November 15, 2013
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 For Grace by Pam Gardner
- Correspondence Courses: Holiday Montage and Trellised Rose Sampler
- Workshop by Mail: Symphony by Susan Reed
- President’s Choice Award
- State Award
- Quest XXI
- Nominating Committee
- Master Needle Artist Program (MNA)
- NeedleArts Appraisal Program
- Has Your Personal Contact Information Changed?
Do you love small, usable projects? Need something to keep all those orts under control and your scissors or laying tool handy? Then you need the Ort Box with a Twist! This delightful project was unveiled at Seminar 2013. It’s another ort box design by Marilyn Owen and it is fabulous stitching fun. Just go to this address on the ANG website and download the order form!
It's available for anyone, not just ANG members, so let all your friends and neighbors know about it. It's Marilyn's way of saying "Welcome to the world of needlepoint!" and we can't thank her enough. All proceeds from the sales go to support ANG's education programs. You say your friends can't needlepoint? Buy them a lovely gift and teach them to stitch!
Stitching and sharing - it's the ANG way!
The official launch of the Golden Needle Society took place at the 2013 ANG Seminar in Anaheim. Enthusiastic members stepped up to be charter members of the 2013-2022 capital campaign for the Endowment Fund. Look for the first official report and introduction of the Golden Needle Society in the January issue of Needle Pointers. The first charter members of the Golden Needle Society from Seminar will be included in the issue as well. Charter membership in the Golden Needle Society will be accepted through the close of the 2014 Seminar in Chicago.
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.
Create your own floral album quilt without any appliqué! Inspired by classic mid-nineteenth century designs, this counted canvas ‘quilt’ features four beautiful flowers: lily, tulip, dogwood, and wild rose. Each block contains a large central flower with smaller stems and blossoms extending in a traditional X-format. A floral motif border frames the piece.
What would any quilt be without its fabrics? The rich look of patterned cloth is simulated through the use of composite stitches. Four distinct fabrics are created from repeated patterns of two or more simple stitches. Common elements incorporated in each unique piece of ‘fabric’ tie the blocks together. Stitches include mosaic, cross, upright cross, oblong cross, and oblong upright cross.
Traditional floral album quilts often used padded appliqués to add depth to the block. To simulate that effect, various raised stitches, such as the irregular Rhodes, Rhodes heart, Jessica, crescent, alternating crescent, and wrapped sheaf variations are used. Other stitches incorporated into the design include blanket, diagonal Gobelin, Kalem, diagonal knitting, leaf, mock fly, rice, satin, T-stitch, and straight rice.
Overdyed threads are fun to use but their patterns may produce some unintended results. Manipulation of these threads will allow you to arrive at the symmetry and color balance that you desire. Careful placement of stitches will create the look of crewel on canvas without splitting canvas threads.
This intermediate to advanced intermediate piece is worked on an 18" x 18" #18 mono canvas that finishes to 11 5/8" x 11 5/8".
Material lists for three color options are provided. Information about selection of color schemes is included; students will be encouraged to select their own colors. Suggested threads include: Impressions®, Trebizond, Neon Rays +, Frosty Rays®, Watercolours®, stranded silk, stranded rayon, and metallics.
Registration for this class will be available November 1 through December 31, 2013. The five-month class begins March 1, 2014.
For more information, go to http://www.needlepoint.org/CyberWorkshop/Grace/grace.php.
Please join Pam and create your own stitcher’s quilt!
After stitching Holiday Montage or Trellised Rose Sampler, you’ll want to create your own piece using what Cara Hayes and Barbara Rakosnik have taught regarding basic sampler techniques. Wouldn’t that be fun to try? Or stitch fewer bands for smaller gifts! One band could be a bookmark or a wider band could be inserted into a liner of a plastic container. The possibilities are endless!
Create an elegant memento of the holiday season with Holiday Montage. Cara Hayes suggests you be the designer by selecting from among 13 bands! The width is six inches, while the piece will vary in length according to the selected bands. You may work the 12-band, 21-inch long model pictured. This unique charted canvas work piece is a contemporary sampler worked on #18 eggshell canvas with metallic gold accents. Techniques in traditional canvas work, beadwork, contemporary stitch variations, and Assisi type embroidery, are presented. More than 36 stitch patterns generate the motifs that are worked using ribbon floss, beads, silk ribbon, wool, cotton, and metallic threads. The required $83 kit includes the canvas, beads, beading threads, and instruction booklet. The $89 optional complete thread kit does not include the items in the required kit.
The Trellised Rose Sampler by Barbara Rakosnik is a vibrant colored sampler filled with many intricate techniques to more than challenge the sampler enthusiast. Within the various designs are 22 different stitches that are used to enhance the traditional sampler motifs. The overall feel of the sampler is contemporary but the alphabet, stitch selection, and the blackwork give a vintage appeal. The rice stitch is used in a two-color method with the stitch first broken down and then reassembled in steps to make an interesting and different look. Finally, the withdrawn thread section includes dove’s eyes, beads, and detached petals for a unique style. The optional $110 kit includes #28 natural Cashel linen, silk threads, and seed beads.
For more information on all 10 new Correspondence Courses and the 12 returning favorites, please go to http://www.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 Correspondence Courses, go to http://needlepoint.org/corr_reg.php.
