Now that my holiday projects are done I started working on the botanical garden piece again. Finally figured out the blackwork pattern on the “B” letter, and finished outline the border. Just four letters to finish before I can call this piece complete.
Just finished my first holiday pillow of the season. The combination cross stitch and blackwork portion of the pillow is a free Elizabeth Almond pattern I found online. This pillow top was so much fun to do that I think I may do another one before the holiday season is over.
Another row finished, time to adjust the frame. Two more rows of letter blocks to finish the piece. Really loving how this is turning out.
A day full of summer rain gave me the encouragement I needed to finish another row on my botanical WIP instead of doing some long overdue house projects.
Truly love the combination of cross stitch and blackwork in this piece.
Finished stitching my first wedding gift of the year. I really enjoyed stitching this tree of life and selecting the quote that I felt was appropriate for the couple. Now I just need to get it framed and in the mail before the wedding.
i have made a bit more progress on my garden sampler, but with the warmer weather upon us less and less time is being dedicated to stitching and more time to outdoor pursuits. Hopefully I will carve out a bit of time in July for a new row start.
i spent the last month make some monogramed pillows for the master bedroom in preparation for the memory quilt that is being quilted for the bed. The pillows are a combination of cross stitch and blackwork. I so love hoe he blackwork makes the colors in the flowers pop that I have started a rather large sampler for one of the bedroom walls that will use the same technique.
New bed pillows that should pop on the richly colored quilt they will be placed with
First anchor block of the alphabet wall hanging …. only 29 more blocks and the border to go… the next block will start to add color.
Just finished a blackwork piece that I have been working on for the couple of months, just in time to start working in the gardens during my free time. I am really happy with the finished product.
This piece and another featuring a hummingbird will be worked into a quilt top.
Just finished my first craft project of the year. This Blackwork project is 160 x 160 on a 14 count lavender fabric. The entire project took about seven weeks to complete.
A bit more of the work on my Blackwork piece has been completed. I am at a loss as to what pattern to use for the remaining outer sections. So I will move onto finishing the ladies in the center of the piece. Please let me know if you have any stitch recommendations for the outside blocks.
I entered the new year with several started craft projects and just as many projects that have been moved to the UFO pile.
Before a major work related project, and the growing season starts I hope to make some major progress on four started projects.
1. Winter in the village quilt for our bed. I got a nice start on the blocks during the holidays, but lost a bit off interest when I started working on the roof and sky areas that require a large number of Y seams. Hopefully I will get back to the project soon.
2. The ladies (working title) Blackwork piece. I love, love, love Blackwork, but it takes a great deal of time to lay all of the stitches — for example the band of Blackwork in the photo took me more than two weeks to complete. To be honest I have pushed many of my other projects aside to spend time on this project. I think I will do one or two more sections and then put it aside to work on one of my other projects.
3. The Lady at the Lake needlepoint is another one of my original designs that I started working the Summer of 2015. It is a very large piece that I worked on non stop for a few months — then lost interest in the project. I plan on picking the project up again about mid spring when I can sit on the sun porch while I stitch.
4. I have been working on the Sun Goddess needlepoint canvas for more than five years.My partner bought this canvas for me more than 10 years ago and it sat in the closet for a few years before I brought it out and started stitching the project. It uses many complex stitches that were selected to challenge my skills, and I rose to the challenge, but every time I make a major mistake I put the canvas aside for a time. Currently I have had a very had time deciding on a stitch to use of the dress. Several have been trials and I have pulled all of them out. If an appropriate stitch for the dress can be found I will pick the project up again this year, and maybe even finish the project.
I have started to make a bit of headway with my latest piece. All of the outlining has been completed and pattern work started. All of the areas around the central images will be filled with some traditional backgrounds in black, and the images will be done in dull colors and open patterns, and the skin of the women will be cross stitched with natural skin tones. I think I will attempt to do a shaded background on the center square (never tried this before so we will see how it works out).
Do you have any thoughts or feedback on this project?
I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season full of friends and family. Our holidays were just the right mix for us. There were a few family members that live to far away for a visit, but we were still blessed with a nice mix of family and friends new and old this season.
Between house guests I designed and started outlining my first Blackwork projects for 2016.
The ladies in the piece were originally used in a much larger piece of needlepoint I created last year. I liked the fished designed so much that they were repurposed for this project.
Today I finished the second holiday break project. The Shooting Star blackwork piece I finished about a month ago was made into a pillow with a red velvet three inch border on the front and black velvet backing.
Initially red satin cording was added to the edges, but unfortunately, I am not weary good at working cording around corners. The pillow top had to be picked apart cording ripped out and put back together before I was satisfied with the final product.
Hope you like the finished product…now on to the next UFO…
Thanksgiving week the inlaws came up for a visit. We spent the week introducing them to some of the local micro breweries and local sites. We also provided them with their first vegetarian Thanksgiving meal. They were very gracious about the non-traditional meal and sampled all of the offering, but at our lunch at the Norwich inn the next day they did order traditional turkey.
This week we spent a fair amount of time preparing for the Christmas holiday. The trees have been trimmed (we place one on each floor), baking started, packages boxed and ready to mail, some gifts ordered or made, and greens cut for next weekends wreath making party.
Between all of the holiday activities I managed to finish the Blackwork project that has been in the works for the past few months. I am very happy with the finished project and cannot wait to move on to another UFO.