Category Archives: 2019 SOTM

NJNA At Woodlawn!

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Hi Everyone —

Sue and I visited the Woodlawn exhibit today and saw all of the wonderful NJNA exhibits including three by Nancy Brighton.  We have a total of 30 pieces in the exhibit!  Many of you have already seen Melita’s wonderful write-up.  We were thrilled to see so many more pieces than last year.

There were many special pieces (most of original design) that expressed the theme of “Celebrating 100 Years of Women Expressing their Rights Through Craftmaking.”  Of these, we were especially enchanted by this piece:

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and by this special youth exhibit:

I voted for this piece as best in show:

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I loved the 3-D effect of the curtains!  You should be able to get a better (and bigger) picture by clicking on it.

Sue voted for a small ribbon embroidery piece because it was so delicate.

I hadn’t planned to say much more than that we were disappointed by how high some of the pieces were hung.  I couldn’t even read the sayings on some of the samplers.

It’s always a surprise when you go on the scavenger hunt at Woodlawn to find the pieces that you recognize!  So I didn’t want to spoil that surprise for all of you.  But given that the exhibit will be closed until further notice (and perhaps for good), I’ve decided to post pictures of our group’s entries and, where possible, to give you a sense of the surroundings.

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The Woodlawn Mansion!

After a quick stop at the shop and picking up our tickets, we were greeted in the parlor by Margaret’s amazing American flag — in a place of honor above the fireplace.

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The center hall was overflowing with beautiful pieces.  Sue spotted the beautiful tiger maple box that holds Sharon B’s embroidery.

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High, high above this box was Cathryn’s Waterlilies — so high I didn’t get a picture.  Sorry, Cathryn.

Across the hall, we discovered both Cathryn’s other piece and Nancy B’s wheelbarrow of flowers!

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This year the dining room was filled with past year entries from Nelly Needlers.  While these were real beauties — I loved this tray and wanted to include the picture for Ellen S.

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As we walked into the music room, Linda’s prizewinning sampler greeted us at the top of the door!

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The music room held the completed tapestry that some of us stitched on at the ANG National Seminar in Washington DC.  It is covered with plexiglass so my photo was awful.

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I loved this original piece and thought that it was perfectly displayed!

My Rooftops of Paris was displayed right next to the window in this room — it’s a little lopsided!

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These pieces were hung to catch the rays of the sun.  The one directly above my Paris is all beaded and wow does it sparkle in the sun!

As we took the steps to the second floor, we found my “Avenue of the Giants”.

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On a shelf at the curve of the stairs, we found this duck,  I had to take the picture from afar, so it’s a little cloudy, but I wanted to include it because all of the black lines (making it look like stained glass) were cut into the mat.  I thought Rob would be impressed!

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At the top of the stairs, Linda and Noelle’s Autumn Kaleidoscopes in the original colorway were hung on either side of the first bedroom door.  It was very interesting to see how different they looked because of their frame treatment!  (Apparently I didn’t take a picture — Sorry!)

Also in the hall were Noelle’s 2019 SOTM and Janet P’s Kaleidoscope.  Sorry about the reflection Noelle.  The purse was gorgeous too.

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The hall seemed to be the location of autumn colored pieces — and, once again, we found Diane B’s Kaleidoscope in the Halloween stairway!

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I also wanted to call Cathryn’s attention to the vase of Halloween candy flowers in the center.  I know this is a finishing technique that you have also used to good effect.

We had good representation in the Christmas bedroom as well.

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Sylvia’s Beautiful Beaded Tree

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Joan’s Star — It was displayed among other snow scenes!

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And here’s Cindy’s “Santa Peeking!”

The small center upstairs room is what Sue and I call the Needlepoint Room.  We were well-represented in this room.

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Jill’s Kaleidoscope is at the top and took a First Prize ribbon.  Ellen B’s Medallion is directly below.

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Sue C’s Kaleidoscope at the top and Cindy’s beautiful Mermaid at the bottom.  I think this was the ocean row!

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So much in this picture!  Melita’s piece is at the top left.  Another entry by Nancy B in the middle at the bottom.  Sylvia’s beautiful Kaleidoscope at the bottom of the right column.

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The small wall in this room boasted Ellen B’s Mermaid!

Remember that you can always enlarge a picture by clicking on it.

Sue and I decided to call the big bedroom at the top of the stairs the Colorful Room!  My Kaleidoscope and Janet P’s Disco Ball made it to this room.  I loved the piece above the fireplace.  Janet’s was hung all by itself on the closet door!

The room next to the Halloween stairs had several themes, but mostly I would call it the “Other” Holiday room!   Janice’s Kaleidoscope seemed to be group with Valentine items — appropriate for her Cherry and Chocolate colors.  (Although I think a Christmas item snuck in there too!)

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Sue C’s Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue was also displayed in this room, along with several armed service themed canvases.  Note the flag — the same design as Margaret’s, but not as nicely framed.

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I’m generally not too fond of Bargello, but I liked this piece in this room.

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Finally we came to the last bedroom, filled with lace — and Barbara L’s perfume line-up!

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I thought this next piece made an interesting birth sampler — very different.

 

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So, I know I missed more than a few and offer my apologies to all.  Rather than individual pictures, I wanted you to get a feel for the flow of the house and the more overall arrangement.  I hope you enjoy.

Before I go, Woodlawn was encouraging us to read “A Single Thread” by Tracy Chevalier.  Sue and I listened to it on the way down, while there, and on the way home.  We are enjoying it tremendously.  It is about a woman who learns needlepoint just so that she can stitch a kneeler for the cathedral.  Woodlawn featured these kneelers as a special exhibit that tied to the book.

