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Blue Heart of Hearts
May 13, 2019, 12:36 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Hearts of Hospice

This design is Heart of Hearts by Barbara Richardson from Needlepoint Now Jan/Feb 2019 issue in my thread choices. I’m stitching it for the ANG Greater Kansas City Needlepoint Guild’s Hearts for Hospice project.

I started stitching this on the Stitcher’s Escapes Cruise to Bermuda and finished it over the weekend. It’s easy stitching and travels well. Threads include: Rainbow Tweed RT59, Splendor S860 and S861, Burmilana 3910, and Gloriana Nightshadow Blue Med 202W4.

Blue Heart NN BR-Melita


Lotus Kimono, Stems and Small Flowers
May 12, 2019, 2:30 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Lotus Kimono

It’s been awhile since I pulled out Lotus Kimono by Lee (SPM 279) to work but we’re trying to wrap up our painted canvas stitch guide comparisons. One Main Line Stitchers Chapter member is stitching it based on a stitch guide from Fireside Stitchery and another from Amy Bunger. I am selecting my own threads and stitches.

For the red and blue flowers, I used long and short stitch from what I found in the Needlepoint Now July/August 2018 issue. I hadn’t seen it diagrammed on canvas with such short stitches. They are over 2, 3, or 4. And, I angled them according to each petal. The red is Needlepoint Inc Silk (NIS) Scarlet 501 and 501A, NIS Melon 571, and NIS Moonlight Pastel 877. There are 5 blues in the package of Chameleon Shades of Africa Two Oceans. The white for both flowers is Chameleon Spilt Milk 77. Chameleon is Au Ver a Soie hand-dyed in South Africa. I used 2 threads on the small upright bulbs but will use 3 threads on the red blooming flower and 4 threads on the blue blooming flower to see if I can create some depth. The large blooming flowers are not stitched yet. They’ll be next!

The gold around the leaves is Kreinik #4 Braid 002V couched with the same thread for the 2 small bulbs. For the 2 blooming flowers, Kreinik #8 Braid 002V will be couched with Kreinik #4 Braid 002V. I’ll have to get more Kreinik because all the green leaves need edging too. I still have to decide couching or outline/stem stitch for that part.

The stems are diagonal gobelin stitches using Gloriana Summer Foliage 096 (2 stands on the 3 right ones and 3 stands on all the left ones). Each side of the stems has an irregular Thorn Stitch. I modified the stitch from Jo Ippolito Christensen’s The Needlepoint Book, 2nd Edition to follow the canvas.

Melita LotusKimono

Stitchers’ Escapes to Bermuda Cruise
May 9, 2019, 1:51 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Stitchers Escape Cruise

Jean Farish and her daughters put together a wonderful cruise to Bermuda. We had quite an impressive swag bag, including a magnet from Diane Hermann from Walking the Water’s Edge (I didn’t take her class because I already did and gave it away as a retirement gift). They reserved seats at shows for us and kept us well informed before and during the cruise of what to expect.

Everyone was so nice. We met folks from all over the US and Canada. I even ran into Kathy from Apple Needlepointers in central PA (who I’d met before when Carol T and others visited Nimble Needle of NJ)! Small world.

The conference room divided into 2 rooms. So, half was for classes and the other was a stitching room with great natural and overhead lighting. And, a great view.

On the way down, Linda and I enjoyed an afternoon of stitching. And, on the way home, it was fun to sit with Linda, Buff, and Kristen as we stitched. I always enjoy time with my stitching buddies! Both times, we chatted with others and admired the variety of pieces people were working on. I would have gotten there another afternoon but I was too tired to walk from my room after golfing. Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas is a huge ship! We hope we found a new member, Jennifer from northern Delaware, for our ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter. The weather was great. It got a little rocky out at sea a couple of times but I remember worse!

The food was good everywhere on the ship. They made good drinks. And, there was duty/tax free shopping on the boat. We happened to sit near the liquor store for our emergency drill on the first day and I saw they had Blanton’s! I can’t get it anywhere near me. And, I need 4 horses to get the full collection of horses (each has a lettered horse and a unique pose of the horse during a race spelling out Blanton’s). They actually found the 4 letters that I needed!

