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2 Ornaments finished last night
December 27, 2011, 9:23 pm
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments

These did work up quickly! I changed the colors slightly (yellow to a more gold around the now 3 shades of red which get darker from top to bottom). A little felt on the back & DMC tied for hanging & done!!


3 More Christmas Ornaments
December 26, 2011, 4:50 pm
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments

This was a great find on eBay before Christmas! Why better than the first 2 ornaments? These are actually part of the set I already have! Apparently, there were 12 in the set. I am confused about the date being 2000 – I thought I had mine since the 90s. But, maybe they added some each year.

You may recall from last year’s blog the angel & the bell:

From what a quick look on google, I think Creative Vision Design  is still in business but gone in a different direction now (

It’ll make a nice project to add to my gold metal ornament collection!!

2 Christmas Ornaments
December 26, 2011, 4:13 pm
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments

This was a good find on eBay before Christmas! I ordered them & then, by the time I opened them, it was a wonderful Christmas gift because I’d forgotten the designs that I’d found. It’ll make a nice addition to my gold metal ornament collection!!

From what a quick look on google, I do not think Needleform is still in business but you can find some stuff here & there still for sale.


Directions look easy:

Kumihimo, Japanese braiding starts our ANG Main Line Chapter meetings

Our theme for this year’s ANG Main Line Chapter meetings is “small”. In the fall, we’ll learn how to finish a small ornament using simple finishing techniques & a Japanese braiding technique called Kumihimo. Then, in the winter/spring, we’ll make an “Ort Box”, a small, collapsible container. Also, in spring, we’ll explore the world of “Marnie’s Miniatures” (one of our member’s is an award winner in miniatures). Lastly in the spring, we’ll have a small “tasting” of other Japanese craft techniques at the start of meetings when we work on the small ANG bear frame weights for the 2012 seminar.

On Sept 12, I’ll lead an introductory class in creating a simple 8-cord Kumihimo braid, a Japanese technique. I made braids using floss, DMC # 5 threads, Watercolour overdye threads, 1 mm hemp cording, 2 mm satin cording, & a combination of threads. And, I have 2 finished bracelets. The chapter will provide the Kumihimo disk, some hemp cording, and materials to finish one bracelet. The application of braiding to needlepoint can lie in creating a decorative matching braid to hang your piece of needlepoint, finishing the edging of an stitched piece, & couching onto a design. From left to right: (1) DMC # 3 (4 strands of white & 2 each of blue & white); (2) 1 mm Hemp cording (4 strands of red & 2 each of blue & white). Mine & my husband’s! I learned in about 20 minutes how to finish the bracelets at a cost of about $2 each with the wonderful folks at The Bead Garden in Havertown.

I wanted to explore textures & thicknesses. So, these are my results & comments about each. From left to right: (1) Blue braid: 2 colors of Silk & Ivory with 2 colors  of Watercolours (2 strands each color) – you can just barely see the effect of the overdye but they wasn’t a lot of variation in the overdye thread to begin with; (2) Large red, white & blue braid: 3 colors of 2 mm satin cording (4 strands of red, 2 strands of blue & white) – too thick for a bracelet – better for a necklace; (3) Medium red, white & blue braid: 1 color Flair (4 strands), 1 color Frosty Rays (2 strands), 1 color Fyre Werks (2 strands) – it is surprisingly rough for how the soft threads feel separately so it not good for a bracelet & it stretches after being braided; (4) Very small red, white & blue braid: 3 colors of DMC floss (4 strands of white, 2 strands of red & blue) – it took a long time to stitch that small example so it is impractical to use on a large-scale but perhaps would have some application for miniature work.

