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NYC Road Trip
June 29, 2016, 5:22 am
Filed under: General comments

This past weekend, Linda & I headed to New York City to celebrate Linda’s birthday!  We stopped at Annie & Company in their new (moved about 2 years ago) location.  They are all on the first floor now with knitting supplies on the right & needlepoint on the left (I forget to ask permission to take a picture). But, I found several things including a couple of things that will be gifts (eventually) that I won’t show here. I got the bookmark for me! Linda found a few things on her shopping list.

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And, this is such a great idea. It would look great framed.

Northern Pine Design, Stained Glass Window #1

 

It was such a lovely day,  we walked to Rita’s Needlepoint where I found Patti Mann’s Nov Mums (9110).

Patti Mann Nov Mums 9110

There’s the birthday girl (standing on the right) inside Rita’s! Since we also got an earlier train than we expected, we had time to go to the garment district where Linda got some fabulous fabric to make into shirts. We stopped in 2 stores – amazing variety of fabrics!

Rita's

Today is her birthday and we are going to Fireside Stitchery!  Happy Birthday Linda!!

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ANG Stitch of the Month

June’s portion of Susan Hoekstra’s Feuilles d’ananas  (Pineapple Leaves) is the Giant Brick Stitch.

I decided to compensate over 5 canvas threads instead of stitching twice over a single canvas thread.

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ANG Keystone Garden Chapter Mystery Project, June
June 12, 2016, 7:33 pm
Filed under: ANG Keystone Garden Chapter, Mystery Project 2016

This month we had to do a series of Plaited Upright Cross Variations.

I incorrectly stitched the upper right strip – can you see the difference?

Incorrect.

Upper right incorrect

Correct and with the small star stitches at the top and bottom completed.

ANG SOTM, June



Forest Glen and Maine Roadtrip
June 5, 2016, 11:42 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Forest Glen, General comments

While vacationing in Maine this past week, I wanted a small project to travel with and something not too difficult. And, Forest Glen, a design from Kick Back & Stitch by Terry Gifford was perfect.

I used Santa Fe Sage canvas (6) instead of the Victorian Green canvas (11) – samples are from a package with 25 colors that I bought from Fireside Stitchery. I do prefer to work on a lighter canvas.

Sample canvases

And, I used the same white Kreinik (032), DMC #5 (502), and DMC Floss (369, 368, 320) as suggested. But, I couldn’t find Leah’s Overdyed Perle 12 (243). So, I picked up Wildflowers Jade (066) which I figured out looks darker than the lighter green/white Leah’s overdyed thread from the picture. And, I didn’t find the DMC Perle #8 (320).

So, I was in Maine needing threads for a project.  Luckily,  Mary Jo Cole, owner of Needlepoint America in Kennebunk was open & suggested a yellow Kreinik which she generously gave me from her stash. She has tons of hand-painted canvases including lobster belts and other Maine memorabilia. She also carries a unique line of canvases, mid 1800s floral designs of William Morris that look timeless. I have reached a level of stash that must decrease before I buy more & resisted all urges!

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And, these lovely musical crib hanging ornaments. These were tough to pass on but I can always order one online!

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I decided to use the yellow Kreinik just in the 4 corners of each eyelet to add some sparkle. And, I used the light yellow portion of Needle Necessities Pearl 8 overdyed (866) that I found at Grace Robinson & Company in Freeport.  Good thing I am not a knitter! They have tons of beautiful yarns. Some painted canvases and threads (in drawers behind a counter). I told Meghan what I was looking for and the one she found came the closest but I decided to avoid the rust and green in the overdyed thread and just use the light yellow for 8 prongs of the eyelet. And, I filled in the remaining 12 prongs with the lightest and medium colors of the green DMC Floss. Now, the yellow Kreinik actually looks like it is yellow-green. That left me to use the more interesting overdyed Wildflowers on the outer border in place of the solid medium green DMC Perle #8.

Forest Glen