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Needlearts Appraisal Program
The purpose of the NeedleArts Appraisal Program (NAP) is to train knowledgeable and professional appraisers of needlework.  A professional appraiser establishes the purpose of the appraisal and determines the value of the property for which the appraisal is requested.  All ANG members interested in attaining this expertise are eligible to participate in the NAP.


Prior to entering the NAP, the applicant will be required to complete an entry submission questionnaire.  The applicant may also be interviewed by the certification committee to determine eligibility and qualifications.

Once an applicant has been accepted into this independent study program, they will be assigned a mentor and will be expected to complete the four level Program within three years.  Level I and Level II are each one year in duration; Level III and Level IV are each six months in duration.


Qualified candidates that earn the NAP Accreditation will gain an extensive knowledge of all types of needlework and related appraisal skills.  This includes, but is not limited to:

  • History and periods of various needleart, including European, American, and Ethnic 
  • Materials, motifs and styles 
  • Capability to research unidentified needlework as to date and origin
  • Ability to determine condition issues and how they may affect value
  • Ability to determine and quote a value of needleart for various purposes, including insurance, donation and sale
  • Identifying restored needlework, and whether it is expertly or poorly accomplished
  • Methods of preservation and conservation of needlework
  • How to research values and write a proper appraisal report
Upon completion of all the NAP requirements, the candidate will be awarded the title of Accredited NeedleArts Appraiser, ANG.  Re-accreditation is required every two years to ensure all our graduates keep current with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), as well as continuing their education in this wide field of study.


Additionally, the National Association of Appraisers has accepted our three year NAP as fulfillment of their education requirement.  Upon completion of the 15-hour USPAP course and submission of the USPAP completion certificate and our NAP accreditation certificate, our graduates are eligible to apply for membership with this national appraisal organization, and to use the MNAA (Member of National Association of Appraisers) designation.

For more information about the NAP , or to contact any of our appraisers, contact the Chairman of  the Program at

Certified NeedleArts Appraisers

Carlene Harwick 
Valerie B. McAleenan, MNAA, AOA 

Cindy Lee Gershin, MNAA

Joann Z. Gillott
Joady Gorelick
Willette Vaughan


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.


ANG, Inc.
1120 Route 73, Ste 200, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054-5113
P: 856.380.6911 F: 856.439.0525