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Provence Pottery Shop, Framed
October 12, 2017, 9:26 am
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2016, Provence Pottery Shop with Lois Kershner

Provence Pottery Class with Lois Kershner was a class I took in 2016 at the ANG Seminar in New Orleans. This was a class designed in part to learn about photo transfer. I was very happy with how it turned. Not full coverage was also something new for me! I realize that I never posted a picture of it framed. I love the frame & don’t tell my usual framer but Michael’s did a fine job framing with a frame from “off the shelf” (and quite a bit cheaper).

The photo is also in my album on the new ANG website. It was easy to upload photos there. I’m planning on adding photos from ANG classes, exhibits, Stitch of the Month, and pilot classes!

2016 Provence Pottery Shop with Lois Kershner

Fleur de Mardi Gras
September 14, 2017, 2:57 pm
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2016

This ornament, Fleur de Mardi Gras by Jude Designs, is the second piece of 3 projects finished from the 2016 ANG Seminar in New Orleans. The charm was a gift from ANG.

The French Knot was the host shop at Seminar and I picked up this canvas and the threads there. They had a nice variety of canvases as I recall.

And, the finisher that Karen at Nimble Needle in NJ uses did such a nice job! I really like a small simple bow so it doesn’t overpower the ornament.

2016 Exhibit Awards
September 2, 2016, 11:45 am
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2016

I am so thrilled to have gotten a blue ribbon this year at ANG Seminar for Festive Fireworks.  First place in non-professional original design! More about the piece after I get home and can take a picture of the beautiful stitched center on the ribbon.

Blue Ribbon

Now, I want to talk about some of the other non-professional stitchers who won awards and have recently volunteered with the Distance Learning Programs. Brenda C (incoming Correspondence Course Chairman), Barbara E  (incoming Cyberworkshops Chairman), and Kristi H (incoming Distance Learning Coordinator) all helped set up, staff the DL table at Teacher Showcase, and box up for shipping home.

Between the 3 of them,  all first time exhibitors, they won 5 ribbons including:

First place for Kristi for a past Correspondence Course (CC), English Goldwork Heart III from Michele Roberts under Independent Project (she’s not a first timer doing goldwork) and Honorable Mention for Solar Flare by Ro Pace under Class Project (done in reds and yellows).

Second place for Brenda for a current CC, Rose Swirls by Carol Algie Higginbotham under Independent Project. Thanks again to Brenda for piloting this CC.

Second and third place for Barbara E with Miss Puff Tote under Painted Design with Stitch Guide (by Pajamas & Chocolate with a variety of threads and stitches) and Geometric Purse under Painted Design without Stitch Guide (by Mindy’s Needlepoint with DMC #5 & either Snow or Kreinik for sparkle), respectively. Both have lots of color and are fun.

I’m not going to talk about the professionals who won awards because they’ll be covered in the magazine in January. But I do want to talk about some of the other non-professional pieces that I saw.

Nancy D’A stitched Sharon G ‘s Five Vases – that’s in my stash & I really want to stitch it too!

Frances W stitched the 40th Anniversary Heart, ANG SOTM 2012. That’s a project my Main Line Stichers chapter is doing this year. And, I am looking forward to that too.

Michele Roberts had students submitting lots of pieces all wonderful goldwork:

Lisa E – Florentine Fleur de Lys, current CC (Honorable Mention)

Julie B – Fleur D’Lis, a past class project (Honorable Mention)

Leticia J has 3 pieces including the up coming CC, Golfing at St. Andrews; its companion piece and previous CC, Thistle and Kilt; and, Tree of Life

Congrats to all the wonderful pieces that are submitted.  They are truly inspirational. And, thanks to Brenda, Barbara, and Kristi for their time this week and in the coming year. Here’s my plug, it feels great to give back and volunteer to help this organization grow – find something to do to say thanks. As I step away from CC’s after 4 years, I plan to start visiting local chapters promoting Distance Learning Programs,  learning from chapters what is working & what isn’t working, and finding out more about what chapters can share with other chapters.

