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!
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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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!
‘Galaxy’ was a year-long project with a designated area to finish each month. Some stitchers, however, are so skilled and goal-oriented they were able to cross the finish line early. Marcia G. and Barb C. were two such speedy stitchers.
Finishing needlepoint pieces into framed, filled, stuffed or edged accessories is always considered an accomplishment. Members much appreciate the stitching and sewing that creates an enjoyable addition to the house.
Stitchers Marcia G. and Barb C. used different thread colorways, as can be seen in these pictures. Their choices give completely differing looks to the same design. It is part of needlepoint pleasure to experiment with colors and their relationships to each other.
One secret learned by needlepointers everywhere is that there is a certain color that can bring a piece of needlepoint to life. It is called the ‘poison’ color, no matter which color it actually is, because of its surprising effect on all the other colors. It jolts and startles the eye, but, like a black lampshade in a beautifully decorated room, prevents an overall feeling of too much sweetness. So go ahead, throw an acid green onto those pinks and cranberry colors and see what happens!
Members have been busy stitching and finishing, and it’s always fun to see the new results.
Here, Cynthia shows what can be done by slightly altering a design. ‘Honey I Shrunk the Heart,’ our current project, is shown here stitched not as a heart, but as a square, and finished in a frame. Cynthia chose delightful colors, and gave a tip about selecting threads for this project. Choose the variegated thread first, then add the other colors that fit or match it well. This project will continue into February (when the meeting is on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 DUE TO THE PRESIDENTS’ DAY HOLIDAY when the church is closed that Monday).
Jennifer R. has created another beautiful original design to be presented to ANG as a class, called ‘Radishes,’ a companion to her earlier design, ‘Carrots.’
And below, Jennifer shared her creation which is double-sided, people! She has stitched it to show either front or back. Both are beautiful! She said this is an idea she’s been wanting to experiment with for a long time.
There will be more Show & Tell stars in February. Remember the change in meeting night:
FEBRUARY 18, 2014
BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH
GREAT HALL AT 6:50 pm
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.)
lighter value #5 pearl cotton
darker value #5 pearl cotton
#8 pearl cotton
Kreinik #16 braid
Kreinik #8 braid
#5 pearl cotton
#8 pearl cotton
Kreinik #16 braid
Kreinik #8 braid
lighter value #5 pearl cotton
darker value #5 pearl cotton
#8 pearl cotton
Kreinik #16 braid
Kreinik #8 braid
#5 pearl cotton
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!
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:
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:
See you there… much exciting stitching awaits us in 2014…
By Lea K.
There are several more needlepointing books that everyone should take a look at! All are from the public library.
The “first” book, not to miss, is titled: “Folk Art Needlepoint – 20 Projects Adapted from Objects in the American Folk Art Museum,” and written by Ruth Peltason, c 2008. This book is nicely organized thematically by types of folk art motifs – such as flowers and daily life and offers 20 projects and variations from the American Folk Art Museum that is the country’s leading museum in this field. The author provides delightful notes on the motifs and museum pieces that are inspiring. Also, this book’s talented needlepointer, Karyn Gerhard not only charted all the patterns, but stitched ALL the books projects. “Folk Art Needlepoint” also presented insightful commentary on motifs and original artworks presented from this museum.
Secondly, but no less important, is the book titled, “101 Needlepoint Stitches and How to Use Them,” and the author is Hope Hanley, c 1986. Remarkable stitches, and best yet — the very same book available now as an E-Book – the on-line book electronic resource. Visually, the bold colors offered by the digital computer screen can show these actual stitches incredibly nicely. Additionally, librarians specializing in E-Books are nice resources. Please take a look at these not only interesting but entertaining books, as well.
These books can entertain on any snowy day.
BEST WISHES TO EVERYONE, YOUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS FOR A
“HAPPY THANKSGIVING” AND “SEASONS GREETINGS.”
Be sure to note the 2014 program information in next post…
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:
No formal meeting scheduled. Enjoy your holidays with family and friends.
-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
-Continue: “Honey I Shrunk the Heart, Square or ?”
-Members may add names to the nominations for new officers.
-Spring Garden Humbug, and Floss Holder.
-Finishing Spring Garden Humbug and Floss Holder.
-Installation of new officers!
Looking forward to seeing all of you Monday for the Annual Holiday Party!
They’re gorgeous, they’re on public display and they’re ours! The needlepoint masterpieces created in 1991 by the Colorado Columbine Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild are still as stunning and vibrant as they were upon creation. The tapestries have been on public display, a gift to the city of Denver from our guild, for 20 years now. The triptych of magnificent designs by artist William Hook were interpreted in beautiful colors of wool yarn and stitched by our members.
Each panel is 6′x 6′ — a vast surface on which to stitch, and every inch of each panel is a blend of colors to depict the three seasons and aspen trees in the original art.
Viewed from afar, the designs create beautiful seasonal scenes in a blend of colors, textures and reflection of light. The view close up is vastly different and shows the skill and artistry of the stitchers. Below, see the textures afforded by the different stitches. Basketweave is clearly evident, but also see how the long, vertical stitches bounce the light.
