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Happy Anniversary to Colorado Columbine Chapter – needlepointing for 40 years!

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It’s our RUBY anniversary, can you believe it?  Forty years of needlepoint stitching as a group in Denver, Colorado. Now that’s something to celebrate!  So, by golly, we are!

On April 20, 2015, CCC-ANG hosts its annual dinner, and this year, with some delightful surprises. So, members past and present, please let us know via our Facebook page  or e-mail us at columbineang@gmail.com if you are interested in connecting with needlepointers of today. This will be a great chance to catch up and view our beautiful scrapbook of events since 1975.

After joining our national group, the American Needlepoint Guild, it’s an easy step to joining the Colorado Columbine Chapter of ANG. Dues are just $26 per year and cover free classes, stitch projects, pointers on any level of stitching, access to insider information about new threads, holiday parties, field trips and off-site retreats that are just plain fun!

Gloria with lovely Southwest-themed ornaments she's stitched. Gloria with lovely Southwest-themed ornaments she’s stitched.

 

Our new president, Gloria M., at left, will be teaching an upcoming class in June/July, a design by Libby Sturdy called ‘Mile High Santa!’  April is the final chance to sign up for this, at just $50 for canvas, stitch guide and class instruction. So join us in April to get onboard this opportunity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The stitching on Mile High Santa is too fun. Here is a finished example of suggested colors and stitches, but anything goes! Use a stash of threads you already own if that’s your preference:

Mile High Santa by Libby Sturdy Mile High Santa by Libby Sturdy

Join us April 20 for the kickoff of our 40th ANNIVERSARY year, installation of the new officers and annual dinner!

Colorado Columbine Chapter, American Needlepoint Guild
Meets Third Monday of each month except Aug & Dec., at 6:30 p.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E. Hampden Avenue
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Email us at columbineang@gmail.com for more information.

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Organize your needlepoint stash with new tips in January

It’s  January and time to think about organizing things around the house.  In keeping with this theme, we will be giving you some ideas on how to organize your needlework stash.  Barb G. will give tips and tricks and would love to have any and all of you share YOUR secrets for organizing threads, canvases, tools, books, WIP, etc.

Also, this month we will begin our year long project–Variations Sampler by Custom House Needle Arts.  The stitch books are finally in, and Christine Hause from the Stitching Shop will be at the meeting and have them for sale for $16.00.  She will also have the Gumnut threads that are used in the original sampler.  These gorgeous silk and wool threads are a little pricey, and we will talk about what  you can use in place of the suggested threads should you want to do this. You can download the picture of the sampler, thread list, schematic of the blocks HERE.   If you wish Barb to print you a copy of this information, please let her know–the cost  will be $1.00.

The sampler finishes at 12″x12″  on 18 count canvas.  You should use a piece of canvas either 16″x16″or 18″x18″ depending on whether you want a 2″ or 3″ border around the piece for framing or finishing into a pillow.

If you prefer to work on 14 count canvas, the piece will finish approximately  15 1/2″x 15 1/2″.  Again you need to leave either  an additional 2 or 3 inches on each side for finishing.

Also, The Stitching Shop has a TRUNK SHOW with 20 percent OFF this month, featuring these artists (& some stitch guides available):

Pat Thode

Catherine Blair

Brenda Palmer

Beth Robertson & Suzanne Howren

Barbara Bond

Call Christine at The Stitching Shop, 303 727-8500 or email her if you have questions: AStitchingShop@gmail.com

 

Happy stitching, everyone, and we will see you all on January 19. We DO meet on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

Colorado Columbine Chapter, American Needlepoint Guild
Third Monday of each month except Aug & Dec., at 6:50 p.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E. Hampden Avenue
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Email us at columbineang@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

St. Clare's Needlepoint Guild hosts its annual tea & display

The wedding kneelers.

St. Clare’s Needlepoint Guild hosts its annual tea & display

The wedding kneelers at St. Michael's. The wedding kneelers at St. Michael’s.

Every year before Epiphany, St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church of Denver throws open its doors to invite the community to see the beautiful sanctuary.  It is decorated for the season and filled with needlepoint work done by its St. Clare’s Needlepoint Guild of church members. The stitchers of the Guild have been filling the church with needlework for 34 years.

