March/April 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

As I watch the snowflakes flying outside my window, and wait for my sister in Virginia to call and tell me that her daffodils have poked their heads up I can’t help but consider the energy that spring brings in on its coattails. New energy for new projects, for finally cleaning out those winter clothes for organizing the piles of stitching, threads, charts and papers that litter my life at the moment.

This is my final e-newsletter opening to write, though perhaps not the last that you will hear from me. As I finish my term as your President and hand off the running of our organization to Lisa Crespo, my very capable President Elect, I am turning my heart and my hands to work in my local chapters and to the work of the committees of ANG.

For you see, I am stitched into so many lives, and that will not change with the change of offices and officers! I carry the many, many friends that I have made with me into the future, and look forward to sharing life, projects and ANG with you all.

Thank you for the time that we have shared, for the very great gift of your friendship and care. Thank you for stitching yourselves into my life and my heart - it is, for me, the very meaning and essence of ANG!

From the Seminar Faculty Committee:

We’ve just finished up a great meeting for the class selections for our 2017 Seminar at the Hyatt Regency, Orange County, CA!! There were lots of exciting proposals with tons of techniques represented. Classes will include returning favorites and a few exciting new teachers. It’s going to be a fabulous time, so keep watching here and in Needle Pointers for more information in the coming months.

From TNNA:

Thank you so much to all who participated in the recent industry survey! There were more than 16,600 completed responses from fiber artists of all types and kinds, the largest survey of fiber artists in the USA. We are looking forward to their results!

From the Auction Committee:

Going, Going... Gone!!

Plan to join us for the first ever Mid Year Auction! Open to anyone with access to a computer. The Auction goes live for bidding on Monday, April 18th and closes on Sunday, April 24th. With 150 or more painted canvases plus a few stitching accessories, we know members and friends alike will be able to find something special to bid on!!! The Auction will be held on We hope to have the items available for pre-Auction viewing in the week prior to the start of the Auction – check in after April 10th to see if we made our deadline!!! Then come back to bid!! Items will be mailed out to the winning bidders within two weeks of the close of the Auction.

A reminder from the Board...

The Early Registration period for Parade of Stitches, Seminar 2016 in New Orleans closed on October 31st with 289 Registrants taking advantage of this first opportunity at the incredible classes being offered this year!

But its not too late….the General Registration period for Seminar is now open, with all registrations that we receive by April 11th being considered for class placement at that time.

And even then it is still not too late....registrations that are postmarked or faxed after April 11th will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis until July 6th when all registration for New Orleans classes will close.

We are looking forward to seeing so very many of you all in NOLA, and to celebrating ANG with you there! Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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

“People who give money to charity tend to be happier and also healthier than others,” said Elizabeth Dunn, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia in Canada, where she studies happiness.

“People who donate to charity have lower blood pressure, even when controlling for factors like income, wealth, age, and exercise, which suggests the giving itself is responsible. Giving is not just heartwarming; it may be quite literally good for our hearts," she said.

ANG would love to make you happier! Joining and supporting the Golden Needle Society ( can provide long-term support by growing the Endowment Fund, or you can help provide immediate support with a charitable donation to the Memorial Fund ( No matter how you choose to help, ANG is grateful for your support. And there is no charge for the extra benefits listed above!

From the ANG National Seminar Coordinator
submitted by Barbara Richardson, ANG National Seminar Coordinator

Hope you are enjoying the latest Needle Pointer Magazine; it’s so great to see all the winners from the Myrtle Beach Seminar. Congratulations to all the winners and also to all that participated in the Exhibit.

Now is the time to start thinking about New Orleans and your entry into the Exhibit. Yes, it’s wonderful to receive a ribbon, but even more rewarding to see all the beautiful stitching that our members have created. These entries give us inspiration and ideas to use on our future projects. Please consider entering one or more of your pieces to our seminar exhibits.

On another note, the Seminar Brochure that we received earlier this year not only lists all the classes, but also has the Seminar merchandise. This year ANG has made a change in the tote bags; they are in clear vinyl and feature zippers and handles that coordinate with the logos. For your selections this year: “Parade of Stitches” and ANG bags, in assorted sizes and discounts are available for multiple bag purchases. Also don’t forget to order your “Little Swampy” alligator, this year’s adorable frame weight. Pre-orders for pick up at Seminar are needed in order to make sure you won’t be left out, as we do not have large quantities of extras to be sold on site.

We are also looking for donations for the daily drawings at the hospitality table. Do you have any small canvases, scissors, threads, charts, booklets that you no longer want, we can use these. Contact me for information on where to send items at Thank you and we look forward to seeing all in New Orleans.

New! CyberWorkshop: Granddaughter’s Quilt by Catherine Jordan
available between March 1 and April 30, 2016
submitted by Dawn Clark, CyberWorkshop Chairman

This quilt-inspired design, worked with pulled and counted stitches explores the use of complementary color harmonies. A log cabin design is the basis for the design as eyelets, four-sided stitch, and a variety of counted patterns that are worked with the student’s choice of color complements in a variety of saturations.

