Ghiradelli Square by Peter Ashe – Progress 2

This is Ghiradelli Square in San Francisco. I only posted about it once – in February 2014. Here’s what it looked like then:


I had stitched the top of the gazebo, the small wall above it, and the striped awning. I had a tiny bit of the tree done as well. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve worked on it about 10-12 hours. Here’s where I am now.

Ghiradelli 2

I’m using simple stitches – mostly Basketweave, Slanted Gobelin, and Nobuko. And I’m keeping the threads simple too – no threads that need to be plied or laid. I’m using Vineyard Silk and I bought most of the colors right after I got the canvas. Any colors I’m missing are being pulled from my stash of Pepper Pot Silk. So far there are only two exceptions -one is the silver that I’ve started on the gazebo – it’s El Molino rayon and is the same thickness as the silks. I didn’t have time to finish all the silver on the gazebo this morning, so it will get done next Monday. The other exception is yellow Water n’ Ice for the light on the pole beside the gazebo. I don’t like how it looks right now, so I think I’ll pull it out and redo it.

That tree is taking forever – tiny leaf stitch that is stitched in every direction to get the branches done that stick out everywhere.

I want to finish all the parts below the steeple and then scroll up to work on the other half. I’m hoping to have this first half done by the end of the month.

I’ll take a break each week to work on the Purple Heron on Fridays and Saturdays starting this week.

Country Cabin Panel by Laura Perin – Progress 5

Another two sections done and the rest of the side borders as well.

Cabin 5

One more gold ribbon floss band and one more larger pattern band to do. And then a very quick bottom border. I’m hoping to have it done next week. (And the rug too!)

I love these panels by Laura Perin. They move along so quickly with #5 perle and a little shine with two ribbon flosses.

Country Cabin Panel by Laura Perin – Progress 4

I’ve finished the cabin section now and done the grass below the cabin and trees – stitched with Perle #5 and silk ribbon floss.

Cabin 4

There are two more small bands of ribbon floss with perle #5 and two more sections of patterns similar to the ones between the cabin and the deer. So I have reached the middle of the panel now. I’ll post again after two more sections are completed.

Country Cabin Panel by Laura Perin – Progress 3

I haven’t completed a lot on this project since last time I showed it to you. For the last week I’ve been trying to overcome my inability to count correctly in order to make progress. LOL

I did the narrow ribbon floss section without any problem. I did the new border on the left over several evenings. But those two trees got stitched and ripped out 3 times! I finally got them done correctly and the cabin too, and then discovered that I had stitched them 10 threads lower that they are on the chart. So out they came again. So this section is only half done right now.

Cabin 3

Tonight I’ll finish the cabin and start on the new border on the right side. Maybe tomorrow I can get the other two trees done on the first try. Then there is the grass to stitch below them – half #5 perle cotton and half ribbon floss. I’ll post again when that much is done.

Then it will be time to take it off the stretcher bars and move it so I can do the bottom half of the project. So I am making progress – slowly.

I’ve also had to deal with computer problems over the last week. I wasn’t able to do anything on the computer since the weekend – constant messages about being out of application memory. We tried everything we could think of (including downloading a clean copy of the operating system) and nothing helped. So yesterday we went off to the Genius Bar at the Apple Store and came home a half hour later with a fully functioning computer. No viruses – but malware was discovered and dealt with. Whew!!!!

Now, happily, I’m back to stitching.

Country Cabin Panel by Laura Perin – Progress 2

Finally finished the second part of this design.

Cabin 2

Lots of Scotch stitches in 3 colors, diamonds are slanted stitches in #5 perle and ribbon floss with the crosses done in Kreinik. It took some time since I only worked on it about 45 minutes at a time. The border on the right side is done and will change as I stitch the next section. I just started the narrow band below it in ribbon floss Monday night and hope to get more of that done tonight.

Country Cabin Panel by Laura Perin – Progress 1

I started this project about two weeks ago and work on it occasionally in the evenings. Here is what it will look like when it’s done.


I’ve started on the outer border first and it’s a little farther than the pictures shows below. Now I have the first panel completed and I’ve started on the next small band. The threads are mostly #5 perle with two colors of ribbon floss and one Kreinik braid. The goldish band that is started was  stitched with ribbon floss.


It’s a good start and I’m really enjoying it. I’ll show you this again when I have a few more bands completed – before the end of the year.

CAL Berkeley Teenie – Meredith Collection

This was a nice, quick stitch since it’s only 6″ X 6″. Easy to work on in the evenings while watching TV.

CAL teenie finale

I used blue and yellow #5 perle, Vineyard Silk, and El Molino rayon and just #5 perle for the while. The outer border is Mosaic stitch and the stack of yellow and blue squares was stitched using the rayon thread and Scotch stitch.

DH loves it and I’ll make it into a pillow for him. And his Paddleboat piece is over half done too. I’m enjoying some small projects for a change.