A little setback


I’m continuing to work on Glitz & Glamour Citrine and have made some progress. I decided to add in Petite Very Velvet to the other threads, but haven’t figured out where to use it yet. I’ve added waffle stitches, sprat’s heads and Milanese so far, with some other fun stitches yet to go.

Last night as I was working away, I ran in to a little setback. I’m working on the area between the Milanese sections. I decided to use two threads for the stitch I have in mind, but when I started stitching with them I didn’t like them so had to rip that out, and choose two others. Still not convinced I’ll use two threads there, but it’s looking likely.

The biggest problem, though, is with the stitch. When I design, I work everything out in my charting software BEFORE I begin stitching. It usually saves a lot of ripping later on. But sometimes, I can’t remember what I was going to do! It made perfect sense when I was charting everything. However, those black lines on my chart don’t offer any clues to what I was thinking when I laid everything out.

So I started working things out last night. I started one way, but the charting didn’t work the way I thought it would. I started over, and again, what I thought would be perfect turned out to not work at all.

I know some stitchers who run into problems during a stitching session, and put everything away until they can approach the problem more clearly. That’s what I did last night. Today I’ll have a fresher outlook and can hopefully solve this problem, because I’m anxious to be done with yellow!

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For the past few days I’ve had to abandon Glitz & Glamour Citrine for another aspect of my job, kitting class supplies. Criss Cross class supplies need to go out as soon as possible, but alas! There’s a problem.

When I ordered supplies from my regular supplier, I specified that if anything was back ordered, to please let me know so I could acquire from a different source. I heard nothing, so I assumed that everything would be in the box. The shipment arrived while I was away tending my mother, and I couldn’t open the box while I was out of town. When I opened the box to begin assembling kits, I discovered that not one, not two, but three different items were back ordered and not in the box! Frantic phone call to the supplier, who confirmed that the items were indeed back ordered, and no hint as to when they would ship.

I spent yesterday trying to find other sources for the missing kit items, and hopefully they will be on their way soon.

I also had to revamp the instruction book to include a fourth color way. Instructions rewritten, books printed ¬†and ready to ship as soon as the missing kit items arrive. But the clock’s ticking and I’m getting nervous about getting things out in a timely manner.

Why not order sooner? Good question, and one for which there’s no easy answer. I placed my orders as soon as the registration period ended, and there’s a built-in time cushion to allow for supplies to arrive, assemble kits and mail. When a supplier lets me down, though, that time cushion quickly evaporates. Ordering in advance of the end of registration is fraught with problems. What if I order too much? I have to pay for the supplies and am stuck with them unless I can find another use, or have the class again. What if I order too little? It’s also a problem because I have to pay shipping charges for each and every shipment – far better to place one order and have one shipping charge!

So while I’m waiting for my missing kit items, I’ll get back to Citrine. Fingers crossed the supplies arrive quickly!

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Making progress

Citrine progress

After some starts and stops, I’ve finally made some progress on the center of Glitz & Glamour Citrine. I don’t know why it’s so difficult to work with yellow! I like it once I get going, but it’s hard to get excited about this color!

The inspiration for the design was a close-up of a large citrine, showing the facets of the gem. I decided to use rhombus jessicas for the large facets. That left a large hole in the center of each one, so I filled the centers with a satin stitch pattern. So far, so good!

I realized as I was stitching, though, that even though each jessica is the same size and shape, it might be difficult to figure out where to start each one. Sigh. So I get to diagram each and every jessica, to make it easier for the stitcher. Do you know how hard it is to diagram a jessica? The hard part is showing where the stitches go under. I do the best I can, but I wish I could do more.

So after I get the jessicas diagrammed, it’s on to the next step. The next stitches will be easier – you’ll have to wait to see!

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Color Stories

Yellow threads for Citrine

Are there colors that are difficult for you to use? For me it’s yellow. Yellow is my least favorite color. I have friends that LOVE yellow; frankly, I can’t understand it. I guess it’s because I don’t wear yellow (makes me look like a cadaver) and don’t decorate with yellow.

Blue is my favorite color. I think it should be everyone’s favorite color! I have to make myself not buy everything in blue. When I wear blue I feel happier. It’s definitely my color as far as skin tone, hair color (at the moment), eye color. I have a cobalt blue suit that is absolutely luscious. But yellow, not so much. I don’t think I have a single article of clothing in yellow.

So why am I about to undertake a solid yellow project? Good question! In my Glitz & Glamour series I don’t have Citrine, and I was specifically asked to design this as an addition to the line. I researched on-line for inspiration, since I also have no yellow jewelry. I found a gorgeous picture of a large citrine, which clearly showed the facets of the stone, and I thought I could spring board my design from those facets. Then I went into my many thread collections and pulled out yellow threads. Not every yellow goes with every other yellow; it requires some careful selection. So I gathered my threads, created the design and am ready to begin stitching.

I find that starting the stitching is harder than I thought it would be. I like the design, I like the thread textures, but I’m having a hard time embracing the color. I always advise stitchers to change the colors in designs if they want, because if they don’t like a color they won’t stitch the design. I’m finding that advice to be more true than I thought.

I will persevere. I think it’s a good design, I just have to get past the yellow!

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New class with Shining Needle Society!

I’m so pleased to announce that I am offering a new class with Shining Needle Society. Criss Cross is a smallish design (8″ x 8″), filled with fun stitches. I stitched the model in purple with yellow accents, but it’s also available in blue with yellow or green with yellow.

I recently taught this class for a Tucson area chapter, and we had loads of fun with it! I got to see the other color ways in progress and was pleased with how they were turning out. Also, one of the stitchers, Jan S., chose aqua with black threads for her own color way, and it was spectacular! She had so much fun stitching she finished the project in 2 weeks!
Criss Cross color options

Jan has given us permission to use her color/thread list, so that’s a fourth option on colors. Or, you can do what several in the class did and choose your own color way. The thread list is limited in palette so it’s easy to create your own out of stash or during a shopping frenzy at your local shop. I’ll be happy to send a thread list so you can create your own color way. You can read about Jan’s stitching this project at her blog, http://stitchlady.wordpress.com.

The Shining Needle Society is a wonderful partnership for me, and I think the many students involved like it as well. Here’s a link to the announcement, so you can read all the details for yourself and see Jan’s color way.


I’m planning to do video stitch demonstrations of the more challenging stitches, like double fan doubled, crescents and such. So even if you’ve never done these kinds of stitches, you’ll have a video of me doing it, close up, that you can repeat as needed until you’ve mastered the stitch. It’s just like having me stitch beside you!

If you have any questions feel free to email me, or leave a comment and I’ll get back to you. I’m looking forward to this class!

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