New members of Denver needlepoint group offered name tags to stitch

May 24, 2015  |  Announcements, Uncategorized  |  No Comments

Denver’s Colorado Columbine Chapter of The American Needlepoint Guild just hosted an evening meeting with a class on stitching a name tag.  The design is available on our website, but membership chair Karen B. has name tag canvases available for new members or those who were unable to attend the meeting.

Contact Karen if you’d like a ready-to-go canvas on which to add your special touches!

Colorado Columbine Chapter, American Needlepoint Guild
Meets Third Monday of each month except Aug & Dec., at 6:30 p.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E. Hampden Avenue
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Email us at columbineang@gmail.com for more information.

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Whassup for June 15? Why, so glad you asked! It’s a Libby Sturdy design for a Mile High Santa!

Many stitchers have signed up for this wonderful Denver-themed canvas and our own Gloria M. will be teaching and has some surprises for us.  Even if you are not taking the Santa class, come by for some free stitching and chat.

Best of all, we always have beautiful finished needlepoint on display!

 

Denver needlepoint group has projects tee’d up for 2015

May 2, 2015  |  Chapter Information, Projects, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on Denver needlepoint group has projects tee’d up for 2015

The calendar of Denver’s oldest needlepoint group is filling up rapidly! Here’s what’s heading your way for the rest of 2015 from Colorado Columbine Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild:

MAY 18:  Expect some help getting your Colorado Columbine Chapter name tag finished as we tackle this easy design by one of our own designer-members, Jennifer Riefenberg. Here is the link to instructions & threads.  Our president and programs chairs, Gloria & Barb, are preparing the canvas needed to work this project.  Check the thread list, bring 8″ x 8″ bars, pull some goodies from the ol’ stash, and come with needle loaded for some fun stitching! It’s a lovely columbine design that can certainly be varied by each stitcher.

Fancy a new magnet? Get a glittery, S-T-I-T-C-H magnet from ANG. See Julie S. at the MAY meeting to put in your order. Cost is just $20, checks made out to CCC-ANG, and the chapter will pick up postage.

JUNE 15:  You’ve seen him, fallen in love with him, signed up for him and now will create him:  Libby Sturdy’s ‘Mile High Santa,’ a charming, Colorado-themed design that will be taught by our president, Gloria. Here is her finished standup, is  below. Stitchers taking the class will be provided with an 18-count canvas that has a design already drawn. Stitch guide is included. There will be some surprises offered, so sayeth the grapevine, so be on time for this anticipated class!

Mile High Santa by Libby Sturdy

Mile High Santa by Libby Sturdy

JULY 20: Put the final flourishes onto your delightful ‘Mile High Santa’ and plan his display as… what, a standup? A framed piece for the mantel? The center of a holiday pillow? The choices are many, and yours.

AUGUST: Take a break from meetings, but never from stitching, right? No formal gathering, but plenty of lazy days for tackling that stash of WIPs! Make us proud!

SEPTEMBER 21: A delightful design, all sparkly and wintery, is planned for the fall months at CCC-ANG. See the piece, below, called ‘Snow Crystal Tree’ by Nancy’s Needle, which will be taught by Barb G.  Cost is $15 for directions and beads (!) and signups will be taken at meetings May-July. Design size is 8.3″ x 8.3″ on a 12″x12″ canvas.

Snow Crystal Tree

OCTOBER 19: Last touches of ‘Snow Crystal Tree’ will be added — think beads and sparkles! This piece is a wonderful winter design, not necessarily holiday oriented, so it can be enjoyed all season.

NOVEMBER 16: It’s our tradition to enjoy a holiday gathering, so expect an enjoyable social event with your stitching friends, old and new!

DECEMBER: No meetings, but there may be a field trip or two in the works. Watch this space!

 

Colorado Columbine Chapter, American Needlepoint Guild
Meets Third Monday of each month except Aug & Dec., at 6:30 p.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E. Hampden Avenue
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Email us at columbineang@gmail.com for more information.

