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Needlepoint in Vermont
October 3, 2013, 8:37 pm
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I may not have found any needlepoint stores in Vermont but I am finding interesting needlepoint pieces in antique stores (first 3 I have no further info on them) and a sampler (a common pattern from Springfield, VT area for a family record sampler done by a 13-year-old, Martha Harkins) and a quilt at the Bennington Museum. It is a 150 year old quilt done by Jane Stickle with 169 five-inch blocks, each in a different pattern, containing a remarkable total of 5,602 pieces, all surrounded by a unique scalloped border. The quilt is in perfect condition & only on display for a limited time each year.

This trip saved me money & from having more unfinished projects! But, I was very fortunate to see such nice work, especially the quilt.






Quilt close up

Needlepoint Visit to Rochester & Canandaigua, NY
July 17, 2013, 4:42 pm
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The night before my shopping excursion, I met with the ANG Flower City chapter. It was a wonderful visit. I think I sparked some interest in the Correspondence Courses. And, I got to see Hiogi (Kay Stanis design) stitched along with many other beautiful pieces. There was a really wide variety of techniques, including knitting represented by about 2 dozen folks! Next time maybe I can sit and stitch for a while.

As we headed out from my aunt and uncle’s in Rochester towards my brother in Naples, I managed to find a new threads for my stash at:

Golden Thread Needlearts in East Rochester. They had Rainbow Gallery’s Silk & Cream described as their ‘Backgrounds Line’. It is a single ply (so, no laying) and is a 50/50 silk/wool blend. Andrea was very excited about the newest trunk show for Elizabeth Bradley. Isn’t the rug amazing! It can be hung on a wall (albeit a large one) or placed on the floor as it was going to be displayed. All kits are designed to be worked with a Victorian cross stitch which covers well and produces a thick, hard-wearing piece without distortion. And, it is not necessary to work it on a frame. I was tempted to get a single square to work up as a pillow. But, I just took the catalog (for now). They have a nice variety needlepoint including instructions for the Brenda Kocher design that our chapter is going to stitch in the fall (Tootsiebubbles: Pinwheels & Whirligigs). And, I saw a stitched Angel of Hope signed by Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum (I stitched it for my sister and is the subject of an earlier blog). I did get a counted cross stitch of a lilac. There is a very interesting wiki page on the annual Lilac Festival held in Highland Park in May. Growing up south of Rochester in Avon, I have enjoyed the beautiful local flowers.

Golden Thread Needlearts

Silk & Cream

AND at:

Expressions in NeedleArt in Canandaigua NY. The threads are ThreadworX and it is hand overdyed Kreinik (I got several colors in #8 and #12 braid). I never saw a plastic thimble before – very comfortable. Lori was kind enough to let me photo her in the store which has a great selection of threads and the painted canvases were amazing. I have to get used to using thinner threads or open stitches to allow the canvas to show through because there are soooo many beautiful canvases. There were tons of counted instruction booklets, books, and tools.

Expressions in NeedleArt

Metallic overdyed thread

Last but not least, 2 doors away is Liberty Cottage, a Folk Art Stitchery store. I got a fantastic tool which will allow me utilize threads for 2 punch needle projects that I bought some time ago and have yet to complete. I was thrilled to get a lesson from Suzanne who also allowed me to photo her standing next to her beautiful hand dyed wool fabric. She covers rug hooking, tatting, rag rug weaving, and many other crafts. I was tempted to stop in to see the Sat class on penny rug making but we had celebrated at my brother’s wedding a tad too much!

Liberty Cottage

Punch Needle

All the stores offer quality products with a good variety of stitching techniques to choose from and classes to learn – the area is very fortunate!

So, I completed the Rochester trifecta in one day! I enjoyed chatting with all the ladies and look forward to future visits. I really need to stitch faster or retire and stitch more. Then, I can visit more chapters and more stores!!

