Friday, September 21, 2018

Golden Gala Evening Purse - 9/21/18

September 21, 2018--While at the ANG 2018 Seminar in Washington, DC last month, I took a class by Michele Roberts called Golden Gala Evening Purse.  It consists of 2 panels (a front and a back), backed with a beautiful fabric and exposed ribbons.  Both panels are inserted into a clear acrylic purse form that has golden hinges and a long detachable strap.

I learned the ribbons are placed on the back of each panel so the they can easily be pulled out of the acrylic form.   Without the ribbon "handles", damage could be done to the needlepoint when pulling it out.  A very good idea!

Below is a picture of the stitched purse front.  As usual, the photograph doesn't show the vibrancy and beauty of the threads.

Golden Gala Evening Purse Front



Monday, September 17, 2018

Holiday Ornament Red Gift - 9/17/18

September 17, 2018--Here's number 7 of the 15 Susan Portra Holiday Ornaments collection (click here for more information about them).  The color variations of the ribbon "nap" are beautiful and I love the interesting stitch variations.

I find these holiday ornaments are my "go to" projects when I need a break from a larger, long-term piece.   They are quick and fun to complete--all are different with a variety of stitches to keep my interest.

Holiday Red Gift Ornament Completed



Saturday, September 15, 2018

Rehoboth Beach, DE Needlework Exhibit - Updated 9/15/18

September 15, 2018--The 8th Annual Needlework Exhibit at the museum in Rehoboth Beach, DE is now open through October 28, 2018.  Please call to confirm the hours of operation.  More information can be found at:

http://rehobothbeachmuseum.org/index.php/annual-needlework-exhibition

511 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Phone (302) 227-7310

Hope to see you there.  Fall is the best time to come to the beach and enjoy the exhibit.



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July 25, 2018--The Rehoboth Beach Museum has just informed us that the Annual Needlework Exhibit for 2018 will take place from September 15 through October 28.  Entries will be accepted August 18th through the 26th.  Below is more information about the exhibit, categories, etc.    Hope you will visit the museum while enjoying the beaches in Delaware.  It's a well presented exhibit showcasing the skills of stitchers from all around the Mid-Atlantic area.


Rehoboth Beach Museum

8th Annual Needlework Exhibition

September 15, 2018 through October 28, 2018

  

On behalf the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society



Entries accepted August 18 through August 26, 2018



 Exhibition details



EXHIBIT DATES:



September 15 through October 28, 2018



LOCATION:



511 Rehoboth Avenue, at the entrance to the City of Rehoboth Beach, near the lighthouse traffic circle and the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center.



EXHIBITION HOURS:



Friday, 10-4, and Saturday and Sunday, 11-3.



DAILY ADMISSION FEES: Admission is by donation.



RECEPTION:



There will be a closing reception for exhibitors October 28 from Noon to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served. You may pick up your work no earlier than 3 p.m.



ELIGIBILITY:



Each entry must be the work of a living person and appropriately finished. We reserve the right to display items in the manner we deem most appropriate and to refuse items deemed inappropriate for display. Entries requiring hanging must be wired. No saw tooth hanging devices will be accepted. Entries must be labeled with the stitcher’s name and phone number.



DIVISIONS:

Adult: For stitchers 18 years old or older.



Junior: For stitchers 17 years of age or younger at the time the work was completed.



CATEGORIES:

Original

A unique design and composition, which is entirely the product of the stitcher’s own mind and hands. This includes interpretations of nature and art through stitching.



Commercial

Works using any element of a designer’s pattern for needlework. Includes: charted or painted canvas, printed graphs, kits, class projects, and minor alterations thereto.



TECHNIQUES:

·      Beadwork

·      Canvaswork/Needlepoint: Traditional, multi-stitch (4+) or painted canvas

·      Counted Thread: Including Blackwork, Cross Stitch      (even weave), Drawn thread, Hardanger

·      Sampler: Traditional or Multi-stitch (4+)

·      Embroidery: Including but not limited to Crewel,          Goldwork, Silk Ribbon, Stumpwork, Surface, White Work.

·      Heirloom Sewing: Smocking, Fine hand sewing, Needle Lace, Quilting (please note, only those quilts awarded prizes will be displayed in full due to space constraints).

·      Lace: Bobbin Lace, Battenburg, Filet Guipure, etc.

·      Miniature: 32-count or higher, over one thread

·      Mixed Media





JUDGING:



A nationally certified judge will award ribbons. Major award winners will be announced just prior to the opening reception.  Entrants should fill out forms carefully to ensure that each piece is properly classified. The Historical Society reserves the right to re-classify entries.



