Monday, November 12, 2018

Candy Swirl Santa by Janet Zickler Casey - Updated 11/12/18

November 12, 2018--The swirled candy hat turned out to be a PITA (pain in the @ss).  I first tried to couch down a cord, but what I had was too large and impossible to "tuck under".  When I tried to work the satin stitch around the cord, I couldn't get the red thread to lay properly against the ends.   So I decided the hat didn't need that much padding--that a 3 layer padding of DMC Perle 3 would work fine, and it did.  Below are photos of what the padding looked like before it was covered with the red ribbon thread.  I am very pleased with the results and will use this method when other Janet Zickler Casey's santas require some serious padding.

Candy Swirl Santa Completed

Candy Swirl Santa Padding Layer

Candy Swirl Santa Padding Layer Side View

Candy Swirl Santa Completed Padding Side View

September 30, 2018--I just picked up this project again after two and a half years and did a bit more stitching on it--the eyebrows, mouth, moustache, beard and hat brim.  The rest of the hat--the candy swirl part--is going to require some serious work.  Thinking of asking for help from someone who has already stitched this santa.

Candy Swirl Santa Stitched to Date

January 14, 2016--Finally began working on this cute santa ornament and have completed stitching the face.  This is one of three santas that I'm working on at the same time.  The hat looks like it'll be a lot of fun to work on.

Candy Swirl Santa Face Stitched
March 20, 2014--I have just acquired my third Janet Zickler Casey santa called Candy Swirl Santa. It was recently offered as a Buy-It-Now item on eBay and I was able to snatch it up.   It came with the drawn image on canvas and the full stitch guide.  I now need to visit a needlepoint shop and purchase threads, but first I'll go looking at my Thread Inventory--may have most of what's needed.  Will probably change the eye shape a little so he looks like he's smiling rather than angry, or am I the only one who sees that?

Monday, November 5, 2018

Heart Santa Ornament - 11/5/18

November 5, 2018--Have stitched as much as possible on this cutie.  Now need to find a white, loopy yarn for the beard.  Janet Zickler Casey's instructions call for RG Fluffy Fleece in white, but that is no longer manufactured.  What's available is Fluffy Fleece in an ecru color which I think is too dark.  When I asked Janet for a substitute, she suggested going to a yarn shop and finding a "chenille" style yarn.  Perfect.  Now to go shopping.

Heart Santa as of 11/2/18
January 17, 2016--Have begun stitching this adorable santa ornament designed by Janet Zickler Casey.  Found this cutie on eBay.  Hope to find more of these santas either on eBay, SNS, or on Facebook needlepoint seller sites.

Heart Santa Face Stitched
See the In Process Projects page on the right for a look at the project photo.

Friday, November 2, 2018

SOTM 2018 - Updated 11/2/18

November 2, 2018--Went on the ANG website yesterday morning--very early--and was surprised to find the November lesson for the Stitch of the Month (SOTM) project already loaded--way to go Linda!!  Stitched it up in no time last night and here it is.....

SOTM 2018-11 Front
SOTM 2018-11 Back

October 2, 2018--Just finished the Stitch of the Month installment for October.  This ribbon pattern may be my favorite and can imagine using it for the background of certain canvases.   I felt compelled to get this done yesterday since DH and I will be towing our 22' Cobia Center Console today down to Cape Charles, VA for a week of fishing.    The weather looks like it's going to be spectacular and I look forward to fishing again on the Chesapeake Bay after nearly 9 years away.

I'm not bringing any needlepoint with me since I keep losing the little bits in the car--things like threaders, needles, laying tools, etc.  Instead, I'll knit.  Recently I learned how to do Portuguese Knitting and love it.  It's the best method I've learned to date for controlling tension, IMHO.

Happy October.

SOTM 2018-10 Front
SOTM 2018-10 Back

September 10, 2018--The September darning pattern has 3 acorns and was stitched in no time.  Just noticed the back side has a little glitch in the upper right thread.  Will fix that when I do the outlining in December (this will also cover up all my "turning" threads within the border area).

