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Gift Tags
September 29, 2014, 9:34 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Gift Tags

Nellies Needlers at Woodlawn first introduced me to gift tags when they stitched them to raise money ( So, I suggested to my ANG Mainline Stitchers that we stitch some over the next year to give to the gift shop to raise money as our next charitable project. We selected A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children where one of our members (Marnie) worked.

Marnie has volunteered to take the stitched patterns and make up the gift tags. So, these are my first tags.

This one is also going to be the basic pattern of the water for my next original design. I saw someone use the pattern on Facebook’s Needlepoint Nation for snow and liked it immediately for water! It is the Snow 20 from Stitch Landscape which is almost identical to the Water 25 pattern except that water is completely symmetrical but I prefer the asymmetrical Snow pattern because water is more unpredictable. No wonder I saw water even though it was “snow”!

Snow 20

Here are the rest:

Double Hungarian Ground Double Hungarian Ground

Pavillion Boxes Pavillion Boxes

Original Helen’s Lace   Original Helen's Lace

Checker Filling  Checker Filling

Tied Windmills  Tied Windmills

Mosaic Square Modified  Mosaic Square Modified

Sirna Star  Sirna Star

Milanese  Milanese

Triple Cross I  Triple Cross I

Byzantine  Byzantine

Sand 25  Sand 25

Soil 11 Soil 11

These make great purse projects! Get time waiting at a doctor office, 10 minutes of lunchtime, when ever & where ever!!












Chapter Book Project, Jeannie’s Windmills by Pat Mazu

Another season begins at ANG Main Line Stitchers tonight! I am leading the Chapter Book Project, Jeannie’s Windmills by Pat Mazu. I’ll also use my tips for my other chapter, Keystone Garden. But, they don’t need it until October. So, the timing works out great!

I had gotten most of it done before seminar but it still took 2 or 3 evenings to finish it. And, several hours today writing up my tips including lengths of threads needed for the crescents, windmills, and bargello. Now, I am all ready. Here are some of the key tips:

• A gold sparkle canvas probably would have looked pretty since a lot of canvas shows.
• I attached each bead horizontally because the bead appeared to be tipping backwards and was showing more of the beading thread than I wanted.
• There is a discrepancy and an omission in the diagram.
– The discrepancy is between the crescent placed in the upper left corner of the chart and the diagram of the crescent seen in the upper right corner of the chart. The left image shows Stitch 1 – 2 being one thread apart and an extra stitch that would be numbered Stitch 17 – 18. The diagram and how I stitched it was to allow for 2 threads to separate Stitch 1 – 2.
– The omission is that Stitch 15 – 16 is not shown in the diagram of the crescent (upper right corner).

– Batiste fabric attached just before the small crosses are added allows the threads to move from one to another without being seen.

Very bright & colorful design & not too tough to stitch.

Jeannie's Windmills with border

We meet at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, on September 8 (always the second Monday of the month) at 7:15 pm. GPS: 203 North Valley Forge Road, Devon, PA. For those who can, please join us for dinner at 5:30 pm (ish) at Minella’s (320 W Lancaster Ave).

Bargello Pine Trees Stocking
September 6, 2014, 9:12 pm
Filed under: ANG CyberPointer's Chapter, Bargello Pine Trees, Christmas Ornaments

This is a free pattern from The Caron Collection ( They offer quite a few really nice ones. My ANG CyberPointer’s chapter worked on ornaments using various types of stitching. My favorite was the Bargello Pine Trees.

And, I love how it turned out. The top rows of Bargello are Fuzzy Stuff. The finisher that Nimble Needle uses added the braid and tassels to match the darker blue but for the backing used a lighter purple that matches the center top motif. Just wonderful & is in plenty of time to enjoy for the 2014 holiday season.

Bargello Pine Trees

Bargello Pine Trees, back

I got some interesting comments/input from Carole L on Facebook’s Needlepoint Nation that I wanted to share: “Just out of curiosity, since I liked this design so much, I went looking to see who the original designer of this stocking was, only to discover that this is from a 1997 McCall’s magazine! (with permission of course) I really like it, and I would not have guessed that it was an older design. Some things are just classic. They don’t mention the designer’s name, sadly, but I think from the way the intro is phrased it must be Lois Caron herself. She has some lovely designs.”

“Faux-Berge” Orange Tree Egg, A Labor of Love
September 1, 2014, 9:45 pm
Filed under: "Faux-Berge" Orange Tree Egg by Michele Roberts, ANG Seminar 2014

I can’t say I labored on Labor Day because it was too much fun to finish “Faux-Berge” Orange Tree Egg today! My 2014 ANG Seminar Class with Michele Roberts was eggcellent & I’ll be taking it to get it finished later this week when I get an ornament that is ready for pick up.

"Faux-Berge" Orange Tree Egg