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What’s Happening at NJNA 5/15/21


This coming week is the beginning of NJNA’s new program – the Dolphin Topiary by David McCaskill. It will go over 2 months and hopefully you have signed up for all the fun of stitching this piece.

ANG’s Virtual Seminars and Encore’s are open for registration and some have even started. Last I looked some have sold out so if your thinking about doing one of these events do not hesitate !

Congratulations to one of our good friends Vicky Witterschein – she just completed her 2nd year of her NAN teaching certification. We look forward to another one of her classes in the future.

The Needlepoint Market is this weekend and once again it’s virtual. I can’t imagine the new things we will be seeing over this next week – mind boggling and wallet busting !!

In the new issue of Needlepoint Now you need to read Elizabeth’s Musings column – she has found an APP to help decide which project to work on when you are indecisive (don’t we all have multiple projects started ?) It’s called Tiny Decisions, you should be able to find it in the app store and it’s free. It works like Wheel of Fortune but with your projects. You push the center button, the sound effects start and it lands on the project to work on – no more decisions to make !! You can use it for other things too like “Which handbag do I use today?”

Are you a Gayla Elliott fan??? According to Stitch By Stitch in NY there are a lot of you out there !! These 2 are quite sought after and understandably !! Wonder what will be new in the Market? Just an aside – if you liked those Turtle Bags Stitch By Stitch was offering that I put in the blog a short time ago you have a long wait now – Stitch By Stitch sold over 80 of them and the Turtle Bag web side is sold out until June !!! Yes, I waited to long !!

Gayla Elliott thru Alice Petersen

Stitch By Stitch also has something else interesting – you can get a customized school jacket. Ny Needlepoint | Stitch By Stitch Larchmont, NY | United States (

The Needlepointer has the cutest new club – Sea Creatures by Melissa Prince – You just have to smile when you see them.

If that is not cute enough then all you grandma’s need to see this !!!! The Needlepointer also has this club AND you can buy the train they are sitting on !!!! How much cuter does it get??

Eye Candy has a new canvas to add to her 5 other words canvases – this one should speak to many of us !

In reading the Chilly Hollow blog I saw a lovely limited edition ornament from Sign of the Arrow. They have been doing them for many years and you can still get some of the back years on their web site.

They are also having 2 trunk shows during May, one of them is for needleminders by South Beach Button Co. – very pretty! Many of them are made from mother of pearl. – The other trunk show is for Dinky Dyes scissors. Scissors – Dinky Dyes

I saw the cutest Pippin canvas of a seagull the other day and I promised that I had something for the blog from Pippin. They released some new canvases this month and one is cuter than another. The seagulls however – they have the greatest faces to cheer anyone up !! Then there are the bears ugh – they are all great. I also noticed that they have kits for first time stitchers.

Next week the new Needlepointers Magazine will be online to see and in your mail boxes shortly after that – the cover looks very interesting – can’t wait to see the inside.

Needlepoint – Yoga For The Mind !!

What’s Happening at NJNA 5/8/21


CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER FOR NJNA !! The Woodlawn Event this year had a total of 299 entries of which 27 were NJNA – BUT – NJNA had 14 pieces that won an award – how fantastic is that !!

This month our program features the beginning of David McCaskill’s Dolphin Topiary. Of course you need to be a member to join in the fun !

One of our favorite magazine’s, Needlepoint Now, has a new bi-monthly newsletter. You don’t have to be a subscriber, just submit your email. You can also get some back issues digitally and they have video’s of how to do various stitches. Really interesting is the project index. It makes it easier to find what issue the project your looking for is in. Needlepoint Now – The #1 Consumer Magazine Committed to the Fine Art of Needlepoint

Laura Perin has a new Cyber Class called Spring Fling. I know a lot of people that are realizing how much fun a counted piece can actually be. Such pretty colors and if you want to go rogue with the colors, well, have at it! Registration ends 5/31/21 and class is once a week for 4 weeks starting at the end of June. If you never did a counted piece, this looks like a great introduction.

