Frustration

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I can’t count and it’s very frustrating. I started Mahjong by Seba Designs (pic; it’s apparently not on etsy anymore). I know that I want it outlined in black with a variegated color for the designs inside. I did the outlines of center square and the bits around it and tested different colors inside (Artiste satin floss “Peacock Show” and DMC 4025 are what’s left). I did a little bit on the top in a completely different type of thread, but decided I didn’t like the thread and pulled it out before I got halfway through. I was working on the side, trying to decide if I wanted to go with dramatic changes or something more subtle; I reached the end of that rectangle and realized I was two stitches short in the center square (20 instead of 22). Apparently, I counted and recounted the stitches, but didn’t count the chart itself enough. I have decided I’m going to go for subtle changes and think I’m either going to use DMC 4025 or 115 (I haven’t tried 115 yet).

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2016 WIPs

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I didn’t work on any of my older works in progress this year except the latch hook; I continued one project from 2015 and started two new projects.

I worked on Mucha’s Moon until April, when I finished page three (the end of the first row of pages) and started working on Geometric Dreams No. 1 instead. I still feel a bit intimidated by it; I might go back to it once I finish Earth. I hope the worst of the confetti stitching was in her hair and face:

Mucha Moon progress April 2016

I started on Earth after I finished Neptune:

Earth progress December 2016

I had another failed attempt at a Christmas card, but I’m going to try to get it and another one finished now instead of waiting until later in the year and running out of time. Hopefully, if I finish them early in the year, I’ll remember where I put them when it comes time to mail them:

Ornaments progress December 2016

I worked one row on the Floral D’vine latch hook; I think my problem with working on this is that one row is a logical amount to do at a time, but I tend to get tired of it before the row is finished. I need to convince myself that part of a row at a time is OK:

Floral D'Vine progress May 2016

2016 Finishes

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I only finished eight projects this year (seven cross-stitch and one needlepoint): five bookmarks (one needlepoint), one card, one planet (55×55 stitches), and one larger piece (163×163 stitches). I currently have no idea where some of the bookmarks are; I need to check my library books before I return them.

The one needlepoint bookmark was Fireworks. I really enjoyed working on this, and I think I should do more needlepoint.

fireworks-bookmark

The other bookmarks were Klimt’s Silhouette, Tulip, Tribal, and Red and Black. I’m still thinking of doing the other Klimt silhouette facing this one.

Klimt's Silhouette

Tulip Bookmark

Tribal Bookmark

Red and Black Bookmark

I completed this Water Garden for a birthday card for my sister; it only took me a year to finish.

Water Garden

I completed Neptune; someday, I will have all of the planets (assuming that he continues designing them; he has Mercury, Venus, and Uranus to go).

Neptune

The one larger piece I completed was Geometric Dreams No. 1. I am happy I finished something larger than a bookmark, but I still need to wash it, iron it, and turn it into a pillow.

Geometric Dreams No. 1

November – December 2016 WIPs

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I was a week into December before I realized that I hadn’t done a November WIP post, and decided it was too much trouble to add one that far into the month. I didn’t get that much stitching done in December as I would have liked; I started another job at the very end of November (which distracted me from the WIP post) and my hours seem to have settled into the time I usually spend stitching (evening family time). I’m pretty sure I only worked on the same two unfinished projects in November that I did in December.

I’m putting some effort into Earth by SpaceNavid on etsy; I’d like to finish it before starting anything else, but I don’t know if I’ll succeed in waiting. I have what feels like an infinite amount of freebies and works in progress floating around, and about six weeks ago, I purchased Seba Designs Colorplay Bookmarks and Ink Circles Blue Morpho; I also have Seba Designs Mahjong that I’ve been thinking of as my next larger project.

Earth progress December 2016

I worked some on Ornaments (Mid Century Modern Christmas) from Misty Hill Studio. It was intended for a Christmas card, but I didn’t finish it before Christmas. I need two Christmas cards, so I’m going to go ahead and finish this and either do another one or something different (I’m looking at the Aluminum Tree right now, though that may change).

Ornaments progress December 2016

Klimt’s Silhouette

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Klimt's Silhouette

This is one of a pair of Klimt-inspired silhouettes from Jill Oxton’s Cross Stitch and Bead Weaving issue 96. It’s using two strands on 14 count plastic canvas. The instructions called for three strands and I usually use three on plastic canvas, but I wasn’t thinking about it when I started. By the time I realized that I should be using three it was too late for me to want to start over. The woman stitched up very quickly; I know I didn’t, but I felt like I spent more time on the blackwork background than I did on her. I never really felt like I understood the pattern of the blackwork, which made it more difficult than it needed to be. There’s a left facing silhouette that I’m probably going to do, either as a separate bookmark from this one or attached and facing her; it’s not in the picture, but I do have enough canvas on the right to do either one.

Fireworks Bookmark

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This is a needlepoint bookmark from Beautiful Stitches. The model was done in fall colors and called “Autumn Fireworks”; the variegated color was dyed by the designer, so I couldn’t match it if I wanted. It called for 24 count congress cloth, which I’d never used before and which was very easy to use. I used DMC 900, 727, and 972 as my solid colors and DMC 51 as my variegated color. I had some of DMC 51 around from the Cirque des Cercles attempt and because it had the most distinct colors of any of the variegated floss that I had on hand (the rest were shades of the same color and I decided not to look for the satin floss that I think I have). I wasn’t sure if I’d like DMC 51 in this because it changed colors more slowly than the model’s variegated color, but I like the effect even though it’s hard to tell that some of the smaller motifs use it.

This worked up much faster than I expected because I had serious problems with a number of the elements through failure of counting, misplacing elements, and misunderstanding the instructions. There was one stitch that I had to look up on the internet for instructions because the provided ones did not make sense to me. I had the worst problems with the top section; I had all those problems there. Misplacing and/or miscounting the outer elements caused the center elements to be misplaced, and the outer elements were discovered to be out of place when the center elements were correctly placed (I started counting from the cross-stitch outline instead of the outer elements). I also failed in keeping the thread tension even so it’s kind of wavy in places. Despite the problems that I had, I really enjoyed working on it and am happy with the way it turned out; it was a nice change from cross-stitching.

October 2016 WIPs

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I worked on a few smaller things this month: two for bookmarks, one for a Christmas card, and one just because I wanted to do it. I completely forgot about doing a WIP post until today; I think the only thing I’ve worked on in the last few days is the Klimt silhouette.

I started one of the Klimt Silhouettes from Jill Oxton’s Cross Stitch and Bead Weaving #96; I am disappointed that issue 97 will be the last one. I’m doing this on 14-count plastic canvas; I probably should have used three strands, but I used two. It’s worked up very quickly; I will probably finish it in the next few days.

Klimt Silhouette progress October 2016

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Water Garden

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Water Garden

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.

September 2016 WIPs

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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):

Water Garden for J progress Sept 2016

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.

Fireworks progress Sept 2016

Geometric Dreams No. 1

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Geometric Dreams No. 1

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.

Fabric to back Geometric Dreams No. 1