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New Crescent River 
May 18, 2017, 10:10 pm
Filed under: ANG Keystone Garden Chapter, Crescent River, Melita's Designs

Some members of my ANG Keystone Garden Chapter wanted to stitch this for a project this year. So, I wrote up the directions and made up diagrams that they could follow. I am restitching it to see if I can improve it. 

Instead of using a blue Copic marker and clear Water n’ Ice for the water in the river, I switched to the  blue Water ‘n Ice (WT2). 

And, instead of Splendor and Pebbly Perle for the crescents,  I am using Shades of Africa Two Oceans, Au Ver a Soie, hand-dyed by Chameleon Threads. The packet has 5 wonderful shades of blue that blend smoothly. I stitched the water first with the crescents placed on top. The darker crescents are on the bottom this time and they are a little smaller this time. I made sure the threads are not showing through this time by using away knots for each crescent.  

Also, the overall design shape will be rectangular instead of square. 

Tristan Turned Ten
January 12, 2017, 2:48 pm
Filed under: Melita's Designs, Tristan's Birth Announcement

Yes, I was remiss in making a birth announcement for Tristan – only took me 10 years (I finished it in 2016). But, I remedied the situation! I designed this for Tristan after realizing I had stitched one for his older brother, Aiden. So, this is a little more grown-up design that a now 10-year-old boy will enjoy better than my typical bear design. He loved it!!

The letters came from the Leisure Arts Leaflet 2285 called 120 Alphabets – they looked quite appropriate for a young boy. I found an image of Lightning McQueen and the flag that I was able to replicate. And, I added the finish line to square off the design.





Christmas Craftree
December 21, 2016, 6:32 pm
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments, Melita's Designs

Since I had too many ornaments for our little table top Christmas Tree, I finally decided to create another tree to hang some hand-crafted ornaments. I still have a few that didn’t fit. The board is the center part of a black poster board trifold with the side panels removed. One side panel is taped on the back to add some spacer for the push pins. I used black duct tape to protect the edges and green duct tape to make the tree.

All the ornaments have been hand-made by myself, my mother, and my grandmother or bought at a craft show except for the 3 wooden ones near the top because I wanted a couple of more snowflakes and a big star to top the tree. Most are cross stitch designs but the bottom center one is my own needlepoint design with one of my favorite Christmas pins.



Welcome Baby Norah
August 7, 2016, 5:41 pm
Filed under: Welcome Baby Norah

Our beautiful grandniece, Norah, was born back in April. So, I designed this sampler piece to commemorate her birth. She’s Irish & so, her name is spelled out in green with touches of the colors of the rainbow & a pot of gold in the letter H. We wish her good health, happiness, & good fortune throughout her life.


The letters came from either the Leisure Arts Leaflet 2285 called 120 Alphabets or Leisure Arts Leaflet 3071 called Alphabets Galore 136 Alphabets.

From top to bottom:

  • Blocks (3 rows from A-Z): Diagram 88 on pg 32 (136 Alphabets)
  • Welcome baby with balloons: Diagram 113 on pgs 39-40 (136 Alphabets)
  • Norah (modified to fit my width): Diagram 73 on pg 26 (120 Alphabets)
  • Diaper pins (without the letters): Diagram 49 on pg 14 (120 Alphabets)
  • April: Diagram 19 on pg 7 (136 Alphabets)
  • lower case pm, lbs, and oz: Diagram 53 on pg 15 (120 Alphabets)

There are mainly DMC flosses used: yellow 444, green 701 and 700 a little darker for Norah, blue 825, violet 552, red 666, red-violet 915 because red 666 looked terrible right next to violet 552, orange 970, and black 310 for the balloon strings. I also used Kreinik #12 braid 010HL for the pot, #8 braid 002J for the gold, and #12 braid 001 for the metal portion of the diaper pins (thanks to Linda – I had #16 which was too thick while my #8, #4, and balger were too thin).

I am amazed that I used graph paper, pencil, & plenty of erasing to lay this out but 100 years ago young girls stitched samplers without such aids!!


Bamboo Tea Tray, Clue 10
October 21, 2015, 8:33 pm
Filed under: Bamboo Tea Tray, Melita's Designs

The tenth (& last) clue in the Stitching Games 2015 run by stitcherie is “Line Stitch”. Straight stitches are line stitches including those done on the horizontal, vertical, or diagonal. So, I am repeating my last diagonal line stitches (cashmere) on the right side of the piece but in the opposite direction. With this post, I am concluding an interesting adventure. I may never stitch with Panache by Rainbow Gallery again – too difficult to control.

Bamboo finished


Gentle Waves
October 17, 2015, 6:02 pm
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2015, Gentle Waves, Melita's Designs | Tags:

This is the second rendition of Gentle Waves. While I didn’t win a ribbon this year, I’m happy looking at this piece. And, even better is that 2 of my designs are going to be available to members through 2 different venues. Can’t say more yet.

Initially, the judges were concerned my initials were in the piece (they are supposed to review without knowing who pieces belong to). But, an exhibit assistant pointed out that it meant “Love Myrtle Beach”. Very true. They said it is a very clever and creative addition to the piece. Little did they know, it is also means “Love Melita & Bill”. It happened that seminar was later this year near our 28th anniversary!

The judge’s critique raised excellent points. A few threads in the sandy area began to lose the twist. However, my laid threads are smooth and tension is very even. Maybe I should stay away from threads that twist!! The texture and color of the chenille was a good choice for the breaking waves. But, the gradation of the blues was a bit too abrupt especially because the texture changes of the threads emphasize those sudden transitions. When I switched from a diagonal stitch to the vertical bargello pattern, the thread was too thin & they didn’t miss it! The judge said a diagonal water stitch would have drawn the viewer ‘s eye from the water to the beach (that was more of what I had used in my first rendition).

This was interesting: “Turn your piece upside down so that you’re viewing the heart and letters upside down and do the same with the photo you took from the John Hancock building. First, do see how the water (the larger portion of the design) is sweeping you “up into it” and moving you toward the sand? Do you see how the water now appears to go from the “heavier” weight it to the “lighter”. Since this is an aerial view,  this gives the viewer a more “I wish you were there” sensation.” I can see the sweeping motion differing between the two.

As always, I love learning from the comments – the judges do an excellent job offering constructive criticism.

Beach photo, upside down     Gentle Waves, upside down

 Beach photo     Gentle Waves

October 9, 2015, 7:29 pm
Filed under: Melita's Designs, Spools

Merry Christmas Anita!

For the stitchers viewing this post, I used Watercolours, Lilac (039) for the border.  The stitches were selected in order to get the random effect on the top & bottom while the sides were solids. But, the same thread was used. Stitches selected from Suzy’s Portable stitches are Cross 6×6 on bottom left, Stephanie on right side, Shamrock on top right, and Double Trellis on left side.

The threads on the bottom row of spools from left to right are: Grandeur (G808), Wildflowers  (6026), Rainbow Tweed  (RT38), Splendor  (S932); top row left to right are: Pepper Pot Silk  (81), Impressions  (7072), Soie Cristal (SC15), Rainbow Linen.

My bag & insert:


Anita’s design is Spools: