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Beautiful Project Bags for Another Crescent Journey Colorway

I finally recovered from a month long viral head cold to visit people this past weekend. We made up for lost time. I took multiple pieces to our monthly ANG Stitch-In Time sessions (please join us at Starbucks on Lancaster Ave in Wayne, PA on the 4th Saturday 10-2 through April). We had another great turnout. From there Bill & I headed to Delaware for a birthday party where I shared my needlepoint exploits (one is also a stitcher) and on Sunday got together with Linda, my stitching buddy.

Linda and I exchanged gifts belatedly. I am fortunate to be the recipient of her first attempts at new patterns. You’d never guess that by looking at anything I’ve gotten so far. And, these 2 project bags are no exception. The bags have beautifully coordinating colors, a zipper closure, a see through plastic front, and a handle! The backs are quilted. Stunning.

I just put one of my current projects, another colorway of Crescent Journey. The threads fit perfectly in the small bag. This colorway looks fantastic in these bags! Thanks again Linda. This is also the project that Linda is proofreading my instructions as she stitches a third colorway.

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Patchwork of Peace, Row 8 White
January 21, 2019, 9:29 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Patchwork of Peace

Hate to admit it but I stitched some adjacent to the previous row again. At least this time, it was only a partial of the first block. I wrote a note on row 10 instructions to skip a row to remind me when I pick it up again.

Even though there were more blocks in this row, it seemed to stitch up quicker.

Starting with the block on the right (#1) moving to the left (#19), I used the following threads:

1 – Elegance E800 and Au Ver A Soie 100/3 (2 strands)

2 – Gloriana 261 (2 strands) and Burmillana 3845

3 – Designer’s Dream 002 and DMC #12 Ecru

4 – Wildflowers 000 and Pashmina 261

5 – Soie Cristale 0057 (2 strands) and Treasure Braid Petite PB10

6 – DMC #8 B5200, DMC #12 B5200, and DMC Floche Blanc

7 – Wildflowers 118 and DMC #12 Ecru

8 – Pashmina 000, DMC Floche Blanc, and Soie Cristale 0057 (2 strands)

9 – Wildflowers 100 and Kreinik #4 032C

10 – Wildflowers 000

11 – Soie Cristale 0057 (2 strands) and Designer’s Dream D02

12 – Bella Lusso 001 and DMC Floche Blanc

13 – Wildflowers 000

14 – Silk Lame Braid Petite SP100 and Pashmina 000

15 – Elegance E800 and Wildflowers 118

16 – DMC #8 B5200 and Au Ver A Soie Blanc

17 – Burmilana 3845 and Subtlety Y899

18 – Bella Lusso 001

19 – DMC Floche Blanc and Treasure Braid Petite PB10



Winter Scene Sleigh with Sky and Trees Stitched
January 17, 2019, 2:53 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Winter Scene Sleigh

A few of my ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter members are stitching this Alice Peterson canvas, Winter Scene Sleigh. We’re using the painted canvas as a learning experience as we’ve been doing with other painted canvas. We discuss the differences between two stitch guides.

We all agreed that a non-directional stitch for the sky would be good. So, I went with Parisian. Even though the stitches are placed vertically on the canvas, it is non directional because of staggered placement. A couple of others are going to use alternating continental with 2 threads which will allow some canvas to show through.

The trees are stitched with Trio (T02-white) in Double Stitch which was a stitch recommended for tree trunks in Stitches For Effect by Suzanne Howren and Beth Robertson.

For the sky, I used Caron Waterlilies 74 Storm Clouds which is an overdyed thread with blue-green/grey portions. And, I used the greener area in the center and then reversed the direction of the threads in the outer areas to get a little more blue. Using 2 plies allowed the color of the canvas to show through a little. It’s subtle but I can see the difference.

I’ll have fun going through my stash looking for threads for the packages.

WinterSleigh-Melita