Our Service Projects

  • Operation Santa for Service Men and Women
  • Squares for Warm Up America
  • Blankets for Project Linus
  • Hats and Scarves for Turning Point Shelter, Monroe NC
  • Chemo Caps & Turbans for Presbyterian Hospital, Matthews NC
  • Premie and Newborn Caps for Presbyterian Hospital , Matthews NC
  • Scarves For Mens Homeless Shelter
  • Operation Helmet Liner

Thursday, March 27, 2008

A Record Breaker Stitching Meeting


The parking lot at the Mint Hill Library was nearly full this past Tuesday. One borrower made a comment to me and said, "Pretty soon you'll need a valet service." The community room was packed, 21 in attendance including me.

I was glad to see Martha who joined us for her second time. She was working on a beautiful pineapple afghan and at the same time instructing a first time attendee. Martha brought several issues of crochet and crafts magazines that date back to the 50's. Some of the titles included: Coats & Clark's Quick Tricks, The Workbasket, Crochet Digest and Pack-O-Fun.

We are still receiving red scarves to be donated to children in the community. The response of all who have participated has been inspiring. There is still time to turn those in during the month of April.

There was some wonderful stitching going on during this meeting as you can appreciate in the following pictures. Click on the colored text to view the picture.

Janet has been working on a beautiful butterfly quilt for her daughter's birthday on April 5th. Janet also worked on her cross stitch lighthouse scene.

Brenda, a newcomer, brought a crochet pillow she was working on. Her friend is a basketball fan, so she cross stitched his name on the pillow.

Barb completed her crochet market bag.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Busy Crafters Celebrate National Craft Month

PhotobucketMarch has been declared National Craft Month. Our terrific ladies came to celebrate and learn from one another. One of the questions that people ask me every now and then is: "Do you have to know how to crochet or knit to come to Stitch In?" My answer is always the same: "No, not at all." Books are a big help, but there is nothing like getting one on one training. I see this happen quite often during our meetings.

Phyllis, one of our regulars brought her own projects to work on and she also took time to teach Pam how to crochet. Pam learned about Mint Hill Stitch In while shopping at Michaels for the book Vanna's Choice, Color it Beautiful Afghans. Deidre, another new face will bring something to work on next meeting.

I spotted Chris working on a garter stitch scarf . Garter stitch is created by knitting all rows. Chris used a large knitting needle to create a lacy effect.

Jill B. continued to work on her Paint the Town Red scarf which she will donate to children in the community. Speaking of red scarves, several more were turned in. Mine has been completed but requires blocking due to the zig zag pattern I chose.


Julie shared the system she uses to organize the DMC floss by project. She purchased this system at Hobby Lobby at a great price.

The refreshments served were delicious and included a grasshopper cake, pistachios, green cupcakes made with Shelia's Amish Friendship starter.

Everyone made progress in their current projects as you can see by the pictures that follow:

Shelia worked on a baby blanket for charity.

Here's a sample of crochet scarfs for our Service men and women.

A basket weave scarf pattern in progress.

More red scarves.

A wool scarf for a service man or woman.