January/February 2016

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

A new year has begun and with it comes all the inherent hope and ambition of newness... new plans, new outcomes, new people, new projects! There is much afoot in ANG!

The new website continues to chug along in its development, much slower than I anticipated, but that is in most respects due to the volunteer nature of our organization. I’m thrilled to say that we had several members step forward at Seminar to help us move through the final stages of this development and at long last get a new website launched!

We’ve a new addition to the Parade of Stitches Seminar Faculty - I am pleased to announce that Debbie Stiehler will be joining the Embellishment Squad, Suzanne Howren, Tony Minieri, and Meredith Hahn-Willett, for their class, “Canvas Investigation I.”. Debbie is a talented designer and teacher and we’re thrilled to have her joining the Squad and hope that you will be as well!

Needle Pointers has, of course, new articles being planned and written and new projects developed. Please join me in thanking Sandy Rodgers for her many years of writing, photographic, and editorial expertise as she steps down from the Product News column responsibilities - she has been a part of our magazine and our lives and we will miss her informative and thoughtful evaluations. Though no longer a regular columnist I know that many of us look forward to seeing Sandy in the classroom, and perhaps even as a project designer in a future issue. Her dedication to needlepoint and to ANG has been a gift to us all. Thank you, Sandy!

Indeed, I want to say yet again, thank you to all of the volunteers who give of their time and their expertise to make ANG happen. So many special people doing so very much, stitching themselves into ANG and into our lives with the work that they do…we have much to look forward to in this new year!

submitted by Cathe McEnerney, President

ENCORE! ANG is launched and you will all have received information on how to register for these classes being offered in April in Denver - a smaller venue, a smaller event, but one that brings Seminar level classes and teachers to our membership in a new way. We hope to see you there!!! If not this year, then at a future ENCORE! ANG Event!

The ANG Board of Directors invites you to join us for the first Encore! Event, an ANG Regional Educational Opportunity to be held in Denver, Colorado.

  • 3 - two-day class choices.
  • All previously sold out national Seminar classes.
  • No Lottery for classes, you simply sign up for the class of your choice on a first come basis. Class space is limited so register today to get the class you want.

When: April 2-3, 2016, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Embassy Suites Denver Stapleton, 4444 North Havana Street, Denver, Colorado, 80239, 303-375-0400 For hotel reservations: call 303-375-0400 and use the code ANG

Or click here.

What: A two-day educational event featuring three of our lottery classes from Seminars Past.

  • Radishes - Jennifer Riefenberger (Kit fee $80)
  • The Mystery of Life - Sue Reed (Kit Fee $110)
  • Eek-A-Boo - Deborah Forney (Line drawn kit $285/Painted Canvas $485)

To ensure you get registered for the class you want visit to register before January 31, 2016. Any other questions can be directed to

Registrations are by signup and pre-pay on line (
Registration fees of $50 are non-refundable.
All fees must be paid in full by January 31, 2016 to secure final spot in the class.

Parade of Stitches Seminar in New Orleans - Hotel Information correction
submitted by Cathe McEnerney, President

It’s so exciting to know that there are folks already planning to join us for Seminar in New Orleans!!! Most unfortunately, the telephone number published in your Needle Pointers’ Seminar issue for the Hyatt Regency New Orleans is wrong, and for this we apologize most sincerely. 

The correct number for reservations is as follows: 1-888-421-1442. When you call in, please just refer to our group name "American Needlepoint Guild" to receive ANG’s group discount. 

All of us involved in the publication process apologize for this confusion and for any difficulties that anyone has encountered in making their reservations. I hope you are as excited about the classes being offered as we are, and that I’ll see you in New Orleans next August!

Golden Needle Society
submitted by Diane Trobaugh, Chairman, Development Committee

Can you believe it is 2016? But, let’s look back to 2015 for a minute. Thanks to 182 individuals and chapters, 2015 saw us reach and surpass the halfway mark on the 10-year capital campaign to add $500,000 to the Endowment Fund by 2022 when ANG celebrates its 50th anniversary. THANK YOU ALL for your amazing generosity!

