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Three Leaves by Margaret Kinsey
September 30, 2015, 9:10 pm
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Today’s class, Three Leaves with Margaret Kinsey, blew by so quickly.  But, we got a lot done. The first leaf outline was the easiest (top center) & the third was the hardest (bottom left). Your see one piece of gold is in place & I’m not sure it is correct. Margaret is so nice. I learned how to make a knot at an end!

I am so happy that Linda from my chapter went over the basics before the class.  It made today so much easier. I heard a few woman struggle but not me! Plus, I decided not to worry about how it turns out since it is my first.  Decent progress for a day. Several people got much more done. A few less than I. Not a race but I can’t help but notice.  The bottom left tendril is half finished. Bleary eyed & tired. I should studied this genre in my 30s when seeing was easier. More tired after Expo night.

2 leaves

Assessing the Art in Needlepoint with Mary K Campbell

We spent today talking about judging, reviewing color theory by studying the color wheel and value scale, looking at balance, focal point, and more! I learned that I need to pay more attention to value. The Color Evaluator II is a new tool to help with seeing the value of threads in a piece (without a black and white xerox copy). And, I’m still learning about the tent stitch!


ANG Seminar 2015 in Myrtle Beach
September 25, 2015, 8:38 am
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We arrived at Myrtle Beach yesterday in the rain. But, that didn’t bother us. Marilyn & I set up the Distance Learning Programs in the exhibit area. I checked in for seminar and here are the goodies.

Check in stuff

Then, Bill & I headed to dinner at Angus Steakhouse & a movie, Black Mass. Great dinner and movie. No rain to start today. That’s nice!

Bamboo Tea Tray, Clue 9
September 22, 2015, 11:29 am
Filed under: Bamboo Tea Tray, Melita's Designs

The ninth clue in the Stitching Games 2015 run by stitcherie is “Hello, Mrs. Pot”. And, what lady wouldn’t like to be dressed in cashmere! So, the background (left side) is done in a diagonal cashmere stitch.

Diagonal Cashmere


Goldwork Introduction
September 20, 2015, 9:53 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter

Thanks to Linda for walking the Main Line Stitchers through some goldwork basics at our first meeting of the year. I feel better about being prepared for a one-day basic goldwork class at seminar & the November one-day class our chapter will be taking. We used 2 weights of pearl purl, several check purls, and smooth purl.

I can see some canvas where I didn’t carry the gold piece far enough. But, that takes practice.

Goldwork practice

I’m more curious about than interested in goldwork. And, I’m sure that the 2 classes will allow me to appreciate that much more every one else’s goldwork.

Most people think needlepoint takes patience but I think goldwork takes much more. And, working with tweezers under a magnifier using a small, very sharp needle with a tiny eye isn’t relaxing. Tapestry needles with blunt points don’t hurt. As with most things, once you get used to it, it becomes easier!

Progress on Spirit of Jean & Mae
September 7, 2015, 9:00 pm
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Because we have the ANG CyberPointers meeting over Labor Day weekend & because I am anxious to get back to stitching Spirit of Jean, I am dedicating what stitching time I have this weekend to this piece. After reading the meeting reports Saturday morning, I finished the 4 diamond pavilions. Then, we enjoyed the afternoon at the Arden Fair & killer Golden Margaritas over dinner with our Delaware friends!

The members leading CPs certainly do a fine job. And, this is one of the Correspondence Courses they voted to do as a group.

Sunday morning I worked on the Smyrna stitches. I got to this point and realized that I had missed the inner ring of Smyrnas. So, I ripped & started restitching it Sunday. And, Monday, I got back to where I was!


I’m glad I had to redo it. I didn’t have enough of the thread for the diamond pavilions. So, I found a better match in my stash! And, I rethought my upcoming planned thread placement & made a couple of changes. The over dyed Watercolours was from Mae’s stash & the length was fantastic to match the pattern symmetrically. I found the center green & stitched outwards to all sides. I’m very happy!

Great weekend with friends & for stitching!


Bamboo Tea Tray, Clue 8
September 1, 2015, 7:21 am
Filed under: Bamboo Tea Tray, Melita's Designs

The eighth clue in the Stitching Games 2015 run by stitcherie is “apple”. Since I saw others already used the Issac Newton gravity connection, I decided to go with the other apple guy who, as it turns out, introduced apples to the state I now live in (PA). John Chapman, often called Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as the northern counties of present day West Virginia.

The popular image is of Johnny Appleseed spreading apple seeds randomly, everywhere he went. With that in mind, like seeds falling randomly, I created a random stitch pattern for the sides. It’s not irregular continental, oblique beaty, or nobuko. The closest it comes to is Kennan but it is still different from any of the diagonal stitches in The Needlepoint Book by Jo Ippolito Christensen. I’m not going to check other books. Here’s the diagram:



And, the piece:

Apple August