The ANG Workshop by Mail program provides a unique, limited-time opportunity to obtain instructions from leading designers for pieces not available on the retail market. This program is designed to be relaxed and unstructured. There is no need for a computer, no discussion list, no classroom and no deadline. This is simply a project you can enjoy at your leisure. A workshop by Mail project is also well suited for a chapter program, with each student purchasing the instructions and providing his or her own stitching materials.

Baker’s Dozen designed by Michele Roberts

Baker’s Dozen is the name of the current Workshop by Mail project. It is available until January 31, 2015.This project was designed by Michelle Roberts. Michele specializes in historical research, ecclesiastical designs, stumpwork, and goldwork. She is an EGA Graduate Teacher, a Fiber Forum juried member, an ANG Senior Master Teacher, with Royal School of Needlework Certification with Distinction and Cities and Guilds Certification in Stumpwork. She received the NAN Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

She has taught and lectured at many seminars, including ANG, EGA, NAN, Callaway Gardens, National Altar Guild, and art museums; conducted online CyberWorkshops and Workshops by Mail, written books and articles, and won awards in the US and the UK.

This project consists of 12 plus a bonus to make a baker’s dozen of ornaments with interesting specimen stitches popularized by two great designers, Mary Rhodes and Jean Hilton. You can use any color, any thread, and any size canvas! Bust out your stash!

The first goal of this project is to learn the 13 special specimen stitches. These stitches can be incorporated into ornaments of the shape of your choice or simply worked as notebook specimens.

The second goal is to bust your stash. Each ornament uses about 3 to 5 yards of metallic and 12 to 15 yards of background thread. Spare beads, pearls, crystals and buttons can be added for emphasis.

The third goal is to learn additional techniques, such as attaching beads and crystals, working with rayon, nylon, and silk ribbons of varying widths, and basic finishing.

This is a stash buster project! The models were stitched with leftover rayon, silk, nylon, and metallic ribbons, different sizes of metallic braids, plus a few pearls, beads, crystals, and a baby button. Even the mesh size is your choice. Models were worked on 18-count, 14-count, and 10-count canvases, freely choosing between mono weave and interlock styles of canvas. Each ornament usually uses about 12 to 15 yards of background thread and 3 to 5 yards of thread for the focal point. Thread type is not important if the student chooses to work this as a notebook course, just to learn the stitches. Instruction pages contain a complete list of supplies if desired to duplicate the teacher’s choices.

Registration Dates: October 1, 2014 - January 31, 2015

Payment: The fee schedule is as follows:

$40 (Electronic distribution via e-mail)
$50 (Paper copy mailed within the United States)
$55 (Paper copy mailed outside of the United States)

The preferred method of distribution for this project is a pdf file e-mailed to the registrant.

All Payments are final.
You must be a member of ANG to register.

Registration Process:

  1. To pay by credit card using Authorize.net use the link below. You do not need to mail or fax a filled out registration form if you pay via Authorize.net. The Registrar will receive your registration information directly from Authorize.net. (Authorize.net accepts all major credit cards.

    1. Click here if you are paying using Authorize.net. 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 Authorize.net process.
    2. Please note that you must indicate the distribution method you want - electronic or via the U.S Postal Service.
  2. If you are not paying by Authorize.net please print out the Registration Form. Fill out the form, indicating your payment method and your distribution method. Then use one of our mail-in options:
    1. To pay by check or money order, mail your filled-out registration form to the address below and include your check or money order made payable to ANG. Please include your membership number on your check.
    2. To pay by credit card directly to AND (ANG accepts MasterCard or Visa), mail your filled-out registration form and payment information to the address below, or fax the form to the fax number below.
    3. Click here for the registration.

AND Workshop by Mail
2424 American Lane
Madison, WI 53704-3102
Fax: 608-443-2474

Your completed registration form and check or credit card information must be postmarked or faxed, or your Authorize.net purchase must be made by January 31, 2015.

Electronic Distribution: If you have not received and email with the instructions within two weeks, please notify the Registrar at WorkshopByMailRegistrar@needlepoint.org. After January 31, 2015 the online files will no longer be accessible.

Mailing: Orders will be filled once each month. If you have not received your instructions within six weeks of registering, please notify the Registrar at WorkshopByMailRegistrar@needlepoint.org. After January 31, 2015 copies of the instruction booklet will not be available.

Questions: If you have any questions about ANG’s Workshop by Mail, send an email to the program Chairman at WorkshopByMail@needlepoint.org or to the Registrar mailing address.