AWARDS:



Best in Show – across all techniques

First Place, Second Place, Third Place – for each technique

Honorable Mention  - the judge reserves the right to choose the number of honorable mention winners

People’s Choice – by popular vote



All entries must remain at the Rehoboth Beach Museum for the duration of the exhibition.



MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ENTRIES: Five.  Entries must not have been in previous RBHS exhibits, but may have been in  other shows.



ENTRY FEES:

Members of RBHS: $5 per entry, $5 per additional entry

Non-members:  $10 per adult entry, $5 per additional entry

Juniors:  $5 junior entry, $1 each additional entry. 



Sets containing several items will be charged $1 for each additional item.









Make checks payable to Rehoboth Beach Historical Society (RBHS), 511 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971





Society Memberships are available:

Individual: $25

Household: $35

Supporting: $50

Anna Hazzard: $100



Membership is tax-deductable. Please send a separate check for membership.





ENTRIES BY MAIL:



PLEASE NOTE: Entries will be accepted by mail but will not be returned by mail. All entries must be picked up at the museum. Entries MUST BE RECEIVED BY August 26, 2018. Entries by mail must be shipped in a sturdy container and must contain a completed entry form. Mailing address: Rehoboth Beach Museum, 511 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Please call (302) 227-7310 for information.



HAND DELIVERED ENTRIES:



Exhibitors are urged to pre-register by sending completed forms and fees in the mail to The Rehoboth Beach Museum by August 22, 2018. Please make checks payable to the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society. Walk-in entries are accepted August 18  through August 26 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. No entries will be accepted after August 27, 2018. Entries must be picked up one full weekend after the show closes.



TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

1.    Insurance coverage is the responsibility of the owner/depositor.

2.    The depositor warrants that he or she holds full and clear title to the object(s) identified on the face of the entry form or is the agent of the owner authorized to deposit the objects(s) with the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society.

3.    All objects may be examined, photographed, measured, or otherwise reproduced for educational or promotional purposes.

4.    The object(s) will be returned only to the depositor unless RBHS is notified in writing to the contrary.

5.    If objects are not picked up by the last pick-up date, a $5 per day storage fee will be charged. After 30 days, the object will be deemed an unrestricted gift to the museum.

  

ENTRY FORM – Maximum 5 entries

Please reproduce this form or print from www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org

(please attach a photo of your work if possible and an artist’s statement)



Stitcher Name_________________________________________

Exhibited by___________________________________________

Address______________________________________________

______________________________________________________



Phone (home) _______________Phone (cell) _______________

Email (print CLEARLY) _______________________________



Division:     _____Adult        _____Junior      

Category:   _____Original   _____Commercial



Technique (circle one):  

Beadwork                   Canvaswork/Needlepoint

Sampler                      Counted Thread/Cross Stitch

Embroidery               Heirloom Sewing/Quilt

Miniature                   Lace  ___

Mixed Media



Title __________________________________________



Measurement:  Length____      Width____



Description (framed piece, pillow, etc.) ___________________

Thread Count: ________ Pattern Source/Class _____________



In submission of this entry I hereby agree to abide by the stated rules of the exhibition, and terms and conditions listed on the enclosures. 



Signature   _________________________       

Entries accepted at the museum 511 Rehoboth Avenue * (302) 227-7310



# of entries __ times Entry Fee = $_________       

                           (office use only) AMT Cash $________    Check #________  



Labels: Print clearly and affix one label to each piece. You may use your own label but it must have this information.



