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February, SOTM
February 9, 2010, 7:53 am
Filed under: ANG Stitch of the Month Mystery Project

For Area A, I had intended on using Splendor S888 (a very dark gray) until I found DMC Floche (310 black) in my stash. I used just 1 strand to allow more of the 24 Karats to show. Although black on black doesn’t show up very well.  I loved learning about turning the corner so crisply!

And, I found some more light gray threads. So, instead of blending DMC Metallic floss (silver) with Splendor (S891), I used 3 strands of DMC floche (762) on four outer groups.  I really liked the Snow (09) with that but I only had enough for 4 of the 5 groups. So, I used DMC floche (blanc) on the center group with Kreinik 1/16” ribbon (032).

And, all together:

‘Sun Flower’, close-up of flower, finished
February 7, 2010, 12:39 pm
Filed under: Sun Flower with David McCaskill at Fireside Stitchery

I got quite a bit of stitching done as we recorded our 2nd highest snowfall (28.5 inches) in Philly.  And, the only time on record that we have had more than 20 inches of snow in the same winter (Dec 23.2 inches)!  I’m originally from upstate NY & I love our occasional storms (as long as we have enterprising youths wanting to earn $ shoveling).

The center portion of the flower is finished. And, am looking forward to more stitching today!

‘Snowflakes’, details
February 6, 2010, 12:59 pm
Filed under: Snowflakes

”Snowflakes” was a kit I purchased at a store or through a catalog – not sure which – but it is copyrighted.  So, I can’t copy anything for anyone.  I don’t know how to contact the designer (Marjorie Gosz) or if the company (Spinnerin Yarn Co., Inc.) still exists.

The design was stamped or printed on 50% rayon /50% polyester fabric. The trees were made using white 100% rayon textured yarn worked in a straight stitch of various lengths. It required a large needle (~3” long with a huge eye – not sure of the size #) & gentle pulling through the fabric. The snowflakes used white cotton floss also worked in a straight stitch of various lengths. Along the bottom are a few stem stitches.  I used all 6 strands of the floss that I didn’t separate before using b/c I hadn’t heard about separating threads & the kit didn’t say to do that – so I didn’t.

Simple can be stunning.

February 5, 2010, 11:50 pm
Filed under: Snowflakes

In honor of this snowfall, I’m posting ‘Snowflakes’, a piece designed by Marjorie Gosz. It was a kit from Spinnerin Yarn Co., Inc.  I completed it years ago and gave it to a dear a friend, Dottie, who lives in the Poconos now. Ironically, we’ll get more snowflakes here in Philly than she’ll get! It’s really coming down.

I am pleased to find that I had saved the directions that came with the kit. If I ever reorganize, I probably wouldn’t be able to find anything in my piles.  I wonder what else I saved? And, as much fun as it is going through all this, it’s a better snowbound weekend to stay inside, keeping warm, being safe, and stitching!

9-step Value Scale, threads used
February 4, 2010, 11:34 pm
Filed under: 9-step Value Scale

9-step Value Scale Threads:

9 – Black (DMC floss #310): Vineyard Silk S538*, Trio T12, Petite Very Velvet, V601, Fuzzy Stuff FZ02, DMC Floche 310

8 – Gray (DMC floss 3799): Trio T40*, Petite Very Velvet, V616

7 – Gray (DMC floss 413): Trio T207*, Trio T208, Fuzzy Stuff FZ19*, Splendor S1118*

6 – Gray (DMC floss 317): Trio T57*, Trio T103*, Flair 610*, Silk & Ivory 57*, Splendor S889

5 – Gray (DMC floss 414): Vineyard Silk C106*, Planet Earth Dusk*, Fuzzy Stuff FZ01*

4 – Gray (DMC floss 318): Vineyard Silk S536*, Flair 593*, Impressions 1072*, DMC Floche 318*, Splendor S891

3 – Gray (DMC floss 415): Trio T58*, Impressions 1046*, Vineyard Silk S535*, Fuzzy Stuff FZ36*, Snow 09* Silver*, DMC Floche 415*

2 – Gray (DMC floss 762): Trio T113, Vineyard Silk S539*, DMC Floche 762*

1 – White (DMC floss blanc): Trio T02, Fuzzy Stuff FZ15, DMC Floche blanc*, DMC Perle #8 blanc

*Indicates thread was used in some part of the pictured needlework.

Some threads I placed in a particular value could be debated (but I had to place them somewhere).

I Haven’t Been ‘Doing Nothing’
February 4, 2010, 6:11 am
Filed under: Pooh Doing Nothing

“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” Winnie the Pooh

I got the vibrant colors done – just need to do sandy white background & the main man, Pooh! I think the black outline really makes the colors even more vibrant – I guess it is the contrast.

9-step Value Scale, initial attempt
February 2, 2010, 11:32 pm
Filed under: 9-step Value Scale

I wanted to utilize the 9-step gray scale that I learned about in Mary Shipp’s design class. And, I wanted to practice with stitches from Stitches For Effect/Stitches To Go by Suzanne Howren & Beth Robertson.  But, I did not get the effect of dark (upper left) to light (moving down & to the right).  And, the stitch selection didn’t help. I think this is an example of trying to do too much in one piece. I forgot about the One-Three-Five Rule from Mary’s lessons.  Next time, I’ll eliminate either many of the stitches I selected or many of the thread types I selected or both!

And, you may have guessed, that’s why I am using shades of gray in ANG SOTM 2010 Mystery project – I have quite a large stash now!

“Understanding Color” by Mary Shipp
February 2, 2010, 12:04 am
Filed under: Thread Play

You won’t be surprised when I tell you I took Mary Shipp’s ‘Understanding Color’ class – that was in May 2005.  When I created this piece, “Thread Play” for one of the lessons, she said I gave her “quite a shock”. Tasked to experiment with various effects that you can get with various threads, I prepared 25 samples. I’ve included close-up pictures of 2 of my favorites.