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2018 SOTM – March

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Despite the two nor’easters in less than a week, 10 intrepid stitchers gathered on Saturday for our Stitch-of-the-Month session. As always, it was great to get together for a few hours of stitching, chatting, laughter, and food. Several of our group are stitching Lorene Salt’s Autumn Kaleidoscope in the original colorway while even more are developing their own colorways.

We’ve found that seeing one design in different colorways is the most fascinating part of our SOTM sessions. Regardless of what colorway any of us is stitching, seeing the interplay of colors and making (or helping with) those decisions about color are truly educational. With all of us stitching together we are also able to share tips/thoughts about how best to tackle an area. It is truly a wonderful day together.

Here is our progress so far:

March - Group Photo

Clockwise from top right: Joan, Rosie, Mally, Sue R, Nancy, Sue C, Janet, Linda M

Mally, Nancy, and Linda M all chose the same original colorway on black, while Janet is stitching the original colorway on beige (and making some thread adjustments along the way). Joan is stitching the optional blue colorway on black. Sue C and Sue R are stitching their own colorways and both opted for the same overdye for the interior borders with Sue C’s on pewter canvas and Sue R’s on mushroom canvas. Rosie selected her own colorway and is heading more towards purple than the pink she thought it would be.

Amy had to leave before the group photo was taken, but we didn’t let her escape without a photo. She had planned to stitch the original colorway but then she decided to experiment and chose this variation.

March - Amy Autumn Kaleidoscope

Isn’t it fascinating how the same design looks so different depending on threads and even canvas color?

Tina is also stitching Autumn Kaleidoscope in her own colorway as a “distance stitcher” now that she has moved out of our area. We are so happy that she is able to set aside time to stitch along with us. We will post a photo soon!

Dee will be stitching Autumn Kaleidoscope once she has finished a previous SOTM project. We’re glad she decided to complete this piece as it is absolutely stunning! This is Kurdy Biggs’ A Different View in the “Black” colorway.

March - A Different View

We’re looking forward to our next session in April!

Happy Stitching!

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Another Kaleidoscope

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Since I wasn’t able to make it on Saturday, I thought I’d post about my progress. I wasn’t able to do section 4 because I don’t have one of the threads yet, but I’ve finished the rest. I made a little change in section 5 — after stitching it according to the instructions, I decided that there was too much of the canvas color showing, so I added horizontal laid stitches in the Kreinik, tucking them under the already-stitched crosses. I’m glad I did — it looks better with less canvas showing, and the increased amount of orange actually tones down the turquoise of the crosses. You can’t tell that in the photo, but in person the color really did change.

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Autumn Kaleidoscope

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I finished Stars so that I could start on Autumn Kaleidoscope! I knew John and I were heading to the lake for a few days of skiing and relaxing, so I wanted to be able to start stitching Autumn Kaleidoscope this weekend. Since I didn't like the purple and blue highlights in the original but liked the base colors, I changed the overdye to use 2 colors from ArtFabrik – Fall Maple and Pumpkin Patch. They have similar colors but each was missing at least one color I wanted but combined, they were exactly what I wanted. I'm alternating which color I use as I stitch the inner border and it seems to be working. For my “pop” colors, I changed the purple to cranberry and the blue to yellow/gold.

When I went to start stitching, I realized I did not have any of my #8 Pearl Cotton so I was extremely disappointed thinking maybe I couldn't start after all. Then I realized I could baste the outline so I would have the proper counts to do the inner borders. No problem, right?! What I didn't realize as I started the inner border was that I had basted the outer part of the outer border Smyrnas. I thought I'd checked my counts of Star stitches but apparently mis-counted on the first diagonal row. I was going to start in the Chilly Hollows in section 1, but my counts weren't t working. Aha! Fortunately, I mostly counted from the top border and I'd only stitched the top quadrant so I only had a few stitches on the left border and one vertical row of Star stitches to take out.

So here I am at this point. January sections done! Lots of Smyrnas and Star stitches to go! I'm really enjoying the piece – other than the borders, it seems to be a quick workup. Another great choice for our SOTM!

Diane's with January sections

 

SOTM — February 2018

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Hi Everyone —

We had quite a turn-out for a dreary February day.  It is a testament to how excited all of us are to be doing Lorene Salt’s “Kaleidoscope”.  Unfortunately, I was a little slow in getting my camera out and a number of folks left before I could snap a photo.  I hope they will post individually to this blog!

Here are a few of the Kaleidoscopes followed by the close-up detail of today’s stitching.  Many of us can now put this piece away until March — it is so exciting to be able to complete the month’s stitching in one long afternoon!

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Group Photo — Clockwise from Far Left  (Sue R, Robin, Sylvia, Rosie, Tina)

Margaret and Barbara L are continuing to work on “Stars of the New Millennium” by Tony Minieri and last year’s SOTM selection.

 

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Margaret on Left; Barbara L on Right

Dee is continuing “A Different View” by Kurdy Biggs and our second SOTM selection.  We figured out that this is our sixth year!

 

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Dee’s Different View

Enjoy!

Rosie

 

 

2018 SOTM – January

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A new year and a new project! This year’s NJNA Stitch-of-the-Month is Autumn Kaleidoscope by Lorene Salt. There are 19 NJNA members stitching this project over the next year. And we have a few more members working on projects from previous years making this our largest group yet! We all have a great time stitching and chatting every month.

Autumn Kaleidescope - Original

Autumn Kaleidoscope – Original Colorway

The January session saw 16 of our members get together on a sunny Saturday. The instructions arrived from Lorene in plenty of time to be sorted into packets for distribution. Eight of us ordered kits from A Stitching Shop in Denver and the threads arrived beautifully packaged on Thursday. However, the box with the canvases was somehow delayed (I am always amazed at package logistics). Upon checking the tracking number on Friday we found that the box had arrived in Newark but apparently didn’t want to go any further.

Autumn Kaleidoscope - Threads

Threads – Original Colorway

That didn’t daunt our intrepid group – we oohed and aahed over the threads and especially the threads for those who are stitching their own colors. These pieces are going to be amazing!

The day was saved when the doorbell rang and the cavalry – in the guise of the US Postal Service – arrived with the canvases! The stitching soon followed. As you can see we had a great group of stitchers!

Stay tuned to see our progress each month!

Happy Stitching …

Linda