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Colorado Columbine celebrates 40 years of needlepoint stitching

April 25, 2015  |  Chapter Information, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on Colorado Columbine celebrates 40 years of needlepoint stitching

Six past presidents graced the annual dinner and kickoff to the 40th anniversary celebration for Colorado Columbine Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild!  Wearing ruby red, the color symbolizing a 40th anniversary, the past presidents were called to the podium one by one to accept beautiful long-stemmed red roses from the president-elect, Gloria M., at far right in the photo above. The past presidents are, from left to right, Caela T., 1981-82; Barbara C., 1990; Maxine F., 1984-86 and 2001-03; Cynthia L., 2003-04; Vicki M., 2010-12; Lea K., 2013-15.

Stitchers past and present from all over the Denver metro area attended the annual dinner and installation of new officers. It was fun to see members from past years and do a bit of catching up. A sea of red color greeted all who arrived for the celebration. New members were added and visitors were warmly welcomed.

A cake graced the banquet table arranged by Janet C. and Barb G.:

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Up next? The May meeting is the 18th, and we’ll be stitching columbine-themed nametags! Mark your calendars and we’ll see you at 6:30 p.m. CLICK HERE FOR STITCH INSTRUCTION FOR THE NAMETAG.

Colorado Columbine Chapter, American Needlepoint Guild
Meets Third Monday of each month except Aug & Dec., at 6:30 p.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E. Hampden Avenue
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Email us at columbineang@gmail.com for more information.

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Happy Anniversary to Colorado Columbine Chapter – needlepointing for 40 years!

March 29, 2015  |  Announcements, Membership Information, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on Happy Anniversary to Colorado Columbine Chapter – needlepointing for 40 years!

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It’s our RUBY anniversary, can you believe it?  Forty years of needlepoint stitching as a group in Denver, Colorado. Now that’s something to celebrate!  So, by golly, we are!

On April 20, 2015, CCC-ANG hosts its annual dinner, and this year, with some delightful surprises. So, members past and present, please let us know via our Facebook page  or e-mail us at columbineang@gmail.com if you are interested in connecting with needlepointers of today. This will be a great chance to catch up and view our beautiful scrapbook of events since 1975.

After joining our national group, the American Needlepoint Guild, it’s an easy step to joining the Colorado Columbine Chapter of ANG. Dues are just $26 per year and cover free classes, stitch projects, pointers on any level of stitching, access to insider information about new threads, holiday parties, field trips and off-site retreats that are just plain fun!

Gloria with lovely Southwest-themed ornaments she's stitched.

Gloria with lovely Southwest-themed ornaments she’s stitched.

 

Our new president, Gloria M., at left, will be teaching an upcoming class in June/July, a design by Libby Sturdy called ‘Mile High Santa!’  April is the final chance to sign up for this, at just $50 for canvas, stitch guide and class instruction. So join us in April to get onboard this opportunity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The stitching on Mile High Santa is too fun. Here is a finished example of suggested colors and stitches, but anything goes! Use a stash of threads you already own if that’s your preference:

Mile High Santa by Libby Sturdy

Mile High Santa by Libby Sturdy

Join us April 20 for the kickoff of our 40th ANNIVERSARY year, installation of the new officers and annual dinner!

Colorado Columbine Chapter, American Needlepoint Guild
Meets Third Monday of each month except Aug & Dec., at 6:30 p.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E. Hampden Avenue
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Email us at columbineang@gmail.com for more information.

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Denver needlepoint group elects new officers for 2015-16

March 19, 2015  |  Announcements  |  Comments Off on Denver needlepoint group elects new officers for 2015-16

 

New president Gloria M., center, with treasurer Terri D., left, and Madonna O.

New president Gloria M., center, with treasurer Terri D., left, and Madonna O.

Denver needlepointers of the Colorado Columbine Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild welcomed their new officers at the March meeting.  Election results were announced and those taking office immediately are:

President, Gloria M.

Vice president/Membership, Karen B.

Treasurer, Terri D.

The remainder of the board, who are in place and whose positions are elected in alternate years are: Vice president/programs, Barb G.; secretary, to be appointed.  Much applause was rendered for outgoing officers Lea K., president, and Tina H., membership.

