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Rainbow Ribbons, Band 11
March 29, 2021, 2:18 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Rainbow Ribbons

I enjoy stitching on Rainbow Ribbons during our ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter Stitch-in on Saturday. Again, it was followed by a rainy Sunday which allowed me to finish. And, a sunny (cool and windy) Monday allowed me to get a photo.

Getting started on Friday allows me to understand the stitch pattern so I can talk and stitch on Saturday. The eyelet was stitched after the diagonal frame.

It was helpful that Linda let us know how long a thread would be needed to stitch two complete frames. For the eyelets, I used a really long length (about 50″) and put the half way point of the thread in the middle of the first two frames. Then, I worked each column.



Coffee Cups Has a New Home
March 22, 2021, 4:30 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Coffee Cups

I finally stopped at the Starbucks in Malvern. I am thrilled to be able to say that Coffee Cups is being displayed prominently there! It is the Starbucks in Malvern at 260 Old Morehall Rd (a stand alone location).  When you walk in the door, it is on the wall to your right. That was where I was hoping it would be put. I really wish that coronavirus hadn’t have forced our Starbucks in Wayne with our conference room to close. I’ve got to start looking for a new location. Some members are starting to get their vaccine & are anxious to meet in person again. But, I am glad Coffee Cups has a new home.


The manager, JC, was on vacation but I told the girl who waited on me that I was one of the group who stitched the Coffee Cups & she was interested in knowing more about it. She was particularly interested in how long it took us to do it. 


So, stop in & check it out. 



Rainbow Ribbons, Bands 9 and 10
March 1, 2021, 10:30 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Rainbow Ribbons

I finished about 8 inches (about 2 inches per hour) of Band 9 of Rainbow Ribbons during our ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter Stitch-in Saturday and the rest on our rainy Sunday. The Milanese stitch was tough to compensate unless I just started on the inside edge and worked to the outer edge using 2 needles as I went along. Then, it was easy.

Band 10 is a simple Slanted Gobelin with back stitches but I decided to switch to a Fly stitch done on the true diagonal rather than a typical oblique angle because this piece has a lot of Slanted Gobelin already and the back stitches were not looking as good. The final appearance is identical.

This design is by Kam Wenzloff (Nov/Dec 2019 issue of Needlepoint Now) that our chapter is doing as a year-long project using Color Complements threads. I’m ready for our March 8th meeting on Zoom.



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.



Rainbow Ribbons, Bands 6, 7, and 8
January 30, 2021, 10:18 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Rainbow Ribbons

Some in my ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter are already done stitching Rainbow Ribbons by Kam Wenzloff (Nov/Dec 2019 issue of Needlepoint Now). Others of us are doing this as a year long project. We’re each using different threads from Colour Complements and they all look great.

I forgot to post Bands 6 and 7 which I finished last month. The souffle stitch for Band 6 was one which I had to do with 2 needles. Others in my chapter found it easier to stitch the all small tent stitches first and others all the longer diagonal pattern first. Whatever works for you! No needlepoint police in our ranks. Band 7 was a giant rice stitch.

And, now I am ready with Band 8, a Greek stitch alternating with a slanted gobelin row. Apparently, reading is not my forte. And, I didn’t look at the pictures of either the stitched sample in the magazine or the one being done by Linda in my chapter who is leading the project. Good thing there is no needlepoint police in our group. Mine has 3 rows of Greek after what I thought was a compensation single row of Greek. The Greek rows were supposed to be 1, 3, 3 repeating with 1, 3, 3 throughout. Oh well! I realize now another chapter member did the same thing as me. I even commented in the newsletter that the two were different and look good either way. Perhaps subconsciously I preferred it this way! Let’s go with that rationale. I do like the flow back and forth of shifting colors.



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!