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Metalforms Project

April 2, 2018

Stitching and ripping…..stitching and ripping. This project is a lesson in what works and what doesn’t. I must admit that I am enjoying the challenge and making decisions, some that work and some that doesn’t.

I have come to the conclusion that even with awful directions I can progress. With some blank canvas in the design being off a thread or two can be adjusted. This project is not charted and the directions as to where to start different areas require reading way more than once.

A fellow Needlepointer took the time to chart the whole project (what patience) but even her chart is slightly off in some areas but still a great help..

Making up my colorway as I stitch has resulted in some of the ripping. I am trying to put small amounts of color in areas to see if “works”.

Here is where I am as of this morning.

You will note that I attempted to baste all the areas. It has really helped.


Mystery Geometric Completed

March 24, 2018

Last Thursday at our ANG monthly meeting I was very pleased to see four projects completed and on the Show and Share table. Mine is the lower right. The other four were completed by guild members. It really made me feel good to see so many completed designs.

I am now working on a new Summer Challenge for my guild also working on Metalforms and looking at my basket of WIPs. At the last meeting I turned in a dozen bookmarks for the guilds outreach program. There is never enough stitching hours in a day.

Metalforms Update

March 18, 2018

After days of border……I am moving on. I have not completed filling in the border as I am not sure what I want there. The thread called for is Flair…it is such a small area I don’t think I like that choice. I have moved on to Areas A and B.

The dark over dye in Area A is representative of the mountains I see out my windows. As I am heading towards sunset colors I just had to have my mountains ⛰

Area B sunset beginning. Here in Arizona we see all colors in our sunsets 🌅 I am choosing colors as I go on this project. It was designed as a monochromatic project. I am way out of the box. There is another Area A to the right of Area B. More mountains.

Home From Las Vegas

March 10, 2018

Fun and relaxing trips always go by so fast. I had a wonderful 5 days with my daughter. She went to continuing education classes for veterinary practice management and I stitched. Then we played.

Here is what I stitched. Using stash and simple instructions. I ran out of the gold for the small ornament but I knew I had more here at home.

Going on the Road

March 1, 2018

I have made progress on my Metalforms project. I am more than halfway around the 1st step of the border. I’m not one to work part of a border and start on the inside. I want the border done. I like to be able to use it as a measure that I am counting correctly. This is a counted needlepoint design.

This afternoon I spent a couple of hours getting a stitching bag ready to go on the road. I am flying to Las Vegas on Sunday for five days. I do not have a project that I really want to take……… alright ! Stop 🛑 laughing. I didn’t say I didn’t have a project to work on …. I said I didn’t have one I wanted to take and work on. Last Christmas I realized that I don’t have stitched ornaments to hang on my tree. All the years I was traveling in a motor home my tree was too small so I didn’t do ornaments. Now I want some so I have canvas, 8 X 8, taped ready for stretcher bars. Several pieces and a dozen or so small charts. A mixture of threads and I hope to just play in Vegas.

My daughter is a vet tech/office manager and is attending the Western Veterinary Conference. She will be taking her continuing education classes during the day and I will be stitching. I call that heaven. We can have some quality time in the evenings.

Mystery Geometric

February 23, 2018

Now I can post about a 2 part Mystery Geometric that I designed and presented to my Tucson ANG chapter. Being the VP, Programs I was having trouble at the end of last year filling my monthly program schedule for the first part of 2018 so I decided to design and present a two part geometric project. The chapter had not had a “Mystery” project and I thought it might generate interest.

I charted and presented Part 1 at the January meeting. Members were given a material list that consisted of a Watercolors and two solid floss colors from the watercolors along with a metallic. Canvas is 8″ square making the finished design area 4″ X 4″. Keeping it small was a key to getting members to participate. Here is the whole design.

Part 1 is the outer edges, leaving a blank square in the middle. I chose Christmas colors as I hope to have it finished into an ornament. Part 2 is the inner square.

Yesterday was our February meeting and I was thrilled when six members had finished Part 1 and were anxious to see Part 2. We passed around the canvases and the different colorways were great to see. Two members had even painted their canvas before stitching. After the March meeting I hope to have pictures of several completed projects.

Charting and writing directions gives me a great appreciation for national teachers who create such wonderful charts and instructions.


February 20, 2018

Another project started……. A few of my ANG guild members have formed a group to stitch the 5 part Metalforms project from the ANG magazines. BUT we are thinking outside the box. Does that surprise anyone? The original design is done in a monochromatic colorway. At least two of us are choosing colors not monochromatic. Also there are mostly metallic threads in the original. I am using a lot of matallic but not as much as the original thread supply list called for.

The group met yesterday at The West, our local needlepoint shop and spent a couple hours playing with threads.

I searched the end cut canvas bin and found a bright pink….. yes pink canvas. My colorway is to be based on desert sunset colors. If you have ever seen an Arizona sunset you will know that the colors are unbelievable.

Here is where I am starting from:

I just had to start on the border. I am using Frye Works Soft Sheen with a Flair filling. It took me a while to get the rhythm of the pattern. As suggested I am working the middle of a row and not starting with a corner. The blue border represents the sky……and here I go. This is a large project. The canvas is 16″ X 18″ making the design area approximately 14″ X 16″. I do not have permission to publish a copy of the complete design so if you do not have the magazines you will just have to watch the design evolve.