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Patchwork of Peace Row 11 Red
May 17, 2019, 4:49 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Patchwork of Peace

The Diagonal Victorian Step stitch in Block 6 (from the left) was tricky. I really had to move along stitching the unit which Connie conveniently highlighted in the diagram. And, even with that, I was very appreciative of seeing the compensation diagrammed for me.

I used just 1 strand of silk on Blocks 5, 6, and 9 which provided full coverage because of the stitches (Oblong Cross, Diagonal Victorian Steps, and Alternating Slanted Gobelin, respectively).

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

1 – Pepper Pot Silk 018 (2 plus not laid) and Pepper Pot Silk 017 (1 ply)

2 – Silk Lame Braid Petite SP08 and Needlepoint Inc Silk 503 (2 strands)

3 – Kreinik #8 Braid 003V and Bella Lusso 764

4 – Planet Earth 6 ply Silk 1005 (2 strands) and Elegance E800

5 – Splendor S820

6 – Planet Earth 6 ply Silk 1009

7 – Pepper Pot Silk 018 (2 plys not laid)

8 – Soie d’ Alger 4624 (2 strands) and Kreinik #8 Braid 421

9 – Au Ver A Soie 100/3 SMS 499

10 – Splendor S820 and Splendor S1005

11 – Needlepoint Inc Silk 502 (2 strands) and Kreinik #8 Braid 061

12 – Bella Lusso 764 and Entice E239 and

13 – Soie d’ Alger 4624 (2 strands)

14 – Elegance E800 and Silk Lame Braid Petite SP08

15 – Au Ver A Soie 100/3 SMS 499 and Kreinik #8 Braid 061

16 – Pepper Pot Silk 018 (1 ply) and Pepper Pot Silk 017 (1 ply)

17 – Splendor S1005 (2 strands) and Kreinik #8 Braid 5505

18 – Planet Earth 6 ply Silk 1005 (2 strands)

19 – Bella Lusso 764

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Patchwork of Peace, Row 9 Red
May 2, 2019, 6:32 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Patchwork of Peace

Several blocks required the the use of alternating threads which meant keeping 2 needles working. Since I prefer to finish out a thread, this was good practice. I don’t know why I haven’t been using 2 needles more often before this row but it seemed to go well enough that I’ll keep it up as I move to row 11.

Block 5 (from the right) required some careful ripping using tweezers. The dark Kreinik 061 had to come out because the checker board effect was so prominent that your eye was drawn to that one square.

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

1 – Bella Lusso 764, Au Ver A Soie 100/3 SMS 499 (2 strands), and Pepper Pot Silk 018

2 – Entice E239 and Planet Earth 6 ply Silk 1009 (2 strands)

3 – Needlepoint Inc Silk 502 and Needlepoint Inc Silk 503

4 – Pepper Pot Silk 017

5 – Elegance E800 and Kreinik #8 Braid 5505

6 – Kreinik #8 Braid 5505 and Planet Earth 6 ply Silk 1005 (2 strands)

7 – Pepper Pot Silk 018 and Bella Lusso 764 (2 strands)

8 – Soie d’ Alger 4624 (2 strands) and Entice E239

9 – Elegance E820 and Au Ver A Soie 100/3 SMS 499

10 – Silk Lame Braid Petite SP08 and Splendor S1005

11 – Bella Lusso 764 (2 strands) and Splendor S820 (2 strands)

12 – Planet Earth 6 ply Silk 1005 (2 strands) and 239 and Planet Earth 6 ply Silk 1009

13 – Soie d’ Alger 4624 (2 strands) and Kreinik #8 Braid 003V

14 – Au Ver A Soie 100/3 SMS 499 (2 strands) and Kreinik #8 Braid 061

15 – Bella Lusso 764

16 – Silk Lame Braid Petite SP08 and Splendor S1005 (2 strands)

17 – Pepper Pot Silk 018 (1 ply) and Kreinik #8 Braid 5505

18 – Needlepoint Inc Silk 502 (2 strands) and Needlepoint Inc Silk 503 (2 strands)

19 – Planet Earth 6 ply Silk 1009 (2 strands)



Patchwork of Peace, Row 7 Red
April 19, 2019, 10:48 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Patchwork of Peace

This is such a fun way to do a stitch sampler.

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 1005

2 – Splendor S820 (2 strands) and Kreinik #8 Braid 421

3 – Pepper Pot Silk 017 (1 ply) and Elegance E820

4 – Bella Lusso 764 and Needlepoint Inc Silk 502 (2 strands)

5 – Au Ver A Soie 100/3 SMS 499 (2 strands) and Entice E239

6 – Pepper Pot Silk 018 (2 plys, not laid) and Kreinik #8 Braid 003V

7 – Needlepoint Inc Silk 503 (2 strands)

8 – Kreinik #8 Braid 5505, Planet Earth 6 ply Silk 1009 (2 strands), Elegance E800

9 – Soie d’ Alger 4624 (2 strands) and Kreinik #8 Braid 003V

10 – Pepper Pot Silk 018 (2 plys laid) and Silk Lame Braid Petite SP08

11 – Splendor S1005 (2 strands) and Splendor S820 (2 strands)



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



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: