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Patchwork of Peace Row 4 Blue
July 13, 2019, 7:01 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Patchwork of Peace

Maybe because these rows of blue are shorter but I find myself planning what threads are used more carefully than what I did for the red and white rows. I don’t want to clump colors or thread types together.

The Reverse Cashmere (Block 14, 3rd blue block from the right) creates small diamond shapes where you can see the holes. You can’t see through them as I made sure my pathway covered the holes from below. It’s another very subtle pattern and the opening could fit a small bead, if beads were desired. There won’t be any beads on this piece.

The Diagonal Scotch/Byzantine Variation (Block 15, 4th blue block from the right) needs a larger area to better appreciate the pattern. Only the center diagonal stripe shows it.

The Giant Rice pattern (Block 16, 5th blue block from the right) could have been stitched in 2 contrasting colors rather than just 2 contrasting fibers to show off the pattern more.

Starting with the blue block on the right (#12) moving to the left (#19), I used the following threads (1 strand unless noted):

12 – Kreinik #12 Braid 051HL and Merino Wool 98L/45622 (2 strands)

13 – Elegance E862 and Bijoux MMT427 (4 strands)

14 – Soie Crystale 7041 (2 strands)

15 – Pebbly Perle P07 (2 strands) and Au Ver A Soie 100/3 SMS510 (2 strands)

16 – Entice E212 (2 rayon and 1 polyester filaments removed) and Bella Lusso 540

17 – Entice E255 (2 rayon and 1 polyester filaments removed) and Splendor S965 (2 strands)

18 – Wildflowers 0076

19 – Planet Earth 6 ply Silk 1105

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Patchwork of Peace Row 3 Blue
July 4, 2019, 11:07 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Patchwork of Peace

Using 1 strand on 2 blocks in row 3 really turned out nicely because a little bit of canvas shows through. Otherwise, it would have been a solid appearance because I didn’t contrast the colors. I wonder what using 1 strand in more squares back in the red and white blocks would have looked like. Maybe I am getting more comfortable with open stitches.

This Cashmere Variation (Block 16, 5th blue block from the right) incorporated a Smyrna stitch using a single strand.

This Couching Variation (Block 17, 6th blue block from the right) used 2 strands to couch but the stitches were offset creating some open space.

The Sleeping Oblong Cross is particularly attractive with one thread. I used 2 initially but made a stitching error, ripped, and restitched with a single strand.

Starting with the blue block on the right (#12) moving to the left (#19), I used the following threads (1 strand unless noted):

12 – Splendor S858 (2 strands), Elegance E862, and Bijoux MMT427 (4 strands)

13 – Bella Lusso 540, Planet Earth 6 ply Silk 1105 (2 strands), and Splendor S965

14 – Pebbly Perle P07 and Wildflowers 0076

15 – Entice E255 (2 rayon and 1 polyester filaments removed) and Entice E212 (2 rayon and 1 polyester filaments removed)

16 – Bijoux MMT427 (2 strands) and Au Ver A Soie 100/3 SMS510

17 – Splendor S1002 (2 strands) and Kreinik #12 Braid 051HL

18 – Splendor S965 (2 strands)

19 – Pebbly Perle P58 and Planet Earth 6 ply Silk 1106 (2 strands)

We didn’t enjoy watching the Phillies slip into 3rd place in the division. So, that made the opera singer who sung the National Anthem the highlight of the game! I did take a break from the game to sit outside on my front steps and watched some fireworks including some of the higher ones from Penn’s Landing. Happy 4th of July!!



Patchwork of Peace Row 2 Blue
July 1, 2019, 10:34 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Patchwork of Peace

In honor of 4th of July, I’m posting an update today and will be working on the next row! Thanks to all the service members past and present.

The wavy part of the Couching Variation (Block 12, 1st blue block from the right) was fun to stitch and I like the effect of the pattern. More than just a little bit of the canvas shows which I didn’t care for. So, I added a single strand of Splendor under the laid thread which helped a little. The wavy part used differently could be even more interesting. Maybe fill areas with beads or staggered to look like water.

Then, the adjacent Slanted Gobelin Variation (Block 13, 2nd blue block from the right) looked too heavy using Entice as it comes off the card. So, I removed 2 rayon and 1 polyester filaments from the strand (gently pull each out separately). I did the same thing with Entice used in Block 18, 2nd blue block from the left.

The Alternating Oblong Cross (Block 19, 1st blue block from the left) has just a little canvas showing a non-direction pattern.