Name of Stitcher: __________________________________________

Title of Piece: _____________________________________________

Technique: ________________________________________________



Name of Stitcher: __________________________________________

Title of Piece: _____________________________________________

Technique: ________________________________________________



Name of Stitcher: __________________________________________

Title of Piece: _____________________________________________

Technique: ________________________________________________



Name of Stitcher: __________________________________________

Title of Piece: _____________________________________________

Technique: ________________________________________________



Name of Stitcher: __________________________________________

Title of Piece: _____________________________________________

Technique: ________________________________________________



Name of Stitcher: __________________________________________

Title of Piece: _____________________________________________

Technique: ________________________________________________



Name of Stitcher: __________________________________________

Title of Piece: _____________________________________________

Technique: ________________________________________________



Name of Stitcher: __________________________________________

Title of Piece: _____________________________________________

Technique: ________________________________________________



Name of Stitcher: __________________________________________

Title of Piece: _____________________________________________

Technique: ________________________________________________


December 30, 2017--News:  the Needlework Exhibit in Rehoboth Beach, DE will be held in September/October of 2018.
The museum's director recently wrote....."As many of you know, the Historical Society, which operates the museum, has been raising money to complete construction on the second floor. We have finally raised enough money to begin construction and we will do so beginning January 2, 2018. Construction will continue through at least the end of April, 2018. This means that the Needlework exhibit will not be held at its regular time in 2018. We will hold the exhibit in September and October of next year. This would mean drop-off dates of mid-to-late August, and opening the weekend of either Labor Day or the week after, and a pick-up the last weekend of October. One benefit of this time frame is that it moves the exhibit farther away from the Woodlawn exhibit, and gives the exhibit the chance to be seen by more visitors."
This is good news for those who participate in both exhibits (Woodlawn and Rehoboth Beach) and about the museum's 2nd floor construction. Actual exhibit dates will be published once they are known.
Rehoboth Beach, DE Museum


Friday, September 14, 2018

ANG Seminar Ribbon Buttons - Updated 9/14/18

September 14, 2018--I recently wrote about the ANG Seminar Ribbon Buttons I stitched (see the blog entry below dated September 5, 2018) and mentioned I knew who won the First Place Ribbon that had my name on the back as the stitcher, but didn't want to say who received it unless I had permission to do so.

Well, the award winner recently wrote me to say it was OK to name names and sent along a picture of the exhibit entry.  So I'm happy to report that Jonathan Brown was the recipient of the First Place Ribbon Button I stitched for his exhibit entry called Unicorn Sporran.  He says "I love the hand stitched centre on my ribbon and treasure each one as an individual work of art."  

Thank you Jonathan--your stitching is truly amazing.

Unicorn Sporran by Jonathan Brown (published with permission)
More news--Jonathan also has a new blog and it's very well done.  You can find it at:

https://jonathansembroidery.blogspot.com/  Happy reading.



September 5, 2018--I was fortunate to participate in the stitching of ANG 2018 Seminar ribbon buttons along with other members of Maryland's Checkerspot Stitchers Chapter.

The first button I stitched, red and cream stripes with gold stars, was used as the center of a blue First Place ribbon.  I happen to know who received this one (there was more than one blue ribbon awarded) and since my name is on the back of the ribbon button as the stitcher, the recipient will know it was me.  Cool.  If the recipient tells me it's OK to mention his/her name, I'll post it as a blog update.

Ribbon Button Before

Ribbon Button Finished as a Blue First Class Award

Ribbon Button Closeup Finished as a Blue First Class Award
The second ribbon button I stitched depicted the Washington Monument surrounded by flags.  It was made a part of the Green Delegates Choice Ribbon which was awarded to the beautiful piece stitched by Donna Pence.  Congratulations!

Ribbon Button Before

Ribbon Button Finished as a Green Delegates Choice Award

Ribbon Button Closeup Finished as a Green Delegates Choice Award


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Threading a Needle - 9/13/18

September 13, 2018--I'm trying a new threading technique I recently heard or read about and find it works very well.  Wish I could remember where I learned this--would love to give credit where credit is due.

First, I read when using multiple strands of floss, (cotton, silk, etc.), it's easier to lay the stitches on your canvas if you reverse some of the threads in the needle.  For example, if you have 4 strands in your needle, reverse 2 of the strands.  I believe this works because the "nap" of the floss isn't all going in the same direction.  However, you won't see any difference in appearance of the threads once stitched and you should have less "knotting" and twisting.

Second, if you cut a piece of thread twice the length you normally use, then pass the end of that length through the needle and match up the ends--you will have a naturally occurring reversal of threads.  Of course, be sure to separate out each strand from your skein before placing multiple strands in the needle.

Third, using this method of threading your needle leaves you with NO tail at the needle's eye, so you will need less thread when ending.

Fourth, your thread won't slip out of the needle's eye when pulled too hard or if the needle is left to dangle.

Fifth, the thread nearest the needle will no longer be damaged as you move the ends away from or nearer the eye (you won't have to do this).

Have I convinced you to try this yet?  LOL.

Here's a photo of 2 strands threaded through a needle's eye, then folded over to make 4 strands.

PS:  If you make an error and must "reverse" your stitching and the needle gets caught in stitches above or below the row you're working on, just cut your thread closest to the needle's eye, undo your stitches that were done incorrectly, then thread up again as you had done in the past.

2 Strands into 4 strands

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Florentine Heart - 9/11/18

September 11, 2018--Just finished the stitching on this delightful CyberPointers project.  The colors used came from an overdyed RG Mandarin Floss thread and would not normally have been my first choice--way out of the box for me.  I'm going to call this "Canyon" Heart since the colors make me think of the way canyons look at different times of the day.  It's interesting how the center color played out on the overdye, clumping the yellow in one place.   Do you think of a sunrise or late afternoon sun?  What do you see?

