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‘Pieces of Eight’, Octagons M and U
February 28, 2010, 10:57 pm
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These are 2 of 4 being done in a southwest color & are being framed as a set. Again, a little filament thread goes a long way to sparkle up a design without overpowering it. I’m going to get a lot of gifts out of this work.

Octagon M is a Waffle Variation & I added a Byzantine to frame it.

Octagon U is a Tied Oblong Cross (same as Octagon G) & I added something like a Byzantine Stitch that I made up to frame it. I do like symmetry & these 2 are going to be the top 2 of 4 framed octagons.

Ceramic Bowl with Rose Handle
February 26, 2010, 12:46 am
Filed under: Ceramic Bowl with Rose Handle, Melita's Designs

After finding this Framecraft ceramic mauve bowl with gilded metal lid (on sale), I went into my jewelry stash (from  flea markets) & found the rose from a necklace that I could sew onto the lid for a handle. Then, I created a simple design for the lid from my stash. It is a smaller variation of the Pavillion Steps from The Needlepoint Book by Jo Ippolito Christensen. And, the 3 colors I used (mauve, pink, & gold) are placed differently than in the diagram but as Jo wrote, 3 colors are essential to obtain a 3-dimensional effect. The little bit of gold Kreinik (#4 very fine) used in the pattern complimented the rose handle & the metal lid without overpowering the small lid. It now holds some small miscellaneous needlepoint aides & an eraser which gets a lot of use!

Early embroidery, ‘Daisy’
February 24, 2010, 1:28 pm
Filed under: Early Embroidery

This piece of embroidery was probably done when I was in my early teens. I recall this was a stamped canvas from a kit now discarded & so, I don’t know the designer. I remember painstakingly covering the stamped lines so that none would show. And,  I remember wanting the threads to be smooth. But, I must have used my fingers because I’ve only recently learned about & bought a laying tool. Maybe, I really don’t need one! Types of stitches used in this appear to be straight stitch & chain stitch (maybe french knot).

Early needlepoint, ‘Hooter’ and ‘Pansies’
February 22, 2010, 12:02 pm
Filed under: Early Needlepoint

These are 2 pieces of needlepoint that I completed as a young girl with guidance from my grandmother. She (Mae), my mother (Rita), and my older sister (Anita) all are stitchers.  In fact, my grandmother hooked rugs, knitted, crocheted, & she even did some beautiful leather tooling. 

I believe I was a pre-teen at this point but they are not dated so I can only go on memory. They were from a kit long since discarded & so, I don’t know the designer. Types of stitches include straight stitches, basketweave, french knots, & diagonal mosaic. Very easy stitches. Can you spot the missed stitch in Hooter?

Done with ‘Doing Nothing’
February 20, 2010, 11:13 am
Filed under: Pooh Doing Nothing

“Sing Ho! For the life of a Bear!” Winnie the Pooh

I enjoy a smaller project because I like the variety of working on more projects & the sense of accomplishment upon completion.  Now, it’s off to the finisher for Pooh. And, for me, back to Sun Flowers & Pieces of Eight because I can’t sit & do nothing!!

New Appearance
February 18, 2010, 11:46 pm
Filed under: General comments

I finally figured out how to change the top banner! So, until I decide on a personalized one, I’ll pick this in honor of our record-breaking snowfalls this winter.

‘Pieces of Eight’, Octagons F H S
February 18, 2010, 6:30 pm
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These are 3 of the octagons that’ll I’ll finish for individual gifts. They are a bit out of order because I picked the designs I liked best. And, a couple are repeats but I am using different threads.

Octagon F, Spratshead with Woven Spider & outer spratshead, is one of the repeats.  But, I am using Rachel instead of Watercolours which gives it even more of a raised effect.

Octagon H, Eight Pointed Star, I added a bead to embellish the center.

Octagon S, Waffle & Milanese, is also a repeat of Octagon C but I am using Rachel & 2 Kreinik threads (different weights) instead of Fine Velour, Kreinik, & Watercolours (as was seen in Octagon C).

‘Pieces of Eight’, Octagons D E F
February 16, 2010, 10:56 pm
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More on ‘Pieces of Eight’ by Gayle Bicknell.  Still using my own stash.

For Octagon D, Rhodes & Scotch, I added a long straight stitch between each Rhodes unit using 2 threads & added beads in between each Rhodes unit on the outside edges & in the center.

For Octagon E, Satin & Rhodes, I didn’t use any beads because Kreinik metallic threads were enough embellishment in a small piece.

For Octagon F, Spratshead with Woven Spider, I added beads at the end of the spokes of the Woven Spider.

Octagon D Octagon E Octagon F

‘Pieces of Eight’, Octagons A B C
February 13, 2010, 7:08 am
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This year’s Chapter project is ‘Pieces of Eight’ by Gayle Bicknell.  This was presented originally in Needlepoint Now in 4 installments (Sep/Oct 1999; Jan/Feb 2000; Mar/Apr 2000; May/Jun 2000; Jul/Aug 2000). 

I and several others are selecting to complete the project in smaller pieces.  For example, I am making napkin ring holders (with 3 octagons each) and the rest are being made into individual pieces to mount, frame, and given as gifts.  Mostly, we’re using our own stash.  And, we’re doing 3 octagons per monthly meeting & taking turns being the ‘teacher’ (who stitches in advance of the meeting to answer any questions & give any helpful tips).  So far, only Octagon B has proven difficult. 

For Octagon A, Heart Amadeus, I added an Outer Sprats Head using 1 thread & I added beads in the 8 halves of the tops of the hearts. 

For Octagon B, Walneto Variation, I added beads in the middle of the center squares near the borders. 

For Octagon C, Waffle & Milanese, I added beads in the center of each Milanese unit. 

Octagon A Octagon B Octagon C

Exodus Breastplate
February 10, 2010, 3:58 pm
Filed under: Exodus Breastplate

In 2009, I participated in Michele Robert’s CyberWorkshop called “The Exodus Breastplate” .  As usual with an ANG course, the project was facinating & the responsiveness of Michele was timely.   The history & research presented on the biblical references & jewels was interesting & so extensive. I made a mistake (again) on one of the jewels, I turned the canvas upside down.  By the time I figured it out, it was too late to unstitch. So, mine is now unique!  We got enough thread to do this design several times over!! I look forward to using both the blending technique & jewel stitches in another project I have in mind.