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Stitch of the Month – May 2020

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Although we are still staying at home, the NJNA SOTM group is meeting via Zoom and making progress on this year’s project. Most of us are stitching ANG’s Stitch of the Month – an 8-pointed star by Kathy Rees reminiscent of a traditional quilt block. Each point of the star is a different stitch; the last four months of the year will cover the background.

All those who are stitching the project agree that the size of the project makes it very manageable for stitching each month. Since we all have other projects to work on, this SOTM allows for group stitching without a huge time commitment. The beginners among us are learning new stitches and the more advanced stitchers are refreshing themselves on how thread selections affect the look of a stitch.

Kathy’s model is stitched in reds (Watercolours Cinnabar and Cardinal) and blues (Watercolours Indigo and Polar Ice). Watercolours Caron Collection is a three-ply hand-dyed cotton thread with one ply equivalent to #5 pearl cotton. Other threads being used are Silk Lamé Braid, Petite Very Velvet, Mandarin Floss, and Neon Rays.

Several stitchers in the group have chosen Kathy’s colors and threads for their pieces. However, they do not all look the same! It’s really amazing how dye variations and thread travel paths affect the look of a piece.

Brenda, Janice, and Dee have all chosen the original colors and threads.

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Brenda

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Dee

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Of course, our group just loves to change colors and threads, and we select our annual projects with that in mind. We’ve come up with some other lovely combinations. Unless otherwise noted, the overdye threads are Watercolours.

Jill chose Celadon and Emerald for her greens and African Sunset and Weeks Dye Works Begonia for the pinks.

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Jill

Tina’s grays are Quicksilver and Dense Fog while her blues are Silver Blue and  Blueberry.

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Tina

 

Diane is stitching a variation of the original colors, using Williamsburg and Polar Ice for the blues and Williamsburg and DMC 814 Dark Garnet for the reds.

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Diane

Robin is also using Williamsburg, along with Ticking, for her blues with Almond and Apricot Blush for the green/beige.

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Robin

Rosie chose yellows – Creamsicle and Papaya – along with grays – Granite and Dark Suede.

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Rosie

Nancy is using Grape and Fuschia along with Hudson Bay and Elderberry Wine.

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Nancy

Ellen chose African Violet and Iris for her purples with Blue Lagoon and Tropical Seas for the blues.

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Ellen

Linda is using African Violet and Amethyst for the purples and Wasabi and Guacamole for the greens.

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It is amazing how different the projects look depending on the variation in the individual threads as well as the contrast between threads. Some stitchers manipulated the threads to get a mirror image within the point.

We’re looking forward to the June stitch and checking in with each other. Additional photos will be posted on this blog as others in the SOTM group complete their pieces.

Happy Stitching!

Linda

Stitch of the Month – April 2020

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Never let it be said that the SOTM Group is not dedicated … and adaptable. Despite Stay at Home, we still managed to get together via Zoom! We scheduled two sessions:  one at 11:00 a.m. which is our usual starting time and one at 3:00 p.m. when we usually are wrapping up. SOTM members were encouraged to join either or both sessions so we could check in and see how the projects are progressing. We had 10 participants at each session; most were at both and a few attended one.

It was great to get together again, even though virtually, and catch up with the group. An added bonus was that the Zoom format afforded us the opportunity to chat with Brenda and Jacqui, who are remote members. So now we can put a few more faces to the names. We may repeat the experience even after we are passed the current situation so that members who cannot attend in person will be able to join us.

Without further ado, here are the April progress photos:

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Rosie L

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Sue C

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Robin M

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Jill W

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Mally B

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Nancy W

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Sylvia has decided to work on A Different View by Kurdy Biggs this year. This design was our 2014 SOTM. She is stitching in the Black colorway which will be stunning.

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We’re looking forward to the May stitching session, whether virtually or in person.

Happy Stitching!

Linda

Stitching Update – SOTM and Some Finishing

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It has been a difficult few weeks and I have not been stitching much. I did take time today to complete the March SOTM. I am enjoying this project very much.

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A few days before shops started closing I was able to pick up the two David McCaskill topiaries from The Edwardian Needle. I did not use the flag on the Patriotic Topiary; with the green trim I can use it all summer.

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The Halloween Topiary will be a great addition to that holiday’s decorations.

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I’m pulling out some long-neglected projects to work on in the coming days.

Happy Stitching!

 

More 2020 SOTM

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I don’t know what I was thinking but I messed up photographing Janet’s January start. She graciously sent a photo of her canvas so that it could be included in the blog. Thanks, Janet!

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If any of our other SOTM group has started, please post your progress!

2020 Stitch of the Month – January

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Another year another SOTM project!

On a day that seemed more like May than January, the SOTM group gathered to stitch. We welcomed a few new stitchers to our group – we are so happy to have you!

Most of us are stitching the “official” ANG SOTM, which is an 8-pointed star designed by Kathy Rees. Kathy used a dark red and a dark blue for her palette, alternating points of the stars.

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Kathy’s Design

Here is our start on the project. Several of our stitchers are using Kathy’s suggested threads. However, it wouldn’t be an NJNA SOTM project if there weren’t color changes! What do you think will be the second color in February for each stitcher? (Apologies to Janet as I messed up photographing her piece.)

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Diane

 

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Amy

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Jacqui

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Sue

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Ellen

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Rosie

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Linda

A few of our members are stitching SOTM projects from previous years and we expect to have their progress photos in next month’s installment.  We also encourage anyone who doesn’t attend the session to post progress photos!

Happy Stitching!