January/February 2017

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 Lisa Crespo

Happy New Year!

An ANG Needlepoint twist on the NY Times 2017 New Years Resolutions list.

Get Organized - Go through your needlepoint stash. Sort what to keep, donate or toss. If you are donating consider ANG. Contact: for more information.

Plan Ahead - There is still class availability for ANG Encore! this March in Atlanta or reserve your spot to celebrate ANG's 45th Anniversary Stitchers Go West Seminar this August in Anaheim, CA. Contact: for more information.

Give Back - By volunteering your time, talent and/or treasure to ANG. Contact: for a position, or for teaching, and for finances.

Be Curious - Learn or do something new! Take one of ANG's certification programs, Distance Learning opportunities, Chapter workshop, Seminar class or Stitch of the Month. Contact, or for information on these programs.

What is your Needlepoint Resolution? Share your needlepoint challenge or accomplishment with other members on ANG's Facebook Page at


From the Treasurer’s Desk,
submitted by Julie Donatelli

Running any type of business organization requires steady sources of funding, and this same principle holds true for ANG. While member dues and contributions are ANG’s primary sources of income, our periodic fund-raising auctions are also an important component of our overall funding structure. The nice thing about auctions is that they provide value to so many parties. Like so many of our members, I also have a stash that sometimes needs to be culled down, so it’s nice to know that ANG is here to help find a good “home” for the canvases, charts, and kits that I no longer want. Once you’ve cleared out that little bit of space, it’s fun to reward yourself by shopping the auction, and at the same time, supporting ANG’s mission.

ANG’s next online auction will open at 8:00 am CDT on April 2, 2017, and close at 10:00 pm CDT on April 9, 2017. Auction Frogs will once again be hosting the auction and the web address is As a reminder, if you have items that you would like to donate to ANG, please email ANG’s Auction Chair, Pat Rogers, at love to receive unstitched canvases, kits, charts, and threads.

We have two more auction events planned for later in the year. First, a silent auction will be featured at the National ANG Seminar in Anaheim in late August. Then, to end the year, we are planning one more online auction in the fall. Hope to see you all online and in Anaheim this summer!

From the Vice President of Membership’s Desk,
submitted by Pat Dugan

Are you like me? I am renewal challenged! Annual renewals catch me every time, I put them on my calendar then when they come up I say “oh yes, I have to do that!” and promptly forget, then handle it in a panic because my membership is going to expire.

Good news, the Board has come up with a plan for those of us with that issue, 2, 5, and 10-year options to pay dues. Beginning this year ANG is offering these options in addition to the annual option in order to make staying on top of your dues an easier process. Just choose a time you’re comfortable with and pay for that number of year’s dues. ANG will keep track of renewals and remind you when the term is ready to expire. An added bonus - while there is no plan to raise dues at this time - you will be locking in your costs for the period you choose.

This program goes into effect at the beginning of our next fiscal year, May 1, 2017. For me this means I’ll only have to panic every 5 to 10 years!

Seminar Committee Chair,
submitted by Barbara Richardson

Wow, 2017 already - so now is the time to begin thinking about Stitchers Go West ANG 45th Anniversary Seminar in Anaheim. Here are the bags that ANG will be selling. Please note that all orders need to be in by June 15, 2017 and that the combo prices are ONLY available on pre-orders. These bags are great for your class projects and make great gifts.

ANG - large tote $25 and kit keeper $20. combo $35

2017 large tote $25

2017 kit keeper $20

2017 craft case $30

For the Stitchers Go West - Combo of large tote + kit keeper is $35 and combo of all three - $60
Look for the order blank in the 2017 Brochure.
Looking forward to seeing all in Anaheim.


Golden Needle Society,
submitted by Diane Trobaugh

As a New Year begins, it seems an appropriate time to again say a huge thank you to everyone who has embraced and supported the capital campaign to grow the ANG Endowment Fund. The future of the art form we all love looks brighter than ever before thanks to the generosity of our members, chapters and friends. We are stitched together as we are -

submitted by Cathe McEnerney

Looking for a small, intimate setting with just as much fun and creativity as Seminar?

