July/August 2017

The ANG E-NEWSLETTER is a bi-monthly publication designed to help keep you informed about ANG's programs and activities.

From the President’s Desk,
Lisa Crespo

Greetings to all members around the globe! With hot summer days in the Northern Hemisphere or cold ones in the Southern, wherever you are, it is a wonderful time to stitch! A lot is happening in the organization. Here is the latest update:

Unfortunately the magazine transition was not what we intended or expected. The Board and the Needle Pointers committee are members, who are just as disappointed as you are. The volunteers and vendors have put in lots of hard work, their time, energy, and effort. Everyone has been trying to work on improvements and to rectify the situation. That takes time because the magazine work is done several months before publication. We found what we hope to be a workable solution. To that end we amended our current vendor contract and hired another vendor to supplement the work that needs to be done for each issue. We expect the July issue to be out in a timely manner but still not quite on schedule. We believe that by the January 2018 issue the magazine will be back on its regular schedule.

We are also working on our new website. That is expected to be a significant improvement. This is another major undertaking by volunteers and vendors. The new website will roll out starting later this Summer. Not everything will be up and running with the initial roll-out. This will be another transition process.

We ask everyone for their patience. ANG volunteers and vendors are doing the best we can but like any major change, this will take a long time and it will have growing pains. These are only 2 of the major changes ANG is going through, and they are the most visible.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at or you can reach the Board at If you would like to be part of the solution by volunteering your time, talent, or treasure please contact us or the committee chairman you would like to help. The email addresses for the committee chairmen are on the last pages of the magazine. Thank you for your membership and for being stitched in to ANG.


From the Treasurer's Desk,
submitted by Julie Donatelli

One More Reason to Become an ANG Life Patron

ANG's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that a portion of your Life Patron membership dues is now tax-deductible. Beginning in 2017, after you have made your $2,000 payment to become a Life Patron, you will receive a letter from ANG stating that $1,500 of this amount represents a tax-deductible contribution. This benefit is in addition to many others that ANG membership continues to offer including: an annual subscription to Needle Pointers magazine, each year's exclusive “Stitch of the Month” project offering, ongoing opportunities to participate in ANG's Distance Learning and Certification programs, discounted pricing for ANG events, such as the national educational seminar, and priority registration for all Encore! ANG events (a special benefit for Life Patrons and Golden Needle Society members). If you've been thinking about purchasing an ANG Life Patron membership, now may be the perfect time!

From the Vice President of Membership's Desk
submitted by Pat Dugan

Recently a group of us were talking about what we love most about ANG and decided to make a list of the benefits of belonging to this wonderful organization. First on everyone's list is the fellowship ANG offers. It's the one place a stitcher can go to find like-minded people with a passion for all things needlepoint! Chapter meetings, Seminar, Encore! the Yahoo Group, and Cyber Pointers are just a few places where we can go to talk about stitching, share successes as well as not so great results, get help with a project or stitch, and just generally chat with friends from around the world. This sharing makes our hearts feel good!

I'd love to hear about your favorite benefit of membership in ANG. Just drop me a line at In any case, keep stitching and keep sharing your love of ANG!

Seminar Committee Chair,
submitted by Barbara Richardson

Although Registration has closed for the 2017 Seminar, there is still time to make plans and participate in this event.

Come visit the Exhibit to see the beautiful entries from members and to see the class offerings for 2018 Washington, D.C. Seminar.

You don't want to miss a visit to the Seminar Shop, there is always something new to see and/or buy.

Something else to consider are EXPO! the ANG Silent Auction and the Buy It Now events.

Look forward to seeing all in Anaheim.

Seminar 2018, Registration,
submitted by Jan Herod VP Operation

I know you're thinking that you haven't gone to Seminar 2017 yet and here we are talking about Seminar 2018 in Washington, DC. Your ANG Board and Committees having been working on 2018 for months. With a new website and a shorter Seminar we decided it was time to make a change dealing with Registration. After talking with professionals and taking into consideration all of the time and expense the lottery system involved, we have decided to go with "FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE REGISTRATION."

This was not an easy decision, but we knew that our members could adapt. We look forward to the future and we know that with our great membership you will be working with us.


