Tumak by Gitta – Progress 7

My goal for this project last year was to get it half done. Now I want it done by mid-April. I’ve only work on it a couple evenings each week, so I’ll have to switch to working on it about 5 evenings a week to get it done.

Here’s where it was at the end of December:

Tumak 6


And it’s here today:

Tumak 7

The second large motif is done and I wanted it to look a little different from the other two. The middle is stitched with the overdye instead of the medium solid green and a darker rose in the center. I’ve completed two more motifs along the bottom edge and outlined a third one. The outer border is longer as well. Two more small motifs along the bottom edge and I’ll be able to turn the corner. That’s the goal for this week – two motifs and the border done along the bottom and the corner completed. The part that takes the longest on this project is filling in the off-white around every motif and border.

When this is done, I have a new project that’s ready to go. More incentive to get busy and complete this one.


Double Decker Cats and Tumak

Looking at this photo – all I can do is smile. When I’m stitching in the evenings, Daisy is always on my lap and Charlie has taken to sitting on the top of the chair. Last night, we went out to eat and when we got home, this scene greeted us. (The bump on the left side of Daisy’s head is a cyst and isn’t causing any problems. We don’t think she’d survive the surgery, so we just monitor her and let things stay as they are.) Daisy still hisses his Charlie, but only late at night – then they are quiet for the rest of the night. We’re almost there…

Double Decker

My list of things to do this year said I should get half of this Tumak piece done this year. It’s a small project (6″ X 9″) that I pick up as a change of pace from all my larger projects. I reached the halfway mark last night and it has now been put away – it will be finished sometime next year.

Tumak 6

I haven’t filled in the center of the large motif which is the center of the piece on the left because I’m thinking of changing the colors so it will be different from the one on the right (which is also repeated on the left side.)

I’ll start a new, small size piece tonight and will post when I’ve made a decent start on it.

Tracking My Projects

I’ve seen several posts on other blogs lately about inventory and tracking of projects. I thought I’d share how I handle it. I’m on a Mac and use Bento (a small database program that is no longer sold by Apple, unfortunately). But these first screen shots can be duplicated with Tables in any Word Processing program or in a Spreadsheet program.

List Page

This first screen shot shows the top of my list. These are projects that I want to work on this year – there are always more projects than I can realistically handle in a year, but it gives me options and choices. The 4th column always shows where that project is – started, being designed, or ready to start. Ready to start means it has been kitted up and ready to be stitched. You can see that I have 29 projects to work on this year. This part keeps growing throughout the year as I design more things myself.

There is a blank row that has Temp in the 4th column. This makes sorting my list easy – keeping current projects above the rest of the list. Z- projects are in my stash in various stages of readiness – projects to do in the future. They start with Z so they will fall below current projects since everything is listed alphabetically. You should be able to do this in the other programs mentioned above as well.

Bottom of List

This is at the bottom of the list.  I started this database in 2009 and the list is now at 177 rows, 82 of which are completed projects. Column 5 shows the completion date for each project and I also have a space for a photo of the finished project. I can easily add or delete projects right on this list page. I always sort the list by the 5th column – Completed. Any project that is not completed will automatically appear at the top of the list, like the screen shot at the top of the post.

Bento has an additional screen for each project where you can add lots of additional information, if you wish. I designed this database page myself.

Project Page

I haven’t used the Notes section as much as I intended. I thought it would be good to list the cost of supplies, etc. But I haven’t done that yet. The photo is the completeld project, but I will replace it with a new photo when this has been made into a stocking.

I have other “libraries” in Bento as well. There is one for each thread brand, fabric (not a complete inventory yet), books, etc. I’m very good about updating the projects library, but never seem to be able to keep up with the threads. I’m also creating one for stitches with how each stitch can be used and I’m creating stitch diagrams for them as well. Wish I had more time in the day for all these things.

I’ve always liked to be organized, but as I get older I seem to lose a little of that skill. I wish I had every one of the databases up to date, but I feel it’s a losing game. Hope this gives you ideas of what you can also do to get organized.