Join us for Expo!, March 18 and 19, 2017, at the Marriott AC Hotel, Atlanta Buckhead at Phipps Plaza. It's a wonderful opportunity to be stitched in to ANG! Two of the classes being offered at this special weekend event still have a few spaces available though the remaining spaces are limited. Make your plans now and don't delay!

Nancy Cucci will be teaching Sisters. This class is full!

From our Seminar Brochure for "Parade of Stitches" in New Orleans: 

Sisters is a celebration of those special relationships we, as women, are so lucky to share throughout our lives. Each area in this grouping of overlapping squares is stitched with a variety of decorative needlepoint stitches reminiscent of a patchwork quilt or the farmlands of the Midwest. Stitched on a #18 white canvas, the patterns are created with three color families of cotton floss, an overdye, matching Kreinik Metallics, and accented with a variety of Japanese beads.

Proficiency Level: Intermediate
Design Size: 5½" x 10½"
Kit Cost: $100

Lois Kershner will be teaching Provence Pottery Shop.

From our Seminar Brochure for "Parade of Stitches" in New Orleans:

Take a stroll through the narrow streets of the colorful hillside town of Roussillon in the Provence area of southern France. The pottery wares displayed outside the door invite you to enter this intriguing little shop. Enjoy enhancing this photo transfer with stitches and threads echoing the orange/rust ochre colors for which this town is famous. Class includes learning how to do a photo transfer.

Proficiency Level: Intermediate
Design Size: 4½" x 7"
Kit Cost: $75

Jennifer Riefenberg will be teaching Beets

From our Seminar Brochure for "Parade of Stitches" in New Orleans: 

Beets charm and glow with the warm violet red against the vibrant earth. Beets is the third, and final, in a series of root vegetables emerging in bright, warm colors from the summer earth, following Carrots and Radishes. Beets add another dimensional feature to the series with needlelace techniques for the beet tops. Continue lessons in working with color that started in Carrots and moves around the color wheel as your garden grows. Another vegetable emerges from your garden-this time, it is Beets.

Proficiency Level: Intermediate
Design Size: 5" x 7"
Kit Cost: $90

Registration for this special event has already begun, and the classes are filling rapidly. The Registration and Participants Fee of $350 will be required with sign up; kit fees will be invoiced at a later date. Class space is extremely limited, so make your plans now and don't delay. You won't want to miss this special opportunity to be stitched in to ANG!

You are encouraged to fax your registration to: 608-443-2474 or 608-443-2478.

If you are submitting by mail, send to: ANG, 2424 American Lane, Madison WI 53704.

Questions on class availability or the best way to register? Please call 608-443-2476, ext. 144.

Hotel reservations may be made online by clicking here.


Happy New Year! Hope you had a wonderful holiday season! Time to get back to normal life. The Nominating Committee is looking for the candidates listed below for this year - yes, it seems early, but our decision time will be here before we know it. If you are interested (and we hope you are) in any of the following positions, please contact the Nominating Committee at We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and tell you about the jobs.

  • Vice President for Membership
  • Vice President for Operations
  • Secretary
  • Eastern Area Representative
  • Western Representative

Introducing Three New Correspondence Courses
submitted by Brenda Côté, Chair

This month we’d like to highlight three of the courses, which have been renewed through October 31, 2017:

Apricot Delight by Marnie Ritter

Color --- color -- color!! If you see peach, apricot, pink, burgundy, or lavender -- the effect of what happens to color on this beautiful apricot canvas is fascinating. With Apricot Delight, you discover that many colors within a family along with the “poison” color concept that Marnie Ritter has been teaching for years give you confidence to try other color ideas. Everyone can’t wait to move from one pattern to the next as his or her confidence grows. Sixteen patterns are stitched with many colors of silk, overdyes, ribbon, metallics, and beads, and the elegance of a lace addition with a touch of embroidery.