Golden Needle Society,
submitted by Diane E. Trobaugh

Can you believe that in the very few years since Seminar 2013 when the capital campaign for the ANG Endowment Fund was unveiled, a total of $388,968 has been raised? Pledges of $260,000, with $127,300 received, have been made along with direct donations of $128,968. Thus, to date $256,268 have been added to the Endowment Fund due to the generosity of 248 ANG members, friends, and 35 chapters.

Are you planning to attend Seminar next month in Anaheim? If so, the Development Committee has some exciting incentives for you to become a member of the Golden Needle Society or to make an additional donation if you are already a member. Look for the Golden Needle Society page in the Seminar Handbook for details. But here's a hint-make a new pledge or donation of $100 or more and be entered into a drawing in celebration of ANG's 45th anniversary. Remember 45th means sapphire, color that is.

As we stitch ourselves together and to ANG we are -

submitted by Cathe McEnerney

It's time to give yourself a very special Halloween treat! Join us October 27, 28, and 29 at the famed Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA and enjoy the fun and fellowship of an Encore! ANG event.

Experience first hand the treat of a smaller more intimate class setting with fabulous teachers. There are just a few spaces left for the classes For the Love of Chocolate by Nancy Cucci and Candy Cane Express by Janet Zickler Casey. Fire and Ice by Toni Gerdes is at capacity at this time, though wait list positions are available.

Don't want to add another class project to your stash? Consider joining us for a weekend of stitching with fellow enthusiasts - lunch and party favors but no class are included in the special camaraderie fee of $225. And with our candy themed weekend we are adding a trick to the treat with extra Happy Hour class opportunities every evening at 5:30p.m. hosted by the Hershey beverage experts! It promises to be a fun filled time for all!!

Rooms are priced at a special rate of $199/night plus applicable taxes and fees. Lunch is included in your registration fee of $450 for the three days of class. Classes will be assigned on a first come - first served basis so make your choice quickly and contact or call the Membership Office at 608-443-2476 to register.

It’s a spook-tacular event!!


The Nominating Committee is looking for candidates listed below for this year. If you are interested in any of the following positions or something else, please contact the Nominating Committee at We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and tell you about the jobs. If you are interested in a particular committee contact the committee chair.

  • Vice President for Membership
  • Vice President for Operations
  • Secretary
  • Eastern Area Representative
  • Western Representative

Correspondence Courses,
submitted by Brenda Côté, Chair

This month we are highlighting two of the ongoing Correspondence Course favorites.

Ongoing Favorites:

Gated Secrets, by Sandra Arthur

A dimensional needlepoint project, Gated Secrets by Sandra Arthur explores many techniques to add interest and challenge. Detailed descriptions, color photos, and stitch illustrations walk you through techniques of appliqué, trapunto, and sponge painting on the canvas. Trapunto is a decorative quilted effect using padding and by stitching around the outline of the design area. 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 stitch, and combination stitches. Experience working with fantastic suggested threads such as Pepper Pot Silk, Burmilana, Gumnut, ThreadworX, Rainbow Gallery, and others.

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 down 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 and 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. And, detailed images show the steps used in the stumpwork technique.

Continuing Favorites:

Apricot Delight by Marnie Ritter

Florentine Fleur de Lys by Michele Roberts

I Can Do It by Patricia Mazu

Softly Feathered By Carol Algie Higginbotham

Newest Courses:

Geometric Square: A Counted Canvas Design by Patricia Mazu

Golfing at St. Andrews by Michele Roberts

Zapotec Rug by Toni Gerdes

Please note there are two Correspondence Courses that will come to an end on October 31, 2017. If you’ve been considering signing up for one or both of these classes, please do so soon before they are no longer available.

Blackwork Circles, Carol Algie Higginbotham

Carol Algie Higginbotham has you stitch a framework design of 19 canvas stitches in four values of a color in Blackwork Circles. The framed areas are filled with 13 blackwork patterns of heavy, medium, or light density categories worked with floss in the darkest values of the color. This piece challenges the Advanced Intermediate student to combine the technique of blackwork with canvas stitches, and the curving lines will enhance our expertise in compensation. Close-up pictures of the stitched areas accompany each of the diagrams. The 10" circular design finishes 12" x 12" and is worked on #18 white mono canvas.

