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ANG Main Line Stitchers Class for Or Nué Star Lily with Brenda Kocher

A little over 2 years since I’ve finished the class & I finally found the right frame! It’s such a cute design & it was an interesting class. So glad Brenda was able to join us that day! It makes me want to find the other design she gave me for organizing the class – that was such a wonderful surprise!

Or Nué Star Lily framed

Finished Or Nué Star Lily with Brenda Kocher

That’s a wonderful feeling! Take a class, learn a technique, and finish a piece. All in 3 days! Amazing. Now to framing . . .

Thanks again Brenda & all my classmates. Hope to see everyone’s at some point.

Finished Star Lily

Or Nué Star Lily with Brenda Kocher

We met some wonderful people, had a great time, learned a new technique, shared interesting information, and made good progress on the piece during the class, Or Nué Star Lily with Brenda Kocher  (

Many thanks to Brenda for teaching us this technique and sharing her knowledge, our extra pattern, the magnet, and the drawing for one of her patterns. Nancy & Lori won the drawings (canvas patterns I donated). And, several folks took some sampler patterns that I had gotten from grab bags at In Stitches Needlework.

I took a couple of photos yesterday. I generally don’t put people on my blog nor mention last names. So, class photos only went to our attendees. I did ask Linda & Lisa if I could blog their pieces because I wanted to compare 2 couching threads to 3 and how this looked on black compared to white.

This is mine done with 2 threads on white. I can’t see well enough on dark canvas even with the best light to enjoy stitching any project. And, I can’t stitch as fast with a laying tool. So, I went with the 2 threads. And, I like that the appearance shows off the couching aspect of the technique.

2 threads on white

Lisa’s 2 threads on black.

2 threads on black

And, Linda’s 3 threads on black:

3 threads on black

Carol T’s suggestion to lasso the thread was wonderful. I had to have Rosanne show me how to do that again. I had the picture Carol provided for how do do that but stuff is so much easier to see when shown in person.

My allergy attack finally ended with the rain last night. What a difference that made. I stitched some more last night!

Evening progress

Lastly I want to share Linda’s stand – look at the magnet (along bottom edge) that holds all those needles – it attaches to the Evertite frames and Karen had a small magnet plate placed between the canvas and her thinner bars. Excellent for all those needles!

Needles everywhere

Back to my piece. I like that it is small enough project – I might be able to get it done on this rather dreary day.

I can see now why this is a wonderful way to use your stash of threads.

Join ANG Main Line Stitchers Class for Or Nué Star Lily with Brenda Kocher

Please join Main Line Stitchers on Saturday May 18, 2013 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm for:
Or Nué Star Lily with Brenda Kocher

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Brenda Kocher is a needlepoint designer and teacher ( Brenda participated in The Hand Dyed Fibers Needlework Exhibit in June 2011, showed new designs in The Online Needlework Show in April 2012, and is exhibiting through February at Half Moon Handwerks.
You’ll find that Or Nué can be quite addictive and is a wonderful way to use your stash of threads. The Star Lily is a quilt pattern with beautiful splashes of color. Gold threads are covered with couching threads which create the design (2” x 2”).

Proficiency Level: Beginner/Intermediate Skill Level; Pre-stitching Required: None
Guild Membership: Not required to be a member of ANG or the ANG Main Line Chapter

Class Fee/Details: Class cost is $70 which includes the instructions, threads, and 18-count canvas (choice of black or white) and covers the cost of the room, the teaching fee, and travel expenses. This is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled. If you can’t attend, you will still get your kit (a $25 value) or you may find your own substitute to take your place in the class.
Please note: Once 14 students enroll, the cost will drop to $60. And, if we reach the maximum class size of 20 students, the cost will be $50. You will get a cash refund at the class. This is on a first-come-first-serve basis. So, register now to learn this technique!

Register Now: Please give me your phone number, email address, and indicate whether you want a black or white canvas. The model is stitched on black but white will be easier to work on.
Make your check out to Melita Glavin and mail it to: 4331 I Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124.

Please note: Students must supply their own stretcher bars (6” x 6”), regular stitching supplies, and lighting if desired. A stand or frame weight will help keep your hands free. You’ll be using several needles threaded in different colors that you will park on the sides of the canvas when you aren’t using them. So, magnets may be good to have too. You should bring a bag lunch. Iced tea (regular and diet) will be provided.

Location: St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. GPS: 203 North Valley Forge Road, Devon, PA; Free parking
Questions: Please contact Melita Glavin at
On behalf of ANG MLS Board, we look forward to seeing you in May!