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Countess of Grantham, Cora, Step 1 by Gay Ann Rogers
February 27, 2021, 11:11 am
Filed under: Gay Ann Roger's, Countess of Granrham, Other People's Pieces

The Countess of Grantham, Cora, was actually the first in the series of her Downton Abbey inspired pieces.

Cora is an American and the only one who has just white, black, and a touch of brown. Looking back at various outfits she wore during the series, she didn’t wear as many colored outfits as the daughters.

The center motif, Step 1, is completed. The double-running stitches in black Kreinik for the petals and outer border remind me of black work. It really keeps the thread hidden underneath. And, I used long lengths moving out from the center in opposite directions. I find that very helpful in open areas. It was easy to follow the path because I did it with the TV off!



Lady Mary, Final Steps by Gay Ann Rogers
February 21, 2021, 2:01 pm
Filed under: Gay Ann Roger's, Lady Mary, Other People's Pieces

I continue to find it interesting to see Gay Ann’s designs develop such as when she repeats a stitch but in a different color and number of repetitions. And, Gay Ann is not afraid to leave some open canvas which I find can be difficult. This piece was broken up into 4 steps but I could not stop!

I am glad my phone has the ability to flip a photo and make a mirror image because I couldn’t see where to put the three long diagonal silver stitches in the center opposite sides. Looks easy now!

There are 4 columns of Tied Mohair that called for Planet Earth Fun-Fuzz-Funn but I had Rainbow Gallery Fuzzy Stuff which was fine. However, the pattern called for long strands of the darker color tied with the lighter color. I didn’t see that until I stitched them all dark. I should have taken a pictures of all the iterations I went through. Next, I stitched 2 of them as instructed. Bill & I liked the 2 dark ones better than the combo. So, out the combo came. Then, I stitched 2 of them with just the lighter thread. Bill liked either but when I showed him the picture, he agreed with me that the lighter gray was better. I stitched 9 columns to figure it out. Luckily, they were not a large area or a complicated stitch.

Gay Ann was by inspired by this photo of Lady Mary for her design.



Lady Mary, Step 1 by Gay Ann Rogers
February 15, 2021, 4:07 pm
Filed under: Gay Ann Roger's, Lady Mary, Other People's Pieces

Lady Mary is the second in the Downton Abbey series by Gay Ann Rogers. These are 6″ x 6″ and the center waffle stitch covers a 2″ square. It’s probably the biggest waffle I’ve stitched. The overstitching with the third thread (silver) was brilliant. And, then how she made it appear as a medallion with the slanting stitches was interesting too.

Again, careful counting is required. Not too much had to get restitched. Cross referencing to other areas helps.



Lady Edith, Step 2 by Gay Ann Rogers
February 8, 2021, 11:15 am
Filed under: Gay Ann Roger's, Lady Edith, Other People's Pieces

Step 2 is finished and so is this piece! It was a very enjoyable project. In this step, there is only one variation of mine but it was by choice. The single brown Plant Earth thread between the couched long Pepper Pot Silk diagonal stitches seemed to get lost. So, I used 2 threads between and to tie.

Gay Ann was inspired by this photo for her design.



Areas 4-6, Star of Stitches, ANG Stitch of the Month 2020
February 6, 2021, 9:17 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, ANG Stitch of the Month, 2020

I’m making good progress on the Star of Stitches by Kathy Rees which is an ANG Stitch of the Month for 2020 and an ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter project.

We skipped a space and so for the fourth stitched area, it consists of Cashmere stitches in different sizes (2×4, 2×6, and 4×2). I didn’t care where the colors fell in this area.

For the fifth area, Milanese stitches are used in three different ways. I switched from the overdyed thread to Neon Rays+ in Area C so that the contrast was better and because Neon Rays+ had been used in the opposite area.

The sixth area presents the waffle stitch which usually is a square, large or small. But, it can be compensated. Kathy provided excellent diagrams showing the precise compensation.

Moving right along! Hard to believe that 6 months have passed since we started this project. I’m all ready for our Monday night Zoom meeting.



Rainbow Ribbons, Bands 6, 7, and 8
January 30, 2021, 10:18 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Rainbow Ribbons

Some in my ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter are already done stitching Rainbow Ribbons by Kam Wenzloff (Nov/Dec 2019 issue of Needlepoint Now). Others of us are doing this as a year long project. We’re each using different threads from Colour Complements and they all look great.