Hometown Holiday and Changes

I made some decisions about my stitching over the weekend.

  1. 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:

Florist 1

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.

Decisions, Decisions

Another year is ending and a new one is just around the corner. Time to decide what I’m going to do in the new year.

1. The complicated cross designs (Fractal and Father Christmas) have been driving me crazy, so I’ve put them away for a little while. They’ll be back…

The Patchwork Rug is driving me crazy too. It just never seems to end and it gets worse each day. LOL I’m working the borders across the last of the squares now and then I’ll have the last corner to finish. I think two weeks should do it and I’ve set a deadline for myself – January 10th. I’m determined to have it done by then.

2. New designs – I’m working on the next larger rug (20″ X 32″) that I’ll be stitching in a couple of months. It’s going to be a Border Rug – a rug that consists of  bands that can also be used as borders around medallions, etc. The picture below is a sample to give you an idea. Mine won’t look like this though. I know the background color will be burgundy, but I need to decide on the other colors so I can get them ordered in the next couple of weeks. You’ll be seeing information about it starting the end of January.

Border Rug BW

I also have started planning a rug from Peru that will be stitched on 18 ct. I’ve ordered some thread that is new to me and I’m playing with it to see if it does that I want for the Peru rug. More information probably in February.

3. Smaller projects – I’ve never been fond of beads, but I did well on beading for A Little Bit of Happiness. So I’m trying my hand at a Mill Hill Bead ornament kit. The cross stitch part is almost done and I’ll start the beading part tomorrow. Wish me luck.

And I’m really looking forward to this next one – Brenda Stofft’s Santa on a Brown Bear. He’s on stretcher bars and I’ve pulled lots of threads from my stash. I’ll start next week by stitching the bear in Petite Very Velvet. I’m in no hurry to get this piece done. I want to really enjoy the whole process. I’ve been doing a lot of cross stitch and really miss my needlepoint right now.

Santa-Brown Bear

4. Finish my book on how to adapt art to needlepoint. Start my Yahoo Group (There’s still time to join if anyone else is interested. It will start in late January.) Get instructions done for my Mini Maroc Rug and one of the larger ones you’ve been waiting for.

I think all that should keep me busy for a while. It’s been a very quiet week here at Thread Medley and it’s time to hop into a new year filled with new projects. I hope you’re doing the same thing!

Lani’s Train and an Update on projects

Several people have asked about the train by Lani. I know there were more cars than the four I have, but this is all I could find about 8-9 years ago. They hang in my needlepoint room.


Patchwork Rug – scrolled a little last week so I could finish the last square in the second row. Hope to have it completed soon so I can show you.

Cross stitch – I’ve put the cross stitch away for a little while. I’m engrossed in all the new needlepoint projects that I just got. I’ll get back to the mandala and the Elephant in a few weeks.

Night in the Moroccan Desert – I’ve got out the colored pencils and have been playing a little. I need to decide how big to make the tent and that will determine everything else. I hope to have a pencil sketch to show you in another week or so.

Update on Projects

Chinese Rug – I’ve had a busy week and didn’t have much time for stitching at all. So there’s isn’t enough done on the rug to show you anything this week. I’ll get back to my regular schedule next week and start the center of the rug and have photos for you next Saturday.

Pesrian Iris Mandala – It’s been a few weeks since I showed this piece and I’ve gotten some progress done – buildings are starting to appear next to the mosque. I’ll do a post tomorrow. I have to take photos first.

Desert Tent – I told you a while ago that I now have all my projects in databases. There are about 12 projects in the design database that I want to finish designing and start stitching. Trying to get to sleep last night, one of them kept interrupting my sleep. So I guess it’s time to work on it. It just won’t go away. I’ve done step by step designing for the rugs, so I thought this project might be a good one to explain a more complicated design. Wednesday I’ll do a post on Desert Tent to explain the project and go over the challenges that have kept me from working on it until now. This is still in the very early stages and I probably won’t be ready to stitch it until this summer, so you can see my thinking and practice stitching as I work on a brand new design. For a glimpse of what is to come, check this website. www.e-mosaik.com