Mt. Whitney Waterfall

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My first class ever with Lois Kershner, and it was wonderful! The piece is a photograph she took of a waterfall at Mt. Whitney, transferred to Congress cloth, and then stitched. LOTS of detail, and choices to be made about where stitched areas start and stop, and a fair amount of the dreaded random placement of things…think I’m getting over the all-too-common fear of random!

Lois is a wonderful teacher and her directions are wonderful, some of the best I’ve ever seen. I wish there had been more than two days for this class so I could have kept on stitching…it always seems like you get such a tiny amount done in class! But I have no doubt that I’ll be finishing this one. She also demonstrated the process of doing the photos transfer onto the canvas, so that we might try it with our own photos.

Here’s what my piece looks like after two days…

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Abyss Day 2 – ANG Seminar 2019

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After a fun Fiesta banquet last night, i had day 2 of Toni Gerdes’ Abyss.  Toni is an excellent teacher explaining each section, allocating time to practice the stitches in that section, letting the class know when there was about 5 minutes left on a section to allow time to finish a thread, double checking that everyone was in the correct place, answering questions,etc. i was impressed with how much progress I made on the piece even though when i look ati the photo, it doesn’t look like much.  We focused on the right side today.  The crescents were interesting shifting the focus of what was the inside as i moved from the left to right crescents.  Toni spent a lot of time explaining howto do Bargello to get maximum thread pull and coverage.  I think i may finally get it!  At the end of the day we went over the background but i decided to wait until i could see where it really goes.

I enjoyed this class and love the piece.  It is great to see how designers put stitches together and use colors and threads to create an effect as well as how different stitches can go together.  While i have a bunch of other projects in progress, I’m hoping to get this one high on my list to finish!

 

 

After class, i worked at the Exhibit.  There are some impressive pieces even though there seems to be fewer entries.  

Tomorrow i start More Color Play.

Winter Lights — Second and Last Day :-(

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Hi Everyone —

First of all I have to thank all eight of my NJNA peeps for their help in moving the Distance Learning pieces to Teacher’s Showcase and back again!  I couldn’t have done it without you guys!

Today was a busy day starting with my picking up my canvas for tomorrow so that I can have it ready to go as soon as class starts!  (Still on my docket for tonight!).

My second day of class with Jennifer Riefenberg was every bit as enjoyable as the first.  We finished all of the candles and I even was able to light one of them!  The one candle that is not stitched on my canvas uses a reinforced sparkly tube — I chose not to stitch it onto the canvas until some of the surrounding areas are done — otherwise it would be too hard to lay those stitches around the raised tubing.

Here is my progress at the end of the day:

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I am very glad that I have three retreats scheduled in the near future!  I expect that Winter Lights will be one of my finishes!

Cheers, Rosie

ANG Seminar 2019 – Day 1

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Today was the first day of classes at the Houston ANG Seminar.  I flew in yesterday along with Jill W and Robin M.  The Marriott Marquis is a fabulous hotel and i hope to find time to enjoy all it has to offer along with all the Seminar activities.

My first class is Abyss with Toni Gerdes.  This piece is a companion to her Fire and Ice and i think this piece is the better of the two.  We began with the center front (short teal column which is actually done!) and worked towards the back left. We ended the day with the right center column.  The rationale for working front to back is to establish the boundaries for the front columns before working those behind.  You really can’t see how the columns overlap yet nor how the are like columns of ice.  The stitches in each column are very interesting and the thread combinations wonderful.  The challenge for me is not only working on Congress Cloth but doing the multi-layer stitches with very similar colors.  Still, I love the piece and look forward to working the rest of the columns.

I was amazed how much work we got done today:

 

 

 

Houston Seminar

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August 15, 2019

Hi Everyone —

Greetings from Texas — we have eight NJNA members here this week so expect some great blog posts.

I’ll start by posting my SOTM piece finished through August!

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I have to agree with someone’s thought that it looks like a bunch of shape blots on a canvas!  Hard to imagine what will come next!

Sue and I flew to Houston on Tuesday because I have to help set up the Correspondence Course section of the exhibit.  Little did I expect that no one else was there to help (except the marvelous Sue C) with any of the distance learning exhibits and we ended up having to do all of them.  My gimpy leg was not much help!  We spent over four hours with unpacking and set-up.

Even with my bad leg, we managed to walk the perimeter of Texas multiple times!

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How’s this for a Texas-sized lazy river pool?  Plus our room has a view of Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros.  Sue thinks she will take in Monday night’s game! 

Classes started today.  I am enrolled in a fabulous class with Jennifer Riefenberg called “Winter Lights”.   It is a collection of candles — not a menorah, but the same number of candles.  Here’s my progress at the end of Day 1.

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Five of the nine candles are complete!  No spaghetti!

Tonight we had our opening Fiesta banquet dinner buffet with a live band and Texas brisket in multiple forms.  It gave me a chance to show off my special earrings!

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These scissor earrings were my souvenir from Woodlawn this year!

Cheers to all!

Rosie

Stitch of the Month – August 2019

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It was a small but enthusiastic group at our latest session. All of us worked on the ANG SOTM, a mystery project that continues to intrigue as it evolves.

We all have our own colors and threads so we are especially grateful for the collaboration at these sessions as we muse over which threads to choose for each month’s stitch. Sometimes that results in going back to a previous month to change what had been selected in order for the colors to work together.

You can readily see from these photos how different the pieces look due to the choice of canvas and colors. (And, no, I’m not such a fast stitcher that I finished everything that session. I used a bit of blogger’s prerogative and waited to take my photo after I completed stitching on Sunday. I did go back and change some choices!)

August - Joan

Joan

August - Marge

Marge

August - Diane

Diane

August - Noelle

Noelle

August - Jill

Jill

August - Rosie

Rosie

August - SueC

Sue C

August - Linda

Linda

We’re looking forward to next month!

What size is my needle?

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How many times do we start stitching with a needle, put it on a needle magnet, and then wonder what size it is.  Generally, I can tell a size 20 versus a size 22 especially when they are side-by-side, but not always.  And, yes, it is important to stitch with the correct size needle to help the thread through the canvas.

Here’s a great reference chart, courtesy of John James.
https://www.jjneedles.com/images/downloads/JJ-Needles-Types-and-Sizes-Guide.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0yHeyOk01ko8kjQ3WC5DJRk1lMGmin3_1eFD5S75auUCPe_qvIz-bsaXM.