CCC-ANG member Caela Conn Tyler spent many hours selecting just the right threads and blends of colors to maximize the effect in the exact lighting in which the needlepoint tapestries would hang. There is a plaque nearby commemorating her contribution and that of our guild.
Let’s see more close-up views in these photos, taken by Cynthia L….
Our thanks to our president, Lea K., for organizing our field trip to the Colorado Convention Center. She was curious enough to honor past members’ monumental contribution to our city by taking a trip to view them in person. Also, thanks to Erin Knight of the Colorado Convention Center for giving us the tour and making the visit special by sharing stories of interesting events in the ballroom. And many thanks to photographer Cynthia L. for providing these wonderful photos of our trip.
Most of all, thank you to the current and former members of the Colorado Columbine Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild for producing such a magnificent and memorable work of public art.
Reviews by Lea K., President, Colorado Columbine Chapter, American Needlepoint GuildJust think of a home library that includes a few books about needlepointing, and some will tell you that having a few if not more needlepoint books on your shelves is necessary and even essential.
And, I agree.
So, my “first” needlepoint book choice is one that I own and is an encyclopedia about stitches. Many, many stitches. This is not only a handy resource book to have, but makes for nice browsing periodically. The title of this book is “The Complete Illustrated Stitch Encyclopedia” copyright 2004, by: Sterling Publishing Company., Inc.
There are a total of 250 stitches and even 30 projects included. For example, there are “Looped Stitches,” i.e., chain stitches, open filling stitches, etc.; “Knotted Stitches,” i.e., outline stitches, etc.; “Composite Stitches,” i.e., blackwork patterns; “Needlepoint Stitch Library” i.e. easy stitches, tent stitches, diagonal stitches, block stitches, filling stitches; “Needlepoint Composite Stitches,” such as radiating filling stitches; “Special Techniques,” as in drawn-thread work, pulled-thread work, ribbon work, beading work and bargello; and “Finishing,” or framing a design.
There are even more stitches mentioned, and with colorful visuals on each page of this 315-page book. Truly a treasure, it is a useful resource that I personally have utilized often even when there’s a snowstorm. Take a look. You’ll be nicely surprised.
My “second” needlepoint book choice is “The Complete Photo Guide to Needlework.” copywrite 2012, by: Creative Publishing International, Inc. and this time, borrowed from the public library.
There is an entire section on needlepoint and with the other chapters comprising The ABCs of Needlework as one chapter, ribbon and thread another, beading yet another and last, but certainly not least, “Needlepoint.” Needlepoint canvas is discussed as is preparing the canvas and also many wonderful “threads” are shown. There is a variety of thread choices: wools, wool blends, silk, silk ribbons, pearl cottons, braids (metallic), linens, synthetic ribbons, tubular threads, specialty threads, polyesters, flat-rayon ribbons.
Of nice interest are the visual samples presented with bright and bold colors. For example, the stitches presented are: brick stitch, double-brick stitch, pavillion stitch, zigzag backstitch, cashmere stitch, basketweave stitch, continental stitch, mosaic stitch, t-square stitch, smyrna stitch, leaf motif stitch, fishbone stitch, Rhodes stitch, and waffle stitch.
Also, project samples are present with both patterns and photographs of the completed projects. Interesting.
All in all, a nice book presentation that all can deliberate on and on and on. Please take a look.
Our group, the Colorado Columbine Chapter of American Needlepoint Guild is meeting on Monday, September 16, at 6:50 pm at Bethany Lutheran Church in Denver.
Our president, Lea K., leads us each month as we discover new needlepoint techniques, stitches and friends. On the 16th, our program chair, Barb G., will introduce a new project: Cookie-Cutter Contest. Canvas in 14-gauge will be available free, and some 18-count canvas will be available for a small fee. Bring a favorite cookie cutter to trace and finish your entirely personal design by November’s meeting to enter the judging! Get creative and crazy with your own design and threads! Sky’s the limit here!
Also, it is time to renew our annual memberships! Keep needlepoint alive and kicking with a low-cost membership in CCC-ANG ($26). Membership chair Tina H. will be encouraging each of us to pay now and glide into holiday stitching carefree. Let’s make her job easier and pay on time. See Tina on the 16th and renew your annual membership. Or, find her mailing address in the roster and get your $26 check in to her asap! You will NOT want to miss a moment of needlepoint enjoyment.
Also happ’nin September 12-15 is another bead show at the old Denver Merchandise Mart Annex, 451 E. 58th Ave. Admission is free to check out the bead artists, merchants, buttons, jewelry, antiques, books, tools and supplies. For more info, see The Renaissance Bead Show at www.beadshow.com .
And the Colorado Needlepoint Roadshow was a sure hit with members!
Now, THIS is the kind of fun needlepointers can expect when they get together with other stitchers! Colorado Columbine members showed up in good numbers to enjoy the recent Colorado Needlepoint Roadshow in Castle Pines: