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Correspondence Courses

Monday, January 22, 2018   (1 Comments)
Posted by: ANG Headquarters

Correspondence Courses, submitted by Brenda M. Côté, Chair

 Three new courses began in November, 2017:

Be Dazzled by Kurdy Biggs

Want to create your own counted canvas design/art? This course helps you along that path, providing two avenues toward that goal. The first path combines 11 elements on a single 16” x 20” canvas. The second path allows you to independently stitch the 11 design elements and place them in three dimensions. You decide the layout of the elements. Each of the 11 elements are stitched using one of the five jewel colorways. Stitchers choose from 19 threads, along with beads and crystals, to work the 30 separate stitches found in the design. An optional complete kit includes #18 mono canvas, needles, Rainbow Gallery Crystal Braid, Elegance, Panache, Pebbly Perle, Petite Silk Lamé Braid, Kreinik metallics, beads, crystals, and charted instructions.


Jacobean Joy by Marnie Ritter

Jacobean designs have been stitched for centuries usually using only wool in a very traditional way. This 8” x 10” design takes us a step further, enjoying this traditional shape using many different concepts of needlework stitched on canvas. These are elegant counted canvas patterns with pearls and beads along with surface stitches such as buttonhole, shading that combines silks, metal threads, elongated French knots, offset crosses, and the outline stitch. This design emphasizes the depth of open canvas and the special effect of the laid thread. Texture! Depth!  The design is stitched with silks of warm roses, lavenders, varied greens, beautiful new shaded metallic, and one special crystal rose bead, on 16” x 13” #18 mono canvas, all included in the required kit.


Stained Glass Dahlia by Carol Algie Higginbotham

Place a dahlia on a glass background. Carol Algie Higginbotham used that, interpreted it, and you have a design to grace a tote bag, a pillow, or frame as a picture. It is worked on #18 white mono canvas and set on a background of white stitches to simulate stained glass. The “glass” pieces are outlined with gold metallic thread. This 12” x 12” canvas piece lets the Intermediate student shade numerous canvas stitches. The flower will be worked in four values of a color (your choice), three greens, and two yellows for the center. All are available in the optional complete kit.




Continuing Favorites:

Apricot Delight by Marnie Ritter

Color --- color -- color!! If you see peach, apricot, pink, burgundy, or lavender -- the effect of what happens to color on this beautiful apricot canvas is fascinating. With Apricot Delight, you discover that many colors within a family along with the “poison” color concept that Marnie Ritter has been teaching for years give you confidence to try other color ideas. Everyone can’t wait to move from one pattern to the next as his or her confidence grows. Sixteen patterns are stitched with many colors of silk, overdyes, ribbon, metallics, beads, and the elegance of a lace addition with a touch of embroidery. All are included in the required complete kit. The 12” x 12" design is worked on #18 mono apricot canvas.


Florentine Fleur de Lys by Michele Roberts

The official symbol of the city of Florence, Italy, as well as the Medici family is a very fancy fleur de lys. The course explores this complex and delicate Renaissance Italian design with traditional raised English goldwork, beading, and needlepoint worked on white Congress cloth. Types of gold used are pearl purl, bright check purl, wire check purl, check thread, Japan gold, and whipped plate. Techniques include padding, various methods of invisible couching, parallel laying, twisting, and chipping. Two very different lattices of pearls and gold are used for the background and the elaborate border. An optional complete kit is available for this 6” x 8” design.



I Can Do It by Patricia Mazu

Do you want to create your own petite stocking or other shaped ornament? It isn’t difficult! Learn to combine stitch patterns to create your own “personally designed” ornament. The I Can Do It workbook provides a simplified course in design and color theory, ideas for designs, outlines of shapes for ornaments, and composite stitch diagrams. Dozens of color images of models and stitch-combination diagrams are provided. An extensive bibliography is included and you may purchase an optional complete kit using #14 or #18 mono canvas for a design area size of 4” x 4.”



Gated Secrets by Sandra Arthur

This dimensional needlepoint project explores many techniques to add interest and challenge. Detailed descriptions, color photos, and stitch illustrations walk you through techniques of appliqué, trapunto (a decorative quilted effect), and sponge painting on the canvas. Stumpwork variations add dimension and texture. Stitching includes needleweaving and many additional showcase stitches such as Nobuko, buttonhole on a knot, darning, bargello, mosaic, raised stem, and combination stitches. Experience working with fantastic suggested threads on this 8 ½” x 8 ½” design area using #18 ecru or off-white mono canvas.