I would like to congratulate the following students, on the receipt of the Correspondence Course Certificates, given on the completion of their courses:
Carolyn Rick for A Gordian Knot
Caroline Halliday and Pearl Million for Sleigh Full of Dreams
Katherine Stevenson, Sharon Brown, and Sharon Rosen for Snow White Peony
Symphony, by Susan Reed, uses laid silks, metallics, and silk/wool blends to create a symphony of geometric patterns. A variety of stitches, flat and layered, showcase the various threads used to create this design and add to the play of light upon those threads. Two things crucial to this design are the proper laying of multiple plies/strands of threads and the stitching direction for plaited and layered stitches. The elegance of metallic threads and the visual appeal of a hand-dyed silk enhance this Symphony.
Canvas/fabric Size: 12" x 12" #18 mono canvas
Design Size: 8" x 8" Level: Advanced Intermediate
Susan Reed is an ANG certified Senior Master Teacher who served two terms as Chairman of the Master Teacher Program. She has taught at the Callaway School of Needlearts and teaches for shops and guilds at local, regional, and national levels, in addition to teaching three classes a week at a local shop. Her workshops in geometrics allow the student to become creative in the colors used and in the interpretation of stitches.
The deadline for registration for Symphony is December 31, 2013. The cost for the instructions is $40 (electronic distribution), $50 (mailed to U.S. address), or $55 (mailed to international address).
You may order online (payment thru authorize.net), via fax (payment via Visa or Master Card), or by mail (payment by Visa or Master Card, check, or money order). Please follow the instructions on www.needlepoint.org/byMail.
For the 2014 Chicago Exhibit, the theme for the President’s Choice Award is “Golden” in honor of the Golden Needle Society which is dedicated to raising $500,000 for the ANG Endowment Fund. The President’s Choice award may be given to any piece in the Original, Adaptation, Independent Project, or Class Project category. So pull out those gold colored threads, mine your stash for those sparkling metals or metallics, polish up your goldwork technique, consider the color gold or discover your own “Midas touch” and create a golden aura in the work that you submit!
The 2014 State Award will be given to the best example of a 21st Century Sampler in the Original or Adaptation category in the Exhibit. Printed definitions say samplers are examples or studies or collections, all created or worked for the increased knowledge of the stitcher. In today's world, a sampler may break the boundaries of the traditional just as the boundaries of tools, threads and grounds have been broken. We're looking forward to seeing how you define a sampler today.
The Quest Challenge celebrates its 21st year by offering an opportunity for all needle artists to create and exhibit a themed piece of needlepoint at the ANG Seminar Exhibit 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. All members of ANG are encouraged to accept the challenge and participate in Quest XXI by demonstrating their creative abilities based on the 2014 theme: Open Canvas.
The theme, Open Canvas, offers limitless possibilities for individual interpretation and design choices. Consider all meanings of "open." We have come to accept some canvas "show through" in our stitching. But when is it most appropriate? How much openness should there be? And are there other ways to "open" the canvas to the viewer? Creative interpretation is the key to success in Quest challenges. As you let your creativity soar, the primary concern should be excellence in design and interpretation of the theme.
Stitched pieces may be entered in the Original and Adaptation judged categories or in the non-judged category of the exhibit, and they must be designated as Quest entries. While technical ability is always a factor, it is not a primary consideration in the Quest challenge. Quest entries will be evaluated by a panel of qualified judges who will focus on the creative interpretation of the theme.
An Artist's Statement explaining the design and the interpretation as relevant to the theme is required and must accompany each Quest entry in order to be eligible. The judges will review the Artist's Statement, evaluate the relativity of the written material to the design and stitched needlepoint. Qualifying entries will receive the judges' single paragraph evaluation and a special Quest Certificate of Participation.
Quest XXI is sponsored by the ANG Judging Certification Program.
Autumn has arrived complete with sweaters, crisp temperatures, pumpkin pie, and ANG. Now is the time to get involved. If you are interested in any committees, please contact Nominating@needlepoint.org. There are great opportunities to become involved with something you love.
Are you ready for a wonderful adventure to learn, develop, create, and express your skills as a needle artist? The MNA Program has been created expressly for that purpose. Take the first step, email the MasterNeedleArtist@needlepoint.org to begin your adventure and learn to create masterful works of art.
As a teacher, at the close of this year’s seminar, I received copies of my class evaluations. These evaluations are a critical part of my continuing education and are immensely informative. One such set of evaluations was from the participants in my class, ‘What would your insurance company say, IF...?’
What amazing feedback! Ten students increased their knowledge base not only as to the ‘WHY’ it’s important to have their needlework appraised but also their understanding of what the insurance company would likely say, should the dreaded question arise regarding ‘What if?’ After walking through the exhibit and discussing the various entries in a “real world” scenario, we also addressed the concern of ‘HOW’ 95% of the needlework pieces in the exhibit were undervalued by the stitchers and ‘WHAT’ the best way was to educate stitchers on the need to have his or her pieces appraised.
The resounding endorsement of the group recognized the value of the information they were given concerning the need for appraisals and the potential risks without them. A class member stressed the importance of continuing education for the needlework world with respect to this subject and the desire to see the class offered again and again. What a wonderful thought!
Ladies in the class, thank you for all your positive feedback and helping to make the class such a success!
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