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Floche Star Ornament
My ANG Keystone Garden chapter gave us a free project (Floche and canvas) adapted from Marion Scoular’s Star Sapphire Four-way Florentine Box Insert from Needlepoint Now July/August 1999.

I didn’t see the stitches over 5 canvas threads in the top and bottom of the centers until I’d stitched 2 diamonds!

Then, I realized that I didn’t have enough thread to do that portion over again. But, I really didn’t like using 4 threads anyway. It seemed too bulky even though it looks ok in the picture.

So, I went to 3 threads which laid nicely with good coverage and I had enough to finish it.

When I switched directions moving up/down, I took a single vertical stitch over 1 canvas thread to maintain proper pull better. Basically, it is a tuck stitch that gets covered up by an over 4 stitch anyway. I also anchored the last stitch that way before moving a quarter turn to continue with the same thread. And, I anchored the first stitch in the new area to get the proper pull and get better/stronger coverage on the back.

Trish Vine wrote out and showed pictures of how to finish it. And, I did! The wonder clips worked great to hold the folded edges as I stitched the edges together. I just wasn’t up for tackling the twisted cord machine since I haven’t used it in awhile.

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Lovely!

Comment by Linda Wright Granger

this is lovely, what color/brand is the gold?

Comment by Jeri Burtchell

Thanks Jeri. The threads are DMC Floche but we didn’t get told what colors they were. I have the browns in the 430s & I know it’s not them. My guess is that they are the Topaz 725 & 726 (you can see colors pretty well at http://www.needlestack.com/WebStore/Thread/DMC_Floche.html ). And, I heard the whole Floche line has been discontinued.

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