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Threads from Annie & Company Needlepoint &
May 30, 2013, 10:04 pm
Filed under: General comments, Threads

I met Annie this week & with her permission am posting this picture. I’m holding my purchase (got 10% ANG discount) which is the second picture-threads! The small bags are ’embellishment trim’ by Sundance Designs. They call the line, Sparkles, and describe it as a unique metallic tubular material. You can couch it, twist, turn, stuff, scrunch, or stretch it! Looks like fun times ahead.

And, the other is a beautifully selected bag of threads (for Hanukkah or winter) from Thread Candy Studio. Great combo of blues, purple, & whites.

Between my cell phone  & the iPad provided by the hotel in the room(!), I am able to blog from NYC!

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Kreinik Silk Mori
May 23, 2013, 5:42 am
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My husband remembered that I wanted the Kreinik Silk Home Collection. I read about it months ago & told him it would make a great birthday present! And, I’m thrilled with 10 skeins per color family of the Silk Mori that he gave me yesterday. A couple of other nice gifts, dinner with friends, and a week in NYC coming up soon! It makes increasing numbers and increasing aches less painful. Now, to ponder the possibilities about what to do with these. They would certainly lend themselves to more Or Nue projects.

Kreinik Silk Mori



Finished Or Nué Star Lily with Brenda Kocher

That’s a wonderful feeling! Take a class, learn a technique, and finish a piece. All in 3 days! Amazing. Now to framing . . .

Thanks again Brenda & all my classmates. Hope to see everyone’s at some point.

Finished Star Lily



Or Nué Star Lily with Brenda Kocher

We met some wonderful people, had a great time, learned a new technique, shared interesting information, and made good progress on the piece during the class, Or Nué Star Lily with Brenda Kocher  (http://www.brendakocherdesigns.net/).

Many thanks to Brenda for teaching us this technique and sharing her knowledge, our extra pattern, the magnet, and the drawing for one of her patterns. Nancy & Lori won the drawings (canvas patterns I donated). And, several folks took some sampler patterns that I had gotten from grab bags at In Stitches Needlework.

I took a couple of photos yesterday. I generally don’t put people on my blog nor mention last names. So, class photos only went to our attendees. I did ask Linda & Lisa if I could blog their pieces because I wanted to compare 2 couching threads to 3 and how this looked on black compared to white.

This is mine done with 2 threads on white. I can’t see well enough on dark canvas even with the best light to enjoy stitching any project. And, I can’t stitch as fast with a laying tool. So, I went with the 2 threads. And, I like that the appearance shows off the couching aspect of the technique.

2 threads on white

Lisa’s 2 threads on black.

2 threads on black

And, Linda’s 3 threads on black:

3 threads on black

Carol T’s suggestion to lasso the thread was wonderful. I had to have Rosanne show me how to do that again. I had the picture Carol provided for how do do that but stuff is so much easier to see when shown in person.

My allergy attack finally ended with the rain last night. What a difference that made. I stitched some more last night!

Evening progress

Lastly I want to share Linda’s stand – look at the magnet (along bottom edge) that holds all those needles – it attaches to the Evertite frames and Karen had a small magnet plate placed between the canvas and her thinner bars. Excellent for all those needles!

Needles everywhere

Back to my piece. I like that it is small enough project – I might be able to get it done on this rather dreary day.

I can see now why this is a wonderful way to use your stash of threads.



Queen is Waiting for her Crown
May 7, 2013, 9:01 pm
Filed under: Needlework in Progress, Queen's Silhouette

The Queen is coming along nicely. Her head was done in basket weave using 1 strand of Trebizond (light blue, color 602). The background is Crisscross Hungarian using Silk Lame Braid (dark blue, color SL15). I thought I just had to add the beads but I see the background needs the cross stitch. What thread should I use?

You can see that I altered this from a square to an oval which I think is more appropriate for a silhouette.

Queen & background



Rehoboth Beach Museum’s Third Annual Needlecraft Exhibit
May 5, 2013, 10:53 pm
Filed under: General comments, Rehoboth Beach Museum Needlecraft Exhibit

Bill & I attended our first but the Rehoboth Beach Museum’s Third Annual Needlecraft Exhibit this weekend. It was a beautiful weekend. I can’t post pictures from the exhibit. So, I’ll just share a couple of the area. This was our second trip to the area – very pretty, good food, nice area to walk around & shop (for Christmas gifts). There were a few good buys from the outlet shops too! But, this is about the needlework (although I didn’t get to do any stitching) . . .