SOTM 2018-09 Front

SOTM 2018-09 Back

August 2, 2018--Yes, if this is the 2nd of the month, it means that I've stitched the 8th installment of ANG's Stitch of the Month for 2018.  This section reminds me of argyle socks.  Love how the backside looks--like a photo negative.

Note:  I'm using different colors of blue and the variations show in the pictures.  These are threads given to me by my mother back in the 1960's.  So happy to use them.

SOTM 2018-08 Front
SOTM 2018-08 Back

July 4, 2018--Aren't the dancing ladies fun?  Enjoyed stitching July's darning pattern.  The back looks great too.

Happy Independence Day to all.

SOTM 2018-07 Front

SOTM 2018-07 Back

June 3, 2018--Half way there.  Loved these butterflies, but they took longer to stitch than the lessons from earlier months.  We are binge watching Homeland, so I suppose that had something to do with it.
SOTM 2018-06 Front
SOTM 2018-06 Back
SOTM 2018-06 Closeup

May 2, 2018--A month later and the fifth lesson is done for May.  Another fast section with only 3 motifs.  It'll look so much better once the borders are stitched, hiding the "turning" threads.

SOTM 2018-05 Front
SOTM 2018-05 Back
SOTM 2018-05 Close Up

April 2, 2018--The April instructions are up on the ANG website, and like last month, the stitching of this easy diagonal darning pattern took about a half hour to finish (looks like a herringbone pattern to me).  Looking forward to the more complicated lessons coming up.

SOTM 2018-04 Front

SOTM 2018-04 Back

March 2, 2018--The stitching for March's portion of this cute project took about 30 minutes to do.  Am ready for the next installment, but must wait until April 1st.

PS.  If the color for March's section looks is.  I'm using some old cotton perle threads given to me by my mother and will place the different dye lots around the canvas.

SOTM 2018-03 Front

SOTM 2018-03 Front Closeup

SOTM 2018-03 Back

SOTM 2018-03 Back Closeup
February 2, 2018--The February instructions for this darning project are so easy and quick--was able to get the stitching done in about an hour.  This is going to be so cute as a box cover.  In fact, I'm going to try and enclose the back with glass so that the reverse or negative side will shown when the box top is opened.

SOTM 2018-02 Completed

SOTM 2018-02 Front

Add caption Back

January 11, 2018--The section for the month of  January is stitched.  I love how the back looks like a negative of the front.  Cool.

SOTM 2018 - through January

SOTM 2018 January Closeup Front

SOTM 2018 January Closeup Back
January 2, 2018--Yay!  The January installment of ANG's 2018 Stitch of the Month project called Darned Good Sampler by Toni Gerdes is now up on their website (click here).   This is a year long project featuring darning patterns and it's right up my alley.  I've already picked out my color (true blue) on white 24 count Congress Cloth.  This will produce a final size of 5" x 5" which will fit perfectly in a box I already own.  Below is a picture of this year's project.

ANG Stitch of the Month 2018 Project Photo

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Golden Gala Evening Purse - 9/26/18

September 26, 2018--Stitching is completed on both the front and back panels.  Now to line each one in preparation of inserting them into the clear acrylic purse form.

Golden Gala Evening Purse Back

Golden Gala Evening Purse Back Slant View

Golden Gala Evening Purse Front and Back Panels

September 21, 2018--While at the ANG 2018 Seminar in Washington, DC last month, I took a class by Michele Roberts called Golden Gala Evening Purse.  It consists of 2 panels (a front and a back), backed with a beautiful fabric and exposed ribbons.  Both panels are inserted into a clear acrylic purse form that has golden hinges and a long detachable strap.

I learned the ribbons are placed on the back of each panel so the they can easily be pulled out of the acrylic form.   Without the ribbon "handles", damage could be done to the needlepoint when pulling it out.  A very good idea!

Below is a picture of the stitched purse front.  As usual, the photograph doesn't show the vibrancy and beauty of the threads.

