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More American Plains


Hi Everyone —

I have a day off today — sort of.  I have a two-hour volunteer stint at the exhibit later today.

Let me start by saying that I updated my first American Plains post by adding a photo of Toni’s inspiration for the project.  So please go onto our full site to see it!

Second, here is my progress at the end of day 2.  Hopefully I’ll have even more after my “day off”!


American Plains — Day 2!

Third — Both Toni and ANG gave me presents for being the class angel.  The pin on the right is from ANG and the magnet on the left is from Toni!  I am getting quite a collection of stitching angels!


Finally, as Marge indicated in her Facebook post, I will become the Correspondence Course Chairperson for ANG after seminar.  It may be more work than I’ve been led to believe!

Cheers, Rosie




American Plains


Hi Everyone —

Today was my first day of class.  I am taking American Plains with Toni Gerdes.  It is a kimono-style dress of the type worn by American Indians in the Plains.  Sort of like this one from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.


Toni’s design is based on one that she saw in the Metropolitan Museum that was made of white leather that was painted bright sky blue.  When I arrived at class, the sign announced that the class was American Planes; it was fixed by lunchtime!


The Inspiration for American Plains

No one in the class appeared to be assigned as the class angel, so I volunteered.  Mainly my duties are to take attendance, keep track of time, and help Toni with anything that she needs.

We stitched steadily today, but I fear that my progress doesn’t reflect it.


American Plains — Day 1 Progress

Tonight was the Opening Banquet in which they announce the major award winners from the Seminar Exhibit.  NJNA couldn’t all manage to sit at one table, but I did get the group together for a picture.


The only face that you may not recognize is Moira C who used to be a member of our chapter and whose arm was twisted to join again!

I’ve been asked to let you know that Marge K is posting seminar updates on our NJNA Facebook Page:  NJNA Facebook Page.  (You might have to send a request to Sylvia via Facebook to join the group.)

Cheers, Rosie

And You Thought You Could Dance…


Hi Everyone —

Sue C and I spent the day sightseeing (and riding the METRO) in DC today.  We started out at the National Museum of the American Indian.  I wrote about the awesome Inka Road engineering in my other blog, but I saved the BEST for this blog.


An Embroidered Collar

All of these are beaded!

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The US Flag done entirely in seed beads.  If you look closely, you will see the names of all the American Indian nations beaded into the white stripes using matte beads instead of shiny ones.  And note the quotations in the blue field.

A display of parrot feathers on the left and a tunic where the cloth is made of feathers on the right.

So — if you have a free day at seminar — this museum offers a wonderful array of stitching and other American Indian arts.

Cheers, Rosie

August SOTM


Hi Everyone —

We had a small but lively group stitching at Linda’s today.  Nancy brought us a homemade plum cake with whipped cream for dessert.  We decided that it was fruit so the calories didn’t count!

We have decided to stay with individual pictures of Autumn Kaleidoscope for the remainder of the year.  Several people have said that it helps them to expand the pictures and see how some of the challenging areas have been stitched.

Please enjoy!


Diane’s Adaptation on the Original Colorway.


Sue C’s Gray, Peach, and Blue colorway.  I think this is gorgeous and it is one of the only ones where the border really stands out to give a Frank Lloyd Wright-ish look!

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Janet P’s Original Colorway on Beige canvas.

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Amy B’s Peach and Mint colorway!

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Joan’s in Lorene’s Aqua Colorway!

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Rosie’s Raspberry Colorway!

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Linda M’s Original colorway on black canvas.

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Jill’s Aqua, Peach, and Ruby colorway!

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Janice’s Chocolate and Cherries colorway!

Ellen's Kaliedoscope

Ellen S’s Lilac and Mint colorway!  Ellen wasn’t able to attend the SOTM today, but she sent in her progress to include in this post!  Looking good!

Isn’t it fantastic to see how varied and beautiful all the colorways are?

Cheers, Rosie

June 2018 SOTM


Hi Everyone —

We all had a great time figuring out the new installment of Lorene Salt’s “Kaleidoscope” yesterday in Mendham.  What a wonderful array of colors, both Lorene’s originals and our own creations!  Even more exciting, one of our distant members, Tina, checked in with her status and showing off her colors!

