New to needlepoint? View our gallery of past stitching events

June 20, 2014  |  Chapter Information, Projects, Show N Tell  |  Comments Off

If you are new to needlepoint… not quite sure what it’s about… just view our gallery of photos to see what enjoyment the stitching of needlepoint projects can bring. The Colorado Columbine Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild holds monthly meetings in Denver that are open to all interested stitchers.


Barb G's beautiful piece for a granddaughter.

Barb G’s beautiful piece for a granddaughter.

Join us any time 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 for more information.

Needlepoint fireworks design tapped for summer stitching

Independence Day canvas

Needlepoint fireworks design tapped for summer stitching

June 15, 2014  |  Program Information, Projects  |  Comments Off

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

May 26, 2014  |  Chapter Information, Needlepoint Books, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off
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 Garage Sale is our May attraction!

May 3, 2014  |  Announcements, Program Information, Projects  |  Comments Off

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

April 6, 2014  |  Announcements, Program Information, Show N Tell, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off
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

March 22, 2014  |  Announcements, Program Information, Projects, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off
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.

In memory of a beautiful needlepointer

March 9, 2014  |  Announcements, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off
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.








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

March 1, 2014  |  Announcements, Program Information  |  Comments Off
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!

February 9, 2014  |  Announcements, Program Information  |  Comments Off

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!

Finishing needlepoint is the goal, and here are beautiful results our members showed in January

January 25, 2014  |  Projects, Show N Tell  |  Comments Off
Marcia G finished 'Galaxy' long before the year was up.

Marcia G finished ‘Galaxy’ long before the year was up.

‘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.

Barb C. shows a finished Galaxy!

Barb C. shows a finished Galaxy!

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!

Gloria showed lovely Southwest-themed ornaments she'd stitched.Gloria showed lovely Southwest-themed ornaments she'd stitched.

Gloria showed lovely Southwest-themed ornaments she’d stitched.

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).

Cynthia showed 'Honey I Shrunk the Heart' stitched as a square.

Cynthia showed ‘Honey I Shrunk the Heart’ stitched as a square.

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.’

Jennifer R. shows 'Radishes.'

Jennifer R. shows ‘Radishes.’

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.

Jennifer R. shows 'Radishes.'

Jennifer R. shows ‘Dragonfly.’

There will be more Show & Tell stars in February. Remember the change in meeting night:

FEBRUARY 18, 2014