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Flower Basket
May 8, 2010, 8:02 am
Filed under: Flower Basket

This Flower Basket is a “Pinsations” original design & stitch selection. The pin is added to the piece so that the pin can be removed, worn, & replaced. I never developed this into a series even though I have more flower pins – I must have started going into a different direction after I got done with it.

I have no idea what stitch I did for the flowers. The basket is Criss-Cross Hungarian (same as Basket 1 & 4). Obviously, I really like that stitch for the weave & shading (mix of DMC floche).  The background green is a leaf stitch.

Books used:

  • Stitches To Go by Suzanne Howren and Beth Robertson.
  • The Needlepoint Book by Jo Ippolito Christensen.

A Basket of Flowers for Good Wishes
May 5, 2010, 12:08 pm
Filed under: A Basket of Flowers for Good Wishes

Our ANG chapter selected this David McCaskill design for a project in 2008. David supplied the handout & we supplied our own threads. So, we had the option to use his colors or our own. I went pretty much with his colors but may have used different thread selections. The yellow flowers manipulated Neon Rays. A very interesting technique.

It is a lovely basket & flowers. There is a nice variety of flowers both in color & type. So, you’re eye roams around the piece & is entertained. Yet, there is balance. And, if I didn’t know before doing David’s basket, I sure knew afterwards that I had better keep my day job! However, I am sure I learned from the project & so will continue to attempt my own designs. I just have too many things on my plate to attempt another basket right now – but someday I will.

If you are interested, this is one of series (not all flower baskets) from “The Brides Tree Ornament Series” available at

Finisher is now Done with ‘Doing Nothing’
May 3, 2010, 7:12 pm
Filed under: Pooh Doing Nothing

“I wonder what Piglet is doing,” thought Pooh. “I wish I were there to be doing it too.”

I see so many nice many pieces by others & have designs in my head, I wish I could do half of all of them! But, this project officially moves to the ‘completed’ list. Bianca at Rittenhouse Needlepoint did a lovely job of finishing the eye glass case. I especially like that bit of stiffness at the opening because my glasses won’t fall out on their own. I’m going to enjoy this for a long time!

Calendar for May
May 1, 2010, 9:05 am
Filed under: Calendar, Melita's Adaptations

Wow, May 1 already. I love vases & so I stuck pretty much with this design.

I used:

  • Diagonal Leaf & Leaf # 3 for tree trunk
  • Woven Spider Web for flowers
  • cross stitch for lower portion of vase & 3×3 cross on upper portion
  • darning pattern for background (which you might not be able to see b/c it is a light colored thread – it is a simple diamond pattern)
  • 6-trip herringbone for outer border

Stitch books used:

  • The Needlepoint Book by Jo Ippolito Christensen
  • Stitches To Go by Suzanne Howren and Beth Robertson