Stitch-of-the-Month – November 2019

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It was a cold Saturday for the November SOTM session. But, once again, we all enjoyed conversation as we stitched on this month’s motif.

The first three pieces all use the same colorway, yet look so different as the stitchers selected different threads for the various stitches.

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Joan

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Nancy

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Robin

Sylvia chose a soft palette for her piece.

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Sylvia

Rosie and Barbara both chose very bold colors.

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Rosie

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Barbara

Mine is a traditional red-white-blue combination. However, I am stitching on Congress Cloth rather than 18-count canvas so it is a bit smaller than the others.

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Linda

Noelle wasn’t able to join us today so she stitched with us virtually! She is bravely stitching on black 18-count with luscious colors.

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Noelle

We are eagerly awaiting the final installment of this project!

EGA National Seminar In St. Louis

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Ellen and Janice wanted you to see the class that they are enjoying. In St. Louis. It is a class inn Rozashi taught by Margaret Kinsey called Mums Water, a two day class. They said that they are having a great time and that Margaret is a great teacher!

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SOTM – October 2019

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The SOTM group did not meet this month – too many other obligations competing for time. However, we continued with our stitching. We are nearing the end of the year-long mystery project and are anticipating what comes next. A few members forwarded pictures of their progress.  We encourage other members of the group to post their progress!

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Sharon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Can you guess what we will be stitching in November and December? Check in next month to see if you guessed correctly!

 

Last Day at Seminar – Stitch Manipulation

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On Monday, the last day of Seminar, I took Cynthia Thomas’ Thread and Stitch Manipulation class.  The main purpose of this class was to look at basic stitches we all know and see how you can manipulate it.  For each stitch, we were to look at changing/adding one element at a time – color, orientation (vertical, horizontal, diagonal, oblique), spacing, size, etc. to see what effect we could have.    While a relatively simple concept you would think, this was difficult for me to see on paper.  I was able to create some potentially interesting stitches that I can play with.  It was fun to look at what others were creating.

While I expected this to be just a notebook class, she did include canvas and threads for 2 ornaments – either Christmas or Halloween – and I chose Halloween.  However, I decided to play with trying to modify stitches rather than actually stitching one of the ornaments, especially since all the stitches I was coming up with did not work with the threads in my kit.  What a challenge it was thinking not only of the effect you want but what threads you need to create that effect as you design the stitches for a particular area.

I am very glad I took this class even though it meant 5 days of classes.  It is triggering me to look at stitches differently and think about how I can really make a piece my own.

 

Overall, I had a great experience at this seminar, even though 5 days of classes in 5 days is very tiring In addition to the other seminar activities.  I thought the hotel had great amenities and was well situated to find restaurants and a grocery store and talk walks in the evening.  I loved the lazy river and hot tub and tried to enjoy them each day after class to work out the sore muscles from sitting in class stitching.

After leaving Seminar on Monday, I caught a bus to Austin to spend a day with my newest grandson before heading home.  A win-win week for me!

A Livelier Iris

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This two day class was the first national seminar for my teacher, Wendy Moore, and she was ready for us! Her directions were a stitcher’s dream–great diagrams with lots of little extras to help you along the way, as well as a heading on each page with the thread used, the number of strands, the stitch and where it is on the canvas. The iris is stitched with straw silk which was fun to use once it was ironed flat. There are enough shades of the silk to make the soft shade changes. On day one we worked on the iris and day two on the stalk and frame that will go around it.

Look at the top portion of the frame (only part stitched yet). The corner motif idea came from the design on a ceiling tile Wendy sees when she is at the hair dressers and having her hair washed! (Rosie often takes architectural photos for stitching ideas!). Then the frame is two parts with one being a longer scotch stitch and the other laid threads tied down with spaced Gobelin stitches. When you see the completed piece, it really looks like a wood frame! This piece is quite large and is currently going home with Dee as she kindly agreed to carry it in her car back to NJ! If you see a design that you like at a class or seminar with Wendy as a teacher, sign up. I think you will enjoy being in her class.

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A few notes about this place as a seminar location. I loved it! The rooms are more spacious than ones we have had at other seminars with adequate drawer space and floor space for all the things needlepointers need to have on hand. The staff has been very friendly and accommodating and always with a smile. The lazy river has been a perfect way to loosen up tired muscles after a day of stitching. There were several days when we “walked the perimeter of Texas” a few times against the current for a bit more exercise! The surrounding area had open space which a suburb gal needs, places to eat within walking distance, and a great specialty grocery store. The seminar committee did a great job in their selection of location in my opinion.