Melitastitches4fun's Blog

Fiona Framed and Delivered
September 23, 2020, 9:22 am
Filed under: Melita's Designs, Welcome Baby Fiona

Fiona’s piece is framed (by Michael’s) and delivered in advance of her 9-month birthday! She’s adorable!!

Interchange Basting
September 22, 2020, 11:22 am
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2020, Interchange by Linda Reinmiller

I may choose to more basting (over 4 threads) later but I doubt it. These long threads should be fine. The gaps in the diagonal lines in the center area are just to keep them from being way to long.

If I had been doing the basting as pre-work to going to class in person, I probably would have basted as “suggested”. But, I just don’t like tedious basting. Linda Reinmiller does say, “Do whatever makes this easiest for you to follow.” And, this was easy. It counted out correctly all around the perimeter.

Threads for ANG 2020 Virtual Seminar Class Interchange by Linda Reinmiller
September 19, 2020, 1:48 pm
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2020, Interchange by Linda Reinmiller

My ANG Seminar class with stitching involved is Interchange by Linda Reinmiller. These fun threads will be a diagonal band sampler. This will make the third and very different band sampler for me this year! Odd how that just happened but things do tend to occur in 3s.

The other 2 classes from Seminar are notebook classes. The Susan Hoekstra Teaching Needlework 101 held over 5 two-hour Zoom classes was excellent. And, I am not sure when Linda Reinmiller will hold her computer class on publishing needlepoint instructions.

The kit for Interchange arrived and class starts Monday. More threads!! The balls of threads except for one from DMC are all Finca by Presencia (#8, 12, and 16). I will ask Linda why she selected more Presencia over DMC but I haven’t tried them before and it is always good to try a new thread. And, such pretty colors that are just so bright and bold. Fun! By working on the black 18 count canvas, the colors will really pop.

Color Complements Threads for ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter Projects

September starts another year for our ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter. We will start out with 2 new counted projects. Twelve of us are stitching Rainbow Ribbons by Kam Wenzloff from Needlepoint Now Nov/Dec 2019 issue. And, six of us are stitching the ANG 2020 Stitch of the Month (SOTM) with three of us switching from Watercolours to Color Complements.

Most the threads got distributed to folks over lunch outdoors at Nudy’s. Everyone is very excited about getting started.

Only 2 people selected the same color as the stitched model. The rest are a wonderful array of color. Not everyone is doing the 9 x 9 design size. There are a variety of sizes including two people who are doubling the width or length.

Lotus Kimono Framed
September 15, 2020, 2:13 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Lotus Kimono

Instead of traveling this year (thanks to coronavirus), I decided to get several pieces framed with museum glass. One of them is the Lotus Kimono. I had the mat cut to the shape of the kimono by Dave at Romeo’s. The frame is ‘antique distressed gold leaf’ and the green fabric mat has just a touch of texture to it. Love how this tuned out.

The piece was featured in an article of ANG Needle Pointers (Jan/Feb 2020), A Tale of Two Stitchers, along with my chapter member Beth’s piece who also selected her own stitches and threads. It’s fun to see different approaches to a canvas.

Sisters Rematted
September 13, 2020, 8:38 pm
Filed under: ANG Delaware's Seashore Chapter, Sisters

I am 8 months late celebrating a 10 year anniversary of my blog! I’ve been posting less photos this year trying to decide what to do about moving forward because my 3 GB of free space was just about used up. Do I start a new blog? Do I go back through over 700 posts and delete pictures to open up space? Do I upgrade and pay for more space?

Well, I have upgraded. Now, I have 13 GB of free space which means that I have over 30 years of space for more pictures and God willing that’s about what I need! Can you imagine 30 more years of stitching? I sure hope so.

So, now I can use up precious space and show my rematted Sisters piece. I had Pam at Romeo’s cover up the stitched silver border which emphasized that the canvas was warped. You can’t see it with just the background unless you really scrutinize it.



So much better!

I may have to take a class to learn how to use all the other upgrades that came with the extra space but for now I am happy to be able to post as many photos as I want.

Vases, Background and Border, by Sharon G
September 9, 2020, 3:14 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Vases, Sharon G

We finished up our discussion of the Sharon G canvas, Vases, at our August ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter Zoom meeting. And, for our September Zoom meeting, we will have three differently stitched Vases canvases. It’s been very interesting to see different approaches.

Here’s my finished piece. I just dropped it off for framing. The background is a very light blue in T stitch and the border is 5 different stitches. Sharon G loves borders! Her favorite is on the ANG Stitch of the Month in 2005.

