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Diverted by the Aztec Stitch

Last Christmas during an ornament exchange I recieved one made in a technique I did not recognize.  I've been stitching a long time now and this doesn't happen too often.  I tracked down the lady who made it and discovered it was the Aztec Stitch.  Some quick googling revealed information and a free project from Piecework Magazine that I quickly printed out.  I didn't have the supplies on hand so it was put aside, but not forgotten.

My EGA (Embroiderers' Guild of America) Chapter was looking for program ideas so I suggested the Aztec Stitch.  Patience paid off and the program was a few weekends ago but I had to miss it.  I picked up the canvas and instructions last weekend and dropped everything to get started.  This bookmark is stitched using 18 count canvas and #8 pearl cotton.

Canvas threads are removed and the design area is outlined with nun's stitches.  Then the fun begins.  Alternating stripes of wrapped bars create a beautiful effect. 

This thread was dyed in a class many years ago.  The colors are uneven and mottled.  Some are not colors I would normally use or combine with each other.  I just alternated the colors I had to see how they would look together.   Sometimes the best color combinations are accidents like this.  I would never have chosen these colors to go together, but they do.

I also don't deal with yellow well and rarely use it.  I don't know why.  I am cool color girl - I love greens and blues.   It was a great achievement to actually use yellow (and yellow-orange) for a change.  Maybe I'll have to make an effort to include yellow more often.


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