Geometric Square:  A Counted Canvas Design by Patricia Mazu

Designed to teach the overall effect that simple stitch combinations and composite stitch combinations can create. This 5¾” x 5¾” square utilizes reversing Amadeus stitches, eyelet stitch variations, cross stitch variations, partial Rhodes stitches, and combinations of stitch patterns. Variations of the above listed stitches are also used. Bead attachment methods will be discussed. Participants are encouraged to select materials from their personal thread collections and see how different threads produce different effects. However, an optional complete kit, which includes #18 mono white canvas, a selection of threads, metallic braids, and beads is available.


Golfing at St. Andrews by Michele Roberts

Think Scotland: clan tartan plaids and golf! Golfing at St. Andrews is Michele Roberts' companion piece to Thistle and Kilt (retired Correspondence Course). A jeweled goldwork golf ball rests between two golf clubs, superimposed on the old St. Andrews Golf tartan. Learn three families of techniques: Chottie Alderson's plaid stitch, ray stitch, lattices, couching; traditional raised and dimensional English goldwork, including padding, invisible couching, chipping, parallel laying, seeding, and overstretching and wrapping; and, attaching Swarovski crystals. The 8” x 10” design is worked on #18 white  mono canvas. Optional partial kits (gold and crystals only) and complete kits are available.



Softly Feathered By Carol Algie Higginbotham

The student will experiment with shading canvas stitches. This 11" x 15" design is worked on #18 white mono canvas with floss and pearl cotton. The piece will explore 27 canvas stitches with shading. The stitches are mostly basic so that the student can concentrate on the shading. It will then be enhanced with four Jean Hilton stitches and beads. The students will select their favorite floss color in four values for a monochromatic color scheme. This design was inspired by the feather designs in quilting. An optional complete kit is available.





Waterlilies by Jennifer Riefenberg

Luxuriate in the beauty and elegance of this timeless, waterlilies scene. This design was inspired while gazing down from a bridge, looking onto the beautiful waterlilies from above. Reflections in the water of the sky and surrounding trees are rendered through gentle shading. Lily pads are created using mostly compound stitches on canvas with overdyed threads. Stumpwork embroidery techniques bring your flowers to life using silks and realistic shading. Stitch diagrams allow you to place the flowers and/or lily pads to your own preference on the canvas. Detailed images show the steps used in the stumpwork technique. The 8” x 10" design is worked on #18 mono white canvas.


Zapotec Rug by Toni Gerdes

The design is based on research of many different Zapotec designs. The Zapotec people live in the Oaxacan area of Mexico. Explore the variety of designs that the Zapotec people use to create their beautiful work. The rich colors of wool are similar to the actual rug materials. A variety of wool threads will be used to create this beautiful design including Gloriana Lorikeet, Gumnut’s Poppies, Burmilana, and Felicity’s Garden. The stitches chosen help depict the woven texture of blankets. An optional kit includes the line drawn design 7” x 9” on sandstone Congress cloth, needles, and threads.



Course Costs:

The teaching fee is $30 for an individual and each member of a group.
The registration fee is $30 for an individual or $90 for a group.
There is no charge for the instructions (PDF) if you download and print them yourself.
There is a charge for a full-color printout of the instructions mailed, plus a shipping charge.
Check the website for availability and prices of kits. There is a shipping charge for kits (with or without printed instructions) for an individual order. Shipping charges for a group will be determined based on the number in the group and the package weight.
International shipping rates will be determined by the instructor when the order is placed.
There is an optional $25 course evaluation fee payable to the teacher (plus postage for mailing the piece to and from the teacher) at the time of the requested evaluation.

For further information about how to register for all CCs, go to ANG's Home Page, click on Educational Opportunities, and then Correspondence Courses or click on

I would like to congratulate Jennie Wolter for completing the Correspondence Course Geometric Square and receiving her Certificate of Completion.


Mary D. Deignan says...
Posted Thursday, February 15, 2018
It would be helpful if one could see an expanded view of each of the correspondence designs and additional teacher notes. If that information, plus information on kit orders, is available, this section of the newsletter is not indicating where it may be found.

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