I didn’t get as much stitching done as I expected but Bill was with me and we wandered around some on our own, enjoyed a comedian, saw Ronn Lucas who is an incredibly talented ventriloquist perform (search YouTube for him and Jerry Lewis for the 2007 telethon – he did that to an audience member), explored Bermuda on a 4-hour van tour, and golfed at a beautiful long par 3, 18-hole course, Turtle Hill. I managed to bogey one hole! Bill was really happy to birdie or par half the holes.

This is Heart of Hearts by Barbara Richardson from Needlepoint Now Jan/Feb 2019 issue in my thread choices. I’m stitching it for the ANG Greater Kansas City Needlepoint Guild’s Hearts for Hospice project.

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 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)

Christmas Diamonds by Kurdy Biggs of Threedles, Diamond One
April 28, 2019, 8:08 am
Filed under: ANG Keystone Garden Chapter, Christmas Diamonds by Kurdy Biggs

Last year, my ANG Keystone Garden chapter offered Christmas Diamonds as a project. I hadn’t done a piece by Kurdy Biggs before. So, I decided to do it but didn’t get to it until now. There are 3 different designs in the Needlepoint Now November/December 2015 issue.

This is the first diamond with my colors on a white canvas with silver sparkles. I added some small (3mm) silver bugle beads and did the beads a little differently than diagrammed. And, I used smaller size beads inside the border Jessicas because the 11 beads overcrowded the Jessicas. The smaller beads fit much better. For alternating Jessicas, I used 5 dark sead beads and then 4 light Delica and a 5th dark sead bead on top. I finished the beads in the border during my Saturday afternoon with my ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter (always the 4th Saturday at Starbucks on Lancaster Ave in Wayne, PA from 11 am to 3 pm).

The threads are Kreinik #4 Braid 1432, Entice E248, Silk Lame Braid Petite SP118, Splendor S988, and Treasure Braid TR277. The beads are Miyuki Delica Beads 15/0 DBS0166 and Sundance Beads Size 11 and Size 14/15 Color 327P; the beading thread is from Sundance too in Teal and Turquoise colors.

Discontinued Kreinik
April 24, 2019, 8:12 pm
Filed under: General comments, Threads

Discontinued Kreinik colors and suggested substitutions (NM means no close match)

• 031L Berry Red = 153V Vintage Burgundy
• 034 Confetti = NM
• 041 Confetti Pink = 044 Confetti Blue
• 042 Confetti Fuchsia = NM
• 043 Confetti Green = NM
• 070 Mardi Gras = 5011 Elfin Green
• 195 Sunburst = 095 Starburst
• 235 Red Ember = 307 Deep Coral
• 271 Plum = 3223 Ametrine
• 393 Silver Night = 622 Wedgewood Blue
• 664 Magenta Blue = NM
• 3240 Opal = 095 Starburst
• 3508 Rhumba Green = 829 Mint Julep
• 3509 Cha Cha Verde = 008HL Green Hi Lustre
• 3540 Bolero Black = 005 Black
• 4001 Green Tea = 4201 Sugar Cane
• 4002 Spiced Chai = 4202 Dusky Meadow
• 4003 Ginseng Gold = 4203 Cattail
• 4004 Earl Grey = 4204 Storm Cloud
• 4005 Sugar Cube = 102 Vatican Gold
• 4006 Rosehip = NM (slightly more lilac is 3223 Ametrine. 093 Star Mauve, or 023 Lilac; slightly pinker is 007HL Pink Hi Lustre)
• 5002 Pixiedust = NM (close but without blue is
• 4013 Purple Haze or 3223 Ametrine, or without the purple is 025 Grey)
• 5004 Love Potion = 024L Fiery Fuchsia
• 5007 Brocade = 5006 Ore
• 5008 Leprechaun = 009 Emerald
• 5525 Lemon = 5725 Lollipop Lemon
• 5530 Rosemary Green = 4201 Sugar Cane
• 9300 Orchid = NM (closest pastel is slightly darker 093 Star Mauve)
• 2094HL Heather Hi Lustre = NM
• 056F Blueberry = NM
• 057F Grape = NM
• 003C Red Cord = 003 Red
• 005C Black Cord = 005 Black
• 007C Pink Cord = 007 Pink
• 008C Green Cord = 008 Green
• 011C Nickel Cord = 010HL Steel Grey
• 012C Purple Cord = 012 Purple
• 032C Pearl Cord = 032 Pearl
• 034C Confetti Cord = NM (closest but without black is 095 Starburst)
• 041C Confetti Pink Cord = 044 Confetti Blue
• 051C Sapphire Cord = 051HL Sapphire Hi Lustre
• 086C Fern = 4201 Sugar Cane
• 087C Meadow Grass = 089 Aspen
• 088C Lily Pond Cord = 4201 Sugar Cane
• 104C Colonial Gold Cord = 210 Gold Dust
• 208C Wine Cord = 080HL Garnet Hi Lustre
• 225C Slate Cord = 025 Grey
• MD76 Marine Blue in Micro Ice Chenille = NM
• Petite/Facets 012 = Petite/Facets 026