Golden Gala Evening Purse Front

Monday, September 17, 2018

Holiday Ornament Red Gift - 9/17/18

September 17, 2018--Here's number 7 of the 15 Susan Portra Holiday Ornaments collection (click here for more information about them).  The color variations of the ribbon "nap" are beautiful and I love the interesting stitch variations.

I find these holiday ornaments are my "go to" projects when I need a break from a larger, long-term piece.   They are quick and fun to complete--all are different with a variety of stitches to keep my interest.

Holiday Red Gift Ornament Completed

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Rehoboth Beach, DE Needlework Exhibit - Updated 9/15/18

September 15, 2018--The 8th Annual Needlework Exhibit at the museum in Rehoboth Beach, DE is now open through October 28, 2018.  Please call to confirm the hours of operation.  More information can be found at:

511 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Phone (302) 227-7310

Hope to see you there.  Fall is the best time to come to the beach and enjoy the exhibit.


July 25, 2018--The Rehoboth Beach Museum has just informed us that the Annual Needlework Exhibit for 2018 will take place from September 15 through October 28.  Entries will be accepted August 18th through the 26th.  Below is more information about the exhibit, categories, etc.    Hope you will visit the museum while enjoying the beaches in Delaware.  It's a well presented exhibit showcasing the skills of stitchers from all around the Mid-Atlantic area.

Rehoboth Beach Museum

8th Annual Needlework Exhibition

September 15, 2018 through October 28, 2018


On behalf the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society

Entries accepted August 18 through August 26, 2018

 Exhibition details


September 15 through October 28, 2018


511 Rehoboth Avenue, at the entrance to the City of Rehoboth Beach, near the lighthouse traffic circle and the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center.


Friday, 10-4, and Saturday and Sunday, 11-3.

DAILY ADMISSION FEES: Admission is by donation.


There will be a closing reception for exhibitors October 28 from Noon to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served. You may pick up your work no earlier than 3 p.m.


Each entry must be the work of a living person and appropriately finished. We reserve the right to display items in the manner we deem most appropriate and to refuse items deemed inappropriate for display. Entries requiring hanging must be wired. No saw tooth hanging devices will be accepted. Entries must be labeled with the stitcher’s name and phone number.


Adult: For stitchers 18 years old or older.

Junior: For stitchers 17 years of age or younger at the time the work was completed.



A unique design and composition, which is entirely the product of the stitcher’s own mind and hands. This includes interpretations of nature and art through stitching.


Works using any element of a designer’s pattern for needlework. Includes: charted or painted canvas, printed graphs, kits, class projects, and minor alterations thereto.


·      Beadwork

·      Canvaswork/Needlepoint: Traditional, multi-stitch (4+) or painted canvas

·      Counted Thread: Including Blackwork, Cross Stitch      (even weave), Drawn thread, Hardanger

·      Sampler: Traditional or Multi-stitch (4+)

·      Embroidery: Including but not limited to Crewel,          Goldwork, Silk Ribbon, Stumpwork, Surface, White Work.

·      Heirloom Sewing: Smocking, Fine hand sewing, Needle Lace, Quilting (please note, only those quilts awarded prizes will be displayed in full due to space constraints).

·      Lace: Bobbin Lace, Battenburg, Filet Guipure, etc.

·      Miniature: 32-count or higher, over one thread

·      Mixed Media


A nationally certified judge will award ribbons. Major award winners will be announced just prior to the opening reception.  Entrants should fill out forms carefully to ensure that each piece is properly classified. The Historical Society reserves the right to re-classify entries.


Best in Show – across all techniques

First Place, Second Place, Third Place – for each technique

Honorable Mention  - the judge reserves the right to choose the number of honorable mention winners

People’s Choice – by popular vote

All entries must remain at the Rehoboth Beach Museum for the duration of the exhibition.

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ENTRIES: Five.  Entries must not have been in previous RBHS exhibits, but may have been in  other shows.


