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Milanese Pinwheel Ornament
February 19, 2019, 9:34 am
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments, Melita's Designs

There was some thread left over from the Floche Star Ornament and I had this small photo ornament (opening of 1 & 3/4″ diameter) just waiting for something.

I drew a circle on the canvas as large as the paper with the fake photo that came in the face of the ornament.

Sandra Arthur’s Shapes of Needlepoint, Series I, includes stitches for circles and the Milanese Pinwheel stitch is the largest at 22 x 22 canvas threads.

For the red background, I intentionally rotated the canvas to stitch acute triangles of basketweave using DMC Perle Cotton #5 (321) in different directions to add some interest. I learned that is called directional rotation from teacher/designer Diane Hermann.

Using a frame ornament like this, you can’t have thick thread near the edges or fold back the edges to secure them because it won’t close completely. So, I used 4 strands of Kreinik Silk Mori (1114) a Diagonal Weave stitch (see Painted Canvas Embellishment: An Idea Book by Carole Lake and Michael Boren.

I cut close up to where I had stitched without cutting the stitching. The ornament is not going to get opened up often to worry about finishing the edges any better. That made finishing really easy and inexpensive (it’s a $3 frame ornament from Big Lots).

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Floche Star Ornament
My ANG Keystone Garden chapter gave us a free project (Floche and canvas) adapted from Marion Scoular’s Star Sapphire Four-way Florentine Box Insert from Needlepoint Now July/August 1999.

I didn’t see the stitches over 5 canvas threads in the top and bottom of the centers until I’d stitched 2 diamonds!

Then, I realized that I didn’t have enough thread to do that portion over again. But, I really didn’t like using 4 threads anyway. It seemed too bulky even though it looks ok in the picture.

So, I went to 3 threads which laid nicely with good coverage and I had enough to finish it.

When I switched directions moving up/down, I took a single vertical stitch over 1 canvas thread to maintain proper pull better. Basically, it is a tuck stitch that gets covered up by an over 4 stitch anyway. I also anchored the last stitch that way before moving a quarter turn to continue with the same thread. And, I anchored the first stitch in the new area to get the proper pull and get better/stronger coverage on the back.

Trish Vine wrote out and showed pictures of how to finish it. And, I did! The wonder clips worked great to hold the folded edges as I stitched the edges together. I just wasn’t up for tackling the twisted cord machine since I haven’t used it in awhile.


Red Walnetto Ornament
December 17, 2018, 11:24 pm
Filed under: Christmas Ornaments, Melita's Other Completed Pieces

I’m not sure where I got the design but I apparently used Watercolours Cinnabar, an overdye without a lot of variation. A few years ago at an ANG Main Line meeting, I made a cord using the Kumihimo Japanese braiding technique to finish the ornament but never did attach the cord and can’t find it now. So, I cut around the design to fit this silver ornament. It beveled up just a little for a perfect fit.



ANG Keystone Garden Chapter Mystery Project 2017, Month 1
March 9, 2017, 6:03 pm
Filed under: ANG Stitch of the Month Mystery Project

We’re starting this year’s mystery project at my ANG Keystone Garden Chapter.

Color A and B can be contrasting or light/dark. You’ll have to wait to find out what direction I’m going! This is on a light blue canvas.

It’s fun seeing the various colors people pick & watching everyone’s piece develop.

Keystone Mystery 2017, Month 1



Golf Bag and Clubs
December 25, 2016, 12:33 pm
Filed under: Canvas Connection Golf Bag, Melita's Other Completed Pieces

During my trip to Woodlawn this year with Linda and Ginny, I picked up a Canvas Connection Golf Bag  (3″ x 4″) (GB-556) from Waste Knot (4502 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA) to stitch for Bill. I love the little clubs!!!

I stitched some while he was out golfing this summer and finished it while I was on my way to and from Seminar in New Orleans this year. Since he didn’t come along this year (too hot to golf), this is a surprise gift for Christmas! I’m so happy with the finishing – Karen at Nimble Needle in NJ has a fantastic finisher.

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Santa also dropped off a book for me – Sandra Arthur’s Shapes of Needlepoint Series Volume I. I am looking forward to getting time to read it once the Christmas turkey is in the oven. Merry Christmas!

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Santa’s Row

Here’s Santa’s row – they are so cute together hanging in the hallway. The one on the left is my Santacicle by Janet Casey Ziegler from a class at my first ANG seminar.

Linda’s Snow Globe Santa by Janet Casey Ziegler is in the center.

Peg Dunayer’s Triangle Santa ornament from Needlepoint Now (Nov/Dec 2007) was finished through Nimble Needle and I absolutely love it! The sparkles just make it a little more special. My ANG Keystone Garden Chapter stitched as a project in 2014 and when I got it back I forgot to post it too – been slipping on my blog.

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Wishing one and all a happy holiday and a healthy New Year!!

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Snow Globe Santa, a Christmas Basket, and Pillowcases

This Snow Globe Santa by Janet Casey Ziegler was stitched by Linda from my ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter. I was thrilled when she gave it to me last Christmas but I forgot to place it on my blog. So, here it is for posting this Christmas!

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And, I was just as happy to get a Christmas Basket this year from Linda. Yes, she’s also a beautiful sewer.

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I did make pillowcases for a charity, Ryan’s Cases for Smiles, earlier this year. Linda helped me with them too because it had been 40 years since I’d used a sewing machine. The two we made are in the upper left corner of the picture. Then, I made 2 more at our Community Day at work using a regular machine and a surger. It was fun. One of the women in my group enjoyed the event so much that she is getting a sewing machine for Christmas. Linda kept her eyes open for sales & found a great deal from Steve’s in King of Prussia, the Anna model, half off for just $200 and a great machine for a beginner. It almost makes me want to take up sewing!!

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But, I have tons of needlepoint projects started and ideas of my own that I want to work on and 3 big events with classes coming in 2017. Linda and I are both attending Blue Bonnet for Toni Gerdes’ classes Fire & Ice and Bronze Purse in February and Nashville Needleworks in April with Laura Taylor for Embracing Horses. Then, I will take a 4-day canvas embellishment class at ANG Seminar in Anaheim with Cynthia Thomas after taking her Creating Diagrams and Stitch Guides using Microsoft Office class. I didn’t forget about my husband, Bill. We’re extending each trip to take in local sites. And, we have a non-needlepoint train trip across Canada planned for July-August (actually, I will stitch but no classes). We’ll be married 30 years in Oct 2017 – lots of fun times ahead!