Thursday, March 12, 2009

"Superstition", Loretta Spears' Mystery #13, Lesson 1, Patterns 1 & 2


This is only my second Loretta Spears' project that I ever had the pleasure so far of working on. Pleasure in this case is a big understatement as her designs sparks excitement, at least for me.
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Loretta has designed a total of 14 projects in what she called her "Mystery" series. The first one that I stitched, which was a few years ago was probably her most beautiful one, her Mystery #8 called Bargello Symphony for which she won some award for it, can't recall which one. That was stitched before I started blogging unfortunately, so there are no progress photos of that piece.
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I remember way back then hearing about Loretta Spears from other stitchers and I had no idea who that lady was until I went to check Bargello Symphony on the ANG website, which I tried to do again this morning to give you the link, but could not find the section in question. Not sure if it is me or them doing web maintenance or having problems.
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I had been talking lately of working on Mystery #13 but I have so much to do that I was not sure that I could make it, but decided that life is too short to postpone doing projects that brings a lot of pleasure.
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Yesterday, I worked on Lesson 1 and stitched pattern 1 (which is the section that uses Waterlilies Flamingo thread) and pattern 2 (the section using Waterlilies Opal thread) with one ply of Opalescent mixed with either the Flamingo or the Opal threads, making it all sparkly. Quite beautiful actually. You can see all that sparkle in my photo.
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I will continue working on this project and also add more bricks on Gay Ann Rogers' Hollyhock House.
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Pierrette =^..^=
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P.S. My friend Terry found the link on the ANG website for Loretta Spears beautiful Bargello Symphony. This is the link Thanks, Terry :-)

13 comments:

tintocktap said...

Lovely colours and I love that bit of sparkle!

Love to Stitch 99 said...

I thought that was really a nice beginning. Love the stitches used for the center of that piece.

Pierrette =^..^=

Terry said...

This is really pretty and what a delightful start, seeing this has reminded me that I have got a couple of unstitched Loretta Spears designs in my stash that I purchase a few years ago so will see if I can find them.

Her designs are really beautiful and I have already done a couple of hers the Bargello Fantasy and Bargello Symphony.

I look forward to seeing the rest of this design and await the next stage.

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Anne Stradal said...

A very shimmery start! The peach thread is yummy!

Love to Stitch 99 said...

Terry,

I remember that you have done more Loretta Spears than I have, so far anyway (grinning).

The other one that you made was blue, wasn't it?

Pierrette =^..^=

Love to Stitch 99 said...

Anne,

I know, I love the colors, so yummy :-)

Pierrette =^..^=

Beth in IL said...

I followed the link to the ANG site and say the completed Loretta Spears piece. Now I know what everyone is talking about! Beautiful. I love the peach with the sparkle. And your HollyHock House is looking very nice.

NCPat said...

This is wonderful! I stitched both Bargello Symphony and Fantasy too! They are wonderful designs!

Marion said...

Is there a website where the Loretta Spears Bargello patterns can be purchased?

Love to Stitch 99 said...

Beth,

Loretta's designs are just so pretty.

Pierrette =^..^=

Love to Stitch 99 said...

Pat,

I remember when you stitched both of them :-)

Pierrette =^..^=

Love to Stitch 99 said...

Marion,

Loretta's Spears are not sold anymore.

The only way you have a chance to get them is when someone puts their own for sale either on Ebay or elsewhere.

Pierrette =^..^=