This is part of the water garden from Oriental Cross Stitch Favourites (Spring 2012); it’s going to be a birthday card for my sister. I started it last year, but didn’t finish it in time. I made a serious push this week to finish it and made it. It had a lot of backstitching; I haven’t done anything with it since last summer and forgot how much I don’t like it. I made one small mistake in this; I was working the branches on the left up so that I could get to the top cross stitch part (I didn’t think I could count it accurately) and went over one instead of over two for one stitch. I found that out when I worked the other branches down and had one hole left where it met up (the last stitches I did), but just went over one instead of over two there as well. I need to go back and check that I made that stitch since for some reason, that stitch does not show up well in the picture. I need to figure out what to do for my other sister; I was originally thinking of doing another part of the water garden for her, but that style is not really her thing. I know this sister likes it because she commented on it when I first got the magazine.
In addition to finishing two projects this month (a small bookmark and Geometric Dreams No.1), I worked on an ongoing project and started something new. The ongoing project is part of the water garden from Oriental Cross Stitch Favourites (Spring 2012); it’s intended for a birthday card for my sister. I started it last year, but did not finish it in time. I need to make a push to finish it; her birthday’s at the end of October. I have most of the lower part finished; the upper part is just a few branches, but there is a ton of backstitching (every color has its own backstitching):
After I finished Geometric Dreams No. 1, I decided that I needed a complete change and started this needlepoint project from Beautiful Stitches. I’m a little intimidated by it because it has a lot of different stitches and techniques. It’s on 24 count Congress cloth, which I hadn’t heard of before but which is easy to work with. It calls for one variegated color and three coordinating solid colors; I chose to use DMC 51 for the variegated floss and DMC 900, 727, and 972 for the solid colors. The number of strands used depends on the stitch; on what I’ve done so far, the outer border is four, the variegated part is three, and the cross stitch is two over two. I’m not entirely happy with DMC 51’s rate of change; it seems a little slow for this. After I started, I remembered that I did have some more variegated floss with multiple colors, but it’s satin and I do not like working with satin floss. If I decide these colors don’t really work for me, I may go to the satin floss anyway. I’m going to get all the colors on there and DMC 51 all the way to its darkest point before I decide for sure.
This is Geometric Dreams No. 1 from Golden Circle Designs on etsy. I am happy to have finished something larger than a bookmark this year. I used three strands of DMC 3847 over two on 28-count evenweave. I did not keep track of how many skeins I used, but I did get the right amount; I have one left over. I did not make as many mistakes in this as I thought I would. I did have minor issues with things not meeting up properly, but nothing major. I was especially worried that the borders would not meet up, but they did. The worst problem I had was a section where I used two strands instead of three; it was not very noticeable, but it bothered me.
I’m going to make a pillow out of it; I have backing fabric and thread and just need to figure out the best way to do it. I probably ought to see if I can use my sister’s sewing machine instead of sewing it by hand.
This is the tulip bookmark from Jill Oxton’s Cross Stitch & Bead Weaving #92. I could have finished this in a night or two if I had followed my instincts instead of the chart. It called for gold-painted canvas; I should have used gold perforated paper instead of white plastic canvas. I wanted to start something small one evening & & used the plastic canvas I had on hand, but should have waited a day. I started to stitch a gold background, but decided that I did not like it and pulled it out; I should have done that earlier. The chart called for a light-colored outline, but had a picture with the dark purple outline on the next page; as soon as I saw that, I should have pulled out the light-colored outline. There could have been a mon9gram at the top, but I didn’t feel like doing that.
I worked more than I thought I did on Geometric Dreams No.1 from Golden Circle Designs on etsy. I looked at last month’s picture and was surprised at how much I had done. I’m starting to get tired of working on this, but I’m getting close to the end and can’t give up now. I might be able to finish it this month.
Mostly, I worked on Geometric Dreams No.1 from GoldenCircleDesigns on etsy. I’m using three strands of DMC 3847 on 28-count evenweave. I would have been a little farther along, but I realized a couple of days ago that I had been using two strands instead of three for a little while and ended up ripping that part out. I realize that it wasn’t that noticeable, but it bothered me. I haven’t redone all of the part that I ripped out yet.
This is Artecy’s Tribal Bookmark (at Artecy shop or Patternsonline.com). I chose my own colors and color placement. After some indecision, I ended up using various shades of DMC floss in turquoise (3844, 3845, 3846) and jade (561, 562, 564). I think the light jade is a little too light, but I didn’t feel like checking to see if there was a darker one that would still have enough contrast. I always look at Artecy’s free patterns; this was my first time buying from there.
I feel like I haven’t been doing as much cross-stitch this year as I have in years past; it’s June and I’ve only finished two things this year so far. Mostly this month I worked on Geometric Dreams No. 1 from GoldenCircleDesigns on etsy. I’m working it on 28-count evenweave with three strands of DMC 3847. I ended up working in the lower left corner by starting on that section with the frame upside down from the way I had been holding it; luckily, the stitches were going in the same direction as they were with the frame right side up. I know that since it’s symmetrical it really doesn’t matter which way is up as long as the stitches are all in the same direction, but it bothered me.
This is Neptune by SpaceNavid on etsy; I chose it because I liked the blues in it. It’s worked on black Aida cloth canvas from Michaels. It’s 14 count and 6″ x 6″ overall and the working area is about 4 1/2″ by 4 1/2″; the pattern is around four inches, so it was a tight fit. I didn’t center it as well as I could have, but it’s mostly vertically off which does not bother me as much as horizontally would. The canvas was all right for stitching; the only problems I had with it were that it was difficult to run thread under stitches near the edges, and it was not as taut as I would have liked it to be (though that might be because I stepped on it and possibly loosened it up a little). After this, I’m going to do Earth; if it had been up when I decided to buy one, I’d have bought it first.