FOMO ALERT ! I am about to continue doing a counted piece called Walking the Water’s Edge and there are several others that are going to be stitching it at the same time. Needleworker’s Delight is having the class with Diane Hermann. I took the class with her and she is lovely, great to take a class with her! Following this chart means a lot of counting and losing your place !! Someone form another guild told me about the Clover Pattern Chart Marker!! It is magnetic and you move it along your pattern so you don’t lose your place if you stop and come back !! I can’t wait to get one and try it out – ND has ordered them !! Hope they have enough to go around !!

Uh Oh – Kreinik’s Black Spools will become White for a while. They are having a problem with their supplier so you will find one of your favorite threads on these different color spools. They want to be back in black as soon as possible but I can see it now – everyone is going to think of them as collector items – LOL !!

You can tell summer is on many people’s minds at Sew Much Fun – they have new summer cocktails to stitch – just to cute !! More Fun Stuff! (

I know so many people doing Kimono projects !! Truly beautiful looking colors and combinations. I have been listening to them all chatting about how they now have enough thread to open their own store. How did they come up with all those threads and combinations ??? Inquiring minds want to know !!

One of the web sites I have found is Stitch Palettes – Matching Thread Color Combinations For Embroidery Projects ( They give weekly ideas on floss color pairings. They are actually web designers that create color combos all the time. The team leader is an embroidery enthusiast so she took her expertise and used it to help her craft. So much to see and read on this web site.

Another option is the House of Embroidery which is actually a South African Fair Trade company that sells thru Sue Spargo They have been in business since 1995 and they employ mostly disadvantaged single mothers. They hand dye in small batches and the colors and over dyes are just vibrant.

Kreinik also has combinations of silk threads including packages of just skin tones.

There is also Colour Compliments hand dyed threads. You will know their vibrant colors and combinations from the articles in Needlepoint Now over the last 3 issues with the lovely colored hearts. They also have an array of colors in Perle Cottons, Floss and Floche.

If all that is not enough there is always Etsy with threads that can be had from all over the world. I think that may be thread overload at this point !!

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What’s Happening at NJNA 5/1/21


ANG Seminar has gone virtual again and they have announced what classes you can now sign up for starting Thursday May 13 and registration closes Friday June 18. So many wonderful classes that you can sign up for with some of the most enjoyed teachers: Sandy Arthur, Toni Gerdes, Jennifer Riefenberger, Gail Stafford, Kathy Rees and many more.

The new Needlepoint Trade Show will again be Virtual and runs from May 15 thru 17. Watch web sites and social media for all the new designs to show up.

Mother’s Day is 2 weeks away and nothing says Mom like flowers. Check out some new Jean Smith canvases. She has her lovely single flower’s but also some different designs for her like the window box.

You can also make those special mother’s feel like the Princesses they are with a needleminder of Princess Di’s tiara (because none of us has enough of these !) Thank You Jane!

FOMO ALERT – Perfect for Mother’s Day !!!

Have you see the “Turtle Bags” !! Stitch By Stitch in NY has them and they are taking pre-orders for the new color – Denim. Not only is it a nice looking bag, inside has lot’s of pockets and zippers, the newer ones will have a zipper closure at the top but best of all it holds one or two canvases that can easily be changed out when the whim hit’s you. Endless possibilities. It get’s even better – they will do a bundle to include a canvas of your choice. Ny Needlepoint | Stitch By Stitch Larchmont, NY | United States (

The House of Needlepoint is having a contest ! Design your own mini tote bag ! They will supply you with blank canvas and then it’s time to let your imagination run wild. The stitched piece needs to be back to them by June 19th. House of Needlepoint – Needlework and Stitching Services in Darien, CT

House of Needlepoint also has something different – Buoys ! A quick stitch and what a cute idea for a key chain. The colors are so bright and happy.

Many of us are taking a class in shading. I just found something new by Susan Hoekstra. She will be teaching a class on shading with Art Needlepoint later this year. Purchase the canvas now and you will be sent information about the class early this summer. There are several other canvases available.

Needlepoint – Yoga For The Mind !

What’s Happening at NJNA 4/24/21


Twisted Stitches in Albuquerque NM has Lois Kerschner’s Kits for sale. The other night we were so lucky to have had the pleasure of listening to Lois. She has created some beautiful landscapes. Now, though retired from teaching, Lois spoke to us about Perspectives in Stitching. She explained how to achieve these looks with different stitches, colors and techniques. This along with our previous programs with Toni Gerdes and Ann Strite-Kurz are some of the best reasons to join NJNA – we are having too much fun with more to come !!

We are all jealous of our own Cathryn – she will be soon vacationing in fabulous Hilton Head AKA paradise. Of course right near by is a wonderful store – Needlepoint Junction. Can’t wait to see her vacation “souvenirs” !

Stitch By Stitch has some great items for a road trip/vacation – Grab and Go Bundles. Numerous ones to choose from be it soda cans, coffee or our shoe fetish !

Not to be out done – Needlepoint .com also has a bundle “But First Brunch” It comes with canvas, stitch guide and thread – you have to provide your own mimosa !!

They also have MollyBead Necklaces. What a great stitchers gift ! Each necklace includes a pendant thread cutter, needle threader, eyeglass holder, and decorative pendant. Average length of necklace is 18″. 

Sale Sale Sale – if you like Rainbow Gallery’s Grandeur, Ridgewood Needlepoint is marking it down to make room for a different line of threads. Get it while it lasts.

Need a unique Christmas idea – how about a Santa Hat with someone’s name on it ?!?!? Stitch By Stitch in NY has them from Pepperberry and they will personalize them !

Have you also seen the new Pepperberry Bird Bells for your Christmas Ornament collections? Too cute !

FOMO ALERT !! BOGO Needleminder Sale ! Judy Tasch has them on sale with the code BOGO21 while they last. Check out her other items on the web site (yup – cute shoes !)

Over Achiever Award !! Look closely at this picture – that background is stunning and the color is so rich – IT’S ALL BEADS !! Magnificent !! Great job Sherry

Stitch By Stitch Customer Sherry S.

Gay Ann Rogers is doing SPRING CLEANING For the next several Sunday’s at 8 AM Calif Time she will be releasing kits and patterns for sale. Limited numbers so you need to be there early like on Black Friday !!

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What’s Happening at NJNA 4/17/21


Our April meeting is going to be extremely interesting !!!! We are having Lois Kerschner and she is going to speak about achieving the illusion of depth in your stitching. How using thread types, stitch sizes, colors etc can help make things look close or further away. What a great technique for landscape canvases, rooms and so many other’s ! Of course you need to be a member for this AND to be able to do David McCaskill’s Dolphin Topiary canvas thru this guild. This class will be done over the following 2 months of chapter meetings.

Eye Candy has announced that they will be including a stitch guide from now on with 5 canvases to start. They may be older items that are in your stash. If you already have them and want the stitch guide she will be glad to send it to you, just email her and ask for it. EyeCandy Needleart Catalog

As I am sure you know, it’s tough to get finishing back. We have all brought needlepoint to a new level – a good thing !! But if you need a gift – Eye Candy again has a solution. Self finishing items. I had no idea they had these options. They make great looking gifts and are a quick stitch – best of all you can finish it yourself.

The “2 Needle Chicks” shop has closed. They plan on continuing doing business online only in the future BUT don’t worry Illinois, your not losing a LNS !! “Little Stitch Shop” has taken over the store. Check out their web site for news of a Grand Opening Little Stitch Shop

If you have not seen Treenway Silks you are missing an amazing line of threads and ribbons. They now have a limited edition series of ribbons inspired by spring leaves and the seaside. Treenway is donating a minimum of 10% of their sales on these to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They have been making this donation since 2017 to hopefully find a cure. Treenway Silks – Silk Threads and Yarns

part of the 65 Roses collection

Bestitched Needlepoint Shop has a new club that is about to start – A Christmas Train – if you like embellishing your canvas, this is for you ! There are 10 very cute cars to the train and each comes with a stitch guide. They also have virtual support if you need help. It has so much going on you can’t be bored !! Clubs & Series – BeStitched Needlepoint (

So if you stitch with a group and of course you all chat, then you need to go to other subjects than needlepoint at times (there is more to life than needlepoint though I need to say that quietly!) At the Stitching Fox store they have made a list of what their clients are binging on. Are you watching these too ???

  • Zero Chill
  • Legally Blonde
  • Something to Talk About
  • Concrete Cowboy
  • Great British Baking Show

FOMO Alert !! The ladies I stitch with (and I am just as guilty !!) have HAD TO HAVE canvases from Kate Dickerson’s “Here’s Looking At Shoe” collection. One is prettier than the next and she seems to be adding new ones. They are 18 mesh and approx 5 X 6 in size (and I will not tell you how far we went to get some of them – yikes !)

I get to see how many people are looking at this blog and where they are from. I am amazed how far and wide we are being read. We extend the invitation to join in our fun and if you have a topic or suggestion you want to hear about, please comment. Of course we would love for you to join our guild or any of the ANG guild’s and participate in all the projects that are offered, virtual tours of shops, manufacturers and the access to so many wonderful instructors and designers. It is never boring !!!

Needlepoint – Yoga For The Mind !

What’s Happening at NJNA 4/10/21


Fun, fun, fun – we have a new workshop you can sign up for by Vicky Witterschein of the Edwardian Needle. Pretti Petite Watering Can is 3.5 X 2.5 so it should be a fast item. The interesting part is you learn how to needle felt along with ribbon stitches, french knots, van dyke and a cute bee to finish it off with. Please let Ellen Briggs (ebriggs782 know if you are interested. The workshop is $35 plus shipping of $8.95.

Cyberpointers has several lovely projects that you can sign up for. The newest one I saw on their web site is Tumbling Stripes by Marilyn Owen, led by Gretchen Janesak Description:  This appealing counted canvas design is great fun to stitch – no boredom allowed because each stripe in the section is a different stitch! You can download the pattern for free or order the kit for $51. There are 3 colorways Red White and Blue – Mauve & Green – Coral & Silver

NeedlefestIt’s now scheduled for August 28th and they have moved it to a larger venue with outdoor spaces and much larger shopping area to allow for ample social distancing if need be. The venue is still easily accessible from Routes 287 and 78.

FOMO ALERT !! If you want a floor light (whether you need it or not!) there is a new Mighty Bright floor light out there that is also a magnifier BUT it has 3 different settings for brightness AND a unique option to adjust the LED output from warm white eye-care light, to extra bright blue-white light. Tool-free assembly and a touch-activated power button, making it as easy to set up as it is to use.

Pantone has come out with the new color of the year !!! ULTIMATE GREY (someone I know’s favorite color !) Rainbow Gallery is happy to help with an array of wonderful threads to keep you in style.

Stitchers Garden in Fayetteville NY is closing their doors. Everything is about to go to 50% off and they will be closed by April 17th. After that they are having a Yard Sale which will include furniture and fixtures !!

M’s Canvas House is no longer going to carry Planet Earth 6 ply silk thread along with Felicity’s Garden thread. Until it’s gone her entire stock is 50% off.

Woodlawn Exhibit items – Last Call !! If your going to send anything down with Linda M you need to contact her and arrange to meet – time is running out !!

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What’s Happening at NJNA 4/3/2021


To start out this week we have to welcome a new member to our group, Helen D. Helen has known many of us for quite some time, glad you decided to join in the fun !!

Another of our members, Melita, along with a group that she stitches with, donated a canvas they all had a hand in stitching to a coffee shop where they met frequently. Since that place closed the canvas was moved to another store and is prominently displayed. What a wonderful gift to the store. Hope all the ladies can stitch again in person soon.

Speaking of stitching in person, ANG Seminar has decided to go virtual again this year. They were hesitant to have an in person event with registration way down and with many COVID variant strains creating spikes in various parts of the nation. They felt this was the safest way to go. They will be putting more information out soon but promise to have a robust program thru out the coming year.

Needlefest is going forward with their event in person on August 28th. This is put on by a wonderful shop, Needleworker’s Delight in Metuchen and is being held at the Embassy Suites in Berkeley Heights NJ. They are also having an Easter Sale – 25% off everything !! They have begun to have needlepoint trunk shows (as you probably already know from those FB Live events) and in the coming months you can look forward to the Princess and Me along with a trunk show of Accouterments needle minders – because we just can’t have enough of them !

The legendary Sandy Arthur has a new book coming – “Beards, Mustaches and Such” check it out at:

FOMO Alert – can you have too many scissors??? I think not ! Check these Cotton Candy Scissors out. They come in the color Lavender (and we know who loves all things purple ) You can spend hours looking at this web site !! ttp://

Rainbow Gallery has a new thread line coming – Silk Lame Plus – a Silk Lame type ribbon

DebBee’s Designs has a Kit of the Month and this month is a cute “Rainy Day” though the 3 prior ones are adorable also. Each kit is 4X4 and contains everything for $40.(includes shipping) For another $10 you can get a kit to finish it yourself. The other nice thing is you can buy just one or how ever many you like, your not committed to a club. April – Rainy Day – DebBee’s Designs

A favorite shop in Houston TX is Chaparral Needle Works and there is a new owner – Heidi Henrichs – she has been a customer, employee and now owner of this shop that has been in business since 1962 when 5 friends opened it’s doors. She is lining up a lot of events and we all wish her much success !

And finally we have something I had to read 3 times to be sure I got it right !!! Diversions Needlepoint in CO on 4/1 put out that they have come up with a new class to offer inspired by Goat Yoga – stitching with Pygmy goats and Mary Lou. “Imaging how relaxing it will be to stitch a Tony Minieri stitch-guided piece with a cutie-patootie goat perched on one’s shoulder!” Other advantages are an ample supply of mohair for stitching beards, Orts are encouraged to be thrown on the floor for “recycling”, the goats have been trained to offer stitch and thread advice along with technical help as they know the difference between Cashmere and Turkey Work stitches and they are trained frame weights among other advantages. Sheer ma-a-a-a-a-a-a-gic

Needlepoint – Yoga For The Mind

What’s Happening at NJNA 3/28/21


Happy Holiday’s to all that are celebrating !!

Have you read the new issue of Needle Pointers magazine? The cover of the March/April issue is by our NJNA member Melita G, A Tale of 2 Stitchers features Noelle D and there is a feature story about our donation to the Bernards Township Library. Come join in the fun at NJNA – we are always active in the community and have more upcoming events. April NJNA is having Lois Kerschner and she will be talking about “Achieving Perspective in Stitching”. There is always room for new members !!

Woodlawn entries will be transported from our chapter by Linda M – please make the arrangements soon.

Have you read the blog for Serendipity Needleworks in Alabama ? Ellen Johnson has plenty of advice and ideas to offer in her blog and web site but the item I have not found on any other blog so far is “What’s For Dinner” !! I have tried one of her recipe’s and it made my dinner last night a success.

I know one person at NJNA (and I am sure there are more) is a fan of Zecca !! Bedecked and Bedazzled has a new club featuring Karen Hennessey’s whimsical birds. Included in the price is tree display to show off your work.

The Aviary By Zecca

For those of you that are Shelly Tribbey fans, one of our local NPS, Needleworker’s Delight, is going to have a trunk show of her designs. ND has been doing Face Book Live events with contests making many of us stuck to our computer screens on Sat evenings (you know who you are!) For those grandma’s, check out the Jack In The Boxes – just too cute ! ND is going to have more trunk shows in the future for needlepoint giving us all just what we needed, another place to shop.

