Margaret Kinsey’s Butterfly Circle


Join our CyberWorkshop in creating the beautiful Butterfly Circle. It is stitched using silk and metal thread embroidery, and canvaswork techniques. It is worked on Congress cloth.

The elegant butterfly is created with Au ver a Soie soie de Paris silks in purples. The flowers are also worked in soie de Paris silks. There are canvas stitches as well as surface embroidery stitches used in the flowers. Accentuate and assorted metallic threads, including twists, cords and Japanese metals with 15° Japanese seed beads are also worked in the design. The background is the Ming pattern using basketweave and variation. The background thread is 6-stranded cotton and blending filament.

The design is a motif adapted from a woven Noh costume of 17th century Japan.

Techniques include needle painting, couching, padded satin over card with DMC six-strand cotton floss, slanted and interlocking Gobelin, brick stitch, stem, the Ming and 4-way continental.

This piece is designed with the beginner to intermediate stitcher in mind. Enjoy the adventure of silk and metal on Congress Cloth. An optional kit will be available.

Butterfly Circle registration will be open from March 1, 2015 through April 30, 2015. The workshop will start July 1, 2015.

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Level: Basic Intermediate
Time: Five months
Design Size:

4.75" circle

Schedule for Posting of Lessons:

To give students time to work each portion before the next lesson is released, lessons will be posted on July 1st, August 2st, September 6st, October 4st and November 8th.

For details on threads and other supplies, see the Materials List Page.

The "classroom" for the ANG CyberWorkshop will be a dedicated e-mail list where the teacher will post the lessons (text only) and students can post questions and comments about the class. In addition, the teacher may post visual aids (stitched samples, expanded charts, etc.). The e-mail list will be created after registration closes. Based on past experience, the amount of traffic on this e-mail list varies throughout the class. At the beginning of the class, students can expect to receive more than a dozen messages on some days. As the class continues, there are usually significantly fewer messages. The class fee includes access to the dedicated e-mail list. Because the class lessons will be posted to this e-mail list, students participating in an ANG CyberWorkshop must have a unique e-mail address.

Please note: a minimum level of computer knowledge is required. You should know how to use your e-mail program and how to access a password-protected Web site. ANG is not responsible for teaching these skills.

You will be getting email from the teacher, the angel, and other students in the class. You may not recognize the email addresses from which the messages have been sent, but all will have a subject line that clearly identifies the message as being part of the CyberWorkshop. DO NOT put blocks on any of these addresses. If you do not wish to receive the CyberWorkshop messages at your regular address, please set up a separate account at one of the free Web-based e-mail services, and make sure that the Class Angel has that address.

Registration ends on April 30, 2015. The first lesson will be posted on July 1, 2015. This will be a five-month workshop. There will not be a critique at the end of the workshop.

Prices for This CyberWorkshop:

U.S. Members:

Class fees and instruction book: $105.00

Class fees, instruction book, kit, and postage: $186.00

Auditing: $60.00 (No instructions book or kit will be provided. This option is designed for a student who has taken this class previously and would like to join the CyberWorkshop in order to benefit from the added instruction.)

Canadian and International Members:

Class fees and instruction book: $105.00

Class fees, instruction book, kit, and postage: $205.00

Auditing: $60.00 (No instructions book or kit will be provided. This option is designed for a student who has taken this class previously and would like to join the CyberWorkshop in order to benefit from the added instruction.)

You can pay by (using your credit card), check (made out to ANG), or Master Card or Visa (sent by postal mail or fax)

All payments are final.

You must be an ANG member to participate. Please include your membership number when registering for the class. If you are mailing in your registration, a copy of the mailing label from your most recent copy of Needle Pointers should be included, if possible. If you are not a brand-new member, please contact the Membership Office to find out your number.

If you are not currently an ANG member and wish to participate in this CyberWorkshop, you can join ANG. You may include payment for membership using any of the payment methods below, and the form at Join ANG.

Brand-new members: If paying for your new ANG membership by, once you've added a membership to your shopping cart, please return to this page, enter "00000" as your membership number, and add the CyberWorkshop to your cart. If you will be paying for your new ANG membership in some other way, please insert "NEW MEMBER" in the ANG Membership Number box on the CyberWorkshop Registration Printout Form (link is below).

You will receive an e-mail from the Class Angel after your registration is processed. If you have not heard from the Angel within 14 days of mailing or faxing your registration form, send an email to the Class Angel.

If you have questions about the class or registration, send an email to the Class Angel Kristi Herbrand.

Registration Process:

  • To pay by credit card using, use the link below. You do not need to mail or fax a filled-out Registration Form if you pay via The Registrar will receive your registration information directly from ( accepts all major credit cards or allows you to transfer funds from your bank account.)
  • Click here if you are paying using Your username is the email address ANG has on file for you and if you do not know your username or password, you can retrieve it on the first page of the process.

Please note that postage differs for U.S. and International Members. Please select the correct payment section according to your shipping address.

  • If you are not paying by, please print out the Registration Form. Fill out the form, indicating your payment method. Then use one of our mail-in payment options:
    • To pay by check, mail your filled-out registration form to the address below and include your check made out to ANG. Please include your ANG membership number on your check.
    • To pay by credit card directly to ANG (ANG accepts MasterCard or Visa), mail your filled-out registration form and payment information to the address below, or fax them to the fax number below.
    • Click here for the form.

ANG CyberWorkshop
2424 American Lane
Madison, WI  53704-3102
Fax: 608-443-2474

Your completed registration form and check or credit card information must be received, by April 30, 2015.