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Arrival of Spring with Gail Stafford and ANG Keystone Garden Chapter
March 5, 2020, 4:54 pm
Filed under: ANG Keystone Garden Chapter

There is still time to sign up for Arrival of Spring with Gail Stafford for a 2-day workshop. You don’t have to be a member of ANG or the local chapter for this class.

Date: June 6 – 7, 2020 (Saturday and Sunday)

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm with 1 hour luck break (and a couple of short breaks during the class)

Location: Buckingham Township Center, Rt 413 and Old York Road in Buckingham PA

Costs:

  • Class Fee: $140.00
  • Kit Fee: $84.00

Payment Schedule:

  • $50.00 non-refundable deposit
  • $174.00 balance due May 1, 2020

Supplies to bring to class: 10″ x 12″ stretcher bars, usual stitching supplies, light and magnification (no extension cords so make sure your light is battery operated or rechargeable).

Leave a comment and I will provide the contact person’s name and email address.

Arrival of Spring



Zentangle Class
November 17, 2019, 9:41 am
Filed under: General comments, Zentangle

Mt. Airy Learning Tree offers a great variety of classes throughout the year. I decided to take an Introduction to Zentangle class. I had been exposed to Zentangle by my ANG Keystone Garden chapter and stitched a design I had drawn (which got Honorable Mention in 2018 at Woodlawn). Candice had given us an excellent class but that was a few years ago and decided to give it another go.

Mindy Shapiro, a certified Zentangle teacher, provided a Micron 01 pen, a Micron 08 pen, a short pencil, a smudge stick (Pro Art Stump No. 2), and 4 cards (3.5″ x 3.5″ heavy stock with wavy edges and curved corners from Zentangle.com). There are no erasers because whatever happens is meant to be.

In just 2 hours, we covered the origins of the art form and got exposed to multiple patterns. The design on the left has Crescent Moon with auras (upper left area), Hollibaugh (pairs of lines passing under others; bottom right), Printemps (circular pattern with auras or dots; bottom left area), and Knights Bridge (grid; upper right area).

The one on the right was done in the last 30 minutes to expose us to a few more patterns including Florz (grid with diamonds at the intersections with shading as I did or it can have an aura inside each white space; upper left area), Printemps with Sparkle (leaves an open area in the circular pattern; bottom center area), and Static (zig zag with shading; upper right area).

Four dots are placed in the corners. Then, connect them. Mindy liked the wavy lines that I used to connect my four corners. The left design has a Z string and the right design a V string. A ‘string’ divides the large area. The smudge stick smooths out the pencil marks to create shading and depth.

It was a fun class. There was 9 of us and no 2 looked alike.



A Dusting of Snow,
August 9, 2019, 1:46 pm
Filed under: A Dusting of Snow - Gail Stafford, ANG Keystone Garden Chapter

Appropriately enough, the dusting of snow was the last of the threads to go on the piece.

The narrow area of the sky around the leaves and between trees 1 and 2 for example was quite challenging to compensate. But, the small diagram of the partial Nobuko stitch really helped orient me in those small areas.

Many thanks to Gail Stafford for coming to PA and to the Keystone Garden chapter for bringing her to teach. It was a great class and fun piece to stitch.



A Dusting of Snow, Leaves

The leaves are done on A Dusting of Snow from class with Gail Stafford. I couldn’t put it down until I stitched most of the brown leaves at my ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter Stitch-in yesterday and finished them off today.

Now for the challenging sky!



A Dusting of Snow Progress
June 19, 2019, 11:09 am
Filed under: A Dusting of Snow - Gail Stafford, ANG Keystone Garden Chapter

The Dusting of Snow piece from class with Gail Stafford is coming along nicely.

I added snow to the first of the center bushes, have the Dogwood tree in place, filled in the upper right sky in both colors, stitched all 9 distant trees, and the gazebo. I was worried about disrupting the smoothness of the roof with the branches of the Dogwood. So, I wrapped the thread around the padding threads and tacked down sparingly and closer to the single brown thread. I like the rounded effect. It would not have worked out to do that for the whole tree because I couldn’t maintain the tension without twisting. Maybe if I had wrapped a thick wire. I’m very happy the Dogwood tree is done. That was challenging.

Taking a break before working more of the center bushes, the leaves on the trees, and the rest.



