Marnie Ritter

 

"Scotch Ya!"

This design is a Semi-Annual 2009 Workshop by Mail Project for ANG.  I stitched it in one evening / morning on January 21st-22nd, 2009.

I changed the colors for the piece, mainly because I didn't have anything from the list of recommended materials.  My original thought was to stitch it with red being the focus color (because red is my favorite) but I couldn't find any of my Deluxe Mono canvas in white or tan.  I did find a large enough piece of Aquamarine, though, so that's what I used!  I then built the colors used around that canvas color.  I will list the colors I used here - my substitutions are listed in the same order as the threads are on the stitch guide.

Thread Gatherer Silk 'N Colors - Grape Melange (I had two very different skeins of this; I used the one with grey/blue/purple/pink), Anchor floss 118 light blue/lavender, DMC floss 792 medium blue/lavender, Needle Necessities Overdyed cotton 1481 purple, Rainbow Gallery 12-Strand Treasure Braid TR272 purple/blue, Accentuate 011 purple, Accentuate 376 periwinkle, Thread Gatherer Silk 'N Colors SNC 087 Midnight Cobalt.

I had picked a pink floche and also a light purple Dragonfloss but once I got started stitching with the overdyed silk Grape Melange I realized that they picked up colors I didn't want to accentuate. 

This piece was fun to stitch.  My only counting mistake (that I ended up ripping out and redoing) was in Row 6 -  the composite scotch that is just in from the inner border.  The first side I didn't look closely enough at the chart to realize that the center motif has two canvas threads between it so I had to restitch that part.  Also, on the instructions it says to refer to the photograph and to me it looked like the scotch corners were stitched in different shades, so that's what I did.  Just now looking at the picture I see three stitches I missed (oops) but those are now fixed.  :-)

 



"Thistle"

This pattern was in the 2006 Embroidery Calendar, published by Accord Publishing.  Each month included the pattern and printed evenweave fabric.  I use most of the colors recommended in the pattern, except for changing the blue floss to red floss for the ribbon.  I painted a purchased frame with two coats of Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint.  I took their laser-cut mat supplied with the calendar and cut out the motifs, which I then decoupaged to the frame with modge podge and a sponge brush.  The back of the frame has a dowel so it can stand.  This will go in with our Christmas decorations.

Stitched in December 2007.  Total time was about 3 hours from start to finish.




"Tree of Life"

This pattern was in the 2006 Embroidery Calendar, published by Accord Publishing.  Each month included the pattern and printed evenweave fabric.  I used YLI Silk Ribbon in colors I had on hand: an overdyed red-blue and a solid light red.  I painted a purchased frame with two coats of Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint.  I took their laser-cut mat supplied with the calendar and cut out the motifs, which I then decoupaged to the frame with modge podge and a sponge brush.  The back of the frame has a dowel so it can stand.  This is a gift for Victoria's preschool teacher, Mrs. O'Connell.

Stitched in May 2006.  Total time was about 3 hours from start to finish.

 


"Butterfly"

This pattern was in the 2006 Embroidery Calendar, published by Accord Publishing.  Each month included the pattern and printed evenweave fabric.  I used the "Peacock" floss from House of Embroidery hand-dyed floss, as well as a solid brown DMC and some Kreinik gold thread.  I painted a purchased frame with two coats of Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint.  I took their laser-cut mat supplied with the calendar and cut out the motifs, which I then decoupaged to the frame with modge podge and a sponge brush.  The back of the frame has a dowel so it can stand.  This is a gift for Victoria's preschool teacher, Mrs. Wilson.

Stitched in May 2006.  Total time was about 4 hours from start to finish.

 


"Hydrangea"

This pattern was in the 2006 Embroidery Calendar, published by Accord Publishing.  Each month included the pattern and printed evenweave fabric.  I used the suggested DMC threads.  I couldn't find a reasonably priced 9" frame, so I bought a small frame at Michael's for $1.99.  (Really!)  It was well made.  I then painted it with two coats of Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint.  I took their laser-cut mat supplied with the calendar and cut out the motifs, which I then decoupaged to the frame with modge podge and a sponge brush.  The back of the frame has a dowel so it can stand.  This is a gift for my mother-in-law, Diane Truswell.

Stitched in February 2006.  Total time was about 4 hours from start to finish - lots of french knots!

 


"Violets"

This pattern was in the 2006 Embroidery Calendar, published by Accord Publishing.  Each month included the pattern and printed evenweave fabric.  I used the suggested DMC threads.  I couldn't find a reasonably priced 9" frame, so I bought a small frame at Michael's for $1.99.  (Really!)  It was well made.  I then painted it with two coats of Delta Dreamcoat Acrylic Paint.  The paint is closer to the color of the purple on the side diamonds, it just photographed really dark.  I took their laser-cut mat supplied with the calendar and cut out the motifs, which I then decoupaged to the frame with modge podge and a sponge brush.  The back of the frame has a dowel so it can stand.  This will go in my daughter's room.

Stitched in February 2006.  Total time was about 3 hours from start to finish

 


"Bachelor Button"

This pattern was in the 2006 Embroidery Calendar, published by Accord Publishing.  Each month included the pattern and printed evenweave fabric.  I used the suggested DMC threads.  I couldn't find a reasonably priced 9" frame, so I bought a small frame at Michael's for $1.99.  (Really!)  It was well made.  I then painted it with two coats of Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint.  I took their laser-cut mat supplied with the calendar and cut out the motifs, which I then decoupaged to the frame with modge podge and a sponge brush.  The back of the frame has a dowel so it can stand.  This will go in our blue playroom

Stitched in February 2006.  Total time was about 3 hours from start to finish

 


 

"Strawberries"

I have such a hard time getting red to photograph correctly.  So many times it looks washed out or too dark.  So, I took two photos so you can see this piece more true to life!  The outdoor photograph really shows the detailing of the decoupaged paper, but the red looks washed out and the paper looks more "glued-on".  The indoor photograph is more darker than the actual red, but you can see the brush strokes in the finish that really make it look neat.  It really looks so much better in person! 

This pattern was in the 2006 Embroidery Calendar, published by Accord Publishing.  Each month included the pattern and printed evenweave fabric.  I used the suggested DMC threads.  I couldn't find a reasonably priced 9" frame, so I bought a small frame at Michael's for $1.  (Really!)  It was well made.  I then painted it with four coats of red paint (the leftover paint from my girls bathroom - Behr house paint Eggshell Finish).  I took their laser-cut mat supplied with the calendar and cut out the motifs, which I then decoupaged to the frame with modge podge and a sponge brush.  The back of the frame has a dowel so it can stand, and I attached an alligator hanger so it can be hung as well.  I'm so pleased with this!  It is a gift for my friend, Angela, who has her kitchen decorated in strawberries.

Stitched in January 2006, finished in February 2006.  Total time was about 3.5 hours from start to finish.

 


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