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An Artist’s 24 Hue Color Wheel
January 31, 2010, 10:01 pm
Filed under: Artist's Color Wheel, Melita's Designs

After Mary Shipp’s Understanding Design class, I created this color wheel despite her comment that available threads are not available for a full 24 hue color wheel. Next time, I’ll do a 12 hue color wheel.

My DMC floss color #s are listed below.

Note: * indicate those of mine which differed from Mary’s suggestions.

Legend: yellow (y), green (g), blue (b), violet (v), red (r), orange (o).

y: 973*
y-g-y: 907
y-g: 906*
g-y-g: 701
g: 700*
g-b-g 991
b-g 3765
b-g-b: 517*
b: 825*
b-v-b: 797*
b-v: 796*
v-b-v: 791*
v: 333*
v-r-v: 550*
r-v: 327*
r-v-r: 3685*
r: 666*
r-o-r: 606*
r-o: 608*
o-r-o: 740*
o: 970*
o-y-o: 740*
o-y: 742*
y-o-y: 972*

“Understanding Design” by Mary Shipp
January 30, 2010, 11:15 pm
Filed under: Overlooking the Valley

Shortly after I finished the fireplace, I started “Understanding Design” taught by Mary Shipp. As with the previous course, I wasn’t disappointed with this one. The class materials were extensive & Mary’s critiques were very instructive. As I look back over the materials, I see that there is much more I can learn from them on my own. Even though I didn’t have to stitch my lesson, I wanted to as I looked forward to taking the “Understanding Color” class!

My First Design, “Basic Fireside Sampler”
January 28, 2010, 11:35 pm
Filed under: Basic Fireside Sampler, Melita's Designs

After the “First Steps” samplers (July 2003), I began designing a piece to use the 31 stitches which I’d just learned & was finished stitching it by Jan 2004!

Because I’d wanted to stay with blocks like the samplers I had just finished, I thought of bricks in a fireplace. The selection & placement of stitches was somewhat complicated by certain stitches which have a raised effect. I wanted a balanced effect. And, the 3 shades of red enhanced the brick effect while the Byzantine stitch helped create depth.

The hardest part may have been deciding what to put on the mantle. I do have notes on this project. And someday, I’d to recreate the fireplace using the same layout with a different background, various objects sitting on the mantle, and with stitch selections in the fireplace appropriate for an intermediate & advanced stitcher.

I named it after Fireside Stitchery in Frazer, PA. And, my “Fireside Sampler” was finished just in time to become a housewarming gift for friends, Jim & Deb.

My First ANG Correspondence Course, ”First Steps”, with Nanette Costa
January 27, 2010, 11:23 pm
Filed under: First Steps

I took this basic course in 2003 to create 4 samplers (6”x6”). Nanette taught everything from preparing canvases to color terminology to 31 different stitches. Right from the start I was impressed by the packet of materials, the option to contact her by email, & her responsiveness when I did.

Then, I made my first visit to Fireside Stitchery for canvas & stretcher bars (glad I saved my AC Moore receipt b/c frames are different from bars). There, I was overwhelmed by the variety of threads. So, I stayed with DMC Cotton Perle which I knew I could get at my closer AC Moore. But, I knew I would return!

I read through the lesson, worked up the assignment, & sent it for review. Each set of Nanette’s comments were detailed & thorough! And, by lesson 3’s review, she had worked through improving my technique enough that she talked to me about how to use the stitches in future projects or alter stitches for different effects.

Both “First Steps” & Nanette made for a pleasurable introduction to ANG. I had begun the year-long course in November 2002 & was finished by July 2003. And, I was so enthralled by the course, I immediately began to design a piece using the 31 stitches – which you’ll see posted tomorrow night!

No doubt many of you will recognize this project:

All 4 block of "First Steps""

And, a little closer:

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3 - Block C

Lesson 4 - Block D

Pooh ‘Doing Nothing’ at the Beach
January 26, 2010, 9:19 pm
Filed under: Pooh Doing Nothing

“Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?” Winnie the Pooh

After my husband, Bill, selected this piece (a sunglasses case designed by Barbara Russell) as a Christmas gift, the guys at Rittenhouse Needlepoint helped with thread selection. Because of the wear & tear it will get, they recommended using DMC Cotton Perle with the basketweave stitch.  It had been so long since I used that stitch, I had to look it up to be sure how it differed from Continental (The Needlepoint Book by Jo Ippolito Christensen). There is no distortion & it is a durable stitch. It’s a nice change of pace from what I’ve been working on & practical! Good choice Bill – I love it & you were right – my sunglasses needed a nice case!

‘Sun Flower’ stitches, with David’s permission
January 25, 2010, 11:34 pm
Filed under: Sun Flower with David McCaskill at Fireside Stitchery

Colorful background


Pale green in Daisy

Green petal outline

Petals #1 & #6

Petal #2

Petal #3

Petal #4

Petal #5

Petal #7

Petal #8

Petal #9

Petal #10

Petal #11

Petal #12

4-way Bargello, completed

My grandmother used to say that there are no errors in needlepoint – there are just things that make each piece uniquely your own!  Well, I got watching TV and by the time I discovered “it”, it was too late to unstitch. And, most people (non-stitchers) won’t notice.  Bargello does require concentration.  This is a good size for a coaster.  And, I know who likes this color.  So, ‘someone’ will have to wait a couple of months!

Not much charting for “Love in My Heart”!
January 24, 2010, 1:17 pm
Filed under: Love in My Heart

Several folks asked about the stitches I used & if I could share them.  I decided if I could find anything, I’d be happy to share. Do I know my piles?  In just a few minutes, I found what little there is in the way of charts in one of my piles that got put into a box when we got new carpeting. My husband hates my piles but is a tolerant guy – he knows I want to keep this stuff! I didn’t write down much & you can see that I was counting holes not threads!!

Rhodes Heart (modified to fit my piece) & Sprat's Head Heart from "Stitches To Go" By Suzanne Howren & Beth Robertson

Overall pattern, partial stitches sketched in place

As Valentine’s Day approaches, I share ‘Love in My Heart’
January 22, 2010, 7:04 pm
Filed under: Love in My Heart

When I started this project, I only had the frame that I had purchased for $5.  So, I had to make the design fit the frame.  I decided to play with a few stitches that would work themselves into small hearts.  I usually work it out on paper by hand.  I have no computer stitch program – so, I have a big eraser & make several drafts before I get started.

It is stitched on a plastic canvas & DMC Cotton Perle from AC Moore because at the time I wasn’t aware of any specialty thread shops.

It was fun finding different stitches that worked:

And, using different thread combinations for the same stitch:

I don’t recall what stitches they were & I wasn’t writing anything down at that point.  Maybe the 2 above are a heart-shaped Rhodes?  And the one below a heart-shaped waffle stitch? 

Hope you are loving what your stitching!

And, many thanks and all my love goes out to my husband, Bill, for all his support!

New Tagline
January 22, 2010, 12:02 pm
Filed under: General comments

I just figured out how to change my tagline! And, how to fix the clock – I’m not on UTC time now – who even knew there was a Coordinated Universal Time!   There is a lot of functionality to blogging that I haven’t figured out yet but I’ll figure it out over time.  I don’t want to cut into my stitching too much – especially after sitting a computer all day long.