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4-way Bargello class
January 22, 2010, 4:15 am
Filed under: 4-way Bargello class at Rittenhouse Needlepoint

Taking a class in 1&1/2 hours isn’t a lot of time especially when it’s a 4-way bargello.  But, Stephen at Rittenhouse Needlepoint made it work by designing a small enough piece to demonstrate the essentials. We had a variety of colors to select from – already bundled.  The base row took the longest to stitch (& unstitch) requiring concentration.  Turning the corner proves to be the next trickiest area.  After a full day of work, I was very pleased with the instructions, materials, classmates, refreshments, & to get this much done during class:

After an evening of stitching, I still haven’t violated the miter!!



January, SOTM
January 18, 2010, 11:25 am
Filed under: ANG Stitch of the Month Mystery Project

I am laying a DMC Cotton Perle (310) in outer row to create a raised effect. It certainly isn’t dramatic & you can feel it more than you can see it.  I like the little bit of shimmer in the Vineyard & was hoping for more on the outer row.

It’s only the second piece that I’ve charted on the canvas.  Seemed confusing – until I was able to sit down & focus on it.  I used a purple pen – or disappearing ink from a fabric store & then a pencil once I was sure I had gotten it right.  The January stitch is working up quickly.  It was a rainy Sunday here.

I finished the January STOM.



Thanks for 3 comments & 300 hits in the first day!
January 17, 2010, 4:50 am
Filed under: General comments

Thanks & wow – my husband & I just got in!! I had 3 comments, 1 email off-line (that I’ll respond to tomorrow on the blog as well – about what stitches are being used in the Sun Flower) & 300 hits – in the first day of activating my blog. Wow!! I knew there were alot of people in ANG but that’s way more activity than I expected. I was happy when I saw 3 people comment & for what they said & then to see 300 of you came & looked at the site – thanks.



Colors for ANG SOTM Mystery Project
January 16, 2010, 4:52 am
Filed under: ANG Stitch of the Month Mystery Project

It’s going to be mystery how this will turn out.  But, I’m using my stash!

Color Family A – Black: Vineyard Silk Shimmer (S-538), DMC Cotton Floche (310) [in place of Splendor Silk], 24 Karats (K06) [in place of a Krenik #12 Braid], Mill Hill Beads (00081).

Color Family B – Light Gray: Vineyard Silk Shimmer (S-539), Splendor (S891), DMC metallic floss (silver) combined with Splendor (S891) [in place of Silk Lame], Kreinik Fine #8 Braid (001) inserted into the center of Flair (F593) [a tip & trick shared by David McCaskill & I will try in place of a Kreinik #12 braid], DMC metallic floss (silver) [in place of Accentuate metallic].

Color Family C – Med Gray: Vineyard Silk Shimmer (S-536), Splendor (S1118), Rainbow Linen (R469) [in place of a Krenik #12 Braid], Petite Very Velvet (S-616) [in place of a Krenik #16 Braid]

24 Karats by Rainbow Galleries

Splendor, Rainbow Linen,  & Petite Very Velvet by Rainbow Galleries

Of course, I reserve the right to swap threads (not color family) if I find the threads just don’t work with the stitches.

I better get started stitching!!!



Sun Flower, after a month
January 16, 2010, 4:03 am
Filed under: Sun Flower with David McCaskill at Fireside Stitchery

The petals are coming along nicely.  Haven’t gotten back to flower or background yet.  Now that the holidays are over, I can settle in for the winter.  I know, Philly winters aren’t THAT bad!!



close-up of petals, shortly after class
January 16, 2010, 2:07 am
Filed under: Sun Flower with David McCaskill at Fireside Stitchery

The petals in the forefront are using a more sparkling combination of Neon Rays + (NP02) by Rainbow Galleries & Trebizond (TRA125) by Access while the receding petals are muted by using Grandeur Silk Pearl #5 (G802) by Rainbow Galleries & a subtly overdyed Watercolours by Caron (131).



close-up of background, shortly after class
January 16, 2010, 12:28 am
Filed under: Sun Flower with David McCaskill at Fireside Stitchery

The entire area will use 3 Wildflowers by Caron (a combination of 037, 152, and 158) with DMC Cotton Perle #5 (823) couched on with DMC floss (823). The thread is thin enough to allow the canvas to show though.



close-up of flower, shortly after class
January 16, 2010, 12:18 am
Filed under: Sun Flower with David McCaskill at Fireside Stitchery

The dark green area uses Wild Hairs (WH001) from The Thread Gatherer couched using Anchor floss (280). The light green uses DMC #5 Cotton Perle (734) and Kreinik Very Fine #4 braid (3228).



Sun Flower, shortly after class
January 15, 2010, 11:45 pm
Filed under: Sun Flower with David McCaskill at Fireside Stitchery

“Sun Flower” is a painted canvas selected at Fireside Stitchery in Frazer, PA for a David McCaskill workshop.  I thought it was a sun until David said it was a flower! Thus, it is named “Sun Flower”.



Looking forward to blogging about needlepoint
January 15, 2010, 9:35 pm
Filed under: General comments

I’m anxious to post my work in progress!!