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2013 in review
December 31, 2013, 7:52 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Thanks again to everyone for visiting me and my adventures in needlepoint. I have gotten a lot accomplished and have a lot yet to do – as do we all! I have visited a lot of needlepoint stores & managed to find some wonderful projects & threads. For 2014, I am going to FOCUS. By concentrating efforts on a single project, I hope to move along quicker. Plus, my living area will be clearer & that will make my husband happier!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Rose Petit Point
December 27, 2013, 8:33 pm
Filed under: Other People's Pieces, Rose Petit Point

I didn’t think I ‘d have time to blog but I found this Framecraft ceramic beige bowl with gilded metal lid (on sale) today! The work is beautiful (not signed unless it is under the lid but I am not going to take it apart to look). And, the dish is in excellent condition. We’ve been out in Scottsdale, Arizona for the holiday & popped into an antique mall today. I really was amazed to find this gem for $5. We are taking a break after a van tour of the area & before dinner.

When I return home, I will share my experiences at 3 needlepoint stores – honestly, when I picked this location for vacation, I had no idea there were 3 stores so close to us! But, I found my color scheme for Bargello Techniques & will be using Vineyard Merino. I also found a couple of small painted canvases & one cross stitch chart. And, we went into the Heard Museum where we saw some lovely Native American pieces that I’ll share too.

Rose petit point

Teddy Bear Ornament
December 17, 2013, 6:01 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Teddy Bear Ornament

My ANG Mainline Stitchers chapter had our annual holiday party a week ago. We all brought a dish & had dinner, brought holiday-themed pieces, and had a Secret Santa auction (a not so secret steal). I got this cut little teddy bear that worked up quickly (3 nights) & in time to join us for the holidays! Thanks Buff!!

The painted canvas was signed Rebecca. So, I assume it is Rebecca Woods (based on google search). It is a 1998 design numbered 509A. But, it doesn’t appear to be available on her website any longer.

Hopefully, everyone liked what they got but I know we all enjoyed the evening! A little wine (thanks Marnie & Yvonne), appetizers/food/dessert (everyone), & friends!!

Thanks to all of you for spending a little of your time here today to see Teddy. This is the last of my blogs for 2013. See you again in 2014. Happy Holidays everyone! And, hope you and yours heave a healthy New Year!! Extra special wishes go out to those near and far who are battling with health issues to find the strength to be strong during challenging times.

Teddy Bear

8 Sample Threads for Bargello

Here are all the sample stitches put together. Only the Silk n’ Ivory, Vineyard Merino (Wiltex Threads), and Planet Earth Silk have sufficient coverage for Bargello. Of those, the Vineyard Merino seems to cover just slightly more at the point of the holes. The other 2 provide just about identical coverage. The remaining 5 threads just don’t cover well enough unless you untwist the thread as Liz suggested but I didn’t try that.

Row 1: ThreadworX Vineyard Silk – ThreadworX Expressions

Row 2: Silk n’ Ivory – Pepper Pot

Row 3: Shepherd’s Silk – Vineyard Merino

Row 4: Vineyard Silk – Planet Earth Silk

8 Samples

TIP: I read in an ANG Yahoo message that if you thread Silk n’ Ivory one way it pills. If you thread it the other way it doesn’t. You take each end and twist it in your hand. Then, thread the end that splays more into the needle’s eye. I’ll have to try this!

Postscript: Liz has since done a comparison of more threads that is fantastic: and we both agree Silk n’ Ivory has sufficient coverage but Liz feels Vineyard Merino (Wiltex Threads) is marginal and she didn’t review Planet Earth Silk. And, I didn’t review Jumbuck (Dinky Dyes).

Bargello Pine Trees
December 8, 2013, 10:02 pm
Filed under: ANG CyberPointer's Chapter, Bargello Pine Trees, Christmas Ornaments

My ANG CyberPointer’s chapter started working on various ornaments using various types of stitching. My favorite was the Bargello Pine Trees.

When I went into my stash, I found a coordinated packet of ThreadworX threads. I switched overdyed floss from my stash which was a light blue to match the other threads better. And, I needed a contrasting dark for a row so I used Petite Very Blue. The wild blue from The Legacy Collection that was polyamide just didn’t fit in this piece. I ended up using (from outer rows inward with ThreadworX unless noted): 2 strands #8 braid white (71124), 4 strands overdyed floss light blue (1018), 1 strand #12 braid light blue (91015), 1 strand Expressions medium blue (224S), 2 strands #8 braid dark blue, 1 strand Vineyard Silk (V118), 1 strand Petite Very Velvet dark blue (V634), and overdyed Italian wool white (W842). And, 1 strand of #8 braid silver (71122) placed on the upper section.

As it ended up, I did run out of one thread & had to substitute but it really matched well enough. Can anyone see?

Bargello Pine Trees


I forgot to mention that this is a free pattern from The Caron Collection ( They offer quite a few really nice ones.

Sample Threads on 18-count for Bargello
December 4, 2013, 9:59 pm
Filed under: ANG CyberPointer's Chapter

I’m getting ready to start Bargello Techniques designed by Liz Morrow along with some of the CyberPointer’s members. I’m reading the instructions & testing threads. And, I decided to share my findings here partly because I can’t figure out how to get the second photo to post in the Yahoo group. VERY frustrating – I tried iPad, phone, and computer – not uploading. Anyway, . . .

Silk & Ivory (shown on the left) is compared with Pepper Pot (right) which looks a bit fuller than the picture but the coverage isn’t enough for Bargello. It has a great feel to it. I would love to use Pepper Pot for another project. They need to come out with more colors too – slightly limited especially compared with Silk & Ivory.

Silk & Ivory vs Pepper Pot

I have been using ThreadworX Expressions & ThreadworX Vineyard Silk in a small ornament using Bargello stitches & coverage is pretty good but I can see a little canvas peeking through. The Expressions is not my favorite. It is 50/50 cotton & rayon. It is being caught on the canvas and the twisting is difficult to control. So, I will never buy more of the Expressions but I do like Vineyard Silk although not for Bargello Techniques because of the coverage.

ThreadworX Expressions vs Vineyard Silk