In the photo above, the ivory wedding kneelers are on display, one for the bride, one for the groom. The are stitched with embroidery floss and French wool. The blue kneelers at the alter are for communion takers and are stitched on 13-gauge canvas with wool. The cushions are rotated to distribute the pattern of wear. All were designed by a guild member who specializes in ecclesiastical designs, and carefully plotted out on graph paper and sized to fit the span of the altar.

The wedding kneelers. The wedding kneelers.

Kneelers fill the pews in the sanctuary and the choir above it, each designed and stitched by the members, who must stitch samples before being invited to join the Guild.  The designs include elaborate crosses and symbols of Christianity such as the pomegranate, below.

Example of kneeler in the pews. Example of kneeler in the pews.

About 150 stitchers have served the Guild over the years.

Roses and cross, in needlepoint. Roses and cross, in needlepoint.

Wool on the roses, and a little bit of metallic thread used in the cross, which make it stand out and sparkle in the light.

And glorious, bright colors endure on every piece, as the chair seat below shows.

Needlepoint chair seat in glorious colors. Needlepoint chair seat in glorious colors.

Colorado Columbine members enjoyed the needlepoint, the beautiful classical music by the organist and chatting with the stitchers of the St. Clare’s Needlepoint Guild. The open house next year is January 9, 2016!

CCC-ANG members at St. Michael's in January. CCC-ANG members at St. Michael’s in January.

Happy stitching, everyone, and we will see you all on January 19, 2015. We DO meet on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

Colorado Columbine Chapter, American Needlepoint Guild
Third Monday of each month except Aug & Dec., at 6:50 p.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E. Hampden Avenue
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Email us at columbineang@gmail.com for more information.

 

Works in progress by St Clare's Guild. Works in progress by St Clare’s Guild.

Needlepoint Santas are a favorite stitching project for December

Four adorable Petei Santas by Shirley M. Four adorable Petei Santas by Shirley M.

It’s always fun to stitch a needlepoint project during the season it’s designed to depict.  Whether a dreidel for Hanukkah or a Santa Claus for Christmas, a pumpkin for autumn or a spunky rabbit for spring, there’s just more fun and anticipation when the design seems to fit the weather.

This month, we know stitcher Shirley M. will have these adorable Petei Santas on display at her house. They are finished as standup boxes, each showing her skills as a needlepointer with varied stitches and a wide selection of threads. They invited close examination at a recent Show & Tell!  Below, Shirley shows an armful of her work:

Shirley's cute Petei Santas! Shirley’s cute Petei Santas!

 

And below, another recently finished Santa stitched by Shirley. Designed by Debbie Forney, the ‘HoHoHo Santa’ makes a triangular standup when finished:

HoHoHo Santa by Debbie Forney HoHoHo Santa by Debbie Forney

 

Be sure to check out our Facebook page (click the link above right, SOCIAL / OUR FACEBOOK PAGE) for more holiday photos.

Don’t forget to visit our local needlepoint supporters, our ADVERTISERS (click on the tab at top), for your needlepoint supplies.

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas! We will see you all on the third Monday in January, 2015 (no meeting in December). We DO meet on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

Colorado Columbine Chapter, American Needlepoint Guild
Third Monday of each month except Aug & Dec., at 6:50 p.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E. Hampden Avenue
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Email us at columbineang@gmail.com for more information.

 

Needlepoint stitchers take a summer break from meetings

Gloria's finished Seaside Santa! Gloria’s finished Seaside Santa!

In August there is no formal meeting of Colorado Columbine Chapter of ANG, but it certainly does not mean we are not stitching! Summer is a great time for picking new threads, canvases and treating ourselves to some relaxed day-long stitch sessions. See Gloria M.’s fun seaside Santa in its finished standup form, above.

We have new advertisers, so take a peek at the ADVERTISERS tab to see who’s new onboard. Stop by for framing & finishing help and shop for those oh-so-necessary new threads! These people support needlepoint and stitching in all its forms. They are all local businesses, easy to find. Best of all, there is instant gratification when you just need that special color or sparkle to finish a needlepoint canvas!

In September, the program is TINY FRIENDSHIP GIFT BOXES! These adorable, glittery little squares are fast stitching. In October, we will learn how to assemble them and add pretty ribbons. They are so cute, one just may have to stitch all three… how about that for a stash buster?

Join us in September to see what the fun is all about!