On Oct 10, Carol from The Bead Garden will teach an advanced 12-cord Z-braid. She’ll share tips and show us a different way to start the braid. Carol has examples of various braid techniques. And, she has learned even from books written in Japanese! We’ll have enough hemp cording to distribute or they can use their own thread & have it ready for November’s finishing class. These are 2 of her braids using 12 cords & comments about each. From left to right: (1) Pink & black braid: 2 colors of wool/yarn (8 strands of pink, 4 strands of black) – the 3-dimensional effect is more obvious than in the smaller braid; (2) Pink & white braid: 2 colors of DMC #3 (4 strands each of mauve, pink, & white) – a little fancier braid than the simple one

Then, on Nov 14, Karen from Nimble Needle will teach us a simple finishing technique for the 2 & ½” ornament. If we bring a stitched design and about a 12” braid (which allows for a 2” loop), we’ll be able to leave with a completed ornament! I’m ready as you’ll see below. For this, I used: 2 colors of Petite Very Velvet (2 strands each of red & white), 1 color Frosty Rays (1 strand of red), 1 color Watercolours (3 strands of Cinnabar an overdye without a lot of variation in it & the same as I used for the deign of the ornament) – I just wanted a little sparkle & needed the 3-ply per cord of the Watercolours so that it would be a thick enough braid.

Main Line Stitchers (PA): Join us as we explore Japanese braiding, Kumihimo. We’ll begin with 8 cords in Sept, then 12 in Oct, & use some braid to finish a 2&1/2 inch ornament in Nov! Come join us at 7:15 pm on the 2nd Monday of each month at St. Luke’s Church (203 North Valley Road, Devon, PA) just 30 minutes from Center City Philadelphia & 10 minutes from King of Prussia. Contact us at: for more information.

Please note, I have no financial connection to artists or companies mentioned in my blogs.

On the 1st Day of Christmas, Family-made Christmas Ornaments
December 24, 2010, 12:31 pm
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments, Early Needlepoint, Melita's Other Completed Pieces

These were made by my Grandma (Mom’s side), Mom, & myself. No doubt there are more at my mother’s house but that’ll be for another time.

Grandma did this on plastic canvas (a little worn):

Grandma tried her hand at all sorts of crafts, including painting:

She was a great seamstress (sewed dance costumes for my mother & later for my mother’s dance pupils). These are cute felt mittens with a hair clip inside to grab something.

My Mom made these for everyone at my sister Anita’s wedding as favors.

I made these a kid – probably when I was in my teens.

And, this was an original design for my Pocono friend, Dottie.

On the 2nd Day of Christmas, 8 Banner Christmas Ornaments
December 23, 2010, 2:52 pm
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments, Early Needlepoint, Melita's Other Completed Pieces

These are some more cross stitch ornaments, 8 to the set. I finished off them myself by cutting the dowels, glueing the ribbon hangers, & applying felt backings. Believe it or not, I actually made the set of 8 for my mother, my sister (& her husband), my brother (& his wife), my husband’s mother, my husband’s sister (& husband), 2 girlfriends, & myself – 64 ornaments in total! Can’ just make one set – no!


On the 3rd Day of Christmas, 6 Hand-Crafted Christmas Ornaments
December 22, 2010, 10:42 am
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments

These are some hand-crafted ornaments. The first 3 are from my days in ceramics. I just love them. As I recall, I was the slowest painter. Everyone cranked out pieces like nothing & there I was plodding along. But, I was very meticulous! The last 3 are from unknown persons that I must have picked up in craft shows. Of those, the first 2 are on plastic canvas (quite large count by the looks of it). They are also wonderful. I love the mouse at the foot of the clock. The last is tatting or crocheting (not sure of the difference as I do not do either of those techniques).

On the 4th Day of Christmas, 5 Beaded Christmas Ornaments
December 21, 2010, 10:18 am
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments, Melita's Other Completed Pieces

I followed the design for these are small round ornaments except that I added beads where I didn’t do cross stitching. They are from a Leisure Arts Leaflet (#197) dated 1981. I still have a nice stash of beads from this period of stitching which will come in handy for the finishing touch in the ANG Stitch of the Month (SOTM) Mystery Project 2010!

The frames are from AC Moore & easy to finish off. The large one is 3&1/2″ diameter.

These are smaller at about 2&1/2″ diameter.

I place the set of 4 small ones on my lamp shades (2 on the pair). I have so many ornaments & a small tree that I’ll place them anywhere!

On the 5th Day of Christmas, 6 Gold Christmas Ornaments
December 20, 2010, 9:38 am
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments, Early Needlepoint, Melita's Other Completed Pieces

These were mainly cross stitch kits but I didn’t save any information on them.