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Encore 2021

Save the Date for Encore! 2021

April 10 -11, 2021

Sheraton Westport Plaza, St. Louis, MO

 Save the Dates for Encore 2021!  While we were disappointed to miss the 2020 event, ANG is making plans to head back to St. Louis with three popular classes for you to enjoy in a small class setting.  Plan to meet your friends in St. Louis for two days of stitching and fun. 


Scroll down or click on any of the links below for details:


Registration Options

Registration Opens to All Members - November, 23 12:00 pm ET

Registration Closes for All Members - January, 31 11:59 pm ET


Class registration: $495 - Includes:

  • Two days of instruction (each class is two days) - scroll down for class options
  • Lunch on Saturday and lunch on Sunday
  • Chance to win “door prizes”
  • Hospitality gift from ANG

Camaraderie registration: $275 – Includes:

  • Opportunity to sit and stitch in the ANG General Stitching Area
  • Lunch on Saturday and lunch on Sunday
  • Chance to win “door prizes”
  • Hospitality gift from ANG

Attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations (ANG room rate is $139/night – use the ANG room block weblink).

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Sheraton Westport Plaza900 Westport Plaza, St. Louis, MO

  • Eight miles from the St. Louis Lambert International Airport 
  • Complimentary airport shuttle
  • 20 miles from Gateway Arch, the world's tallest arch
  • Six miles from Plaza Frontenac, a scenic shopping plaza with great dining options
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Traditional Cajun-style Terrace Restaurant, offering authentic flavors using the freshest ingredients.
  • Additional Information on St. Louis and Attractions Found Here

Click Here for more information on the Sheraton Westport Plaza

Click Here to Book Your Room at the ANG Rate for Encore 2021


(ANG Group Rate $139/night)

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2021 Encore! Class Options

  • Class registrants must select ONE class.  Each class will take place over two days.  
  • Class materials (see each class description for details) are additional and must be paid at time of registration.

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Class - Autumn Impressions #21003

Jennifer Riefenberg

The warmth of Autumn and the fading daylight adds a dramatic touch to the wooded landscape. Enjoy stitching this sampler in the woods of Autumn. A selection of stitches, threads, and the power of light and shadow techniques in art and design combine to create an enduring piece. Learn some new aspects of color and design, highlights and accents, and compensation across colors while you stitch into the fall season.

Proficiency Level: Intermediate

Design Size: 6" x 8"

Kit Cost/Contents: $110; #18 eggshell canvas, silks, cottons, overdyes, metallics and all threads to complete the design as shown

Class - Highland Circle #21002

Kathy Rees

An abstract geometric, Highland Circle, features a circle of batik fabric appliqued to the canvas and outlined with overdyed silk chenille. Gloriana silks, Vineyard Silk, pearl cotton, Soie Cristale, Neon Rays, Water n' Ice, and Neon Rays+ add texture and dimension to the areas. In addition to the multiple textures of thread, a variety of stitches are used to produce movement to the design. Curves, compensation, and color will be part of the class discussion.

Proficiency Level: Intermediate

Design Size: 3 1/2" x 12"

Kit Cost/Contents: $103; #18 eggshell canvas, Gloriana overdyed silk floss, Chenille, Duchess Silk, Vineyard Silk, DMC pearl cotton, Soie Cristale, Rainbow Gallery Neon Rays, Water n' Ice, and Neon Rays+





Class - Stitches in Sterling/SIS Gone Rose #21001

Nancy Cucci

Stitches in Sterling is a vision of silver and white with touches of crystal and iridescence. The focal point of this sampler within a sampler is an intensely beaded center area consisting of little samples of beaded patterns stitched with a variety of beads and accented with a Swarovski crystal jewel. By contrast, the collection of boxes surrounding the beaded area contains mostly sheer background stitches that enable the beauty of the white and silver canvas to sparkly through. Stitched with silver metallic thread, white pearl cotton, and a variety of white, crystal, and iridescent beads, this project's emphasis is on pattern and texture. Rose Gold option is the same project but outlined with rose gold Kreinik and accented with a vintage Swarovski crystal button.

Proficiency Level: Intermediate

Design Size: 7" x 7"

Kit Fee/Contents: $65 Sterling on White/Silver canvas (21001A), Rose Gold on White canvas (21001B); #18 canvas, all threads & beads necessary to complete the project instructions with color photo

Pre-Work: Approximately 4-6 hours

2021 Encore! Faculty




Jennifer Riefenberg (Autumn Impressions) 

Jennifer loves teaching others, both the skills and the pure love and joys of art and creativity. She holds Teacher and Judge certifications through NAN. Jennifer is the Assistant Director of Judging for NAN. Jennifer teaches her designs locally, regionally, and nationally and has won numerous awards for her works.

Jennifer is the photographer for NAN and EGA Seminars. She is also an artist, painting primarily in oils, and a winner of national and regional awards. She is a fourth-generation Colorado native and has degrees in engineering and mathematics.


Kathy Rees (Highland Circle)

Kathy learned to cross stitch at 14 and has never stopped using a needle. After earning a business degree and working in the corporate world, she began managing her family’s needlework shop, teaching classes, designing counted canvas, and eventually committing herself to designing and teaching. She enjoys working with color and multiple overdyed threads.

Kathy has taught at EGA chapters, EGA regional and national Seminars, ANG Seminar, TNNA’s wholesale trade shows, and lectures and teaches at shops and guilds throughout the US and online. Her designs have won numerous ribbons and awards and she has been published in Needlepoint Now.






Nancy Cucci (Stitches in Sterling/SIS Rose Gold)

Nancy, of Huntington Beach, California, earned her B.A. in Physical Education from UC Santa
Barbara and holds Lifetime Standard Secondary and Community College Teaching Credentials.  

In 1985 Nancy began teaching classes at local needlepoint shops and presenting programs and workshops for needlepoint guilds in Southern California. She is a member of EGA, TNNA, NETA, Golden Needle Society, and an ANG Life Patron. Nancy began teaching on the national level in 2004 and is always happy to have the opportunity to share her energy and lifelong enthusiasm for stitching with her students.


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2021 Encore! Schedule of Events (preliminary)

(all events take place at the Sheraton Westport Plaza)

Friday, April 9

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM - Check-in & Registration

1:00 PM - 10:00 PM - General Stitching Room Open

Saturday, April 10

7:00 AM - 10:00 PM - General Stitching Room Open

7:30 AM Registration Desk Open

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM – Classes (all three classes are held concurrently)

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – Lunch (included)

Sunday, April 11

7:00 AM - 10:00 PM - General Stitching Room Open

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM – Classes (all three classes are held concurrently)

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – Lunch (included)

4:30 PM - Encore! Ends


*NOTE: If travel and public health policies in the first quarter of 2021 indicate that travel or meetings in April are not viable, ANG will make the decision to cancel Encore by January 15, 2021, at which time all registration fees will be refunded.

To make any changes to your Encore! 2021 registration, please email Changes can be made to your order until January 31, 2021 when registration closes.


Cancellation Policy:

No registration cancellations will be taken over the phone

Prior to January 31, 2021, fees are refundable less a $75.00 cancellation fee. Cancellations after that are non-refundable.

Refunds for package fees, if classes are changed or canceled, will be processed within one month of the conclusion of Encore!

If you must cancel after the final date of January 31, please email ANG at

If you would like your kits, please note this in writing at the time of cancellation. Please note that not all teachers release their kits. If the kit is available, the full package price must be paid, plus shipping cost and a handling fee of $15.00m along with any other fees due for the registration, as per ANG policy. Your kits will be sent to you within one month after the conclusion of Encore!

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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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