I have always loved Maggie Lane's needlepoint books and the designs inside them. Years ago, when trying to arrive at a geometric design to offer as a class, I rediscovered MORE NEEDLEPOINT BY DESIGN by Maggie Lane. In it she presents a chessboard done in pattern stitches. It is gorgeous. However, 64 stitches are too many to teach in 3 months of the Florida winter season, so I edited them. I selected 25 stitches so the class would be 5 stitches per week with an additional border stitch added each week. I selected impressions from the Caron Collection as the fiber--utilizing one overdyed and two solid colors. Since I stitched this years ago, I will show an overall photograph, then I will divide the finished sampler in fourths.
In future blog entries, I will show close-ups of the remaining quadrants of the canvas and the finished pillow.
Yesterday I received the finished pillow that Trubey designed in the late 70s and that I stitched several months ago. Needle Nicely has kits for sale of this design, in the shown pink. There are additional kits in yellow and blue.