Now, let’s look forward. There are many ways you can donate to ANG—cash, check, securities, bequest, and now we can add the IRA charitable rollover. A tax bill was recently signed into law, renewing dozens of expiring tax breaks. The IRA charitable rollover, which was included in the act, has been made permanent and retroactive to January 1, 2015. Under this new provision, if you are 70½ or older (or you will turn 70½ by December 31st 2016) and you have an IRA, the IRA Rollover allows you to make a tax-free gift (up to $100,000) directly from your IRA to a charity such as ANG.

Making a gift from your IRA is a special way to help ANG fulfill our mission of education, participation, and encouragement of interest in the wonderful world of needlepoint. ANG recommends that you obtain professional counsel from your financial advisor and/or tax consultant to determine if an IRA charitable rollover is appropriate for you. If you have specific questions about ANG being the recipient of an IRA charitable rollover, please contact the ANG Treasurer (

Notice from ANG National Seminar Coordinator
submitted by Barbara Richardson, ANG National Seminar Coordinator

This is a reminder to order your Seminar merchandise early.

Last year we ran out of the extra tote bags and frame weights within the first couple of days.

This year we are offering two different tote bags - the “Parade of Stitches” bags in three styles and the ANG bags in two popular styles. Please note there is a discount for ordering more than one in the series of bags. 

Looking ahead on our Seminar frame weight with “Swampy,” the loveable alligator, this is sure to be as popular as last years “Splish Splash Turtle,” so it would be best to preorder so as not to be disappointed at Seminar.

There will be extras of the bags and frame weights, but they will be in limited numbers

It has been a few years, so here is a great opportunity to show your creative stitching with your entry in the NOLA Nametag contest. Looking forward to seeing all the ways to celebrate our “Parade of Stitches” Seminar in New Orleans.

Thank you for your support of ANG through your purchases
Look forward to seeing all in New Orleans

CyberWorkshop: Autumn Foliage by Carolyn Mitchell
submitted by Dawn Clark, CyberWorkshop Chairman

This vibrant needlework sampler was inspired by the glorious, rich colors that dress the leaves each autumn as they spill across the earth and dance with delight in the wind. This project uniquely combines canvaswork and blackwork, and introduces a technique by Sandy Rodgers’ called “cornelli work.” This design includes more than 50 stitch combinations and 7 blackwork designs for the leaves. A wide variety of fibers are used in the design including perle cotton, floss, DMC metallic, ThreadworX, Kreinik, Caron Watercolors, Waterlilies, Soie Cristale, and Impressions.

This new design is worked on #18 mono canvas in sandstone. The finished design measures 13.75” x 13.75”. A complete materials list will be supplied, as there is no kit provided. Students using the supply list as a guide can turn this design into a spring, summer or winter theme to fit well into their own homes.

This project is broken into six lessons. Detailed and well-illustrated instructions will delight the stitcher with a fun and challenging design that can be finished as a picture or pillow.

Autumn Foliage is an Advanced Intermediate class lasting six months. Registration will be open January 1 - February 29, 2016. The workshop will start May 1, 2016. See link for more information

New! Workshop by Mail: Golden Captured Hearts by Michele Roberts
submitted by Cathie Pankowski, Chairman Workshop by Mail

This beautiful piece consists of two entwined gold and pearl hearts that are centered in an elaborate gold and pearl border. An exquisite large specimen Swarovski aurora borealis heart is tied through its center with gold “heart strings” which capture the floating heart inside the outer pearled bands. The entwined hearts are made of a double line of gold bullion braided back thread. Centered between the two braids is a row of pearls. The Japan gold cord border utilizes Amadeus stitches, Jessica stitches, and starbursts, which act as settings for pearls.

Michele Roberts 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.

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

Registration for Golden Captured Hearts is between Feb. 1 and May 31, 2016.

