Columbine needlepoint chapter news update

October 26, 2014  |  Announcements, Membership Information, Show N Tell  |  Comments Off


Shirley's cute Petei Santas!

Shirley’s cute Petei Santas!

The Colorado Columbine Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild continues its role as a meeting place for enthusiasts of needlepoint stitching on canvas!

The president, Lea K., announced at the latest evening meeting that the board had decided, based on feedback from the membership, to table its discussion of a merger with another local needlepoint chapter, Mile High. The merger had been under consideration since September. The members of Columbine chapter indicated their appreciation of the idea and are grateful to the Mile High chapter for its consideration and discussion on the topic.

Columbine now moves forward with its new nominating committee in place, some new and returning members, fresh volunteers and its full dues collectable. Please pay membership chair Tina H. your $26 annual dues asap! This is what keeps  the group able to plan its year of stitching (and more) activities!

Jennifer R. taught a brief program on how to adapt stitches — to resize and rework known stitches or those found in a favorite stitch reference book. She also discussed how to put some new spark in compound stitches! Jennifer used examples of Alicia’s lace pattern put over a laid filling and showed how changing the value of the thread used could make a stitch appear completely different from the same stitch done before.

Goria's Melchior Santa, finished!

Gloria’s Melchior, finished!


Julie's girly girl-on-the-go bag!

Julie’s girly girl-on-the-go bag!

On the Show & Tell table at October’s meeting were Petei Santas stitched by Shirley M. (top photo) which were taught in an advanced class at Diversions; a sassy stitched girl-with-pearls inserted on a bag by Julie S., (above); a Melchior nutcracker ornament designed by Damarj (stitch guide by Amy Bunger) made by Gloria M. (middle photo); a large standup Santa loaded with goodies by Barb C. and a folk-art raven by designer Maggie, stitched by Vickie (See these next month!)

More news! Our Facebook page (see link at upper right) now has more than 100 LIKES!  Woo-hoo — check out our new friends!

Don’t forget the two wonderful Consortium pilot classes being taught at the Inn at Palmer Divide in March, 2015! The registration opens up to other groups on Nov. 1, so get your stitching selves signed up soonest! Scroll down to previous post for details.

November’s meeting is our holiday dinner, so put on a party frock and plan to party like a stitcher! Or just bring a dish to share, come dressed comfortably and have a great time with friends!

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 pilot classes offered in March, 2015

October 12, 2014  |  Announcements, Pilot class  |  Comments Off
"Color Play" by Jennifer Riefenberg

“Color Play” by Jennifer Riefenberg

Alert! Denver Metro Needlework Consortium members!

Two fabulous local needlepoint teachers, Toni Gerdes and Jennifer Riefenberg, will be teaching tandem pilot classes  “Autumn Three Ways” and ” Color Play”  on March 13-14, 2015 at the Inn at Palmer Divide. Be sure to register for one of the two!  Don’t we all wish we could be in two classes at the same time? Mais oui! you can also obtain the kit alone for the other class if you wish. No need to miss this opportunity for affordable instruction from great national instructors.

All CCC-ANG members have already received this information via email. If you need it, the information and registration form can be found right here on the Colorado Chapter EGA website  .


"Autumn Leaves 3 Ways" by Toni Gerdes

“Autumn Three Ways” by Toni Gerdes

Aaand, you can beat the rush! In early November, these classes will be made available to both the EGA and ANG chapters in Colorado Springs. It is anticipated that the classes will be filled by these remaining groups.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE GROUP RATE FOR ROOM RESERVATIONS PERTAINS ONLY TO ROOMS RESERVED BY PHONE. GROUP RATES ARE NOT APPLICABLE TO RESERVATIONS MADE ONLINE. So CALL the Inn to reserve your accomodations.  This is a beautiful venue with a gorgeous restaurant and wonderful food. – 443 S. Highway 105, Palmer Lake, Colorado, 80133 ~ Phone: 719-481-1800

 How to get to Inn at Palmer Divide

October is a favorite needlepoint stitching month

September 28, 2014  |  Chapter Information  |  Comments Off
October stitching is fun!

October stitching is fun!

The weather is cooler, the garden projects have slowed, most needlepoint stitching groups are back in full swing after a summer hiatus.

In October, the board of Colorado Columbine Chapter of American Needlepoint Guild continues to consider a proposal to merge our chapter with another local needlepoint chapter.  It is vital that the membership at large makes its wishes known to the members of the board.  Feel free to call any member of the board to relay your thoughts on this important consideration, particularly if you were not present at the September general meeting. Click here to read the minutes:  General Meeting minutes of September 2014

It is also important to attend the next general meeting scheduled for Monday, October 20 at the Great Hall of Bethany Lutheran Church at 6:50 p.m.  It is much easier to communicate when members can meet face to face and discuss issues facing the group.

Our program in October will be the finishing process to create the Little Friendship Gift Boxes that we started in September.

So, lots on the agenda and lots of stitching to do, so plan to be on hand!




Needlepoint a pretty little 'Friendship Gift Box' in September

Debbie Rowley's Friendship Gift Boxes

Needlepoint a pretty little ‘Friendship Gift Box’ in September

September 1, 2014  |  Chapter Information, Program Information  |  Comments Off

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

Don’t forget to get any supplies you need from one of our terrific ADVERTISERS, HERE. They are so supportive of us and always stand ready to assist.

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 stitchers take a summer break from meetings

August 3, 2014  |  Chapter Information, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off
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 for more information.

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!

Click HERE to check out our newest advertisers and see what goodies they offer needlepointers!

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