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Plans for 2015
December 31, 2014, 3:24 pm
Filed under: General comments

It took hours but I went through my stash that has been accumulating in several piles around the house. I found a lot of projects & finishing items (frame, purse, tea tray, eyeglass case, tote bag, ornaments, wood box & lacquered box). The 2 dozen projects included painted canvas with and without stitch guides and charted designs (some kitted). There are 6 projects actually started to some degree & 6 projects that are stitched but not “finished” yet.

So, as I move into 2015, I am going to work on a variety of types of projects including my 2 oldest WIP (Dragonfly-Sharon G-a painted canvas with stitch guide, Stitches in Sterling-Nancy Cucci-a counted canvas with stitch guide, 3 ornament-sized painted canvas pieces from our latest trips to Phoenix & Chicago, a name tag for my ANG chapter, and 2 of my own designs. Hopefully, I do not see more fantastic projects because I’ve got charted designs that I picked up recently that I would like to stitch too. But, I  am optimistic that I’ll get to several of them! Somehow.

The bag on the right goes to the basement to remain WIPs (along with countless charts & kits sitting/waiting in a cabinet) & the two on the left stay upstairs to be worked on in 2015! Another thought about VISION in 2015 will be to reconsider how much of what I have stored in the basement now might or might not be of interest in future years.

Thanks for visiting my blog throughout the year & hope you have a Healthy & Happy New Year!


2014 in review
December 29, 2014, 5:52 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Looking back on 2014, I did FOCUS & finished 18 projects including 2 of my own designs, 2 ANG Correspondence Courses but done as 4 projects, 1 ANG seminar class project,  3 painted canvases,  & 6 charted designs. There were also the gift tags & Lenox ornaments. That’s more pieces than I realized I had done!

In 2015, I must use more VISION.  I have enough accumulated now that I need to use what I have. For example, the Lee leather purse allows for a 5&1/2″ X 5&1/8″ opening. And, I have several 5″ X 5″ designs that could work by adding an extra border. So, I’ll plan some projects so I can use what I already have on hand.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 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 2014. 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.

The Queen Has Been Crowned
December 26, 2014, 9:25 am
Filed under: Queen's Silhouette

I finally blocked out time & applied the beads. The background just needed the small cross stitches in the Criss-Cross Hungarian pattern. I used 2 silk threads of Au Ver A Soie in a slightly darker blue (510). I just finished the last of that (there were a lot of them) & we are heading to The Artful Framer in Paoli today – one of the women in my ANG chapter uses them.


Gentle Waves Adrift
December 21, 2014, 9:56 pm
Filed under: Gentle Waves

The background of the waves didn’t blend as I expected. Maybe I used too many blues. And, I think the waves are too symmetrical.

In the positives, I like the surf and sand stitch. I’ll round out the heart next time.

Yes, this will be redone with lessons learned. But, I’m finishing another project as I think about what all to do to improve this design. Thoughts?

Gentle Waves Adrift

Lenox Snowflakes
December 17, 2014, 10:19 pm
Filed under: Melita's Designs

Now that all these have been delivered, I can post this. Just like snowflakes, no two are identical!

They were intended for photos but once I figured out to use perforated paper, it was easy to cut to fit.

Lenox Ornaments

More Cloth Heart Ornaments
December 13, 2014, 10:01 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, ANG Seminar 2014, Cloth Ornaments

When I was at Designers Desk in Geneva, IL at seminar, I picked up extra cloth ornaments as Christmas gifts for Board members of my ANG Main Line chapter. These were all the various heart patterns that they had for sale. I couldn’t share them until after our Christmas dinner meeting.

We also did a polyanna Christmas “steal” with lots of various needlepoint related items & I got a gift certificate to use at Needle Me in Havertown, PA!

Heart Cloth Ornaments