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ANG Main Line Stitchers Class for Or Nué Star Lily with Brenda Kocher

A little over 2 years since I’ve finished the class & I finally found the right frame! It’s such a cute design & it was an interesting class. So glad Brenda was able to join us that day! It makes me want to find the other design she gave me for organizing the class – that was such a wonderful surprise!

Or Nué Star Lily framed

Bamboo Tea Tray, Clue 5
May 30, 2015, 9:23 am
Filed under: Bamboo Tea Tray, Melita's Designs

The fifth clue in the Stitching Games 2015 run by stitcherie is “topsy-turvy”.

I actually found a motif called “Topsy-Turvy” in Jean Hilton’s Stimulating Stitches which is a crescent that “wraps around on itself and then keeps on going into a tail”. However, I couldn’t use it exactly as she designed it on this piece. So, I took the crescent concept & with some creative thinking, which she encourages on practically every page, I created my own exotic crescent. It took me several attempts to get the coverage and roundness that I wanted.

Exotic Crescents

And, one way or another, a future clue will tie into the Sprats Head, Chicago Variation (also from in Jean Hilton’s Stimulating Stitches) – in the form of a cross between example C & D to make a circle & balance this pattern on the right!

Exotic Crescent stitched

The Stitching Studio in Richmond, VA
May 27, 2015, 6:40 pm
Filed under: General comments

The colors of all the threads just popped as you walked into the shop. And, Kathryn & Jennifer were very helpful about local Richmond, VA sites that we could enjoy in the rain that was determined to stay around all day. What a bright place to be on a dusmal day!

Stitching Studio

I really wasn’t going to buy anything until the a. bradley trunk show called to me. There, among some very cute designs, was “A Christmas Story” Leg Lamp canvas (one of my husband’s favorite Christmas movies) and a Rolling Stone’s T-shirt. We already have a “A Christmas Story” Leg nightlight and I knew I could live without 9″ x 13″ pillow to go with it. So, I selected the Rolling Stones T-shirt (my husband loves his T-shirts and the Rolling Stones) – it is perfect for him. Finally, a non-golf related canvas for him. It won’t get done by his July birthday but I could try for Christmas!

Rolling Stones T-shirt


No more road trips! Who am I kidding?  At least none are scheduled at this time.

Golf Tee, Teed Off
May 26, 2015, 7:17 pm
Filed under: Golf

I finished it while on vacation but wanted to be home before putting it in the leather holder. I was worried about cutting so close to the stitched border. And, the shape doesn’t look right for the opening but it must be!

Golf Tee Keychain


It was the right size & a little tricky but I managed ok. And, Bill loves it!

Leather Golf Tee Keychain

Village Stitchery in Newport News, VA
May 25, 2015, 7:44 pm
Filed under: General comments

Newport News, VA has the Village Stitchery. I had a nice chat with Sheila and her husband as I browsed the store. Sheila has had the store for many years now, helped form an ANG chapter in the area, and had Jean Hilton in her shop teaching classes. She has several Hilton designs for sale & some lovely stitched samples including the Sampler and Puzzle. I have the instructions for the Sampler & am more intimidated having seen it in person. It is huge – seems overwhelming – but very pretty.

Hilton Sampler

Hilton Puzzle

The red, white, and black Mindy canvas called Asian Circles (2220) jumped out of the window at me!

Village Stitchery Window

Village Stitchery Window

I’ll have to remember to send her a picture of it once I stitch it.

Asian Circles

And, it really is nice to see a stitched sample – the conch shell is my favorite. So, I had to get this too.

Conch Shell

Vintage Needlepoint
May 21, 2015, 5:42 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I feel like I was at a needlepoint exhibit even though it was the Williamsburg Antique Mall. My favorite is what is described as “bungo” embroidery.  I never heard of it & can’t find anything on google. It looks like boucle thread in long/short stitches.


Volcano closeup

This is ribbon embroidery.


Parrot closeup

More (of the better pieces) . . .

Prayer Plant

Olde Williamsburg





Flower Basket

Cross stitch

Needlepiont & petit point, wool-1


Pulled work


Blackbird Eyeglass Case
May 19, 2015, 8:35 pm
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I got the matching Blackbird Eyeglass Case at Haus Tirol aka as the Stitching Well In Williamsburg,  VA to the small bag & coin purse that I already am working on.

Blackbird Stitch and Zip

They carry mostly sampler and cross stitch kits but also a nice selection of threads and blank canvases.

Stitching Well

Virginia Beach Road Trip
May 16, 2015, 9:05 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I spent a wonderful morning with the ladies from the ANG Hampton Roads Sandpipers chapter. Nina P, membership, sent me their newsletter, & said I was welcome to join them even though they were having a class which I was also welcome to join. I didn’t want to keep my husband waiting that long (10-3) so I didn’t. But, I may propose this as a project for our chapter & maybe get Gtrechen to come to our chapter. The design is Tres Flores, Sundance Designs.

Tres Flores

Karen S President, introduced me during the first half hour of the business portion. They have several new members to ANG & the chapter. So, I explained about the Distance Learning Programs & pilot stitching. Show & tell included some lovely pieces but none more spectacular than Sue H’s collection that she designed of a needle case & matching accessories that were just lovely.

I also enjoyed meeting Gretchen Janesak from Threads LLC ( from Charlottesville,  VA who came to teach the class. Of course,  I had to pick this up from her table for my husband!  I should even be able to get it done this week!

 Golf Keychain

Dragon Fly, Framed
May 12, 2015, 9:22 pm
Filed under: Dragon Fly, Needlework in Progress

Dragon Fly is a Kathryn Molineux painted canvas that I selected at Nimble Needle for a class with Sharon G who provided the stitch guide.

I’ve had this done for a while & was enjoying looking at it but I can only keep so many pieces. So, this went to Anita, another coworker for her birthday! And, now everyone I work with has gotten something I stitched.

The design was exactly 5″ X 7″ & Michael’s cut the mat to fit exactly. I really got lucky with the color of the frame matching my design – also from Michael’s!  I just cut the canvas down & left it unblocked. There isn’t the same amount of space in this type of frame to add another layer of thickness. And, my stitching doesn’t pull the canvas out of shape anyway – so, it should be fine.

Dragon Fly Framed


I used Jean Hilton’s Stimulating Stitches to put together a matching design to Pat Mazu’s Diamond in a Square and finally got them into a pair of bookends for my current manager. That’s the fifth set of bookends!