I finished shoveling snow from the front stoop, steps, walk, more steps, and drive yesterday. It only took three days. Just in time for the snow that's falling once again and expected to add another 10-20 inches to the 20 or so inches dumped on the weekend. Sigh. I really hope this storm is the last for a while. I need a break.
Over the weekend and between rounds of shoveling, I've been working on the February installment of ANG's Stitch of the Month. I added the middle band of the cross outline, a couched stitch that has a bit of sparkle coming through from the Kreinik couched with Splendor. I really like the technique of underside couching that gives a clean right-angled corner.
The second part of this month's stitch starts filling in the arms and center of the cross with Splendor and Silk Lame. In this color family, I had to go with a couple of shades for lack of a better match in the metallic threads. I like the way it's looking and hope it will all work out as well as this part. I'll probably finish the center block tomorrow, while waiting for the snow to end so I can start shoveling again. Then back to my bargello piece and my search for better coverage.


  1. Looks great so far! What is the underside couching stitch?

  2. It involves coming up and going down in the same hole with the Splendor, over the Kreinik, then you gently pull the Splendor until you feel the braid "pop" to the back. It's really a spiffy effect. If you're interested in perhaps better instructions as well as diagrams, check out the ANG SOTM for February on their Web site. I've added a link in the post.

  3. You'll be happy to know that I finally broke down and joined the ANG. (Only took, what, fifteen years of prodding?)

    Now I just have to figure out how to make it to the meetings!

  4. Which chapter did you join?