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Metalforms Part 3
January 29, 2018, 12:33 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Metalforms

Three more sections done in the upper left corner. I established the pattern for the block of diagonal rectangles and bars before stitching the band that goes across the whole piece. It made it easier to establish the proper pattern. I wish I would have done that for the other 2 sections that pass behind the band. Oh well!! That diagonal pattern was so tough to see that I diagrammed it on my computer before stitching. I finally got the rhythm as I stitched it. The other 2 sections were easy especially the 9 columns of Fern Stitch.

Just remembered that I can add some backstitch outline. Then, I’ll switch to Embracing Horses for awhile.

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Metalforms Part 2
January 22, 2018, 12:01 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Metalforms

The upper right area around the Jessica circles is Encroaching Gobelin. It took forever (up 2 over 1) which made it perfect for doing as I watched football including our Eagles win twice (albeit not overly impressively last weekend but much better yesterday)!

The new lower left area is Rhodes Half Stitch stitched with Vineyard Silk Shimmer. That thread was surprisingly difficult to work with and felt awful. It’s 100% silk but it doesn’t feel like silky – it feels wiry. It twists up into knots and the ends keep coming apart. Using a shorter length helps. However, not everyone has the same experience – some do and some don’t. Odd!

I hope our Eagles experience the same type of playing in 2 weeks as they did yesterday!!



Name Tags

For quite some time now I’ve had my ANG Main Line Chapter name tag stitched but not finished. Now that I’ve joined the EGA Brandwine Chapter, I stitched their name tag. So, I finished both yesterday. One was on Aida (EGA) and the other (ANG) on canvas. I went through my finishing supplies and found Peel n Stick Fabric Fuse. It’s a roll of 5/8″ permanent adhesive. I mitered the corners, pressed the tape across the back, and applied ultrasuede to the back. I bought a package of 10 pieces of various colors from Adorn by Orna’s website quite some time ago. They are each about 3″ x 5″. It’s not easy to find ultrasuede in a variety of colors and in small amounts. And, it’s so soft and not too thick so you can get a needle through it had I decided to use a binding stitch to attach it.

The EGA one has a pin clasp attached. And, I bought the lanyard from Trish Vine also quite some time ago. I sent her a picture of the ANG name tag and asked her to match the colors. She found the perfect fabric. It reminds me of train tracks and a conductor! We are lucky to have Trish in our ANG Keystone Garden Chapter. That reminds me, I don’t recall ever getting a pattern for their name badge. Only EGA requires that we wear one. I have the ANG Golden Needle Society name badge left to stitch. Here they are.



Coffee Cups
January 19, 2018, 5:22 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Coffee Cups

One program that we introduced to my ANG Main Line Stitchers group is a coffee cup canvas that we will all stitch and give to Starbucks as a thank you for letting us use their conference room for free. The store manager loved the canvas and was very pleased to know we wanted to do this for the store. Since September, we’ve been meeting there still the second Monday of the month at 7 pm but at 218 Lancaster Ave and love the better seating and lighting, the coffee, and treats! Come join us if you have the time.

This design is from The Point of It All and is called “Coffee Cups”! We got it on sale at 45% off from the Seminar shop, Needlepoints West. It is a 13-mesh canvas with a design area of 12¼” x 12¼”. The chapter bought the threads. Linda, Buff, and I chose the threads – single strand Planet Earth silks and matching Kreinik for most of the piece. And, DMC #3 pearl is being couched with one strand of DMC 310 floss on all the curved outlines of the cups. We’re all taking turns passing around the piece stitching 2 cups each. Each person can use whatever stitches they like. I did write up some general guidelines for consistency across all the rims, handles, and coffee in cups. And, I offered some suggestions for a few open laid patterns to allow the canvas to show through some.

Linda stitched the top left white cup/saucer, the top right purple/white cup/saucer, and corresponding backgrounds. I added the green one below Linda’s purple one. And, the green/white cup below Linda’s white one. I used an open pattern on the green one in order to allow the colors of the canvas to show through. Kathy stitched the red cup in the middle and the black border. Patrick stitched the white cup and green (another great open pattern) cup on the bottom right. Everyone is picking great stitches. Who’s next & what will they pick?



Metalforms, Part 1

Both my ANG chapters, Main Line and Keystone, are working on Metalforms by Jeff Kulick. I’m doing the copper on green colorway. 

The border is done except for the backstitch on the inside of the border which I’ll do after stitching the adjacent sections.

I adjusted the coiled cable by separating them by one thread in order to have the paired horizontal cables flow out of each coil symmetrically. My partial diagram is shown. This was a very interesting composite stitch.

P.S. Oops! Just noticed, I forgot to repeat St. Margaret Stitch (horizontal and vertical Gobelin stitches) on the right side of the spring stitches.



PQC Trivets

About a year ago, my ANG Main Line chapter played with “A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That” by Linda Damiani. I had so much fun choosing threads from my stash for the Florentine Star, a 4-way bargello pattern, that I decided to make enough of them to give to my Philadelphia Quartet Club shuffleboard members. And, I’ve been stitching them periodically over the year getting a good number of them done on our vacations this year. They traveled well.

I love the off center star rather than locating the star directly in the center. Each one has an overdyed thread (or two) and then one or two solid colors. No two are identical. I used fusible interfacing to cover the bottom. Then, I placed each in an acrylic trivet that can withstand temps up to 350 degrees. I got the trivets from AllStitch. We followed the Secret Santa rules which allowed people to pick a preferred color scheme. And, I was very happy that everyone loved them. Great times at the PQC!!

 



Making Cording
December 13, 2017, 4:11 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, General comments, Threads

A few weeks ago, Doug Kreinik shared with a group of ERA & DVSHG folks what you can do with the various Kreinik threads. One of them used the cording tool. 

The basics are that for the length of desired cord using 2 threads, you need 3 times as much thread to start with. If you twist 3 or more threads, add 3″ for every extra thread. 

He recommended using a dark green Chenille and red Petite Facets to make a wreath. And, that was the “project” for my ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter Holiday Celebration this past Monday night. Here are my samples. Each one is about 1&1/2″ in diameter. I put one-sided adhesive felt on the back to make a small ornament. But, it could have couched onto a Christmas design or stocking too.