Rose Swirls, by Carol Algie Higginbotham

Our canvas swirls, highlighted with ribbon roses, floats on a background of pulled thread in Rose Swirls by Carol Algie Higginbotham. The Advanced Intermediate student will work 20 canvas stitches, eight pulled-thread stitches, ribbon roses, and ribbon buds. Close-up pictures of the stitched areas accompany each of the diagrams. There are also two pages with close-up color pictures of each area. The piece is worked in four values of floss, white pearl cotton #12, and a silk ribbon variegated flower color. The 9½" circle design finishes 12" x 12" and is worked on white Congress cloth.

All courses are under the new payment structure.

  • The teaching fee is $30 for the course, whether registering as an individual or with 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. And, shipping charges for a group will be determined based on the number in the group.
  • International shipping rates have not changed.
  • 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

CyberWorkshop: Jessica, Sweet Jessica by Kurdy Biggs,
submitted by Barbara Evans, Chair

Registration Period: July 1- August 31, 2017
CyberWorkshop begins: November 1, 2017
Proficiency Level: Intermediate

Have you ever considered designing your own geometric piece? In Jessica, Sweet Jessica, we will start with an original design and investigate ways to vary a single stitch to achieve different effects as well as use multiple stitches in an area to create different effects. Students will be given the basic framework of the design, and then will be able to choose from four to six variations of stitches to complete each section of the design.

For more information go to:

Workshop by Mail, Serengeti by Pamela Harding
submitted by Kathy Larsen, Chair

Serengeti by Pamela Harding.

Serengeti's registration has already started. It's available from June 1 through September 30, 2017. After September, it will not be available, so don't delay!

Invoking the colors of Africa, Serengeti is a study in adjusting stitch elements to fit an area, rather than just compensating. Forty-five blocks of various sizes provide interest and diversity with multiple stitch variations. Threads used to create Serengeti are derived from an overdyed Waterlilies using a variety of silk (Florimell, Belle Soie, Silk Bella, Splendor), bamboo, and metallic threads. Come join us on the journey!

Proficiency Level: Advanced Intermediate

Design Size: 9” x 9” on 13” x 13” Congress Cloth (or 13” x 15” if lacing canvas to stretcher bars)

Kits are available from Ms. Harding through December 31, 2017. The $110 kit includes fabric, all threads, and two 8” x10” photos. Contact information is in the instructions.

After June 1st, you can find the registration for this on the ANG web site at

Pamela Harding was a self-taught embroiderer in multiple techniques until she took her first needlepoint class in 1995. The rest, they say, is history! She likes all types of needlepoint and explores bringing different techniques to her canvas work based on her extensive training with national teachers and her expertise with other embroidery techniques. She is currently studying to become certified in Japanese Embroidery.

Pamela’s desire to learn as much as she could about needlepoint resulted in numerous awards in exhibits, including the Tish Holland Award for canvas embellishment at the National Seminar. She has taught at the national, regional and local levels, and her students appreciate her teaching style.

Workshop by Mail, if you're not familiar with it, doesn't have any due dates, schedules, or critiques. It's a design you purchase and then work on it at your own pace. It's the best of all worlds.

Master Needle Artist (MNA),
submitted by Cindy Durston, Chair

The Master Needle Artist Program is all about ART. Favorite Art that the Candidate studies, Art that the Candidate creates and that same Art that is displayed at Seminar. Are you interested in discovering the Artist that you are or could become? If so, please contact Cindy Durston, Chair of the Master Needle Artist Program at and begin your journey of discovery.

NeedleArts Appraisal Program (NAP),
submitted by Cindy Gershin, Chair

One of the questions asked when someone is interested in the NeedleArts Appraisal Program is what type of skills are needed to become a needleart appraiser.

We look for candidates that have some of the following interests.

  • an interest in learning about all types of needlework
  • an interest in history
  • willing to do research
  • detail oriented
  • able to write detailed reports

Remember that all these skills can be developed. We do not require anyone to be able to do all of this before entering the program. The NeedleArts Appraisal Program is designed in multiple levels to help you learn all the skills required to research and write appraisal reports.

If it sounds interesting to you, then you are the type of candidate we are looking for!

Please contact for more information.

