Melitastitches4fun's Blog

Cyperpointers Kissing Pillows
December 31, 2010, 1:33 pm
Filed under: Other People's Pieces, Soldier Kissing Pillows

As a recent member of the ANG Cyberpointers Chapter, I support our deploying armed forces with the Kissing Pillows community outreach project.

The current request is to support a member’s brother’s Navy Helicopter Squadron (HSM-70) who are deploying in spring 2011.  The Chapter’s goal for this effort is to support one unit’s deployment, preferably entirely by ourselves (not needing any additional help from other chapters).

I’ve almost got 5 done for our own ANG Chapter’s, Mainline Stitchers, Kissing Pillows community outreach project. But since we haven’t set a deployment goal for a unit, I wanted to get these to Cyberpointers. They make such an easy project to carry with you or keep at work. Anyone else out there done some?

Snowflake Stocking – ANG First Timers’ Project
December 28, 2010, 12:25 pm
Filed under: Melita's Other Completed Pieces, Snowflake Stocking

While at the 2010 ANG Seminar, I picked up this snowflake stocking to stitch for the 2011 auction. It was available to First-Timers such as myself. The money goes towards educational programs of the ANG Guild.  So, I couldn’t help but take one & I’ve finished stitching it.  I’ve been working on it off & on since October & decided this week was a great time to finish it.  If Pat Thompson, 2011 Auction Chair, is reading this, mine is in the mail!

All you had to do was buy your own threads & the stitching was easy enough but I don’t care for the Tiara thread. I found it difficult to work with (snagged easily & it didn’t stay twisted). You could have used a combination of Tiara & Patina. The finished size is 4″ x 6″.

December SOTM finished
December 27, 2010, 10:07 am
Filed under: ANG Stitch of the Month Mystery Project

Thanks to the Dec 26th snowstorm, I finished this in 2010! I love the finishing touch with the beads & how they bevel up just a tad.

There has been great discussions lately about what part of the piece folks prefer: starting, middle, or end. Each has good & bad points but I lean towards preferring starting. I love the designing & planning of threads. Many times I’m so anxious to get to the next piece that I don’t get the just completed piece finished (put in a frame, etc). Hopefully, we’ll be able to shovel out soon & go purchase a frame – don’t know where to put it yet!

Merry Christmas
December 25, 2010, 2:38 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter

This was a Christmas present to my brother, John in 2007. It is Judy Dubrow’s Octagon Square Creation & was a project in Sept 2006 for our Mainline Stitchers ANG Chapter. I added the outer wide border to fill in the opening of the box. It looked manly enough for my brother & functional. It can hold whatever he wanted!

And, our Christmas Tree for 2010. This year I’ve got my needlepoint ornaments on it that I’ve blogged about over the last few days. Each year I select different ornaments. Merry Christmas everyone!!

On the 1st Day of Christmas, Family-made Christmas Ornaments
December 24, 2010, 12:31 pm
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments, Early Needlepoint, Melita's Other Completed Pieces

These were made by my Grandma (Mom’s side), Mom, & myself. No doubt there are more at my mother’s house but that’ll be for another time.

Grandma did this on plastic canvas (a little worn):

Grandma tried her hand at all sorts of crafts, including painting:

She was a great seamstress (sewed dance costumes for my mother & later for my mother’s dance pupils). These are cute felt mittens with a hair clip inside to grab something.

My Mom made these for everyone at my sister Anita’s wedding as favors.

I made these a kid – probably when I was in my teens.

And, this was an original design for my Pocono friend, Dottie.

On the 2nd Day of Christmas, 8 Banner Christmas Ornaments
December 23, 2010, 2:52 pm
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments, Early Needlepoint, Melita's Other Completed Pieces

These are some more cross stitch ornaments, 8 to the set. I finished off them myself by cutting the dowels, glueing the ribbon hangers, & applying felt backings. Believe it or not, I actually made the set of 8 for my mother, my sister (& her husband), my brother (& his wife), my husband’s mother, my husband’s sister (& husband), 2 girlfriends, & myself – 64 ornaments in total! Can’ just make one set – no!


On the 3rd Day of Christmas, 6 Hand-Crafted Christmas Ornaments
December 22, 2010, 10:42 am
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments

These are some hand-crafted ornaments. The first 3 are from my days in ceramics. I just love them. As I recall, I was the slowest painter. Everyone cranked out pieces like nothing & there I was plodding along. But, I was very meticulous! The last 3 are from unknown persons that I must have picked up in craft shows. Of those, the first 2 are on plastic canvas (quite large count by the looks of it). They are also wonderful. I love the mouse at the foot of the clock. The last is tatting or crocheting (not sure of the difference as I do not do either of those techniques).

On the 4th Day of Christmas, 5 Beaded Christmas Ornaments
December 21, 2010, 10:18 am
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments, Melita's Other Completed Pieces

I followed the design for these are small round ornaments except that I added beads where I didn’t do cross stitching. They are from a Leisure Arts Leaflet (#197) dated 1981. I still have a nice stash of beads from this period of stitching which will come in handy for the finishing touch in the ANG Stitch of the Month (SOTM) Mystery Project 2010!

The frames are from AC Moore & easy to finish off. The large one is 3&1/2″ diameter.

These are smaller at about 2&1/2″ diameter.

I place the set of 4 small ones on my lamp shades (2 on the pair). I have so many ornaments & a small tree that I’ll place them anywhere!

On the 5th Day of Christmas, 6 Gold Christmas Ornaments
December 20, 2010, 9:38 am
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments, Early Needlepoint, Melita's Other Completed Pieces

These were mainly cross stitch kits but I didn’t save any information on them.

November SOTM finished
December 19, 2010, 4:19 pm
Filed under: ANG Stitch of the Month Mystery Project, Needlework in Progress

Faced with 2010 running out of days, I decided to use straight stitches on the inner portion of the border. Initially, I stitched them at an angle like the outer border but it was too heavy-looking compared to the open black area (you’ll have to take my word for it because the picture really didn’t show it well enough to post). So, I slept on it, ripped it out, & switched directions to minimize the effect of stitching in that area. The threads kind of fill in the shaft between the canvas threads making the white stitches less prominent. And, it worked up quickly so I can get to the last border!!