So, moving right along with the Crazy January Challenge, here's what I was able to get done yesterday. This is a project I am calling Polar Bear Square, since I don't really know the original name of it. It's a pattern from an old Christmas issue Enjoy Cross Stitch magazine, which I believe means it was originally published in either Cross Stitch Crazy or World of Cross Stitching, probably also several years ago.
I do remember that the designer is Maria Diaz, and this is part of a set of 6 matching designs (polar bear, reindeer, snowman, angel, penguin and Santa I believe). It will be fairly small, about 4 x 4 I think when finished, and 100% coverage with no fractionals or backstitch.
Since there is no backstitching in this whole project, the outline of the characters is done entirely in black stitches. So I decided to start with the black outlines first, and then fill in as I go. So yesterday had the beginning's of the polar bear's head. This is one of my Turtle Trot pieces, but it will probably go to the back of the rotation for now, since I have several projects with screaming deadlines approaching.
I didn't get much more done, mostly because at the moment I am trying to finish up two squares for World of Charity Stitching, the Perfume Bottle and Rainbow Mandala squares. Here's the stitching I did on the mandala over the weekend:
Last night luckily was a nice relaxing night, so I was able to get quite a chunk of Perfume Bottle done while I was watching some of our DVRed programs.
It's finally actually starting to look like something. Now I just have 3 purple stripes to finish (one big and two small) and to fill in some of the shading, then do the sprayer and the two yellow flowers at the bottom of the bottle. I can handle that, right? Unfortunately, tonight through Thursday are going to be CRAZY so I don't know how much more progress I will be making with this one until Friday. *sigh*
Well, at least I already know what today's new start will be. It's going to be Reindeer Square, one of the companions to this piece. Out of the six, the polar bear and reindeer were the two I really liked, so I will only be stitching those for now.