Master Teacher Program (MTP),
submitted by Susan Hoekstra, Chair

Are you a natural born teacher? Do you like to share your knowledge with your friends? If you answer yes to one of these questions, then, perhaps the MTP is the place for you!

A Certified Master Teacher enjoys teaching as well as learning. He/she is able to take an idea and create a design. He/she feels comfortable sharing the love of needlework with others and looks forward to the times available to do so.

The ANG offers a great certification program in the form of the MTP. After filling out the short application form, you will be on your way to learning about design and color theory, as well as what makes a good teaching composition. A proctor is available to assist you along the way, so you are never alone!

At the end of the journey, you will possess the ability to create a balanced design, write a teaching proposal, and execute the finished project.

If you are interested in joining the MTP, please feel free to contact the Chair and request more information. She is there to help!

Please email

Judging Certification Program (JCP),
submitted by Joni Stevenson, Chair

Are you a lifetime learner? Judging needlework is the type of activity that involves continued learning, an openness to different artistic styles and a love for the handmade.

Needlework judges learn about many different stitching techniques, not just canvaswork - these include, but are not limited to crewel, silk and metal embroidery, and pulled thread. At small fairs, a needlework judge may be asked to evaluate many other disciplines. and may find that through the community of judges within our program, a candidate has a vast wealth of information available to them should they wish to know more about a specific technique that they will be asked to judge. The learning never ends for the needlework judge, whether that means learning about a new technique or reviewing the finer points of a known technique.

A needlework judge enjoys the artistic expression that a needle artist displays in a piece of needlework. There is a wide range of needlework styles that a judge encounters, from the very traditional to the cutting edge in needlework application where needlework fuses with other types of art forms. A judge suspends his or her own preferences to style and evaluates each piece on the merits set forth by the exhibit guidelines.

And finally, a judge has a love for the handmade - for the skill, the time, and the portion of themselves that the needleworker has put into their piece. The passion that the needleworker has for their craft is the same passion that the judge has for its evaluation.

Learn more about needlework judging and the Judging Certification Program, it may not be at all what you thought it was. It really is about a lifetime of learning, openness to different artistic styles and a love for the handmade.

If you would like more information, or have any questions, please email

Master Needlepointer Program (MNP),
submitted by Rozelle Hirschfield, Chair

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 color 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 or contact

Congratulations to Sheila Beswick, our first graduate at the Master Needlepointer level. Sheila will be recognized at Seminar 2017 in Anaheim. We welcome Patricia Tector who will be the new chair of MNP following Seminar.

Maker Faire

Welcome to Maker Faire

Maker Faire - The Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth. Maker Faire is part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new! As a celebration of the Make...

What is it? It is a gathering of people who want to share, learn and create. 

Looking for a stitch in public or chapter membership recruitment opportunities? How about just supporting our mission, educational and cultural development through the participation in and encouragement of interest in the art of needlepoint. Maker Faire’s have thousands of attendees who are eager to learn and are craving your knowledge of needlepoint and cross-stitch. They are just waiting for you! 

There are Maker Faires across the country. The main ones are in the Bay Area in May and New York in October. However there are many smaller Faires in local communities. Locate your nearest Maker Faire through the Maker Faire website and contact the local organizing committee to see about opportunities to participate.

Life Signets ANG Merchandise

Life Signets has been making special ANG merchandise for years. Available are Seminar, Logo, Artist Series charms, and an ANG pen. Check out these links for more information and ordering.

Jewelry Order Form

Amazon Smile

Are you an Amazon user? If so, consider making your purchases from Amazon Smile benefiting ANG on eligible purchases


Please consider including this newsletter's information in your chapter's newsletter, or printing copies of this newsletter for members that you know who may not have ready access to a computer or who may not be receiving this information.

Has Your Personal Contact Information Changed?
submitted by Marietta Douglas, Editor, e-Newsletter

Please contact us only if you have moved, changed your address, or need to update information in ANG's member database.

This is easy to do on the Web or by email. On the Web, go to this page and fill in the blanks. Then click the "Submit Changes" button.

To update by email, open a new message and enter this email address into the "To" line without the [ ] or spaces: database [@]

Then copy and paste the following four lines into the message body, and finish each line with your information:
Your name as it is in our records
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