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Bargello Pine Trees Stocking
September 6, 2014, 9:12 pm
Filed under: ANG CyberPointer's chapter, Bargello Pine Trees, Christmas Ornaments

This is a free pattern from The Caron Collection (Caron-net.com). They offer quite a few really nice ones. My ANG CyberPointer’s chapter worked on ornaments using various types of stitching. My favorite was the Bargello Pine Trees.

And, I love how it turned out. The top rows of Bargello are Fuzzy Stuff. The finisher that Nimble Needle uses added the braid and tassels to match the darker blue but for the backing used a lighter purple that matches the center top motif. Just wonderful & is in plenty of time to enjoy for the 2014 holiday season.

Bargello Pine Trees

Bargello Pine Trees, back

I got some interesting comments/input from Carole L on Facebook’s Needlepoint Nation that I wanted to share: “Just out of curiosity, since I liked this design so much, I went looking to see who the original designer of this stocking was, only to discover that this is from a 1997 McCall’s magazine! (with permission of course) I really like it, and I would not have guessed that it was an older design. Some things are just classic. They don’t mention the designer’s name, sadly, but I think from the way the intro is phrased it must be Lois Caron herself. She has some lovely designs.”



Color Delights-Camouflage by Kathy Rees

The ANG Keystone chapter in Buckingham, PA that I joined this year has 2 fantastic Program coordinators, Trish & Candy. They stitched models of each program by the start of the year. There are 7 projects for the monthly meetings, 3 Saturday projects, and a couple of “finishing” classes! I’m tired just thinking about getting all that ready. People sign up in advance. This is a very active group! Although I doubt anyone does all the projects.

This month is the first project I signed up for because it was designed to help you pick threads for a particular overdyed thread with 2 complimentary colors. Kathy Rees has several small projects at $10 that makes them great for a quick small project at 4″x 4″.

I don’t have many overdyed flosses & wanted to use my stash. So, I used the first one I came across. As you can see, I manipulated the ThreadworX overdyed floss 1138 by cutting out the aqua blue. Then, I only had a purple Neon Rays N99 and Kreinik #8 in purple 012HL. They were supposed to be contrasting colors but I think it looks great. I selected DMC #5 in dark green 500 and light green 502 to contrast with DMC #5 in medium dark purple. The solid floss was DMC floss 550 dark purple and beige 613.

Not only is it important to pick contrasting colors but also a variety of values (light, medium, dark) for contrast. Now, what to do with it? Maybe I have a box with a 4″ x 4″ opening.

ThreadworX overdyed thread

Color Delights



Teddy Bear Ornament
December 17, 2013, 6:01 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Teddy Bear Ornament

My ANG Mainline Stitchers chapter had our annual holiday party a week ago. We all brought a dish & had dinner, brought holiday-themed pieces, and had a Secret Santa auction (a not so secret steal). I got this cut little teddy bear that worked up quickly (3 nights) & in time to join us for the holidays! Thanks Buff!!

The painted canvas was signed Rebecca. So, I assume it is Rebecca Woods (based on google search). It is a 1998 design numbered 509A. But, it doesn’t appear to be available on her website any longer.

Hopefully, everyone liked what they got but I know we all enjoyed the evening! A little wine (thanks Marnie & Yvonne), appetizers/food/dessert (everyone), & friends!!

Thanks to all of you for spending a little of your time here today to see Teddy. This is the last of my blogs for 2013. See you again in 2014. Happy Holidays everyone! And, hope you and yours heave a healthy New Year!! Extra special wishes go out to those near and far who are battling with health issues to find the strength to be strong during challenging times.

Teddy Bear



Bargello Pine Trees
December 8, 2013, 10:02 pm
Filed under: ANG CyberPointer's chapter, Bargello Pine Trees, Christmas Ornaments

My ANG CyberPointer’s chapter started working on various ornaments using various types of stitching. My favorite was the Bargello Pine Trees.

When I went into my stash, I found a coordinated packet of ThreadworX threads. I switched overdyed floss from my stash which was a light blue to match the other threads better. And, I needed a contrasting dark for a row so I used Petite Very Blue. The wild blue from The Legacy Collection that was polyamide just didn’t fit in this piece. I ended up using (from outer rows inward with ThreadworX unless noted): 2 strands #8 braid white (71124), 4 strands overdyed floss light blue (1018), 1 strand #12 braid light blue (91015), 1 strand Expressions medium blue (224S), 2 strands #8 braid dark blue, 1 strand Vineyard Silk (V118), 1 strand Petite Very Velvet dark blue (V634), and overdyed Italian wool white (W842). And, 1 strand of #8 braid silver (71122) placed on the upper section.

As it ended up, I did run out of one thread & had to substitute but it really matched well enough. Can anyone see?

Bargello Pine Trees

 

I forgot to mention that this is a free pattern from The Caron Collection (Caron-net.com). They offer quite a few really nice ones.



Bargello Pine Trees
November 30, 2013, 4:15 pm
Filed under: ANG CyberPointer's chapter, Bargello Pine Trees, Christmas Ornaments

Taking a break from my current projects, I decided to work on this ornament as we enter the holiday season. As part of the ANG CyberPointer’s chapter, some members are working on ornaments and I liked this one best (since last year I’ve been wanting to get to it; http://www.caron-net.com/magfiles/magdecharts/magdech.html). Plus, I am in a Bargello phase.

When I went into my stash, I found the packet of ThreadworX which is a beautifully selected bag of threads (for Hanukkah or winter) from Thread Candy Studio. Great combo of blues, purple, & whites. I picked up the packet at Annie & Company in NYC earlier this year (subject of earlier blog).

I have found out that Bargello requires a thicker thread or multiple strands. So, I’m not sure there is enough in this bag. Well, I’ll figure it out as I go!

Twists Winter



A Pen for Bill
July 25, 2013, 9:40 pm
Filed under: A Pen for Bill, Melita's Other Completed Pieces

I stitched Bill a small change purse that he uses to keep his tees in and he likes that. But, I wanted to stitch something more for him. So, I picked up this Stitch-A-Pen by Kreinik for his birthday. He loves pens and is picky about the ink and how it writes! Parker’s are not his favorite but I think he’ll probably use it.

I just went with the design that came with the pen. It’ll be like Christmas in July! And, snow and trees are universally pleasing to men and women. He should like it. It worked up very quickly and was easy to assemble. With only 3 threads, can you believe I accidentally used the pearl for the trees and by the time I figured out what I’d done, I wasn’t going to switch it. And, I actually like it better. The trees are more noticeable and the snow flakes are more shimmery and delicate! Serendipity.

This makes a great gift (not too expensive and not too much time to stitch)-don’t tell Bill. The pen is refillable and useful. Just a satisfied customer sharing my thoughts.

Now, I just hope Bill likes it!

Pen kit

Pen front

Pen back



Christmas Trees – All Dressed Up

I am ready for Christmas in July! Christmas Trees has a little roundness or puffiness on the front & is flat on the back (a nice deep blue cloth matching the cord edging. A nice touch was to edge the silver top with silver! Very classy. Thanks to Karen at Nimble Needle for arranging for the finishing.

Christmas Trees

I have discussed this ornament previously (http://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2012/12/09/christmas-trees-finished/)




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