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Golden Needle Lee Purse
March 29, 2019, 10:08 am
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2017, Golden Friends by Toni Gerdes

The design, Golden Friends by Toni Gerdes, fit (almost) into the opening of a Lee purse that I have had for quite some time (years). The design was created for the Golden Needle Society of the American Needlepoint Guild.

The outer edge of the cubes are not seen but it’s ok. I really enjoyed stitching the laid fillings in the upper right and bottom left corners (the bibliography cites Jean Taggert’s Laid Fillings for even weave fabrics which I own but haven’t explored yet).

Since I put the piece in a purse, I buried the needle pretty well (especially the pointed tip) and even attached it through the eye. It’s in the upper right corner and represents “how are needlework friends are woven into our lives through membership and participation in the American Needlepoint Guild at the national level and in our local chapters”.

I plan to use the purse for Seminar and chapter events starting with my visit to ANG Delaware Seashore chapter on Monday, April 1. I got it finished yesterday thanks to watching the winning Phillies Home Opener (great game)! The purse was done just in the nick of time. We head to Woodlawn (for the needlepoint exhibit) and then to Rehoboth Beach (for an Overdyed Spools class, shopping at their new needlepoint shop called Stitch-Stash and the outlets, and play some par 3 golf).



Golden Friends by Toni Gerdes
February 5, 2018, 5:36 pm
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2017, Golden Friends by Toni Gerdes

I stitched the upper left block of Golden Friends by Toni Gerdes during the Superbowl game last night. What a game! Eagles won!! The woven ribbons was easy enough to allow me to watch the game until the last minute. Then, I just kept my fingers crossed.

This design is offered to ANG friends who donate to the Golden Needle Society of The American Needlepoint Guild. Toni introduced it at the 2017 Seminar in Anaheim, CA. It’ll be my work in progress travel piece. Great instructions and I love working with Silk Lame Braid.



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).

herringbone-happening



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!!