Friday, December 10, 2010

2010 ANG Stitch of the Month Finish

The 2010 ANG Stitch of the Month by Sue Reed is finished! It is the first Stitch of the Month I have ever participated in. Even though it wasn't planned, my project turned into a Christmas theme.

I did make a few changes in this design. Mostly they were color changes. There were 3 colors families. The pattern called for one family of colors and I changed it to one of the colors.

The only design change I made was on the outer diamond border. After couching the diamond outline, I didn't like the look of more couching around the diamonds. So I took the satin stitch from the inside of the diamond and used it again on the outside of the diamond. The tan Vineyard Silk looks great :) AND makes the colors in the diamonds really pop!

I have an idea for finishing. I want to use stretcher bars that fit the design exactly and use trim on the outside of the stretcher bars to cover the mesh. It would look similar to this-

This is an old needlepoint nativity that I stitched 25 (?) years ago. I used stretcher bars to display it on and didn't bother to even put trim around it. I should do that :)

15 comments:

lpat said...

Teresa, Haven't had time to post a comment but the last four finishes are just beautiful. You have really had a productive year in 2010 for finishing projects. I really look forward to seeing what 2011 will bring. You seem to do such a variety of projects. How long have you been stitching and are you self taught or did someone teach/mentor you? Lorrie

PegC said...

It's lovely and what a good idea re: the streatcher bars--hope you'll share that too.

Kelly said...

I like your stitch of the month project. When I first looked at it I thought Christmas. Your nativity is very nice too. That was a ton of work. I bet you are glad you did all that basket weave 25 years ago.

Tara said...

Simply lovely. I need to get mine finished. I'm still in "November." I had, of course, put it aside to quickly work on some other projects.

gracie said...

It really looks great and I think the stretcher bars would be good.

Christine said...

That is beautiful! I think finishing it on stretcher bars would give it a very modern, clean look.

melitastitches4fun said...

Great colors and not so Christmasy that it can't be displayed year-round. I didn't get done with all the couching from Nov. So, I'll have to find another stitch or borrow your idea for satin stitch - yours looks lovely. And, no more couching for awhile! Happy Holidays

Brigitte said...

A great finish with beautiful colours.

Heidi said...

Hi Teresa! I love both the stitch of the month and the nativity! The piece you did really sings with the colors. And the nativity is just so beautiful and must be a real pleasure to use again each year at Christmas.

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

Robin said...

Congrats on your beautiful finish! I think the stretcher bar finish would look great for this. Your nativity scene is gorgeous too!

Giovanna said...

These are both beautiful - congrats!

Tatkis said...

Such a festive, bright finish, beautiful!

Best wishes,
Tatyana

Donna said...

Love your stitch of the month. Your colors are most excellent! I've enjoyed watching some of my friends stitch this in real life and online.

requilt said...

Your work is beautiful and I love your nativity. I have seen pictures of completions of it over the years and I mistakenly thought it was cross stitch. It's a stunning design.

SoCal Debbie said...

I started the same Nativity needlepoint in 1980! I have been two-thirds done ever since. I just need to stitch the third panel. It is on my blog on the Unfinished Projects page. I sure hope to finish it by next Christmas. It was so great to see your completed project!