Stitch of the Month
March 2010: A PROMISE OF MYSTERY

designed by Sue Reed

Hello! I hope that you are enjoying this mystery as it unfolds. This month we will continue working on Area B.


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AREA B - part 2:

Triple Cross variation:


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Threads: Family C Splendor Silk
Accentuate
Family A Splendor Silk

[HINT: These threads are used later in this month’s lesson for the centers of Area B. You might want to park them to the side and out of the way for the time being.

 


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Step 1: Using 2 ply Family C Splendor Silk (______________), work 1 x 3 cross stitches as shown on the chart. Notice that this pattern extends through the middle of the 6 x 24 thread marked area.

Step 2: Using 4 strands Accentuate (___________), work 3 x 3 cross stitches on top of the 1 x 3 cross stitches in Step 1. Refer to chart.

[HINT: When stitching with this thread, it is easier to handle when you take two (2) long lengths of the Accentuate, thread them into your needle, bring the four (4) cut ends together and knot them. The needle stays contained on the thread.]

Step 3: Using 2 ply Family A Splendor Silk (_____________), work 3 x 1 cross stitches to complete the Triple Cross variation. Refer to chart.

Elongated Cashmere and Continental (around center square):


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Threads: Family B Vineyard Silk
Family C Vineyard Silk


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- Using 1 strand of Family B Vineyard Silk (_____________), fill in the remainder of the 6 x 9 thread rectangles with Elongated Cashmere rectangles (two threads wide) and place an edge of Continental using 1 strand of Family C Vineyard Silk (_____________). Refer to the chart and note the changes in slant. The Continental stitches have the same slant as the Cashmere stitches.

Elongated Cashmere and Continental (in the centers of the Area B squares):


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Threads: Family B Splendor Silk
Family C Vineyard Silk

- Using 3 ply Family B Splendor Silk (______________), work Elongated Cashmere stitches (two threads wide) and edge with Continental using 1 strand of Family C Vineyard Silk (________________). These stitches will form an open cross in the center of each square. Refer to the chart *Note the changes in slant,as it is different from the section just worked. The Continental stitches now maintain the same slant for each quadrant.

Smyrna Cross variation (in the center of the open cross):

 


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Threads: Family C Splendor Silk
Accentuate
Family A Splendor Silk

These are the same threads used in the Triple Cross variation earlier in this month's lesson but in a different order.


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Step 1A: Using 4 strands Accentuate (____________), work a 2 x 2 cross stitch. Step 1B Go over this 2 x 2 cross a second time to raise it. Refer to chart.

Step 2: Using 2 ply Family C Splendor Silk (_____________), work one (1) vertical stitch as shown on the chart.

Step 3: Using 2 ply Family A Splendor Silk (_____________), work one (1) horizontal stitch as shown on the chart.

Happy Stitching!

Sue

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