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Patchwork of Peace, Row 12 White
February 25, 2019, 10:08 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, General comments, Patchwork of Peace, Threads

The white rows are completed! There are 24 threads used in the 90 different blocks.

Looking at the blocks up close allows you to see the different textures. But, from afar, you can only see the change in color from very white to white to ecru.

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

1 – Elegance E800 and Soie Perlee SPS694

2 – Bella Lusso 001 and Treasure Braid Petite PB10

3 – Gloriana 261 (2 strands) and Gloriana 0057 (2 strands)

4 – Impressions 100 and DMC Floche Blanc (2 strands)

5 – Pashmina 000 (2 strands)

6 – Subtlety Y899 and Silk Lame Braid Petite SP100

7 – DMC Floche Blanc and Sparkle Braid SK06

8 – DMC Perle #8 Ecru, DMC Perle #12 Ecru, and Burmilana 3845

9 – Soie Cristale 0057 (2 strands) and Impressions 118

10 – Soie Perlee SPS694

11 – Au Ver A Soie 100/3 Blanc (2 strands), Elegance E800, and Kreinik #4 Braid 032C

12 – Designer’s Dream D02 (2 strands) and Pashmina 261 (2 strands)

13 – DMC Perle #8 B5200, DMC Floche Blanc, and Treasure Braid Petite PB10

14 – Burmilana 3845 (2 strands) and Gloriana 261 (2 strands)

15 – Wildflowers 100 and DMC Floche Blanc (2 strands)

16 – Elegance E800 and Gloriana 261 (2 strands)

17 – Soie Cristale 0057 (2 strands)

18 – Kreinik #8 Braid 102, Subtlety Y899, and Wildflowers 000

19 – Wildflowers 100 and DMC Floche Blanc

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Milanese Pinwheel Ornament
February 19, 2019, 9:34 am
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments, Melita's Designs

There was some thread left over from the Floche Star Ornament and I had this small photo ornament (opening of 1 & 3/4″ diameter) just waiting for something.

I drew a circle on the canvas as large as the paper with the fake photo that came in the face of the ornament.

Sandra Arthur’s Shapes of Needlepoint, Series I, includes stitches for circles and the Milanese Pinwheel stitch is the largest at 22 x 22 canvas threads.

For the red background, I intentionally rotated the canvas to stitch acute triangles of basketweave using DMC Perle Cotton #5 (321) in different directions to add some interest. I learned that is called directional rotation from teacher/designer Diane Hermann.

Using a frame ornament like this, you can’t have thick thread near the edges or fold back the edges to secure them because it won’t close completely. So, I used 4 strands of Kreinik Silk Mori (1114) a Diagonal Weave stitch (see Painted Canvas Embellishment: An Idea Book by Carole Lake and Michael Boren.

I cut close up to where I had stitched without cutting the stitching. The ornament is not going to get opened up often to worry about finishing the edges any better. That made finishing really easy and inexpensive (it’s a $3 frame ornament from Big Lots).



Floche Star Ornament
My ANG Keystone Garden chapter gave us a free project (Floche and canvas) adapted from Marion Scoular’s Star Sapphire Four-way Florentine Box Insert from Needlepoint Now July/August 1999.

I didn’t see the stitches over 5 canvas threads in the top and bottom of the centers until I’d stitched 2 diamonds!

Then, I realized that I didn’t have enough thread to do that portion over again. But, I really didn’t like using 4 threads anyway. It seemed too bulky even though it looks ok in the picture.

So, I went to 3 threads which laid nicely with good coverage and I had enough to finish it.

When I switched directions moving up/down, I took a single vertical stitch over 1 canvas thread to maintain proper pull better. Basically, it is a tuck stitch that gets covered up by an over 4 stitch anyway. I also anchored the last stitch that way before moving a quarter turn to continue with the same thread. And, I anchored the first stitch in the new area to get the proper pull and get better/stronger coverage on the back.

Trish Vine wrote out and showed pictures of how to finish it. And, I did! The wonder clips worked great to hold the folded edges as I stitched the edges together. I just wasn’t up for tackling the twisted cord machine since I haven’t used it in awhile.


