Thursday, October 7, 2021

SOTM 2021 Stratigraphy - Updated 10/7/21

October 7, 2021--The October lesson consisting of 7 layers is now done.  Coming into the home stretch with darker colors becoming prominent.

SOTM 2021 Stratigraphy Lesson 10 October

September 6, 2021--Here is Stratigraphy stitched through the 9th lesson in September.  We're now over half way through the design layers and it's starting to look interesting.

SOTM 2021 Stratigraphy Lesson 9 September

 August 7, 2021--The August lesson is stitched and there are now 22 layers or rows.  I'm working up this project using threads from my stash and learned I don't have enough of a few colors, so had to reorder more.  Unfortunately, dye lots have changed, so  some of the layers look a little different than earlier stitched ones.  Oh well, it's not enough to make me start over or rip out previous layers.  

SOTM 2021 Stratigraphy Lesson 8 August

July 3, 2021--This piece is moving along nicely.  Here's a photo with 7 months of lessons done.  I know this is less than half of the project, so I suspect we'll get real busy in the next 5 months (August through December).  

SOTM 2021 Stratigraphy Lesson 7 July

June 3, 2021--June's lesson consisted of only two layers, so it was stitched in hours.   It's beginning to look interesting.

SOTM 2021 Stratigraphy Lesson 6 June

May 5, 2021--There were six layers to stitch for May's lesson, so now a total of 12 layers have been done.  There are a lot of greens in this group and I'm hoping to see more color variety in the upcoming lessons.  

It took me two days of occasional stitching to work up the six layers for this month,   Not bad.

SOTM 2021 Stratigraphy Lesson 5 May

April 6, 2021--The fourth lesson published April 1st has been stitched.  I decided to also stitch the "sky area" since there was so little to do with this month's lesson.  I could see from the project photo that the sky consisted of the Nobuko stitch which is easy enough to do.  I chose a very light blue which wouldn't fight with my beige, blue/green and gray colors of the stratigraphic layers.  So far, so good.

SOTM 2021 Stratigraphy Lesson 4 April plus Sky

March 3, 2021--Completed the third lesson published March 1st on the ANG website for its members.  

I'm wondering why we had only one row to stitch--at this rate, there will be many, many rows to stich during the last months of the year.  I also wanted to stitch more rows to see how my colors look together before going too far. 

I'm also wondering why her M1 thread in February is darker than the M2 thread used in March as shown in her project photo.  Oh well, here's my three months worth....

SOTM 2021 Stratigraphy Lesson 3 March

 February 1, 2021--The lesson for February was fast and easy, especially now that I have my colors picked out.  Here's the result to date with three rows stitched:

SOTM 2021 through February Lesson 2

January 11, 2021--I love working on ANG's Stitch of the Month projects.  They usually require a few days of time each month and by the end of the year, you have a very nice project that was fun to work on all year long.  This year's is no different.  It is designed by Jennifer Riefenberg and called Stratigraphy.  I love the two folded columns, one looking forward, the other back.  

I'm including a picture of the threads I plan to use taken from my stash (tans--4 threads, blue/greens--4 threads, silver greys--6 threads).  They aren't exactly what the designer called for, but they'll work perfectly in the room where this project will be placed (I hope 馃).

Here's a photo of the January lesson which covered canvas types, threads, information about the design background, and the first row or layer of stitching.    I'm working this on Congress Cloth.

SOTM 2021 January Lesson

SOTM 2021 Thread Choices

A photo of the project as worked by the designer can be found on the right under In Process Projects.

  1. I'm using a similar looking palette, at least when I compare my mental picture of my threads to your actual picture! I'm going to do mine on 18 count, because I have very little congress cloth in my stash.


Friday, October 1, 2021

Nothing To Blog About--YET! - 10/1/21

October 1, 2021--I'm doing lots of stitching, but there's nothing I can blog about except to say I enrolled in ANG's Master Needlepointer Program and am busy working on the first stage of four.  Hopefully I can blog about the piece I'm working on once it has been critiqued.  Stay tuned.   

Also, I volunteered to work on a couple of pilot projects so won't be able to write about those until the instructor gives the OK.  Maybe I can sneak in a few quick ornaments to write about.

In the meantime, happy October!  This is my favorite time of year--temperatures drop and holidays will soon be upon us.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Purse "Let The Good Times Roll" - Updated 9/19/21

September 19, 2021--Three years after I completed the stitching of this project (see all the details below), I finally had it "finished" into a beautiful clutch purse.  I'm over the moon happy with the results.  I worked with Karen at Rittenhouse Needlepoint (1216 Arch St. 2A, Philadelphia, PA 19107, telephone 215-563-4566 ext. 113) and she helped me decide on lots of little details.   The purse is very sturdy (which is what I wanted) and has lots of interior room for my iPhone, keys, etc.  Love the zippered compartment and six credit card slots.  Imagine how chic I'll look at the casino carrying this.  Right now it's on display in my dressing closet with other goodies.  I smile when getting dressed just looking at these beautiful things (the photo is of my husband and myself taken over 30 years ago).

