Category Archives: Getting Ready!

My Pre-Work for Seminar


My “pre-work” started on Monday. I had no stitching to do, just assembling all the supplies that Joni Stevenson requested for Andalucia. I went to get the letter she sent me and it was not where I thought it was. I spent the next two hours going through all my needlepoint piles on two levels of my house. No letter found. I am now in panic mode. I called the ANG in Madison Wisconsin and left a voice mail. Now in more panic, I called Karen Barras, Seminar Coordinator in Lexington, KY, who was ever so kind. She promised to help before she left Kentucky the next day to head to Philly. About four hours later, I got an email from Joni Stevenson with the missing letter attached. My thank you reply was so profuse, she probably is dreading having me in her class for three days. This misadventure did lead to me cleaning out and organizing many of my needlepoint supplies, and I even found my magnetic expandable needle finder, which I will bring with me to Philly.

Pre-Work For Seminar


I, too, have been very busy doing pre-work for seminar.  I just yesterday finished drawimg 29 canvases for the class Ben’s Kites.  One look at the design and you wouldn’t think it was tough to draw.  But, if those kites don’t meet correctly in the middle, your whole canvas is out of whack!  Yikes!  Luckily, I had an epiphany and figured out how to best approach these.  Now they are drawn, packed and ready to go!

I arrive at seminar on Sunday just in time to see everyone for the Welcome Banquet.  It is such a great time to see people you have not seen all year and to make new friends.  It is such a great thing to have all these people around who have a common passion.

See you all in Philly!  Susan

Seminar Pre-Work


Hi New Jersey Needle Artists —

As many of you are aware, I had been hoping to have our new website up and running prior to seminar.  I am pleased to report that there has been tremendous progress on this endeavor, but that some features (mostly pictures) are still not working correctly.  Soon.

Meanwhile, I’ve created this second WordPress site so that our members who are attending seminar will be able to blog about what they are doing, who they are seeing, what they have bought, and other fun stuff!  Attendees can e-mail me ( with their updates and/or I will also try to set a place and time where I’ll be with my laptop.  I’ll also bring my camera so that we can include some photos!

This pre-seminar post is allowing me to figure out how this blogging stuff works.  I’ve already had a few things I could use a boo-boo stick for!

I am enrolled in two classes for seminar.  The first four days I will be doing “Asian Collage” which doesn’t have any pre-work; this will be my first experience with Congress Cloth and the piece includes a stitch called Double Alternating Nobuko.  Nobuko is my favorite stitch, so I can’t wait to find out what this variation is all about.  The second class is called “Illusions” and I am very happy to say that I finished my 8 hours of pre-work on Monday night!  I’m going to post a picture of it even though it is white on white.  I’m really just trying to figure out how to insert a picture in the post.

Pre-work for Illusions

Maybe someone else who is doing pre-work can send me a blog post so that I can try uploading that as well!  Or if you want to try to author a post directly into the blog, I’ll change the permission on your invite.

More soon!  Cheers!  Rosie