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Mello Joy Coffee
August 31, 2016, 8:41 pm
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2016

I volunteered to stitch this for 2016 Seminar in New Orleans. It is in the silent auction. There was one online too. Mine was finished as a needle case. I got outbid on my online items that I was going for (a NOLA ornament & the eat, stitch, sleep goodie bag). Today, I was so involved in class that I forgot to go back to bid on the silent auction items again.

Mello Joy Coffee

ANG Auction
August 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2016

I volunteered this morning as the auction opened. I tried to hold back buying but I gravitated to the buy now items going for $1, $5, $10, $20. That was me, “Just a dollar!” After watching others for 30 min, I couldn’t hold back. I found a couple of cute items. And, I had to have the $50 thread bag for $20. I only took one. There was a 2 bag max this year. Lovely items in the silent auction as well as online at Anyone can bid not just ANG members. It closes sometime tomorrow so do not delay!

Buy now items

Provence Pottery Shop with Lois Kershner
August 29, 2016, 10:46 pm
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2016

Learning about photo transfers was interesting. We got to try it on a small photo. Mine turned out ok on the first try. But, the process either works or it doesn’t & that canvas won’t be able to be used. It’s hit or miss – different transfer papers are not all created equally. Heat from the iron must be very hot.  Have extra transfer paper.

Rose photo transfer

Fortunately,  Lois did the canvases for our class. And, we are just stitching certain areas. This is as far as I got in the 2-day class.

Pottery Shop after 2 days

I stitched this morning waiting for the exhibit to open and again after the CyberPointers meeting in order to do the tricky parts before I forget & before Lois leaves. Except for 3 finishing touches, all I have now are T stitch under the doorway vine and to the right of the door, basketweave in 3 areas, and lazy daisies to stitch. But, there is enough of that left to keep me busy!

Pottery Shop, after 3 days

ANG Seminar 2016, New Orleans
August 26, 2016, 9:41 pm
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2016

I enjoyed running into Jessica T, whom I had met in Myrtle Beach last year, in the Philly airport on our way to New Orleans! We were on one airplane for 2-3 hours without leaving the terminal. Got off that one for an hour just to sit inside another for an hour before leaving Philly. Once we arrived, we waited over an hour for our luggage.  10 hours! What an ordeal but it was great spending time with Jessica.

And, I also got a lot of stitching done on a small piece for Bill. I’ll have it done before I get home thanks to American Airlines. That will be the subject of another blog!

Arriving so late, I missed setup for Distance Learning Programs but we didn’t have pegs anway! And, I missed check in. But, I did that this morning.  So, it all worked out.

I bought the plastic project bags & the rest came from ANG when I checked in.

Seminar 2016

And, the Teaching Dynamics class with Carlene Harwick was led by a very capable,  pleasant, substitute teacher, Valerie McAleenan. I learned some good pointers for leading projects with my chapter. Good way to start seminar! Looking forward to tomorrow’s class with Lois Keschner for Provence Pottery Shop.

ANG Stitch of the Month
August 15, 2016, 5:51 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, ANG Stitch of the Month, 2016

August’s portion of Susan Hoekstra’s Feuilles d’ananas  (Pineapple Leaves) are the Brighton and Thread Couched with Crosses. It’s always interesting to see composite stitches come together.

SOTM, August

Welcome Baby Norah
August 7, 2016, 5:41 pm
Filed under: Welcome Baby Norah

Our beautiful grandniece, Norah, was born back in April. So, I designed this sampler piece to commemorate her birth. She’s Irish & so, her name is spelled out in green with touches of the colors of the rainbow & a pot of gold in the letter H. We wish her good health, happiness, & good fortune throughout her life.


The letters came from either the Leisure Arts Leaflet 2285 called 120 Alphabets or Leisure Arts Leaflet 3071 called Alphabets Galore 136 Alphabets.

From top to bottom:

  • Blocks (3 rows from A-Z): Diagram 88 on pg 32 (136 Alphabets)
  • Welcome baby with balloons: Diagram 113 on pgs 39-40 (136 Alphabets)
  • Norah (modified to fit my width): Diagram 73 on pg 26 (120 Alphabets)
  • Diaper pins (without the letters): Diagram 49 on pg 14 (120 Alphabets)
  • April: Diagram 19 on pg 7 (136 Alphabets)
  • lower case pm, lbs, and oz: Diagram 53 on pg 15 (120 Alphabets)

There are mainly DMC flosses used: yellow 444, green 701 and 700 a little darker for Norah, blue 825, violet 552, red 666, red-violet 915 because red 666 looked terrible right next to violet 552, orange 970, and black 310 for the balloon strings. I also used Kreinik #12 braid 010HL for the pot, #8 braid 002J for the gold, and #12 braid 001 for the metal portion of the diaper pins (thanks to Linda – I had #16 which was too thick while my #8, #4, and balger were too thin).

I am amazed that I used graph paper, pencil, & plenty of erasing to lay this out but 100 years ago young girls stitched samplers without such aids!!