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Rainbow Ribbons, Band 11
March 29, 2021, 2:18 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Rainbow Ribbons

I enjoy stitching on Rainbow Ribbons during our ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter Stitch-in on Saturday. Again, it was followed by a rainy Sunday which allowed me to finish. And, a sunny (cool and windy) Monday allowed me to get a photo.

Getting started on Friday allows me to understand the stitch pattern so I can talk and stitch on Saturday. The eyelet was stitched after the diagonal frame.

It was helpful that Linda let us know how long a thread would be needed to stitch two complete frames. For the eyelets, I used a really long length (about 50″) and put the half way point of the thread in the middle of the first two frames. Then, I worked each column.

Canvas Master Craftsman, Steps 1 and 3 Display Ready

Unlike my Step 2 piece which didn’t need blocking, Lisa did block the fish for me and I picked up earlier this week. I attached it with small nails to a foam board and laced it up. I’m using the same acid-free, 3/16” thick, white foam board ( that I used for the previous step. Today, I laced up Step 3 too. No blocking was needed.

Since these pieces are not going to be judged, I didn’t want to mat and frame it. I ordered ultrasuede fabric to make the backs look nicer. They will be displayed in the Education area of EGA at the National Seminar in Chicago in September to advertise their Master Craftsman Canvas program. Bill and I are going to drive there for my first EGA Seminar. I have 3 classes which will be the subject of another post eventually.

Step 1. Line Drawing Supplied, Monochromatic Colorway
Step 3. No design supplied for Diaper Patterns, Split Complementary Colorway

Coffee Cups Has a New Home
March 22, 2021, 4:30 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Coffee Cups

I finally stopped at the Starbucks in Malvern. I am thrilled to be able to say that Coffee Cups is being displayed prominently there! It is the Starbucks in Malvern at 260 Old Morehall Rd (a stand alone location).  When you walk in the door, it is on the wall to your right. That was where I was hoping it would be put. I really wish that coronavirus hadn’t have forced our Starbucks in Wayne with our conference room to close. I’ve got to start looking for a new location. Some members are starting to get their vaccine & are anxious to meet in person again. But, I am glad Coffee Cups has a new home.

The manager, JC, was on vacation but I told the girl who waited on me that I was one of the group who stitched the Coffee Cups & she was interested in knowing more about it. She was particularly interested in how long it took us to do it. 

So, stop in & check it out. 

Tahitian Treat, Cover of Needle Pointers Magazine

The online version of the March/April, 2021 issue of Needle Pointers magazine is available now for ANG members at

What a wonderful surprise to see my design, Tahitian Treat, on the cover page! I knew it would be in the issue. Marilyn O created great diagrams in Adobe Illustrator from what I had sent her in Excel.

The actual piece was away from me for almost a year! After returning from ANG Seminar in late September where it got an Honorable Mention award, it went in February 2020 to the Woodlawn exhibit and got a 3rd place ribbon. However, the month-long March exhibit turned into a delayed exhibit due to coronavirus. After the show concluded in July, it went to northern NJ with the New Jersey Needle Artists member who picked it and others up. There it stayed all fall and by early December, we finally arranged a hand off half-way between our homes. That day, I repacked it and sent it south to Marilyn to photograph for the article. When she finished, it was before Christmas and it got stuck for over a month on the return trip in the USPS distribution center in Philadelphia. After multiple requests, I finally got it back on January 29, 2021! One year ago this weekend we visited Woodlawn-just before everything shut down.

Countess of Grantham, Cora, Step 2A by Gay Ann Rogers
March 5, 2021, 5:52 pm
Filed under: Gay Ann Roger's, Countess of Granrham, Other People's Pieces

I felt like this should have been a step in and of itself in Cora’s design by Gay Ann Rogers.

There was lots of counting that I did 99% correctly the first time. Perhaps the lesson I learned is that correct stitching can be done by focusing on the work rather than trying to stitch and watch TV.

It’s all cross stitches, double-running, and backstitching reminding me that counted cross stitch patterns are not easy just because they are all x stitches. I have several cross stitch designs in my to do pile that would be challenging.

A Dusting of Snow by Gail Stafford, Framed

I don’t know how I missed posting A Dusting of Snow once I got it framed (June 2020) from a class I took with Gail Stafford through my ANG Keystone Garden chapter in June of 2019. It seems appropriate to post it now as the last snow (I hope) melts away.

Gail created the piece based on this photo. I’d say she nailed it!

Rainbow Ribbons, Bands 9 and 10
March 1, 2021, 10:30 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Rainbow Ribbons

I finished about 8 inches (about 2 inches per hour) of Band 9 of Rainbow Ribbons during our ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter Stitch-in Saturday and the rest on our rainy Sunday. The Milanese stitch was tough to compensate unless I just started on the inside edge and worked to the outer edge using 2 needles as I went along. Then, it was easy.

Band 10 is a simple Slanted Gobelin with back stitches but I decided to switch to a Fly stitch done on the true diagonal rather than a typical oblique angle because this piece has a lot of Slanted Gobelin already and the back stitches were not looking as good. The final appearance is identical.

This design is by Kam Wenzloff (Nov/Dec 2019 issue of Needlepoint Now) that our chapter is doing as a year-long project using Color Complements threads. I’m ready for our March 8th meeting on Zoom.