July 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
submitted by Cathe McEnerney, President

Welcome is summer after the long and very cold winter here in Chicago. Our Chicago Seminar Local Committee is busily putting the final touches on their seminar plans, the Exhibit entries are beginning to arrive, and there is exciting news to share!

Beginning this year, we are introducing Early Registration in the truest sense of the word. All members will be able to register early for Seminar 2015, Carolina Splendor, in Myrtle Beach!! Registration will open immediately following the close of Seminar 2014 here in Chicago and remain open until October 1st. Photos and class descriptions of all the incredible classes in store for you at Myrtle Beach will be available on our website, along with the online registration form, easily downloaded and mailed in. All registrants as of October 1st will be placed in classes and we will hold lotteries for any classes that are oversubscribed at that time. Notifications will be mailed out to you by the end of October.

In addition to this Early Registration opportunity we are also very pleased to announce that for the first time the Seminar Brochure will arrive in your mailboxes in January, along with the Needle Pointers issue fondly known as the Awards issue! The “Regular Registration” period will begin with this mailing, though it is possible that some classes might already be filled. A quick look online will give you the information that you need to complete your Regular Registration!!

We hope you are excited about this opportunity as we are to offer it to you!

Last chance! Ort Box With a Twist
submitted by Cathe McEnerney, President

Did you love the Folding Ort Box project?  Are you interested in Ort Box with a Twist? 

Marilyn Owen, who created the popular Folding Ort Box, created a new, improved version, and donated it to ANG for a year. Titled Ort Box with a Twist, it features the wonderful Ort Box only with pockets! Now you can use your Ort Box to hold your scissors, needle case or laying tool. And it still folds!

Available exclusively through and benefiting ANG until August 31st, we sincerely thank Marilyn for her overwhelming generosity and support of ANG!

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

REMINDER – Charter membership in the Golden Needle Society ends at the conclusion of the upcoming Seminar in Chicago. So don’t miss the opportunity to be one of those who helped kick-off our ten-year capital campaign for the ANG Endowment Fund.

Visit the ANG website for information about the Golden Needle Society and a copy of the donation form or call The Rees Group at (608) 443-2476 to request a copy of the contribution form. Please contact me at if you have any questions. We need your support to make this campaign a success!

Look for an announcement about the new Golden Needle Society Legacy Circle in the July issue of Needle Pointers. Another way of--

CyberWorkshop: Grecian Glory Cuff by Orna Willis
submitted by Christin Loudon, CyberWorkshop Chairman

Drawing inspiration from ancient tiles, the Grecian Glory Cuff is composed of familiar elements such as the Greek Key pattern, tessellated shapes, and tiny pebble surfaces, all of which give the cuff a feel of history. With a combination of deep, rich colored threads and elegant embellishments, this cuff will be a showstopper whenever you wear it.

The cuff is stitched on #18 canvas using a combination of sumptuous fibers including hand-dyed silk variegated threads, silk Perle threads, and an overdyed Australian wool fiber. The variations of the weight and texture of the fibers and the dazzle of the embellishments bring interest to the cuff.

This workshop will guide you through multiple skills including stitching a geometric charted design on the diagonal, the use of interesting combinations of colors and textures, and finishing the stitched design into a cuff in a simple and effective manner. The cuff will then be embellished with beautiful jewels.

The optional kit will include the fibers, the Ultrasuede to back the cuff and the coordinating pearls, gems, or beads. The design is offered in three colorways: New Rose: which includes pinks, oranges, salmons, blues, and greens, Pine Forest: with greens, reds, dashes of periwinkle, and gold and Smoky Woods: with browns, aubergines, purples, and golds. The completed stitched piece is approximately 8” x 2.5”. The design is a continuous pattern, can be altered to accommodate different wrist sizes and instructions will include a key for size changes. Your instructions will be detailed with color illustrations, close-up photographs, and charts as well as a laminated Master Chart that will survive any rough stitching conditions.

The Grecian Glory Cuff is an Intermediate/Advanced level workshop and will last four months. Registration will be open from July 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014. The workshop will start November 1, 2014.

This workshop will be a wonderful foray into the beauty of needlepoint as wearable art. Come join in!

Workshop by Mail: Designed for Fun by Carol Algie Higginbotham
submitted by Cathie Pankowski, Chairman, Workshop by Mail

Designed for Fun is the current Workshop by Mail project. It was designed by Carol Algie Higginbotham. It will be available until September 30, 2014.

The goal of this piece is to have fun creating a piece that is yours and probably different from everyone else’s. It is designed to stretch your design skills with some help. There is no picture of a finished piece since each will be different. The base design is created with Smyrna cross stitches (or you may use mosaic stitches). You will explore various needlepoint stitches in different fibers, using your stash. The design consists of 5 basic outline units. You can use a monochromatic color scheme or your favorite colors. Think of threads that have different values and textures; that are matte or shiny or sparkly. You can make it simple by using all floss, or you can add metallics, textures, beads, and finishes.

Canvas Size: your choice but suggested size is 12” X 12” #18 canvas
Design Size: your choice but suggested size is 7” X 7”

Carol Algie Higginbotham is an EGA certified teacher in blackwork and a Japanese Embroidery Center approved teacher of traditional Japanese embroidery. She has taught for over 35 years locally and at regional and national seminars for EGA, ANG, TNNA and for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To order fill out the registration form at You must be an ANG member in order to receive this pattern. The cost is $40 for an electronic distribution, $50 for US mail, or $55 for international mail.

