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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Stitch from Stash ... and Sparkly Stuff

Hey Blog Buddies,

Stitch from Stash

It's almost the end of the month, so it's time to give my Stitch from Stash report.  I spent $23.72--not great but still within the budget.  For that I got some DMC floss, a Tunisian crochet book (I want to learn how to do that this year), and I broke down and purchased a chart (YZ from the Prairie Schooler Alphabet series).  I was gifted DEF and then decided I needed the entire series--what can I say?

Sparkly Stuff

I did the February installment of the
Laura J. Perin Nordic Panel SAL.

It's the band on the bottom:  the gold half eyelets with the red zigzags running through.  This was all stitched in metallic ribbon.  You can't really tell in this photo, so I took a photo in direct sunlight, something I normally avoid:

The gold now looks like gold,
but the red zigzag still doesn't appear to be shiny.
Trust me, it is.
So far, this has been an easy SAL to keep up with.
The current installment only took a few hours.

Continuing on in our glitzy theme, I mentioned in an earlier post that I went to a workshop recently.  Workshops and classes are exempt from SFS rules if you don't let the projects become instant UFOs.  The ANG National Seminar is coming to Chicago this year, and our chapter did a pilot class with Libby Sturdy.  For those of you who may not know, a pilot class is a regular workshop, but involves giving a teacher/designer feedback on her instructions before he/she unveils a design.  Libby will be teaching these designs for the first time at the national seminar, and since the catalog listing all the classes came out last week, I can now show you what they are:

This is her Bejeweled Tree Trio, and we did the middle one and the one on the far right in class because they are the more challenging ones.  Well, no one actually finished them in class, but we started both of them.  (heheh)  Libby has hers finished off in a gorgeous triptych.  All of these trees are stitched entirely in Kreinik metallics, with a couple of cards of Neon Rays thrown in for good measure.  There are lots of beads and sequins to add even more glitz.  If you look closely, the "snow" in the background consists of white beads.

Here is my start on the tree farthest right:

Again, I took the photo in direct sunlight.  The yellow and purple on the ornaments are stitched in Neon Rays.  Neon Rays and I have an adversarial relationship, but we are learning to play nice with one another.  (It's rayon ribbon that frays if you look at it funny.)

However.  These are really fun and colorful trees, and the more I complete on this piece, the more I want to do, just because it gets cuter and cuter!  Would definitely recommend taking this class if you happen to be going to the ANG seminar this year.

I won't show you the middle tree yet because it's nothing but a mess of parked threads and "spaghetti" which is what almost all pieces look like at the end of a workshop.  The above piece is the one I'm giving my feedback on, and it needs to be completed first. 

So that's it from here.
Hope you got some stitching time in today.
Thanks, as always, for visiting and all your wonderful comments.


Andrea Ostapovitch said...

That is looking fabulous!

Kristin said...

I love the trees! Tunisian is really easy but I recommend keeping to small items. I tried an entire afghan once in Tunisian and it was quite the endurance trial.


Anonymous said...

Love the progress you have made on your tree. It's really looking nice. Glad to know you are enjoying the challenge! Like your Nordic panel also. I love the glitz in both pieces.

stitchersanon said...

Those trees are really pretty...Ive never seen designs where you draw on the linen before...was this using carbon paper? Fascinating!

Chris said...

That class looks wonderful. The trees are so fun and colorful. Great job staying in the SFS parameters. Your Nordic Needle SAL looks great.
Have a stitchy weekend!

Meari said...

Congrats on staying within budget. Those trees looks so festive!

Izzybeads by Laney said...

Love those metallic threads, gorgeous.

Happy Baker said...

I like this Nordic Panel, colors and pattern look nice together. The trees are coming along nicely as well.

Anonymous said...

gorgeous stitching ♥

Julie said...

The Nordic Panel looks superb and the trees are so vibrant and colourful, how lovely to be part of that project.

geeky Heather said...

Oh my gosh, I adore those trees!!!