WIPocalypse 2015 – Blue Moon Edition

I have two questions or instructions for the posting this time. One says to answer the question – “What makes you pick up a long-abandoned UFO rather than beginning a new piece? I hate to abandon a piece and do want to finish each piece in my stash. I have several of my own design that have been put away for several years now, but I’ve had new ideas to get past the problems I had the first time around. That’s one reason. Many of my projects are rather large and I definitely need a break from them sometimes. But I always pick them up again, in order to get them finished.

1. The other says to show a piece that has a lot of blue, since this is the Blue (second) moon of the month. That’s easy – my forever project, the Persian Iris Mandala by Chatelaine. Here’s the progress this month – the third mosque is now complete. I’ll start on the buildings forming the next corner when I pick it up again next week.

Mosque 3 done

And here is the progress on the whole piece so far.

PI Prog 28

2. Chapter Tiles from Modern Folk Embroidery – I’ve decided how to proceed on this. I’m going to do the outside border and the corner leaves on the bottom two corners. When that is all done I’ll start working my way to the center and see if I can find the error that prevented me from completing the first part of the center.

Chapter 2-3

3. Polar Express from Madame La Fee – You can see the start of the heart shape now. I’ve haven’t gotten very much done since I showed you this piece earlier in the month.

Polar-2

4. Norfolk Diligence Sampler – Not too much on this one either. A few more flowers and the start of the manor band. One cloud is done, the sky is started and the beginning of the sun.

NF Sampler 12

5. Bright Sea Village Express by Elli Jenks – This has been going so slowly no matter how much I work on it. But the first side of the car is now completed. So when I work on it again, I’ll be stitching the top of the car. Once that is under way, I’ll be able to start the second side of the car as well.

Express 5

6. Train Stocking from Stoney Creek – this is coming along very well. The car I had started is now complete. The tender full of coal is part of the engine – the coal is done and the side of the tender is also complete. I just stitched the top of the cab of the engine and you can see where Santa will be stitched next, leaning out of the window of the cab.

Train Stocking-3

Unlike many of you in this group, having so may project to work on each month just isn’t working for me. So for the month of August I’m going to work on just the two train pieces and try to get as much done on them as possible. I also have several Christmas presents and some ornaments to get done for this year. I will get back to everything else again in a month or two. I won’t abandon any of them. I just need a break from some of them. And I miss my needlepoint projects – so I will get busy on a few of those as well.

WIPocalypse 2015 – June

I haven’t done as much this past month on my projects. But here goes…

1. Persian Iris Mandala – the carpet has all the beads sewn on. The mosque #3 has about half of the cross stitches done. The small triangle sections on each side of the light turquoise is done over one thread instead of over two like all the others. I hope to have this mosque completed by the end of this month.

Mosque 3-2

2. Norfolk Diligence Sampler – I have completed the fourth band of the sampler, but I still have to finish a little of the border on each side.

Band 4

I’ll do the divider next and then start on the largest band – the manor house! Yeah! When I have 11 rows done on that band, I’ll be at the halfway mark. It’s taken a year to get to this point and I hope that it won’t take that long for the second half. Here is the first half all done. I want to finish pages 5-6 by the end of the month. I’m half done with those pages.

NF Sampler 11

3. Chapter Tiles from Modern Folk Embroideries is coming along very slowly. I guess I’m not working on it as much. I’m still in the second quarter of the design.

Chapter 2-2

4. Bright Sea Express by Elli Jenks is also one that hasn’t had a lot of attention. This first side of the car has 3 windows, which are now there but not all filled in. Then I’ll have to finish the part below the windows. I want to be working on the roof of the car on the right side by the end of the month.

Express-4

5. Santa Train Stocking for my DH. The second car has all the red for the side and front completed. The roof is almost complete and then I can fill in the windows and the door. I want to have the tender full of coal done by the end of the month and maybe a start on the engine.

Train Stocking-2

Lots to do here and of course my needlepoint as well. Keep stitching everyone!

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.

NF Sampler -10

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.

Chapter 2-1

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.

Express-3

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.

STrain stocking-1

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.

Father C-7

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.

NF Sampler - 9

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?

Chapter 1-5

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.

Express-2

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.

Express-1

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.

Final-front

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.

Chapter 1-4

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.

Bldg 4-1

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.

Hearts-3

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.

Hearts-2

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.