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Needlepoint a pretty little 'Friendship Gift Box' in September

Debbie Rowley's Friendship Gift Boxes

Needlepoint a pretty little ‘Friendship Gift Box’ in September

If you are looking for a delightful gift for a special person, why not make a beautiful little box in that person’s favorite colors?

Our September program will be all about DebBee’s ‘Friendship Gift Boxes,’ by designer Debbie Rowley.  And they are little, which to us, means quick to stitch: “approx 2″ x 2″ x 2″ / use 24-count Congress Cloth Stark White – 2 10″ x 10″ pieces / instructions include 3 colorways.” Or, stitch on 18-count canvas if you prefer. Sign up now to receive a list of all the supplies. This could be a great stash buster!

Gaze at these and sign up by THIS FRIDAY, September 5, by emailing or calling Barb Golubiewski!

We will learn how to finish the box in October. If you have any questions, please contact Barb G.


Debbie Rowley's Friendship Gift Boxes Debbie Rowley’s Friendship Gift Boxes

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Join us September 15 to see what the fun is all about!

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 for more information.


Needlepoint fireworks design tapped for summer stitching

Independence Day canvas

Needlepoint fireworks design tapped for summer stitching

Our June and July needlepoint stitching project is fireworks, of course! Barb G. is conducting a session on stitching a Laura J. Perin design on beautiful Prussian blue canvas. The sparkly threads are laid in burst patterns on top and convey a gorgeous July 4th sky. If you have signed up, you now have a thread list and instructions. Just add stretcher boards, threads, a bling-y little magnet and you’re set to sail!

So join us Monday, June 16 at 6:50 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church at Hampden & Dahlia in the Great Hall.
We always have refreshments and a terrific Show & Tell table with fab finished needlepoint projects!

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Needlepoint Garage Sale is our May attraction!

The G-A-R-A-G-E  S-A-L-E is upon us, needlepointers! Clear out the old to make way for the new!  Think about that new painted canvas you’ve spied recently and think how free you will feel to stitch it — once your stash has been cleared up a bit… Ahem!

So mark the calendar for Monday, May 19, 6:50 p.m. in the Great Hall of Bethany Lutheran Church, Hampden & Dahlia Streets. And remember, the Great Hall can sometimes be divided into three rooms, so seek us out in one of the adjacent spaces if you don’t spot the group in the first room.

Bring your sale items marked with prices if possible — $5, $10, $100 or whatever.  Just 20 percent will be cut out for the chapter, unless you generously earmark ALL PROCEEDS to CCC-ANG — a wonderful gesture for your favorite needlepoint group!

Also on tap will be Janet Gebow, teaching Part 2 of ‘Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Needlepoint, but were afraid to ask!’  In just 20 minutes, Jan will show stitchers needlepoint tricks and techniques never dreamed of… we’ve got the canvas, just bring some threads and a needle and learn new goodies for your stitching repertoire!

Independence Day canvas Independence Day canvas

It will also be THE VERY LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR ‘Independence Day,’ a beautiful firework-y design by Laura J. Perin on a gorgeous Delft-blue canvas.  Cost is only $13, so jump in while the jumpin’s good!

See you all on Monday, May 19, 2014!

And a very happy Mother’s Day to all of you who are blessed with that privilege.



Needlepoint basics offered every month at Colorado Columbine Chapter meetings

Janet Gebow Janet Gebow

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!
ELECTION RESULTS for 2014-15 board positions:
President – Lea K.
1st VP, Programs – Barb G.
Secretary – Karen B.

Needlepoint in March will feature election of officers for 2014-15

President Lea K. President Lea K.

Elections are upon us at Colorado Columbine Chapter, American Needlepoint Guild. Voting is to be by returned ballot to Treasurer Sandy F. prior to the meeting night of March 17 or by submitting a written ballot available at the meeting by 7 p.m., when voting ends.

The slate of officers up for election:

Lea K., President

Barb G., Programs chair

Madonna O., Membership chair

See everyone on Monday, March 17 at 6:50 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church for our general meeting and election of officers for 2014!