Starting with the blue block on the right (#12) moving to the left (#19), I used the following threads (1 strand unless noted):

12 – Planet Earth 6 ply Silk 1105 (2 strands), Au Ver A Soie 100/3 SMS510 (2 strands), Merino Wool 98R/45622, and Splendor S965

13 – Entice E255 (2 rayon and 1 polyester filaments removed)

14 – Splendor S1002 (2 strands) and Bijoux MMT427 (4 strands)

15 – Bella Lusso 540 and Soie Cristale 7041 (2 strands)

16 – Elegance E862 and Wildflowers 0076

17 – Splendor S858 (2 strands), Pebbly Perle P07 (2 strands), and Kreinik #12 Braid 051HL

18 – Entice E212 (2 rayon and 1 polyester filaments removed) and Splendor S965 (2 strands)

19 – Planet Earth 6 ply Silk 1106



Patchwork of Peace Row 1 Blue
June 23, 2019, 11:15 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Patchwork of Peace

It’s been a month since I worked on this! I still want to finish by Labor Day. But, each row is short. So, not a problem.

As you can see, I colored the whole area with a light blue copic marker B00, Frost Blue, just in case there are some open stitch patterns.

The Crossed Gobelin (Block 16, 5th blue block from the right) was fun to stitch and I like the effect of the pattern. Just a little bit of the canvas shows. Looks like a good water or sky stitch.

Starting with the blue block on the right (#12) moving to the left (#19), I used the following threads (1 strand unless noted):

12 – Entice E212

13 – Pebbly Perle P07 and Pebbly Perle P58

14 – Merino Wool 98R/45622

15 – Splendor S965 (2 strands)

16 – Bella Lusso 540

17 – Planet Earth 6 ply Silk 1106 (2 strands) and Bijoux MMT437 (4 strands)

18 – Planet Earth 6 ply Silk 1105

19 – Elegance E862



Patchwork of Peace Row 13 Red
May 24, 2019, 8:00 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Patchwork of Peace

Just in time to post for the Memorial Day weekend! All the red rows are done now!

For the bottom row, the instructions called for 2 blocks to put the date and your initials and one block of basketweave. But, I didn’t want to do that.

So, for the first block (from the right), I basketweaved a star and the last block (on the left), I basketweaved a heart. Every flag needs at least one star. And, the heart is because I love stitching this piece and I love the USA. For the second to last block, I created a Staggered Mosaic Variation. Using a different color especially for the small cross stitch would make them more evident. The 3 patterns are diagrammed below.

Heart to Star

Block 8 has an additional upright cross between the Half Rhodes for more coverage.

Au Ver A Soie 100/3 is a single ply highly twisted spun silk. Of the threads used so far, it has a different looking texture that I really like. It becomes more evident on longer stitches such as Block 11 (from the left) but can be seen with shorter stitches if you look closely as in Block 14 and 18. The Access Commodity website says that it would take 4 strands to cover on 18 count.

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

1 – Needlepoint Inc Silk 502 (3 strands) and Needlepoint Inc Silk 503 (2 strands)

2 – Elegance E820, Au Ver A Soie 100/3 SMS 499, and Pepper Pot Silk 017 (1 ply)

3 – Entice E239 and Bella Lusso 764

4 – Pepper Pot Silk 018 (1 ply) and Planet Earth 6 ply Silk 1005 (2 strands)

5 – Splendor S820 (2 strands) and Kreinik #8 Braid 5505

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

7 – Silk Lame Braid Petite SP08 and Splendor S1005

8 – Soie d’ Alger 4624 (2 strands) and Bella Lusso 764

9 – Needlepoint Inc Silk 502 (1 strand) and Needlepoint Inc Silk 503 (1 strand)

10 – Splendor S1005 (2 strands)

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

12 – Elegance E820 and Kreinik #8 Braid 003V

13 – Pepper Pot Silk 018 (1 ply), Soie d’ Alger 4624 (2 strands), and Kreinik #8 Braid 061

14 – Bella Lusso 764, Au Ver A Soie 100/3 SMS 499 (2 strands), and Kreinik #8 Braid 5505

15 – Splendor S820 (2 strands) and Elegance E820

16 – Needlepoint Inc Silk 502 (2 strands) and Kreinik #8 Braid 421

and Pepper Pot Silk 017 (1 ply)

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

18 – Au Ver A Soie 100/3 SMS 499 (2 strands), Silk Lame Braid Petite SP08, and Soie d’ Alger 4624 (2 strands)

19 – Needlepoint Inc Silk 502 (3 strands) and Needlepoint Inc Silk 503 (2 strands)

Looking forward to getting into the blue threads!

Happy Holidays to all and especially our military and veterans.



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 strand unless noted):

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 E820

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



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 strand unless noted):

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 E820 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)