Stitch of the Month
December 2010: A PROMISE OF MYSTERY

designed by Sue Reed


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Welcome to the last installment of “A Promise of Mystery”. Sue’s piece is shown above and other color versions are shown here.


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Area F and finishing touches:


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Tent/reverse tent and Slanted Gobelin:

Threads: Family A Vineyard Silk


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- Using 1 strand Family A Vineyard Silk, place a row of tent/reverse tent stitches surrounding Area E. Change slant at the midpoints.

- Using 1 strand Family A Vineyard Silk, stitch Slanted Gobelin “over 2” directly outside the tent/reverse tent row. Change slant at the midpoints.

Attaching the beads:


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Threads: Family A beads
Family A Splendor Silk

- Cut one long length (such as 36”) of Family A Splendor Silk. Strip the strand down to 1 ply and thread it into a beading needle. Match the two cuts ends and knot them together. Results: 1 ply doubled = 2 ply for beading; needle is contained on the thread.

[HINT: If you have difficulty threading a beading needle try one of these options:
1. When holding a needle between your fingers to thread it, any slight movement can shift the angle of the eye. Try placing the needle into a piece of felt or cloth to hold it steady; 2. Lick the eye of the needle and the end of the thread. The moisture from the saliva can help to draw the thread through the eye.]

[HINT: Never empty out all of your beads at one time as they are guaranteed to spill. When they do spill, a piece of nylon stocking covering the end of a vacuum cleaner nozzle will suck the beads up from the floor or carpet.
Instead take out a few beads at a time from the container. I like to catch a few onto the sticky part of a Post-It® note and place the non-sticky part under magnets. In that way I can move the note with beads around my canvas.]


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- Area B beads: Refer back to the May installment. Tie in the beading thread into the underside of a crescent cup. Come up at #1/9, pick up four beads, and go down at #8/16. Normally I would lasso the beads (come up at #1/9 again, split the 2 ply having one ply go to the right of the beads and the other ply to the left of the beads, then go down into #8/16), but I had a problem getting the ‘lasso’ to sit closer to the canvas and not be visible. My intention was to have the beads cup over the crescent and not sit inside the crescent, so the lasso was not the solution. What worked for me was to attach the beads to one crescent cup, turn the canvas to the backside and catch the beading thread under existing stitches before moving on to the next unit.


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- Area C beads: Refer back to the July installment. Tie the beading thread into the underside of the canvas. Come up in the center of a Silk Lamé eyelet (not the octagonal eyelets) catching some of the Lamé thread. Pick up a bead and go back down into the same eyelet hole – again catching some of the Lamé thread.


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You have an option of lassoing the bead or work this as I did: One a bead is attached, pull the thread snuggly, turn the canvas to the underside and catch the beading thread under existing stitches before moving on to the next Lamé eyelet center.

Well, now you are done. I look forward to seeing what you created with your thread and color selections. Hopefully you have enjoyed stitching this mystery as it unfolded. It is quite a leap of faith on your part and hopefully I gave you a design that allowed you to grow, challenged you along the way, and also gave you some ‘comfort’ stitching.

Thank you for taking part in “A Promise of Mystery”. As for me, it was an honor to be asked to design a piece for Stitch of the Month and a pleasure to share it with all of you.

My best,
Sue Reed

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