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Needle Nook of La Jolla Visit
September 6, 2017, 9:52 pm
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2017

Needle Nook of La Jolla lived up to their reputation! Two stores, one with canvases and one with threads, both amazing. You can’t tell from the pictures but the thread walls slide revealing more threads. They are near a lovely Ocean and have an ocean of lovely threads! You really can’t appreciate how many canvases they have either on the flip boards. Good to see Vicky was there to actually meet her and displaying her award-winning piece. I had seen Nancy working in the exhibit area. All the members of the local ANG chapter did a fantastic job. 

Nothing much I needed except more of the Orange Silk Lame Braid which they had. But, I did decide to get the Ruth Schmuff and Kathy Holicky CD called Stitches with 300 stitched. On the back, it says, “Use as clip art to create your own stitch guide.” If I use them, I’ll note which are from the CD versus which ones I create. Hopefully, my diagrams will be half as good. I also want to see how she organizes and names the stitches. 


Seminar 2017 Wrap Up
September 3, 2017, 12:06 am
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2017

A nice door prize! Eventually, everyone got something. Here’s my selection. 

And, Needlepoints West, the store at Seminar, was very generous especially on Friday offering 45% off canvases & 50% off select threads. More on why I picked up this canvas another time. And, they gave the kit for the Nancy Cucci 45th ANG anniversary design away for free.

These are the gifts from the opening and closing banquets. David McCaskill got a lifetime achievement award.  And, Philip B won the People’s Choice award for 50 Daisies/Flowers.

I had to stop briefly at Needlepoints Ltd on our way to San Diego. Diana and her store are very nice. Lots of threads. A nice table with magnifier/light stands (around to right but not pictured). Two other ANG members were there when I arrived. 

I needed more Silk Lame Braid for my seminar pieces. And, there’s more about why that Threadworx but it to is a story for another time. 

Herringbone Happening
August 30, 2017, 8:00 am
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2017, Herringbone Happening, Marilyn Owen

I was happy to help Marilyn Owen by proofing her instructions for the Chapter Project Book piece called Herringbone Happening. And, I am pleased to announce that I received an Honorable Mention ribbon for this at Seminar this year! Marilyn’s is on display as well and is stunning.

The threads and beads came from my stash. I used Spendor (Aqua S-880 and Bronze Porcelains S-974, S-1085, S-1131), Vineyard Silk (Butter Cream C-184), Trebizond (Aquamarine TRA701), and Kreinik #8 Braid (Antique Gold 221 and Citrine 3280).


Making French Knots 
August 28, 2017, 5:18 pm
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2017

What do you think? Are these French Knots?? Don’t worry, I won’t post all my diagrams!!!

How to Create Diagrams and Stitch Guides using Microsoft Office Excel
August 28, 2017, 5:05 pm
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2017

Kudos to Cynthia Thomas for teaching 14 people how to create diagrams using Excel in just a few hours! I’m so happy it’s easy to learn. But, it will be time consuming to create my own “library” of stitches. Good thing I am retired now!!

ANG Seminar 2017, Anaheim 
August 24, 2017, 7:53 am
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2017

ANG Seminar is just about to get underway. People are heading west to Anaheim this year. Weather looks to be sunny and warm. Bill will be golfing with Harvey, whose wife Rita is also attending. And, I’m ready to pack our suitcases. Lots to bring!

I have to take my computer for Monday’s class with Cynthia Thomas. We’re going to learn how to make charts/diagrams using Microsoft Excel. Looking forward to that. I do some designing but have not invested in a program. I have relied on others for getting my hand drawn diagrams into something presentable. Hopefully, this will be sufficient for my needs.

In fact, the whole week I will be with Cynthia! For the following 4 days, I will work on 2 canvases in her Painted Canvas Embellishment Class. I sent her photos of 2 related canvases and she returned a suggested thread list (general enough to allow flexibility based on availability). Linda and I spent a great afternoon at Rittenhouse Needlepoint picking out threads. The canvases (13 count) are ones I bought on previous road trips. One is JP Bird of Paradise & Bamboo and the corresponding JP Orange Orchid & Bamboo; each are pictured with the threads I selected. Can’t wait to see what Cynthia has in mind for these and start stitching. No doubt certain sections will repeat in both canvases which is why she graciously agreed to these as my project. I believe that I’ll be focusing on the flowers during class. I will be finishing these as pillows.