The seminar logo design is Meredith Willett’s. I didn’t stitch this – it’s the cover of our booklet.

Parade of Stitches, 2016 NOLA

ANG Seminar 2016 Classes
September 1, 2016, 10:36 pm
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2016

My last class was yesterday learning about Rozashi – Patterns in Blue and Green with Margaret Kinsey.

It is not as difficult as I had imagined it to be. And, the holes are bigger than I expected although I need a magnifier. I may be low on potassium – I got a cramp in my hand from holding down the thread so tightly.  But, Margaret recommended hand stretches & I got back to it in short order. I can finish this!


Today, Brenda C, her husband Pete, & I enjoyed a city tour. The stop at the cemetery, nearly killed me (pun intended) – first time I left the hotel. It is sooooooo humid! Sultry. I though I got more pictures but I don’t find them. Beads are in the trees.



Mello Joy Coffee
August 31, 2016, 8:41 pm
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2016

I volunteered to stitch this for 2016 Seminar in New Orleans. It is in the silent auction. There was one online too. Mine was finished as a needle case. I got outbid on my online items that I was going for (a NOLA ornament & the eat, stitch, sleep goodie bag). Today, I was so involved in class that I forgot to go back to bid on the silent auction items again.

Mello Joy Coffee

ANG Auction
August 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2016

I volunteered this morning as the auction opened. I tried to hold back buying but I gravitated to the buy now items going for $1, $5, $10, $20. That was me, “Just a dollar!” After watching others for 30 min, I couldn’t hold back. I found a couple of cute items. And, I had to have the $50 thread bag for $20. I only took one. There was a 2 bag max this year. Lovely items in the silent auction as well as online at Anyone can bid not just ANG members. It closes sometime tomorrow so do not delay!

Buy now items

Provence Pottery Shop with Lois Kershner
August 29, 2016, 10:46 pm
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2016

Learning about photo transfers was interesting. We got to try it on a small photo. Mine turned out ok on the first try. But, the process either works or it doesn’t & that canvas won’t be able to be used. It’s hit or miss – different transfer papers are not all created equally. Heat from the iron must be very hot.  Have extra transfer paper.

Rose photo transfer

Fortunately,  Lois did the canvases for our class. And, we are just stitching certain areas. This is as far as I got in the 2-day class.

Pottery Shop after 2 days

I stitched this morning waiting for the exhibit to open and again after the CyberPointers meeting in order to do the tricky parts before I forget & before Lois leaves. Except for 3 finishing touches, all I have now are T stitch under the doorway vine and to the right of the door, basketweave in 3 areas, and lazy daisies to stitch. But, there is enough of that left to keep me busy!

Pottery Shop, after 3 days

ANG Seminar 2016, New Orleans
August 26, 2016, 9:41 pm
Filed under: ANG Seminar 2016

I enjoyed running into Jessica T, whom I had met in Myrtle Beach last year, in the Philly airport on our way to New Orleans! We were on one airplane for 2-3 hours without leaving the terminal. Got off that one for an hour just to sit inside another for an hour before leaving Philly. Once we arrived, we waited over an hour for our luggage.  10 hours! What an ordeal but it was great spending time with Jessica.

And, I also got a lot of stitching done on a small piece for Bill. I’ll have it done before I get home thanks to American Airlines. That will be the subject of another blog!

Arriving so late, I missed setup for Distance Learning Programs but we didn’t have pegs anway! And, I missed check in. But, I did that this morning.  So, it all worked out.

I bought the plastic project bags & the rest came from ANG when I checked in.

Seminar 2016

And, the Teaching Dynamics class with Carlene Harwick was led by a very capable,  pleasant, substitute teacher, Valerie McAleenan. I learned some good pointers for leading projects with my chapter. Good way to start seminar! Looking forward to tomorrow’s class with Lois Keschner for Provence Pottery Shop.