Back in May, I started to post an entry about my 2016 Stitch of the Month, which is finally finished. Well life got in the way and the blog entry never got published. Here is what it said:
“So I’m only five months behind, but I prevailed. I am totally finished and framed with Stitch of the Month for 2016. It is the ANG Stitch of the Month by Susan Hoekstra (a former NJNA member) It is called Feuilles D’Ananas. This is a fun way to stitch a project and I liked figuring out the variations on the turquoise color scheme.
I won’t be around much the next several months, so I won’t be able to attend our chapter’s official Stitch of the Month monthly gatherings. However, I am hopeful to take a stitch or two of this year’s project, Tony Minieri’s “Stars for the New Millennium.” I”ll keep you posted! I wish a fun summer for all.”
Well, I am now addicted to the “Stars” piece. I am having so much fun. Working on that design is keeping me from doing the baby knitting that I need done by September when my newest grandchild will be born. I agree with Jill W., these colors make me happy! I can’t wait to see how the next area showcases all of them . My overdyed thread is Silk and Colors, 994 – Kaleidoscope. All of it just pops!
So now I will really wish all of you a wonderful summer. I will miss all of you in the fall while I help out with the big sister and brother and of course the new baby. Grandchildren are the only thing that will trump my addiction on stitching the Stitch of the Month projects! Happy stitching to all.
Hi Everyone —
I think December is my favorite SOTM month since we end the year with stitching and a pot-luck luncheon! We had appetizers, salads, soups, casseroles, fruit, and (of course) dessert! What a wonderful tradition!
In addition to stitching, December is the month where we start to discuss our plans for next year. I think I’ll be continuing on Ruby Razzle Dazzle again, but with all of the wonderful suggestions, I may get sucked into something new! HA!
Here’s our progress on this year’s ANG project:
Don’t these look wonderful? Kudos to all for the great progress!
Happy New Year to all!
We were a small but mighty group this month. Linda, Joan, Nancy, Diane and Barbara (and of course Ollie the miniature dachshund) made great progress on their Stitch of the Month canvases. The end is near, at least for some of us! ‘Til next time . . .
Hi Everyone —
With so many people away this month and the last two posts about Alternative SOTMs and Alternative Seminars, I felt the need to represent the real, true NJNA SOTM. Wish you were here!
Last Saturday, seven of us met at Sue’s house for stitching and conversation. Five of us are working on the ANG SOTM by Susan Hoekstra and two of us are working on 2014 and 2015 SOTM projects. (The only exception to attending and NOT working on the current project is if you are working on an older SOTM project!)
So here are the results at the end of the day:
Clockwise from the top: Nancy W, Barbara L, Joan, Sue C, and Carol.
Rosie’s “Razzle Dazzle” on the left and Dee’s “A Different View” on the right. Slow but steady progress!
Aren’t all the color choices awesome? A good time was had by all!
Although I am missing the actual get-together today for this month’s SOTM, it doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on the piece.
I was somewhat surprised when I saw the instructions — “daisies” seem pretty far afield from the all the other very geometric stitches. And I have to say, I’m not sure that I like them. And I admit to finding them pretty boring to stitch. But I’ve finished two sides, and here they are:
And a close-up:
And in case you’re wondering where I am, it’s here:
Hi Everyone —
Better late than never:
Only a few of us were able to attend following seminar, but what wonderful fun to see the progress on our SOTM canvasses.
I am on vacation (home tomorrow, boo hoo) and so couldn’t make it to the gathering today, but I brought the SOTM canvas with me…here’s what it looks like after the July stitching:
Hi Everyone —
Just wanted you to see today’s progress on the ANG SOTM project designed by Susan Hoekstra!
Aren’t these colors wonderful?
Rosie is working on the 2015 SOTM — Razzle Dazzle by Ann Strite-Kurz.
Dee is working on the 2014 SOTM — A Different View by Kurdy Biggs!
We are in our third month of the ANG SOTM designed by Susan Hoekstra. So this is the second round about the center. The stitch this month is the Byzantine which you will see in a variety of threads in the photos. Since you may begin wherever you have a long diagonal run of complete stitches, you will see a variety of appearances. Some of us changed from under compensating to over compensating, and the compensating will be in different areas but everything works. Linda M. even managed to complete the section before the day ended! As it was Jill’s birthday (what better way to spend a birthday than stitching with friends?), we had sponge cake with strawberries for dessert. Let’s see if I can get the pieces labelled correctly!
Upper left, Joan, S. upper right , Sue C. Bottom,, Dee L. completed the second medallion from 2014!
Nancy W. on the left and Mally B. on the right. As a first timer, Mally is really going to town!
Robin M. upper left and Mary D. upper right with Linda M.’s completed round!
Jill W. on the left, the green on the dark green canvas does not show up well, but Tina F.’s red/pink shows up well in the turquoise canvas!
Next month we will be stitching at NeedleFest on our SOTM and Susan H. will be able to see our work and colors!
Hi Everyone —
What a great time we had at last Saturday’s SOTM stitch-in. You will see that the color choices are greatly varied and we enjoyed having a few new members this month! We are having a great time with Susan’s beautiful design.
At some risk, I am going to name the stitchers:
- Top Row: Joan, Mally
- Second Row: Jill, Nancy
- Third Row: Rosie, Carol
- Fourth Row: Barbara L, Sue C
Apologies in advance for my errors. Check back here for next month’s progress! We have a large group this year and are very much enjoying the fellowship! In case you were wondering — Rosie is still working on last year’s SOTM. A prior SOTM is the only allowable alternative in this group!