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Laurel Burch Butterfly Canvas by Danji

This lovely Laurel Burch design by Danji, Rainbow Butterfly, caught my eye at NJ Needle Fest but Linda told me not to get because it was in stock at Linda’s Boutique (as I fondly call it). And today at our Stitch-in, Linda gave it to me as a birthday gift! I had forgotten about it but sure am glad Linda didn’t. Aren’t the colors lovely!

I think it’ll be fun to see what everyone suggests at chapter meetings especially since Linda and Kristen are our resident butterfly experts having worked on the larger Rainbow Butterflies Laurel Burch design by Danji (with Imagine written in the upper left corner). They used some threads and stitches from a Tony Minieri stitch guide and some of their own options.

But, I have to finish the Orchid and Bamboo JP canvas first. Hopefully, I will finish that by the the end of July.

Hearts of Gold: Second Heart-Shaped Bargello Ornament by Michele Roberts

Hearts of Gold is an excellent ANG Correspondence Course that includes 20 Heart-Shaped Bargello Ornaments by Michele Roberts. It’s available under Distance Learning on ANG ‘s website.

Michele describes this heart as a “classic tiny pattern” of shadowed boxes. The stitches are all over 2 canvas threads. It can be stitched in as few as 2 colors and as many as 7 colors. I love the 3 dimensional effect with this pattern.

To say “spring”, I selected a rainbow of Silk & Ivory threads including yellow=maize 241, orange=clementine 215, red=tamale 199, dark purple=sugarplum 117, blue=delphinium 70, green=lime 56, and light purple=shrinking violet 116.

Hearts of Gold: First Heart-Shaped Bargello Ornament by Michele Roberts

Hearts of Gold is an excellent ANG Correspondence Course that include 20 Heart-Shaped Bargello Ornaments by Michele Roberts. It’s available under Distance Learning on ANG ‘s website. Michele’s are all done in golds but I wanted seasonal hearts.

I began my first heart with the Greek Meander Bargello pattern which is best worked in two colors. Mine is done in green and white (Silk & Ivory in 86 Shamrock and 01 Natural) for St. Patrick’s Day and Christmas.

The over 6 stitch is tricky because it falls in a different place with each color. The two colors fold into each other. Once I got to the first full row of white I started seeing the rhythm. Michele diagrammed the whole heart including compensation although it didn’t quite match mine because I tweaked the top center a tad to make the dip in the center deeper.

NJ Needle Fest 2022

This year NJ Needle Fest was 2 days (Friday and Saturday) at the Embassy Suites in Berkeley Heights, NJ.

Buff and I drove up Friday morning. We found our table for ANG Main Line Stitchers right inside the main entrance joining Kristen, Linda, and Lori. There were dozens of other stitchers at tables in a large room and a second atrium room where the folks from ANG NJ Needle Artists sat. The rooms were not completely full which is why next year the event will be on Saturday and Sunday in April (15-16). On Saturday, Patrick and Beth joined us. Lots more people came but there were still about 30 cancellations even 3 at our table. It would have been too crowded for 10 anyway. Now we know that 8 is the maximum at a table.

There were lots of vendors and I couldn’t resist buying a piece of linen (30 count linen by The Primitive Hare), Easy Guide Ball-Tip Needles (2 each size 26 and 28 good for stitching on linen), a dozen beaded counting pins (by, beautiful hand-dyed threads (by – who is on Facebook), a 10″ x 8″ thread bag by Trish Vine Designs (who is on Facebook) and a 14″ square clear project bag by Trish who is formerly from the ANG Keystone Garden chapter. It was great to see her again and glad to hear she’s enjoying North Carolina.

Breakfast (bagels, toast, pastry type food, coffee, tea), lunch (salad, meats/cheeses/bread for sandwiches, grilled eggplant/zucchini, chips, water/soda), afternoon snack (cookies and fruit) were all very good. Friday night three Main Line Stitchers, 6 NJNA, and I met for dinner at Delicious Heights in Berkeley Heights for a wonderful evening of good food and conversation.

Besides stitching and vendors, we looked at a variety of wonderful pieces that others at the event were stitching covering a variety of categories. My favorite was the beaded piece Infinity by Tela Artis (seller is in Ukraine). The amount of beading is unbelievable but will be beautiful when finished. The shading on the fabric is pretty enough to just frame the fabric.

Dee from NJ Needle Artists shared her hand woven towels making me get more excited to learn weaving even though I am learning tapestry weaving which is different.

During the day they gave away door prizes and I won big prizes each day! On Friday, it was registration to their Summer Getaway in Radnor near Philadelphia that I can use in 2023 (I’ll be away at ANG Seminar in 2022). And on Saturday, it was registration to their Christmas in Williamsburg in Nov 30-Dec 4, 2022 which I can go to with Buff who won that prize last year! We can drive down and share a room. What are the odds of me getting both? Amazing!! Before I won the Williamsburg registration, I was paying for next year’s NJ Needle Fest and saw the Joyful box behind the counter and commented on how cute it was. Don’t you know that the certificate came in that box. It was certainly my lucky day.

Can’t forget to talk about the stitching that I did. I brought 2 projects expecting to zip right through the Corinthian Earrings by Orna Willis but between gabbing, shopping, looking around, and some frogging, it took 2 days to finish the earrings. I should have Xerox copied the pattern to highlight areas stitched as I progressed. They are on Congress Cloth and come with the materials to finish them but that will be the subject of another post.

