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Countess of Grantham, Cora, Step 1 by Gay Ann Rogers
February 27, 2021, 11:11 am
Filed under: Gay Ann Roger's, Countess of Granrham, Other People's Pieces

The Countess of Grantham, Cora, was actually the first in the series of her Downton Abbey inspired pieces.

Cora is an American and the only one who has just white, black, and a touch of brown. Looking back at various outfits she wore during the series, she didn’t wear as many colored outfits as the daughters.

The center motif, Step 1, is completed. The double-running stitches in black Kreinik for the petals and outer border remind me of black work. It really keeps the thread hidden underneath. And, I used long lengths moving out from the center in opposite directions. I find that very helpful in open areas. It was easy to follow the path because I did it with the TV off!



Lady Mary, Final Steps by Gay Ann Rogers
February 21, 2021, 2:01 pm
Filed under: Gay Ann Roger's, Lady Mary, Other People's Pieces

I continue to find it interesting to see Gay Ann’s designs develop such as when she repeats a stitch but in a different color and number of repetitions. And, Gay Ann is not afraid to leave some open canvas which I find can be difficult. This piece was broken up into 4 steps but I could not stop!

I am glad my phone has the ability to flip a photo and make a mirror image because I couldn’t see where to put the three long diagonal silver stitches in the center opposite sides. Looks easy now!

There are 4 columns of Tied Mohair that called for Planet Earth Fun-Fuzz-Funn but I had Rainbow Gallery Fuzzy Stuff which was fine. However, the pattern called for long strands of the darker color tied with the lighter color. I didn’t see that until I stitched them all dark. I should have taken a pictures of all the iterations I went through. Next, I stitched 2 of them as instructed. Bill & I liked the 2 dark ones better than the combo. So, out the combo came. Then, I stitched 2 of them with just the lighter thread. Bill liked either but when I showed him the picture, he agreed with me that the lighter gray was better. I stitched 9 columns to figure it out. Luckily, they were not a large area or a complicated stitch.

Gay Ann was by inspired by this photo of Lady Mary for her design.



Lady Mary, Step 1 by Gay Ann Rogers
February 15, 2021, 4:07 pm
Filed under: Gay Ann Roger's, Lady Mary, Other People's Pieces

Lady Mary is the second in the Downton Abbey series by Gay Ann Rogers. These are 6″ x 6″ and the center waffle stitch covers a 2″ square. It’s probably the biggest waffle I’ve stitched. The overstitching with the third thread (silver) was brilliant. And, then how she made it appear as a medallion with the slanting stitches was interesting too.

Again, careful counting is required. Not too much had to get restitched. Cross referencing to other areas helps.



Lady Edith, Step 2 by Gay Ann Rogers
February 8, 2021, 11:15 am
Filed under: Gay Ann Roger's, Lady Edith, Other People's Pieces

Step 2 is finished and so is this piece! It was a very enjoyable project. In this step, there is only one variation of mine but it was by choice. The single brown Plant Earth thread between the couched long Pepper Pot Silk diagonal stitches seemed to get lost. So, I used 2 threads between and to tie.

Gay Ann was inspired by this photo for her design.



Areas 4-6, Star of Stitches, ANG Stitch of the Month 2020
February 6, 2021, 9:17 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, ANG Stitch of the Month, 2020

I’m making good progress on the Star of Stitches by Kathy Rees which is an ANG Stitch of the Month for 2020 and an ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter project.

We skipped a space and so for the fourth stitched area, it consists of Cashmere stitches in different sizes (2×4, 2×6, and 4×2). I didn’t care where the colors fell in this area.

For the fifth area, Milanese stitches are used in three different ways. I switched from the overdyed thread to Neon Rays+ in Area C so that the contrast was better and because Neon Rays+ had been used in the opposite area.

The sixth area presents the waffle stitch which usually is a square, large or small. But, it can be compensated. Kathy provided excellent diagrams showing the precise compensation.

Moving right along! Hard to believe that 6 months have passed since we started this project. I’m all ready for our Monday night Zoom meeting.