Gated Secrets by Sandra Arthur

A dimensional needlepoint project, Gated Secrets by Sandra Arthur explores many techniques to add interest and challenge. Detailed descriptions, color photos, and stitch illustrations walk you through techniques of appliqué, trapunto, and sponge painting on the canvas. Trapunto is a decorative quilted effect using padding and by stitching around the outline of the design area. Stumpwork variations add dimension and texture. Stitching includes needleweaving and many additional showcase stitches such as Nobuko, buttonhole on a knot, darning, bargello, mosaic, raised stem stitch, and combination stitches. Experience working with fantastic suggested threads such as Pepper Pot Silk, Burmilana, Gumnut, ThreadworX, Rainbow Gallery, and others.

Softly Feathered by Carol Algie Higginbotham

The Intermediate to Advanced student will experiment with shading canvas stitches. This 11" x 15" design is worked on a 15" x 10" piece of #18 white canvas with floss and pearl cotton. The piece will explore 27 canvas stitches with shading. The stitches are mostly basic so that the student can concentrate on the shading. Then the piece will be enhanced with four Jean Hilton stitches and beads. The students will select their favorite floss color in four values for a monochromatic color scheme. Our design was inspired by the feather designs in quilting.

Additional course renewals are:

Blackwork Circles by Carol Algie Higginbotham

Florentine Fleur de Lys by Michele Roberts

I Can Do It by Patricia Mazu

Rose Swirls by Carol Algie Higginbotham

Waterlilies by Jennifer Riefenberg

And don’t forget our newest courses:

Geometric Square: A Counted Canvas Design by Patricia Mazu

Golfing at St. Andrews by Michele Roberts

Zapotec Rug by Toni Gerdes

All courses are under the new payment structure.

  • 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 charge for a full-color printout of the instructions mailed, plus a shipping charge.
  • Check the website for availability and prices of kits. There is a shipping charge for kits (with or without printed instructions) for an individual order. And, shipping charges for a group will be determined based on the number in the group.
  • 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.

For further information about how to register for all CCs, 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 their receipt of the Correspondence Course Certificate, on the completion of their courses:

Spirit of Jean
Kate Sparks

Softly Feathered
Wendy Wolfard

CyberWorkshop: Diamonds Galore by Sue Reed
submitted by Barbara Evans, Chair

The second CyberWorkshop of 2017 will be an intriguing and beautiful design by Sue Reed, Diamonds Galore. The couched diamond shapes of this design contain various textured stitches such as Rhodes hearts, beaded waffles, double crosses, and Jessicas (circular and diamond). The higher texture of these stitches contrasts against the flatter satin and fern stitches that are worked in carefully laid silk. Hints of a hand-dyed thread enhance the design. Two colorways will be available in an optional kit. The design size is 8.75” X 6.5” on a #18 canvas. This is an Intermediate level class. Registration will be from January 1, 2017 to February 28, 2017. The class will start May 1, 2017 and lasts 4 months. Click on

Workshop by Mail, Echoes of Glass and First Snow by Carolyn Mitchell
submitted by Kathy Larsen, Chair

Workshop by Mail, if you’re not familiar with it, doesn’t have any dues dates, schedules, or critiques. It’s a design you purchase, and then work on it when you want, at your own pace.

NEW! - our next Workshop by Mail offering is First Snow by Carolyn Mitchell with registration beginning February 1st. Since we are in the midst of winter (and snow for some of us), the timing of this design is fitting. The explanation for this lovely design is:

The first snow falls overnight and in the morning it looks like a gift to us, so pure, white and sparkling in the sun. The ground cover has been enhanced with delightful stitches such as Star, Flat, Waffles, Eyelets, and Tear drops. Threads include: 3/8” gold trim, #8 and #12 Braid, and floss in cotton or silk options. The pretty leaf is shown in Stumpwork, however instructions for Crewel or Basketweave are included. Pure beauty wrapped in a parcel just for the viewer!

Watch the ANG web site for registration information in February.

