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Patchwork of Peace, Row 3 Red

Entice is not my favorite thread mainly because it frays badly. I will only use it once per row. In the 10th block from the right, I was using it for the bottom large oblong x but found it was too bulky. So, I thinned the thread down by pulling out 2 rayon strands and 1 polyester strand leaving 3 rayon and 3 polyester strands. I’ve also removed strands from Silk Lame Braid for 18 count which is a combination of silk, rayon, and metalized polyester and is a thread that I much prefer to use. Silk Lame Braid Petite is a similar combination but different percentages, thinner, and also just as nice of a thread to use.

Starting with the block on the right (#1) moving to the left (#11), I used the following threads:

1 – Elegance E820

2 – Planet Earth 6 Ply Silk 1005 (2 strands)

3 – Bella Lusso 764 and Kreinik #8 Braid 061

4 – Pepper Pot Silk 018 (1 ply) and Kreinik #8 Braid 061

5 – Pepper Pot Silk 017 (2 plys) and Needlepoint Inc Silk 503 (3 strands)

6 – Planet Earth 6 ply Silk 1009 and Kreinik #8 Braid 5505

7 – Needlepoint Inc Silk 502 (2 strands) and Silk Lame Braid Petite SP08

8 – Elegance E820

9 – Au Ver A Soie 100/3 499 (2 strands) and Soie d’ Alger 4624 (2 strands)

10 – Entice E239 and Planet Earth 6 ply Silk 1005

11 – Bella Lusso 764

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Patchwork of Peace, Row 1 Red

It’s great to use reds and having no issues working with fewer thread options than I had with white. They fit in half of the Bohicket Bag.

I didn’t like the white showing through too much and there are a few stitch patterns open enough to want to color the canvas. Luckily, I had a perfect red Copic sketch marker (R29 Lipstick Red). So, I am going to cover just those blocks that wouldn’t be fully covered by stitches being very careful with the fine tip end not to touch the adjacent threads. The outer edge will be covered by a gold border but I have to be way more careful when I use the marker on the inner rows of the canvas.

Starting with the block on the right (#1) moving to the left (#11), I used the following threads:

1 – Bella Lusso 764 and Planet Earth 6 Ply Silk 1009 (2 strands)

2 – Au Ver A Soie 100/3 SMS499 (2 strands) and Splendor S1005 (2 strands)

3 – Kreinik #8 Braid 5505 and Planet Earth 6 Ply Silk 1009 (2 strands)

4 – Pepper Pot Silk 017 (1 ply) and Silk Lame Braid Petite SP08

5 – Needlepoint Inc Silk 502 (2 strands)

6 – Entice E239 and Splendor S820 (2 strands)

7 – Elegance E820 and Planet Earth 6 Ply Silk 1005 (2 strands)

8 – Pepper Pot Silk 018 (2 plys) and Kreinik #8 Braid 061

9 – Bella Lusso 764 and Planet Earth 6 Ply Silk 1005 (2 strands)

10 – Pepper Pot Silk 017 (1 ply) and Kreinik #8 Braid 003V

11 – Soie d’ Alger 4624 (2 strands) and Au Ver A Soie 100/3 499 (2 strands)



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



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:



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



Patchwork of Peace, Row 4 White
December 15, 2018, 1:13 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Patchwork of Peace

I was trying to stitch a block a day. But, I ran into a snag. You may be able to see where I had to remove blocks 1 through 9 in between the 2 white rows. Yes, it took me 9 blocks to realize that I didn’t skip a row for the red stripe. At least I didn’t finish the row and the blocks restitched faster the second time around.

Starting with the block on the right (#1) moving to the left (#11), I used the following threads:

1 – Wikdflowers 000 and 118

2 – DMC #8 B5200, DMC Floche Blanc, and Kreinik 032C

3 – Wildflowers 000 and Soie Perlee 694

4 – Gloriana 0057 and Silk Lame Braid Petite SP100

5 – Pashmina 000 and Elegance E800

6 – Bella Lusso 001 and DMC Floche Blanc

7 – Pashmina 261 and DMC #8 Ecru

8 – Trebizond 125

9 – Burmillana 3845 and Au Ver A Soie

10 – Wildflowers 118 and Elegance E800

11 – Wildflowers 000 and Gloriana 261



Patchwork of Peace, Row 2-White
December 1, 2018, 12:13 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Patchwork of Peace

I thought I’d try to stitch a block a day. At this rate, I’ll be done July 26, 2019. But, finishing on July 4 would be nice. Or, September 2, 2019 for Labor Day. I think Memorial Day would be overly optimistic. We’ll see how it goes.

Starting with the block on the right (#1) moving to the left (#11), I used the following threads:

1 – DMC #8 Ecru and DMC Floche Blanc

2 – Soie Cristale 0057 and Renaissance Delight Shimmerlite 01

3 – DMC Floche Blanc and DMC #8 B5200

4 – Designers Dream D02 and Treasure Braid Petite PB10

5 – Wikdflowers 000 and Silk Lame Braid Petite SP100

6 – Trebizond 125, Pashmina 000, and Pashmina 261

7 – Renaissance Delight Shimmerlite 01, Bella Lusso 001, and Burmilana 3845

8 – Soie Cristale 0057 and Treasure Braid Petite PB10

9 – Subtlety 4899

10 – DMC Floche Blanc and Sparkle Braid SK06

11 – Gloriana 261 and Wildflowers 000

Most of the time, when I stitch over one canvas thread, I repeat the stitch for better coverage.

Very easy to follow the instructions from the supplements (Connie sells them at Nashville Needleworks) and a fun way to try different stitches.