Category Archives: NJNA at Seminar

Abyss Day 2 – ANG Seminar 2019

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After a fun Fiesta banquet last night, i had day 2 of Toni Gerdes’ Abyss.  Toni is an excellent teacher explaining each section, allocating time to practice the stitches in that section, letting the class know when there was about 5 minutes left on a section to allow time to finish a thread, double checking that everyone was in the correct place, answering questions,etc. i was impressed with how much progress I made on the piece even though when i look ati the photo, it doesn’t look like much.  We focused on the right side today.  The crescents were interesting shifting the focus of what was the inside as i moved from the left to right crescents.  Toni spent a lot of time explaining howto do Bargello to get maximum thread pull and coverage.  I think i may finally get it!  At the end of the day we went over the background but i decided to wait until i could see where it really goes.

I enjoyed this class and love the piece.  It is great to see how designers put stitches together and use colors and threads to create an effect as well as how different stitches can go together.  While i have a bunch of other projects in progress, I’m hoping to get this one high on my list to finish!

 

 

After class, i worked at the Exhibit.  There are some impressive pieces even though there seems to be fewer entries.  

Tomorrow i start More Color Play.

Winter Lights — Second and Last Day :-(

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Hi Everyone —

First of all I have to thank all eight of my NJNA peeps for their help in moving the Distance Learning pieces to Teacher’s Showcase and back again!  I couldn’t have done it without you guys!

Today was a busy day starting with my picking up my canvas for tomorrow so that I can have it ready to go as soon as class starts!  (Still on my docket for tonight!).

My second day of class with Jennifer Riefenberg was every bit as enjoyable as the first.  We finished all of the candles and I even was able to light one of them!  The one candle that is not stitched on my canvas uses a reinforced sparkly tube — I chose not to stitch it onto the canvas until some of the surrounding areas are done — otherwise it would be too hard to lay those stitches around the raised tubing.

Here is my progress at the end of the day:

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I am very glad that I have three retreats scheduled in the near future!  I expect that Winter Lights will be one of my finishes!

Cheers, Rosie

ANG Seminar 2019 – Day 1

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Today was the first day of classes at the Houston ANG Seminar.  I flew in yesterday along with Jill W and Robin M.  The Marriott Marquis is a fabulous hotel and i hope to find time to enjoy all it has to offer along with all the Seminar activities.

My first class is Abyss with Toni Gerdes.  This piece is a companion to her Fire and Ice and i think this piece is the better of the two.  We began with the center front (short teal column which is actually done!) and worked towards the back left. We ended the day with the right center column.  The rationale for working front to back is to establish the boundaries for the front columns before working those behind.  You really can’t see how the columns overlap yet nor how the are like columns of ice.  The stitches in each column are very interesting and the thread combinations wonderful.  The challenge for me is not only working on Congress Cloth but doing the multi-layer stitches with very similar colors.  Still, I love the piece and look forward to working the rest of the columns.

I was amazed how much work we got done today:

 

 

 

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

My time at the ANG seminar, part 2

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So, I was one of the lucky ones who was able to register for the Canvas Investigations Class with the Embellishment Squad, Tony Minieri, Meredith Hahn Willet and Debbie Stiehler.  Usually they are joined by Suzanne Howren, but unfortunately, she was ill and could not attend.  Previously, I’ve had classes with Tony and Meredith, but never together.  What fun!

There were four of us at a table with about 50 stitchers in the room.  We were each given a very extensive handout with diagrams of all the stitches to be used by students in the class, added to the stitch diagrams from other classes.  That plus the required “Stitches to Go” book by Suzanne Howren were all that was needed to execute the stitch plan.  The teachers rotated among groups of tables, but switched after lunch which tables they were servicing.  Each of us had previously selected our canvases and we were given some stitches and areas on which to stitch.  As the teachers went from student to student, they helped with the execution of stitches, but also designing stitches for the other areas.  I send a huge shout out to Lori, the owner of Waste Knot for supplying us with needed thread for the next day for the areas that had newly been covered.  She did a great job!

One fun part of having so many multiple teacher perspectives, is that you can learn different ways to execute a stitch.  I learned three different ways of approaching Or n’ue. By George, I think I’ve (finally) got it!  Here are some progress photos of my canvas.

 

As many of my local fellow needle enthusiasts know, I travel a lot.  Seminar weekend proved to be no exception.  I had to leave the seminar for a short period of time to attend a wedding.  I’ve known the bride since before she was born, so I really wanted to be there.  However, since I was missing Vendor night, I was a bit bummed.  So, of course, when my hubby said he was going to take a nap before we got ready for the wedding, I took off.  Just a mere five miles away from our hotel was a shop in Merrick, NY called Needlepoint Nook.  The owner of the shop is good friends with the aunt of the bride.  So, we had a great time chatting.  I indulged and bought a Funda Scully canvas for one of the little hinged boxes.  So now I was a little less bummed about having to leave the seminar for that short period of time.

Thanks to hubby’s vacation that week and him usually being a pretty good guy, we drove back to DC in time for the afternoon class session on Sunday and both sessions on Monday.  Since the instruction is so individualized in my class, it felt like I didn’t really miss that much for my class.  The teachers were able to finish giving me ideas for the canvas and I have enough information to finish, when I get more time to stitch!

All in all, I had a great time with all that I did.  Sigh – a really happy one.

