Stitch of the Month
November 2010: A PROMISE OF MYSTERY

designed by Sue Reed

Crisp fall days.....my favorite time of the year.


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AREA E - part 2:

Satin stitches – thread blend:


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Threads: Family A Splendor Silk
Family B Splendor Silk
Family C Splendor Silk

The area left open between the Satin stitch heart motifs and the Couched Diagonals will be filled with Satin stitches. Since some of these stitches end under the long diagonal stitch to the hole hidden by the braid, it is easier to work these Satin stitches from the Vineyard Silk to then slide under the metallic braid.


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- Thread a needle with a blending of 1 ply each of the three Splendor silk colors. Using this blend, fill that inner area with Satin stitches.

[HINT: If 3 ply is not giving you the coverage you desire, add another ply in the color of your choice.]

Couched Diagonals and Accent stitches:


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Threads: Family B Splendor Silk (or the color of your choosing)
Family A Splendor Silk (or the color of your choosing)

The “V-shaped” areas, which change slant at each midpoint, are filled with Couched Diagonals worked in every other diagonal channel. The tent/reverse tent couching stitches share holes and thus create some visible canvas threads and a lighter appearance.


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- Using 3 ply Family B Splendor Silk (__________) work the Couched Diagonals.

[HINT: Unlike last month’s lesson, we will stitch the Couched Diagonals differently in order to keep from ‘dead-ending’ and for ease of stitching. On each side, start with the longest Couched Diagonal and work to the smallest. Lay the long diagonal thread then couch back up (this one has 7 tent or reverse tent stitches, each stitch slipping under the metallic braid into the hole hidden by that braid). Move over two canvas threads, throw the next diagonal and couch back up with 5 tent or reverse tent stitches. Repeat this process until one-half of the “V-shape” is completed. On the other half, start with the longest diagonal near the metallic braid.]


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- To place some accent color, use 1 ply Family A Splendor Silk (__________), place a long Diagonal stitch in the channel created between the Couched Diagonals (7) and Couched Diagonal (5). This frames and enhances the metallic diamond surrounding the satin stitch heart motifs.

For those bothered by the exposed canvas visible in this area, here are some options:
Use 1 ply of Splendor Silk in the color used for the Couched Diagonals to place long stitches in the remaining channels.


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Use 2 ply of Splendor Silk in the color used for the Couched Diagonals to place tent/reverse tent stitches (can be time-consuming).


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It’s hard to believe that the year is almost coming to an end and that you are almost through stitching this piece.

See you in December for the finishing touches.
Sue

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