July 5, 2020--Here's a photo of the 7th star leg stitched as part of the 2020 ANG Stitch of the Month (SOTM) lesson for July. Half way through this project with one more star leg to do. After that it's background stitches with the possible addition of a border. Have six months to think about what would look best.
|SOTM 2020 July|
June 5, 2020--June's lesson for the 2020 ANG Stitch of the Month (SOTM) is the sixth star leg consisting of waffle stitches. My favorite is worked up in the 2 corners (left and right). Two more legs to go in blue, then the background will be next.
|SOTM 2020 June Closeup|
|SOTM 2020 June|
May 9, 2020--Last night I stitched up May's installment (number 5) of the ANG SOTM 2020 project. This month featured the Milanese stitch which I love when using threads that must be laid such as multiple strands of silk floss, Neon Rays types of ribbon, etc. However, using variegated Caron Watercolours for a number of this month's sections didn't show off the stitches as well as some other type of thread could have. But that's why I love doing these ANG SOTM projects--I learn so much and develop confidence to try new things. Now i have to wait until the next lesson is available on June 1st to continue working on this 8 legged star.
|SOTM 2020 May Closeup|
|SOTM 2020 May|
April 5, 2020--Here's the fourth installment of the ANG Stitch of the Month project (SOTM) for 2020. The designer, Kathy Rees, skipped a star leg and continued on with the red colors using cashmere stitch variations. Am now thinking about a border to close up the design. Hmmm.
|SOTM 2020 April Closeup|
|SOTM 2020 April|
March 19, 2020--Just finished stitching March's lesson. This third leg of the star highlights Smyrna stitches with some interesting variations. It's a fun project to stitch...just wish I were doing this under better circumstances (no COVID-19).
|SOTM 2020 March Closeup|
|SOTM 2020 March|
February 3, 2020--It didn't take long to stitch up February's lesson. In fact, was able to get this done while watching the Super Bowl game last night (or mostly listening to the game). However, I did look up at the television to watch all the commercials and half-time show. Most of the ads were very entertaining and it was interesting to see the difference in energy levels of Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.
|SOTM 2020 February Closeup|
|SOTM 2020 February|
January 25, 2020--January's lesson is stitched. Based upon the instructions, I can tell this is going to be a lot of fun to work on.
|SOTM 2020 January Closeup|
|SOTM 2020 January|
January 2, 2020--The ANG 2020 Stitch of the Month project looks to be fun while offering stitching challenges. The star designed by Kathy Rees will be great as a "stand up", hanging ornament, etc. I think I'll encase mine in clear plastic and make it into a front door ornament for use on Independence Day.
So far I've downloaded the two files for January (one is an introduction and the other is January's stitching). I really like the blue and red colors used by Kathy, and found some of those threads in my stash. Then ordered what I don't have. I already had a 12" x 12" piece of 18 count mono canvas in white, so will change the background stitches to a very pale, almost white, color rather than the ecru color Kathy used which went with her suggested egg shell colored canvas.
Below is a photo of the basted star. I started to do the outline in #4 pencil, but feared it might look too dirty where the white background stitching met the star. Since the design graph is based upon 6 canvas threads equaling 1 thread in the graph, I basted using a count of over/under 6 threads. Actually faster than counting out each length.
Everything looks a bit messy now because I like having my basting thread knots in front along with their tails to keep an eye on where everything is and easier to remove as each star arm is stitched. You can see I stitch "in the well" and mount my canvas so it sits on the back of the stretcher bars. The tacks on the inside of the stretcher bars are for small magnets which will hold needles.
|ANG Stitch of the Month 2020 Basting|
Below is a photo of the project as designed and stitched by Kathy Rees.
|ANG Stitch of the Month 2020 Design by Kathy Rees Project Photo|