The canvas was started several years ago and am thrilled to have finally finished it because I just love it! And, I am happy that so many chapter members enjoyed the stitch guide discussions. As a way to encourage more painted canvas completions in our chapter, people are selecting a canvas on their to do list and stitching some each month either asking for help or discussing the choices provided in their stitch guide. So, we won’t get a comparison but will learn from each other’s canvases.

We will be meeting via Zoom again this month, Monday September 14.

Blanton’s Bottle, Glass
September 7, 2020, 8:47 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Blanton's Bottle

Well, I had been stitching this during our ANG Saturday Stitch-in days until we got hit with the coronavirus. And, it got put away and forgotten until I went looking for something else.

So, I decided to finish the glass bottle. I love how the two strands of Bijoux MMT482 Tigar Eye in the Woven stitch look like bourbon sitting in a glass bottle. I can taste it!

Needlepoint For Fun in Lititz, PA
September 4, 2020, 4:30 pm
Filed under: Needlepoint For Fun, Needlepoint Shops

It was such a beautiful day that went on a road trip today to Lititz, PA. We were on a mission to get garlic butter from Stauffers of Kissel Hill (Bill got a tip from someone at the Reading Terminal Market that their’s is the best). We should not have waited until 2 pm to pick up a tomato pie from The Tomato Pie Cafe (thanks to Christine for the referral) because they were sold out. Next time. Lititz is the home of Wilber Chocolates and we got their Buds! And, I was able to finally visit Needlepoint For Fun. They’ve been open a little over a year now and I hadn’t gotten there.

Trish was a gracious host showing me around the one room second floor store. What they have is lovely and displayed very well. The canvases adorn the walls and pre-packaged kits (intended for basketweave) are scattered throughout the store begging to be taken home. If I didn’t have so many projects now, I certainly could have found a piece. There aren’t many choices for threads but they kit in their wholesale NJ location which must have more stock.

They have several pieces showing decorative stitches (to encourage people) and Pat provides the stitch guides upon request. Very nice work.

Trish is also the finisher who does lovely work on pillows and ornaments. Her husband is an excellent stitcher and does the blocking. They had a unique display of Zip n Stitch pre-finished round ornaments (Christmas and Halloween designs) and small stockings. No matter what store I go to, I almost always find something that I have never seen before.

Bill picked the Nutcracker Soldier round ornament to go with our small nutcracker collection. Look at the lovely pillows near the window. I love the blue dragonfly pillow.

Spring Sampler, Bands 2, 3 and 23, 24

I got the threads I wanted to finish up the sampler.

Bands 3 and 23, both over 3 canvas threads went well enough by using Silk Lame Braid SP100 in an Encroaching Oblique Variation and Plaited Gobelin.

When I added Band 24, the bottom band in the picture, of Florentine and Satin, it seemed ok. But, now with most of the top band of similar stitch of Stacked Cubes added, it seems that the bands which are over 24 canvas threads overpowered the design. It is 3 colors of Splendor (light, medium, and dark). 

So, I reached out to several stitching friends, my husband, classmates, and the teacher, Carolyn Mitchell, of the class which began this project for their opinions. And, I got some wonderful feedback about the 2 bands including:

  • The light is reflecting off the lightest laid threads drawing your attention.

    • The stitches are too modern for the rest of the bands.
    • The width of the bands are going to be a focal point no matter the stitch.
    • Leave the piece in a place where you can look at for a while and see how you feel about it.
    • Since I was talking about making into a pillow to go with other purple pillows, leave it with the pillows and see how you feel about it.
    • Several liked the bands as stitched.
  • The rest of the sampler is traditional and elegant. The new bands are modern and bold.   
  • The width of the bands are going to be a focal point no matter the stitch.
  • Make the band half the width.
  • Leave the piece in a place where you can look at for a while and see how you feel about it.
  • Since I was talking about making into a pillow to go with other purple pillows, leave it with the pillows and see how you feel about it.
  • Several liked the bands as stitched.

Well, it’s been 5 days considering what to do. When I cover up the 2 outside bands, I really see a cohesive design that I find very pleasing.

Initially, I selected 12″ x 12″ to match the size of another pillow that I have. And, I selected 25 bands because that was how many Carolyn Mitchell had in her design. However, nothing says I can’t just end the piece at 23 bands. That would make a 12″ x 9″ piece. That’s a good size and I can still make into a pillow. So, I am quite sure that I’ll rip them out and leave it as is.

Any thoughts you’d like to share?

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