Friday, September 4, 2020

Watching Florentine Fantasy Grow

The Needleart Nut blog is stitching one of the pieces from Loretta's chart "Florentine Fantasy"
and posting progress photos on her blog.  I'll post updates (latest on the bottom) as she stitches.  By the way, she is stitching this on linen, not needlepoint canvas.


She will do the long Bargello piece on blue canvas.

The first band on the sampler is in position.

The second motif is cotton floss and Kreinik metallic.

Now the third motif is introduced.

The third motif is done and so is the star.

The curvy Bargello stripe is next.

And now the Bargello stripe curves are done.

Flame stitch is next.

A four-way Bargello flower shape is the next-to-the-last motif.

And the Bargello spot sampler is done!

Personally, I am not a sampler person or a fan of Bargello, but I think this is lovely.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

My Pocket (Loretta Spears Designs)

My Pocket

My Pocket, a Loretta Spears Design chart, turned up on eBay this week in an auction with a group of Loretta charts.  The date this was published is unknown.

Apparently this is a pocket style with an opening at the top.

It is stitched using gold Kreinik metallic and two shades of Anchor Matlitt on white canvas.   The threads appear to be silver and white.


Materials List:

white canvas
Marlitt #
Marlitt #

Victorian Heart (Needle Adventures)

Victorian Heart

Victorian Heart has turned up on eBay this week.  Published under Needle Adventures name, this is a heart sampler with rows of hearts, Bargello, and Smyrna crosses in shades of pink and at least one overdye on white line drawn canvas.  Date unknown.

Materials List:
white needlepoint canvas
pink overdye, probably from Needle Necessities?


Thursday, December 19, 2019

A New Patchwork Heart Pattern? UPDATED

I just stumbled across this unknown Loretta design on Pinterest. It appears to be a patchwork pattern made into a heart ornament.   The person who uploaded the photo says it is a Loretta design stitched as an Apple Blossom Chapter (of the American Needlepoint Guild) project.

Thanks to the sharp eyes on Facebook's Needlepoint Nation group, I now know that this ornament is Loretta's "Victorian Heart," published in the January-February 1991 issue of Needlepoint Plus magazine.  Appreciate your help, Terry!  It's amazing how different it looks in different colors.  Or maybe it is just different cameras.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

July 1992 Square Ornament (Needle Adventures)

July 1992 Needle Adventures Ornament
A recent eBay auction appears to have a July 1992 Loretta Spears chart published under the Needle Adventures name among the items for sale.  The seller calls it hanging ornament.  This is one of a lot of charts and kits.!22611!US!-1

The ornament is a square made up to hang from one corner in dark blue and purples.  I've copied and enhanced the photos from the auction as best as I can.


Materials List and Canvas, Threads

Materials List:

7x7 inch piece of  18 count Levantine Blue needlepoint canvas
four colors of (purple?) Anchor cotton floss
Fyre Werks
Lacquered Jewels (green?)