Author Archives: Jeanne

How Do You Manage Your Pattern While Stitching?


Many professional designers, especially those designing counted canvas work, offer a project’s instructions as just a set of loose pages. As far as I can tell, this is for a number of reasons: Good counted canvas instructions, particularly for complex designs, take a lot of pages. (Ruskin Garden Square, for example, has 70 pages of…

A Quick Peek at Another Upcoming Project


Okay, folks, NaBloPoMo is starting to take its toll. I actually had a pretty good topic for tonight’s post, but if I actually wrote that post tonight, it would be far less than stellar due to the author (a.k. a. me) falling asleep every other line. I’ll leave you tonight with a brief look at…

Preparing for a Ruskin Lace (or Reticello) Cutout


If you’ve ever done any Hardanger embroidery, you’re familiar with the idea that cutwork areas need to be “hemmed” with little blocks of satin stitches called kloster blocks. The preparation of a cutwork area for Ruskin lace or reticello is a bit similar, except that it is padded first and that buttonhole stitch is used…

Four-Sided Stitches Complete!


At last. Here’s the reason why my last few posts have been a bit skimpy (as this one will be!). I’ve been plugging away at four-sided stitches on Ruskin Garden Square from Gay Ann Rogers for the better part of a week.  Who knew that such a simple stitch could take up so much time?…

A Couple Quick Progress Pics


In the interest of actually stitching a bit, tonight’s post will be short and sweet. I leave you with a couple of quick peeks at Magi #3 and his companions… Enjoy!

A Stitch in Time: Reticello 1


Since I’m currently plodding away on lots of four-sided stitch on Ruskin Garden Square and don’t have much to share on that front, I hope you might be interested in one of my finished projects with a very similar type of needle lace. Reticello 1 was designed by Diane Clements and was featured as the…