Stitch of the Month
September 2010: A PROMISE OF MYSTERY

designed by Sue Reed

With ANG Seminar fast approaching, here is some stitching to get you in the mood. The stitches for this month are ones you have already worked earlier in the year, filling an 8 thread wide inner border.


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AREA D:
Threads:

  • Family A Vineyard Silk
  • Family B Vineyard Silk
  • Family C Splendor Silk
  • Family C #16 braid (or #12 braid if you opted not to purchase the #16)

Tent and reverse tent:


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- Using 1 strand Family A Vineyard Silk (____________) square off the design by working a row of tent/reverse tent stitches. The slant changes at the midpoints of the design and corresponds to the slant of the Gobelin stitches in Area A.


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Slanted Gobelin “over 2”:

- Using 1 strand Family B Vineyard Silk (____________) stitch a row around the design using Slanted Gobelin “over 2”. Again, the slant changes at the midpoints of the design and corresponds to the slant of the Gobelin stitches in Area A.

Skip two threads and work another row of the slanted Gobelin “over 2” using 1 strand Family B Vineyard Silk (____________________).The slant changes at the midpoints of the design and corresponds to the slant of the Gobelin stitches in Area A.

Tent and reverse tent:

- Using 1 strand Family A Vineyard Silk (____________) working another row of tent/reverse tent stitches. The slant changes at the midpoints of the design and corresponds to the slant of the Gobelin stitches in Area A.


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Couched metallic, 2 x 6 Tied Cross, 2 x 2 Cross: (same technique used in February. Refer back as needed.)

- Enlarge the four corner holes.

- Using 1 strand Family C #16 braid (____________) place the metallic braid in the center channel along one side. Keep the excess braid centered in the channel by placing it under magnets.


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Using 2 ply Family C Splendor Silk (____________) couch down the braid with 2 x 6 Tied Cross stitches. Stop two threads from the corner turn.


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Remove the magnets and underside couch the metallic braid.


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Cover the turn with a 2 x 2 Cross stitch, rotate the canvas one quarter turn to continue.


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[Hint: Let’s say that you are working a stitch that uses a lot of thread and is hard to start and stop (such as a Waffle or a Double Fan Doubled) but the designer gave no indication of the length of thread to use to complete the stitch, here is what you can do. If you know the sizes of your stretcher bars, you have a ruler at your fingertips. Using your bars – in this case 12” – measure out a length of thread longer than you think you will need.

Example 12” x 3 times along the bar = 36”. Tie in the thread, work the stitch, tie off the thread and measure against the bars the remaining thread left. Remaining length is about 15”. The length of thread needed to complete the stitch is 36” - 15” = 21” (+ another 2” for good measure) or 23”.

Additional important hint...mark the length down in your instruction booklet so that when you pick up the piece in 12 years to finish stitching it, you know the length of thread needed.]

Until October, enjoy!

Sue

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