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9 HEARTS STITCHED…ONE TO GO

July 22, 2022

I have been so busy lately but I’m pressing forward to get 10 hearts finished as I promised before the end of July.

Designed by Michele Roberts

The bottom left and right still need beading to be completed. I have concentrating on getting the actual stitching done so I could test the instructions. Beading will be done after all stitching is complete.

Heart #10 in almost stitched. I must admit I’m looking forward to getting back to my WIP’s and I have a birth sampler to design for my first great-grandchild, a boy, who will be born early October.

The ANG 50th Anniversary Seminar is in Tucson and I’m in charge of all volunteers. A very time consuming job. I will be heading to Tucson next Wednesday. I have 3 pieces entered in the exhibit and have to turn them in early Thursday. Seminar officially starts on the 29th. I’m taking a two-day class from Jennifer Riefenberg. I hope to post about Seminar, time permitting.

Happy Stitching.

HEARTS #6 AND #7

July 5, 2022

Heart #6

After the lessons I learned with the last heart I decided it would be smart to check my beads before stitching. This heart is a form of the pineapple Bargello pattern. The bottom area is made up of small bugle beads.

I chose the dark thread first and found two lighter shades that matched (sort of). When you are working from stash you learn that the exact match and one that is very close become interchangeable.

This heart went pretty fast so I headed to Heart #7.

Design by Michele Roberts

Heart #7 is a real departure in color and finished look. It also gives me a chance to remind stitchers that the direction of your stitches makes a difference in the appearance of the color

Heart #7

These Milanese stitches are done with one color of floss. Notice the slight difference in color. At first glance you might think it was two values of the same color. The light effects the way we see the color.

Before you see my finished heart I want to show Michele’s. It presented a real challenge. The stitching is pretty simple but the finished effect is very different from those I have stitched.

Design by Michele Roberts

The large embellishment is the star of this heart ♥️. So I headed on a hunt in my stash of “things I might like to use one day”. I’m sure you know what I mean. Saving things that might be an embellishment on a canvas comes along with saving threads you might use one day. 😀

After finding just the thing, miracles do happen, I chose a second thread that is a multi-color metallic by Painter’s Threads.

My colors were determined by the embellishment. Here is the final result……

My Heart #7 Design by Michele Roberts

Heart #8 has lots of beads and may lend itself to going back to red depending on the collection of beads I can pull together. I will get to do some “messy beading” so I need a collection of lots of beads.

HEARTS #6 AND #7

July 5, 2022

Heart #6

After the lessons I learned with the last heart I decided it would be smart to check my beads before stitching. This heart is a form of the pineapple Bargello pattern. The bottom area is made up of small bugle beads.

I chose the dark thread first and found two lighter shades that matched (sort of). When you are working from stash you learn that the exact match and one that is very close become interchangeable.

This heart went pretty fast so I headed to Heart #7.

Design by Michele Roberts

Heart #7 is a real departure in color and finished look. It also gives me a chance to remind stitchers that the direction of your stitches makes a difference in the appearance of the color

Heart #7

These Milanese stitches are done with one color of floss. Notice the slight difference in color. At first glance you might think it was two values of the same color. The light effects the way we see the color.

Before you see my finished heart I want to show Michele’s. It presented a real challenge. The stitching is pretty simple but the finished effect is very different from those I have stitched.

Design by Michele Roberts

The large embellishment is the star of this heart ♥️. So I headed on a hunt in my stash of “things I might like to use one day”. I’m sure you know what I mean. Saving things that might be an embellishment on a canvas comes along with saving threads you might use one day. 😀

After finding just the thing, miracles do happen, I chose a second thread that is a multi-color metallic by Painter’s Threads.

My colors were determined by the embellishment. Here is the final result……

My Heart #7 Design by Michele Roberts

Heart #8 has lots of beads and may lend itself to going back to red depending on the collection of beads I can pull together. I will get to do some “messy beading” so I need a collection of lots of beads.

HEART #5….

June 30, 2022

My goal was 5 hearts in June….I did it! I just finished #5 with all it’s beading. I didn’t think it would take as many gold beads as it did. First there is a large bead placed at each cross section. Next there are smaller gold beads completing the grid.

Because I am working from stash I created some problems for myself. After placing the larger beads, the rows from lower right to upper left were done by threading five beads on the needle and running the needle through the large bead. This worked fine. However when beginning the rows from lower left to upper right I could not go through the large bead, as instructed, the large bead got too twisted. The beads called for in the supply list were different. I improvised by threading the beads on the needle and stitching them down before the large bead and coming up after the large bead. This gives the same visual look.

Next problem…I didn’t have enough of the small gold beads to complete both directions. I did have other gold beads in my stash but they were not the exact gold. Surprise…surprise. Going back to an old trick, I planned to run out. Because I stitch mostly from my stash, I don’t always have enough of the same dye lot. To make the slight change less noticeable I work in from both sides or up and down evenly. The change looks like it was planned and makes a change of dye lot, or in this case beads, much less noticeable.

HEART #5 Designed but Michele Roberts

Now on to Heart #6. Each heart is a little more challenging. I may go away from the reds as I would like to use other colors from my stash. Part of my challenge IS working from stash

HEART #4

June 21, 2022

It has taken me more time than I hoped to get HEART #4 done. I lost my stitching mojo and now I realize why. When piloting for a teacher I feel a responsibility to follow the instructions and use the embellishments called for. This heart called for pearl beads….I didn’t have any. This bothered me more than I think it should. I just looked at the heart nearly finished and had no desire to pick up a needle. I went through my embellishments (and I have a lot) but nothing seemed to be a good substitute. Then I had to have a chemical peel to help some precancerous skin. It was not a pleasant experience and I hope none of you have to go through what I did. Another excuse not to stitch. I do wonder why those excuses come so often to me.

This morning I decided I really wanted to get Heart #4 done. I took more time to sort through my beads and see what I might have missed. I found some Mill Hill size 6 glass beads. I used red thread to attach them. They were the only beads that I had that were big enough to substitute. I’m pleased with the results…..but the original pearls would have been better.

Heart #4 Michelle Roberts Designer.
Michelle Roberts Red Heart #4

HEARTS…..3 DONE and counting

June 4, 2022
Designs by Michelle Roberts

I’m progressing on the 10 hearts I promised to pilot. The full book has 21 hearts. All the hearts are done in red threads. I am using threads from my stash, not the ones called for. I pay attention to the amount of thread used and when choosing my substitute threads I pay attention to the value changes.

I doubt I will do all the hearts in red, as I want to use other stash colors. Michelle suggests that the hearts can be done in any colors and stash threads.

Now on to heart #4. This one calls for some pearls. Each heart increases in difficulty. Not sure I have any pearls but I will find something to use 😀 Most of the hearts use some form of Bargello and I find the stitching very restful. The hearts are only about 3.5”. Feels good to complete them.

I am missing my Windmill and Tulips…….