Hello Everyone and welcome to Works In Progress Wednesday. I hope you all are having a good week. For those in the United States, I hope you get to visit family this year for Thanksgiving. I am hosting dinner this year and am looking forward to having my son, my parents and my brother-in-law and his wife with us. I haven’t had more than the four of us for Thanksgiving in many years. I already have my list of things to make and when to make them so things will be go as smoothly as possible. I’m not planning a stitching update next Wednesday, but I will share what I’ve done between now and Saturday in my Sunday post.
I have finished all the backstitching on Scenic Farm and started on the Colonial Knots. The pattern calls for French Knots, but when done correctly, I like the look of the Colonial Knots better.
In the tree above are the second round of knots. They are definitely getting better. These are a little more consistent than the first tree, but nobody is going to see those up close so they are staying. I’m going to put the piece in my stand hoop so I can use both hands to hold the thread. This is the tutorial I used to make them if you are interested. There are still alot to go in the last three trees, but I want to finish it so I can take it to be framed by Saturday. I may have to block it before I take it in. The left side looks a little stretched to me.
I also took time out on Monday to finish Thanksgiving House and Mr. McGobble by Melisa of Pinker N Punkin Quilting & Stitching. She always has the cutest freebies. They are both stitched on 32 count Lt Mocha using most of the DMC floss called for although I did use some hand-dyed floss for the turkey feathers.
I only stitched Mr McGobble and not the words on this one. I thought he would look good in the round. I used the the small and large template from Hands On Design Well Rounded Finishing kit to trace the perfect size for the turkey and background piece onto mat board. I added three graduating batting pieces to the cross stitch (small one on top), then gathered the circle and laced the back. I made two back pieces. The one in front has one layer of batting and I did the same thing with both of those pieces, gathered the circle, then laced the back. Then I glued all three pieces together with Aleen’s glue. I also glued the trims in place after the pieces were glued together.
They look cute in my rearranged bowl for Thanksgiving. The other turkey pillow is by Teresa Kogut called Give Thanks.
I’ve almost finished the house on Melisa’s Christmas Eve Saltbox. Last week I showed you the Sulky threads I was going to use, but the darker red was too dark and too maroon. I ended up changing to DMC 3777 and I think it’s perfect with the red. I hope to have this one finished in another week or so.
I started Home for Christmas over the weekend and like how this is going. I had to play with the colors a little. I’m using everything but the called for white and the pink color inside the stars. It calls for DMC 632 but I thought it was too brown. I changed it to DMC 3722. The white is DMC B5200. The fabric is really pretty, 36 ct Cinnamon Toast, hand dyed by Luminous Fiber Arts. I’m stitching 1 over 2.
I have been trying to make plans for Christmas stitching and I have several smalls pulled out and kitted. I still would like to plan a few new starts that probably won’t be finished this year, but I would like to start working on them for next year.
I hope you all are getting in some Holiday stitching or quilting, whether it’s still fall or Christmas or winter. I think it always helps me get into the holiday spirit to be working on something in season. I hope you have a great rest of your week and thanks for stopping by.
I’ll leave you with a picture of sunrise on Monday morning. It was gorgeous. Also a very cold and blustery day.