Scandinavian Stitches Brings Danish Flower Threads to Philadelphia
June 15, 2013, 3:08 pm
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How cool – Scandinavian Stitches came to Philadelphia today for “Finns and Swedes in America since 1638” Celebration at Penn’s Landing. I met Lynda and got her permission to blog this photo. And, I picked up this Christmas Bag with the Nordic Hearts design.

The single-ply, cotton threads are very interesting. They are called Danish Flower Threads. You can feel the roundness of them especially when you feel a single-ply DMC thread. Read all about them at And, if it doesn’t knot as they say, that’ll be very cool!

Scandinavian Stitches

Nordic Hearts Christmas Bag


Danish Flower Thread

Threads from Annie & Company Needlepoint &
May 30, 2013, 10:04 pm
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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!



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

Rehoboth Beach Museum’s Third Annual Needlecraft Exhibit
May 5, 2013, 10:53 pm
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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
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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!!

February 23: Central PA Gathering of Fiber and Needlework Guilds in Harrisburg, PA;

March 1-31 (closed Tuesday): Annual Needlework Exhibition at Woodlawn in Alexandria, VA;
March 23-24, 27-29: Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers’ Celebration of Fibers in Philadelphia (Manayunk section);
March 23-May 5: Rehoboth Beach Historical Society and Museum’s Needlework Exhibit in Rehoboth Beach, DE;

April 6-7: Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen Spring Fine Arts & Craft Festival in Kutztown, PA;
April 13-15: Antiques Show in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania Convention Center);
April 27: New Jersey Needle Festival in Bedminster, NJ;

May 3-4 Haverford Guild of Craftsmen Spring Show in Ardmore, PA;
May 3-5 Dover Days Festival in Dover DE;
May 10-12: PA Guild Fine Craft Fair in Philadelphia (Rittenhouse Square);
May 11: White Horse Farm’s Farm & Fiber Shearing Day & Craft Show in Newtown Square, PA;

June 1-2: Fine Art & Contemporary Craft Show in Lahaska, PA (Peddler’s Village);
June 22-23: Manayunk Arts Festival in Philadelphia (Main Street);

July 27-28: PA Guild Fine Craft Fair in Wilmington, DE;

August 8-10: PA Dutch Festival in Philadelphia (Reading Terminal Market);
August 17: Great Eastern Shore Tomato Festival including Hyla Hurley of The Point of It All Designs (Vienna, Maryland);
August 17-18: Craft & Fine Arts Festival in Collingswood, NJ;
August 24-25: Pocono State Craft Festival in Stroudsburg, PA; 570-476-4460
August 31: Arden Fair in Wilmington, DE;
August 31-Sept 1: Heart of Lancaster Arts and Craft Show in Manheim, PA;

September 19-22: PA National Quilt Extravaganza in Oaks, PA (Greater Philadelphia Expo Center);
September 28-29: Outdoor Arts & Crafts Festival in New Hope, PA;

October 11-13: PA Guild Fine Craft Fair in Philadelphia (Rittenhouse Square);;
October 12: Harvest Festival in Philadelphia (Reading Terminal Market);
October 25-27: Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Somerset, NJ;

November 1-3: Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Oaks, PA (Greater Philadelphia Expo Center);
November 2: Scrapplefest in Philadelphia (Reading Terminal Market);
November 2-3: Apple Festival in Lahaska, PA (Peddler’s Village);
November 2-3: Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen Holiday Fine Arts & Craft Festival in Kutztown, PA;
November 9-10: PA Guild Fine Craft Fair in Lancaster, PA;
November 7-10: Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania Convention Center);
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);

Call for dates/times: Holiday Store in Stroudsburg, PA; 570-476-4460

February 22: Central PA Gathering of Fiber and Needlework Guilds in Harrisburg, PA;
February 28-March 2: Designer Craftsmen Show in Philadelphia;

March 6-9: Quilt Fest of NJ in Somerset;

April 26: New Jersey Needle Festival in (To Be Determined), NJ;

June 10-14: SCR Seminar in Baton Rogue;


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