Take a look at this summer’s project, starting in June…”Independence Day” by designer Laura J. Perin… Full thread list, cost and sign-up sheet will be at the March meeting!

(DESIGN by Laura J. Perin)

Needlepointers, Tues., 18th is last day to ensure a place in Toni Gerdes’ ornament pilot class!

Columbine ANG needlepoint members, Tuesday, February 18 is the last day to be sure you have a place in Toni Gerdes’ Pilot Class for the beautiful Christopher Ornament! After Tuesday, it is open season and Consortium members will fill the available seats!

Toni’s class will be held Saturday, May 17 at Bethany Lutheran Church. The cost is $75.00 plus your share of the room. A $50 deposit is required to hold your place. Final deadline for signing up is April 1.

Toni is a GREAT teacher, and this is a wonderful holiday piece. Please contact Barbara G., Columbine’s progams director, with any questions. Scroll down to the previous posting on Consortium classes to view details and photo.

Our general meeting this month is Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6:50 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran, so head on in and sign up for Toni’s class while you’re here.

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Stitch a heart! Stitch a heart!

Reminder, needlepoint stitchers! Our February meeting is on TUESDAY, FEB. 18 rather than our usual Monday due to the President’s Day holiday when Bethany Lutheran Church is closed.

Again, we will meet at 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Great Hall to resume our stitching of Honey I Shrunk the Heart with Cynthia L. Join us or bring your own current project!

Remember to bring your latest finished pieces for Show & Tell! Its the highlight of the evening…

Happy Valentine’s Day, stitchers!

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:

And here is the stitch guide:

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
#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!

Consortium classes in 2014 offer needlepoint designs with pizzazz for our stitchers

Needlepoint stitchers from Columbine Chapter will want to get these beauties on the calendar in 2014! Expert instruction, beautiful threads and canvases, new designs are all on tap for all members to enjoy. The Denver Metro Needlework Consortium serves us all and brings together the best in Colorado needlepoint offerings.

Designers Toni Gerdes and Sue Reed are going to town on new designs! Check out the link below, which takes you directly to the Denver Metro Needlework Consortium:


Or view the designs here:

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Don’t forget our General Meeting on Monday, January 20 (Martin Luther King Jr Day, and yes, we meet) at 6:50 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church.

We will be seeing the results of the year-long project called ‘Galaxy’ on which our members have been working:
Barb shows a magnificent finished piece at a recent Show & Tell. Barb shows a magnificent finished piece at a recent Show & Tell.

See you there… much exciting stitching awaits us in 2014…

Needlepoint in November brings out the holiday party goers

Barb shows a magnificent finished piece at a recent Show & Tell. Barb shows a magnificent finished piece at a recent Show & Tell.

Denver-area needlepoint lovers are invited to join us for our “Annual Holiday Party” and potluck supper on Monday, November 18 at 6:50 pm at Bethany Lutheran Church. If you wish to participate in our gift to exchange (under $10 is recommended cost), please wrap and bring it. Also, please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to one of our local food banks. Tis the season to share!

It’s the grand finale of our Cookie Cutter Ornament Contest! The winner will be chosen by popular vote and a prize awaits the most creative needlepoint creation.

For those who are working on the year-long “Galaxy” project, January will be the time to bring your completed projects. We are eagerly looking forward to seeing how many people have finished their needlepoint pieces. There will be a nice surprise for ALL who have finished “Galaxy.”

For your calendars, plan on these upcoming meeting programs:

December, 2013:
No formal meeting scheduled. Enjoy your holidays with family and friends.

January, 2014:
-Finished “Galaxy” can be presented to the membership for ooos and aaahs.
-We will begin “Honey I Shrunk the Heart, Square or ?”
Information will be given out at November 18 meeting.
-Nominations for new officers presented to the membership

February, 2014:
-Continue: “Honey I Shrunk the Heart, Square or ?”
-Finishing ideas.
-Members may add names to the nominations for new officers.

March, 2014:
-Spring Garden Humbug, and Floss Holder.

April, 2014:
-Finishing Spring Garden Humbug and Floss Holder.
-Installation of new officers!

Looking forward to seeing all of you Monday for the Annual Holiday Party!