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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

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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.



Patchwork of Peace Begins
November 21, 2018, 11:36 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Patchwork of Peace

I picked up the original book by Mary Clark Donegan and the supplements by Connie Camp a while ago. Now, Buff, one of my ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter members decided to do it too. So, I got energized to start mine!

The original book is great mostly because it is like Stitches for Effect by Suzanne Howren and Beth Robertson giving suggestions about how else to use a stitch. But, Connie’s is better for stitching the flag because diagrams are fully compensated and have been adjusted occasionally to fit next to each other better.

Each block is 16 x 16 threads. And, the design is 304 x 208 threads which is either 17″ x 11.5″ on 18 count or 12&3/4″ x 8&3/4″ on 24 count Congress Cloth.

However, working on larger projects isn’t as fun for me (add 2 inches on all 4 sides and it’s big). So, I decided to work on Congress Cloth which I’ve used a couple of times and isn’t as difficult to stitch on as I expected.

I found plenty of white threads in my stash (which I split into bright white and white) but almost no ecru! So, I headed to Nimble Needle in NJ and got ecru Congress Cloth and had fun with Karen picking up a variety of threads including some interesting ones that I use infrequently or never before (Pashmina, Subtlety, and Soie Perlee).

I think the ecru Congress Cloth will show the white threads better and will not be as visible under the red and blue threads as white Congress Cloth.

Instead of having the blue area of the flag be 7 blocks square, I’m going to make it 8 x 7 to more closely resemble the actual flag. I’d seen David L in the private Facebook group for this design expand the blue and really liked it better. I’m not painting the Congress Cloth with stripes of red or blue. I basted the center column to get me started correctly. Didn’t want to use pencil to grid it because of the white threads. And, didn’t want to waste time basting more of the squares.

One block of the 90 white ones is done (in the upper center area). There are a total of 247 blocks and a border. I won’t get too far ahead of you Buff (I do have other projects started) but you got me motivated!

Our Main Line Stitchers chapter meets this Saturday November 24th from 10 am to 2 pm for a casual Stitch-in Time at Starbucks (218 Lancaster Avenue) in Wayne, PA. Stop by if you’re in the area!