I have completed the Waffle Stitch section of this piece – all 168 of them. This section used 7 different Watercolors. It has moved along quickly but I’m glad to move on to another section.
I will continue to work on the outside borders. The white is done, since it doesn’t go all the way around the piece. But there are two more rows that need to be completed. And I want to start on the section on the top, right as well.
I needed something to get me started with my stitching again, so I pulled out this ornament that will be given to one of my sons for Christmas. It’s only 2.5″ wide, so it’s a quick stitch. This little design is one of the many that were designed – for comic book lovers – by Rogue Needlepoint Designs. I bought this one from Michelle at Come to the Point!
The back of the ornament is completed. I’m using only Needlepoint Inc silk. The bottom section was stitched in black and the light gray background on the top part were stitched in Nobuko and the rest was stitched in Basketweave. I’ve started the front, but I really need to stitch the black while I’m sitting outside so it’s easier to see. I’ve tried working with my Daylight lap and a white screen on my mini iPad on my lap. It helps but outside is better, so I’ll try to get that part done tomorrow afternoon.
Tomorrow I also have to pick up the train stocking and try to get some progress done there too.
I finally have a finished piece to show you – seems like forever!
This will be a Christmas present for one of my sons. It goes with the theme of the guest bathroom (really!). I hope he loves it. I’ll be finishing it as a wall hanging so he can hang it on the door. It won’t rattle that way when the door is opened or closed.
The hair was done with Vineyard Silk in straight stitches and then sprinkled with lighter colors for highlights. The feathers were stitched with two shades of teal Flair and the veins were stitched with teal Fyre Werks. The hat was painted with pale blue and lavender highlights but I changed them to grays, which I think look better. The background is a Woven stitch in white Stardust from Brown Paper Packages which has a metallic thread running through it. I’m pleased with the results, sort of. Not thrilled with the feathers on the left (not painted well so I had trouble with it) and the bead centers for the flowers.
So the decision of what to needlepoint next – the Madagascar rug needs to be finished, I have a swan canvas for our guest room to stitch, or maybe a charted design called Deconstructed Log Cabin by Jeff Kulick. Stay tuned.
It’s been a month and I’ve been working on this about 4 evenings a week. So it’s time to show you how things are going.
I used Splendor for the butts and Silk & Ivory for everything else. His nightshirt is all done and I should be able to finish her nightshirt this weekend. The word Occupied was stitched with black Silk & Ivory.
I’ve also started on the background. I’m using white Stardust (Silk & Ivory with a metallic thread running through it) and the Woven stitch. I started at the bottom so I could work my way up the right side. When the other nightshirt is done, I’ll be able to start up the left side as well. This is moving along nicely. It’s a fun stitch.
I only work on this one day a week, so progress is slow. But I’ve completed the first band and wanted to show it off. This band will repeat on the right side of the rug as well.
The gray stripes between the small bands were stitch with gray Splendor using two plies. The stitch is Skip Tent with the stitches slanted down on the left side and up on the right side. This now measures 6.25″ long and 1.25″ wide. Now to move on to the other overdyed thread from Colour Complements – a purple/blue thread. This will be back when the next band is done.
I’ve just started on a new, small rug. It’s being stitched on Congress Cloth with #8 Perle Cotton. The original is shown below:
This is a full-sized rug, but mine will only be 6.5″ X 8.5″ when it is done. Rather than try to keep up with a million color changes, I’m using solid colors and two overdyed colors. The two shown below are from Lorraine of Colour Complements (www.colourcomplements.com from Canada). She hand-dyes all her threads in various sizes and types of threads. You can find her on Etsy – Colour Complements. In the photo below, I’ve undone one skein so you can see that Lorraine’s threads change colors over a much shorter length than many overdyes.
I’ve only started, but wanted you to see how things are going. I’m going to use the same overdye all the way up the column and change the solid color as I work my up the column. My design is not very close to the original design, but I’m hoping it will have a similar feel. (I forgot to take the needle out before I took the photo. Sigh)
Over the last weekend, my blog reached 250,000 hits!! Thank you all so very much. You don’t know how much it means to me to have you all visit, like, comment, and follow my efforts at stitching and designing. I really appreciate each and every one of you!!
Now that Santa on a Brown Bear is completed, it’s time to start a new needlepoint project. This one is a bit silly, but is a Christmas present for one of my sons. It will be hung on the door to the guest bathroom and goes very well with the two prints already in that room. I won’t be showing this very much on the blog. I don’t think my sons read the blog, but I really don’t want him to know ahead of time (if I can help it). It will be done with Silk & Ivory and will be mostly Basketweave.
It should be easy and a lot of fun.