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Blanton’s Bottle Progress
February 22, 2020, 8:13 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Blanton's Bottle

There was a nice turn out for today’s Main Line Stitch-in with a surprise Show ‘n Tell from 3 members. I’m gathering photos of pieces to send to the graphic artist who will create our advertising postcard featuring a couple of pieces for our month-long exhibit at the Media Arts Council Gallery which will be starting July 11. It’s open to the public.

Today, I continued with the Woven stitch using 2 strands of Bijoux Tiger Eye MMT482 on the Blanton’s canvas. The open stitch and thin thread allows the colors of the canvas to show through. Since I really didn’t understand the white areas, I am happy that they are much less apparent. Next month, Saturday March 28, I should finish the glass bottle.

Please join us any fourth Saturday of the month from 11 am – 3 pm at Starbucks in Wayne, PA (218 Lancaster Ave).

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Barbara’s Patchwork, Areas D and E
February 7, 2020, 11:14 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Barbara's Patchwork

One of the counted projects for my ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter is ANG’s Stitch of the Month (SOTM) from 1999, Barbara’s Patchwork. Somehow I forgot to post Area D but it’s appropriate to post in the Rhodes Hearts in February. And, the upper right Area E finished out the inner square and created balance within the area by being dense like the lower left Area C while the upper left Area B and lower right Area D are more open.

Please join us February 9 (always the second Monday of the month from 7-9 pm) at Starbucks in Wayne, PA (218 Lancaster Ave). After Show and Tell, we’ll be discussing the next section of Barbara’s Patchwork, Crescent Journey, and Vases. Even if you’re not stitching these pieces, there are interesting discussions about color choices and stitch selections.



Blanton’s Bottle, Glass
January 25, 2020, 5:59 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Blanton's Bottle

Despite heavy rain several ANG Main Line Stitchers showed up for today’s Stitch-in. I had gotten several good suggestions for open stitches at my chapter meeting. Jane at Chilly Hollow had left a comment also suggesting a thin metallic in an open stitch.

So, I went with Woven using 2 strands of Bijoux Tiger Eye MMT482. This Bijoux has some gold and some reddish areas throughout the thread (that isn’t coming through in the photo). I’m using 2 strands and the colors don’t always line up. It’s really turning out well. Looks justs like a deep bourbon colored liquid in a glass bottle.



Vase 2 of 5 Vases by Sharon G
December 29, 2019, 1:36 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Vases, Sharon G

Several members of my ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter have now joined several of us who took a class with Sharon G for her painted canvas, Vases with Curly Bamboo, at Nimble Needle of NJ a few years ago (2012). Original class members have Sharon G’s stitch guide and I’m using her recommended stitches (with a slight alteration of the beads near the black tassel).
Now, we have stitch guides by Amy Bunger and Tony Minieri to learn how different stitch guide writers approach the same painted canvas. These will be discussed every other month (December, February, etc) to give people a chance to stitch a vase before discussing the next one. The last session will review the background and border. We are not copying the stitch guides. Each person has their own or can take notes regarding the other stitch guides.

My first vase was finally done by March 2017. The little bits done on the other vases was done in class. I’m done with Vase 2. After stitching the Diamond straight stitch pattern, I had to get out the magnifying glass to see where to fill in the 2 strands of Bijoux 415 (really tough to get a photo to show the sparkle but 2 stitches fall between the beads on the diagonal). Then, I could see where to put the burgandy Sundance beads 460A. There are two rows of beads on the top rim. Sharon recommended two rows for the lower band near the tassel but I alternated beads on the diagonal with black Kreinik #4 Braid 005 because the cord of the tassel needed to appear to go around the vase. The tassel was supposed to be long stitches that ray out from the top but I couldn’t get that to gather how I wanted. So, I made some shorter stitches to fill in the bottom sides and long ones in the center. The two strings of 5 beads each lay across the long threads nicely looking like they are gathered.

Close up photo.

I’m looking forward to see what others have done with the burgundy vase.

Yesterday, I made great progress on the blue vase at our Saturday Stitch-in (4th Saturday of the month).

Please join us any second Monday of the month from 7-9 pm at Starbucks in Wayne, PA (218 Lancaster Ave).



Barbara’s Patchwork Area C
December 8, 2019, 10:03 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, ANG SOTM 1999 Barbara's Patchwork

One of the counted projects for my ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter is ANG’s Stitch of the Month (SOTM) from 1999, Barbara’s Patchwork. Everyone’s is looking great.

Unlike Area B, most of Area C is covered but there are some open areas. So, watching where threads start and end is important. I started the base, Elongated Cross stitch, in Area A near the upper left corner with a 30” thread so that I would not need to start again. That long length of thread will not get stressed (excess wear) because they are such large crosses. My only change was from two plies to one ply for the last 4 elongated crosses (those that are vertically oriented located between the irregular Smyrna stitches).

Area C Melita

Please join us December 9 (always the second Monday of the month from 7-9 pm) at Starbucks in Wayne, PA (218 Lancaster Ave).



Barbara’s Patchwork Area B
November 8, 2019, 6:59 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Barbara's Patchwork

One of the counted projects for my ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter is ANG’s Stitch of the Month (SOTM) from 1999, Barbara’s Patchwork. There a nice variety of colors going on.

This is the next area, a composite pattern looking like a patch of flowers to me. It was a little tricky to stitch without threads showing through. I either passed the thread through the outline or started and ended within the motif.

And, one more person signed up for my Crescent Journey! And, one woman is stitching on a black canvas. This month will reveal everyone’s center motif with 6 stitches.

We’ve got the projector and speaker going again and are watching Tony Minieri and Amy Bunger Back to Basics DVDs alternating months with discussing Vases, a Sharon G painted canvas. Doing both was just too much in 2 hours. This month, we are starting Part 3 and will take 20 minutes to look at The Canvas, Compensation, and 3 Filling Patterns (Burden, Double Burden, and a Composite Couching Pattern).

Please join us November 11 (always the second Monday of the month from 7-9 pm) at Starbucks in Wayne, PA (218 Lancaster Ave).



Crescent Journey Alternative to Trebizond
October 17, 2019, 9:54 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Crescent Journey

One of my ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter members asked about a thread substitution for Trebizond in Crescent Journey.

You wouldn’t want to use anything stranded (although as soon as I say it, I wonder what would happen except take a lot longer to stitch).

Trebizond is a twisted silk thread somewhere between a #8 and a #5 perle in size/weight. You get a nice sheen with the Silk but enough with DMC Perle cotton. Other than DMC, I thought to try Vineyard Silk Classic.

So, I decided to see how they work with the main stitches.

  • Vineyard Silk Classic (gray) top
  • DMC Perle #5 (brown)
  • DMC Perle #8 (white)
  • Trebizond (white) bottom
DMC Perle #5 is the heaviest (probably too much as sometimes multiple stitches will share holes), Vineyard is medium, DMC Perle #8 is the least heavy, and Trebizond falls between the last two. Either Vinyard or DMC Perle #8 should work. So, it comes down to personal preference. Do you think of something different?

Here are my stitched samples.