WIPocalypse 2015 – June

I didn’t have as much stitching time this month, especially the first week or so. But I have some progress to report.

1. Persian Iris Mandala – I have the carpet leading to the next mosque about half beaded now and will finish that in June. The mosque is started and I hope it will move along well this month.


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2. Norfolk Diligence Sampler – I’ve started the 4th band. There are 5 flowers in the band, so not quite halfway done. And of course there is always the side borders to work on. 3 flowers were added on the left side in May.

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3. Chapter House Tile 1 – I’ve moved on to the second quarter of the design and hope that as I stitch it, I’ll find where the error is in the first quarter. Hoping to finish this second quarter this month.

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4. Bright Sea Village Express – Didn’t get very far on this. I’m still working on the first side of the car. This month I want to finish this side and go back to the piece on the right, adding the roof of the car.

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5. I’ve added another project – another train. I’m stitching a stocking for my husband. It was on the cover of a magazine and I HAD to order it.

Santa Stocking

I’ve started in the middle of the piece, and have just over half of the middle car – carrying Christmas trees. I’m going to work my way down the stocking and then go back to the middle and work my way up to his name.

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Since it’s June already, I also need to get busy on Christmas ornaments and other Christmas projects. I’m sure some of these projects above will get less stitching – but the mandala and the train stocking will get a lot of attention.

The question for the month – Do you find yourself more productive in stitching in the winter or summer? I’m retired and live in Northern California, so I stitch year round. It doesn’t make any difference to me what the season is. I do stitch outside more when the weather is nice in the afternoons (in the 70s) so I’ve been outside most days the last week.

WIPocalypse 2015 – May

I worked on 5 projects over the last month and did fairly well.

1. Father Christmas and Cats – Did more background and finished the tassel on the hat. Did a little more on the face as well. He has now been put away for a while so I can focus on the other projects that have a chance of being completed this year. I’ll get him back out later in the year.

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2. Persian Iris Mandala – I have completed the second corner of buildings now. Yeah! I will bead the carpet leading up to the next mosque and get the mosque started this month.


Bldg 4 done

3. Norfolk Diligence Sampler – I have completed all of the verse and the blackwork, so Band 3 is complete. I need to work on the side borders a little and start on Band 4. Hopefully, things will move a little faster with no more words to stitch.

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4. Chapter Tile – I wanted the first quarter completed and a small start on the second quarter but ran into problems. When I got to the center (lower right), the design was off by one stitch. I need to find the error, if possible, and get it corrected. Or I can start the next quarter and deal with the center when I get to it next time. Maybe I can alter the center of the design to make it work?

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5. Bright Sea Village Express – I’ve started on one side of the car now. I’m working on the side of the car and the back/top/front side by side on the fabric. So far the side only has a door, but it’s a start. I would like to finish the first car this month. We’ll see how much stitching time I can find.

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I drive myself crazy with about 7 projects going at once. I don’t know how you all keep 20 or more projects going. I need to work on my needlepoint projects too – Christmas presents need to be started soon!

April D.E.S.I.G.N. – Elli Jenks

What project are you going to talk about this month?  I’ve just started stitching the BrightSea Express by Elli Jenks. This is a 3D train with 4 pieces that will be about 2.5″ tall. I’ve wanted to stitch this for over a year, and finally decided to just get with it. This is how far I’ve gotten in the past few days. This is the back of the last car of the train. The piece continues by going up and across the top and then down the front of the car. Beside this on the fabric, I’ll stitch the two sides of the car to get the first part of the train completed.

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This is what the project will look like when it is finished.

Elli's Train

Have you stitched a design by this designer before? Yes, I’ve completed the building called the Pet Shop – part of her BrightSea Village 3D series.

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Would you design by this designer again? Why/Why not?  Elli has a lot of parts for the BrightSea Village that would be wonderful to stitch, so I probably would do more. Elli also designs small rugs that are beautiful (I have one in my stash) and recently did a 3D Blackwork Frog.

What made you choose this particular design/designer? I really love the 3D designs that are available now. Since I have two cats, the Pet Shop was the first one I decided to stitch. I loved every minute of it. All the details make you smile as you stitch.

Did you notice anything that distinguished this designer from others? Enlarge the photo of the Pet Shop and look at all the tiny details she has included in the design. There’s even a missing slat in the fence on one side, with a dog peeking out! It’s so much fun to see all the little details appear as you stitch her designs.

Elli lives in New Zealand and sells her designs on her website ellijenks.com and in her Etsy shop ElliXS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://ellijenks.com/product/extra-4-brightsea-express/

WIPocalypse 2015 – April

I didn’t have as much time for stitching in March, so I don’t have as much to show you. No progress on Norfolk Diligence Sampler, but my goal for April is to finish the rest of the verse. Father Christmas only got about an hour or so of stitch time, mainly on background and a little on the tassel. I hope to have the tassel done this month and to finish the face (plus a lot more background).

