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Road Trip to Strawberry Sampler
August 29, 2015, 6:58 pm
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It had been awhile since I was at Strawberry Sampler on Wilmington Pike (Route 202) in Glen Mills, PA. So, I had to show Linda! And, we both managed to find something we had to have.

I just loved the colors of this cross stitch piece, Baked Alaska, by Cheryl Granda. It is from a Mandala series of A-Maze-ing Desserts Collection. I am afraid to look for the others in the series!

Baked Alaska

They carry mostly samplers and cross stitch projects. Very nicely arranged, bright, and a huge stock. They carry DMC floss, Sampler Threads, and Weeks Dye Works Floss.

Strawberry Sampler

Finds at Needle Me
August 19, 2015, 6:25 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, General comments, Threads

I finally made a trip to Needle Me to use my gift certificate from our Christmas exchange. I found a purse half off (& with the gift certificate was half off again).  While the piece of needlepoint isn’t a perfect fit.  It will be fine for a while.


And, look at what 40 yards of Watercolours looks like!

40 yards

Porcupine Laying Tool
August 14, 2015, 6:46 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, General comments

To thank members of the Board for our efforts, our President Patrick B, gave us laying tools that he made from an African porcupine quill. He added the decorative top bead.  Some people are so creative & handy! Thanks again Patrick.

Porcupine quill

Discontinued DMC Stranded Cotton Thread Colors
July 4, 2015, 11:11 am
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For future reference:


Reorganizing My Stash
June 26, 2015, 11:12 am
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No studio or office for my stash. But, my 5 foot 5 inch tall (36″ wide) cabinet (pictured below), 5 drawers (15.5″ x 19.5″ x 13.5″), 5 bags (2 large totes, 3 small totes), and a bin are now reorganized (charted projects, ground material (painted and colored 14 or 18-count canvas/perforated paper/vinyl/linen), bars, bags, threads, tools, finishing materials including objects such as boxes/coasters/ornaments/frames/rulers/snow globe). Most of my storage containers came from The Container Store (what a wonderful place). I had done this a few years ago but couldn’t find stuff easily.  It took me 5 days but I’m done! And, happy to get back to stitching!

Thanks to Linda (in my ANG chapter) for the idea of binders with top loading sheet protectors. I got ones that hold up to 70 pieces of paper not that many hold that much but it allows threads to fit with instructions for small projects (of which I have a few). Now, I will actually be able to find things! It was an eye opener to see how many projects I want to stitch.  I think road trips in the future may have to be focused on purchasing threads for projects I already own. Of course, my husband reminded me that I should try to “shop at home” in the one drawer & one bag already filled with threads before buying more!


The Stitching Studio in Richmond, VA
May 27, 2015, 6:40 pm
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The colors of all the threads just popped as you walked into the shop. And, Kathryn & Jennifer were very helpful about local Richmond, VA sites that we could enjoy in the rain that was determined to stay around all day. What a bright place to be on a dusmal day!

Stitching Studio

I really wasn’t going to buy anything until the a. bradley trunk show called to me. There, among some very cute designs, was “A Christmas Story” Leg Lamp canvas (one of my husband’s favorite Christmas movies) and a Rolling Stone’s T-shirt. We already have a “A Christmas Story” Leg nightlight and I knew I could live without 9″ x 13″ pillow to go with it. So, I selected the Rolling Stones T-shirt (my husband loves his T-shirts and the Rolling Stones) – it is perfect for him. Finally, a non-golf related canvas for him. It won’t get done by his July birthday but I could try for Christmas!

Rolling Stones T-shirt


No more road trips! Who am I kidding?  At least none are scheduled at this time.

Village Stitchery in Newport News, VA
May 25, 2015, 7:44 pm
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Newport News, VA has the Village Stitchery. I had a nice chat with Sheila and her husband as I browsed the store. Sheila has had the store for many years now, helped form an ANG chapter in the area, and had Jean Hilton in her shop teaching classes. She has several Hilton designs for sale & some lovely stitched samples including the Sampler and Puzzle. I have the instructions for the Sampler & am more intimidated having seen it in person. It is huge – seems overwhelming – but very pretty.

Hilton Sampler

Hilton Puzzle

The red, white, and black Mindy canvas called Asian Circles (2220) jumped out of the window at me!

Village Stitchery Window

Village Stitchery Window

I’ll have to remember to send her a picture of it once I stitch it.

Asian Circles

And, it really is nice to see a stitched sample – the conch shell is my favorite. So, I had to get this too.

Conch Shell


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