September/October 2015

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

From the President’s Desk
submitted by Cathe McEnerney, President

October already...time is flying, time has flown!

Fall programs are starting up and Seminar is suddenly here, preparations are in full swing and cyberspace is full of the work of ANG!!

In the midst of 2015 it is, for many of us, actually 2016 as we work on preparing the New Orleans Seminar Brochure for publication in January, and on your January issue projects and articles. The Seminar awards issue that you are used to receiving in January will be delayed this year until March to give our volunteers and publisher time to do justice to the Exhibit award winners! We are so very fortunate to have members who volunteer their time and abilities working on our magazine and publications - each time you receive an issue, send them a good wish or even a thank you! They surely deserve both!! Remember, we’ve instituted a Glad You Asked column for questions that concern you, our members, so send those along as well!!!

These are exciting times for ANG. Our auction at Seminar is about to go live, and I hope you and your friends are planning to join us there at . We have everything from exquisitely finished items to incredible canvases! With stitchers and finishers all the way from California to Virginia contributing their time and talent, we surely have an item that you will want to take home, or have sent to you. Many thanks to Pat Rogers and to all the volunteers who are bringing the Auction to all of ANG and beyond! Yes, that’s right - if you have a friend who isn’t a member but who has admired your stitching, invite them to join us at the Auction too! It is open to all, and we hope to see you there. It’s a coast-to-coast event and we want you to help us put the fun in fundraising for ANG!

With so much happening around me, I can only marvel at the dedication and care with which our volunteers work for ANG! Being stitched in to their lives is a gift that I am honored to receive. Join us in this work and be stitched in...

Have you got your NOLA on?
submitted by Cathe McEnerney, President

That’s right, ANG is headed to New Orleans in August of 2016, and the “Parade of Stitches” promises to be one that you don’t want to miss!!! Early Registration begins on Sunday, September 27th at Seminar in Myrtle Beach and will be online as well, under the Seminar tab. Please note that class pictures will not be there right away, as the photographs are taken at Seminar, but the descriptions will be there, and we promise that the pictures will be uploaded as soon as they are available.

This Early Registration period will be open until Friday October 30th. Notification of class enrollment will be sent to you by Thanksgiving along with your invoice. The Package and Kit fee balance is due to ANG by January 25th.

The General Registration period will open in January of 2016 with the receipt of your Seminar Brochure and close on April 11th.

We hope you’ll enjoy these incredible class offerings regardless of which registration period you participate in!!

Golden Needle Society - Progress to Date
submitted by Diane Trobaugh, Chairman, Development Committee

Drum roll please! Thanks to so many generous individuals, chapters, and businesses, we have received donations and pledges that amount to over 50% of our $500,000 goal to grow the ANG Endowment Fund. They say the first half of any such campaign is the easiest, so we need your help to reach the goal to ensure the future of our beloved organization. If you haven’t yet given, please take a minute and make a donation. If you’ve made a donation, won’t you please consider giving again? Donations can be mailed to American Needlepoint Guild, Inc., 2424 American Lane, Madison, WI 53704-3102 or faxed to (608) 443-2474. Remember, you can make your donation in honor or in memory of someone. Please be sure to indicate how you wish to be acknowledged in ANG publications. Your donation can make a difference!

New! Cyberworkshop: Mexican Rose by Carol Algie Higginbotham
submitted by Dawn Clark, CyberWorkshop Chairman

Using a quilt pattern named Mexican Rose, and the national colors of Mexico as our inspiration, we will interpret it in needlepoint. The stitcher will use basic canvas stitches and 5 values of floss in each color to experiment with shading the piece. We will learn to combine values to make 5 values into 9 values and observe the effect this creates. The center ribbon area is enhanced with ribbon roses using woven roses, scrunched flowers, padded buds, and leaves. Floss, metallic braid, and silk ribbon are all used in this design.

The design size is 8 ¼” x 8 ¼” on #18 white mono canvas.

A complete materials list will be provided. Students will also have the option of purchasing a kit that includes all threads as well as the #18 mono canvas.

