Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Mystery #1 "Woven Ribbons"

Woven Ribbons Courtesy of Needleartnut

Mystery #1 - "Woven Ribbons" - a 5 x 5 square, worked on inch 23 count light grey Congress cloth using silk, floss, rayon thread, metallic thread and beads. The colors are shades of blue and creme with touches of green.

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Cover Photo Courtesy of FTG

Woven Ribbons was published in 1993.  I have heard that one of these charts had a sticker on it that reads "Mystery Lesson" with the number but this seems to be rare.  It occurred on a chart with a blue cover.  It might mean that this was one of the first charts for this first mystery design printed, but it is hard to be sure. I have asked for a photo of the cover and the sticker and hope to have that to publish here soon.


Woven Ribbons Courtesy of Lara and Needleart Nut

Materials List:
9x9 square piece of 23 count light gray Congress cloth
3 skeins of Anchor floss in shades of forest green (#849 and #850 plus #779 for background)
1 skein Waterlilies silk floss in a pale green #44 "Ice"
1 skein Marlitt rayon floss #1036  (peach?)
Madeira Opalescent #300
one box Mill Hill Petite Glass beads #40161 (white?)


Woven Ribbons Courtesy of Lara and Needleart Nut, showing the background cream color better


 It is interesting that both of the cover pages I have photos of are blue, not pink or white like GE's cover page.  They also have the name of the piece and no computer disk icon which we see on GE's cover page.

Lessons, Cover Page and Materials Courtesy of Gatesmaren

This piece has also been stitched by lara hartley and is displayed on her blog.  The header photo for this blog shows part of this version of Woven Ribbons.
http://diet-pepsi-and-xanax.blogspot.com/2011/12/loretta-spears-mystery-1.html

I also found a photograph of this completed in 2006 by Wyora.
http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/2990638070101330505dOTfQC


Mystery #1 Has Two Versions

Note that there seem to be two versions of Mystery #1 charts.  One version is called Mystery Project 1993 on the first page of the instructions.  In all the charts for Mystery Project 1993 I have seen the blue cover page is printed reversed.  Courtesy of eBay seller pcos2002, here is a photograph.

Mystery Project 1993 version of Mystery #1

The other version is called Mystery #1 Project Woven Ribbons on the first page of the instructions.  The blue cover page is printed correctly.  The layout of the instructions seem to be different but everything is identical otherwise in the instructions, supplies needed, etc.  I seems clear that Loretta revised the instructions at some point, probably when she decided to do a series of mystery projects.  Courtesy of eBay seller pcos2002, here is a photograph.

Mystery Project #1 Woven Ribbons version of Mystery #1

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