 

Wrapping up Seminar 2018

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This has been a wonderful Seminar, giving me a chance to connect with old friends and, I hope, make some new ones. It has been busy since the five day format compressed activities that used to take place over seven days.

Last night, Jill, Sue, Rosie, Heidi, Robin and I had dinner at the Lebanese Taverna which is a couple of blocks from the hotel. I will miss them when I go home to South Carolina.

Just a quick update on my second day of Serenity (the rozashi not the state of mind!).

We worked on the water, did a bit of background to get the feel of the stitch and continued to work on the flowers. Margaret Kinsey , our teacher, also showed us how to prepare our pieces once the stitching is finished. I think I am hooked!

Below is my progress as I head home. Happy stitching! See you next year in Houston!

New Glory Day 3

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Today is the last day of seminar. I will definitely miss my morning walks around the Woodly Park/Adams Morgan section of DC,.  Unlike at home where I only have 2 directions to walk, i had so many options around the seminar hotel that I was able to walk in a different direction each day.  This is one of the big differences between urban versus rural living about which I have mixed feelings.  While today was much warmer and definitely more humid, I still enjoyed the morning walk and know i need to continue it at home!

Today was day 3 of New Glory.  Since today’s stitches were the least complicated, we were able to cover the remaining 8 sections so we had touched on all the sections. If we wanted to put in the star in the top white box, we had to basketweave the 24 x 24 section last night after the banquet.  I managed to get about half done in an hour and a half since i was laying the stranded silk. Since i did have half done, i decided i could put in the gold overlay star on that half to get an idea of how it would look even though you don’t get the full idea of the star.  Here’s my progress at the end of today.  I have quite a bit to do so hopefully I’ll get back to this before too long as I really love the piece.

The camaraderie in this class was wonderful. I met many stitchers that i hope to reconnect with at future seminars.  While we all had some trouble at various times, we were all at the appropriate stitching level for this class and willingly helped each other when we couldn’t figure out something.

Since the exhibit was closing at noon today, i took a bit longer break this morning to go through it and to check out next year’s seminar offerings.  There are quite a few im very interested in taking. I did think there were less items in the exhibit so i think NJNA members need to think about submitting finished pieces for the exhibit. Perhaps we could arrange a bulk mailing next year.  I did see at least 2 possibilities for our 2019 SOTM.

After class, it was time to pack my belongings, say goodbye, and take the metro to Union Station for the train ride home.  I allowed plenty of time to figure out the metro (very easy), get a salad for dinner on the train (delicious), explore Union Station a bit (very fun), and find my train (again very easy).

I enjoyed my time at seminar even though it was very busy. I learned a lot and hope to finish both pieces in a reasonable amount of time. For now, I have several other projects with deadlines that take precedence!

#NewGlory #ToniGerdes #ANGseminar

Confidence!

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Hi Everyone —

Sue says it take a lot of confidence for me to post my pitiful progress of my two days in “Bunnies on Lavender Lane”.  Here it is:

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As you see, I have the Momma Bunny sans ears and tail, one of nine hosta flowers, one of twelve hosta leaves, and one of three rose bush branches!

Most of you know that I chose this class so that I could experience having Jo Ippolito Christensen as a teacher.  I apparently missed the part where it said this class was stump work.  It sure stumped me!  I thoroughly enjoyed Jo’s tales of her introduction to needlepoint, her single-minded pursuit of it at the Library of Congress in the era before internet, her early publishing experience, and her later explosive success with the “Needlepoint Book”.

Today Jo started class by showing us her Vera Bradley clear bag with three zipped bags inside:  one small, one medium, and one large.  The large bag holds a light, flat iron, and the like.  The medium one holds her usual stitching supplies (which consist of a LOT more stuff that my usual supplies), and a small bag in which she keeps her thread scissors and her current project threads.  She keeps this case packed and ready to go to guild meetings, stitching events, etc.  I think I will go and check it out.

Jo is going to be staying home more and working out of Rittenhouse in Philadelphia.  Isn’t NJNA lucky to be so close by?

Cheers, Rosie

New Glory Day Two

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I was fortunate once again to start my day with a walk around the area before class.  The weather is getting more humid but it was still quite nice out this morning.

Today we started working on an additional 6 sections.  Each section has multiple steps so we attempted to get at least 2 of the steps done in these sections to begin to see the patterns.  Keeping the FyreWerks and NeonRays+ straight on both front and back was tough but necessary when working with ribbon threads.

Toni is very good about providing details of exactly where to place stitches and in what order when necessary.  She also provides options when the order is not critical.  There seems to be enough details to be able to complete these sections once class is over. Toni suggested we try to complete the white basketweave section in the top row tonight so we can work on an overlay stitch tomorrow. I think her estimate of an hour and a half to complete it is about half of what I need since I’m such a slow stitcher.

Here’s my progress at the end of day 2 before the closing banquet.

 

#ToniGerdes #NewGlory #ANGseminar

Serenity at Seminar

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My second class at this year’s Seminar is Serenity with Margaret Kinsey. It uses the Japanese needlework technique called rozashi.

Rozashi is stitched on a specially woven silk gauze fabric called “ro” which is starched. The thread count of the ro is 37 to 40 warp threads to the inch and 14 groupings of 3 Dan weft threads. It is tiny!!

I had to go back to my room to get my high powered light and magnifier combination!

I made good progress and am enjoying the class immensely.

Final day of classes tomorrow 😦 but so great to spend time with kindred spirits