Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Oriental Butterfly Class - 1/27/16

January 27, 2016--Signed up to take an ANG CyberPointers Chapter workshop called Oriental Butterfly taught and designed by Ann Strite-Kurz.  The class begins April 1st and runs through June 1st of this year.  I'm now ready--just purchased some beautiful teal/aqua threads to use in this project.

Oriental Butterfly by Ann Strite-Kurz Project Photo

Oriental Butterfly Threads 

Monday, January 18, 2016

My Stitching Post (aka Happy Chair) - Updated 1/18/16

January 18, 2016--I've been browsing through storage container and craft stores to find something that has a few small but deep drawers on the bottom, and a larger drawer or space on top to hold my needlepoint tools and other stuff needed for stitching (including eyeglass cleaner, hand cream, etc.).  Maybe even something like a very large jewelry box.  This is to clean up the mess that resides to the right of me on my loveseat.

When I told DH about my dilemma, he said wait--I may have just the thing in the garage that would work.  And lo and behold he did and it works perfectly.  It's not pretty, but will be very easy to move into another room when we have guests.   Now compare this picture with the one further down from November's posting.

PS  The recliner is in the up position so you can see how easily my K's Creations floor stand can be maneuvered to where I stitch.

New Container for Stuff--Nice and Neat
November 10, 2014--I love seeing pictures of needlepoint nooks, happy chairs, etc. that many bloggers write about, so I thought I'd say something about mine.

My stitching haunt is on a leather love seat/recliner located in my living room.   Here I can happily stitch while keeping DH company, watch television, look out through the windows unto our lovely back yard and gardens; plug myself in to listen to audio books; make telephone calls, etc., etc., etc.

As you can see, I have the required floor stand (a K's Creation); an Ott floor lamp; a side table to hold my PC, iPad and iPhone; needlepoint magazines and reference books; and a basket and bin next to me on the love seat to hold my various needlepoint accouterments.   However, these days I'm more on the road than in my chair, so it is calling to me.  Soon, soon, I'll be ensconced in my favorite seat working on my favorite past time.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Heart Santa Ornament - 1/17/2016

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.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Candy Swirl Santa by Janet Zickler Casey - 1/14/16

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?

See the In Process Projects page on the right for a look at the project photo.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Rehoboth Beach Museum 6th Annual Needlework Exhibition

January 11, 2016--The Rehoboth Beach, DE Museum, has just announced its 6th Annual Needlework Exhibition from March 19 through May 22, 2016.  Below are the Exhibition Details and Entry Form.

Come early for your beach vacation and visit the museum at the same time.

Please note if you plan on exhibiting (and I hope you do), your pieces must be submitted between February 26th and March 13th.    If you have any questions, please comment below.   I have worked as a volunteer at the exhibit for the last 5 years as well as having entered pieces of needlepoint as an exhibitor.

Rehoboth Beach Museum
6th Annual Needlework Exhibition
March 19, 2016 through May 22, 2016

On behalf the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society

Entries accepted February 26 through March 13, 2016

Exhibition details


March 19 through May 22, 2016


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


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

DAILY ADMISSION FEES: Exhibitors only may visit the museum for free. Admission is by donation for all others.


There will be a closing reception for exhibitors May 22 from Noon to 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served. You may pick up your work then.


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


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 March 13, 2016. 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 February 25, 2016. Please make checks payable to the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society. Walk-in entries are accepted February 26  through March 13, 2016, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. NOTE: The Museum is closed Tuesdays through Thursdays. No entries will be accepted after March 13, 2016. Entries must be picked up by May 26 , 2016.

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

_____ 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 or use your own.

Name of Stitcher: __________________________________________
Title of Piece: _____________________________________________
Technique: ________________________________________________

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Title of Piece: _____________________________________________
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Title of Piece: _____________________________________________
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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Shingles Ornament Updated 1/3/16

January 3, 2016--Just now added cording to this piece, making it into a really lovely ornament.

Shingles Ornament Completed
November 3, 2015--Earlier this year Gay Ann Rogers, a well known needlework designer, developed a serious case of shingles which kept her down for many months.  She wrote about her experience, encouraging everyone to get the shingles shot and share stories about shingles which she later published on her web site (link below).   For each story sent to Gay Ann, the sender received free instructions for the Shingles Ornament she designed (my story is number 52).  I have completed the stitching of this beautiful ornament and will have it finished similar to the style shown on her web site.

Note:  Gay Ann reports she has closed this offer and the Shingles Ornament is no longer available.  But no fear, she has many, many other beautiful designs offered for sale in the Spring and Fall.

Shingles Ornament

Friday, January 1, 2016

Ort Collection

January 1, 2016--My first post of the year and it's all about orts.  I did a little needlepointing in the 70's and 80's, but didn't start up again until 2009.  Since then, I've been saving all the leftover bits and pieces from completed projects--six years worth--transferring them from my blue and white ort box to a zip lock baggie.   I plan on using these orts to stuff a medium size pillow, needlepointing the front to say ORTS in grand and colorful letters.  The top will have a zipper so I may keep stuffing the pillow with orts from future projects.

Wishing everyone a happy and joyous 2016 with lots of orts in your future.

Ort Collection 2009 - 2015
PS - I can see a lot of yellow and brown/red wool threads in the bag which came from stitching a Mt. Vernon seat cover.  A true labor of love which I wrote about in my Mt. Vernon, VA Seat Cushion blog.