Silk Luster Leaf Exercise Kit

When I saw Karen at Nimble Needle had a Silk Luster Leaf Exercise Kit at the 2018 New Jersey Needle Festival, I didn’t know why I needed it but now I do. This works right in with a thread project that I started in October for my ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter.

Access Commodities has an instructional booklet on their website to go with the kit. The kit contains Trebizond, Soie d’Alger, Soie de Paris, Soie Gobelins, Soie 100/3, and Soie Perlee. Threads are all green. First, I made the outline using my “Purple Pen” with disappearing ink. I had carefully cut out the stem and the veins from a paper copy and used it like a stencil. That looked good. So, I used my ZIG Fabricolor green marker that I got in a previous class. Easy! The threads are green and I’ll be sure to cover the lines anyway.

Both the slipperier the thread and the more strands needed (3 or 4) for proper coverage made it harder to lay the threads. Working with Soie d’ Alger was the easiest. I’ll probably finish the leaf on a long wrapped wire and place in a bowl of artificial flowers.

silk luster leaf

Join us Monday, February 11 at 7 PM in the conference room at Starbucks in Wayne (218 Lancaster Ave). I’ll be sharing 2 new threads.



Patchwork of Peace, Row 10 White

The part I like best about stitching this piece is having so many small areas to stitch which allows me to experiment with different thread combinations within a single square and I’m getting to stitch patterns I’ve never stitched before.

So far, my two favorite combinations are the first square on the right in the bottom row I just finished (Grounding):

and third row from the top fourth square in from the right (Escalator):

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

1 – Soie Perlee SPS694 and Au Ver A Soie 100/3 Blanc

2 – DMC Perle #8 B5200, Treasure Braid Petite PB10 (2 strands), and Wildflowers 000

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

4 – Wildflowers 118 and Silk Lame Braid Petite SP100

5 – Soie Perlee SPS694 and Pashmina 261

6 – Elegance E800 and Sparkle Braid SK06

7 – Wildflowers 000

8 – Wildflowers 100 and DMC Floche Blanc

9 – Soie Cristale 0057 (2 strands)

10 – Pashmina 261 and Kreinik #8 Braid 102

11 – Bella Lusso 001

12 – Wildflowers 000 and DMC Perle #12 B5200

13 – Gloriana 261, Elegance E800, and Sparkle Braid SK06

14 – DMC Perle #8 B5200

15 – Wildflowers 118 and Soie Cristale 0057 (2 strands)

16 – Subtlety Y899

17 – Designer’s Dream D02 and Silk Lame Braid Petite SP100

18 – Burmilana 3845 and Bella Lusso 001

19 – DMC Floche Blanc

I finished my 12″ square design from the class with Kathy Rees (it goes to the framer, then to exhibit at Seminar, then it’ll get posted on my blog). There are still enough threads to stitch another small design. But, it’s not enough threads to warrent storage in my Bohicket Road bag. So, I moved my white/ecru threads into it. Fantastic bag! And, it made organizing fun.

Row 10 white stitched:



Sandy Arthur Class at Rittenhouse Needlepoint
February 2, 2019, 11:26 pm
Filed under: Beading and Ribbon-Sandy Arthur, Rittenhouse Needlepoint

Yesterday, Linda and I made a trip to Rittenhouse Needlepoint for some threads. I enjoyed helping Linda find silk threads to replace cotton floss for a project of hers. The subtle variations in color are endless. Luckily, Rittenhouse has a variety of silks to choose from and we are lucky to be so close to the store.

I picked up 2 skeins of new threads they stock now but that’ll be the subject of another post.

What I want share here are the demo samples of what we’ll learn during Sandy Arthur’s classes on beads and ribbons the first weekend in April. We’re (Linda and I) not taking the third class on hairdos. Nor are we following her to Stitch-Stash in Rehoboth, DE for a lovely red, white, and blue basket although the condensed pilot class regarding “Conventional Techniques Using Unconventional Resources” sounds intriguing. There is probably room in all classes if you are interested-just call the store (s). And, here’s a link to Sandy’s blog: sandyarthur.blogspot.com or http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2019/01/face-2-face-appearances-time-for-us-to.html?m=1

This will be my first classes with Sandy and I’m sure I’m going to enjoy them as Sandy is just a fantastic lady and she knows beads and ribbons!!