Category Archives: 2018 SOTM

October SOTM

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Fall has finally arrived – it was a cool day with the sun finally breaking through the clouds as ten of us gathered to work on our Stitch-of-the-Month projects. Barbara and Ellen got away without having their projects photographed. Next time, you two!

Progress on Autumn Kaleidoscope designed by Lorene Salt has been steady and we are coming to the end of this fabulous project. The colors on every piece are spectacular and we have had a lot of good conversation about color choices – even those of us who opted for the original colorway notice differences because of the overdyes and how we each stitch.

So, without further ado, here are the progress photos (drum roll please).

October - Diane

Diane

 

October - Janice

Janice

October - Jill

Jill

October - Linda

Linda

October - Noelle

Noelle

October - Rosie

Rosie

October - Sue C

Sue C

October - Sue R

Sue R

Don’t they all look fantastic!!!

Noelle is a recent addition to our group, having joined in mid-August. How great is that! She told us that she has been stitching as an antidote for some stressful days at the office.

Happy Stitching!

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September SOTM

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Fourteen of us gathered this weekend for our monthly session of stitching, chatting, and eating! It’s hard to believe that we are three-quarters of the way through the year, and our projects.

Take a look at the progress on Autumn Kaleidoscope and Stars for the New Millennium.

Barbara is continuing on her Stars piece in between travels to California to visit the grandchildren and getting ready for her daughter’s wedding here on the East Coast.

September - Barbara

Margaret is also working on Stars but she packed everything away before it could be photographed.  Next time, Margaret!

And here is our progress on Autumn Kaleidoscope. It is amazing how different this piece looks in the various colorways. Even those of us who are stitching the original colorway have variations because of the overdyed and variegated threads used.

From left to right – top row: Ellen S., Janice, Jill; second row: Joan, Linda, Mally; third row: Marge, Nancy, Robin; bottom row: Rosie, Sue C., Sylvia

October and November we’ll be working on those last boxes; December we’ll be putting in the border and the beads!

We will be discussing the 2019 SOTM project in the next couple of sessions and once again we will have a hard choice of which project to choose. We have some fabulous suggestions, so stay tuned! I think everyone in the group agrees that SOTM is a great way to spend a Saturday – we have a lot of fun, get a project completed, and learn from each other!

Happy Stitching!

 

August SOTM

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Hi Everyone —

We had a small but lively group stitching at Linda’s today.  Nancy brought us a homemade plum cake with whipped cream for dessert.  We decided that it was fruit so the calories didn’t count!

We have decided to stay with individual pictures of Autumn Kaleidoscope for the remainder of the year.  Several people have said that it helps them to expand the pictures and see how some of the challenging areas have been stitched.

Please enjoy!

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Diane’s Adaptation on the Original Colorway.

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Sue C’s Gray, Peach, and Blue colorway.  I think this is gorgeous and it is one of the only ones where the border really stands out to give a Frank Lloyd Wright-ish look!

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Janet P’s Original Colorway on Beige canvas.

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Amy B’s Peach and Mint colorway!

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Joan’s in Lorene’s Aqua Colorway!

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Rosie’s Raspberry Colorway!

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Linda M’s Original colorway on black canvas.

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Jill’s Aqua, Peach, and Ruby colorway!

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Janice’s Chocolate and Cherries colorway!

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Ellen S’s Lilac and Mint colorway!  Ellen wasn’t able to attend the SOTM today, but she sent in her progress to include in this post!  Looking good!

Isn’t it fantastic to see how varied and beautiful all the colorways are?

Cheers, Rosie

SOTM – July 2018 – My Progress

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As we decided to come up to the lake this weekend, i was able to get this month’s SOTM directions from Linda to work on remotely at the same time as our regular SOTM.  Since we had rain off and on Saturday, i was able to do the stitching in between outside chores and the rain. I was amazed how quickly it went and that i was able to finish all the sections on Saturday. I love being able to complete the work on this project within a few days, see the progress, put it away for the month, and work on all my other projects!

While starting on the herringbone, i really missed being with the group to figure out what went where! In addition to the camraderie and discussions, getting each other’s thoughts and ideas on the same project is the real benefit of our SOTM group.

Working with the original colorway, i changed the overdye and threads to pick up more yellow/gold and merlot/burgundy instead of the teal and purple pop colors, while keeping the original autumn colors as the base.  I kept all the main threads the same and continued with the black canvas and changed the pop color threads but kept the same type of thread. It is interesting to compare it to those doing the original colorway since it is so similar yet different.  Here’s my progress through yesterday.

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SOTM – July 2018

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It was a warm day but that didn’t stop nine of our SOTM members from gathering to continue with our projects. Eight of us worked on Autumn Kaleidoscope by Lorene Salt and Dee continued her considerable progress on A Different View from Kurdy Biggs.

This is picture-intense; we’ve decided to take individual pictures each month as it is difficult to get a good photo of all the canvases together. So, here goes.

Dee is continuing her work on A Different View, which was our SOTM a few years ago. This is one of the suggested colorways although it is up to the stitcher to choose the elements. Isn’t this just gorgeous and so rich-looking on the black canvas?

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Several stitchers are working Autumn Kaleidoscope in the original colorway, or a slight variation thereof, while others have chosen their own colorways. Even the pieces being stitched in the same colorway look different depending on how the variegated threads are placed.

