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Festival of Guilds
February 24, 2013, 8:13 pm
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments, Other People's Pieces, Wheat Weaving

The Central PA Gathering of Fiber and Needlework Guilds in Harrisburg, PA was quite an event with 14 participating guilds (see It was such an interesting variety of crafts. There were talks going on all day and workshops offered.

I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of ANG members, Maddy who taught the ornament class and Carol from the Apple Needlepointers Chapter of ANG. It was interesting to participate in a class for people who just want to try needlepoint in a brief 1&1/2 hour class. She did a nice simple project that worked up quickly although it couldn’t be done in the short time we had. But, everyone was far enough along to take it with us and finish at home (seen below). I went rogue though and padded the area under the brown basket! Actually, that was begun by accident once I exceeded the stitch area making it uniquely my own. And, I added a reinforcing Nun’s finishing stitch (learned from the Ornament Quartet piece) before adding the outside border. There was no way I was getting out the iron to use the backing she provided so I used felt with an adhesive side. Done!

Apple Ornament

I also had a nice chat with Carol at their table and look forward to seeing her and hopefully a couple of more members again for an upcoming September class (subject of a future blog). Big surprise – I found a book that for $1 I couldn’t pass up on 4-way Bargello (like the last bookend I finished).

I was particularly interested in the straw artist, Linda Beiler (www.wheatweavingand straw Her work is just beautiful. Her 1-page bio that she hands out with each piece of her work describes the history of the art form, pays homage to the woman who introduced her to the craft, and shares that she has published a book on the topic. There is an international Wheat Weavers Association and she is a member of several state and local guilds/councils of arts/crafts.

Straw Art

300th Post – Needlepoint Quotes
February 22, 2013, 9:40 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, General comments | Tags:

Something different today for my 300th posting since I started blogging. I came across a website with various needlepoint quotes ( that I want to share.

The reason I went looking for quotes was to find one to use in thank you notes that I am preparing for an upcoming class our ANG Mainline chapter is offering. More on the class in a future blog.

I think of one of our members, Patrick, when I substitute wife for husband because he says he is constantly losing needles (I have had my fair share go missing despite trying to use magnet holders):
My husband is a human pincushion. ~Author Unknown

Most of us can relate to this one (I have a 5&1/2′ x 3′ cabinet, 4 files drawers (20″ deep x 15″ wide), 10-12′ of books on shelves), and still have a couple free-standing bags of projects):
Sewing fills my days, not to mention the living room, bedroom, and closets. ~Author Unknown


As you can see, I agree with this quote:
Sewing: A creative mess is better than tidy idleness. ~Author Unknown

And, who doesn’t agree:
Any day spent sewing, is a good day. ~Author Unknown

When you have time, read more on the website for some wonderful quotes. Which one makes you smile?

Celebrating LOVE – Again!
February 19, 2013, 10:33 pm
Filed under: ANG 40 Scissors Sheath, ANG Seminar 2012, Melita's Designs

This is so exciting! I couldn’t say anything until now but I am published! What I didn’t know was that it would be on the cover of Needle Pointers!! I worked with Pam G. who took my hand drawings and turned them into beautiful diagrams. And, she really helped with describing how to execute the stitches from what I had provided. So, I hope you can stitch it without a problem. But, if you do have questions, I’ll be here to help. I just can’t get over how wonderful it turned out.


March 2013, Volume XLI, Number 2

Queen’s Silhouette
February 17, 2013, 11:35 am
Filed under: Queen's Silhouette

At the start of the year, I displayed many of my active projects. And, the one the most excites me is the newest canvas of the bunch! It is the Queen’s Silhouette from Tapisserie in London, England that was a gift from a coworker.

The store was kind enough to email me the PDF of the stitched model. They deviated from the painted canvas using beads for the crown. I love the Royal Blue background and powder blue profile. Since I didn’t have the same beads, I am modifying the crown to fit what I got at Fire Mountain Gems:

  • 6mm Crystal Swarovski Elements Crystal Square Mini Beads
  • 8mm Crystal Swarovski Elements Crystal Round Mini Beads
  • 6mm Crystal Swarovski Elements Crystal Round Mini Beads
  • 2mm Crystal Swarovski Elements Crystal Round Beads

I worked up a drawing and then stitched a model with the wrong color beads that I ordered, but I will use them for something else eventually. I still have a few changes to what I stitched below.

And, I wanted to use the Queen’s Stitch or Rocco using the method described in  A Pageant of Pattern for Needlepoint Canvas by Sherlee Lantz with diagrams by Maggie Lane. It is unconventional & I spent an evening learning and practicing it just to decide that I didn’t like how it would look in this piece. The angle is not matching the angle of the crown. So, I will use some other background stitch. And, I am going to do the EIIR differently but will have to graph it & practice with beads and threads before I place it on the actual canvas. But, I am stitching the powder blue portion now.

Practice Crown

Diamond Bargello
February 9, 2013, 12:36 pm
Filed under: Diamond Bargello, Melita's Adaptations

When I was organizing my NeedlePointer’s magazines, I couldn’t resist thumbing through them and I found Jean Hilton’s Diamond Bargello design. It is in the April/May 1996, volume XXIV, No. 3 issue.

I modified the design to fit the 4″ x 4″ space for this set of bookends. It was originally an 8″ x 12″ design. What I especially liked about the design for the bookends was how the motion of the pattern pushes the books together.

Diamond Bargello Bookends

Speaking of books, I used A Pageant of Pattern for Needlepoint Canvas by Sherlee Lantz with diagrams by Maggie Lane to showcase the bookends. I am surprised by the variety of prices for this book on various sites. It ranges from $10 to $288 (I got mine used for $4). I do like the diagrams but what I really like are the historical notes associated with some of the patterns. Most are adapted or re-interpreted from photographed needlework but some stitch patterns are invented by the author and she clearly notes this distinction.

February is National Embroidery Month
February 6, 2013, 10:33 am
Filed under: General comments

Just google ‘February national embroidery month’ and see what you find! There is a beautiful piece displayed on