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The Helen Ashland House – an ANG CyberPointers Project
November 1, 2012, 5:48 am
Filed under: Melita's Designs, The Helen Ashland House

The CyberPointers Chapter of ANG, of which I am a member, came up with an idea to make houses stitched by members of the various Special Interest Groups. I belong to the Hilton SIG. Luckily, the project stalled & I finally had time to stitch the house I had designed when the project was first announced. So,  I’d like to welcome you to The Helen Ashland House, composed of stitches from Needlepoint Stitches by Jean Hilton.


18-count canvas, ecru; 10 x 10 stretcher bars; #22 and #24 tapestry needles

Thread/Color Location Stitch Page Number*
ThreadworX – 11212 Outline of house and door Half Cross 36
Watercolours – 218 Ash Body of house Ashland Stitch 36
Wildflowers – 118 Opal Space between outline of house Smyrna 36
Wildflowers – 118 Opal Area around large upstairs window Smyrna 36
Wildflowers – 118 Opal Windows in door Small Jessica 9
Wildflowers – 118 Opal Inner circle of upstairs window Small Jessica 9
Wildflowers – 118 Opal Door Elongated Smyrna 45
Wildflowers – 118 Opal Lunette, the half-moon space above door Sprat’s Head, Flat Top 55
Vineyard Silk Shimmer – S-537 Outer circle of upstairs window Large Jessica 9
Watercolours – 251 Sunflower Seed Trees Offset Scotch 38
Watercolours – 228 Honeydew Grass turf (bottom layer) Tent Stitch
ThreadworX – 10471 Grass blades (top layer) Wrapped Coils 33
Flair – F502 White sheer window curtains Straight Stitch
River Silks 4 mm Ribbon – 237 Brown Brown window drapes Oval Jessica, 1 around only* 9
Pebbly Perle – P061 Blue sky Helen’s Lace 22
Watercolours – 256 Barely Blue White clouds Helen’s Lace 22

* From Needlepoint Stitches by Jean Hilton; Some were modified to fit the available space.

** More familiarly known as the Crescent Stitch from Stimulating Stitches by Jean Hilton (page 9). 

The 2 predominant stitches are Helen’s Lace for the cloudy sky & the Ashland Stitch for the body of the house. That Ashland stitch is tricky especially because I was using an overdyed thread & didn’t want it to get streaky. I would probably do the sky again in a more thread-blended fashion.  But, I like the movement the pattern gives to the clouds.

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