Carolyn Mitchell was a full time shop owner in Canada for twenty years and has been a designer and teacher of embroidery for over 35 years. She holds a NSCAE teaching certificate and was EAC Education chair (1990-94). She has been an EAC counselor and author since 1987. She is a national and international teacher. Her exploration of fibers, colors, and textures are evident in her designs for Canvaswork, Blackwork and Hardanger, as she blends different forms of stitchery on canvas. She enjoys watching and encouraging her students to cultivate their knowledge and expansion in their embroidery field.

Master Needle Artist (MNA),
submitted by Cindy Gershin, Chair

The Master Needle Artist Program is announcing a new LEVEL!  The Senior Master Needle Artist Certificate is open to all graduates of the Master Needle Artist Program and those stitchers who hold Certificates from other ANG Certificate Programs with the caveat of acceptance by the Chair. Please email the Chair at for details.

NeedleArts Appraisal Program (NAP),
submitted by Cindy Gershin, Chair

The NeedleArts Appraisal Program is a 3-year certification program whereby you can become an Accredited Needle Arts Appraiser. Are you a needle art enthusiast? In the antiques industry? Interested in needlework history and values? Consider joining our program. See more details at:

For more information and questions contact:

Master Teacher Program (MTP),
submitted by Susan Hoekstra, Chair

Have you ever thought about joining the Master Teacher Program, but were afraid to ask for an application? Have you ever wondered what it takes to succeed within the program? If you answered yes to either of the above questions, then join the MTP as it presents a 2-hour color workshop for anyone interested in pursuing the teaching of needlework. This workshop will cover basic color theory, including how the color wheel can help while creating needlework designs, with helpful hints such as how to create a desired effect within a design.

If you are interested in beginning the journey into color theory, while also exploring possibilities within the MTP, please join us for this workshop. It is free of charge to anyone interested in the teaching of needlework.

Please email to reserve your spot in this workshop at the ANG Anaheim Seminar.

Date and time during the Anaheim ANG seminar to be determined.

Judging Certification Program (JCP)
submitted by Joni Stevenson, Chair

Are you a lifetime learner? Judging needlework is the type of activity that involves continued learning, an openness to different artistic styles, and a love for the handmade.

Needlework judges learn about many different stitching techniques, not just canvaswork - these include, but are not limited to crewel, silk and metal embroidery, and pulled thread. At small fairs, a needlework judge may be asked to evaluate many other disciplines and may find that through the community of judges within our program, a candidate has a vast wealth of information available to them should they wish to know more about a specific technique that they will be asked to judge. The learning never ends for the needlework judge, whether that means learning about a new technique or reviewing the finer points of a known technique.

A needlework judge enjoys the artistic expression that a needle artist displays in a piece of needlework. There is a wide range of needlework styles that a judge encounters, from the very traditional to the cutting edge in needlework application where needlework fuses with other types of art forms. A judge suspends his or her own preferences to style and evaluates each piece on the merits set forth by the exhibit guidelines.

And finally, a judge has a love for the handmade - for the skill, the time, and the portion of themselves that the needleworker has put into their piece. The passion that the needleworker has for their craft is the same passion that the judge has for its evaluation.

Learn more about needlework judging and the JCP, it may not be at all what you thought it was. It really is about a lifetime of learning, an openness to different artistic styles and a love for the handmade.

If you would like more information, or have any questions, please email

A Dusting of Snow by Gail T. Stafford

Awards Won: 1st Place Original Needle Art, Professional Category 1-P, Creative Inspiration Award, Judge’s Choice, Best in Show, Delegates’ Choice

Master Needlepointer Program (MNP),
submitted by Rozelle Hirschfield, Chair

Would you like to turn compliments on your stitching into a recognized validation of your skill? Gain recognition for your stitching expertise? Affirmation and credentials to present yourself as a Master Needlepointer? Using this certification you can represent yourself as an expert for consultation and commission work. Then the MNP is for you!

MNP is a program where our members can earn and receive recognition for their abilities. And because many have not yet discovered the designer within them, MNP provides a level of achievement that can be reached without requiring original designs. It is our hope that, in developing a two level program, participants who successfully complete the first level, Master Needlepointer, will gain the confidence needed to advance to the Senior Master Needlepointer level where original designs are required. Or, to even enter the Master Needle Artist Program where design creation takes center stage. The program is not a teaching program but a place to demonstrate your skill. It is an individual endeavor that can, however, help you advance your abilities.

