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ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, SOTM 2012 Continues
November 29, 2016, 4:33 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter

A few of us at ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter started the 2012 Stitch of the Month which is the 40th Anniversary Heart. Area 3 is a composite pattern. It’s so tough to get the right color of lavender/purple & the small Kreinik x s aren’t sparkly enough in the photo.

SOTM, 2012.jpg

ANG Stitch of the Month
November 27, 2016, 10:32 pm
Filed under: ANG 2016 Stitch of the Month, ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter

November’s portion of Susan Hoekstra’s Feuilles d’ananas  (Pineapple Leaves) are giant diagonal mosaic stitches alternating with small mosaic stitches. Again, I centeted the giant mosaic to start. This worked up quickly.

I can tell we’ll have a lot of couching Kreinik next month. Plus, there are beads to add.


Cross Stitch Retreat, 2016
October 30, 2016, 8:27 pm
Filed under: Cross Stitch Retreat

My travel buddy Linda & I headed out Thursday for Harrisburg , PA to join 145 people (including at least one male) for a 3-day event.

They handed out a nice bag full of goodies (not all the free designs are pictured).


There were about 9 vendors including 2 designers (Sue Hillis and Jean Farish) selling a nice variety of stuff. The amazing store, Needleworker’s Delight, brought a variety of fabrics in wonderful colors. They relocated since we were there.  Apparently, it’s a better space for retail shopping (181 US Highway 1 South in Metuchen, NJ).


I managed to find a cute design from Sue Hillis without much difficulty and fabric from Needleworker’s Delight I’ll need for it. There are needles I never  saw before. And, that’s linen lacing thread for finishing that won’t stretch like cotton. The laying tool is more substantial than the trolley needle and has a pretty celtic design.


I didn’t get a picture when all the tables were full because some people took classes.


Linda and I shopped, sat & really enjoyed stitching with our new friends Stephanie (standing right) and Patty (standing left). I enjoyed seeing all the different projects people were stitching and the various tools everyone was using.


Linda and I did get a chance to visit Debra at Half Moon Hand Werks. She is the orgainizer of the February event formerly called Festival of the Guilds ( Linda got beautiful fabric for sewing. I found some threads and tools.



Fall Mums
October 23, 2016, 10:55 am
Filed under: Mums by Patti Mann, Other People's Pieces

Finally, the proper weather to get back to stitching Patti Mann’s Nov Mums (9110) which I got at Rita’s Needlepoint over the summer. The stitch guide is from Betsy at Fireside Stitchery. She had that ready after I got back from seminar. Working on the background (a mosaic darning pattern) today.


ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, SOTM 2012 Starts
October 16, 2016, 5:01 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, ANG Stitch of the Month, 2012

With the new year kicking off last month, we started the 2012 Stitch of the Month from ANG’S website. That’s the 40th Anniversary Heart design. Several of us are doing it in red and one in another colorway. One person is doing a quatrafoil instead of the heart.

Here’s September’s (T-stitch) & October’s (Criss-Cross Hungarian) areas completed.


ANG Keystone Garden Chapter Mystery Project

By adding the 2 outer rows as final borders, we are almost done with the mystery project at my ANG Keystone Garden Chapter.  But, there is something mysterious that will “be revealed” next month before we finish. Hmmmm.

Wednesday night at our meeting, I got the first border done and last night I added the outermost border. And, thanks to the longest 9-inning post-season game in major league baseball history, I added beads in the 2 large diamonds.  They were optional but I liked that they made the top bluer and the bottom greener than the threads alone. I was worried about the top having more beads than the bottom and being top heavy. But, the bottom green ones are larger Mill Hill Beads and the top blue ones are smaller seed beads from Beads By Blanche (via Trish V who purged her stash last year). Of course, I could always turn it upside down had it been top heavy. I think it is looking great!


ANG Stitch of the Month
October 11, 2016, 4:08 pm
Filed under: ANG 2016 Stitch of the Month

October’s portion of Susan Hoekstra’s Feuilles d’ananas  (Pineapple Leaves) are Daisy eyelets, upright satin, herringbone, and more Daisy eyelets.  In fact, I have 136 eyelets!

I centered the eyelet in the middle rather than starting with a complete full unit on the left. There has to be a symmetrical arrangement to please my eye!