Janice is stitching her own colorway, dubbed “Cherries and Chocolate”. She started with a variegated thread from Colour Complements and then picked other threads to go with the colors in the base thread. Interestingly, her concept is based on the colors and not on the type of threads, so she makes choices in each box. This really does look like chocolate cherries!

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Rosie is also stitching her own colorway. While she started with a concept of substituting colors one-for-one, she has improvised along the way depending on how she thinks the areas work in relation to each other. The colors are really vibrant.

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Marge has been traveling a lot this year so she is just starting out. As a result she’ll get the benefit of the group’s experience. Her colors feature pinks and magentas, with some “pop” colors (apologies for not taking a picture of her threads). But she is off to a good start.

July 2018 - Marge

Robin and Janet started with the original colorway for threads but changed the canvas colors (the original was stitched on black). Janet is stitching on ecru and Robin is stitching on a darker beige.

Janet changed out some of the “pop” threads and made some other adjustments in colors. It is really interesting to see how the threads look on the ecru canvas.

July 2018 - Janet

Robin went rogue and used the solid pearl cotton on the inside borders, rather than the variegated thread, as well as changing the canvas color. The result is more of a stained class look. She also changed out some of the purples and blues.

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Mally, Nancy, and I are all stitching the original colorway on the black canvas. However, even though we are stitching the same colors, our pieces look different due to placement of variegated threads.

Here is Mally’s piece – note that herringbone stitch in the lower right quadrant. That was our “challenge” stitch this month!

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Here is Nancy’s stitched piece.  Look at how different the center bargello section looks (and it’s not due to the quality of the photography).

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Finally, here is my piece. Again, it’s in the original colorway on the black canvas.

July 2018 - Linda

Please don’t think that I finished all of this month’s sections in one sitting. I finished stitching after everyone left, so I waited to take the picture until then. I lost some time during the afternoon session – I had to leave to rescue Mr. M who was in a car accident. Fortunately, he is okay although the car didn’t fare too well.

It’s hard to believe that we are more than halfway through this project. Everyone is enjoying this project immensely, and I think we are all in agreement that each month’s “assignment” is a manageable amount of stitching that doesn’t consume us, enabling us to stitch on all those other projects. We love getting together each month to chat, stitch, and enjoy each other’s company. And, we are really thrilled with being able to talk through stitches and colors and techniques with each other. Perhaps that is the most valuable part of our SOTM group.

We encourage those SOTM members who weren’t able to attend this month to share photos of their progress as well.

Happy Stitching!

June 2018 SOTM

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Hi Everyone —

We all had a great time figuring out the new installment of Lorene Salt’s “Kaleidoscope” yesterday in Mendham.  What a wonderful array of colors, both Lorene’s originals and our own creations!  Even more exciting, one of our distant members, Tina, checked in with her status and showing off her colors!

As special eye candy, I’ve decided to post individual pictures of our current progress so that you can see just how beautiful this piece is turning out in a myriad of colorways!

 

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Tina’s Red Colorway

 

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Linda M’s version of Lorene’s Autumn Colorway

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Rosie’s Raspberry Colorway

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Sylvia’s Lilac colorway

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Jill’s Aqua colorway

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Sue R’s Earth and Sky Colorway

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Mally’s version of Lorene’s Autumn Colorway

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Janice’s Own Cherries and Chocolate Colorway

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Ellen S’s Own Pastel Colorway

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Joan’s version of Lorene’s Turquoise Colorway

In addition, we had two stitchers who are continuing work on the 2017 SOTM “Stars of the New Millennium” by Tony Minieri.

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Barbara L’s Stars

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Margaret’s Stars

So — as usual, a good time was had by all!

Cheers!

Rosie

2018 SOTM – May

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The day was dreary but it was perfect for stitching since no one felt guilty about not being out in the garden. So 15 stitchers gathered again to work on our Stitch-of-the-Month pieces.

As always, we enjoyed swapping hints about stitching (several of us made the same counting mistake) and a lot of discussion about the colors we are using. Most of us are stitching on Lorene Salt’s Autumn Kaleidoscope but a few are finishing up Tony Minieri’s Stars for the New Millennium. What fun to see the results of our monthly stitching.

We also celebrated Mally’s and Rosie’s birthdays so we had extra dessert! Happy Birthday to both of you!

Some of our stitchers had to leave early so not everyone is in the group photo. And I found out when editing the photos that the white surface produced shadows. So I apologize for the photos; I’ll try to figure out a better way to display all the wonderful canvases.

Sue R (left) is stitching her own colorway; Janet (right) is stitching the original colorway on beige canvas but is making some adjustments on individual elements.

Nancy (top left) and Mally (top right) are both stitching the original colorway.  Joan (bottom) is stitching a blue colorway from Lorene.

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Diane (top row left) and Amy (bottom row right) started with the original colorway and then substituted colors. Sylvia (top row right), Jill (bottom row middle) and Janice, Rosie, and Sue C (middle row left to right) all are stitching their own colorways. Linda (bottom row left) is stitching the original colorway.

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Barbara and Margaret are both working on Stars for the New Millennium. Barbara is stitching in the Kaleidoscope colorway and Margaret’s is the Egyptian Nights colorway.

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Happy Stitching!