2020 SOTM: Star by Kathy Rees

With little discussion and lots of agreement, the NJNA SOTM group chose ANG’s 2020 Stitch of the Month project, an 8-pointed Star designed by Kathy Rees, for our 2020 SOTM project.  More information can be found on the ANG website (https://www.needlepoint.org/page/SOTM2020) using your ANG login and password information.

As always, some of our members are using the colorway designed by Kathy Rees and others have picked their own threads and colorways.  Part of the fun of SOTM is watching the color and thread combinations come together and comparing them to each other.

You can follow NJNA’s 2020 SOTM progress on our blog here or on our Facebook page.

Some tips as we near the end of the project:

  • In picking the background color, the original intent was to match the canvas color.  Given the wide variety of color combinations NJNA members have chosen, we’re finding you need to play with the colors to decide what goes best with your colors.  Some have chosen light backgrounds, others have chosen darker backgrounds!  This is another lesson in making colors work for how you want your piece to look and what makes your star “pop”!
  • Tina mentioned that the Kreinik between the legs of the star should match the background color or color of the canvas.  Others were looking for a subtle or neutral shade to blend in.  The intent is really to smooth the diagonal edges of the star points.
  • Sue thought the center needed more coverage after adding the Kreinik between the diagonal sections so she added a cross over the X. Several others agreed and have done the same thing.
  • The directions call for an over-1 backstitch for the metallics between the diagonal sections of the star. Tina used a Kreinik #4 cord and stitched over 2. Linda stitched over 2 but used the #8 Braid and made sure she pulled the braid taut so that it laid flat.
  • The Kreiniks between the star points and the border are intended to “match” the colors of the adjacent star point so there are 2 different Kreiniks used in this part – one for each side of the triangle.  Again, the purpose of the Kreinik is to smooth the diagonal edges.