The Master Needlepointer level will be awarded after satisfactory evaluation of the first 4 stages. The stages begin with basic techniques and progress to intermediate and advanced stitches, both needlepoint and counted thread, and the use of textural stitches and color to produce depth. The program participant may use supplied designs or create their own for the Master Needlepointer level. Supplied designs for stages 3 and 4 require the addition of design elements to show depth and perspective, which will lead to stages 5 and 6 that require original designs. Senior Master Needlepointer certification is achieved after completion of all 6 stages.

The supplied designs for Stage 1 are geometric with straight lines dividing the areas. The overall size is 180 x 180 threads on the ground fabric of your choice. On #18 canvas, that translates to 10” x 10” but the ground fabric is up to you. Technique and stitch basics are demonstrated, including (but not limited to) beginning and ending threads, ground coverage, stitch compensation and knowledge of basic stitches. These criteria follow through all the stages. Stage 2 goes beyond basics, including composite stitches and intermediate techniques. The supplied designs are 'organic' with curved lines defining the areas. Both supplied designs are representations of floral motifs. Stage 3 advances to intermediate techniques where texture and color are used to achieve depth. The use of pulled and drawn thread techniques and edge finishing are included in this stage. In Stage 4, advance-intermediate techniques are used to add dimension including canvas appliqué. There must be at least one design element appliqued using the traditional applique technique. Other dimensional design elements based on stumpwork techniques (bas relief or stitched separately and then attached) are also required. You may use supplied designs or create your own for any stage in the Master Needlepointer level. The Master Needlepointer level can be accomplished in as little as two years, but you can proceed at your own pace, completing the first 4 stages within 5 years.

The Senior Master Needlepointer pin will be awarded with the completion of 2 additional stages that require the creation of original designs, application of color theory and advanced stitching techniques.

Each stage will be evaluated according to the best practices of needlepoint.

We know we have the best needle workers in ANG. Won't you join those already in the program to let the world know what you can achieve? Visit or contact

The MNP committee is also looking for helpers and a new chair. Interested in ANG committee work to advance your experiences toward achieving a board position? We would welcome your time and talent in this growing program.

Needlepoint in the News

News from the Internet,
submitted by Linda Rand, Internet Chair

The request for proposal (RFP) for our new website was released to vendors at the end of December - a big milestone for ANG! Over the next month we'll be reviewing the bids and selecting our vendor. As we continue down this path, I'll be looking for additional volunteers for the Internet Committee who would be willing to help writing and editing content and testing the website before it goes live. Please contact me at for more information.

submitted by Diane Blinn

Owing to numerous delays regarding the redesign and during production of both the magazine and the Seminar brochure on the part of Needle Pointers’ new publisher, it has taken far longer to finalize both. They went to press very late so won’t be in the mail until late January or early February. We appreciate your patience in this transitional period.

Maker Faire

Welcome to Maker Faire

Maker Faire - The Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth. Maker Faire is part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new! As a celebration of the Make...

What is it? A gathering of people who want to share, learn and create. 

Looking for a stitch in public or chapter membership recruitment opportunities? How about just supporting our mission, ”educational and cultural development through the participation in and encouragement of interest in the art of needlepoint.” Maker Faire’s have thousands of attendees who are eager to learn and are craving your knowledge of needlepoint and cross-stitch. They are just waiting for you! 

There are Maker Faires across the country. The main ones are in the Bay Area in May and New York in October. However there are many smaller Faires in local communities. Locate your nearest Maker Faire through the Maker Faire website and contact the local organizing committee to see about opportunities to participate.

Life Signets ANG Merchandise

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.

Jewelry Order Form

Merchandise Form

Merchandise Order Form

Amazon Smile

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


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Has Your Personal Contact Information Changed?
submitted by Marietta Douglas, Editor, e-Newsletter

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
Your ANG membership number (if you know it)
Your old email address
Your new email address