I forgot to post Bands 6 and 7 which I finished last month. The souffle stitch for Band 6 was one which I had to do with 2 needles. Others in my chapter found it easier to stitch the all small tent stitches first and others all the longer diagonal pattern first. Whatever works for you! No needlepoint police in our ranks. Band 7 was a giant rice stitch.

And, now I am ready with Band 8, a Greek stitch alternating with a slanted gobelin row. Apparently, reading is not my forte. And, I didn’t look at the pictures of either the stitched sample in the magazine or the one being done by Linda in my chapter who is leading the project. Good thing there is no needlepoint police in our group. Mine has 3 rows of Greek after what I thought was a compensation single row of Greek. The Greek rows were supposed to be 1, 3, 3 repeating with 1, 3, 3 throughout. Oh well! I realize now another chapter member did the same thing as me. I even commented in the newsletter that the two were different and look good either way. Perhaps subconsciously I preferred it this way! Let’s go with that rationale. I do like the flow back and forth of shifting colors.



Tree Ornament with EGA Brandywine Chapter and Vicky Witterschein

My EGA Brandywine Chapter hosted a class earlier tonight with Vicky Witterschein so she can gain experience towards her teaching certification with the National Academy of Needlearts (NAN).

Many thanks to her local needlepoint shop, The Edwardian Needle and Pam, for donating 20 kits to each of EGA’s 5 regions. It consists of 5″ x 5″ piece of 18 count canvas, Santa Fe Sage, 2 mm ribbon, Kreinik, pearls, needles, and beading thread.

Vicky led us through the stitches, had video demonstrations, and several of us finished the project during the 2-hour Zoom class. She is well on her to being an excellent teacher.

It could be done as a diamond like I did (2″ x 3″) or a Christmas Tree. Any ribbon thread will work, if I want to make up another. It’s great that the stitches work up easily into 2 different designs.



Lady Edith, Step 1 by Gay Ann Rogers
January 24, 2021, 1:58 pm
Filed under: Gay Ann Roger's, Lady Edith, Other People's Pieces

The center waffle has a variation in it because I was watching TV. I have to blame it on something other than I can’t follow well written instructions. This is my first piece from Gay Ann Rogers. Only looking closely at the original would anyone know. I actually like it just as well.

In my opinion, this is not a piece for someone just starting counted projects. In order to get this correct, I had to stitch in a different order than Gay Ann suggested. There was no way I would have counted correctly doing all the Tied Diagonal Stitches without stitching the Plaited, Slanted, and Elongated Cross Stitches first. Working from the center out is safer for me. Also, I am happy that my husband golfed when he did and is reading a 1,000-page book about Abe Lincoln (the period before his presidency) because the TV is off. I am proceeding well. Everything is matching up as expected.

By the time of my ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter Stitch-in yesterday, I had completed the inner brown border of Elongated Cross stitches. So, stitching the rest of Step 1 was easy while we chatted over Zoom. The difficult counting was done.

All this was Step 1! I just love it. It’s broken up into only 2 steps. While I’m anxious to forge onward, I will switch to a different project to be sure that I am ready for our chapter meeting on Monday February 8.



Vintage Tacks
January 21, 2021, 7:56 pm
Filed under: General comments

I love these vintage tacks and use them on special projects. I must have gotten them from a past chapter member’s stash, probably Mae V-D. The symbols may be Chinese and I wish I knew what it says. I tried a translate feature that I found online and ‘text ninety soldiers’ is what I get. There might have been 90 tacks in the container at one time but I only have 38 now. They hold up well (don’t bend upon carefully removing them) and I don’t see the wear on the heads like the newer tacks. Another, “They don’t make things like they used to.” example.

If anyone knows what the symbols are, please leave a comment!



Downton Abbey Threads

It took ordering from 3 stores to compile the required threads to stitch all 4 Gay Ann Roger’s Downton Abbey pieces. Everything including the 4 pieces of canvas are now ready to go. I only substituted Fuzzy Stuff which I had in my stash for the Planet Earth fiber Furr-Fuzz-Funn. One of the Kreinik colors has been discontinued but I was able to get it. I thought it was interesting that 3 of the 4 pieces use DMC Ecru and Lady Mary’s does not. Nothing as common as Ecru for her!

The next decision is in what order to stitch them? Do I stitch youngest to oldest or vice versa? This decision is based on one key point: The Dowager Countess is the newest design just released in her October sale and I would her done hers first. But, it uses Watercolours Amethyst 006 and I have stitched with Waterlilies Amethyst 006 recently. So, I will start with Lady Edith.