Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

Can you believe that it is March already? I am having a hard time believing it myself. Last month SANG taught a class for young kids at the Forest Hills Library. I would like to thank fellow teachers Joyce McCoig, Pat Sweet, and Karen Shaw. There were about eight children participating. What impressed me most is that out of those eight children, three were boys. It was refreshing to see. I learned a lot from this class and hope to do others.

The South Central Region still has open registration for the group correspondence offerings for 2015. Group Correspondence courses are a great opportunity to learn more about different categories of stitching. If you are interested, please sign up by the deadline March 31, 2015.

The May luncheon is coming up soon. So if you are interested in attending, please send in your registration.

Last month I mentioned if you like Blackwork you needed to check out designer Elizabeth Almonds. Why you might ask? Well she put out a free Blackwork pattern called Save The Stitches Blackwork Journey. The project itself is a major undertaking and contains 131 unique diaper patterns. What is amazing to me is to see so many works in progress of this piece and the different variations from the original. The original piece is stitched on 25 count Lugana with DMC black floss, DMC No. 12 Black, three metallic threads (gold, silver, and copper) and three colors of beads to match the metallic threads. Don’t like the black how about changing the dominant color to blue. Don’t want to use black floss to do the diaper patterns how about using a different color for each pattern. Don’t like the metallic threads why not change it to something that suits your style like teal and purple.

Which leads me to my questions of the month? What attracts you to a project? Is it the size of the project? Is it the pattern itself? The color pallet used? The materials used? The stitching techniques used? The cost of the project? The fact that everybody else is stitching it? Or do you see the possibilities of what it could be once you have added your own flair?

As always happy stitching,

Jessica Jones