January 15, 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
- The Golden Needle Society
- New! CyberWorkshop: The Dragonmaster by Dorothy Lesher
- Correspondence Courses: Bargello Techniques and Orchids for My Lady
- New! Workshop by Mail: Butterflies are Three, by Marnie Ritter
- ANG National Seminar Exhibit in Chicago
- Nominating Committee
- Master Needle Artist Program (MNA)
- NeedleArts Appraisal Program
- Has Your Personal Contact Information Changed?
The holidays are over, it’s time to get stitching! Why does the time after the New Year seem the perfect time to reorganize? Not much to report this month, so back to the shelves, boxes, and closets. I have way too much stuff! If you are like me, consider donating your luscious stuff that you will never ever have time to stitch! The ANG Auction at Seminar is always on the lookout for needlepoint items we can sell. All the proceeds support the Distance Learning programs as well as classes at Seminar. You can contact Pat Thompson at Auction@needlepoint.org for more information. Stay warm!
The Golden Needle Society is still in its infancy but growing by the day. As you read in the January issue of Needle Pointers, we have set a goal of adding $500,000 to the Endowment Fundy by 2022. Yes, that sounds like an ambitious endeavor, but with the generosity of our members, chapters, and potentially others who recognize the importance of our wonderful organization, it is attainable. Consider becoming a charter member of the Golden Needle Society.
Perhaps you don’t have the time or energy to give to a volunteer position on the ANG Board or even on an ANG committee but you would still like to make a difference in ANG. Please consider a gift through the Golden Needle Society. Help us toward the goal of preserving the past, ensuring the future.
We are working to get the contribution form for the Golden Needle Society online, but in the meantime please contact Development@needlepoint.org for more information on how to become a charter member and part of this historic journey.
The Dragon meets his Master in the Wizard. Angry and resistant, the Dragon vents his rage at the Wizard’s all powerful magic.
The Dragon’s body shimmers in black silk on black Congress cloth with accents of red silk and fine gold metallic in the wing. Depending on the viewing angle and the light source, the body of the Dragon will appear or partially disappear, leaving only a glimmer of the fine gold to be seen. This lends to the mystery and intrigue of the design. The wing is worked in a variety of patches, using creative stitches, and couched patterns, all in the recessive color of black with a splash of red and gold.
The Wizard’s robe of ‘quilted’ gold silk is faced with velvet and trimmed with multiple rows of couched gold cording on the cuffs. His long scarf is adorned with a geometric pattern worked in red silk and fine gold, which incorporates the black of the canvas into the design. An undergown in a fine gold networked pattern filled with rich purple silk, showing touches of red completes the robe.
The design is worked on black Congress cloth to enhance the dramatic look of the figures. The fine black cord used in the body of the Dragon is actually 1 ply of a 6-ply cord that is used in the spine of the Dragon. Each student will learn, with explicit instructions, to successfully separate the ply to be used as a single strand for the body stitching.
This is an advanced-level class. The design area is 15" X 13"worked on a piece of Congress cloth which is 18" X 16".
Registration for this workshop will be available February 1 through March 31, 2014. This four-month class will start June 1, 2014.
For more information, go to needlepoint.org/CyberWorkshop/index.php.
Please join Dorothy to stitch your own Dragonmaster.
Why not do either Bargello Techniques or Orchids for My Lady as a stitch sampler? Then, apply these Bargello and blackwork techniques to create your own unique piece!
