Serendipity's Nativity (5 panels)

Serendipity's Nativity (5 panels)

Post by Carol Ann Sund » Tue, 03 Feb 1998 04:00:00



I found this design at one of my favorite needlework stores.  For those
of you who know it, it uses
lllllllllllllllllllooooooooooootttttttttttttssssssss of blending
filaments, cords, and braids.  Also a fairly complex design in many
areas.  The instructions call for 18 count Aida.  I have half the center
panel done.  As a recent linen convert, I recently took it out to work
on it again, and decided it just would not do.  Must change to a linen
or evenweave, and chuck out half finished panel (gulp).  Is anyone out
there familiar with the design?  Any suggestions?  My preference,
because of the extensive use of half stitches in the middle of nowhere,
would be Jobelan, does it come in 36 count.  How about other evenweaves
I probably don't know about. HELP please.

happy stitching
Carol S

 
 
 

Serendipity's Nativity (5 panels)

Post by Skyhook » Tue, 03 Feb 1998 04:00:00


Hello Hello!

I strongly suggest that you use a very, very generous allowance because
of the unique framing style of this group of charts, i.e., perhaps as
much as 6" per side (12" added to each of the L & W measurements).  Oh,
also buy _all_ the linen/evenweave you need for the entire Nativity.
That way, your fabric will match even if it takes years to complete the
entire project.

I stitched the "camel" panel years ago, and alas, have not worked on the
chart since :(  Hopefully, I'll pick it back up after some time.....
(sign - another UFO)!

Sweet Stitching!

Helen (Skyhooks)            
hmardis at uiuc dot edu
http://www.staff.uiuc.edu/~hmardis/index.html

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Quote:

> I found this design at one of my favorite needlework stores.  For those
> of you who know it, it uses
> lllllllllllllllllllooooooooooootttttttttttttssssssss of blending
> filaments, cords, and braids.  Also a fairly complex design in many
> areas.  The instructions call for 18 count Aida.  I have half the center
> panel done.  As a recent linen convert, I recently took it out to work
> on it again, and decided it just would not do.  Must change to a linen
> or evenweave, and chuck out half finished panel (gulp).  Is anyone out
> there familiar with the design?  Any suggestions?  My preference,
> because of the extensive use of half stitches in the middle of nowhere,
> would be Jobelan, does it come in 36 count.  How about other evenweaves
> I probably don't know about. HELP please.

> happy stitching
> Carol S


 
 
 

Serendipity's Nativity (5 panels)

Post by Michael F. Parentea » Tue, 03 Feb 1998 04:00:00




Quote:
> I found this design at one of my favorite needlework stores.  For those
> of you who know it, it uses
> lllllllllllllllllllooooooooooootttttttttttttssssssss of blending
> filaments, cords, and braids.  Also a fairly complex design in many
> areas.  The instructions call for 18 count Aida.  I have half the center
> panel done.  As a recent linen convert, I recently took it out to work
> on it again, and decided it just would not do.  Must change to a linen
> or evenweave, and chuck out half finished panel (gulp).  Is anyone out
> there familiar with the design?  Any suggestions?  My preference,
> because of the extensive use of half stitches in the middle of nowhere,
> would be Jobelan, does it come in 36 count.  How about other evenweaves
> I probably don't know about. HELP please.

> happy stitching
> Carol S

I am very familiar with it.  I have finished the center panel, the
Shepherds on the left, and about two-thirds of the way done with the
wi*** on the right.  I am doing it on 18ct ivory Aida because my eyes
couldn't handle the 36ct evenweave.  If you plan to use the 5 panel frame,
MAKE SURE that your fabric is actually 18ct or 36ct and leave plenty of
room around the stitched areas for framing. The first fabric I bought was
some cheap 18ct that actually turned out to be a little larger than 17ct
which would not have fit the frame. My DW bought me the frame first.  I
measured each of the frame sections and then added 4 inches to all 4 sides.
I did not use the stitch count for the finished pieces due to a lot of
"open area" at the top of the side panels (particularly the shepherd boy
and the camel).  The half stitches came out just fine.  I do know what you
mean by llllllloooooooottttttsssss of blending filament. I've almost
finished my second spool of 002HL and I've got more to do.

We had the center panel framed before Christmas and we hung it up for
display for the season.  It was well received.  I hope to have all 5 panels
finished by next Christmas and my DW is figuring out where we will set it
up.

Michael F. Parenteau

 
 
 

Serendipity's Nativity (5 panels)

Post by Leland Jourda » Tue, 03 Feb 1998 04:00:00


Hi Carol,  Diane from Texas here.  I stitched and finished that piece when
it first came out MANY years ago and the one thing I will tell you is to
make sure you buy enough of EVERYTHING.  The main thing that went wrong for
me was that they changed to dye lots on the gold blending filament.  I had
to take out the gold rays on two panels and re-stitch them.  But believe me
I learned my lesson, before I took those rays out I bought 10 spools of the
gold blending filament to make sure that didn't happen with the rest of the
panels.

I also stitched mine on 30 count cream Murano I believe.  I don't know if
that fabric is still around, but there was no way I was going to use 18
Aida.  I also had mine custom framed and it wasn't cheap.  Even with a
substantial discount  it cost me $300.00.  On the bright side in every
contest I entered that piece in, I won every blue ribbon and best of show
ribbon.  Three years ago I gave it to my local church in West ***ia.



