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Bronze Purse Progress at EGA Stitch ‘n Chat

Thanks to my ANG Main Line Chapter member Patrick who is also President of the Embroidery Guild of America (EGA) Brandywine Chapter, our members have been invited to attend a talk by Doug Kreinik if we join EGA or Delaware Valley Historical Sampler Guild (DVHSG).

Today, I joined 8 EGA members at a Stitch ‘n Chat at Shirley H’s house. Among all her beautiful needlepoint, I recognized her piece, Roses, from seeing it a few years ago at the Rehoboth Needlepoint Exhibit. It won Best in Show! All the ladies were nice and welcoming.

They were all working on different projects which is fun to see. And, I got quite a bit done in the 4-hour session excluding our lunch break. This is the Toni Gerdes Bronze Purse that I started at Blue Bonnet in February.  Today, I finished the bottom left corner including the dark brown laid stitches with the sparkly diagonal cross stitches. And, I finished the honey bronze diagonal wavy Smyrna pattern. I’ll add beads in the open spaces later.

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Metalforms, Part 1 Border
October 24, 2017, 11:34 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Metalforms

A couple of my ANG Main Line Chapter members started Metalforms designed by Jeff Kulick very shortly after we got the publication but I didn’t have time to start then. The first 2 members selected the silver on black colorway. Another member started a few months later with the copper colorway on white sparkle canvas. And, I finally got started with the copper colorway on green canvas.

When I initially ordered threads from ABC Stitch Therapy, I only got half of them (pictured below) – the rest were on back order. I knew the bright pink thread, Frye Werks Soft Sheen FT9 was wrong. And, there was a typo – it should be Fyre Werks Metallic Ribbon F9. Trebizond 3637 has been discontinued; so, I will try 3639 or 3635.

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This is step one of the outer border, a pattern of mosaic stitches, using Fyre Werks FT44. Next, I’ll fill the open areas with Flair F508.

Metalforms border part 1



Stitch By Stitch in Larchmont, NY
October 21, 2017, 10:31 pm
Filed under: General comments, Needlepoint Shops, Stitch By Stitch

On my way home from our vacation (with my husband) in Westerly, Rhode Island, I stopped in Stitch By Stitch in Larchmont, N.Y. It’s right off 95 and was a great point to stretch our legs. A nice group of ladies were sitting about stitching working on some fun canvases.

I picked up the booklet, Patchwork of Peace. Another piece that I want to get to eventually!

Great selection of threads, canvases, and supplies. Also, a well lit store with good space for classes. I’ve been watching for the right class, teacher, project, and date to align so I can join them. Some day!



Three Leaves, Framed

Three Leaves with Margaret Kinsey was a class I took in 2015 at the ANG Seminar in Myrtle Beach. This was a beginner class in goldwork. I was very happy with how it turned out including the blackwork pattern for the background. Black on black wasn’t easy either! I realize that I never posted a picture of it framed. I just love the frame & my framer, Jim from Repenning Fine Arts in Audubon, NJ. I decided to splurge on this frame because it’ll be one of only 2 goldwork pieces I expect to complete.

2015 Three Roses with Margaret Kinsey

 



Provence Pottery Shop, Framed
October 12, 2017, 9:26 am
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2016, Provence Pottery Shop with Lois Kershner

Provence Pottery Class wirh Lois Kershner was a class I took in 2016 at the ANG Seminar in New Orleans. This was a class designed in part to learn about photo transfer. I was very happy with how it turned. Not full coverage was also something new for me! I realize that I never posted a picture of it framed. I love the frame & don’t tell my usual framer but Michael’s did a fine job framing with a frame from “off the shelf” (and quite a bit cheaper).

The photo is also in my album on the new ANG website. It was easy to upload photos there. I’m planning on adding photos from ANG classes, exhibits, Stitch of the Month, and pilot classes!

2016 Provence Pottery Shop with Lois Kershner



ANG Stitch of the Month, Panel 3 Pilot, October 2017
October 10, 2017, 5:02 pm
Filed under: ANG Stitch of the Month, 2017

I had an opportunity to pilot the ANG Stitch of the Month for 2017, Kaleidoscope Squares-A Color Study of Shifting Patterns by Deborah Forney. I only had time to do the one small Panel 3 (a year ago) but wouldn’t reveal the October portion until it was available on ANG’s website. And, that is available on the updated ANG website (needlepoint.org). It’s an interesting study of color – if I had more time, I would do more of this SOTM. The nice thing about ANG’s SOTM is that it’ll always be available! I forget what threads I used. I must have notes somewhere but not sure where they are after reorganizing a few months ago!!

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