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Road Trip to Strawberry Sampler
August 29, 2015, 6:58 pm
Filed under: General comments

It had been awhile since I was at Strawberry Sampler on Wilmington Pike (Route 202) in Glen Mills, PA. So, I had to show Linda! And, we both managed to find something we had to have.

I just loved the colors of this cross stitch piece, Baked Alaska, by Cheryl Granda. It is from a Mandala series of A-Maze-ing Desserts Collection. I am afraid to look for the others in the series!

Baked Alaska

They carry mostly samplers and cross stitch projects. Very nicely arranged, bright, and a huge stock. They carry DMC floss, Sampler Threads, and Weeks Dye Works Floss.

Strawberry Sampler

Finds at Needle Me
August 19, 2015, 6:25 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, General comments, Threads

I finally made a trip to Needle Me to use my gift certificate from our Christmas exchange. I found a purse half off (& with the gift certificate was half off again).  While the piece of needlepoint isn’t a perfect fit.  It will be fine for a while.


And, look at what 40 yards of Watercolours looks like!

40 yards

Porcupine Laying Tool
August 14, 2015, 6:46 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, General comments

To thank members of the Board for our efforts, our President Patrick B, gave us laying tools that he made from an African porcupine quill. He added the decorative top bead.  Some people are so creative & handy! Thanks again Patrick.

Porcupine quill

Fuchia Needlebook by Merrilyn Heazlewood

One of the projects from my second local ANG chapter, the Keystone Garden chapter, is a needlebook called “Fuchia Needlebook”.  The designer is Merrilyn Heazlewood & this was published in Needlepoint Now Mar/April 2014. I’m happy with how it turned out! It’s a stem stitch connecting the pages mainly to the lining but I picked up enough from just below the lining that it doesn’t pull up the lining. This is going to be donated to ANG auction. I’m not sure it’ll be sent in time to make it into this years auction or next.





Fluffy flower


Spirit of Jean and Mae

The ANG CyberPointers chapter voted to offer Spirit of Jean by Kathy Rees, a current Correspondence Course, to our members & I signed up! Recently, I obtained some great stash from Mae V-D, a past member of my local chapter, Main Line Stitchers, who passed away.  So, the basis of the colorway came from her threads. Plus, Mae is my middle name & my grandmother’s name!

You can see in the upper left side of the photo the Watercolours tag that has the color and lot number handwritten – now that’s old! And, I’m not sure what the overdyed floss is on the far left but it goes with the Watercolours perfectly. It is amazing that all the threads are over-dyes and makes it more challenging to select threads. 

I met Ginny, another CP and member of my other local Keystone chapter who signed up too, at Fireside Stitchery the weekend that the instructions arrived in the mail (thanks Candy for all your work) to select our threads. But, I used some Weeks Dye Works with very little variation to get what I wanted.  I was thinking how much easier it would have been to select the optional kit but I love these colors.  It’s been very fun stitching although it requires very careful counting!!  


Center portion