Colorado Columbine Chapter, American Needlepoint Guild
Third Monday of each month except Aug & Dec.
Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E. Hampden Avenue
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Email us at columbineang@gmail.com for more information.

A needlepoint expert reviews two stitchery books for our CCC-ANG readers

Jennifer R. shows 'Radishes.' Jennifer R. shows ‘Radishes.’

Our very own resident needlepoint designer and artist has reviewed two wonderful books for our stitching libraries! Jennifer R. is a certified NAN judge and needlepoint creator whose work is shown and taught nationally. Both books were reviewed as part of her NAN Judges’ Certification process.

1.) Three-dimensional Embroidery
Author: Janet Edmonds. Methods of construction for the third dimension. Batsford, London, England, 2009.

Three-dimensional Embroidery book report

2.) Canvas Embroidery/Couching
Author:  Ann Strite-Kurz Creative Canvas Couching. Self Published: 2005

Creative Canvas Couching Book Report

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Don’t forget to buy threads for the Laura J. Perin design, ‘Independence Day,’ which is to be stitched starting with the June 16 regular meeting!
Bring your latest and greatest show & tell items!
And don’t forget to check out our ADVERTISERS, linked above, and do your shopping locally.  We all love our shops and the instant access they give to needed supplies!
Happy Stitching and see you all June 16…

Needlepoint basics offered every month at Colorado Columbine Chapter meetings

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A wonderful new program is underway at Colorado Columbine Chapter meetings! It’s called “All You Ever Wanted to know About Needlepoint But Were Afraid To Ask” and is designed to give members a solid knowledge of needlepoint stitch techniques, no matter how long they have been stitching.

Every meeting will offer an option to sit in on a session with needlepoint expert Janet Gebow, who will demonstrate the good practices every stitcher should have. The first session in March showed members a basic stitching kit and how to tie in and tie out threads on a canvas.

Janet also eloquently expressed what so often goes unsaid, but is understood by all who love this art. It is wonderfully soothing and addictive, rewarding and enjoyable, giving many hours of pleasure to those who are drawn to it. She described the exquisite colors and textures to be savored, and the infinite designs painted on canvas to be chosen. And Janet also discussed the canvas embellishment that takes needlepoint to another level. She gave an enticing glimpse of upcoming sessions, so join us to take your needlepoint experience to new heights!

Here is a schedule of her upcoming offerings:

May, 2014  Line Stitches – Back stitch, outline stitch, stem stitch and possibly straight stitches – pathway for stitches and how to stitch straight stitches from unnumbered charts

June, 2014  Tent Stitches and other stitches which are variations on the basic tent stitch

July, 2014  Other Diagonal Stitches

September, 2014 Crossed Stitches

November, 2014 Tied Stitches

Colorado Columbine Chapter has supplied a 10″x10″ piece of 13 count canvas. Stitchers should bring 10″x10″ stretcher bars, and some pearl cotton. There is no charge for the instructional copies, or the canvas.

And now to a TA-DA moment!

Show & Tell in March offered a much-anticipated finished piece by Jane M., who has had her beautiful stitched canvas framed to commemorate a family trip to San Diego. The canvas is crowded with wonderful specialty stitches that elicited oohs and aahhs from the members. One of the great pleasures of our meetings is the opportunity to share our work with stitchers who Really Know What It Took to Get That Canvas Done!

Jane's framed piece wowed 'em at Show & Tell Jane’s framed piece wowed ’em at Show & Tell

Needlepoint programs schedule for Colorado Columbine Chapter, 2014-15

CCC-ANG stitchers at work. CCC-ANG stitchers at work.

Colorado Columbine Chapter of American Needlepoint Guild presents its 2014 schedule of upcoming programs for its regular monthly meetings. Also election results for 2014-15 board positions announced below:

