Some completions of small things...

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Some completions of small things...
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Thu, 08-23-2012 - 9:47am

In the Janet Perry Mittens & Mini-Socks bargello "club", I finished the "Japanese Maple" set for August. 

The sock

P1010001.jpg

and the mitten

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On 18 ct canvas, I used DMC Variegate 106 for the "Japanese Maple" strip and DMC987 for the background. DMC 500 is the cuff.

As is my wont, I misread the directions and, thinking the background Ms. Perry stitched on her model was in a variegated, I searched my stash in vain for a green variegated or overdyed in a particular shade of gray green and failed miserably. It wasn't until I was stitching the cuff that I realized she used two shades of green in the background. Oops!

So maybe mine isn't a Japanese maple but the sugar maple in our backyard that invariably has one branch go bright orange red in the fall weeks before the rest of the tree changes color...

One more to go --- the Color Through the Ages piece on Amish colors... I'll add that when finsihed!



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Sat, 08-25-2012 - 12:19pm

Color Through The Ages, Lesson 6, was "Colors of the Amish" and took the form of a log cabin quilt block:

 

Lesson 6 - The Colors of teh Amish.jpg

 

Yeah, I know --- it doesn't look a lot like a log cabin to me either --- I tried to stick to the colors the Amish around here wear --- purples and blue, and sadly, in my stash, they aren't different enough to really show the log cabin effect. Anyway, I used DMC floss throughout: 301 for the border; 666 for the corners and the centers of each log cabin block; 824, 825 and 826 for the blues; and 794, 793 and 792 for the purples.
Perhaps it if weren't on a twinchie and each "log" were more than one row thick, it might show up better, but I think I need to check my color choices on swatches before setting stitches in the final piece (it's too darned hard to rip out a mistake on this canvas with floss).




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Registered: 07-31-1998
Sun, 08-26-2012 - 1:54am

Carol,

I find that when you use colors in the same family you need to spread the sequence out more. 1, 3 and 5 instead of 1,2, 3 for example because they make the colors too close together and you can't see the difference. Just a suggestion.

Do you get these professionally finished or do you do it yourself?

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Sun, 08-26-2012 - 10:35am

I know what you mean about sequence --- it's just that, often, DMC doesn't have five colors in a range so... I hoped and tried. Big issue was the purple and the blue were so close in value, you wouldn't know they were different colors! THAT I didn't expect!

As for finishing, I haven't finsihed any of the m yet, Kind of scared about that canvas on such small items with all those curves, etc. Any suggestions? I was thinking ornaments (Like I NEED ornamnets --- NOT!)

 



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Registered: 07-31-1998
Mon, 08-27-2012 - 12:35am

Most of my things I get professionally finished because dummy can cut too close to the pattern and then not be able to finish anything! I did that with some pretty crazy quilt pattern stocking. Made me most unhappy!