Liz Morrow’s Bargello Techniques is a fun and easy needlepoint adventure. Anyone can stitch a Bargello project. You needn't be an advanced stitcher in order to create wonderful Bargello pieces. Some needlepoint experience is required, but no Bargello experience is necessary to successfully accomplish this course. You should be comfortable stitching on needlepoint canvas, be able to follow a stitch diagram, and work from charts. All you need to be well down the Bargello path is included in this course. Instruction includes basic Bargello techniques, color, and thread choice, detailed canvas marking instructions, plus linear, diagonal, and unit Bargello patterns. Techniques for creating different designs from a standard Bargello pattern are covered. The required $45 text contains 104 pages, 48 are in color; it will be a valuable resource for years to come. Please see needlepoint.org/CorrClasses/classes/bargello-techniques.php
Orchids for My Lady is designed by Carol Algie Higginbotham for Intermediate to Advanced students who would like to expand their knowledge of blackwork. A sampler of blackwork patterns and basic shading techniques is worked by the participants, who will then combine these techniques to shade their orchids. Students will create a gray scale drawing to serve in the placement of the shaded patterns. The beautiful floral design is brought to life with floss in your color choice. The centers of the flowers are worked with padded satin stitches and French knots. Worked on Congress cloth, the design is 9” x 14” and frames to 11” x 16”. The optional $40 kit includes white Congress cloth and threads. Please see needlepoint.org/CorrClasses/classes/orchids-for-my-lady.php
For more information on all 10 new Correspondence Courses and the 12 returning favorites, please go to needlepoint.org/CorrClasses/list-2013.php. All courses remain available for registration through October 31, 2014. Enjoy!
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 needlepoint.org/corr_reg.php.
I would like to congratulate the following students, on their receipt of the Correspondence Course Certificate, on the completion of their course, A Gordian Knot:
Annelle Colevins, Brenda Coté, Norma Hiller, Ann Kelly, Donna LaBranche, Barbara Levy, and Amanda Prendergast
ANG is pleased to announce the upcoming registration for our next ANG Workshop by Mail, Butterflies are Three, by Marnie Ritter. Registration will not begin until February 1, 2014, and will be open through May 31, 2014. Take the month of January to finish up your other projects and be ready to begin Butterflies are Three come next month!
These butterflies are three of the most elegant creatures on earth! Intricate patterns in each shape allow the creative artist to enjoy geometric combinations, textured embellishments, and embroidery stitches that become integrated with the open areas. Over twenty different stitching techniques (shading-left-open, whipped spider webs, fishbone, satin-to-the-center, outline, Florentine, unconventional crosses, etc.) stitched with silks and metallics, are used in these three butterfly shapes. The addition of beads, paillettes, and semi-precious stones enhances their beauty. One butterfly is in pastels, one in vibrant burgundy, and one in warm golds create a family of fun.
In the January issue of Needle Pointers, you have seen some of the wonderful needlework from the ANG National Seminar Exhibit in Anaheim. Now is the time for you to decide what you will exhibit at the Chicago National Seminar. We look forward to seeing your needlework there. Please contact me at
The holidays are over, breathe deeply. Now think of something you would enjoy doing. The following positions will be on the 2015 ballot: President - Elect, Vice President Education, Treasurer, North Central Area Representative, South Central, and Southeastern Area Representatives. If you are interested in any of the committees, please contact Nominating@needlepoint.org. There are great opportunities to be involved in.
Are you ready for a challenge? Maybe something wonderful to work toward in the new year? Learn more about the art of needlepoint. The Master Needle Artist Program is waiting for you to begin the adventure of challenge, work, and learning. The first step is to email MasterNeedleArtist@needlepoint.org and begin the process.
I would like to take a moment to share with our ANG e-Newsletter readers the wonderful news I received today. For the past couple of months, I have been in communication with the National Association of Appraisers seeking national affiliation for our ANG/NAP accredited NeedleArts appraisers.
After contacting our accredited appraisers, current candidates in the program and the ANG Board, I am excited to announce, the National Association of Appraisers has accepted our three-year program as fulfillment of their educational requirements. With this milestone achievement, all ANG/NAP accredited NeedleArts appraisers can, once they have completed the 15-hour USPAP (Uniform Standards for the Professional Appraisal Practice) course and submit proof of passing the test, apply for membership with this national appraisal organization.
To have our NeedleArts Appraisal Program accepted by the National Association of Appraisers speaks volumes about the strength of our program.
I want to congratulate each of our accredited appraisers and hope they will take advantage of this opportunity to expand their exposure nationally. For those candidates currently in the program, I hope this news will encourage you to continue working hard.
For those interested in the program, please visit: needlepoint.org/appraisal.php
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