I wish I could have gone for the discussion of famous tapestries (in April). But, I am glad to seen the pieces. This is a judged event and included beadwork, canvaswork/needlepoint, counted thread (blackwork, cross stitch, drawn thread, hardanger), sampler, embroidery, heirloom sewing, lace, and miniature. I saw award-winning work from the 3 ANG DE Seashore ladies that I know (I am sure I met more of the exhibitors about 2 years ago for the class I took with their chapter but I can’t recall all the names). All the work was wonderful.

Some of the pieces that drew my particular attention were:
– first place beadwork pieces: a flashy fish with an open mouth (that was lined) by Shirley H. & a geometric purse by Nancy T.
– first place canvaswork by Brenda C which was a trio of Carol Lake’s ‘Anasazi Song’, ‘Anasazi Dream’, and ‘Anasazi Spirit’ – was knockout
– first & third place pieces in embroidery were the same pieces incorporating stumpwork and silk ribbons to create 12 flower & butterfly motifs. Each one (by Jill N & Shirley H) was slightly different. We had to keep walking back & forth to see the subtle differences. Very cool.
– one of two first place miniature ribbons went to Theresa B for her 7-piece German sewing kit which included a wooden box with a stitched insert, a roll, a scissors sheath, 2 biscornu, a bookmark, and a needle case.
– first & third went to Geri W for her mixed media work on ‘Berkshire Revisited’ which was an ANG Seminar class taught by Debbie Stiehler in Philly and ‘Summer Celebrations’, a red white blue group of square designs.
– honorable mention for Roseanne J was of particular interest – I have got to do a grape design at some point & that was a pretty one, ‘Harvest Time’ a Laura Perin Cyberclass.

Even though they didn’t win ribbons, I was enjoyed seeing the 40th Anniversary heart by Brenda C in person. And, I finally saw the Needlework Studio piece stitched. I have a copy of it but am not sure where I got it – was it given to us at seminar in 2010 in Ohio?

And, it was so much fun to meet up with Brenda C & her husband for dinner. They selected a nice restaurant – great way to spend the evening. Looking forward to getting back to the area and meeting up again with them.

Here are a few pictures from the weekend including the view from our balcony (too windy to sit on it), Midway Par 3 golf course (which is a favorite of Tony Kornheiser from ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption (PTI), and a Civil War Baseball game from Dover Days in Dover, DE.

A view from our balcony

Midway Par 3 Golf

Civil War Baseball



Craft Events Calendar
May 2, 2013, 11:55 am
Filed under: Craft Events Calendar, General comments

Dover Days will be going on this coming weekend during our trip to the final weekend of Rehoboth Beach Historical Society and Museum’s Needlework Exhibit in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Finding a Civil War Era Baseball Game at Dover Days and golfing at Midway Par 3 Golf in Lewes, DE has made Bill very happy about the weekend! And, we are meeting up with Brenda C & her husband for dinner Saturday night – that’ll be fun! With the great weather we are having, it should be a fantastic weekend. The only problem is going to be the pollen – it is wicked here in Philly – maybe going south & getting closer to the ocean will help.

So, the reason for this entry is because I almost missed Dover Days. I finally had the brilliant idea to create a list of the events that are interesting and within driving range for me. I am constantly looking for items to put in our newsletter called “Upcoming Local Events”. And, it dawned on me that I am recreating the wheel even for the regular events. Then, I thought maybe some of you might be coming to area and I should post it here as well. Do check for all the details on the websites I provided. I am not associated in any way with any of these events nor do I take responsibility if dates shift. If the links don’t work, please do a google search to locate the event.

I’ll keep adding to the list. And, if you do visit, let’s do dinner! Safe travels & enjoy!!

2013
FEBRUARY
February 23: Central PA Gathering of Fiber and Needlework Guilds in Harrisburg, PA; http://www.gatheringofguilds.com/

MARCH
March 1-31 (closed Tuesday): Annual Needlework Exhibition at Woodlawn in Alexandria, VA; http://woodlawn1805.org/
March 23-24, 27-29: Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers’ Celebration of Fibers in Philadelphia (Manayunk section); http://www.pghw.org/2013/03/27/celebration-of-fibers-2013/
March 23-May 5: Rehoboth Beach Historical Society and Museum’s Needlework Exhibit in Rehoboth Beach, DE; http://www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org

