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A Berlin Work Cardinal, ANG Seminar Pilot Class with Susan Hoekstra

This class will be rescheduled. More information will be provided at a later date.

Please join Main Line Stitchers on Saturday DATE TBD from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm for:

A Berlin Work Cardinal an ANG Seminar Pilot Class with Susan Hoekstra

Susan Hoekstra is a needlepoint designer and teacher (for the picture, please go to Susan organizes and participates in The New Jersey and New England Needle Festivals, is currently enrolled in the ANG master teacher program at the Senior Master level, and is piloting this for the 2014 ANG Seminar in Chicago.

‘A Berlin Work Cardinal’ offers a chance for the needleworker to work with a variety of Berlin Work specialty stitches in this one day, Intermediate Advanced class. This quintessential Illinois design focuses on the Cardinal and circles around to include the indigenous violets done in Raised work. The focal point of the Cardinal helps your eye flow around the piece to encompass the tree branches, trunk and violets. The fluidity of the branches creates movement within the piece.

There are two types of threads used in this piece in order to maintain historical accuracy – silk and merino wool. ‘A Berlin Work Cardinal’ is stitched on 18-count canvas measuring 12″ x 14″. The finished size of this delightful piece is approximately 11″ x 8 3/4”, including the cross stitch border.

Class Fee/Details: Class cost is $20 which covers the cost of the room and travel expenses (Susan kindly waived the teaching fee). This portion is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled. Once 25 students enroll, the cost will drop to $10 (cash refund at class). You may find a substitute to take your place in class. Please arrive at 8 am to get set up.

Kit cost is $70 which includes the instructions, threads, and 18-count white mono canvas with design drawn on canvas. If you can’t attend, you will NOT get the kit. Please bring cash or check (made out to Susan Hoekstra) to pay for the kit at class.

A deposit of $20 (non-refundable) is required to reserve your spot.

Register Now:       Make your check for the $20 deposit out to Melita Glavin and mail it to: 4331 I Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124. Please include your contact information (email and phone number). You must pay for the kit at class by cash or check.

Location:   St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. GPS: 203 North Valley Forge Road, Devon, PA; Free parking

Lunch for students is not included. To replicate the ANG Seminar experience for Susan, we will have a 2-hour break for lunch (class runs from 8:30-11:30 and 1:30-4:30). You may bring your own lunch, we can order ahead and get take out from Primo’s Hoagies, or you may go wherever you want for lunch (such as nearby Minella’s). Not everyone will have to do the same thing for lunch!

Proficiency Level: Intermediate Skill Level; Pre-stitching Required: None

Guild Membership: Not required to be a member of ANG or the ANG Main Line Chapter

Please note: Students must supply their own stretcher bars (one set of 12” and one set of 14”), laying tool, regular stitching supplies (scissors), and lighting/magnifier/frame weight/stand if desired. Please arrive at 8 am to get set up. We are expecting as many as 30 people to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to pilot this ANG Seminar course.

Questions:       Please contact Melita Glavin at

This is on a first-come-first-serve basis. So, register now to learn this technique!

On behalf of ANG MLS Board, we look forward to seeing you in September!

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