Melitastitches4fun's Blog

ANG Keystone Garden Chapter Mystery Project

By adding the 2 outer rows as final borders, we are almost done with the mystery project at my ANG Keystone Garden Chapter.  But, there is something mysterious that will “be revealed” next month before we finish. Hmmmm.

Wednesday night at our meeting, I got the first border done and last night I added the outermost border. And, thanks to the longest 9-inning post-season game in major league baseball history, I added beads in the 2 large diamonds.  They were optional but I liked that they made the top bluer and the bottom greener than the threads alone. I was worried about the top having more beads than the bottom and being top heavy. But, the bottom green ones are larger Mill Hill Beads and the top blue ones are smaller seed beads from Beads By Blanche (via Trish V who purged her stash last year). Of course, I could always turn it upside down had it been top heavy. I think it is looking great!


Forest Glen and Maine Roadtrip
June 5, 2016, 11:42 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Forest Glen, General comments

While vacationing in Maine this past week, I wanted a small project to travel with and something not too difficult. And, Forest Glen, a design from Kick Back & Stitch by Terry Gifford was perfect.

I used Santa Fe Sage canvas (6) instead of the Victorian Green canvas (11) – samples are from a package with 25 colors that I bought from Fireside Stitchery. I do prefer to work on a lighter canvas.

Sample canvases

And, I used the same white Kreinik (032), DMC #5 (502), and DMC Floss (369, 368, 320) as suggested. But, I couldn’t find Leah’s Overdyed Perle 12 (243). So, I picked up Wildflowers Jade (066) which I figured out looks darker than the lighter green/white Leah’s overdyed thread from the picture. And, I didn’t find the DMC Perle #8 (320).

So, I was in Maine needing threads for a project.  Luckily,  Mary Jo Cole, owner of Needlepoint America in Kennebunk was open & suggested a yellow Kreinik which she generously gave me from her stash. She has tons of hand-painted canvases including lobster belts and other Maine memorabilia. She also carries a unique line of canvases, mid 1800s floral designs of William Morris that look timeless. I have reached a level of stash that must decrease before I buy more & resisted all urges!


And, these lovely musical crib hanging ornaments. These were tough to pass on but I can always order one online!


I decided to use the yellow Kreinik just in the 4 corners of each eyelet to add some sparkle. And, I used the light yellow portion of Needle Necessities Pearl 8 overdyed (866) that I found at Grace Robinson & Company in Freeport.  Good thing I am not a knitter! They have tons of beautiful yarns. Some painted canvases and threads (in drawers behind a counter). I told Meghan what I was looking for and the one she found came the closest but I decided to avoid the rust and green in the overdyed thread and just use the light yellow for 8 prongs of the eyelet. And, I filled in the remaining 12 prongs with the lightest and medium colors of the green DMC Floss. Now, the yellow Kreinik actually looks like it is yellow-green. That left me to use the more interesting overdyed Wildflowers on the outer border in place of the solid medium green DMC Perle #8.

Forest Glen

March 11, 2016, 12:40 pm
Filed under: Seashells

I just found this picture & realized I never put it up on my blog. It’s a past (2001) housewarming gift for friends. They love the shore and we’ve been on multiple vacations with them – mainly near water (cruise, Wildwood, NJ, Seaside Heights, NJ). With summer here in March, it seemed like a good time to post it!

Unfortunately, I did not save any info from this piece. As I recall, it was a stamped canvas with a diagram to follow (mainly backstitch or cross stitch). Threads were included. If anyone knows, I’d love to find out.

Postscript: Lisa from my ANG Keystone Chapter saw my posting and actually has this in her stash – it a WIP. She brought it to our meeting Wednesday & it’s coming along nicely! It’s from 1986, called “Seashell Wreath Picture”, and was “NEW!” to have portions of the design printed in color on the Aida cloth (14 count, 14″ x 14″ design area). It’s by Candamar Designs, Inc. who are still around but I didn’t find this vintage piece on their website. Thanks again Lisa for sharing that!!

I wonder how that would look in a round frame? It probably could be a nice looking pillow too.

Christmas Temari Ball Class at Rittenhouse Needlepoint
February 21, 2016, 1:34 pm
Filed under: Christmas Temari Ball Class ar Rittenhouse Needlepoint

Mindy from Rittenhouse Needlepoint demystified Temari Balls for me during a basic class yesterday. The ball was already prepared with 8 simple divisions. With just 2 hours, I wrapped around the 8 lines with DMC #5 and some Gold Rush around the equator. Then, I placed some green Kreinik between the 8 dividing lines & left a cord to hang it by. The examples of completed Temari balls makes me want to take the advanced class she may do in the fall. But, on the other hand, I don’t need another craft!

BottomTemari Ball top

Golf Tee, Teed Off
May 26, 2015, 7:17 pm
Filed under: Golf

I finished it while on vacation but wanted to be home before putting it in the leather holder. I was worried about cutting so close to the stitched border. And, the shape doesn’t look right for the opening but it must be!

Golf Tee Keychain


It was the right size & a little tricky but I managed ok. And, Bill loves it!

Leather Golf Tee Keychain

Dragon Fly, Ready for Flight
January 31, 2015, 10:22 am
Filed under: Dragon Fly, Melita's Other Completed Pieces

It looks like it could fly away!

The wings were Alicia’s Lace (#8 045) outlined with Gold Rush (202C) & couched with Accentuate  (024).

The body was padded first with long stitches of Crystal Braid (CR08) & covered by straight  (satin) stitches Kreinik  (#8 045).

The head is French Knots (#8 045). It has been 2 years since I’ve done one & they were a snap thanks to a Mary Corbett video for a refresher!

Initially,  the small squares were going to be Rhodes stitch but Sharon G thought they wouldn’t compensate easily & suggested Double Leviathan but that pattern covers 4 threads & the square was 5 threads. So, I did my best with the Rhodes using Gloriana  (#088 Seaweed).

Now, off to the framers & then, where will it land? Hmm

Dragon Fly Finished


Bargello Pine Trees Stocking
September 6, 2014, 9:12 pm
Filed under: ANG CyberPointer's chapter, Bargello Pine Trees, Christmas Ornaments

This is a free pattern from The Caron Collection ( They offer quite a few really nice ones. My ANG CyberPointer’s chapter worked on ornaments using various types of stitching. My favorite was the Bargello Pine Trees.

And, I love how it turned out. The top rows of Bargello are Fuzzy Stuff. The finisher that Nimble Needle uses added the braid and tassels to match the darker blue but for the backing used a lighter purple that matches the center top motif. Just wonderful & is in plenty of time to enjoy for the 2014 holiday season.

Bargello Pine Trees

Bargello Pine Trees, back

I got some interesting comments/input from Carole L on Facebook’s Needlepoint Nation that I wanted to share: “Just out of curiosity, since I liked this design so much, I went looking to see who the original designer of this stocking was, only to discover that this is from a 1997 McCall’s magazine! (with permission of course) I really like it, and I would not have guessed that it was an older design. Some things are just classic. They don’t mention the designer’s name, sadly, but I think from the way the intro is phrased it must be Lois Caron herself. She has some lovely designs.”