Sunday, September 2, 2018

Hearts and Trumpets

Hearts and Trumpets

This Loretta Spears Designs chart was published in May 1996.  It is worked on ash rose canvas with two types of Kreinik metallic in an open stitch.

This piece was stitched by the Diet Pepsi and Xanax blog. The blog notes the original canvas color was rose but the stitcher saved that to resell with the design on eBay later and went with green instead.


Close Up of Hearts and Trumpets

The Needleart Nut provided this closeup of the photo.  The original lavender look of the photo shows better here.

Materials List:

6 x 6 inch Ash Rose #18 mono canvas
Kreinik braid size 16, #013
Kreinik 1/16 inch ribbon, #013

Note that Kreinik 013 is now Beige.  It is likely judging from the photograph that some shade of pink or fuchsia was the original color to match the ash rose canvas (a dusty pink color).

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Summer Rose (Loretta Spears Designs)

Summer Rose is a Loretta Spears Designs ornament published in (June?*) 1992.  The design is round with horizontal bands of pattern and an 8 step stitch that resembles a rose in the top band.  The overdyed floss is a pale blue and pink mix.

*The instructions page I have seen is dated C 1992.


Materials List:

7 x 7 white size 24 Congress cloth
Needle Necessities overdye floss #185 (substitute ThreadworX #1143 Sea Flowers)
Lacquered Jewels #442 "Antique Silver"
Lacquered Jewels #425 "Pyrite"
Neon Rays N40 "Beige"
Neon Rays N91 "Silver"

The original kit Loretta sold came with a piece of Congress cloth with the circle already drawn on and the center of the circle marked. Note the "LS" logo in the corner.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

St. Patrick's Day (Loretta Spears Designs) - March 1992

St. Patrick's Day, March 1992
St. Patrick's Day, published in March 1992 under the Loretta Spears Designs name, is an egg shaped ornament done in green, silver and white.

There is another St. Patrick's Day ornament chart, published in March 1995 under the Loretta Spears Designs name.  It is a square ornament.

There is also a Christmas Heirlooms design chart published in March 1992 that is nearly identical but with a green mono canvas and different beads.  I suppose Loretta changed the name of the original 1992 St. Patrick's design and changed some supplies because she also has that March 1995 St. Patrick's Day ornament under the Loretta Spears Designs name.


Materials List:

6 x 8 inch size 18 mono canvas
Anchor floss #1214 "Christmas Green" - variegated green and white?
Neon Rays #2  (N02?  if so, white)
Balger Cord #001C silver
Mill Hill Beads #02020  "Creme de Mint"

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Nancy's Flower Garden

Nancy's Flower Garden was published in April, 1994 under the Needle Adventures name.  This design is a 7 inch square turned on point, stitched with eyelets, beads and bugle beads on blue Congress cloth.  There is a black silhouette of roses in a vase on the instructions page next to the materials list.

Nancy's Flower Garden in Close up


Materials List:

7x7 inch Congress cloth light blue
Waterlilies - Blue Lavender (probably #017)
Mill Hill Petite Beads #42012 Royal Plum
Mill Hill small bugle beads - #72010 Ice - 2.5mm by 6mm

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Christmas Heirlooms March 1992 Ornament

Christmas Heirlooms March 1992

A new ornament has turned up on eBay, the Christmas Heirlooms March 1992 ornament, which is an egg-shaped design in green and white on 18 count mono canvas.  The ornament itself is 2 3/4 inches by 4 1/4 inches according to the seller.

I've seen this as a Loretta Spears Designs chart called St. Patrick's Day published in March 1992 that uses 18 count mono with no color listed and Mill Hill beads.  There appear to be two versions of this design, in other words.  It is possible that Loretta renamed this design and changed the supplies used because there is also a St. Patrick's Day ornament in March 1995 under the Loretta Spears Designs name.

The auction bidding starts at $9.99 plus $3 for "standard shipping."  Included are the chart and what appears to be the original Santa Fe green mono canvas with Loretta's LS logo.    Many thanks to Aggiestitcher for the photographs.


Materials List and Line Drawn Canvas (with LS logo?)

Materials List:

7x7 piece Santa Fe green 18 count mono canvas
Anchor cotton floss #1214 "Christmas Green" which is variegated green and white
Neon Rays #2
AK beads 14/210A ( I think this means size 14 beads in color 210A)
Balgar cord #001C (now Kreinik cord in silver 001)