I continued working on two projects this month and (barely) started another. Mostly, I worked on 99 by Ink Circles. It’s on 32 count natural linen instead of Picture This Plus Ale; there is one color so far that is close to the fabric color and that doesn’t show up that well in the light I’m using, though it does show up fine in the picture (and it doesn’t show up that well in the model picture either). I am enjoying working on this; it’s big, but each bottle is a small finish. It’s fun trying to figure out what each bottle is before looking it up (there is a list included); I’m not familiar with a lot of them, though. I’ve done 9 1/4 bottles and have 89 3/4 to go plus the nine shelves.
This is Earth from SpaceNavid on etsy. I got close to the end and made a push towards finishing it, working on only it for a few days (except for the day I found a mistake; I gave up for the day and did part of a bottle on 99). It’s worked on 6×6 inch Aida cloth canvas from Michael’s; it’s a perfect fit for a 4×4 planet, though it’s a little hard to end thread near the edges. These canvases are not the best quality; I thought the first one was a little loose because I stepped on it. This one was a little looser than the first one without that excuse.
I’m going to either do Saturn or Jupiter next (I bought both). Saturn won’t fit on one of these canvases because of the rings; it’s 5.5 x 8 inches. I think for Saturn, I’ll finish it the way I ended up finishing the peacock, which involved stapling it to a canvas (among other things).
I think the project I worked on this month was Mahjong by Seba Designs (I don’t think this design is for sale anywhere right now; I bought it from her etsy shop, which is now gone). I’m using 32-count oyster linen, DMC 310 for the outlines, and DMC 4025 for the designs. Of course, the reason why it was the thing I worked on most was because I was testing colors and making mistakes. I think my biggest problem was that I didn’t realize there were two squares around the center motif, so sometimes I counted 20 stitches and sometimes I counted 22. I think it should be smoother sailing from now on. I will probably still have counting and placement issues, but the outlines at least should be easier now that I have the middle complete and correct.
This is Ornaments from Misty Hill Studio; it’s part of their Mid-Century Modern Christmas collection. If I’m remembering correctly, I bought it during 123stitch’s summer Christmas sale, even though it wasn’t in the sale. I used the fabric that was used in the model: Zweigart 32 Count Silver Moon Belfast Linen. I had a little trouble with the outlines (miscounting and going over three instead of two), but once I had the outlines finished, the rest was easy. I did make a few changes: I made the hangers gold instead of black, I made the tops gold with white highlights instead of the other way around (it made more sense to me and it showed up better; in the picture, you could barely see the tops), and I made the gold spots in the top of the left ornament symmetrical because it bothered me that they weren’t. I’m not entirely happy with where I put the gold spots (I think the top two are too close together), but by the time I realized I wanted to move them, I’d done a few rows of the green and was not going to go back and change them.
I had intended to do two of them for Christmas cards for my sisters, but didn’t even get one finished by Christmas; I put it off and then ended up working two (part-time, 50+ hours) jobs in December and didn’t have the time or energy to finish even one. I think I’m going to do the Aluminum Tree for another one; it’s on sale right now at 123stitch.com for $3.99 (and I ordered this to make the shipping feel worth it).
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).
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:
I started on Earth after I finished Neptune:
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:
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:
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.
I completed this Water Garden for a birthday card for my sister; it only took me a year to finish.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.