As special eye candy, I’ve decided to post individual pictures of our current progress so that you can see just how beautiful this piece is turning out in a myriad of colorways!



Tina’s Red Colorway



Linda M’s version of Lorene’s Autumn Colorway


Rosie’s Raspberry Colorway


Sylvia’s Lilac colorway


Jill’s Aqua colorway


Sue R’s Earth and Sky Colorway


Mally’s version of Lorene’s Autumn Colorway


Janice’s Own Cherries and Chocolate Colorway


Ellen S’s Own Pastel Colorway


Joan’s version of Lorene’s Turquoise Colorway

In addition, we had two stitchers who are continuing work on the 2017 SOTM “Stars of the New Millennium” by Tony Minieri.


Barbara L’s Stars


Margaret’s Stars

So — as usual, a good time was had by all!





Hi Everyone —

I just packed up “Wishful Thinking” so that I could pack my suitcase for tomorrow’s early flight home.  Sue carried hers on board, so she will finish a bit more tonight.  Here is our progress at suitcase time!


It may not appear like we got a lot done, but each package has six to eight steps.  In addition, we took my brother’s dog for about an hour walk each day and visited with my Mom for uncountable games of Bananagrams!

Cheers!  Rosie

Wishful Thinking!


Hi Everyone —

Despite the NJ weather last week, Sue C and I were able to get to Ontario, California in time to take Ann Strite-Kurz’s class “Wishful Thinking”.   Thankfully, we had scheduled to fly early and ended up arriving just in time!

The class is planned as a four-day class at seminar, but we were part of a three-day pilot class sponsored by SBCANG chapter of ANG.  We had a small amount of pre-work to set up the dog outline and the border, but Ann told us that we could do as much of the border as we wanted if we had time.

Ann’s design shows a stack of Christmas presents with a Scotty dog trying to reach a bone on the top of the stack!  Sue is doing the piece in this original Christmas colorway.  Another woman did her own Hanukah colorway and we saw her stitched model in class — it was lovely.  I had asked Ann for a girl’s birthday colorway, but she had trouble finding the right threads, so she did a boy’s birthday colorway for me instead.  I am stitching the sample for this colorway (which Ann plans to also offer) so I am under a self-imposed deadline to get this done!

The following picture shows our progress after the second day of class.

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It’s hard to believe, but we did the bottom four packages on the first day and the “top” two on the second day.  Ann walked us through all of the intermediary packages which did not introduce any new techniques, but we still had a number of questions.  The top red package was an interesting pattern and Ann used it to discuss how she comes up with new pattern ideas!

SBCANG workshops meet in the community room of a bank in Ontario, CA.  It is large, well-lit and Pat Correz provides an awesome set up of coffee and pastries for our breaks.  There is a wonderful “Local Baker” about three miles away in Upland, CA that is a favorite lunch place for sandwiches and salads.  Sue and I ate there on two of the three days.  The middle day we walked to an individual fast-fired make-your-own pizza place about two blocks from the venue.   Sue and I ate wherever the teacher went — that way we were never late to class!

The  following picture shows our progress at the end of the workshop on Day 3.

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We spent most of the third day on the dog and the dog’s shading.  Sadly, a number of our classmates missed the morning session while they attended a memorial service for a local chapter member.  Ann walked all of us through the rest of the design and we spent most of the afternoon stitching what we wanted while Ann walked through the dog again.  I actually learned quite a bit — while adding the “whiskers” to the dog.  Ann showed me (and a few others) how to do the stem stitch and the outline stitch which were required for the whiskers.  She also showed us a ruche technique for adding a few of the bows.

After the conclusion of the workshop, Sue and I had been invited to dinner with several of the local members at an Italian restaurant a few miles from the venue.  We had a wonderful time and I feel like I have more and more connections to this guild!  SBCANG often has a workshop teacher stay and do a chapter program on the evening of the last day of the workshop.  So, after dinner, we all went back to the community room.  After a brief business meeting, Ann provided a slide lecture with fifty (?) or more of her designs with close-ups of unusual stitch variations.

Luckily, Sue and I have a few days to continue stitching at my brother’s house before we head home.  My goal is to finish the piece, but that too is “Wishful Thinking!”

Cheers!  Rosie