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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Rose Bliss & Lucky Gecko

I last told you about this piece here on May 12, 2018. As you see I made some progress and finished it last night. I am on a roll!!

I give you Rose Bliss designed and taught by Kay Cline for the September 30, 2006 meeting of the Carolinas ANG (American Needlepoint Guild). It is on 12"x 12" sage green 18 count mono canvas. If I recall correctly there was a blue version as well as the green. It uses Impressions, Mandarin Bamboo Floss, DMC floss and pearl cotton and some Kreinik braids. Lots of fun stitches and layering.

I seem to have unconsciously and now consciously picked up older Works in Progress (WIPs) which are more like UFOs (UnFinished Objects) to work on lately. So next on my stitching frame is Lucky Gecko by Debbie Stiehler. It is a biggie on 15" x 17" sandstone congress cloth. All I have left is some background stitches on the upper right area and lower left area, beads on the Gecko (including eyes) and Concho metal disks for the corners. So, I am about done!!! It uses overdyed french wool, pearl cotton, cotton floss, rainbow linen and ribbon. I am not sure when I took this class, but I know I was in North Carolina and it is copyrighted 2003 and I was living in Raleigh then, so it is possible this is when I started it. I have since learned to be better about dating stuff - silly me thought I would just finish everything when I took the class!!!! 

That is about all for now!!!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Jubilation Diamond Box 1

I purchased this kit at a club stash sale in Colorado a few years back since it was in "MY" colors. I finally got around to finishing the stitching and the finish finishing attaching it to the box top. A double whammy!!

It is called Jubilation Diamond Box 1 designed by Denise Harrington Pratt and she also made the box.

Besides the box and finishing materials for the top, the kit had a variegated floss, two solids and a fine metallic and 28 count linen. But all the colors are referred to as color A, B C or D, so I can't tell you the colors except for the cording which used a full skein of DMC 3779.

The finished size is roughly 4"x4". This is the top with cording made by me as well as the stitching. The sides are a little fuzzy because I did this on my scanner. I can't seem to find the photos I JUST took and saved to the computer. GRRR.

This is the side view. Taken with my camera, so what did I do with the other photo?? I may need more coffee or is it too early for wine? It only called for one piece of cording, but I must have misread the instruction because I ended up with a gap, but I had a skein of this color on hand and made a second row of cording. I think it looks fine!

And lastly she puts a label on the bottom of the box since each box is hand made by her and it has a place for the stitcher to add their information. I added the words "and finished by" after the words stitched after I scanned it, so it does not show up here.

It was fun to stitch and the finishing was not too hard either with the good instructions!