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Framing Bonanza

Many thanks to Meghan and Rebecca at Michael’s framing department in Pottstown. Meghan did a great job helping my husband and I select the mats and frames. They have a very clever device that displays an image on the computer of your piece in the mat and frame to see how it will look before finalizing. I really liked the shape of the mat for the diamond shape piece. I’m very happy with final pieces.

Stitches Galore from Needle Me Contest
Build A Geometric with Kurdy Biggs
Interchange with Linda Reinmiller
Blanton’s Bottle

Blanton’s Bottle, Stitched
December 30, 2020, 5:25 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Blanton's Bottle

Kristen, one of my fellow cruisers who knew we’d purchased 4 bottles of Blanton’s, discovered that Rittenhouse Needlepoint sold the Blanton’s Bottle canvas and reminded me while we were on a shopping trip for threads in November 2019. I ordered it, it arrived in December as a Christmas gift to myself last year and it is appropriate that I finish it at Christmas time this year! Recently, we found a bottle of Blanton’s allowing us to save the last bottle from our May 2019 cruise.

I love the mesh bag that comes on the bottle and that influenced my decision on the background to select Chicken Wire from More Backgrounds for Needlepoint by June McNight. Her other book, Decorative Backgrounds for Needlepoint listed the 10 Commandments and the second one surprised me. A dark background brings the main design forward while a light background may melt into it. I held up a dark brown Floche and a light brown Floche next to the bottle and could see immediately that the darker one was better.

Initially, I tried 11/0 Mill Hill seed beads for the rider, horse, and rim but they were too big for basketweave and backstitching (stringing beads in a straight line) on 18 count canvas. So, I reached out to my chapter member Linda and found out that her resources and experience indicated that smaller 15/0 seed beads were better for basketweave.

As it happened, Michael’s only had Miyuki 11/0 in Delica black beads which are more tubular than the round seed beads. So, I bought them because I still wanted the black beads to be bigger than the rider and horse to mimic the actual bottle. And, I thought they would backstitch really well on the black rim which are completely straight rows.

You can see the difference in size and shape between 11/0 seed beads and 11/0 Delica beads in this photo. Four seed beads cover 1/4 inch and five Delica beads cover the same length.

The 11/0 Delica seed beads allowed me to contrast in size and basketweave with the smaller Miyuki 15/0 seed beads in a light bronze for the horse and rider.

Here’s the sizes of 3 different round seed beads 15/0 Miyuki (6 left), 14/0 Sundance (6 center), and 14/15 Sundance (6 right).

It’s not until you use more beads will you start to see a slight difference between the 15/0 (12 left) and 14/0 (12 right). So, when you have a larger area of basketweave, you’ll probably find 15/0 preferable.

No doubt that we will be ringing in the New Year with a wee bit of Blanton’s and toasting to my last finished piece of the year. Happy New Year everyone!

Rainbow Ribbons, Bands 4 and 5
December 24, 2020, 6:05 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, ANG Stitch of the Month, 2020

My ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter is stitching Rainbow Ribbons by Kam Wenzloff published in Nov/Dec 2019 issue of Needlepoint Now. We’re each using different threads from Colour Complements and they all look great.

The woven plait stitch and tied oblong cross stitch worked up quickly. Several members have gotten further along but I’ve got other projects going and it’s fun to switch from project to project.

With Saturday’s (December 26th) Zoom Stitch-in, I will be working on the next band. Happy Holidays to all!!

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.

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!

Color Complements Threads for ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter Projects

September starts another year for our ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter. We will start out with 2 new counted projects. Twelve of us are stitching Rainbow Ribbons by Kam Wenzloff from Needlepoint Now Nov/Dec 2019 issue. And, six of us are stitching the ANG 2020 Stitch of the Month (SOTM) with three of us switching from Watercolours to Color Complements.

Most the threads got distributed to folks over lunch outdoors at Nudy’s. Everyone is very excited about getting started.

Only 2 people selected the same color as the stitched model. The rest are a wonderful array of color. Not everyone is doing the 9 x 9 design size. There are a variety of sizes including two people who are doubling the width or length.

Lotus Kimono Framed
September 15, 2020, 2:13 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Lotus Kimono

Instead of traveling this year (thanks to coronavirus), I decided to get several pieces framed with museum glass. One of them is the Lotus Kimono. I had the mat cut to the shape of the kimono by Dave at Romeo’s. The frame is ‘antique distressed gold leaf’ and the green fabric mat has just a touch of texture to it. Love how this tuned out.

The piece was featured in an article of ANG Needle Pointers (Jan/Feb 2020), A Tale of Two Stitchers, along with my chapter member Beth’s piece who also selected her own stitches and threads. It’s fun to see different approaches to a canvas.

Vases, Background and Border, by Sharon G
September 9, 2020, 3:14 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Vases, Sharon G

We finished up our discussion of the Sharon G canvas, Vases, at our August ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter Zoom meeting. And, for our September Zoom meeting, we will have three differently stitched Vases canvases. It’s been very interesting to see different approaches.

Here’s my finished piece. I just dropped it off for framing. The background is a very light blue in T stitch and the border is 5 different stitches. Sharon G loves borders! Her favorite is on the ANG Stitch of the Month in 2005.

The canvas was started several years ago and am thrilled to have finally finished it because I just love it! And, I am happy that so many chapter members enjoyed the stitch guide discussions. As a way to encourage more painted canvas completions in our chapter, people are selecting a canvas on their to do list and stitching some each month either asking for help or discussing the choices provided in their stitch guide. So, we won’t get a comparison but will learn from each other’s canvases.

We will be meeting via Zoom again this month, Monday September 14.

Blanton’s Bottle, Glass
September 7, 2020, 8:47 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Blanton's Bottle

Well, I had been stitching this during our ANG Saturday Stitch-in days until we got hit with the coronavirus. And, it got put away and forgotten until I went looking for something else.

So, I decided to finish the glass bottle. I love how the two strands of Bijoux MMT482 Tigar Eye in the Woven stitch look like bourbon sitting in a glass bottle. I can taste it!

Vase 5 of 5 Vases by Sharon G
August 7, 2020, 2:34 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Vases, Sharon G

This is the Cinnamon vase, the 5th and final vase! I love this canvas, Vases with Curly Bamboo. And, I have been very happy with the stitch guide from Sharon G.

This vase once again was stitched lightly enough to allow the shading of the painted canvas to show through. It’s a composite stitch using Gloriana 151 Cinnamon, 2 strands of Bijoux 428 Amber, and Sundance #14 Beads 462D.

The top band, bow, and base use a combination of Kreinik #4 Braid 005 and 002. Couching with Kreinik Cord 005C was used to bundle 5 strands of Kreinik #4 for the bow. And, a long stitch of Kreinik 1/16th ribbon was laid in the top gold band before couching with Kreinik #4 Braid.

This month, we will discuss the background and borders. Again, my ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter meet via Zoom.