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Leftover Threads and The Arte Johnson Stitch
April 16, 2021, 7:15 pm
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My bargello design for Step 4 of EGA’s Master Craftsman program is on it’s way for evaluation and I had so much thread left over that I decided to try The Arte Johnson stitch. Yes, Arte from Laugh-In. I didn’t know that he was a stitcher. But, he came up with this way to use up his scraps of threads. I wasn’t sure if I had enough threads from the Star of Stitches project to use them. So, I selected an overdyed thread from my stash and not even a third of the threads from my EGA project.

I read about this scrap busting technique in Janet Perry’s blog, Nuts About Needlepoint (; Susan Sturgeon Roberts’ blog Needlepoint Teacher (; and Jan’s blog Needle arts and Beyond ( Then, I remembered that I tried it in small samples when I tested several techniques recommended in “A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That” by Linda Damiani (Dec 2017 original post). I wasn’t thrilled with how it turned out perhaps because I didn’t like combining different thread types in a needle.

The stitch is either a Cashmere (2×3) or an Elongated Cashmere (3×5). Either way, they are worked in diagonal rows. This time I’ll try it with the Vineyard Merino which can’t be doubled in the needle anyway. Up close I won’t get the tweed effect but perhaps from a distance I’ll obtain an Impressionistic, watercolor effect.

I cut 18″ lengths and put two of each color in a bag. As my husband pulled them randomly from the bag to determine the stitching order, I placed them on a thread holder.

The 18″ length only got me 6 Cashmere units of the 3 x 5 variety. So, I stitched one complete row to get started. For the second row, I started back up the third row. Then, I started varying the number of stands before switching colors.

Maybe I’ll try a smaller piece and see how it works with the 2 x 3 Cashmere and the Star of Stitches leftover threads.

Before starting my next Gay Ann Rogers piece, I am happy to have some mostly mindless stitching for a while. All I have to decide is how many lengths of thread to use before switching colors.

Areas 7-8, Star of Stitches, ANG Stitch of the Month 2020

Because I’ve joined ANG New Jersey Needle Artists and am working on a Stitch of the Month project they have done previously, I can join their Saturday Stitch-in! They meet at the start and end of their Saturday session. The Star of Stitches by Kathy Rees is one of two Stitch of the Month projects for 2020 with my ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter.

These last two areas are stitches used in the first six areas. She combines cross, box, and diagonal stitches to create unique patterns.

I’m learning Photoshop and cropped out just Area 7 for the first photo.

This photo is the close up of Area 8.

Here’s the whole star finished. I am ready for tonight’s ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter meeting. Next month starts the background.

Countess of Grantham, Cora, Final Steps by Gay Ann Rogers
April 1, 2021, 6:10 pm
Filed under: Gay Ann Roger's, Countess of Granrham, Other People's Pieces

The fillings of the leaves and pods were fun and easy to stitch. The border was done in no time. I turned the page and there wasn’t any more to stitch!

Gay Ann was inspired by this photo of Cora. She really nailed the colors (just very dark gray-brown, medium brown, ecru, and cream). And, look carefully at Cora’s right arm to see how the design matches!