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Anita's Stitching

I have begun stitching in 1978. For the last 10 years, my stitching has been with "smalls". I love to use beads and ribbons and always looking for new ways for finishing. My email addresses is

Sunday, September 09, 2007

AMAP designs pinkeeps

I have more one over one stitching to share today. One of my upcoming stitchings is a set of Blackbird designs smalls which consists of a scissor fob, pinkeep and a piece for a retangular wood box. All of them will be stitched one over one with Autumn theme.

I have some tips to share about stitching one over one. First I prefer the stitching done with evenweave fabric than linen, 25 and 28 counts are great to start. I also use petite needles 26, and 28 preferrably John James. I like to stitch in the daytime next to a window to maximize the natural light. I generally complete each "X" as I go, but I also use the method of //// and come back to \\\\\ to complete my "X" too depending on the designs.

Here are my just finished pieces, they are from AMAP ( a French designer). I added Mill hill gold beads on both pieces but they did not show up too well on the pictures. They are mixed with DMC threads, 814, 815, 816 and 817.
The First pinkeep: I used Ric Rac ribbon and I made 4 ribbon rose pins for the 4 sides:

I wish the gold beads showed up better on these pictures, they are around the border and on the 4 corners of the first diamond shape next to the stitching lady.

Yesterday was my birthday. I will have some stitching gifts pictures to share at the end of September. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I do spend a lot of time reading blogs to get inspired and enabled. It is such a great way of learning and meeting new stitching friends.

Have a wonderful week.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your pieces are phenomanal! Can't wait to see the blackbird pieces.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Von said...

Happy Birthday, Anita!!

Your newly finished pieces are exquisite! Thanks for sharing. :D

10:08 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Happy Belated Birthday. Love your finishes. I have been looking at things on AMAP website. I like those designs. Might have to get some.

12:14 AM  
Blogger Cathy C said...

HI Anita,
Just wanted to say that your pin keeps are lovely and I love one over one stitching. I agree that 25/28 ct fabric evenweave is much easier to work with than other linens that have differences in the thickness of the fibers on the fabric. You get a much more even look to each stitch with evenweave. I also love the rose pins you made and need to get some instructions from you on how to do that. I bought some rickrack recently so I could give it a try :-). See what you've done?! Talk about enabling someone :-) -- but it is a good kind of enabling.

Now what Blackbird pattern are you using for the smalls? I am not sure what chart you are working from. And also, wishing you a wonderful year...and happy birthday. You are such a great friend! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful finishes, they are inspiring and make me want to go stitch :-)...

12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday, Anita!! I hope you had a great birthday weekend! Your two pinkeeps are gorgeous!! Love the one with the beading, it's so creative!!

1:42 AM  
Blogger Mindi said...

Lovely pinkeeps, the finishing and stitching is wonderful. Happy Birthday!

3:51 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Happy (belated) birthday!!
Love these pinkeeps, so pretty

4:17 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Anita both of these pinkeeps are gorgeous! Your stitching is always such a treat to see. You have definitely mastered 1 over 1 - very beautiful!

7:19 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

PS to my previous comment - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

7:20 AM  
Blogger AuntSuze said...

Happy Birthday dear friend!!! Your new over one's are beautiful!!

7:23 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

Happy Belated Birthday Anita!

Your AMAP finishes are so pretty. I love visiting your blog as your finishes are so inspirational.

7:59 AM  
Blogger ollie1976 said...

Happy Belated.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Vonna Pfeiffer said...

I love the pinkeeps...I've stitched the Le Brouderuse Stitching Lady myself and for and exchange. Both are lovely. Which Pattern is the bottom pinkeep from? I'm not familiar with that one...
You did a super job Anita as always!
I have to agree about the evenweave for over one stitching. I find that the linen has different thickness threads and gives an over 1 project a distorted look. But evenweave is perfect! I've never had good luck with John James needles for some reason?...I always think the eyes aren't clean and snag my thread. My favorite needle is Piecemakers 28. I LOVE them!

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely pinkeeps. Hope you had a wonderful birthday.


9:16 AM  
Blogger staci said...

Exquisite as always!!! Happy belated birthday!

9:52 AM  
Blogger Shell said...

Happy Birthday Anita,hope you had a great day.
Yet another perfect finish,I like the ricrac.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Karoline said...

Happy Birthday Anita. Your pinkeeps are gorgeous, congratulations

12:05 PM  
Blogger Myrna said...

Your pinkeeps are lovely!

1:54 PM  
Blogger Rachel D. said...

Happy Birthday, dear Virgo-friend. Your pinkeeps are beautiful. Thank you for the tips.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Happy belated birthday! You are a very busy lady! I love all of your pinkeeps! Your very talented! thank you for sharing with us!

2:38 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Oh Anita! Wow! These are beautiful! I can see the beads and LOVE them. They add so much to the piece. I can't wait to see what you stitch next!

3:48 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I love all of these designs. What a great idea using rickrack. These are all finished off so beautifully.

9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Anita. I love the theme of your two latest pinkeeps and the over one looks so dainty. Very nice.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Yasmin said...

Hi Anita,
I always look forward to what you will stitch and post next. LOL. Well, these are really beautiful and I can see the gold beads. The rose pins are really sweet too. BTW happy birthday!

1:48 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Happy Birthday to you! Gorgeous pinkeeps-love them. You create such lovely pieces.

1:49 AM  
Blogger tintocktap said...

Your pin keeps are all so beautiful!

6:44 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!! I ope you had a wonderful day :)
Your pinkeeps are beautiful!!!

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both pieces are beautiful Anita!
And Happy Birthday, or Til hamingju með afmælið as we say here in Iceland :)

11:27 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Beautiful! I love the rickrack you've used for the edging.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Lelia said...

Happy [belated] birthday! Lovely pinkeeps. WOW : ) You have been busy.

I agree about the linen/evenweave thread count!

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy (belated) Birthday!!! Love your over-one projects; especially like the rick-rack edging :)

6:35 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

Your work just makes me want to go stitch! I am always amazed when your pics pop up ~ your work is gorgeous!

12:56 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Happy birthday! Your finishes are lovely - I do love AMAP designs.

7:03 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Gorgeous pinkeeps!!

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's a wonderful pinkeep !!!

2:42 AM  
Blogger Hazel said...

Happy Birthday! The gold pins look great. Your over 1 stitching looks fab too. xx

3:35 PM  
Blogger Sachiko said...

Wow!!Happay Birthday Anita!!

Your AMAP pinkeeps are so beutiful!!Gold beads are gorgeous!!

2:43 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Happy belated Birthday hun. your pin keeps are gorgeous.


3:44 AM  
Blogger stitcherw said...

You certainly have been busy, the redwork in both of these is beautiful.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Aussie Stitcher said...

Happy belated birthday.

8:25 AM  

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