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Dragon Fly, Ready for Flight
January 31, 2015, 10:22 am
Filed under: Dragon Fly, Melita's Other Completed Pieces

It looks like it could fly away!

The wings were Alicia’s Lace (#8 045) outlined with Gold Rush (202C) & couched with Accentuate  (024).

The body was padded first with long stitches of Crystal Braid (CR08) & covered by straight  (satin) stitches Kreinik  (#8 045).

The head is French Knots (#8 045). It has been 2 years since I’ve done one & they were a snap thanks to a Mary Corbett video for a refresher!

Initially,  the small squares were going to be Rhodes stitch but Sharon G thought they wouldn’t compensate easily & suggested Double Leviathan but that pattern covers 4 threads & the square was 5 threads. So, I did my best with the Rhodes using Gloriana  (#088 Seaweed).

Now, off to the framers & then, where will it land? Hmm

Dragon Fly Finished


Birthday Button
January 25, 2015, 10:57 am
Filed under: Birthday Button, Melita's Designs

This is a 60th birthday gift for a friend, Terry V, who’s as cute as a button.

It’s on 14 count vinyl canvas. I didn’t start on this very early (I forgot about it until Tuesday & her surprise party was last night – fun time) so I kept it small (3&1/2″ square) to get done quickly (several nights & a day of binge stitching). A little DMC & Kreinik to add some sparkle. I have some decorative buttons that I have had stashed away & thought it looked good. And, because I used simple stitches, I got done quicker than I expected & decided to add the background for a finished 5″ square design. Whew!

Birthday Button

Threads, Beads, and more Threads
January 22, 2015, 9:14 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter

These just arrived from ‘s recent give-a-way! It includes Claudia hand painted cotton threads (3-ply), a brand I have not seen in Pennsylvania! The selected Impressions & Mill Seed beads match perfectly. I am Programs Chair for ANG Main Line Stitchers in Devon, PA (outside Philadelphia) & will figure out how to share this with them. Thanks!
threads and beads

Dragon Fly Background
January 18, 2015, 3:23 pm
Filed under: Dragon Fly, Needlework in Progress

According to Sharon G, the background is supposed to look like rain but the notes I took during class didn’t have enough details especially considering that I waited years & not days to get back to stitching this piece. Ideally, I should have stitched some in each area or at least taken better notes!

Now, I realize that the note about the Damask stitch pattern on page 48 referred her book, Simply Essential Needlepoint Stitch Explanations, that I must have bought that day. I just found it while looking for another book. And, I realize that I stitched the whole background differently than Sharon had intended. This stitch pattern would have been on the green background but you can see it is more open & looks like rain.

Dragon Fly Rain

Initially, I stitched the top row gold (using 2 strands of Accentuate) and thought it was too heavy. So, I tried 1 strand (bottom row).

Background options

And, I decided the 1 strand of the Accentuate was better! The green rows are the same thread, 2 strands of Peacock Blue (192) Gloriana. To prevent streaking, Sharon suggested alternating between 5 x 18″ lengths and reversing the direction of the threads.  I have delayed posting this as I contemplated my options: (1) rip it all out & start over – I have enough thread, (2) cover some of the gold with or without adding some gold on top of the green, and (3) do nothing. Oh well, it doesn’t look like rain but I can live with this!! What would you have done?

Dragon Fly Background



Bamboo Plant II
January 17, 2015, 5:11 pm
Filed under: Bamboo Tea Tray, Melita's Designs

Take 2 for the bamboo. I knew I had to redo it after Bill asked me what the other version was (after I told him 3 times). So, I studied images of bamboo & realized my color was way off & had to figure out how to make it more realistic. Hopefully, you’ll agree as does Bill, “It looks like bamboo. ” What will clue 2 be?

Bamboo Plant II


Dragon Fly, A Tribute to Kathryn Molineux
January 7, 2015, 10:22 am
Filed under: Dragon Fly, Needlework in Progress

I mentioned in my “Plans for 2015” post, that I had a Dragon Fly painted canvas.  I knew it was from a Sharon G class I had taken at Nimble Needle but had forgotten it was a Kathryn Molineux painted canvas.  Sharon provided the stitch guide.

Since that was the most completed of the works in progress, I decided to start stitching that piece & have been working on it for the past few days. And, I was shocked to read today that Kathryn passed away Dec 26, 2014. So, I am really glad to share my progress as a tribute to her memory.

Dragon Fly progress



Bamboo Plant Tea Tray
January 4, 2015, 9:39 pm
Filed under: Bamboo Tea Tray, Melita's Designs

The first clue in the Stitching Games 2015 run by stitcherie is “pickle”.

I had an idea of a tea tray getting a Chinese motif of either a bonsai tree or bamboos.  And, with pickle being green either would work. As you can, I hope, I selected bamboos.

Is there any chance you can see this? I can redraw the design & redo it – I have the whole month. Thoughts?

Bamboo Plant


Tea Tray
January 4, 2015, 10:54 am
Filed under: Bamboo Tea Tray, Melita's Designs

Ok, I have a serious problem.  After just making up a list of all the pending needlepoint projects I have, what do I do? Get started on something new. Why? It sounds interesting. Although I’ve read the rules, I am not quite sure what will happen in the Stitching Games 2015! on stitcherie!

My design is 6″x9″ (minimum 6″x6″) & we’ll get a one word clue or image every month (for 10 months) & use that to inspire us. In Nov, you can finish any other areas. Declare any “background” areas & stitch all year long. Since I have so many projects,  I decided just to make a design with 10 areas. After finding out what complicated canvases others are doing & that I am only one not using a painted canvas,  I’m not sure if this will work but hopefully it will!

The only finishing item in my stash at least 6″ is the tea tray. So, that’s how I determined the size & here’s my line drawn canvas.

Line drawing


ANG Main Line Stitchers Name Tag
January 2, 2015, 12:04 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Name Tag

Although I have been a member of the ANG Main Line Stitchers for years (since about 2003), I just finished our chapter name tag.

I was told since we meet near a suburban train line that runs into Philadelphia, that’s how they came up with the design.

MLS Name Tag


I’ll be “finishing” this one myself. When I cleaned up, I found the necessary instructions & supplies except for ultrasuede which I just ordered from eBay.