Members of RBHS: $5 per entry, $5 per additional entry

Non-members:  $10 per adult entry, $5 per additional entry

Juniors:  $5 junior entry, $1 each additional entry. 

Sets containing several items will be charged $1 for each additional item.

Make checks payable to Rehoboth Beach Historical Society (RBHS), 511 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Society Memberships are available:

Individual: $25

Household: $35

Supporting: $50

Anna Hazzard: $100

Membership is tax-deductable. Please send a separate check for membership.


PLEASE NOTE: Entries will be accepted by mail but will not be returned by mail. All entries must be picked up at the museum. Entries MUST BE RECEIVED BY August 26, 2018. Entries by mail must be shipped in a sturdy container and must contain a completed entry form. Mailing address: Rehoboth Beach Museum, 511 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Please call (302) 227-7310 for information.


Exhibitors are urged to pre-register by sending completed forms and fees in the mail to The Rehoboth Beach Museum by August 22, 2018. Please make checks payable to the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society. Walk-in entries are accepted August 18  through August 26 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. No entries will be accepted after August 27, 2018. Entries must be picked up one full weekend after the show closes.


1.    Insurance coverage is the responsibility of the owner/depositor.

2.    The depositor warrants that he or she holds full and clear title to the object(s) identified on the face of the entry form or is the agent of the owner authorized to deposit the objects(s) with the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society.

3.    All objects may be examined, photographed, measured, or otherwise reproduced for educational or promotional purposes.

4.    The object(s) will be returned only to the depositor unless RBHS is notified in writing to the contrary.

5.    If objects are not picked up by the last pick-up date, a $5 per day storage fee will be charged. After 30 days, the object will be deemed an unrestricted gift to the museum.


ENTRY FORM – Maximum 5 entries

Please reproduce this form or print from

(please attach a photo of your work if possible and an artist’s statement)

Stitcher Name_________________________________________

Exhibited by___________________________________________



Phone (home) _______________Phone (cell) _______________

Email (print CLEARLY) _______________________________

Division:     _____Adult        _____Junior      

Category:   _____Original   _____Commercial

Technique (circle one):  

Beadwork                   Canvaswork/Needlepoint

Sampler                      Counted Thread/Cross Stitch

Embroidery               Heirloom Sewing/Quilt

Miniature                   Lace  ___

Mixed Media

Title __________________________________________

Measurement:  Length____      Width____

Description (framed piece, pillow, etc.) ___________________

Thread Count: ________ Pattern Source/Class _____________

In submission of this entry I hereby agree to abide by the stated rules of the exhibition, and terms and conditions listed on the enclosures. 

Signature   _________________________       

Entries accepted at the museum 511 Rehoboth Avenue * (302) 227-7310

# of entries __ times Entry Fee = $_________       

                           (office use only) AMT Cash $________    Check #________  

Labels: Print clearly and affix one label to each piece. You may use your own label but it must have this information.

Name of Stitcher: __________________________________________

Title of Piece: _____________________________________________

Technique: ________________________________________________

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December 30, 2017--News:  the Needlework Exhibit in Rehoboth Beach, DE will be held in September/October of 2018.
The museum's director recently wrote....."As many of you know, the Historical Society, which operates the museum, has been raising money to complete construction on the second floor. We have finally raised enough money to begin construction and we will do so beginning January 2, 2018. Construction will continue through at least the end of April, 2018. This means that the Needlework exhibit will not be held at its regular time in 2018. We will hold the exhibit in September and October of next year. This would mean drop-off dates of mid-to-late August, and opening the weekend of either Labor Day or the week after, and a pick-up the last weekend of October. One benefit of this time frame is that it moves the exhibit farther away from the Woodlawn exhibit, and gives the exhibit the chance to be seen by more visitors."
This is good news for those who participate in both exhibits (Woodlawn and Rehoboth Beach) and about the museum's 2nd floor construction. Actual exhibit dates will be published once they are known.
Rehoboth Beach, DE Museum