This new design may be worked on the student’s choice of ground fabric, either linen or canvas; the model is worked on 32 count linen. Directions for a small individual square that can be worn as a lapel pin will also be included.

An optional partial kit is available for purchase. Students can choose between a partial kit with 32 count linen or a partial kit with 24 count Congress cloth. A complete materials list will be provided for students who wish to purchase their own supplies.

The finished design measures 12” x 12”; the lapel pin 6” x 6” on 32 count fabric.

Granddaughter’s Quilt is an Intermediate class lasting four months. Registration will be open from March 1, 2016 through April 30, 2016. The workshop will start July 1, 2016. Go to:

Workshop by Mail: Golden Captured Hearts by Michele Roberts
available between February 1 and May 31, 2016
submitted by Cathie Pankowski, Chairman Workshop by Mail

Two entwined gold and pearl hearts 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.

This design showcases an old-fashioned gold material which has been made new again, juxtaposed against the computer-cut crystal. It is a way of bringing a traditional art form into modern times. A full kit and a partial kit are available.

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.

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. Michelle is also a member of 7 different guilds in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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: Ladies of Assisi and Rose Swirls
submitted by Melita Glavin, Chairman of Correspondence Courses

Ladies of Assisi by Dolores Andrew

Assisi is a fascinating counted-thread technique with examples found in 13th-century churches and museums and in paintings of the Italian Renaissance. Using simple stitches and few supplies, it is exciting to see the subject develop in the empty area, which is the character of Assisi. Not only do the easy-to-follow charts, color photos, and diagrams guide you, but Ladies of Assisi will be a valuable reference for your future inspiration. There are six flower designs (each approximately 3 1/2˝ x 3 1/2˝ on #18 mono canvas). The required text is $25.

Rose Swirls by Carol Algie Higgenbotham

Our canvas swirls, highlighted with ribbon roses, float on a background of pulled thread in Rose Swirls. You will work 20 canvas stitches, 8 pulled-thread stitches, ribbon roses, and ribbon buds. Close-up pictures of the stitched areas accompany each of the diagrams and two pages have close-up color pictures of each area. The piece (9 1/2˝ circle) is worked in four values of floss, white pearl #12, and a silk ribbon variegated flower color on Congress cloth. The optional complete kit is $42.

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 Caroline Halliday on receipt of the Correspondence Course Certificate for completion of Rose Swirls and Dawn Bagnetto for completion of Florentine Fleur de Lys.

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

Is it Spring or isn’t it! Writing this from Georgia, we are starting to warm up. Then I watch the weather news and see snow still in our northern states! Well there is definitely a place where the weather doesn’t matter - it’s for the Nominating Committee who has started their search for the following 2017 candidates.

Vice President for Education
North Central Area Representative
South Central Area Representative
Southeastern Area Representative

These jobs are so important to our Guild and we are trying to find the best people for the jobs. Could that be you? It might be and we hope that you are giving it serious consideration. Even if you don’t feel the jobs are for you, how about sharing the name of someone whom you think would be good for the jobs? We would love to talk to anyone interested, anyone who knows of someone they think would be good, or even if you have negative feelings about someone’s abilities – let us know! You can contact the Committee at

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

Spring is around the corner and it is time to consider a new endeavor. Have you met the Artist that is hidden within your creative spirit? Are you interested in learning more about that Artist? The Master Needle Artist Program is just that vehicle for you to develop your Artistic voice by research, writing, and creating your own design based upon your research. Do not delay, email the Chair today at

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

A frequently asked question is what types of things do ANG Accredited NeedleArts Appraisers appraise? Most items created with a threaded needle fall under our appraisal experience. A few examples include samplers, needlepoint rugs, beaded purses, pillows, framed needlework, 3D animals, and ethnic embroideries. Styles include many types of antique, vintage and contemporary needlepoint, and embroidery. We are always learning about and researching different items.

While we are always looking for ANG members to join our program, we are also available to anyone that is interested in having their needlework appraised. If you or someone you know would like to have their needleart appraised, just send an inquiry to me at . Please attach a picture or two. I will have one of our ANG Accredited Appraisers contact you to discuss your needs.

Maker Faire
submitted by Lisa Crespo, President Elect








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...

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

We are looking for individuals who would like to share their knowledge of needlepoint and cross-stitch to teach those who want to learn. What better way for ANG members to get involved when the core of our mission is "educational and cultural development through the participation in and encouragement of interest in the art of needlepoint." There is no need to be a professional or experienced teacher. Just be enthusiastic and wanting to share your passion for needle and thread. For more information and details on how you can get involved contact Frederikka Payne at 415-279-2092 or

Most Maker Faires offer a free entrance to the fair for the day or weekend depending on the amount of time you donate. There are Maker Faires across the country. The main ones are in San Francisco in May, Detroit in July, and New York in October. There are several smaller Faires in local communities. Start a Needlepoint/Cross-stitch section at a Faire near you with Frederikka's help.

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

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