March –Sharon G’s Pink Hydrangeas class begins—
             Needlepoint tips about Very Basic Stitches & beginning and ending threads
              Sign-Ups begins for Independence Day ($13)– a charted design
April — Annual Dinner & Installation of Officers
            Needlepoint Tips with Janet Gebow
            Sign-ups continue for ‘Independence Day’ ($13)
May G-A-R-A-G-E   S-A-L-E!! Clear out your stash and make room for your new acquisitions! Price your items and donate just 20 percent to Colorado Columbine Chapter!
           Final chance to sign up for Laura Perin’s design, ‘Independence Day.’
            Needlepoint Tips with Janet Gebow
June — ‘Independence Day’ project starts with stitching at regular meeting
                Sign-Ups begin for ‘Tiny Friendship Gift Boxes’
July –Continue working on Independence Day
         Last chance to sign up for ‘Tiny Friendship Gift Boxes’
August –Vacation — there is no meeting this month
September –Tiny Friendship Gift Boxes project begins
                          Needlepoint Tips Resumes with Janet Gebow
October –How to put together Tiny Friendship Gift Boxes
                    Needlepoint Tips with Janet Gebow
November –Holiday Party
December –NO Meeting–Happy Holidays and Joyeux Stitching!
January, 2015 –Janet Gebow Bargello Design, especially designed for our group!
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ELECTION RESULTS for 2014-15 board positions:
President – Lea K.
1st VP, Programs – Barb G.
Secretary – Karen B.

In memory of a beautiful needlepointer

Ritta, at left, with her  friend. Ritta, at left, with her friend.

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We have lost our dear and lovely friend Ritta Smith after her long battle with illness. Our hearts are with her family and friends and we convey our deepest sympathy. Ritta was a talented needlewoman, but more importantly, a mother, wife, daughter and friend to many. She will be deeply missed.

The photo above shows her as we stitchers are likely to remember her, smiling, enjoying every moment with close friends and stitching her beloved needlepoint.  And below, simply as a beautiful person.

 

 

Ritta Ritta

 

 

 

Stitch a needlepoint heart starting at January’s meeting

Stitch a heart! Stitch a heart!

The next meeting of Colorado Columbine Chapter of American Needlepoint Guild is Monday, January 20, 2014 at Bethany Lutheran Church, starting at 6:50 p.m.

We will get to see the results of the year-long project called ‘Galaxy,’ stitched by several members, then we get to launch another beautiful project called “Honey, I Shrunk the Heart!” designed by Pat Timpanaro. Our own Cynthia L. will be teaching this class.

See full instructions on the American Needlepoint Guild website:
http://www.needlepoint.org/StitchOfTheMonth/2000/Dec/index.php

And here is the stitch guide:
http://www.needlepoint.org/StitchOfTheMonth/2000/Dec/schematic.php

To complete Honey I Shrunk the Heart, you will need:

10″ x 10″ 18-count mono canvas
10″ x 10″ stretcher bars
1 skein overdyed silk or cotton (Waterlilies, Floss Overdyed, Sampler Threads, Silk ‘n Colors, Weeks Dye Works, etc.)
Color A
lighter value #5 pearl cotton
darker value #5 pearl cotton
#8 pearl cotton
Kreinik #16 braid
Kreinik #8 braid
Color B
#5 pearl cotton
#8 pearl cotton
Kreinik #16 braid
Kreinik #8 braid
Color C
lighter value #5 pearl cotton
darker value #5 pearl cotton
#8 pearl cotton
Kreinik #16 braid
Kreinik #8 braid
Background
#5 pearl cotton
cotton floss
Kreinik #16 braid (2 reels)
Select a skein of overdyed silk or cotton that contains the colors you want for your heart. You should be able to find three different color families in this overdyed thread. These will be Colors A, B, and C. Following the Materials List above, select colors of pearl cotton, floss, and Kreinik metallic. The values (light, medium, or dark) that I used were ones that were pleasing with my particular skein of Floss Overdyed. Choose values that complement your overdyed thread. You will use most of the skein of overdyed thread, but only a yard or two of each of the pearl cottons and Kreinik braids, so this is a good project to work from your stash.

If you want to have a background, choose a color that contrasts with the colors in your heart. You will need floss, #5 pearl cotton, and Kreinik #16 braid (or 1/16″ ribbon) in same color. You might find it easier to select the Kreinik metallic first and then pick the matching cotton. You will need a full skein or spool of each thread for the background.

This is a great project to use your stash of needlepoint threads! Think rosy pinks and peaches! We will continue this project at the February meeting, so there will be plenty of assistance available if needed.

Also, we are planning a March project called Sharon G’s “Watering Can with Hydrangeas,” which can be paid for at the January or February meetings ($85 which includes a stitch guide). It is a beautiful canvas, as fans of Sharon G. can imagine.

Lots to look forward to with stitching needlepoint this spring!