The Chapter Tile from Modern Folk Embroidery is coming along. You can see the straight edge on the right where the page ends. I still have about 3 inches to go to reach the bottom of the page. My goal for April is to finish this first time through the page. Then I can turn the pattern and repeat the page to complete the top half of the design. Well, I hope to start the second time through and I know I won’t get all of that done a second time.

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The Persian Iris Mandala by Chatelaine is slowly progressing as well. I’ve turned the piece so I have a whole new side to work on. The windows and portals are stitched on the new corner section now. As I work on the buildings above them, I’ll also do the back stitching and top stitching in gold. My goal for April is to get the buildings stitched on this section and get the gold top stitching done as well, so this corner is completed.

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My own Hearts & Flowers design is almost done. Below are the four hearts with the large rose buds all done. In the next few days I’ll finish all the little details and do another post so you can see the finale.

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Our question for the month is – What stitches do you enjoy working on and which ones do you dread. Since many of the special stitches used in cross stitch are also used in needlepoint, I enjoy working stitches like Algerian Eyes and Rhodes stitches. My back stitching is getting much better but I dread back stitching and top stitching with metallic threads (like the mandala). I also dread the Queens stitch.

Hearts & Flowers – Progress 2

If I could count properly, I’d be farther along on this new design. Sigh.

Like my needlepoint, I like to do adaptations for cross stitch as well. And sometimes things don’t work out like I envision them. This project is one of those. I started with a photo of an Orfeo Jacquard Persian motif from a rug.

Orfeo Jacquard Persian

I was working with MacStitch, a cross stitch software for Mac, trying to get the feeling for the design and making it simpler, less crowded. The more I worked on it, the less it looked like the rug fragment shown above. But I kept going and it gradually became Hearts & Flowers and looks nothing like the original piece.

I now have two of the four hearts stitched. Miscounting required me to rip out almost two thirds of the second heart. Notice that the two roses are not the same at the top. The two hearts on the top and bottom will be the same and the two on the left and right will be the same when it is completed.

I decided to try out one of the roses to see how it would look before quitting last night. I know most people would start with the darkest color on the outside and get lighter as they stitched toward the center, but I wanted to try the opposite. Our anniversary was last month and DH bought be a bouquet of pale pink roses (my favorite) and lilies. The lilies hadn’t even started to bloom when I got the bouquet. As they started to open, they were pale pink and we assumed that they would match the roses. But when one of them finally popped open, it was brilliant pink with light pink and white along the edges. This was the inspiration for the rose that is now stitched on Hearts & Flowers.

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I want to get all four hearts stitched before I go back to the flowers and other small details that are needed to complete the design. I want the hearts done by the end of the month and then can work on the details the first week of April.

WIPocalypse 2015 – March

I feel like a got a lot done in February, so here is my progress on my cross stitch projects. I did a post on the mandala a few days ago, but I wanted to show you that I finished the last two buildings on this side on Monday so I can turn the piece and start on a new side.

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The Chapter Tiles from Modern Folk Embroidery has the final leaf in the corner now. The curved lines show where the circle starts so I know I’m making progress.

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On Norfolk Diligence Sampler, I have finished the long line of text, over one thread. Halfway across the line, I noticed that it was not centered because I started over a little too far. To make up for the mistake I change the word “my” to “a” – I ply a thread… I’ve started the backstitch design on the left side. The last two lines of the verse will each be centered between the backstitching on the left and right side. I hope to have all that done this month.

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Father Christmas & Cats – I’ve been working on the left side, filling in background and starting the tassel on the left side of the hat. A little more on the face as well.

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And I’ve started a new piece called Hearts & Flowers – one of my own designs. I’m stitching it with Splendor Silk on 28 ct. Angel Blush Laguna – over 2.

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I’ve got a busy March schedule, so I don’t think I’ll get as much done, but I’m working on it.

Measi always has a question to answer each month – this month was about our Bucket List. Because of all the photos, I did a separate post about that which will be up in a few minutes.

Persian Iris Mandala – Progress 27

I put this away at Christmas so I could finish the Border Rug. I took it out a week ago and I’ve done quite a bit of stitching on it this past week. Here’s where it was on Dec. 26th:

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The archways were done and the first building was started. Just a tiny bit of the gold top stitching had been done.

Here it is today:

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When I finish the two buildings that are started on the right side, I’ll be able to turn the canvas and start on the second set of archways and buildings on this corner. I’ll get there on Monday, I’m sure.

Here’s the whole mandala so far:

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All the stitching went well this week and I hope that continues. I really want to get this done, but the goal for this year is to complete side 3 – on the right – with both sets of buildings and the mosque. I also need to do the beading on the carpet on that side as well. That should keep me busy.

The Serengeti Mandala is waiting in the wings. I have everything for that in my stash too.