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Come Design With Me by Orna Willis
July 17, 2017, 8:26 am
Filed under: Come Design With Me by Orna Willis

This is a remote class mainly to follow how Orna designs a piece. And, it’s been interesting because she explains her thoughts as she goes along by sharing success as well as sections unstitched. As with many of Orna’s designs, there are amazing colors being incorporated. We got a kit of threads in the mail, lessons via email, and follow conversations via Facebook. I’m picking up a variety of wonderful tidbits including her preference for brown canvas because it fades away as you stitch better than white, eggshell, or sandstone. This is most of Lessons 1-3 completed (missing some French knots).



ANG Keystone Garden Chapter Mystery Project 2017, Month 5
July 14, 2017, 10:34 am
Filed under: ANG Keystone Garden Chapter, Mystery Project 2017

This month’s installment of the ANG Keystone Garden Chapter’s mystery project added 2 rows of Diagonal Gobelin and corner Ray Stitches. Looking Good!

On Section 2, I moved the 1-2 and 3-4 stitch of the Ray Stitch away from the center hole so the thread doesn’t lay on top of the thread used for the Diagonal Gobelin from Section 1. For the rest of the Ray Stitch, I used the center hole as diagrammed. 

I’ll be curious to see what goes in the remaining diamond and triangular areas.



Needle Storage
July 1, 2017, 1:51 pm
Filed under: General comments, Needles

I got through my needle stash and found, along with many needles of unknown brands, that I have mostly John James, EdMar, and Bohin. I  also know that I can stitch every project with a fresh needle for the next 50 projects!

Now, they are stored in the EdMar tubes of which I had extra when I combined like needles with like. And, crewel (pointed) needles have their own tubes too. Howerver, without enough tubes, I used wool felt or plastic holders. Marilyn O shared with me that wool felt should be used for storing needles, and not the craft felt. The wool wicks any moisture away from the needle, while the craft felt will tend to hold moisture and the needles will rust. The ultrasuede I was going to use would be ok (I tested it by wetting the fabric and leaving a needle in it and no rust formed) but I had enough of the felt and containers.

I had the help of Michele Roberts’ article from NeedlePointers July 2007, “Let’s Get to the Point”, to help tell what size a needle was by length. And, it reviewed the styles of needles and how to pick the right size for the project. I read lots of back issues with timeless articles of Needle Pointers magazines recently. I wish I could keep all the back issues but space is limited. I’m so happy the magazine is available digitally now as well. I can always refer back.

All the needles are organized by style and size in a floss organizer. I’ll use all of these eventually but thanks to Ginny, my favorite needle is from EdMar. They slide so smoothly through the canvas. What’s your favorite?

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ANG Keystone Garden Chapter Mystery Project 2017, Months 3 and 4
June 27, 2017, 6:55 pm
Filed under: ANG Keystone Garden Chapter, Mystery Project 2017

All caught up with the current mystery project we are doing at my ANG Keystone Garden Chapter this year.

It is a lot of Plaited Upright Cross (Blue ribbons). And, compensating is always tough. So, I was glad the triangles around the center diamond were easy.

But, I recognize that this is a Tony Minieri design. I have seen it in NeedlePointers.  But, I won’t spoil the surprise and say what issue, name the design, or stitch ahead of the chapter.

ANG Keystone Mystery, MayJune



Drawers Filled
June 21, 2017, 2:02 pm
Filed under: General comments, Organization

There are 18 drawers from IKEA with solid color thteads and 6 Like-It drawers from The Container Store on top with various overdyed threads for a total of 24. I still had to have a drawer for EdMar threads for Brazilian Embroidery and threads for 13/14 count canvas in the basement. And, more than likely, the white drawer is too full. So, I am contemplating what to do.

I put 2 hanging magazine holders on the left with velcro to hold thread cards.

Let’s hope this works for awhile. I did find a thread I needed for a project!

Drawers



Threads & Tote for Tools
June 2, 2017, 10:54 am
Filed under: General comments, Organization

I had a great day yesterday with Linda. We looked through the threads I had & found a variety of threads that I must have inherited from others stash. The most interesting was some Belding Corticelli twisted silk on old wooden spools. Since Linda sews she had heard about the threads & knew that it is a strong thread used for making buttonholes. Mary Corbet wrote a great article on the history of the thread. What I have was produced in the U.S. between 1925 and 1932. You can still find some on eBay. I will hold on to this for finishing when I bind edges. I received an interesting note based on experience from a reader: “Be very careful if you use them. The wooden spools leach acids into the silk and not only weaken them but change the colors as well.” So, I think I’ll get rid of them – why take a chance.

Belding Corticelli

Linda is also an amazing sewer and she made this wonderful Catch All Caddy for my retirement. It is just what I needed for my stitching tools and fits perfectly in the living room coffee table. I love the colors and pockets. Inside are cute Stitch Happy items and a cute golf piece that I can stitch for Bill. There is also a bag of spool stockings for contolling threads. What a fantastic, practical gift!

Catch All Caddy

We spent a good amount of time walking around The Container Store and found drawes, drawer dividers, and a couple of bins. Great store. We even had time to organize some of the drawers.

Thanks to Linda for her valuable input, suggestions, and especially the caddy.

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Cabinets Complete
May 31, 2017, 5:01 pm
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All cabinets are done! No major glitches. Didn’t use the feet because I gained just enough space for 2 drawers that will fit on top of each cabinet. Heading to The Container Store tomorrow.

I’ve been sorting threads into color families for several hours on a daily basis and may be not even half done. I didn’t expect it to take this long. Within each major color like red or blue, there are so many color families (10 & more).

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