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Rainbow Ribbons, Band 3
October 22, 2020, 9:22 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Rainbow Ribbons

My ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter is stitching Rainbow Ribbons by Kam Wenzloff published in Nov/Dec 2019 issue of Needlepoint Now. I’m well ahead of schedule for our November 9 meeting (via Zoom).

Band 3 is a variation of a Byzantine stitch called Jacquard. It has a row of Continental between the rows of 4 x 4 over 2 Byzantine.

This was an excellent stitch to do while watching baseball playoffs and the World Series.



The Flower Cuff Zoom Class with Orna Willis and EGA MAR
October 17, 2020, 5:18 pm
Filed under: Embroidery Guild of America, Flower Cuff with Orna Willis

I would have attended the Embroiderer’s Guild of America (EGA)  Mid-Atlantic Region (MAR) meeting in person in Wilmington, DE this month. But, it was canceled due to coronavirus, what didn’t!

But, Orna Willis agreed to hold the class through Zoom in 2 parts. The Flower Cuff measures 2″ wide and however long each person needs to make a comfortable fitting bracelet. I don’t wear bracelets or a watch. Can’t stand them or necklaces. So, why am I doing this? I really wanted to experience an EGA MAR event and Orna’s pieces are such fun colors and she’s teaching how to finish this ourselves. Instead of finishing as a bracelet, I will finish as a flat ornament for a small wall hanging.

Look at the lovely threads! It’s interesting that the threads are numbered 1 through 7 and instructions are written up by number of thread. It looks like 3 Neon Ray’s (ribbon) and 4 DMC overdyed threads. Wait until you see what I do with the beads.

I am in Wells, ME for the week and luckily the office of our timeshare had a small ironing board and iron. I needed to iron the Neon Ray’s. And, I didn’t think to bring my curling iron. Here’s my set up! Great light coming in the window (no need for either the battery or plugged in lights that I brought). I got a head start on class in order to figure out how long the threads should be before cutting. Signing in now.

We practiced French Knots. Mine got better as I moved left.

We went over all the diagrams but I couldn’t stitch and listen and or watch. Orna demonstrated several stitches using a pre-recorded video. So, here’s what I got done in class. But, I will easily be ready for the second class in a month from now.



More Building of a Geometric with Kurdy Biggs
October 15, 2020, 9:03 pm
Filed under: ANG Cyberworshop, Build Your Own Geometric-Kurdy Biggs

Large and small crescents surround some of the large and small points. I was able to use pin stitches to end the threads under the crescents which also keeps the last stitch taut and secure better than weaving on the back under threads (in my opinion).

The rest of the large and small points are surrounded by what Kurdy Biggs calls “fill stitches” including various sizes of Jessicas, Fleur-de-lis crescents, and Rhodes. The challenge here was that none of the combinations were explicitly diagrammed for you. Several options were shown and the basic stitches were diagrammed but I had to figure out what I wanted to fit together.

There a couple of Fleur-de-lis crescents and Sprat’s Heads that I had to adjust but it was easy enough to count out once you get started.

All the stitching is done leaving only green and red crystals to add. I left plenty of room in the north and south diamonds but less in the east and west areas but that’s fine. I didn’t want complete symmetry anyway.



Interchange, Lesson 4 (Final)
October 14, 2020, 10:16 am
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2020, Interchange by Linda Reinmiller

Wow. Lesson 4 already done! Despite not being in person, I was very happy with my ANG 2020 Virtual Seminar class, Interchange, with Linda Reinmiller.

I like the balance that the band of Byzantine offered to the earlier band of Milanese. And, that Kreinik has both the green and blue making it very appealing band.

Bargello is always fun to stitch. I purposefully selected a portion of the overdyed Gloriana that went from green on the outside corner in to the pink to pull in the same colors used in the upper left area. This is probably the first time I laid 2 strands of Kreinik rather than using a heavier weight Kreinik. It tended to tangle easily.

It was interesting to stitch the Satin stitch with such a thin thread (#12) but it balances the lightly stitched orange area in the upper left area.

The pulled Satin isn’t particularly evident because the canvas holes don’t look bigger on either edge. Once I compared with an unpulled diagonal Satin (not shown here), I found a one millimeter difference in the over 2 canvas thread stitch. So, the pulled Satin is smaller producing a tighter stitch.

Then, we ended with the most familiar pulled technique that I have seen before, an eyelet. It’s such a pretty stitch but tough to end the thread because it is pulled so tightly.

This piece certainly has challenging issues with ending threads (except for the canvas stitches) and not having them show. Piercing was the method that worked best for me except for Kreinik where I had to bury it.

Thanks to Linda Reinmiller for making this class available in the virtual world, teaching beginning pulled work, and for answering my questions in the earlier lessons. I’m also fascinated by the use of colors repeated to create a cohesive design. It was fun to stitch with such bright colors especially that Gloriana! And, it’s not often that I finish a Seminar piece within a month of starting it! Yeah!!



Interchange, Lesson 3
October 11, 2020, 12:37 pm
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2020, Interchange by Linda Reinmiller

Lesson 3 of my ANG 2020 Virtual Seminar class, Interchange with Linda Reinmiller began with a band of crescents. If you didn’t know how to do them, you sure would by the time you finished. As I did with the crescents in my Crescent Journey piece, I used a tuck stitch near the center in order to eliminate carrying threads below the canvas in open areas. And, I buried the threads in the center of already stitched crescents as I moved down each row.

The next band was much easier with upright cross stitches. Then, we learned pulled ring backstitch and pulled 3-sided. I had no idea there were so many variations of pulled work.

I don’t see much advantage in the pulled rings versus just stitching them. The only pulls making a difference are in the right small square areas running down the center. My hand is feeling it and need to take breaks occasionally.

The pulled 3-sided was definitely one pattern where pulled stitches create a good effect. Stitching each stitch twice (rather than doubling the thread) made cinching easy before stitching the next stitch. Also, each stitch was over 3 canvas threads not 4 as in a few previous bands.



Rainbow Ribbons, Bands 1 and 2

My ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter is stitching Rainbow Ribbons by Kam Wenzloff published in Nov/Dec 2019 issue of Needlepoint Now.

I am stitching another and last pillow for the guest bedroom. So, I have more purple threads again. This is Lavender (51) from Color Complements and DMC #5 Perle 550.

Many of us are changing the dimensions of the stitched area and we discussed enlarging the piece at our last meeting. The piece is designed to be 163 threads wide by 160 threads high. The designer suggests stitching some of each band until you get to Band 7 because there are 40 giant rice stitches from top to bottom eliminating the need to count to 160 threads and potential counting errors. You can compensate any band to any length. However, Bands 8 and 11 are also important widths to consider when deciding the length. Band 8 is stitched as a repeating unit of 20 threads and Band 11 over 10 threads. Band 12 is also over 4 threads like Band 7. Only Band 2 is over an odd number of 3 threads. So, if you want to lengthen the piece, doing so in 20 thread increments (a little over an inch on 18 count) will eliminate compensation for Bands 7, 8, 11, and 12. Then, only Band 2 gets compensated. So, I basted in increments of 10 because I want to stitch complete columns moving left to right going down 11″.

We’re going to do 2 bands each month. And, I am ready for Monday’s October 12th Zoom meeting.

Speaking of Zoom, our Starbucks location closed permanently anyway. Another casualty of 2020. Trying to look on the positive side of it, we have Zoom and plenty of time to look for another place. I don’t believe that we will be meeting face to face at least until the spring. Between coronavirus and the weather, I have to hope by spring things will be better!