In the photo above, Gloria is holding an almost-finished canvas designed by Jennifer Riefenberg, called “Color Play,” which was a recent pilot class offered to stitchers from all over Colorado.

Join us in April for the kickoff of our 40th ANNIVERSARY year, installation of the new officers and annual dinner!

Colorado Columbine Chapter, American Needlepoint Guild
Meets 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.

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DID YOU KNOW?  It is also time to get your ballots in for the American Needlepoint Guild election. See your copy of Needlepointers magazine for ballot and directions. Follow the directions carefully to be sure your votes is counted!

 

March needlepoint action at Colorado Columbine ANG in Denver

March 4, 2015  |  Program Information, Projects  |  Comments Off on March needlepoint action at Colorado Columbine ANG in Denver
Variations Sampler!

Variations Sampler!

In addition to resuming work on the beautiful Variations Sampler above, our needlepoint project for March is a cuff bracelet designed by Orna Willis, called ‘Carolina’.  We all know what that means: color, color, COLOR! And beads, beads, beads!

Here are the specs:

The deadline for members to sign-up is past, but if you are still interested, call or e-mail Barb G. by Monday, March 9 to be added to the list.

Cost is $15.00 for the stitch guide. The list of materials needed was given at the February meeting. Cost of materials varies as stash threads are certainly usable!

The size of the cuff is approximately 3 1/2″ by 6 1/2″ finished on 18 count canvas.  You will need a piece of canvas  10″x8″.  If your wrist measurement is more than 6 1/2″ allow for another inch or two of  canvas.

The sewn beaded embellishments that are added after the stitching is complete. You do not have to be a beading expert to do this!

So join us on March 16! (This date has been corrected since original posting)

Colorado Columbine Chapter, American Needlepoint Guild
Meets 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.

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NEXT ON TAP is Libby Sturdy’s Mile High Santa, which starts in June:

Mile High Santa!

Mile High Santa!

Cost is $50 for the line-drawn canvas and stitch guide. Sign up by the April meeting to ensure a place in Gloria’s class! Use threads from your stash if you wish.

 

Needlepoint update for Colorado Columbine Chapter, American Needlepoint Guild

February 18, 2015  |  Membership Information  |  Comments Off on Needlepoint update for Colorado Columbine Chapter, American Needlepoint Guild

Needlepoint lovers who live in the Denver metro area will want to know all about the Colorado Columbine Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild. Members meet monthly for a social evening of stitching, laughing, planning and enjoying the fabulous displays of finished needlework brought to each meeting.

Feel free to join the Colorado Columbine Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild! Scroll down to see the upcoming projects we are hosting.

Colorado Columbine Chapter, American Needlepoint Guild
Meets 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.

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A sampler and a Santa are new needlepoint projects in 2015

February 3, 2015  |  Program Information, Projects  |  Comments Off on A sampler and a Santa are new needlepoint projects in 2015

 

Mile High Santa!

Mile High Santa!

Can you believe we will be offering this adorable D-E-N-V-E-R Santa Claus as a class in June?  The Mile High Santa  is designed by Libby Sturdy and comes with a stitch guide!  It’s not too late to sign up — be at the February meeting on Tuesday, the 17th to get your name on the list.  Barb will tell you how much he costs.  As always, it is possible to use threads you already own to complete this design.  Which, by the waaayyy, is waaaayyy more beautiful than any photo can show.

This month’s class is the start of the year-long project, Variations Sampler by Custom House Needle Arts.  The correct stitch books will be available at the meeting.  The Gumnut threads that are used in the original sampler are available through Christine Hause of The Stitching Shop.  You can download the picture of the sampler, thread list, schematic of the blocks HERE.  Or, just enjoy the luscious colors you can be using by viewing the sampler here:

Variations Sampler!

Variations Sampler!

REMEMBER!! We meet TUESDAY, FEB 17 because the church is closed on Monday for Presidents’ Day!!

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.

Organize your needlepoint stash with new tips in January

January 10, 2015  |  Announcements, Chapter Information, Needlepoint Books, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on Organize your needlepoint stash with new tips in January

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