December 2014

The ANG E-NEWSLETTER is a bi-monthly publication designed to help keep you informed about ANG's programs and activities.

News from the President
submitted by Cathe McEnerney, President

It’s a season of thanksgiving and I am counting my blessings...

A new website is underway and I’m thrilled to be able to update you on its progress. The Board of Directors approved a website redesign project last spring and contracted with Aardvark Web Works LLC to carry out the work. It is, of course, a massive project. We anticipate that the new website will be tested and available to our members after the start of 2015. Please know that we are working hard to make this happen as quickly and as seamlessly as possible. I want to thank Jenny Ross, our Internet Chairman, for her work in coordinating this project for the Board, and to thank all our Chairmen and volunteers who have reviewed, revised and rewritten the pages of data on our site.

We are also very grateful to all our members who supported this project at the Seminar Auction in August by donating directly to help defray the cost of this major project. If you support this project we hope you too will consider a donation -- while the Board budgeted carefully to make this happen, we appreciate any and all help to achieve our goal, a new and updated, mobile accessible, attractive web site for ANG! Contributions may be sent to ANG at 2424 American Lane, Madison, WI 53704-3102, just mark your check for Website Redesign and thank you from the over 7,000 members of ANG!

Did you ever wonder why or what about ANG?? Beginning in 2015 we are adding a section to Needle Pointers entitled “Glad You Asked” and I hope that you’ll send me your questions, comments and concerns to respond to! I know you have questions and I want to answer them! Send your comments to with the subject line of Glad You Asked...then look for responses to begin appearing in the March issue.

Are you starting to think about the holidays ahead and gifts for your stitcher friends? If you are, please consider the ANG “Stitch” magnet - available exclusively from ANG at a cost of $20, the entire proceeds of the sale will help support not only the web project but also the many educational and organizational needs of our organization. Magnets can be ordered through the website or by mail, or by calling 608-443-2476!

Remember too that we have gift certificates available - use for a membership, or for one of our outstanding distance learning programs! Another meaningful gift for yourself or your friends!

Make each day one that is filled with the joy of friendship and needle - stitch yourself into ANG!

Seminar Update
submitted by Barbara A Richardson, ANG Seminar Coordinator

Preparations are well underway for the 2015 Myrtle Beach Seminar. South and North Carolina chapters have been busy stitching the ribbon centers and teacher nametags. I have also visited all chapters that are participating in working on this Seminar. It has been great to visit with the members and be able to answer their many questions.

If you did not do early registration - don’t worry - you still have time when the Seminar brochure comes out to choose your classes. Hope all of you will consider entering a piece into the exhibit, as this is always a great way to show the members and public what needlepoint is all about. Not all can win ribbons, but all can enjoy the display and admire the work that has gone into a piece. Plus, for me it gets me motivated to go home and get out another project and stitch after seeing what others have done with a similar piece.

Two new items for this year

  1. A member nametag to purchase. The kit will include a 6x8 canvas 18 count, line drawn/color washed, 3 brass charms and instructions.

  2. A special ribbon will be given for the best embellishment in memory of Beth Robertson.

Work has already begun for the 2016 Seminar in New Orleans. The theme will be “Parade of Stitches.” I have contacted the Louisiana chapter presidents about helping with Seminar. If you are interested in helping for New Orleans there are lots of opportunities from stitching teacher nametags, specialty ribbon centers, chairing and working in the exhibit or hospitality area.

The California chapters are gathering information for the 2017 Seminar in Anaheim. Currently we are working on a theme and then work will begin on the logo.

Seminar 2016 will be at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, August 26 - September 2, 2016. Seminar 2017 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove, CA, August 25 - September 1, 2017

If you are interested in helping with either of these Seminars, please contact me for additional information.

I’m looking forward to working with everyone.

How Can You Support ANG Every Time You Shop, at No Cost to You?
submitted by Diane Trobaugh, Chairman, Development Committee

American Needlepoint Guild Inc

It’s very simple! Have you heard of Amazon? Do you shop on Amazon? Well, now you can shop at where you’ll find the exact same selection, prices, and convenience of shopping on and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. You can use your existing account on AmazonSmile, if you have one, or create a new account if you don’t. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, before you start shopping, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases-we hope it will be ANG! Then every time you make an eligible purchase on AmazonSmile a donation will result.

Here’s what you do-it’s really easy:

Go to

Enter your e-mail address and Amazon password

A screen comes up with charities being promoted - do not select this

Go to the box marked “Pick your own charitable organization” and enter American Needlepoint Guild Inc.

Hit select

A screen with a list of charities comes up

Select American Needlepoint Guild - Madison, WI from the list and hit select

The next screen states you are registered

Now go shopping!

Don’t forget, when you want to shop on Amazon, go to Products eligible for donations are marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages.

Thank you for supporting ANG in this new and innovative way.

CyberWorkshop Registration Opening Soon!: Ladybug Tea by Sandra Arthur
submitted by Dawn Clark, CyberWorkshop Chairman

This is a happy and colorful project. Students will be provided a canvas that is line-drawn and partially painted on #14 Zweigart mono canvas. The finished design area is approximately 11.5”x13.”

A wide variety of stitches and techniques will keep those stitching fingers busy and the mind focused. Some stitches included are the packed stem stitch, staggered chain, alternating square Rhodes, mosaic, padded satin, Victorian step, cashmere, and more. Techniques involved include needle weaving, combination stitches, creating ribbon rosettes, couching threads, and couching ribbon with oblong cross stitches.