Correspondence Courses: City Walk and Garden Walk
submitted by Melita Glavin, Chairman

City Walk

This first "Walk", which celebrates the color and detail of city architecture, is based on a log cabin quilt. The student is required to purchase the text, which includes not only the instructions, but also information on color, making pearl cotton, and so much more. You will choose your color scheme - from your #18 canvas color through the overdyed #8 pearl cotton, #8 pearl cotton, cotton floss, metallic braids, silk and satin ribbons, and beads. Stitches include blackwork, Jessicas, ribbon knotted bars, ribbon twisted bars, herringbone triangle, eyelets, 4-color herringbone, woven triangles, Norwich, crescents, Celtic knotted herringbone, intertwined Jessicas, and overlapping crosses.

Garden Walk

This is the second in Linda's series of "Walks". The student is required to purchase the text that includes not only the instructions, but also information on color, making pearl cotton, and so much more. If you don't have a green thumb but love the feel of a garden, this class is for you. Beginning with the color of the 18-count canvas, you will create a unique color scheme with overdyed #8 pearl cotton, #8 pearl cotton, cotton floss, metallic braids, fine sewing metallics, silk ribbons, and beads. Stitches include blackwork, detached chain, Montano knot, bullion knot, beadweaving, beaded sheaf, various eyelets, Queen stitch, various Jessicas, needleweaving, pulled satin stitch, detached buttonhole, teardrop, S-curve, feather with weaving, and pulled wave.

Bargello Techniques will also be retiring on October 31, 2014 along with: Buttons and Bric-a-Brac, Ghost Dancer, Mardi Gras, Orchids for My Lady, Trellised Rose Sampler, A Flower Box, Beribboned Box Top, Diamond in a Square, Goldwork Oak Leaf and Acorns, Hiogi, Serpentine, Snow White Peony, Thistle and Kilt Goldwork and Plaid, Wabbit Whimsey. Don’t delay ordering these courses!!

For more information on all Correspondence Courses, please go to 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

I would like to congratulate the following students, on their receipt of the Correspondence Course Certificate, on the completion of their course:

Sandie Feck and Kathy Kuhrt for Snow White Peony

Nominating Committee
submitted by Jan Herod, Chairman, Nominating Committee

It’s summer! We’re hot and busy but it’s not too early to think about what we want to do this fall. The following positions will be on the 2015 ballot, President - Elect, Vice President Education, Treasurer, North Central, South Central, and Southeastern Area Representatives. If you are interested in these positions or any committees, please contact Be involved with something you love.

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

If you are not going to Seminar in August, consider this. Start a new chapter in your stitching life by looking into the MNA. If you have ever wondered if there is anything else to do in needlepoint, become a Master Needle Artist. The program is a wonderful way to be creative, learn, grow and achieve. Take the time to email the Chair of the MNA at and begin.

NeedleArts Appraisal Program (NAP)

submitted by Val McAleenan, Chair

As Seminar fast approaches, it is hard to believe I am writing my last e-News letter as Chair. I would like to take this time to reminisce and while doing so, thought this to be the perfect time to acknowledge those before me. Without these dedicated ladies and support from the Board, ANG would not have this incredible NeedleArts Appraisal Program and its accredited appraisers. A special thanks goes to my dear friends:

Marjorie Littlejohn - Developer/Chair - 1990’s-2004
Margaret Briscoe - Chair - 2004-2007 (deceased)
Carlene Harwick - Chair - 2007-2010

Looking back over my term, I had wonderful, sometimes funny memories working with now, accredited needlearts appraisers as they progressed through the program. These ladies worked hard and I wish to congratulate each of them one more time! It was a pleasure working with and getting to know each of you.

While these ladies were going through the program, the program was going through major changes. Each level was revamped, requiring more in-depth study and understanding of appraisal practices, local and national market levels, trends and writing. I would like to thank the three ladies who helped facilitate these changes by reviewing and critiquing each new proposed level:

Inez Giles, Maria Sammia, Lisa Waddell

I would also like to thank Carlene Harwick for asking me to serve as her Vice-Chair. It was my pleasure to work with you in restructuring the program.

For current NAP candidates, and those in the submission stage, at the close of Chicago seminar, I will be leaving you in the very capable and knowledgeable hands of incoming Chair, Cindy Lee Gershin and Vice-chair, Joady Gorelick. Cindy Lee, thank you for such a wonderful job as Vice-Chair the past four years. I could not have done it without you! You and Joady will make a dynamic duo for the future of the program over the next eight years. I look forward to assisting both of you in an advisory position for the next four years.

Over these past eight years, my goals were to establish higher standards within NAP, develop well-educated needlearts appraisers, and leave the program stronger. I hope I achieved these goals. NAP accredited appraisers, please take advantage of the new relationship forged with the National Association of Appraisers (NAA) earlier this year. Take your 15-hour USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) course, pass and submit the exam to NAA. Join NAA, gain national exposure in your very specialized field, build a larger base of support and stay committed to ANG/NAP by serving as a mentor or, when called to, serve as Vice-Chair/Chair. Current NAP candidates, I wish you great success as you work through the program and look forward to seeing you graduate.

I wish everyone the best and look forward to seeing you at seminar,

Coming up in Needle Pointers
submitted by Diane Blinn, Needle Pointers Coordinator

The editorial team of Needle Pointers is hard at work on the next few issues of the magazine.

September will bring an interesting look at the concept of a needlepoint challenge. From the perspective of a group of friends, this feature will take you on the journey a group of friends took to come up with the premise of the challenge, through their design and stitching processes, to the finished pieces. It’s a great inspirational piece!

In response to numerous requests, the November issue will feature a discussion of copyright as it applies to needlework: what it is, how it works, exceptions, acceptable use, defending your copyright, and obtaining permission to use copyrighted work.

Do you have an idea for an article or a project that you’d like to see in Needle Pointers? Please contact me, Diane Blinn, at

submitted by Cathe McEnerney, President

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

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