APRIL
April 6-7: Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen Spring Fine Arts & Craft Festival in Kutztown, PA; http://www.rbcrafts.org/rbg.htm
April 13-15: Antiques Show in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania Convention Center); http://www.philaantiques.com/
April 27: New Jersey Needle Festival in Bedminster, NJ; http://www.needlefest.com/

MAY
May 3-4 Haverford Guild of Craftsmen Spring Show in Ardmore, PA; http://haverfordguild.org/
May 3-5 Dover Days Festival in Dover DE; http://www.doverdaysfestival.com/
May 10-12: PA Guild Fine Craft Fair in Philadelphia (Rittenhouse Square); http://www.pacrafts.org/fine-craft-fairs/may-2/
May 11: White Horse Farm’s Farm & Fiber Shearing Day & Craft Show in Newtown Square, PA; http://www.whitehorsefarm.net/news.html

JUNE
June 1-2: Fine Art & Contemporary Craft Show in Lahaska, PA (Peddler’s Village); http://www.peddlersvillage.com/festivals/fine_art_craft.aspx
June 22-23: Manayunk Arts Festival in Philadelphia (Main Street); http://business.manayunk.com

JULY
July 27-28: PA Guild Fine Craft Fair in Wilmington, DE; http://www.pacrafts.org/fine-craft-fairs/july/

AUGUST
August 8-10: PA Dutch Festival in Philadelphia (Reading Terminal Market); http://www.readingterminalmarket.org/events/2013/8/8/
August 17: Great Eastern Shore Tomato Festival including Hyla Hurley of The Point of It All Designs (Vienna, Maryland); http://www.dorchesterhistory.org
August 17-18: Craft & Fine Arts Festival in Collingswood, NJ; http://www.collingswood.com/arts/crafts-and-fine-arts-festival
August 24-25: Pocono State Craft Festival in Stroudsburg, PA; http://www.poconocrafts.com/ 570-476-4460
August 31: Arden Fair in Wilmington, DE; http://ardenclub.org/about/arden-fair/
August 31-Sept 1: Heart of Lancaster Arts and Craft Show in Manheim, PA; http://www.hlcshow.com/#

SEPTEMBER
September 19-22: PA National Quilt Extravaganza in Oaks, PA (Greater Philadelphia Expo Center); http://www.quiltfest.com
September 28-29: Outdoor Arts & Crafts Festival in New Hope, PA; http://www.visitnewhope.com/arts-crafts-festival/

OCTOBER
October 11-13: PA Guild Fine Craft Fair in Philadelphia (Rittenhouse Square);; http://www.pacrafts.org/fine-craft-fairs/october/
October 12: Harvest Festival in Philadelphia (Reading Terminal Market); http://www.readingterminalmarket.org/events/2013/10/12/
October 25-27: Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Somerset, NJ; http://www.sugarloafcrafts.com/

NOVEMBER
November 1-3: Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Oaks, PA (Greater Philadelphia Expo Center); http://www.sugarloafcrafts.com/
November 2: Scrapplefest in Philadelphia (Reading Terminal Market); http://www.readingterminalmarket.org/events/2013/11/2/
November 2-3: Apple Festival in Lahaska, PA (Peddler’s Village); http://www.peddlersvillage.com/festivals/apple_festival.aspx
November 2-3: Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen Holiday Fine Arts & Craft Festival in Kutztown, PA; http://www.rbcrafts.org/rbg.htm
November 9-10: PA Guild Fine Craft Fair in Lancaster, PA; http://www.pacrafts.org/fine-craft-fairs/november/
November 7-10: Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania Convention Center); http://pmacraftshow.org/
November 22-December 8: Willow’s Mansion Holiday Show is now Hill Top House Craft Show (new venue) in Devon, PA (570 Beaumont Road, 267-885-8298); http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hill-Top-House-Craft-Show/518620634862020

DECEMBER
Call for dates/times: Holiday Store in Stroudsburg, PA; http://www.poconocrafts.com/ 570-476-4460

2014
FEBRUARY
February 22: Central PA Gathering of Fiber and Needlework Guilds in Harrisburg, PA; http://www.gatheringofguilds.com/
February 28-March 2: Designer Craftsmen Show in Philadelphia; http://www.historichomeshows.com/

MARCH
March 6-9: Quilt Fest of NJ in Somerset; http://www.quiltfest.com

APRIL
April 26: New Jersey Needle Festival in (To Be Determined), NJ; http://www.needlefest.com/

JUNE
June 10-14: SCR Seminar in Baton Rogue; http://scr2014seminar.org/index.htm