Organize your needlepoint stash with new tips in January

January 10, 2015  |  Announcements, Chapter Information, Needlepoint Books, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

It’s  January and time to think about organizing things around the house.  In keeping with this theme, we will be giving you some ideas on how to organize your needlework stash.  Barb G. will give tips and tricks and would love to have any and all of you share YOUR secrets for organizing threads, canvases, tools, books, WIP, etc.

Also, this month we will begin our year long project–Variations Sampler by Custom House Needle Arts.  The stitch books are finally in, and Christine Hause from the Stitching Shop will be at the meeting and have them for sale for $16.00.  She will also have the Gumnut threads that are used in the original sampler.  These gorgeous silk and wool threads are a little pricey, and we will talk about what  you can use in place of the suggested threads should you want to do this. You can download the picture of the sampler, thread list, schematic of the blocks HERE.   If you wish Barb to print you a copy of this information, please let her know–the cost  will be $1.00.

The sampler finishes at 12″x12″  on 18 count canvas.  You should use a piece of canvas either 16″x16″or 18″x18″ depending on whether you want a 2″ or 3″ border around the piece for framing or finishing into a pillow.

If you prefer to work on 14 count canvas, the piece will finish approximately  15 1/2″x 15 1/2″.  Again you need to leave either  an additional 2 or 3 inches on each side for finishing.

Also, The Stitching Shop has a TRUNK SHOW with 20 percent OFF this month, featuring these artists (& some stitch guides available):

Pat Thode

Catherine Blair

Brenda Palmer

Beth Robertson & Suzanne Howren

Barbara Bond

Call Christine at The Stitching Shop, 303 727-8500 or email her if you have questions: AStitchingShop@gmail.com

 

Happy stitching, everyone, and we will see you all on January 19. 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.

 

 

St. Clare's Needlepoint Guild hosts its annual tea & display

The wedding kneelers.

St. Clare’s Needlepoint Guild hosts its annual tea & display

January 3, 2015  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off
The wedding kneelers at St. Michael's.

The wedding kneelers at St. Michael’s.

Every year before Epiphany, St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church of Denver throws open its doors to invite the community to see the beautiful sanctuary.  It is decorated for the season and filled with needlepoint work done by its St. Clare’s Needlepoint Guild of church members. The stitchers of the Guild have been filling the church with needlework for 34 years.

In the photo above, the ivory wedding kneelers are on display, one for the bride, one for the groom. The are stitched with embroidery floss and French wool. The blue kneelers at the alter are for communion takers and are stitched on 13-gauge canvas with wool. The cushions are rotated to distribute the pattern of wear. All were designed by a guild member who specializes in ecclesiastical designs, and carefully plotted out on graph paper and sized to fit the span of the altar.

The wedding kneelers.

The wedding kneelers.

Kneelers fill the pews in the sanctuary and the choir above it, each designed and stitched by the members, who must stitch samples before being invited to join the Guild.  The designs include elaborate crosses and symbols of Christianity such as the pomegranate, below.

Example of kneeler in the pews.

Example of kneeler in the pews.

About 150 stitchers have served the Guild over the years.

Roses and cross, in needlepoint.

Roses and cross, in needlepoint.

Wool on the roses, and a little bit of metallic thread used in the cross, which make it stand out and sparkle in the light.

And glorious, bright colors endure on every piece, as the chair seat below shows.

Needlepoint chair seat in glorious colors.

Needlepoint chair seat in glorious colors.

Colorado Columbine members enjoyed the needlepoint, the beautiful classical music by the organist and chatting with the stitchers of the St. Clare’s Needlepoint Guild. The open house next year is January 9, 2016!

CCC-ANG members at St. Michael's in January.

CCC-ANG members at St. Michael’s in January.

Happy stitching, everyone, and we will see you all on January 19, 2015. 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.

 

Works in progress by St Clare's Guild.

Works in progress by St Clare’s Guild.

Needlepoint Santas are a favorite stitching project for December

December 14, 2014  |  Show N Tell, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off
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.