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Ort Box Borders Stitched
April 23, 2012, 10:01 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Ort Box

Yeah – I got the borders all stitched! Except for turning corners, it turned out fine. I must have restitched a few of them 6 times trying to get the reverse to work. If I got one right it was by accident. I finally gave up & moved on. The only thing that I can think was wrong was if I was stitching the rows left to right & I should have been going right to left. I’ll know & most you will know but the average person won’t. And, it’ll still open & close just fine.

Can you tell which is the right side & which is the wrong side? You can’t tell from the blackwork!

When you fold the edge you will leave a row of holes empty. That’s the best way I can describe it. And, this is the best picture I can get.

Maybe someone at our meeting will be able to show me what I was doing wrong. I expect I’ll do another Ort Box with 18 count at some point. I have some canvases left. About 12 of us ended up working on it. I missed last month’s meeting but I heard that at least one has applied the lining. And, she was helping another to understand the instructions. I’m anxious to see one of us finish a box! I bought the lining at a Jo-Ann’s Fabric Store. I got a red.

Dragon Fly Rows
April 18, 2012, 5:47 pm
Filed under: Dragon Fly, Needlework in Progress

I had to make a trip for more Kreinik #4 braid 3228, a yellow gold with a hint of green for the single gold rows That uses a Van Dyke stitch over 1 and 4 threads. In between those rows are Alternating Mosaic using 2 strands of Gloriana #192, Peacock Blue which I am using a laying tool. It’s not may favorite thing to do but it looks sloppy if you don’t – even with just 2 threads.  I love getting a section done! I think I’ll go back to the wings next. Alternate gold/green – Kreinik/Gloriana for variety.

Cynthia Easiweave Loom
April 7, 2012, 3:30 pm
Filed under: Cynthia Easiweave Frame, Vintage Looms

In my mother’s attic, we found a couple of looms. One is Cynthia Easiweave Loom. It is in at least good if not excellent condition and I have the original instruction booklet & box. I don’t have the flat wooden needle but my brother thinks he can make one for me. I suppose the printing on the frame has decreased the value some. I saw a listing on eBay for $9.95 & it was in about the same condition but it had the wooden needle. Apparently, the frame can be expanded with additional units.

The wooden frame is a 6″ square & is stamped Cynthia Easiweave, Boston, Mass on the back. There is no copyright date & I can’t date it from a search of google.  I love how the booklet tells that a coat made from 96 41/4″ x 41/4″ squares woven would have cost $2.40.

Missing needle: