What’s Happening at NJNA 11/5/22


A new month – and a next to last meeting. We are at that time of year when all the holidays come at once and everyone is busy. We are going to have a “No Stress” meeting for November. We will all be stitching what every you like ! We will also be chatting about the up coming election – no not that crazy mess in every state – more important is the election of officers for the coming year at NJNA. If you have any interest in helping out please reach out to the nominating committee, Sylvia B. and Barbara L. You should have had an email from both of the. Remember – what’s told to the nominating committee, stays with the nominating committee !!!

After reading Barbara’s blog I want to get a road trip together. How much fun to meet Margaret Bendig in person. Remember, anyone can blog and share something interesting you have found out there in the needlepoint world.

It’s also the time of year that we start to get ready for Christmas. Sue C. will be collecting ornaments to borrow for the “Festival of Trees” again this year. They don’t need to be Christmas ornaments, any holiday is good and or travel items. Let’s fill that tree with all kinds of interesting things to look at so that lots of people will stop by to view our tree. Sue will be at the Edwardian this week on Wed around 1 pm and at Needleworkers Delight on the 10th from 11:30 until 3 pm. Please put them in a bag with your name on it.

The new Needlepointers Magazine is about to hit the mailboxes shortly. So much packed inside this issue, you may need 2 glasses of wine to get thru it ! All the winners from the 2022 Seminar Exhibit are shown, including the President’s Choice award won by our own Melita G. If you can’t wait then check it out online, you should have gotten an email yesterday.

The 50 For 50 program ANG is running has an incredible feature – between Nov 4 thru the 15th any donation will be matched by an anonymous donor up to $10,000.

Save some cash after your donation for the Distance Learning Programs – Toni Gerdes “Wright Kimono” and the 21 Red Hearts, etc. One is prettier than the next.

New things from the TX trade show are starting to show up in the stores. The real news from that show is all the new fibers that were introduced. Rainbow Gallery introduced 29 new Silk Lame’ Plus colors and Planet Earth’s Essential’s line has 68 new colors. The Needlepointer showed pictures of their new thread showroom – more choices when you can’t find a thread in your LNS !

From Threads to Classes – and there many. First – The Edwardian Needle has dates for Tony Minieri and Lewis Nunez. Tony will be teaching 2 embellishment classes. One on Thurs and Fri April 20 & 21 and the other on Sat and Sun April 22 & 23. All canvases must be to Pam by 12/1/22. Luis will be doing his Shibori Butterfly ribbon class on March 25th and his “Lady Gaga” fish on March 26th. These classes are starting to fill up so if you have interest in doing any of them make sure to check with the Edwardian Needle for availability.

BeStitched has a new Snowman Club. There are 8 Danji canvases that will come one per month with a Lisa Kessler stitch guide. There is an optional thread package and 4 Zoom sessions to ask questions and get help. The classes will be recorded and you will have access to them later on. https://bestitchedneedlepointshop.com/collections/clubs-series-1/products/snowman-club

Bestitched is also doing a January 2023 class of the Purple Palm canvas “Here Comes Trouble”. There will be 3 Zoom classes that will concentrate on water stitches and beads. There is something about him that just makes you smile ! https://bestitchedneedlepointshop.com/products/here-comes-trouble-january-class

BeStitched is working over time – they also have another class, this time with a Melissa Shirley canvas called “Christmas Tree Lady”. This one will be done over 3 Zoom classes starting in March 2023. https://bestitchedneedlepointshop.com/collections/online-classes/products/christmas-tree-lady-class

Nimble Needle in GA has a class that is being taught by Laura Taylor over 3 days on Zoom Aug 26 thru the 28th 2023. The canvas is by Love You More and it’s called “Bouquet by the Bay” Needlepoint Classes at The Nimble Needle (atlantanimbleneedle.com)

Stitch By Stitch is also having a class in January given by Jinny McAuliffe (Stitch Style Blog). There are 3 designs and each is an individual class so you can sign up for 1 – 2 or 3 ! EVENTS | Stitch by Stitch (stitchbystitchneedlepoint.com)

Eye Candy has some new ornaments along with a new free chart and her new chart is —- Bargello !! It’s 4 X 7 which is just right for those acrylic handbags. Ada says it’s very customizable so it can be used in various ways, what ever your situation. http://www.eyecandyneedleart.com/downloads/HalloweenBargello.pdf

Here are the new ornaments by Eye Candy – Eye catching but I would change the colors myself.

Janet Perry has a new book out “Right From The Beginning” it’s on her Etsy site napaneedlepoint. It’s a revised and expanded version of her previous book. For $12 you probably can’t go wrong particularly if your starting out in this hobby. https://www.etsy.com/listing/1330963671/right-from-the-beginning?fbclid=IwAR1ENJ8987ALrOkZxzWlJ6bWmh2Wpd2KJL84TWv8DfAwRE8jkT5NzEHYdPI

I came upon a new company called Atlantic Blue and it’s owner – Caroline – says that she is creating “new and sassy designs for the modern stitcher”. She has some great items and I really like her stash bags. Can you tell she is from Delray Beach FL? https://www.atlanticbluecanvas.com/pages/about-us

Stitch By Stitch has some of the cutest bags – all by Penny Linn. All are so new that you have to order but worth the weight. She also has them in miniature !Penny Linn Stitchable Bags | Stitch by Stitch (stitchbystitchneedlepoint.com)

Stitcher’s Garden in Naperville IL is having a trunk show of the glass needleminder’s – Beau Verre Art. So many new ones and all pretty !! Who can resist a new needleminder?? How do you choose ?? https://beauverre-art.com/

Tips and Tricks: Needlepoint .com has 3 tips for adding texture to your stitching. Always good to have a little refresher. 3 Tips Every Stitcher Needs To Add Texture to a Canvas – Needlepoint.Com

Who was that famous stitcher? She is the owner of “M’s Canvas House” in Lexington KY. She is also one of the “Squad” that published the new book “Master Stitches from The Squad Volume 1” She is Meredith Willet !!!

Can you guess who this famous stitcher is??

It’s Almost that time !

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