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We will keep everyone informed about the return of our pieces.  It appears that Woodlawn may try to extend the exhibit into April — but I wouldn’t hold my breath right now.

Cheers, Rosie

 

 

 

February SOTM

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Hi Everyone —

We had a small gathering today but were able to get lots of stitching done while solving the world’s problems!  Linda M was off delivering our pieces for the Woodlawn Exhibit so I subbed as hostess for her!

Without further ado:

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Janet P

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Janice M

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Ellen S

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Mally B

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Nancy W

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Robin M

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Sue C

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Dee L

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Rosie L

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I think you will agree that there are some very lovely color combinations!

Jill will join us in this year’s SOTM, but only after she finishes last year’s!  She is on the last motif!

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Another beautiful color combination!

So we are off to a good start — Marisa has already called “Dibs” on mine since it matches her bed quilt!  As always, it is wonderful to stitch with friends!

Cheers, Rosie

Another SOTM Beauty

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I was stitching with Sharon yesterday at the other New Jersey ANG Chapter to which we both belong. She was finishing up her November stitches on the SOTM project and I was able to get a picture. Sharon chose the same color palette as Robin, Joan, and Nancy, yet they are all so different.

She is enjoying the project because she had never done most of these stitches and so has learned quite a bit. Also, this is Sharon’s first SOTM and she has really enjoyed stitching with the group – it has helped having others to assist with decisions about colors and questions about stitches.

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Stitch-of-the-Month – November 2019

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It was a cold Saturday for the November SOTM session. But, once again, we all enjoyed conversation as we stitched on this month’s motif.

The first three pieces all use the same colorway, yet look so different as the stitchers selected different threads for the various stitches.

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Joan

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Nancy

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Sylvia chose a soft palette for her piece.

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Rosie and Barbara both chose very bold colors.

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Mine is a traditional red-white-blue combination. However, I am stitching on Congress Cloth rather than 18-count canvas so it is a bit smaller than the others.

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Noelle wasn’t able to join us today so she stitched with us virtually! She is bravely stitching on black 18-count with luscious colors.

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We are eagerly awaiting the final installment of this project!

SOTM – October 2019

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The SOTM group did not meet this month – too many other obligations competing for time. However, we continued with our stitching. We are nearing the end of the year-long mystery project and are anticipating what comes next. A few members forwarded pictures of their progress.  We encourage other members of the group to post their progress!

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Can you guess what we will be stitching in November and December? Check in next month to see if you guessed correctly!

 

Houston Seminar

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August 15, 2019

Hi Everyone —

Greetings from Texas — we have eight NJNA members here this week so expect some great blog posts.

I’ll start by posting my SOTM piece finished through August!

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I have to agree with someone’s thought that it looks like a bunch of shape blots on a canvas!  Hard to imagine what will come next!

Sue and I flew to Houston on Tuesday because I have to help set up the Correspondence Course section of the exhibit.  Little did I expect that no one else was there to help (except the marvelous Sue C) with any of the distance learning exhibits and we ended up having to do all of them.  My gimpy leg was not much help!  We spent over four hours with unpacking and set-up.

Even with my bad leg, we managed to walk the perimeter of Texas multiple times!

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How’s this for a Texas-sized lazy river pool?  Plus our room has a view of Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros.  Sue thinks she will take in Monday night’s game!

Classes started today.  I am enrolled in a fabulous class with Jennifer Riefenberg called “Winter Lights”.   It is a collection of candles — not a menorah, but the same number of candles.  Here’s my progress at the end of Day 1.

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Five of the nine candles are complete!  No spaghetti!

Tonight we had our opening Fiesta banquet dinner buffet with a live band and Texas brisket in multiple forms.  It gave me a chance to show off my special earrings!

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These scissor earrings were my souvenir from Woodlawn this year!

Cheers to all!

Rosie

Stitch of the Month – August 2019

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It was a small but enthusiastic group at our latest session. All of us worked on the ANG SOTM, a mystery project that continues to intrigue as it evolves.

We all have our own colors and threads so we are especially grateful for the collaboration at these sessions as we muse over which threads to choose for each month’s stitch. Sometimes that results in going back to a previous month to change what had been selected in order for the colors to work together.

You can readily see from these photos how different the pieces look due to the choice of canvas and colors. (And, no, I’m not such a fast stitcher that I finished everything that session. I used a bit of blogger’s prerogative and waited to take my photo after I completed stitching on Sunday. I did go back and change some choices!)

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August - Marge

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August - Diane

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August - Noelle

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August - Jill

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August - Rosie

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We’re looking forward to next month!

Caught Up with SOTM

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I decided I have too many projects in progress and needed to catch up with this year’s SOTM.  I had been way behind since i needed to finish Autumn Kaleidoscope from last year and wasn’t going to start this year’s until I finished last year’s.  I was Only a few months behind for our July session and decided to work a few of the June pinwheels and then start the July Amadeuses.  I thought I needed more grey around the pinwheels and stars but did not like the way the grey Amadeus looked.  I then realized I was off in my pinwheel counts so i got to do a bit of frogging!  At that point, I decided to stitch each of the months in order and catch up.

Meanwhile i was doing some cleaning up while looking for a particular thread for another project (no I didn’t find it!) and found a red/white/blue overdyed floss in my stash.  I decided to try it for the Amadeus and was amazed at how it pulled the colors together as well as how the overdye flowed with the Amadeus.  So now I’m ready for our August session, once i download and print the instructions!

My progress to date:

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