Angel Completed


 My angel is completed. I love the design and think she is cute as a button. She is from ABS Designs, Anne Stradal designer ( or (

I will make some changes in the next one I stitch, but this one needs to fly off ASAP to bring a smile to my friend. Next time, I would change the panel down the center, definitely should not be pink. I also wonder if an overdye would not be just as effective as the two colors used in the overskirt? I am going to look for a “breast cancer” small print fabric to finish her…any suggestions?

Notice I have not given her a name? I have mixed emotions about giving her a name. My Grandmother used to say that dolls did not need faces because the person that received the doll would see her face and that would become her name. But I always stitch the face first because I think that gives her a personality and usually a name for me. But this time, no name came to me until today when I photographed her. Abagail, came to mind but when I explored my mind to find out why that name came to mind I did not like the thoughts that came to me. I decided I should start with “A” and then I could stitch others for those who might need an angel. I do pray that this is not an omen, and that I need only stitch very few of them. Maybe we all should see if we could stitch something for a breast cancer awareness auction. Does anyone know of such an auction that we could stitch a breast cancer canvas and all the money would go to breast cancer research? I’m game for this.


How I spent my week-end

I took the week-end off from computer work and played.  I stitched, frog stitched and stitched some more…I made progress.
Saturdays progressSunday's progress


I took my angel to a guild stitch-in and asked them if they could see the differences in the gold wings and halo. The consensus was it was not different but appeared that way because the difference in threads (halo is ribbon and wings are braid) and the different angles of the stitches. I’ll take their word for it, sometimes I think we are too critical of our own work.
 I love guild stitch-ins; you get to see so many enabling canvases. Mile High Princess has two 4th of July canvases that would be so-o-o-o cute on my mantle MHP: LD 4 and 5 (cannot find pictures online),  Sharon G Riviera Row  ( , lot of Christmas ornaments and of course a few pieces from Calloway Gardens Needle Arts (

I love to look at everything, it is so interesting to me that many woman have the same interest and yet such different taste in style, color and method of stitching. As a Catholic priest once told me about Catholics: “Catholic is not better than just different from.”  That is true of many things and especially our needlework…none is more correct than another, just different from.

If you would like another exercise in not better than but different from…join Gay Ann Rodgers ( on her web site and pick you favorite background…and then if not a member join Shinning Needle Society (SNS) and weigh in on your favorites and why. Membership to SNS is open to all stitchers, for membership, write to .  I think it has been very interesting, some of my favorites have changed and some of my favorites others do not like at all. Another not better than…just different from.

Another thing I did this week-end was to figure out my way around my Facebook page. I obviously joined in September 2008 to be part of The Needlework Retailer. Then I kept getting invitations to be a friend, but since I didn’t think I had a Facebook account I never responded. My Grandson, Josh told me I had an account but I thought it was just because he used my computer. Well, I do have an account, I do have friends but ya know what? I can barely keep up with a blog and email. So if you need to contact me, phone still the best or email  . I will always prefer to hear the voice of friend or family and I do read my emails…and I guess now occasionally I will open my Facebook account just to see what is going on.

Now I need to get startd on making my Valentine cards for my Grandkids and get them in the mail!


To compute or stitch?

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Still working on my ABS Angel…I think she is so cute. Everyday life seems to be keeping me from as much stitching as I would like. Also, does anyone else notice the difference in the gold on the left wing? Right wing seems to be alright. This is really strange since all the thread is coming off the same spool. The right wing is a different gold than the halo too. Yet both have the same number, one is a ribbon and the other a braid but that should not make a difference. Oh well, maybe my eyes are just playing tricks on me.

I have another computer project I am working on and today it dawned on me next week is Valentine’s Day and I haven’t stitched heart one. May just have to miss the cupid day  this year and concentrate on St. Pat’s Day.

And then life seems to intervene also…Our Grandson Josh who lives with us sprained his ankle yesterday. At 8:15 (long before a doctor’s office was open) got a call from Josh’s High School. He had twisted his ankle and the nurse thought it should be x-rayed. 3 hours later at a local hospital emergency room, sure enough it was broken. Not a very bad break, the tendon has separated from the bone, they called it an emulsion fracture. But they did immobilize his foot and give him crutches. All of a sudden I noticed him grinning from ear to ear…asked him what was so funny and he said, “I have crutches…these are girl magnets.” Oh to be a teen ager again!

And today was beautiful in the midwest…70 degrees a bit windy but who cares. It was a taste of spring! Had the doors and windows open to get the house aired out.  I know we will pay for this but it was worth every degree! I know I heard that dreaded 4 letter word from one of the weathermen, but I am ignoring it.

Also finally succumbed to Facebook and opened an account. I still don’t know why I need it, but I’ll check it every so ofter and one of these days maybe even spend some time figuring out what’s so great about Facebook. I did join JODY DESIGNS Needlepoint Group. It’s open to all stitchers and looks like it will be fun. I just need a couple days to explore and Josh to show me around. Young people know everything about this new technology.

Tomorrow I am off to stitch with guild friends and so now I need to get back to the computer.