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Osterville Needlepoint Shop in Cape Cod
October 8, 2019, 5:46 pm
Filed under: General comments, Threads

The Osterville Needlepoint Shop in Mashpee, MA in Cape Cod has a great selection of threads and canvases. And, a wonderful staff. I don’t recall seeing Treenway Silk Cords and Ribbons. Love the color combinations.

Even after I said I had too many projects to purchase anything, I was invited to join the ladies to sit and stitch. Had it not been for my husband waiting in the car, I would have joined them. Two nice big tables, plenty of light, and such pleasant women. Another time! Good place for classes. And, lots more threads not seen in this photo.


Summer Stitching Contest from Needle Me, Shapes Galore
October 3, 2019, 9:41 am
Filed under: General comments, Needle Me Canvas Contest

Needle Me offered a summer stitching contest and while I was there getting a piece framed, Marcie had one canvas left. It looked enticing, wasn’t too big, and looked fun.

Here’s my entry. All I could think of was how many of the patterns from Sandy Arthur’s Shapes of Needlepoint books would I be able to incorporate. There are 4 ovals, 13 triangles, 20 rectangles, 5 circles, and 47 squares. The background is the woven stitch creating small diamonds. That makes 90 patterns in the 8 & 1/8″ x 2 & 1/8″ design area.

Having that much going on with stitches, I decided to use one color but with 5 values and intensities. The silk threads are Au Ver a Soie hand-dyed by Chameleon called Shades of Africa, Two Oceans. You can’t tell in the smaller shapes that all 5 values are overdyed threads. It’s not until I stitched the larger background did the overdyed effect show.

When I picked up my framed piece, I saw all the entries and there were some great entries. Well, the results are in and I came in tied for Third Place overall and First Place for Stitch Category. It was quite amazing to see all the interpretations of the small and simple canvas. Congratulations to Marcie on her 30th Anniversary and thanks for hosting the contest.

Needle Me Newsletter WInners

Summer Stitching Contest from Needle Me
September 22, 2019, 12:28 pm
Filed under: General comments, Needle Me Canvas Contest

Needle Me offered a summer stitching contest and while I was there getting a piece framed, Marcie had one canvas left (the line drawn unstitched canvas is in the upper left corner of the image from her newsletter).

Please go to Needle Me (12 E Eagle Road in Havertown, PA) to vote for your favorites by September 28. I’m not going to tell which is mine until the results are announced.

Needle Me Contest

New Tools Handy for Edward Scissorfish, Belly Scales and Face
July 30, 2019, 6:03 pm
Filed under: General comments, Scissors

Edward Scissorfish ran into a snag. Before I realized it, he had 7 belly scales on one side and 8 on the other. I slept on it for 2 nights and finally decided that Linda’s birthday gifts arrived to help me just when I needed them! The tiny little scissors, Rainbow Thread Cutters, helped me snip in the tiniest of spaces around the beads. And, the tweezers, Uncle Bill’s, helped me clean up the loose threads and pull off the beads. It took some work but am happy to say that Edward is once again symmetrical. Thanks again Linda!

Edward is ready for tomorrow, our second class with Cleo. A good number of my EGA Brandywine chapter members are working on this too.

Watercolor Poppies Stitch & Zip
July 21, 2019, 7:31 am
Filed under: General comments, Other People's Pieces, Stitch N' Zip, Threads

Having a small, easy piece to stitch and carry with me is great for trips. And, Stitch & Zip pieces fulfill both requirements. I found this eyeglass case in a corner of a gift store called Wonderful Things in Great Barrington, MA in May 2018. The only needlepoint in the store was a few of these. So, I had to pick it up! It’s called Watercolor Poppies.

I found a few threads appropriate for 14 count canvas in my stash including Vineyard Merino a violet M-1042 Dark Earth, 2 greens M-1065 Martini and M-1067 Foliage and 2 roses Silk & Ivory 161 Lida Rose, 162 Rosie O’Grady.

But, I still needed lots of colors so I found more Silk & Ivory in August 2018 while stopping at Point of It All (before ANG Seminar) including yellow 241 Maize, 2 shades of orange 213 Banana and 215 Clementine, 2 shades of pink 185 Cosmopolitan and 119 Grenadine, a red 199 Tamale, and 3 blues 198 ahoy, 36 Admiral Blue, and 69 Forgot-Me-Not.

Apparently, Silk & Ivory pills more depending on which end is threaded! If you thread Silk & Ivory one way, it pills. If you thread it the other way, it doesn’t. So, if you find which end splays more, you should always thread that end into the needle’s eye. I didn’t find any pilling issues but these are small areas and the canvas is 14 count. Good tip!

I found this tip in an earlier blog posting and it’s worth repeating: In order to get the top edge to angle like the rest, turn the canvas upside down and stitch left to right with the needle moving straight up, the thread ends up angled correctly (like basketweave).

I was surprised to see how the colors in the photo of the stitched example differ from the canvas colors.

I stitched more closely to the canvas colors.

Stash Sale in Central PA
July 18, 2019, 12:53 pm
Filed under: General comments

A member of the Apple Needlepointers chapter of ANG (American Needlepoint Guild) in central Pennsylvania wants to spread the word: One of our longtime members needs to liquidate his massive stash and we are helping him sell it. This sale includes embroidery floss, many types of threads, tapestry and Persian yarn, canvases, kits, patterns, and magazines, as well as finished pieces. Items are priced to sell and there are incredible bargains. The sale is at 10AM on July 27 at the
Monaghan Presbyterian Church
1185 Gettysburg Pike
Dillsburg, PA.
Please help spread the word to anyone you know who does embroidery and needlepoint. Thank you.

Help Bring Gail Stafford to PA in June 2020
July 11, 2019, 7:42 pm
Filed under: General comments

A few more people are needed to bring Gail Stafford back to Pennsylvania (Buck County between Doylestown and New Hope) to teach her Arrival of Spring – the lovely companion to A Dusting of Snow.

She has several weekends open in 2020 June 6 & 7 as well as June 13 – 14 and June 20 – 21. It’s a 2-day class.


Buckingham Township Bldg, 4613 Hughesian Drive, Rt 413

There is no guild membership requirements (ANG or EGA) for this workshop, if you are a stitcher who would like to take this workshop, please leave me a comment and I will get you in touch with the woman organizing the event.
Kit: $84.00
Class/teacher fees: $140.00