Traditionally, needlepoint has been embroidery
done on canvas, using wool to execute the tent stitch. While such
embroideries are needlepoint, todays needlepointer has
available a much broader palette of stitches and techniques.
ANG defines needlepoint as "any counted or
free stitchery worked by hand with a threaded needle on a readily
countable ground." This progressive definition encourages
creativity through a traditional and contemporary approach to
Perhaps the best way to explain this definition
is by example and what better examples than the ribbon winners at
some recent ANG Exhibits? The ANG exhibit is both a showcase and
a source of inspiration by giving us examples of how others have
interpreted their ideas with a needle. The wide range of
materials and techniques available to today's needleworker allows
for maximum individual expression. An exhibit will contain entries which inspire and excite the
viewer. We also hope to encourage those less familiar with canvas
embroidery to join us in our exploration of the medium.
Who better to guide us through the wonderful world of
needlepoint than the teachers and judges of ANG?
- Ann Caswell shows us
the highlights of the
exhibits from 1991 to 1996.
- Carole Lake writes a needlepoint dictionary based on
the 1997 exhibit.
- Michele Roberts gives
us her personal observations of the ribbon winners from the 1998
Sirna shows us how needlepoint has matured since Grandmother's day with
examples from the 1999 exhibit.
Mitchell Fishel shares with us her insights on the winners
from the 2000 national exhibit
Rodgers shows us some of her selections from among the 2001
national exhibit ribbon winners.
D. Shipp describes needlepoint as art and compares her selection of
ribbon winners from the 2002 national exhibit.
Winter shows us how skilled stitchers depicted well-loved themes in 25
ribbon-winning pieces from the 2003 Exhibit.
- Marnie Ritter chose ribbon winners from the 2004 exhibit that include exquisite designs "from traditional techniques through contemporary art."
- Tony Minieri and Judy Souliotis spend an evening going through the 2005 Exhibit and we can listen in to their discussion and comments to each other
- Barbara Richardson enjoyed the Exhibit and selected the following
pieces from Non-Professional Stitchers to highlight the 2006 Exhibit
- Jane Wood, from Chilly Hollow, took time from her busy stitching
(and blogging) to come to Baltimore and share the thoughts on the 2007
- Penny Boswinkle from Atlanta Georgia and Southeastern Area Representative spent some of her time at Seminar to look for Art in the 2008 Exhibit
- Debbie Forney found what is it we love about needlepoint in Exhibit 2010
- Kay Stanis browsed through the Exhibit and found some beautiful designs in 2011
The community projects stitched by
ANG members provide another view of the wonderful world of