Heart Florentine aka Canyon Completed




September 9, 2018--As a member of ANG's CyberPointers online chapter, I love stitching their meeting offerings whenever possible, and because I love bargello stitches, this month's project is a must do for me.  The project called Florentine Heart is designed by Patricia Tector, and uses an overdyed thread from which 5 different thread colors are drawn, all taken from your own stash.

Years ago I received an RG Mandarin Floss M924 overdyed thread at an ANG NOVA chapter event as a table favor and have always wanted to use it somehow.  This strandable bamboo floss, along with four matching DMC threads and an RG Splendor thread are perfect for the Florentine Heart--at least I think so as of this point in the project.

I have thus far completed the instructions for Day 1 and below is a photo of the heart outline along with my thread choices.

Now onto the instructions for Day 2.

Florentine Heart Outline - Day 1
Florentine Heart Threads

PS  The heart outline was copied from another project that had the stitches already graphed--all I had to do was count out each section.  I found this preferable over tracing a heart design on the canvas and figuring out where to place the tent stitches.   I'm either very lazy or an extreme genius--or both.  LOL.

Monday, September 10, 2018

SOTM 2018 - Updated 9/10/18

September 10, 2018--The September darning pattern has 3 acorns and was stitched in no time.  Just noticed the back side has a little glitch in the upper right thread.  Will fix that when I do the outlining in December (this will also cover up all my "turning" threads within the border area).


SOTM 2018-09 Front

SOTM 2018-09 Back



August 2, 2018--Yes, if this is the 2nd of the month, it means that I've stitched the 8th installment of ANG's Stitch of the Month for 2018.  This section reminds me of argyle socks.  Love how the backside looks--like a photo negative.

Note:  I'm using different colors of blue and the variations show in the pictures.  These are threads given to me by my mother back in the 1960's.  So happy to use them.

SOTM 2018-08 Front
SOTM 2018-08 Back


July 4, 2018--Aren't the dancing ladies fun?  Enjoyed stitching July's darning pattern.  The back looks great too.

Happy Independence Day to all.


SOTM 2018-07 Front

SOTM 2018-07 Back


June 3, 2018--Half way there.  Loved these butterflies, but they took longer to stitch than the lessons from earlier months.  We are binge watching Homeland, so I suppose that had something to do with it.
SOTM 2018-06 Front
SOTM 2018-06 Back
SOTM 2018-06 Closeup


May 2, 2018--A month later and the fifth lesson is done for May.  Another fast section with only 3 motifs.  It'll look so much better once the borders are stitched, hiding the "turning" threads.


SOTM 2018-05 Front
SOTM 2018-05 Back
SOTM 2018-05 Close Up



April 2, 2018--The April instructions are up on the ANG website, and like last month, the stitching of this easy diagonal darning pattern took about a half hour to finish (looks like a herringbone pattern to me).  Looking forward to the more complicated lessons coming up.


SOTM 2018-04 Front

SOTM 2018-04 Back

March 2, 2018--The stitching for March's portion of this cute project took about 30 minutes to do.  Am ready for the next installment, but must wait until April 1st.

PS.  If the color for March's section looks darker...it is.  I'm using some old cotton perle threads given to me by my mother and will place the different dye lots around the canvas.

SOTM 2018-03 Front

SOTM 2018-03 Front Closeup


SOTM 2018-03 Back

SOTM 2018-03 Back Closeup
February 2, 2018--The February instructions for this darning project are so easy and quick--was able to get the stitching done in about an hour.  This is going to be so cute as a box cover.  In fact, I'm going to try and enclose the back with glass so that the reverse or negative side will shown when the box top is opened.

SOTM 2018-02 Completed

SOTM 2018-02 Front

Add caption Back




January 11, 2018--The section for the month of  January is stitched.  I love how the back looks like a negative of the front.  Cool.


SOTM 2018 - through January

SOTM 2018 January Closeup Front

SOTM 2018 January Closeup Back
January 2, 2018--Yay!  The January installment of ANG's 2018 Stitch of the Month project called Darned Good Sampler by Toni Gerdes is now up on their website (click here).   This is a year long project featuring darning patterns and it's right up my alley.  I've already picked out my color (true blue) on white 24 count Congress Cloth.  This will produce a final size of 5" x 5" which will fit perfectly in a box I already own.  Below is a picture of this year's project.

ANG Stitch of the Month 2018 Project Photo