Purse Let The Good Times Roll Finished Front

Purse Let The Good Times Roll Finished Back

Purse Let The Good Times Roll Finished Interior

Purse Let The Good Times Roll On Display in Dressing Closet

August 20, 2018--As predicted in my July 10th post below, I did get the stitching on this beautiful purse done in August.  Hurray!  I'm seriously thinking about finishing it myself into a clutch purse and have found an old Vogue pattern (#8974) which might work perfectly as a guide.

I originally contacted the shop who finished Janet Zickler Casey's model purse, but they are no longer doing this type of thing.   So I either do it myself or try to find someone else to finish it (understand this type of thing is very expensive).  I'm a DIY kinda gal (does this equate to fearless), so I'll give it a go myself.

Purse Let The Good Times Roll Completed

Vintage Vogue Pattern 8974 Clutch Purse

July 10, 2018--Yay!  All the black diamonds are stitched and just a few white ones to complete.  Maybe by the end of August, at the rate I'm going, they'll all be done.   Then I'll have the fun of finding a purse "finisher".

Purse Let The Good Times Roll as of 7-10-2018

May 27, 2018--Still working on the diamonds--it's a very slow process.  But I am making progress and hope to complete the stitching by the end of the year.  Odds are out to see whether or not this happens, or if it gets done at all.  LOL.

Purse Let The Good Times Roll at 5/26/18

January 7, 2018--I've been working on this purse off and on over the last few months.  Over 25% of the diamonds are now filled in.  Whew.  Each diamond takes nearly two hours to stitch due to the fact there are two different stitches which use different threads that must be "laid".   Also, this is a huge canvas - 14" x 22" and moving your hand around it takes time as well.

In actuality, however, the purse is more than 25% complete since the beaded fleur de lys is in place, the diamonds are outlined in silver Kreinik, the beaded handle put together, and the black diamonds are painted in so that white canvas doesn't show through.

Here's my progress so far:

As of 1/7/18 Close up

As of 1/7/18

November 2, 2017--Began stitching the diamonds.  The lower right 2 rows are done.  Not a difficult stitch, but each diamond does take time.  A good project to stitch while watching TV.

Let the Good Times Roll Purse as of 2017-11-02
April 11,2017--Steadily working away on this project.  Finished stitching the outline of the diamond shapes in silver Kreinik, painted in the black diamonds so that white canvas won't peek though the stitches (no stitches done yet), AND, beaded the Fleur de Lis in "brick stitch" pattern.  I'll wait until the end to add the black "tie down" beads on the Fleur de Lis.

Let the Good Times Roll Purse as of 2017-04-11
Beaded Fleur de Lis Side View

April 5, 2017--I started stitching this purse at the ANG 2016 Seminar in New Orleans, LA in a class taught by Janet Zickler Casey called "Let The Good Times Roll.  This is a very large piece which will be made into an envelope clutch with a beaded handle. I spent much of the class time making the handle since my beading experience for items such as this is practically nil.  It came out well and I hope some day to do more in the way of beading bracelets, necklaces, etc.

Janet offered two colorways for this purse--black and white like the one I'm doing; Mardi Gras colors in green, purple and gold.

Here's my progress to date and a picture of the handle.

Purse Let The Good Times Roll at 2017-04-05

Purse Let The Good Times Roll Beaded Handle
Here's the project photo.  This picture shows the red beaded Fleur de Lis positioned on the back of the purse.  Mine will be on the front.

Purse Let The Good Times Roll Project Photo

  1. That will look lovely. Will you finish it yourself or take it somewhere to make it into a clutch?

    1. I'll probably have someone make it into a purse for me. I imagine myself carrying this while gambling in a casino. LOL.

  2. That'll be pretty. Only makes sense to have the fleur de lys on the front. and what paint did you use? brave of you to paint so close up to stitched threads.

  3. Used a black fine point permanent marker. Was easy to work around the silver Kreinik threads which have a little black running through them.

  4. This is going to be gorgeous! I can imagine it might be a bit tedious though! I fill in like that with permanent markers frequently, sometimes even after all stitching is done. No problems!

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    1. Hi Liz, Sorry, I deleted your nice comment by mistake and am unable to retrieve it. Blogger is changing how I see comments (no longer going to my inbox) and the new viewing has options with which I'm not familiar.


