Needlepoint Santas are a favorite stitching project for December

December 14, 2014  |  Show N Tell, Uncategorized  |  No Comments
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 love a holiday party!

November 23, 2014  |  Chapter Information, Show N Tell  |  Comments Off
Colorado Columbine members enjoying their party.

Colorado Columbine members enjoying their party.

In November each year, the membership of the Colorado Columbine Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild enjoys a holiday party before everyone gets caught up in December’s activities.  Stitchers compare notes, get reacquainted, meet new people and feast on the goodies of the banquet table.  This year’s festivities were organized by Hospitality chair Janet C., who did a remarkable job and presented us with our best-ever smorgasbord!

Tempting desserts!

Tempting desserts!

What could possibly top such a feast?

In a flash, stitchers would tell you  n-e-e-d-l-e-p-o-i-n-t!   So after a quick meeting conducted by president Lea K., stitchers got down to serious work on their projects. There were Christmas designs in progress, a stitcher hand-finishing a completed project, a correspondence course in play & other beautiful creations being completed. Below is a beautiful stocking containing imaginative stitches using beautiful threads:

Jane's stocking almost complete!

Jane’s stocking almost complete!

 

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

Also, don’t forget to visit our local needlepoint supporters, our ADVERTISERS (click on the tab at top), who are so helpful, for your needlepoint supplies.

Happy stitching, everyone, and 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.

 

 

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 columbineang@gmail.com 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.

http://innatpalmerdivide.com – 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 columbineang@gmail.com 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 columbineang@gmail.com 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.

CLICK HERE TO SEE PAST COLORADO COLUMBINE ANG EVENTS!

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 columbineang@gmail.com 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…