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Seminar 2020: Meet the Teachers

Meet the Teachers for the 2020 Online Seminar

The following acronyms are used in the teacher bios: American Needlepoint Guild (ANG), Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA), Embroiderers’ Association of Canada, Inc. (EAC), National Academy of Needlearts (NAN), National Embroidery Teachers Association (NETA), The National Needlearts Association (TNNA), Royal School of Needlework (RSN)


Sandra Arthur


Sandra is an ANG certified Senior Master Teacher.  She teaches at local, regional, national and international levels. She is a designer and co-owner of Duo Designs, Inc. She has been published in Needle Pointers, and Needlepoint Now and is the author of the new Pocketbook Series and the successful Shapes of Needlepoint series of books, for which she received the prestigious ANG Literary Award. Sandra is active in ANG, EGA, NETA, NAN, and TNNA. Sandy and her husband of over 55 years live in Lexington, Kentucky.


Terri Bay


Terri Bay, a teacher and designer from South Carolina, began teaching Ukrainian Whitework at Nordic Needle’s retreat. One class lead to another and now she has taught Ukrainian Whitework, Hardanger, Pulled and Drawn Thread and Blackwork at the EGA National Seminar, Regional Seminars, chapter workshops, retreats, and other fun events. She was honored to be featured as the Designer Across America in the June 2018 issue of Needle Arts. Terri is a member of EGA, EAC, and NETA.


Kurdy Biggs


Kurdy is NAN certified as a Level II Teacher.  She is a counted canvas designer, teacher and owner of Threedles Needleart Designs. Her geometric designs have won numerous awards from ANG, NAN, EGA, TNNA and Woodlawn Needlework Show. She has been published in Needle Pointers, Needlepoint Now, and Cross Stitch and Needlework. Kurdy has taught for national ANG, EGA and NAN seminars and in retail shops.


Janet Zickler Casey 


Janet holds a B.S. degree from the University of Texas in Medical Technology, a field from which she retired after 40 years. Janet has taught for over 20 years, including ANG national Seminars, Callaway School of Needle Arts, Blue Bonnet Studios, and many ANG and EGA chapters. She has also taught at several local shops in the Houston area, where she makes her home with her husband Steve. An ANG Life Patron, she is an avid stitcher, designer, and teacher of needlepoint and is known for creating whimsical three-dimensional characters for holiday and festive occasions.


Sandie Cormaci-Boles 


Sandie lives in Southern California and has taught all ages and all levels of embroiderers. Her teaching goals are to instruct and truly encourage her students. She likes to introduce them to new fabrics, threads, embellishments, and techniques. She incorporates finishing, designing or color theory into each of her classes. Some classes include needlework history.


Dawn Donnelly 


Dawn Donnelly Is a NAN certified Level II Teacher and has completed the NAN Teacher cum Laude program.  She teaches nationally and locally for ANG, EGA, and NAN.  Dawn is experimenting with handmade paper and finding ways to use it in her needle art.  This earned her Best in Show for her piece Paper & Stitches at the NAN 2017 Assembly.  Dawn stays busy volunteering her time for local guilds and NAN.


Toni Gerdes 


Toni Gerdes is a NAN certified Level II Teachers specializing in canvas embroidery. She volunteers for NAN, ANG, and NETA. She has received numerous awards for her designs. Toni has taught for NAN, EGA, and ANG, as well as guilds & shops. She has been published in Needle Pointers, Needlepoint Now, and in Needle Arts as the Artist Across America. She enjoys all types of stitching and sharing her knowledge with others.


Susan Hoekstra


Susan is an ANG Certified Senior Master Teacher. She is the designer of the 2016 ANG SOTM, Pineapple Leaves. At ANG national seminars she has taught Maple Leaves and American Folk Sampler in New Orleans, Hark, The Herald Angel and A Thread for All Seasons in Myrtle Beach, A Berlin Work Cardinal in Chicago, Ben’s Kites in Philadelphia, and Dove in The Window in San Antonio. Her strong belief in color theory greatly influences her way of teaching and encourages her students to be creative in the stitching process. Her designs focus on quilt geometrics, animals, and primitives.


Margaret Kinsey 


Margaret is an EGA Certified Teacher in Silk and Metal Thread Techniques. She is certified to teach Japanese Traditional Embroidery. She is the designated US teacher for the Kunimitsu Rozashi Studio and studies with Fumiko Ozaki. She has taught at all levels for EGA, for ANG national and chapters, and EAC Conferences and chapters. She was the 2012 keynote speaker and taught at the New Zealand Embroidery Guild Conference in Christchurch, New Zealand.


