I needed a break from the Mucha, so I did this; it is from a free pattern by Whispered by the Wind. It called for Carrie’s Creations hand-dyed silk in Raven and Olde Salem Red; I used DMC 498 and 310. I ended up giving it to my sister; I have a ton of bookmarks since I tend to make them as breaks from larger projects.
I worked on eight unfinished projects this year: six cross-stitch, one needlepoint project, and one latch hook. Out of the cross-stitch projects, one was a picture, four were for cards, and one was a bookmark.
My main work in progress for the year was Alphonse Mucha’s Moon:
I failed to finish several cards this year; I had one for my sister’s birthday (and planned on one for my other sister, but didn’t even start it when I realized I wouldn’t finish the first one). I also had three different starts for Christmas cards and kept giving up on them when I thought I wouldn’t have enough time to finish them.
I started a bookmark from a chart that came with a pack of satin floss, but didn’t get very far with it; I like the way satin floss looks, but I don’t like working with it very much. I’m not even sure where it is right now.
I worked a tiny bit on the Bokhara needlepoint pillow; the outside is the most tedious part and I’m finding it hard to get motivated to work on it.
I think I did one row on the Floral D’Vine latch hook:
I worked a bit on Alphonse Mucha’s Moon from Art of Stitching; it’s part of Miniature Set 11. I’ve been annoyed at the amount of confetti stitching on her head, but as I was going along, I looked at it from a little distance and discovered I’d done an eye, which got me more motivated to work on it. Hopefully, once I finish her head, the confetti stitching won’t be as bad. I’ve still got a long way to go on it; I’ve got one full page and not even half of the second one done. It’s technically nine pages, but it’s probably only about five full pages of stitches. Pages three, six, and nine only have seven new stitches per row (I’m working page three with page two) and pages seven, eight, and nine only go about a third of the way down.
I finished eleven items this year: two large pieces, one medium-sized piece, three cards, two bookmarks, two other small things, and part of something that is technically a work in progress, but I’m counting it as a finish. Two of these were blackwork and the rest were cross-stitch.
The medium-sized piece was Charles Voysey Flowers:
The other item was block eight of Save the Stitches blackwork; I’m counting it as a finish because I could be done with it here:
This is intended for a Christmas card for one of my sisters; I’m hopefully going to get another one done in time to mail it before Christmas. The star is a freebie from Blackwork Journey; I chose not to do the gold stars around the outside. That link is for the current page; it will probably be pushed back as more free patterns are added. Season’s Greetings is from Kincavel Krosses. It’s on silver perforated paper that I picked up at Hobby Lobby on a whim; it’s very shiny, which makes it hard to take a picture of it. I used two strands of DMC 321 and 700 for the red and green and one strand of DMC E3852 for the gold; one strand of floss is more usual for blackwork, but it didn’t really work on the perforated paper. The metallic gold is a little thicker than the floss, so worked as one strand. Also, two strands of gold was too much thread to make the star in the middle; the holes in the paper wouldn’t take that much thread.
I worked a little on Alphonse Mucha’s Moon from Art of Stitching. It’s part of Miniature Set 11; Art of Stitching also has a larger version. Her head is all confetti stitching, which makes progress very slow. Looking at the chart, I think it will be better once I finish her head. I’m very close to finishing the third row of 10×10 blocks on pages 2 and 3 (page 3 is 10 stitches with three of those being overlap from page 2).
This is Block 8 of Save the Stitches from Blackwork Journey. I’m doing it in black with red (DMC E815), blue (DMC E3843), and purple (DMC E3837) metallic thread instead of gold, silver, and copper. I don’t know why I decided to pick this up again; I think I last worked on it in April 2014. I haven’t decided whether or not I will continue working on it now since I’d want to do blocks 9, 10, and 11 (the whole next row) and I don’t know if I’m up for that much blackwork right now. I am also trying to get blackwork for two Christmas cards finished in time for Christmas and I’ve barely started the first one.
Here is the whole thing so far:
This is the Yellow Submarine from Blackbird Designs; they have several Beatles-inspired designs. I’m a big fan of the Yellow Submarine movie (I own both DVD releases, a picture book, a calendar, and some figures), and when I saw this, I couldn’t resist it. I’m not sure what the fabric is; I picked it up on clearance at Joann a few years ago. I’m pretty sure it’s 32 count; I don’t know the manufacturer or the name of the color. I did make a few changes to the pattern. I used DMC floss instead of Gentle Arts Sampler threads and mostly chose my own colors instead of using the equivalents given. I changed the first six in 1966 to the darker blue instead of the lighter blue, and I changed the right flower in the pot on top of the submarine to be red on the outside instead of yellow (the asymmetry bothered me). I also replaced the flower that was on the top of the submarine with an approximation of the original design.
The colors I used were:
DMC (Gentle Arts)
420 (Apple Cider)
444 (Butternut Squash)
3822 (Caramel Corn)
3787 (Garden Gate)
3852 (Harvest Basket)
972 (Harvest Moon)
3024 (Lexington Green)
3766 (Mountain Mist)
677 (Roasted Marshmallow)
365 (Tin Bucket)
For the design on the upper part of the sub, I used 498 for the red, 996 for the blue, and 209 for the purple (all DMC).
I didn’t work on things that much this month. I made some progress on Yellow Submarine by Blackbird Designs. It’s getting close to finished; all I need are the borders and a couple of plants by the lower border. The top border is causing me problems, though; I keep miscounting and having to redo parts of it. I have made a few changes from the chart, starting with using DMC floss and continuing from there; for details, see last month’s post. I said there I might change one of the flowers on top of the submarine, and I did end up changing it.