Even though I haven’t posted I have been stitching up a storm. I have been in a down mood, not sure why, the last couple of weeks and I have resorted to my stitching to veg…
I took my Stash Cats to my ANG chapter meeting last Thursday and no one thought my background needed to be “fixed”. The consensus is that it will not show once I have it framed. I am not sure. I have put it aside and will look at it again soon.
In the meantime I have finished my small Lee Canvas. I believe that this was supposed to be a checkbook cover. I got it in a sale basket several years ago. I have used it as a sampler. I took my Stitches To Go book and just looked at the stitches and decided ones that I wanted to try. I used #8 pearl so no laying.
This was a lot of fun and small enough to take traveling. The gold area is all the same stitch. I just played around with using two colors and alternating where they were used.
My ANG chapter is doing A Little Bit of Happiness as a group project. This is a Chapter Project that is only available to chapters and their members.
I have chosen colors close to the original colors suggested but all from my stash. This is not a real large project. Design size is 6 1/2″ X 8″. The diamond area that is blank will be filled with beads. I am leaving them until last. .
In addition to this I have a Chili Pepper counted cross stitch that I have been stitching in the evenings. The title is Red Chili Ristra. It is a Daystar Designs chart that I have had for many years. It has FIVE shades of red….can’t really tell if I make a mistake :) I don’t know why the photo didn’t come out better. I tried several times. At least you get an idea of what it looks like.
Working on several projects at once is unusual for me but I seem to be making it work right now.
The Stash Cats are all dressed and the background is done BUT I will have to do more to the background. I am just sick that my counting errorshas resulted in canvas holes enlarged that must be stitched in order for me to frame this piece and not just throw it in my stack :(
If you look at the area between the large cat and her tail you will see the obvious mistake. I am taking this to my ANG meeting on Thursday and will get some ideas as how to increase the background. I think it may be something as simple as adding a stitch on either side of what is already there. It will take time but all the counting is done counting. Below is how the background is supposed to look. I learned a big lesson the hard way with this project. If I had thought about the fact that the background was on the diagonal I would have marked the diagonals the go through the cats before I began stitching. It is very hard to follow a true diagonal across a stitched area.
Yesterday I finished the large cat’s tail….Yeah!!!! The cats are all dressed in their finery. I love the results. Now I have the background to work on.
Several of you indicated that you would like a list of all the stitches I used on the large cat. There are 44 areas in total. I have previously listed the first 14. So I will start with 15 which is the dark brown on the cats body. The areas count down the body and then up the tail.
Area 15: Horizontal Florentine Variation Area 16: Heart Darning Pattern Area 17: Double Straight Cross Area 18: Jacquard Area 19: Scotch Checker Area 20: Combination Crosses Area 21: Diagonal Cashmere Area 22: Giant Scotch with Elongated Cashmere with Giant Cashmere Area 23:Three Cross Stitch Area 24: Hesitation (This is the dark grey area that is on the body and the tail) Area 25: Smyrna (The bottom) Area 26: Slanted Gobelin (Above the dark grey on the tail) Area 27: Double Area 28: Tied-Down Scotch Area 29: Cordoroy Area 30: Smyrna Area 31: Diagonal Parisian Variation Area 32: Tent/Continental Area 33: Mosaic with Smyrna Cross Accent Area 34: Flying Cross Area 35: Shadow Stitch Area 36: Raised Cross Variation Area 37: Diagonal Rumanian Area 38: Reversed Cashmere Area 39: Hourglass Cross Area 40: Greek Area 41: Checkerboard Cross Area 42: Scotch with Tent Border Area 43: Moorish Area 44: Kennan
Below is my leftover stash and the three reference book that I used to find stitches I was not familiar with. I loved doing a lot of stitches that I had never even heard of.
Thank goodness the tail portion of the large cat is made up of small areas. I have been to San Diego for 4 days home one day and to Sacramento for 4 days so my stitching on the cats has been limited. I did spend a few hours yesterday and felt like I made a lot of progress. Today I must head back to work. Enjoy the photo. Does everyone want me to detail the stitches in each area?? I am far behind with that but will take the time if some are interested.
I did stitch on my trips. My geometric small canvas was easy to take. Taking my Stitches to Go and selecting stitches I wanted to try proved to be a great travel project. I will post an update on that soon.
Have a great stitching day :)
The computer is back on line. I did not have to get a new one, thank you Lord, my guru was able to take it apart and put it back together with the keyboard reattached.
This month is only 3 days old and already I feel like it is going too fast. I drove to San Diego (10 hrs ) last Friday for a Super Bowl weekend with my son and daughter. My Seahawks really bombed out :( I did manage to do a little stitching on my painted canvas that I am using for experimenting with new stitches. Just got home last night.
Laundry today and repacking as I am flying to Sacramento, CA tomorrow for the annual ANG selection meeting for the 2016 ANG Seminar in New Orleans. This is my last year on the faculty committee so I will be able to see what will be offered when I am able to go to seminar and TAKE CLASSES again.
You can see the progress that I have made. I have been on the computer most of the day getting ready for my trip so I will save all the area details for my next posting. I just wanted everyone to know I am still alive…..I think :)
My laptop decided to die over the weekend. I haven’t figured out how to post photos from my iPad. So no photos today.
The large cat is almost done. I am working on the tail which is going pretty fast. More detail when I can post photos.
I am waiting to hear if my laptop can be fixed or if I have to get a new one.. It really bums me out because that laptop is less than 18 months Los 😥
This project is moving along pretty fast. I just can’t seem to stay away from it. I am also trying to stitch a little every day. So far I have missed 2 days this year. Not too bad. I know with me that when I am really enjoying a project the time seems to fly by.
As I have mentioned before the “stitch guide” with this is not the traditional stitch guide. One thing that has bothered me about this guide is the fact that in some areas the instructions say to stitch a certain number of rows leaving a row or two of one color to be added to the next area. My stitching rows never seemed to match the instructions so I just used the painted area as my guide. The light bub went off yesterday when I suddenly remembered that this canvas could be ordered in other canvas counts than the 18ct that I ordered. The “stitch guide” does not reference any count……I guess doing my own thing will work out OK. I understand that doing a certain number of rows makes for easier compensation.
Area 10: Is done in a cashmere variation. Another instance when there are many variations and a particular one was not mentioned nor diagramed. I used some more of my unknown floss and the photo as a guide I made up my own cashmere variation.
Area 11: This is done in the Van Dyke stitch. I had not done this stitch in a long time and it was fun to remember how it works up. I used more of my unknown floss.
Area 12: This small heart border was diagramed. I chose DMC wool, Blanc, 4 ply for the hearts and 2 ply for the background. I wanted the hearts to stand out and look a little padded.
Area 13: Double Dutch stitch was called for…..I had never heard of this stitch but Suzy’s Surprise Stitches had it diagramed. It is an interesting stitch, easy to work. I used DMC #841, 4ply.
By now some of you are wondering about my “unknown” floss. Quite a while ago I got a very large and complex cross stitch kit in an “opportunity” basket. Knowing that I would never do the project I decided to work the floss (there was a very large amount of over a dozen colors) into my stash.