To order either pattern, follow the instructions on the ANG web site. You must be a current ANG member to order either 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: Waterlilies by Jennifer Riefenberg and New Payment Structure
submitted by Melita Glavin, Chairman of Correspondence Courses

Introducing a New Course
A new payment structure is being introduced with Waterlilies by Jennifer Riefenberg.
It begins November 1, 2015 and is available through October 31, 2016.

  • The teaching fee is $30 for the course, whether registering as an individual or with a group.
  • The registration fee is $30 for an individual or $90 for a group.
  • There is no charge for the instructions (pdf) if you download and print them yourself.
  • There is a $20 charge for a full color printout of the instructions (17 pages) mailed. The shipping charge for only the printed instructions is $4.
  • The optional complete kit is a $65 charge. The shipping charge for the optional kit (with or without printed instructions) is $12.65.
  • International shipping rates have not changed.
  • There is an optional $25 course evaluation fee payable to the teacher (plus postage for mailing the piece to and from the teacher) at the time of the requested evaluation.

Waterlilies by Jennifer Riefenberg

Luxuriate in the beauty and elegance of this timeless waterlilies scene. This design was inspired while gazing down from a bridge, looking onto the beautiful waterlilies from above. Reflections in the water of the sky and surrounding trees are rendered through gentle shading. Lily pads are created using mostly compound stitches on canvas and overdyed threads. Stumpwork embroidery techniques bring your flowers to life using silks and realistic shading. Stitch diagrams allow you to place the flowers and/or lily pads to your own preference on the canvas. Detailed images show the steps used in the stumpwork technique.

For more information:

From the Nominating Committee
submitted by Penny Boswinkle, Chairman of the Nominating Committee

Happy 2016! Hard to believe that another year has passed by so quickly. Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions? Did they include my typical ones: finish UFO projects, organize threads and projects, stitch, stitch, and stitch? There is another resolution that I hope you have put on your list - donating some time to ANG! Could this be the year that you really do follow through on volunteering time to ANG? We always need your help and truly you will get back as much or more then you put in.

The Nominating Committee has started to look for candidates for the 2017 Slate of Officers. We need volunteers for the following jobs:
Vice President for Education
North Central Area Representative
South Central Area Representative
Southeastern Area Representative

If any of these jobs interest you or you know someone that you think would be good for any of the positions, please notify the Nominating Committee at If you have any questions as to what is involved in each job, please contact us.

We are also looking for a volunteer from the following areas to join the Nominating Committee:
Western Area - Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
North Central Area - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Our job goes on year round looking for candidates, but the really important part takes place at Seminar where we do live interviews or phone interviews. Therefore, it is essential that you attend Seminar! At Seminar, besides the interviews, there are usually a couple short meetings of the Committee that don’t affect your taking classes. Please consider joining the committee. Remember, it is the Nominating Committee that sets the slate of officers. If you have opinions as to the future of ANG, being on the committee will give you a chance to express those opinions.

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

The New Year is here expectant with possibilities. Why not make one of them the Master Needle Artist Program? If you stitch at the advanced intermediate level or above, please consider this artistic adventure to become a Needle Artist. Not only will you become more accomplished in your stitching skills but also you will be a more rounded person because of this exploration. I speak from experience, my journey led me to study Art Nouveau and travel to Barcelona, Spain to see the Art Nouveau architecture of the old quarter. Take that next step today, email the Chair at to begin your adventure!

ANG Website Status
submitted by Jenny Ross, ANG Internet Committee Chair

The process of developing the new ANG website is time consuming. There is an overwhelming amount of content on the existing website and a small, dedicated group of people have worked very hard to go through it all and prepare for the new site. We plan to transition from the existing website to the new website in January. This will require us to stop updating the existing website. There may be some delay in the availability of new educational programs, the Stitch of the Month and the e-Newsletter at that time. There also may be some interruptions in the availability of electronic membership renewals and correspondence course registration. Please plan on these interruptions and help us make this transition as smooth as possible.

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

Please consider including this newsletter's information in your chapter’s newsletter, or printing copies of this newsletter for members that you know who may not have ready access to a computer or who may not be receiving this information. 

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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