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2012 in review
December 30, 2012, 7:08 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Thanks to everyone for taking their time to visit me during the year especially Carol, Rachel, Roseanne, and Karen for commenting as often as they did. My goal has been and continues to be to connect to the stitching community. So, while I love it that you visit as often as you do, I do wish more of you would leave a comment once in a while – it makes blogging so much more fun! But, that said, I have also found that even if nobody visited, I enjoy keeping track of my needlepoint in this manner.

Several people mentioned in the ANG Yahoo Group that they wanted to make a database of all the projects that they own and have yet to do. That sounds like it would take me forever! And, it sounds like it would be more depressing than I care to ponder. There are so many projects I’d like to do & ones in my head that I’d love to create that sometimes I just don’t know what to work on! I think I’m going to do a list of pending projects like I did in 2011. I see that some of those 2011 projects are still sitting undone. Two of those projects were more complicated than I expected. Since then, I have purchased and begun several wonderful pieces from classes I have taken, designed something that excites me, and been given a canvas that has interesting possibilities.

So, my mantra in 2013 is going to be PASSION. “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey – My choice of projects in 2013 will be what I have a passion to stitch! And, I hope you find your passion in 2013! Continue reading below to read an interesting summary of my blogging from 2012.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 22,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Petite Point Thimble
December 28, 2012, 2:43 pm
Filed under: Other People's Pieces, Petite Point Thimble

I have no history of this petite point thimble but isn’t it adorable!

Petite Point Thimble

Set of 12 Stocking Ornaments
December 25, 2012, 5:36 pm
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments, Other People's Pieces

These make a lovely set from my mom’s ornament collection but I am not sure who made these. Nor can I credit the designer. Merry Christmas everyone & thanks for visiting my blog!

Set of 12 Stocking Ornaments

More Christmas Ornaments of all Variety
December 25, 2012, 5:33 pm
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments, Other People's Pieces

I think these are more of my Grandmother’s ornaments – Happy Holidays!


Crocheted Ornaments

Cross Stitch Ornaments

Ornament Quartets-String Art
December 22, 2012, 10:57 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Quartet Ornaments

Both ANG CyberPointers and ANG Mainline Chapter decided to do the Ornament Quartet by Marilyn Owens from the 2011 Chapter Handbook ( And, I have finished the String Art one. Looks nice but I think I made up a new stitch by accident! Look closely at the Walneto. They don’t match. So, does that make it a Meleto? I realized when I saw Ann’s at our December Chapter meeting – she was leading us through the design & had pre-stitched the ornament. Everyone agreed that mine was fine and not worth ripping out.

It is on a light green canvas & I used Perle Cotton #8 Color 3041, DMC Floss Color 3041,Pebbly Perle P66, and Kreinik #8 braid Color 023. I have to do one more ornament of the four for a set of . . . I don’t know which of the remaining 3 designs I will select but I know what it is going to be a set of.

String Art

ANG Auction Ornaments
December 18, 2012, 6:35 am
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments, Other People's Pieces

These are beautiful ornaments that I bid on and won at the ANG silent auction this year at Seminar in Philadelphia. The Diamond Geometric Ornament was stitched by Joyce P. and finished by Karen B. at The Pine Needle Shop. And, the Heart Ornament was stitched by Margaret Q. and finished by Sandy W. All of them did beautiful work. I do love ornaments and I think these are ones that can stay out throughout the year. I’m sure I have a little wall left somewhere!

ANG Auction Ornaments

A Blue Christmas Change Purse
December 10, 2012, 11:35 pm
Filed under: Change Purse, Melita's Other Completed Pieces

Our ANG Main Line Chapter met tonight & I gave each of the board members a gift. The woman got a felt purse, good for carrying small needlepoint projects, that I purchased at the Philadelphia Flower Show. And, I made this change purse for our male member who, as Past President, is on our Board. This is the inside:

Change Purse inside

And, the outside is stitched with Needle Necessities Spring II (355) and Splendor Designer Collection Deft Blue (S858, S868, and S860) threads using the Swirl stitch from Stitches To Go by Suzanne Howren and Beth Robertson. I got the change purse a few years ago at Needle Me in Havertown, PA.

Change Purse outside

Christmas Trees, Finished

Our ANG Main Line Stitcher’s Christmas meeting is tomorrow night and I have been working steadily over the past few days in order to finish this for the meeting. I “stole” it last year because I thought it was beautiful and I love Christmas ornaments! I talked about this piece previously ( But, I found the tree pattern  from Stitch Landscape by Little Shoppe Canvas Company for the middle tree (16) that I selected quite difficult and time-consuming. I think that is why I put off working on it for so long. So, I switched to tree pattern 13. And, I switched to slightly less bright white threads (Fuzzy Stuff FZ27 and Arctic Rays AR3). The grass was supposed to be grass pattern 4 but the top cross thread looked messy. So, I skipped that and added some white Fuzzy Stuff to add the effect of fallen snow. For the snow just below the trees at the top part of the grass, I layed Snow (00 White) by Caron and couched it with Fuzzy Snow. Then, I layed one thread of Fuzzy Stuff on top of the Snow and couched that with Fuzzy Stuff.

There is no way that I’ll pay extra for a rush to finish it so that it can hang on my tree for this year – but I finished stitching it! Thanks again Connie!! Happy Holidays. And, what will I “steal” tomorrow tonight???

3 Tree Ornament finished

Plastic Canvas Ornaments
December 7, 2012, 11:38 pm
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments, Other People's Pieces

The woman who made and sold these ornaments was only asking $1 for 3 of them! I gave her double that & still feel guilty. She should have gotten at least $2 for each! The embellishments were put on with a bit too much glue (I cleaned them up some). And, the continental/tent stitch is done slanting left to right instead of right to left. But, they are cute & are decorating my office at work!







Star Ornaments
December 5, 2012, 6:12 pm
Filed under: Melita's Adaptations, Star Ornaments

I made several attempts to eyeball the placement of the 6 points of the star before I realized that I must have missed something in her directions. Back I went to Mary Corbet’s Needle ‘n Thread article on Stitch Play for Stars and Snowflakes (


Am I glad I did. There is a website that graphs these points out based on your specifications ( Very helpful! Looking much better now! I have it plotted out on graph paper if anyone is interested. Happy Holidays!

6-Pointed Star