Hi Everyone —
During our August regular meeting on Zoom, we reviewed all of our Woodlawn entries, saw what prizes were won, and reviewed a few of the critiques.
It was too much to go into the meeting summary, so I thought I would try to capture the pieces in this quick (Ha!) blog post.
So here is a gallery of our first place pieces:
And the second place finishes:
And the third place pieces:
And the honorable mentions:
And last but not least, the rest of the NJNA entries:
Pretty spectacular representation, eh? I hope even more of us will display next year!
Apologies for the delay in posting the June progress on our Stitch-of-the-Month. I have totally lost track of days. I saw a post on Facebook that showed a calendar of THIS DAY, THAT DAY, THE OTHER DAY, SOME DAY. That’s how I feel!
We are continuing to meet via Zoom on the second Saturday of the month, getting together to first chat and catch up then meeting later in the afternoon to check our progress. Those who are stitching the ANG design are now halfway through the project with six of the main star sections complete. For most of us that means we have four sections of color A and two sections of color B stitched up. In July and August we will finish the main star, and then spend the rest of the year stitching the background.
Everyone who is working on the star is happy with the project – the directions are well-written and there is a nice amount of stitching each month.
Here are the June progress photos, in no particular order.
Sylvia is working on Kurdy Biggs’ A Different View. She’s been waiting for some of the threads but has made significant progress despite the delay. It will be gorgeous!
Enjoy the start of Summer and the Independence Day weekend!
For the past month I’ve been working on Toni Gerdes’s “Klimt Kimono” through CyberPointers, and I finished it yesterday! It was fun to stitch…the most difficult part was keeping track of the floss threader, the re-purposed tool for getting the gold gimp thread used for the tree branches through enlarged holes in the canvas. 🙂 I dropped it several times and thought I was in trouble, until I discovered that a flashlight helped to locate it against the dark tweedy background of the carpet where I was stitching.
I have a partially-finished Wright Kimono in my stash, and I’m going to be doing the O’Keeffe Kimono as part of the virtual ANG Seminar, so I guess I have to stop saying that “I’m not really a kimono person”!
This piece is David McCaskill’s “Warmth of Color” that appeared in the January/February 2020 NeedlePointers. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to stitch it, and immediately started gathering supplies…good thing! Orange isn’t usually my favorite, but for some reason this just called out to me.
It’s been a lot of fun to stitch (a good companion to my operas 🙂 and I’ve learned some things. I’d never stitched on dyed canvas before, so that was interesting…Had to really pay attention when putting the canvas on the stretchers to make sure I didn’t stretch it out of whack…and had to be careful of my tension when stitching.
Three pieces started, three pieces finished!
Despite a late start, rethinking of my colorway and threads, and taking over as babysitter/preschool teacher for the past 2 weeks, I have finally caught up on the 2020 SOTM. I’m using stash and the same overdye in both colorways since it has both blue and burgundy. I was surprised I was able to find everything I needed in my stash.
Diane’s thru April
I’ve been able to stitch a little during “quiet time” and was very happy when my grandson wanted to sew with me. He made presents for his mom and his dad and has started one for himself. Fortunately I had cleaned up enough to locate some plastic canvas and a large needle!
Stay healthy and keep stitching.
If anybody is looking for another project to stitch (!), EGA is offering an online counted piece by Margaret Bendig…take a look here:
The supplies it calls for are mostly floss, though of course you could choose other threads if you wanted. The cost is $35, but you do need to be an EGA member to sign up.
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:
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.
We’re looking forward to the May stitching session, whether virtually or in person.
I have been working on a WIP but it is not something I can stitch on in the evening when I watch tv. So I was looking for something to do in the evening that didn’t take as much concentration. I found an overdye from Artfabrik that I can not imagine ever using and used that as my base. From there I found several bright perle 5 threads to use with the overdye.
I decided to make a smaller heart and took the Valentine candy box I purchased in February just for its heart shape and used that for my guide to trace.
I was going to do a Bargello using the pattern in an earlier NeedlePointers, but, obviously got too involved in the show and forgot all about skipping a thread between stitches! That meant a much compressed wave of Bargello. I loved it! The only problem was that I was stitching on this during the day as well. I have barely moved forward on the WIP!
I think I need to set up another heart to keep my evenings full.
I’m still watching operas every day…plenty of stitching time! I’ve started something new. The pillow on my regular stitching chair is literally falling apart, so I’m doing a wool basketweave lumbar pillow… It’s easy stitching while I’m trying to read the subtitles on my laptop…this past week was Wagner week, and my German is just barely above non-existant. Now in addition to knowing how to say, “What is your name?” and “I don’t speak German,” I know how to say “toad.” Should come in really handy.
I finished knitting this pair of socks last night…I call them my “watermelon socks.” Not needlepoint, but still…