ll stitch that on weekends until it is done. Here’s my progress so far:
This is the awning above the windows and the start of the Florist sign.
When this little piece is done, I’ll go back to Patchwork Sampler Serenity which I just barely started last year. It’s a Quaker piece. I feel much better working on simpler tasks on the weekend after working many hours on the elephant. I’ve moved on to the next page on that one too!
2. Needlepoint projects – I’m almost done with the second Moroccan stocking so I’ll need another needlepoint project at that point. I’m working on several smaller designs but they are not ready to go just yet. So I’ve ordered the canvas and Pepper Pot Silk for my next rug – Anatolia. Think red, black and gold! I hope to start that on June 1st.
Downstairs I will work on my small Madagascar rug and try to get that finished while I complete the design for the smaller projects – Kurd Tree of Life, an Irish tile, and a Paisley design. Whichever one grabs and holds my attention first will get started next month too. Never a dull moment here.
I’ve only worked on 3 projects this month – all things I want finished by the end of the year.
Gentle Elephant – to be made into a stocking. The first ear is done and I’m working on the head and trunk now. I hope to get the next, larger ear done by the next post.
Gossamer Fractal – went from here –
to here – If I complete the column I’m working on and half of the next one, it will finish a page. That’s the goal for the next post.
And Persian Iris Mandala – almost finished the last mosque. The beading of the carpet is done. I’ll finish the mosque on Monday and start on the last corner of buildings.
Good progress as I inch my way to completion on these 3 projects.
Making progress on some of my larger projects, have one finish and one almost finish.
- Hometown Holidays – I finished the Pet Store
2. Polar Express by Madame Le Fee is almost complete. I will have it done by the end of the week.
3. Persian Iris Mandala – I finished the 3rd corner of buildings and started on the last mosque. Over the next month I’ll bead the last carpet leading up to the mosque and try to finish the mosque as well.
4. Gossamer Fractal – I finished filling in the area that I worked on a year ago and have now started on the last section of Page 2 (I have enlarged the charts and only print out a half page at a time. I’m halfway through the bottom half of Page 2 now.
5. Gentle Elephant (for stocking) – The elephants don’t appear until the far right side of Page 2, I’m still working on the ear, most of which is dark browns and grays. The colors on the top, left of the ear are starting to get lighter in color. I’ll start on Page 3 this coming weekend and I hope the colors are much lighter there as I finish the ear and start on the face. After I finish the Polar Express this week, this piece will move from weekends only to weekdays so it will move along faster then.
Our question this month is – Do you use hoops, stretcher bars, lap stands or Q snap frames and why? I’m a needlepointer and I’ve always used stretcher bars or scroll bars. So when I started cross stitching I stayed with that. I started the mandala on a scroll frame until it was too narrow to keep a whole side visible as I was working on it. It’s now on stretcher bars now because I’m working around the outer edges and it’s easier to keep the fabric tight and be able to reach the areas I’m stitching and beading. And it’s easier to take photos of the whole piece when I can see it all and I don’t have to move the piece around to work on various areas – I just turn the whole thing. The Polar Express is now on a hoop because the Q snaps weren’t holding it well – the fabric was too small. Everything else is now on Q Snaps (as of last year when I tried them). They are working out well for me – hold fabric tight and easy to move from one area to another as I work on a piece.
This is going to be challenging, but I promised my new DIL that I would make an elephant stocking for her and this is the pattern she fell in love with. (She loves elephants even more than I do!) This is Gentle Elephant from Just Stitching.
See what I mean? What I’m going to do is stitch the elephants only. I’m stitching it on beige Aida, 18 ct. When it’s finished, I’ll add a little grass, etc. along the bottom to make it a little more interesting. Here’s where I got in the last couple of days.
I started with the tusk on the left and then started working on the trunk (barely) and the darker stitches as the start on the left ear. I changed a couple of colors though. I refuse to put purple and nave blue on this elephant. I substituted another dark and very dark brown instead. The elephant is all browns, grays, and black. It should stand out nicely on the beige Aida (which doesn’t look very beige in the photo).
I’ve got a long way to go. Wish me luck!
I posted a progress photo of this project in January of 2015. It was on my 2015 WIPocalype list of projects I wanted to complete and I didn’t even get one stitch done on it that year. Here’s the last photo.
I finally pulled it out of my stash last week and over the weekend I tried to complete the 3 columns that were started. Here’s how far I got – one column completed, most of the second column, and a little on the third one.
The little running stitches at the top and on the left show the center of the design. I’m looking forward to the two large areas of mostly whites and off-whites on each side. They really move along quickly.
I’m going to keep this one downstairs and work on it each weekend. I actually enjoyed working on it this weekend, so doing it in small doses is the way to go. I’ll post again for WIPocalypse 2016 later this month and I hope to have made some decent progress by then.