Fur Stitches
May 12, 2022, 11:45 am
Filed under: General comments, Melita's Adaptations, Penguin Family

I was asked recently about what stitches would be good for the fur of wolves. What thread used could vary some depending on the animal but I think my response would offer good suggestions for the stitch for any animal.

Random long and short or random encroaching Gobelin-split stitch all come to mind first with two or more colors for shading (or a subtle overdyed). Regular encroaching gobelin on an angle to match direction needed would work too. Packed or Outline Stem stitch moves directionally as well. Do you have others you like?

The only animals I have done (as far as I recall) are penguins. I used Split Encroaching Gobelin of various colors and various lengths on my penguins ( I used Trio and Fuzzy Stuff. If I were to do this again (10+ years later), I would make the black more slick with different threads. I see now that my sky is vertical – I would switch that to horizontal.

Introduction to Weaving on a Loom with Bobbie – June 11 Class in Philadelphia
May 8, 2022, 11:09 am
Filed under: Introduction class with Bobbie, Weaving on a Loom

Bobbie is an art historian, and she runs At Home Modern. When she lived in Philadelphia, she ran a business to help people create midcentury interiors. When she purchased a mid-century home, she went on the search for bargello pillows to complement the 1960′s house. Here’s a story about Bobbie and her pillows: Since moving to Maine, she became a fiber artist weaving pieces on looms. She returns to Philadelphia for an introduction to weaving class on June 11.

Make your own woven wall hanging!

In this workshop, Bobbie says that students will learn the essentials of tapestry weaving by creating woven wall hangings using a frame loom. We will cover: • loom basics • fiber selection • weaving tools • warping a loom • stitches and knots • shapes and space • removing a weaving from the loom • various finishing techniques This workshop includes a 10-inch loom and everything you need to complete your tapestry (all yours to keep)! You are welcome to bring your own favorite yarns if you wish – I suggest bulky yarns (weight 5 or above) for beginners. Contact me (Bobbie) if you would like a larger loom for an upcharge: 14 inch +$10, 20 inch +30, 36 inch +$210.
Saturday, Jun 11, 2022 starting at 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Total of 1 session for 3 hours 30 minutes

Cost $200

Contact Details

Second State Press, North American Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA


I (Melita) am already signed up and requested an upgrade for the 14” loom. Hope to see others there.

Weaving Class, Needlework and Textile Guild of Media, and Speedweave Darning Loom
May 6, 2022, 10:25 pm
Filed under: Needlework and Textile Guild of Media

The ANG definition of needlepoint is “Counted or free stitchery worked by hand with a threaded needle on a readily counted ground.” That is my preference but I do like to try other crafts occasionally.

Next craft to try is weaving on a loom. I signed up for a beginning class ( in June in Philadelphia.

And, I am joining the Needlework and Textile Guild of Media. We met for the first time last month and about 2 dozen folks showed up.

Here is the list of what everyone is doing and/or would like to do.

  • Quilting
  • Knitting
  • Braid weaving
  • Braiding
  • Visible mending/sashiko
  • Weaving
  • Crocheting
  • Sewing
  • Embroidery
  • Rug making
  • French wire work
  • Beading
  • Needlepoint
  • Hand weaving
  • EPP crochet
  • Fibers
  • Macrame
  • Felting
  • Icording
  • Paper piecing
  • Collaging
  • Lace making
  • Applique
  • Darning
  • Repurposing
  • Needle felting

There will be a demo on invisible and visible mending for the May 10 meeting at 7 pm at the Media Arts Council (11 E State St in Media). If you’re in the area, please join us.

I saw a darning loom advertised on Facebook and decided that I should try it. Not bad for a first attempt. I practiced on a sock. My husband has a favorite sweater that needs a new elbow. Hopefully, I’ll be able to save it.

Step 1 is place the hole over the wooden disc and attach to the loom.

Step 2 is to hook the yarn vertically over the hole.

Step 3 is to weave the thread back and forth.

I took the loom off here but should have added several more horizontal lines of thread.

It made attaching the ends more visible with such large loops so I weaved 2 more lines without the hooks but they weren’t tight enough.

Step 4 was to whip stitch the loops to secure them and tie off loose threads on the back.

This is a “Speedweaving” darning loom but the name is not accurate. It took me most of the evening as we watched the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team bounce back (pun intended) with a win because our “big” Embid was back on the court. Any number of colors of thread could be used to make a multi colored patch.

I’ll take this to the Tuesday night meeting.

Busy week! Monday night is my ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter meeting. And, Friday and Saturday is the NJ Needle Fest.

Hearts of Gold: 20 Heart-Shaped Bargello Ornaments by Michele Roberts

Back in March of 2020, ANG Cyberpointers offered Hearts of Gold: 20 Bargello Ornaments by Michele Roberts as a group Correspondence Course. It’s still available for individuals to sign up for. I didn’t get to it until now. Thanks to my ANG New Jersey Needle Artists chapter who has 42 of 53 members working on a bargello project, I plan on stitching 4 of them in the next couple of months. Five members are working on my Bargello Bowls!

The heart ornaments are not only great designs but Michele Roberts teaches classic techniques of stitching Bargello and combining different patterns.

I backstitched the heart shape with Londonderry Linen LNS #8085 Beige 80/3. It’s almost the same color as the sandstone canvas. The extra dip I added in the upper center portion defines the heart a little more. These are little hearts at 3″ x 3″.

The golds would be pretty but I want to have “seasonal” hearts. Green and white for St. Patrick’s Day, red and white for our Phillies and Valentine’s Day, multi-color for spring, and magenta for other times.

Since this project should have started in March, I will start with the green and white threads, Silk & Ivory in 86 Shamrock and 01 Natural.