Barbara’s Needlepoint in SD has a new website For a store so far away from the NJ Shore – she has a canvas we can all relate too – Saltwater Taffy. Makes you feel like summer really is coming this year.

FOMO ALERT – New tools from Clover. The macaron is not only a magnet but it sharpens and smooths your needle. They also have an interesting beading needle for embellishment.

Needlepoint – Yoga for the mind !

What’s Happening at NJNA 3/20/21


Does everyone know we have a Face Book Page????? There is actually 2 with our name but one is no longer being used so the place to be on Face Book is “New Jersey Needle Artists”. Come join the fun as we are starting something new there – Work In Progress Wednesday’s. Everyone is invited to upload a picture of what they are working on each Wednesday. Ask a question, look for a stitch or just bask in the glory of everyone ooohing and aaahing at your work so far. We all love a good Show and Tell !!

Get your TV dinner and glass of wine ready – tonight is another needlepoint show starting at 6pm on Face Book courtesy of the lovely owners of Needleworker’s Delight in Metuchen NJ. They are once again putting up canvases for sale, one by one during their live event. On the side is a chat that you can claim that canvas as your own or ask a question.

I have a correction from last week – The new store Needlepoint By The Bay is actually in Rhode Island. This makes it an even better road trip !!

One of our very favorite people is Trish Vine. You know her from those wonderful project bags she makes for our works of art. She recently moved and is in the process of unpacking BUT she is putting together a video tour of her “amazing new sewing space”. She has some new items and is updating the Pop up tray, Carry All case, Booklet Pouch and Needle Keeper. She also will be announcing a contest as soon as she gets the details together. Trish says that she will be at Needlefest this year ! We all look forward to seeing her.

Have you seen Raymond Crawford’s new web site? Home – Raymond Crawford Designs – needlepoint, where imagination lives! Very easy to navigate with nice clear pictures of his beautiful designs. The S’Mores and Berry Tart gives me cravings for summer time. If you watched New Stitch Monday by Stephanie at Ridgewood Needlepoint – she did his “Needlepoint” canvas, what a challenge !


Did you see all the contestants for the sweater contest going on at House of Needlepoint in Darien CT ? One was better than the next. Everyone must have had a fun time doing these as they had everything from the Grinch to Bernie Sanders sitting in a chair with his mittens. Can’t wait to see who is the winner as it was a hard choice.

What’s Happening at NJNA 3/13/21


The next meeting of NJNA – everyone will be Irish as it falls on St. Patrick’s Day ! Bring all things Irish to the meeting which this month will be a stitch in.

I read Brenda’s Blog today and she came up with an interesting gadget called a Graph Gripper. I have been doing a complicated background stitch and I’m referring back to the diagram often. This handy little gadget allows it to sit on my canvas so it’s easier to look at. Of course I had FOMO and it should be here in a day or so !! Thank you Brenda !!

Yarn Tree Graph Gripper

Another favorite blog, The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure let us know that we have another new shop opening in our area. Needlepoint By The Bay is opening on 4/1 in East Greenwich CT – sounds like a spring road trip to me ! Thank you Jane !!!

If you like music and musical instruments have a look at Robbyn’s Nest Designs. Very interesting and rich colored canvases of instruments. They have lots of other subjects as well just as colorful and detailed but the instruments are eye catching.

So – how many ways can you use a belt canvas other than as a belt??? This week, everywhere I looked I saw another interesting idea. I read about someone using a belt canvas as the straps to a tote bag. Then you can have flip flops made with one as a friend of mind did. How about a tray made with one or 3 !! Wrap a fun hat for the sun or to hold your sun glasses. You can also have it framed and hang it over a doorway. A perfect stitch for traveling and using up stash. The uses seem to be endless ! Have you got one I didn’t think of? Comment and let me know !

Needlepoint – Yoga for the Mind !!