Deborah Mitek 


Deborah Mitek is a needlework designer and teacher specializing in silk ribbon embroidery and surface stitching on both fabric and canvas. Learning embroidery and knitting at an early age gave her a lifelong passion for all things needlework. As a member of EGA and ANG, she teaches at the national, regional and local levels. Her work has been published in both Needle Arts and Needle Pointers magazines. Featured as the Designer Across America in the June 2019 issue of Needle Arts magazine, her piece Summer's End was the front cover. Currently, Deborah is the owner of Island Stitchery & Studio, a retail needlework shop. She is also enrolled in the NAN teacher's certification program.


Wendy Moore 


Wendy is NAN certified Level II in canvas embroidery.  She has an MFA degree in Costume Design.  She has been teaching needlework for fourteen years and has a great interest in color theory and computer work. One of her goals is to bring other forms of counted thread work to her canvas designs. She is a member of ANG (Great Lakes Stitchers Chapter), NAN and EGA (Monguagon Chapter).


Linda Reinmiller 


Linda has taught around the country at the Needle Arts Mystery Retreats (of which she is a co-founder), EGA region and national seminars, ANG national seminars, EGA and ANG chapters, shops, CATS Stitching Festivals, and Spirit of Cross Stitch Festivals. Linda was one of the original CyberWorkshop instructors on the ANG Web site in 1999-2000 and has taught Correspondence Courses through ANG. 


Interchange (shown above) will be one of three classes that Linda will be instructing at Seminar.


Jennifer Riefenberg 


Jennifer is a NAN certified teacher and Judge.  She loves teaching others, sharing the skills and the pure love and joy of art and creativity. Jennifer teaches her designs locally, regionally, and nationally and has won numerous awards for her works. She is also an artist, painting primarily in oils and has won national and regional awards. She is a fourth-generation Colorado native and has degrees in engineering and mathematics.


Debbie Rowley 


Debbie Rowley lives in Elk City, OK with her husband of 40+ years, Rod, and two Shelties, Misty and Spirit. She has two married adult children, four grandchildren and two granddogs.  Debbie dreamed of being a writer and received a BA in journalism from Central State University, Oklahoma; she employs that training in her instructions. She’s been in business as DebBee’s Designs for 15+ years, and a teacher for 15 years. She has published designs in Needle Pointers and Needlepoint Now.


Melinda Sherbring 


Melinda is an independent researcher specializing in historical design and embroidery. She has examined surviving Renaissance English embroideries by appointment behind the scenes at various museums in both England and America.  She teaches needlework locally and nationally, with an emphasis on historical designs and applications. She has been active in historical re-creation since 1972.  Melinda has been an active student of embroidery since she joined the EGA and ANG. She has taught locally and at EGA Seminars.


Gail Stafford 


Gail holds EGA Master Craftsman certifications in Canvas Embroidery, Color for Needlework and Design for Needlework. She is the author of Undulations II, an EGA correspondence course. She has been on the faculty of ANG and EGA Seminars and has presented numerous programs for ANG and EGA chapters. Her current needlework focus is on translating scenic images into canvas embroidery designs; she also enjoys bargello. Her work has won many prestigious awards and has been published in Needle Pointers, Needle Arts, and Needlepoint Now.


Kay Stanis 


Kay is an EGA certified Master Craftsman and Teacher.  She is also a certified teacher of Kuenai Kai Traditional Japanese Embroidery.  Kay is an internationally known fiber artist, and designer. She has been on the faculties of ANG Seminars, Callaway School of Needle Arts, EAC, EGA national and regional seminars, Koala Conventions, South Australia Embroidery Conference, Embroidery 2000 (New Zealand), and many independent groups.


Cynthia Thomas 


Cynthia Thomas is an aware-winning Teacher/Designer who has won ribbons at ANG Seminars and the Woodlawn Needlework Show. She began teaching canvas embellishment in 1987 and is one of the pioneers in the development of commercial stitch guides. She has written hundreds of stitch guides for canvas designers and individuals. She has taught for ANG, Destination Dallas, TNNA, EGA, and shops around the country. Cynthia enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge of canvas embellishment, stumpwork and ribbon work plus a variety of novel techniques to inspire students' creativity. Her book Noses, Roses and Other Fun Stuff is a compilation of those techniques. She has also created a manual on How to Create Diagrams and Stitch Guides Using Microsoft Office. Her work has appeared in Stitcher's World, Needlepoint Now and Needle Pointers.

Our Mission

ANG is an educational, non-profit organization whose purpose is educational and cultural development through participation in and encouragement of interest in the art of needlepoint. ANG defines needlepoint as any counted or free stitchery worked by hand with a threaded needle on a readily countable ground.


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