This is an Advanced Intermediate level workshop lasting four months. Registration will be open October 1, 2015 - November 30, 2015. The workshop will start February 1, 2016.

For more information, go to :

Workshop by Mail: Rose in Stained Glass by Carol Algie Higginbotham
submitted by Cathie Pankowski, Chairman Workshop by Mail

This is the new piece for the next few months. It is a lovely delicate piece. This piece is designed to combine the needlework techniques of canvas embroidery and pulled thread using a design based on stained glass. It incorporates some of the effects that you see in surface embroidery. We will work some areas in block shading and some areas in soft shading along with the pulled thread panels representing the clear glass areas. The design is worked on Congress cloth using floss, pearl cotton, and Kreinik braid.

Carol Algie Higginbotham is an EGA certified teacher in blackwork and a Japanese Embroidery Center approved teacher of traditional Japanese embroidery. She has taught for over 35 years locally and at regional and national seminars for EGA, ANG, TNNA, and for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The deadline for registration for this pattern is January 31, 2016.

Correspondence Courses: Sahara Spring and Snap Shot
submitted by Melita Glavin, Chairman of Correspondence Courses

Sahara Spring by Cindy Valentine

Students will learn 24 different stitches as they work Cynthia Valentine’s Sahara Spring, a contemporary band sampler that can be framed or finished as a bellpull. The focus will be on the threads, stitches, and textures they create, as well as using positive and negative space. Each band is clearly charted and stitch diagrams are provided. Experimentation with various threads and colors is highly encouraged. There are two stitched examples provided, and suggestions are made as to sizes and types of thread that could be used. Tips are given to improve color sense, perfect stitching ability, and properly cut for Hardanger.

Snap Shot by Ellen Emanuel

Display your photo memory with Ellen Emanuel’s Snap Shot, a photo frame for a 2” X 3” photo. The center area is worked using black and white DMC #5 pearl cotton with Neon Rays woven spiders. The five borders are worked using Oyster (gray) Silk & Ivory, white and black DMC #5 pearl cotton, gray Anchor #5 pearl cotton, and white beads. Students will be introduced to basketweave, straight stitches, cross stitches, and diagonal stitches. The instructions include finishing as a freestanding picture frame with a stand using cardboard, and finishing the outer edge with cording.

For further information about how to register for all CCs, go to

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

Lorraine Mihalovic for Florentine Fleur de Lys
Donna Biggs for Goldwork Oak Leaf and Acorns
Marian Kingsbury for Orchids For My Lady
Janet Manrot for Thistle and Kilt: Goldwork and Plaid

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

Did you know that not all appraisals are done just for antique or vintage needlework? There are various reasons one might need an appraisal. Perhaps you are interested in selling or purchasing an embroidery. Maybe you have something you intend to donate to a specific organization. A very common reason is for insurance value.

Those of us that exhibit needlework, including teachers that travel with their teaching pieces, should strongly consider an appraisal for insurance. While you will not gain back the time you spent creating your needlework, at least the value of it will be covered in case of flood, fire, or loss in transit.

Our NeedleArts Appraisal Program trains our accredited appraisers how to determine the best type of appraisal for each client, along with how to research the value to determine the best and most appropriate appraisal value to place on your needlework.

If you would like more information, please contact our NAP Chairman at

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

As fall and winter approach, the El Niño affected weather prediction is for snow, cold temperatures, and blustery conditions. Why not use this time in the house during the cold to try something new.....The Master Needle Artist Program. The only requirements are that you stitch at the Advanced Intermediate Level and that you want to explore your artistic side in needlepoint. Create Art with an original design. For more information contact the Chair, Cindy Durston at I look forward to your inquiries. 

Life Signets ANG Merchandise
submitted by Lisa Crespo, President Elect

Life Signets has been making special ANG merchandise for years. Available are Seminar, Logo, Artist Series charms, and an ANG pen. Check out these links for more information and ordering.

Amazon Smile
submitted by Lisa Crespo, President Elect

Are you an Amazon user? If so, consider making your purchases from Amazon Smile benefiting ANG on eligible purchases.

submitted by Cathe McEnerney, President

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