Students will have the choice of using threads from their stash or purchasing from their local needlework shop. While the changing of colors is very limited and not really recommended, there is some flexibility with the borders on which the little ladybugs are traveling. The yellow background could become blue to offer a sky effect or a darker green or brown to offer a landscape type effect.

The fibers used on the model to help create dimension and texture include Watercolours, Anchor or DMC floss and pearl cotton, Splendor Silk, Fuzzy Stuff, Treasure Ribbon, Precious Metals and Linen, Ribbon Floss and Shimmer Blend, and sewing thread.

Additional embellishments include size 8 black seed beads for spots, brads for rosette centers, and 3/8” red ribbon with black dots for borders, rosettes, and bow for the Ladybug.

Registration for this workshop will be open January 1 through February 28, 2015. This six-month class will start May 1, 2015.

For more information, go to

Workshop by Mail: Baker’s Dozen by Michele Roberts
submitted by Cathie Pankowski, Chairman Workshop by Mail

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. Michelle is a well-known national teacher. 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 in 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, # 14, and #10 canvases. 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.

The deadline for registration for Baker’s Dozen is January 31, 2015. Note: ANG’s preferred method of distribution for this project is electronic, via weekly e-mail. If you prefer to receive a paper copy of the instructions you must indicate this on your registration form. Paper copies are distributed once a month.

To order, follow the instructions on the ANG web site. You must be a current ANG member to order this pattern. This pattern costs: $40 for and electronic distribution; $50 for a paper copy mailed within the United States; $55 for a paper copy mailed outside of the United States.

Correspondence Courses: Holiday Montage and A Gordian Knot
submitted by Melita Glavin, Chairman of Correspondence Courses

This is a great time to start stitching Holiday Montage or A Gordian Knot!!

Create an elegant memento of the holiday season with Holiday Montage. Cara Hayes suggests you be the designer by selecting from among 13 bands! The width is six inches, while the piece will vary in length according to the selected bands. You may work the 12-band, 21-inch long model pictured. This unique charted canvas work piece is a contemporary sampler worked on #18 eggshell canvas with metallic gold accents. Techniques in traditional canvaswork, beadwork, contemporary stitch variations, and Assisi type embroidery are presented. More than 36 stitch patterns generate the motifs that are worked using ribbon floss, beads, silk ribbon, wool, cotton, and metallic threads. The required $83 kit includes the canvas, beads, beading threads, and instruction booklet. The $89 optional complete thread kit does not include the items in the required kit.

The focal point of A Gordian Knot by Rachel Atkinson is an interlaced knot without beginning or end, like the one tied by Gordius, king of Phrygia. This intriguing, interlaced knot is worked on #18 canvas using a variety of cotton, rayon, and metallic threads. The knot’s eight canvas stitch patterns are worked in diagonal rows surrounded by four pulled thread patterns in the background area. Bead embellishments add another textural element. A border done in the student’s choice of composite patterns completes the design. The required $50 kit includes the text, #18 gray canvas, threads, and seed beads.

For further information about how to register for all Correspondence Courses, go to ANG Home Page, click on Educational Opportunities, and then Correspondence Courses or click on

I would like to congratulate the following students, on receipt of the Correspondence Course Certificates, for the completion of their courses:

Maria Holmes-Perez for Buttons and Bric-A-Brac

Elizabeth Ellicott for Ghost Dancer

NeedleArts Appraisal Program (NAP)
submitted by Cindy Lee Gershin, Chairman

One of the questions asked when someone is interested in the NAP is what type of skills are needed to become a needleart appraiser.

We look for candidates that have some of the following interests.

  • an interest in learning about all types of needlework
  • an interest in history
  • willing to do research
  • detailed oriented
  • able to write detailed reports

Remember that all these skills can be developed. We do not require anyone to be able to do all of this before entering the program. The NAP is designed in multiple levels to help you learn all the skills required to research and write appraisal reports.

If it sounds interesting to you, then you are the type of candidate we are looking for!

Please contact for more information.

Master Needle Artist Program (MNA)
submitted by Cindy Durston, Chairman MNA

Fall is in her glory and winter is fast approaching. Consider this, entering the Master Needle Artist Program and being creative over the winter months. This program is one that develops the artist within you and lets you explore an area of interest that is art related. Once you have written a short thesis the next step is to create and original piece of needle art based upon your research. Begin your journey, contact the Chair of the Master Needle Artist Program today at .

submitted by Jan Herod, Nominating Committee

Are you feeling sad and let down because Seminar is over? Don’t worry, you can sign up for a committee. ANG is always looking for individuals who are passionate about needlepoint and want to get involved. Study the ANG web site for all the different committees and send in a resume to

submitted by Cathe McEnerney, President

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Has Your Personal Contact Information Changed?
submitted by ANG Internet Committee

Please contact us only if you have moved, changed your address, or need to update information in ANG's member database.

This is easy to do on the Web or by email. On the Web, go to this page and fill in the blanks. Then click the "Submit Changes" button.

To update by email, open a new message and enter this email address into the "To" line without the [ ] or spaces: database [@]

Then copy and paste the following five lines into the message body, and finish each line with your information:
Your name as it is in our records
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Your old email address
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