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.
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:
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!
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:
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!
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!
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.
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!
These scissor earrings were my souvenir from Woodlawn this year!
Cheers to all!
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!)
We’re looking forward to next month!
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.
I was in Delaware last week with two of my children, two grandchildren, and my son-in-law’s sister and hr family. We stayed 2 blocks from the beach just north of Dewey Beach and a little south of Rehoboth. Needless to say, i got very little stitching done but lots of babysitting and playtime with the grandkids.
On Friday, i finally got a chance to take a long bike ride and explore south to Bethany Beach, which has a lovely shopping area and boardwalk. While looking on Google Maps for the needlepoint shop in Rehoboth, I had noticed a needlework shop in Bethany kept coming up as well. Sea Needles is about a mile in from the beach in a small strip mall on the main east/west road out of Bethany Beach. The GPS, which I was following blindly, took me right by the shop and around the back of the building! The shop was a wonderful surprise. They’ve been there 30 years and have lots of knitting, cross stitch, and needlepoint as well as framing. For needlepoint, they had lots of great painted canvases, blank canvas, tons of Paternayan, some Rainbow Gallery threads, DMC pearl cotton in at least size 3 and 5, DMC floss, Silk and Ivory, and Stardust. The threads seemed more geared towards 13-mesh canvases than 18-mesh, which was fine for me as I needed some threads specifically for a 13-mesh canvas. Their prices seemed very reasonable. I couldn’t get a good picture inside that would do it justice. The store is very full but I didn’t feel like it was cluttered – I could easily browse and find what I wanted. The ladies in the shop were very nice even though they were very busy so I only got to talk to them at checkout. They took a lot of time with each customer so don’t expect to dash in and out! Here’s a picture of the outside of the shop with a big sign that you can’t miss if you are paying attention!
Due to lots of babysitting duty, i did not get a chance to check out Stitch-Stash in Rehoboth until we were leaving on Saturday. It took me an extra 20 minutes to find it as the GPS directions when you put in the store name do nt take you to the store address. It is clearly stated on their website to put in the street address but I hadn’t paid attention to that detail. The nice part is they have free 30 minute parking right in front of the store. The store has been open just a year and the owner is very nice – she let me browse but also let me know she was available if i needed anything. The store is very bright with lots of nooks and crannies so it is fun to explore. She has lots of threads mostly for 18-count canvases. There were 2 trunk shows when i was there. I did find a cute Christmas sled canvas and some threads I wanted, although i could have bought a whole lot more as there were some wonderful canvases.
Definitely check out both stores if you are in the Rehoboth/Dewey/Bethany area.