Master Needlepointer Program (MNP)
Monday, January 22, 2018
Posted by: ANG Headquarters
Master Needlepointer Program (MNP)
Would you like to turn compliments on your stitching into a recognized validation of your skill? Gain recognition for your stitching expertise? Affirmation and credentials to present yourself as a Master Needlepointer? Using this certification you can represent yourself as an expert for consultation and commission work. Then the MNP is for you!
The MNP is a program where our members can earn and receive recognition for their abilities. And because many have not yet discovered the designer within them, MNP provides a level of achievement that can be reached without requiring original designs. It is our hope that, in developing a two level program, participants who successfully complete the first level, Master Needlepointer, will gain the confidence needed to advance to the Senior Master Needlepointer level where original designs are required. Or, to even enter the Master Needle Artist Program where design creation takes center stage. The program is not a teaching program but a place to demonstrate your skill. It is an individual endeavor that can, however, help you advance your abilities.
The Master Needlepointer level will be awarded after satisfactory evaluation of the first 4 stages. The stages begin with basic techniques and progress to intermediate and advanced stitches, both needlepoint and counted thread, and the use of textural stitches and colors to produce depth. The program participant may use supplied designs or create his or her own for the Master Needlepointer level. Supplied designs for stages 3 and 4 require the addition of design elements to show depth and perspective, which will lead to stages 5 and 6 that require original designs. Senior Master Needlepointer certification is achieved after completion of all 6 stages.
The supplied designs for Stage 1 are geometric with straight lines dividing the areas. The overall size is 180 x 180 threads on the ground fabric of your choice. On #18 mono canvas that translates to 10” x 10” but the ground fabric is up to you. Technique and stitch basics are demonstrated, including (but not limited to) beginning and ending threads, ground coverage, stitch compensation, and knowledge of basic stitches. These criteria follow through all the stages. Stage 2 goes beyond basics, including composite stitches, and intermediate techniques. The supplied designs are 'organic' with curved lines defining the areas. Both supplied designs are representations of floral motifs. Stage 3 advances to intermediate techniques where texture and color are used to achieve depth. The use of pulled and drawn thread techniques and edge finishing are included in this stage. In Stage 4, advance-intermediate techniques are used to add dimension including canvas appliqué. There must be at least one design element appliquéd using the traditional appliqué technique. Other dimensional design elements based on stumpwork techniques (bas relief or stitched separately and then attached) are also required. You may use supplied designs or create your own for any stage in the Master Needlepointer level. The Master Needlepointer level can be accomplished in as little as two years, but you can proceed at your own pace, completing the first 4 stages within 5 years.
The Senior Master Needlepointer pin will be awarded with the completion of 2 additional stages that require the creation of original designs, application of color theory, and advanced stitching techniques.
Each stage will be evaluated according to the best practices of needlepoint.
We know we have the best needle workers in ANG. Won't you join those already in the program to let the world know what you can achieve? Visit http://www.needlepoint.org/MNP-program-description.pdf or contact MasterNeedlepointer@needlepoint.org.