A Dusting of Snow With Gail Stafford and ANG Keystone Garden Chapter

My other ANG chapter, Keystone Garden, celebrated their 25th anniversary as a chapter by bringing in Gail Stafford to teach A Dusting of Snow this weekend. We just payed for the kit and the chapter paid the teacher’s expenses. Nice! And, thanks to Jeanne H who did a great job organizing the event. We had almost two dozen in class with members from ANG’s New Jersey Needle Artists and Main Line Stitchers chapters joining in on the fun. It’s always great to see our NJ neighbors.

This is a lovely, award-winning piece of Gail’s from a couple of years ago. It’s a comfortable size (design area 7″ x 5″) and Gail gives us a line drawing with a partial painting of the design on Congress Cloth.

Gail has another view of the same gazebo, Arrival of Spring, that she’ll be teaching at ANG Seminar in Houston in August (registration is still possible). This is a gazebo near her home. With her permission, I am posting the photo of the actual gazebo, what her stitched gazebo looks like, and my progress after our 2-day class.

The instructions are great and Gail was fantastic. Checking on us and catching 2 of my mistakes before I got too far along. It makes sense that she’s great teacher because she is also a college level math teacher. Gail shared her process of designing, knitting, and teaching which I found particularly interesting. This is going to be fun seeing the scene develop.



Christmas Diamonds by Kurdy Biggs of Threedles, Diamond Three

This is the third of the Christmas Diamonds by Kurdy Biggs from the Needlepoint Now November/December 2015 issue.

This has the same colors as the first diamond and is also on a white canvas with silver sparkles. I added some small (3mm) silver bugle beads and did the beads a little differently than diagrammed. The same size beads are inside the border Jessicas.

I finished the Jessica border during my last Saturday afternoon with my ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter (always the 4th Saturday at Starbucks on Lancaster Ave in Wayne, PA from 11 am to 3 pm).

No changes to the threads or beads from the first diamond. The threads are Kreinik #4 Braid 1432, Entice E248, Silk Lame Braid Petite SP118, Splendor S988, and Treasure Braid TR277. The beads are Miyuki Delica Beads 15/0 DBS0166 and Sundance Beads Size 11 and Size 14/15 Color 327P; the beading thread is from Sundance too in Teal and Turquoise colors.

I have enough thread and beads to do the third but I’m getting ready to take a couple of classes. So, I will probably not stitch the second diamond. But, I would like to see them all stitched. And, the finishing should be done at the same time. What to do!?!



Christmas Diamonds by Kurdy Biggs of Threedles, Diamond One
April 28, 2019, 8:08 am
Filed under: ANG Keystone Garden Chapter, Christmas Diamonds by Kurdy Biggs

Last year, my ANG Keystone Garden chapter offered Christmas Diamonds as a project. I hadn’t done a piece by Kurdy Biggs before. So, I decided to do it but didn’t get to it until now. There are 3 different designs in the Needlepoint Now November/December 2015 issue.

This is the first diamond with my colors on a white canvas with silver sparkles. I added some small (3mm) silver bugle beads and did the beads a little differently than diagrammed. And, I used smaller size beads inside the border Jessicas because the 11 beads overcrowded the Jessicas. The smaller beads fit much better. For alternating Jessicas, I used 5 dark sead beads and then 4 light Delica and a 5th dark sead bead on top. I finished the beads in the border during my Saturday afternoon with my ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter (always the 4th Saturday at Starbucks on Lancaster Ave in Wayne, PA from 11 am to 3 pm).

The threads are Kreinik #4 Braid 1432, Entice E248, Silk Lame Braid Petite SP118, Splendor S988, and Treasure Braid TR277. The beads are Miyuki Delica Beads 15/0 DBS0166 and Sundance Beads Size 11 and Size 14/15 Color 327P; the beading thread is from Sundance too in Teal and Turquoise colors.



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.


Not-so-Secret Santa
December 19, 2018, 5:14 pm
Filed under: ANG Keystone Garden Chapter

Thanks to Holly who is a member of my ANG Keystone Garden chapter and works at Rittenhouse Needlepoint, Russell and Steven graciously donated needlepoint canvases for everyone attending our Holiday evening (about 20 of us). We each got 2 needlepoint canvases! Here are mine. The ornament is cute. And, the scene of England should be interesting to stitch.

Many thanks to everyone at Rittenhouse and best wishes for a happy, healthy New Year!