It didn’t take too long to find discontinued threads: 051C, 032C, 086C, 088C, 034, 042, 664, and 2094 (not all are pictured). I marked them so I know they can’t be replaced.

Winter Sleigh Scene, Snow, Sleigh, and Ornaments
April 23, 2019, 7:43 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Winter Scene Sleigh

A few of my ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter members are stitching this Alice Peterson canvas, Winter Scene Sleigh. We’re using the painted canvas as a learning experience as we’ve been doing with other painted canvas. We discuss the differences between two stitch guides. I’m selecting my own stitches and threads.

Not wanting to make the green shadow near the sleigh more prominent, I used Water N’ Ice WT1, a translucent, loosely braided, flat ribbon which allowed less of the green shows through. Since the reflective surface shows better with long stitches, I selected an alternating slanted gobelin over 4. Good thing I had multiple cards of Water N’ Ice because I’m going through it like water. It frays like crazy. I pulled out my Thread Zap II to seal the ends with moderate improvement. Now that I’m done, I found a tip from Julia Snyder on Facebook, “If you will thread the loop through your needle and make the loop large enough to slide over the point of the needle, then pull the longer tail. This will put a slip knot on the eye of the needle and it makes it so much easier to work with.”

The packages were fun and a bit challenging.

  • The beige present is a woven stitch with Flair F503 and the green bow has DMC #8 Perle tent and reverse tent covered by Neon Rays+ NP135 (longer stitches for the bow).
  • The green present is an overlaid cross with Bella Lussa 630 (from Sandra Arthur’s Series I, Rectangle 4×8 adjusted to size). It has a white strip which is a horizontal spring stitch using Snow 09 Silver (from Sandra Arthur’s Series I, Rectangle 2×6 adjusted to size). And, the bow is a tied piece of Flair F593 tacked down with 1 ply of Splendor S891.
  • The blue present is a diagonal weave couching with Impressions 7072 (from Sandra Arthur’s Series I, Rectangle 7×2 adjusted to size). The bow is a combination of tent and lazy daisy using Kreinik #16 Braid 060.
  • The red present is a square scotch with tent, and gobelin edges using Elegance E820, Kreinik #8 Braid 061, and Bella Lusso 764, respectively. And, reverse scotch uses 1 strand of Bijoux 429 Jasper. The stitch pattern comes from Sandra Arthur’s Series I, Square 8×8 adjusted to size. The bow is tent stitch covered twice (a few longer stitches) using Fyre Werks F34.

The packages sit in a gray sleigh consisting of Vineyard Dilk Shimmer 536 and 535 using the Herringbone Ground I from Julia Snyder’s Keys to Canvas Embellishment. It creates a beveled effect that I like for body of the sleigh. The metal runners are a single long thread of Kreinik 1/16″ ribbon 005HL with a running stitch along the center to hold it in place. The ribbon spread out nicely to cover 2 canvas threads.

It’s all much more sparkly than the picture shows.