Thursday, September 9, 2021

Cancellation of 10th Annual Rehoboth Beach Museum Needlework Exhibit - 9/9/21

September 9, 2021--I just got word that the Rehoboth Beach Museum is canceling the needlework exhibition for this year.  Ouch!  Here's what the Director of the museum writes:

---------- Forwarded message ---------

We’ve had some roof leaks at the museum, and out of an abundance of caution, we are cancelling the Needlework exhibit. None of the works already dropped off are damaged and the exhibit area has not had any leaks, but we want to make sure nothing happens to your beautiful work.


I am so sorry.


If you already dropped off work, you will have to come back and pick it up. It is stored safely – please be patient with us when you come to pick up your work.  Of course, your fees will be refunded. We’ve not cashed any checks.

July 15, 2021--The 10th Annual Needlework Exhibition at the Rehoboth Beach, DE Museum is  scheduled from September 18, 2021 through November 7, 2021.  The information summary and application form can be found at the museum's website by clicking here.

Come to the beach in the early Fall and see the exhibition.  Better yet, come around Labor Day to add your entry, then again later to view all the pieces.   Entrants come from all over, not just Delaware, and it's so much fun to see the projects that stitchers have worked on.  Hope to see your piece there.




Tuesday, August 31, 2021

New Jersey NeedleFest 2021 - 8/31/21

August 31, 2021--Last weekend I attended the New Jersey NeedleFest event put on by Needleworker's Delight of Metchun, NJ where I sat with members of the New Jersey Needle Artists (NJNA) Chapter of ANG.  This year the fest was held at the Hilton in Berkeley Heights, NJ.  

Enjoyed wonderful camaraderie with co-stitchers while viewing projects being worked on by other attendees.  All in all a wonderful day with lots of shopping and very good food.  Even though this is the fourth time I've participated in this event, I'll be sure to sign up for next year, and the year after, and the year after that, etc.

The photo is of a needle minder given to us along with tickets for door prizes (I won a lunch box type of thingie).

Needle Minder

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Holiday Ornament Red Light - 8/21/21

August 21, 2021--Here's my 11th stitched Holiday Ornament designed by Susan Portra with instructions published in Needlepoint Now Magazine, 2014 Vol XVI, No. 6.  This one is a red light bulb ornament and, for the most part, I love it.  However, the french knots on the light's bottom stitched with RG Flair make me cringe when I look at them--just too uneven and too many crammed into a small space.  Hopefully it won't look so bad when "finished" with cording and a pretty ribbon bow.   For a list of Holiday Ornaments published in Needlepoint Now Magazine, click here.

Ornament Holiday Light Red Completed

Ornament Holiday Light Red Completed
 Side View

Monday, August 16, 2021

Cashmere Santa - 8/16/21

 August 16, 2021--Another santa cutie designed by Janet Zickler Casey and offered through the Shining Needle Society, called Cashmere Santa, is done.  In keeping with my goal of stitching one old and one new santa each year, I have now met my 2021 quota.  Cashmere Santa was the newest design while North Wind Santa, stitched earlier this year, was a 2003 offering.  

The stitch for the beard on this santa, called Cashmere Cable, was a bit of a challenge, requiring consistent attention to the stitch placement.  I'm now wondering what was Janet's inspiration for this stitch since I'm unable to find it anywhere (at least not in the resources I have).

The second photo below shows the shine and dimension of the threads and beads used.  I love the little mint candy embellishment that came with the kit.

Cashmere Santa Completed

Cashmere Santa Completed Side View

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Bargello Rose - Updated 7/14/21

July 14, 2021--The stitching on this beautiful rose is finished and the project is ready for framing.  Learned a number of new things and am proud to have gotten through some of the more difficult segments.  Love the border stitch and it has a surprise of shiny color along the upper and lower edges which doesn't show in the photo.  We students had the option of using Chinese characters in the "chop" block or our initials and date.  I opted for the latter.  Now for an oriental styled frame and mat.  Stay tuned.

Bargello Rose Completed

July 5, 2021--Happy Independence Day Holiday.

Had some time yesterday to begin working on a new project offered by ANG's CyberPointer Chapter called Bargello Rose designed by Wendy Moore.  The lessons are offered over five days during the chapter's online July meeting and are wonderful supplements to the instruction manual received with the kit (canvas and threads).   It's a huge piece--the canvas measures 18" x 11" and when framed, will be quite large.  

Finally got it through my thick skull on how to work the direction of bargello stitches--if you're going up the canvas, the stitches are done in a downward direction (from top to bottom).  If you're going down the canvas, the stitches are worked in an upward direction (from bottom to top).  Then, of course, I need to remember to make a tacking stitch to change direction.  

Here is the rose worked through most of Lesson 2.

Bargello Rose Lesson 2 Partial - Closeup

Bargello Rose Lesson 2 Partial

To see a photo of the project as designed, click on the Page at right labeled "In Process Projects".



  2. I love the canvas your using and the bargello so far is beautiful ! Can't wait to see more !