Quote:
> I found this design at one of my favorite needlework stores.  For those
> of you who know it, it uses
> lllllllllllllllllllooooooooooootttttttttttttssssssss of blending
> filaments, cords, and braids.  Also a fairly complex design in many
> areas.  The instructions call for 18 count Aida.  I have half the center
> panel done.  As a recent linen convert, I recently took it out to work
> on it again, and decided it just would not do.  Must change to a linen
> or evenweave, and chuck out half finished panel (gulp).  Is anyone out
> there familiar with the design?  Any suggestions?  My preference,
> because of the extensive use of half stitches in the middle of nowhere,
> would be Jobelan, does it come in 36 count.  How about other evenweaves
> I probably don't know about. HELP please.

> happy stitching
> Carol S

 
 
 

Serendipity's Nativity (5 panels)

Post by Mcfd » Tue, 03 Feb 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>The instructions call for 18 count Aida.  I have half the center

I think in th chart itslef 9or in NN's descrition of it0 it recommends 18 ct
aida or 36 count Edinborough.  Check the newest NN catalog if you have it.
Have the pattern but this will wiat until FP is finished (like maybe 5-10
years?????? LOL

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Serendipity's Nativity (5 panels)

Post by Stephenie Labovit » Tue, 03 Feb 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> I found this design at one of my favorite needlework stores.  For those
> of you who know it, it uses
> lllllllllllllllllllooooooooooootttttttttttttssssssss of blending
> filaments, cords, and braids.  Also a fairly complex design in many
> areas.  The instructions call for 18 count Aida.  I have half the center
> panel done.  As a recent linen convert, I recently took it out to work
> on it again, and decided it just would not do.  Must change to a linen
> or evenweave, and chuck out half finished panel (gulp).  Is anyone out
> there familiar with the design?  Any suggestions?  My preference,
> because of the extensive use of half stitches in the middle of nowhere,
> would be Jobelan, does it come in 36 count.  How about other evenweaves
> I probably don't know about. HELP please.

> happy stitching
> Carol S

That is next on my to-do list, and I would love to do it on linen, but I
stitch faster on aida, so I bought black aida to do the whole thing on.
After all, it is a nighttime scene!!  

-Stephenie

 
 
 

Serendipity's Nativity (5 panels)

Post by Carol Ann Sund » Tue, 03 Feb 1998 04:00:00


Want to thank all who replied.  Got lots of really good hints, and have printed
out the posts, so as not to lose any of them, can't wait to finish current
project so I can get back to work.  Thanks and Happy stitching to all who
responded.
Carol S

 
 
 

Serendipity's Nativity (5 panels)

Post by Cara Slaven » Thu, 05 Feb 1998 04:00:00


WHAT!!!!! You work on one project at a time??!! =:0     I wish I had your
self-control.  Before I get one done, I've found something else that I
ABSOLUTELY MUST START RIGHT AWAY.   AAHHH.

Quote:

> Want to thank all who replied.  Got lots of really good hints, and have printed
> out the posts, so as not to lose any of them, can't wait to finish current
> project so I can get back to work.  Thanks and Happy stitching to all who
> responded.
> Carol S

 
 
 

Serendipity's Nativity (5 panels)

Post by PBSiever » Thu, 05 Feb 1998 04:00:00


This humungous project is like 5 projects though!!!
Barbara

Quote:

> WHAT!!!!! You work on one project at a time??!! =:0     I wish I had your
> self-control.  Before I get one done, I've found something else that I
> ABSOLUTELY MUST START RIGHT AWAY.   AAHHH.


> > Want to thank all who replied.  Got lots of really good hints, and have printed
> > out the posts, so as not to lose any of them, can't wait to finish current
> > project so I can get back to work.  Thanks and Happy stitching to all who
> > responded.
> > Carol S

 
 
 

Serendipity's Nativity (5 panels)

Post by Steve and Ter » Fri, 06 Feb 1998 04:00:00



: I found this design at one of my favorite needlework stores.  For those
: of you who know it, it uses
: lllllllllllllllllllooooooooooootttttttttttttssssssss of blending
: filaments, cords, and braids.  Also a fairly complex design in many
: areas.  The instructions call for 18 count Aida.  I have half the center
: panel done.  As a recent linen convert, I recently took it out to work
: on it again, and decided it just would not do.  Must change to a linen
: or evenweave, and chuck out half finished panel (gulp).  Is anyone out
: there familiar with the design?  Any suggestions?  My preference,
: because of the extensive use of half stitches in the middle of nowhere,
: would be Jobelan, does it come in 36 count.  How about other evenweaves
: I probably don't know about. HELP please.

36-ct Edinborough linen is a *lovely* fabric to work with -- the Marbek
Nativity that I've seen completed was done on it, and it was beautiful.
I've used 36-ct Edinborough for several things -- for example, I did MLI's
Quiltmaker on it, and started Flower Power and MLI's Fairy Grandmother on
it -- it's a nice weight, and the fabric threads are more uniform than in
some other linens, so it works well for elaborate pictures.

Terri

PS -- while I was getting prepared for surgery last week, the nurse was
talking about stitching (I was working on a Just Nan ornament, and she
stitched, too) and she was rhapsodizing about a piece that had been given
to her church at Christmas, which I recognized from her description as
this Nativity. She said that a 60-odd-year-old man had stitched it for the
church -- and was amazed that he had finished this beautiful piece of
needlework!  (I'm not sure whether she was exclaiming more over his gender
or his age!)  :-D

--
Terri Carl

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