Let’s start with the finishes. Gentle Elephant is completed and ready to be made into a stocking by the end of the month.
Batman is also completed and ready to be stitched up.
I started and finished a small piece – Schoolhouse in the Hometown Holiday series. I have two more to stitch in the series by the end of the year.
I got out a WIP that I want to work on as well – Father Christmas and Cats. Page 1 is all background except for 4 stitches of the coat. I hope to have that page done by the next posting, but it may not happen. Page 2 I know I’ll have completed by next time. The orange/red colors of his coat have reached the bottom of the page. There are more dark reds to come. Page 2 ends about 15 stitches to the right of the tassel. I stitch on this each weekend only.
I have one more project that I have just started. It’s the Delta Queen paddleboat. I’ll do a post about the project later in the week. Here is the start:
The pressure is off now that the Christmas stitching is done. I’ll get the sewing part done in the next week or two. My stitching has slowed down and I’m reading a little more. I stitch when I’m in the mood and no schedule on what to stitch when like I’ve done for years. I’m definitely more relaxed and enjoying the stitching more. Trying to live a lot more stress free – and feeling better.
Here is where I left this project on May 2, 2015.
My goal for this project was to have the first 5 pages done this year – that won’t happen. The bottom of the page is 14 rows below the tassel. For the rest of this year, I’ll work on Pages 1-2 and get them completed. If time permits, I’ll work on Page 3 which would complete Father Christmas’ face.
Most of Page 1 is background, so I’ve been adding many rows of overdyed orange thread. One more row on the left will be 40 rows (half a page) completed.
You can see some light colors just to the left of the tassel. That’s part of his hair. It’s supposed to be stitched with Ecru, an ultra very light tan, and two shades of light sand. I haven’t done the darkest color of sand yet and I don’t think I’ll use it at all. I don’t think it will show up well at all, so I’ll use one of the lighter colors instead so it will be more visible.
The tiny section of red to the right of tassel is the beginning of his coat. There will be a lot more of that just below the tassel, when I get to it. I’m looking forward to something other than orange.
Stitching for this project will be mostly on the weekends. I did a lot of background this past week, but I have several smaller projects to work on during the week now.
There have been 12 releases in this series and I have them all. I’ve decided that I won’t get any more. Nine have been stitched, which leaves me with 3 to do. Since they are small, I’m going to do one each month and get them done.
Here is the start of the Schoolhouse. It still needs the cupola, door, and windows.
I hope to have it completed with the trees and swings to show you next week.
I’m taking things easy now that all the Christmas stitching is done. I’ll start putting the 5 stockings together next month and will show them to you as they are completed.
I’m also going back to WIPs, cross stitch and needlepoint, that I want to complete. Posting may be less for the rest of the year. I’m learning to relax a little more and not stress about completing all my projects.
I’ve only worked on two cross stitch projects over the last month – the stockings that need to be done.
Gentle Elephant – the elephants are done! Whew! I’m going to add some grass around their feet and then do the name at the top. Both of these tasks are for next week.
Batman – Pages 1 and 3 on the left side are completely done. Page 2 is almost done, just the cape to do. Page 4, I did the rest of his body. Most of what is left is the hand and the rest of the cape. A lot of blue and black to go. I hope to have it done and the name stitched at the top by the end of next week.
With these two projects out of the way in about 7-10 days, I’ll have time to go back and pick up other projects that need to be finished. I have a lot of projects to choose from and several small pieces that I want done by the end of the year, so you’ll see something different next month.
The question for this month is to tell the story of one of my projects. The mandala is at the framer’s right now and should be ready for pick-up next week. I’ll tell the story of that project when I post the photo of it framed.
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.